Blog Tour + Giveaway - The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

by - Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Details

The Funeral Flower
Michelle Jester
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

About The Book 

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to critical subject matter.
Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

My Review

Ratings: 3.5 stars

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Xpresso Book Tours and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!

The Funeral Flower is a quick read, albeit a little too quick for my liking. 

At first glance, the blurb and cover seem to be a promising read, which is why I jumped into requesting the book without a second thought. The Funeral Flower is a coming of age story that deals with sensitive issues including bullying, and while nothing is elaborately described, it may be too dark for some young adult readers out there. Though, I was enjoying myself because I got slightly emotional from the plot. 

Being my first read from new-to-me author Michelle Jester, she certainly did leave a good impression in my mind and I do like her writing style. However, it was the pace of the story that bothered me. I wished that certain scenes in the book were given more thought and time in its development, it seems as if too much was happening too fast, and that was a huge bummer for me. 

Overall, it was a good read and recommended to YA readers who wanted to venture into the darker corners of YA literature. 

"Welcome to the dark side." 

About the Author

I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter.

Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets. Especially when I am stressed, I know I can go to either of those things and pour out that anxiety into something good and productive.


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