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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Lone Star Book Bloggers Tour: CAPTAIN FIN by Amanda Thrasher ***REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***

CAPTAIN FIN
by
AMANDA M. THRASHER
based on a screenplay by Kevin James O'Neill
  Genre: Young Adult / Adventure / Family
Date of Publication: May 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 432

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Hannah Gunner, once a carefree child, is faced with secrets, lies, and betrayal. A life-changing event during her adolescent years forces her to confront a past that she no longer recognizes. Now, questioning everything she thought she knew, Hannah struggles with the person she is supposed to be! With the help of her boyfriend and her closest friend, they discover several clues that may hold the missing links to her life. A tattered box filled with worn-out letters holds some of the answers that she needs, but not all of them. With an assist from her aunt, and a visitor from her past, Hannah manages to track down the only person in the world who can answer her questions—the Captain! But why did those closest to her lie in the first place? Will Hannah ever find the answers that she needs to bring her peace? 
Suspenseful, engaging, and with twists and turns that make it impossible to put down, this is a book filled with surprises.


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In Captain Fin by Amanda Thrasher, Hannah Gunner carries the memories of her father, Hank, through the pirate role-playing they did when she was a small child. It's these memories that help her cope with her father's absence due to unfortunate circumstances. In this novel adaptation of Kevin James O'Neill's screenplay, Thrasher brings you into the life of a childhood lost due to lies, betrayal, and manipulation. Growing up without her father, whom she also calls "Captain Fin," Hannah and her mother move from town to town trying to have a better life. But, Hannah's mother Gloria has a secret she's been keeping, and it's something that will change the life of her daughter forever. 

Told through the eyes of all the characters, Captain Fin is an emotional roller-coaster! It's a story of betrayal, love, forgiveness, and redemption. This book will pull at your heartstrings! Thrasher does an excellent job of showing the reader the pain and suffering of losing someone you love and finding the strength to move on. The decisions made by Hannah's mother and father have a lifetime of consequences for themselves and Hannah. It's heartbreaking to see how Gloria handles the complex situation with her husband and the lifelong impact that had on her daughter's life. It makes the reader wonder what they would do if they were in her shoes, and how life for Hannah and her parents would have been different. Thrasher does a great job of bringing you into the story, especially since you get to see what is happening from different points of view. One of my favorite parts of the story was seeing the interaction between Hank and Hannah.  You can feel the love he has for his daughter and how horrible it must have been for him to be away from his family.  Hannah was a great character who loved with all her heart, and you can't help but feel sorry for her broken childhood. Captain Fin was definitely an emotional page-turner! A great start to a new series!

4 Hearts!
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Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides there still. Amanda has authored picture books, middle-grade chapter books, early readers, young adult pieces, and a graphic novel written specifically for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) for YA, General Fiction, and early reader chapter books, a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award winner for YA Social Issues, an NTBF winner for YA and General Fiction, and she was awarded a New Apple Literary Award for YA and general fiction. As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, she assists other authors with their work and shares her writing process and publishing experience with them. Her latest release, CAPTAIN FIN, was based on a contract to adapt a screenplay into a novel for the director, actor, and producer Kevin James O’Neill. Her works-in-progress are the sequel to CAPTAIN FIN and the fourth installment of her Mischief Series.
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GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!
TWO WINNERS: 
Signed Copies of Captain Fin
$25 Starbucks Gift Cards

THREE WINNERS: 
Signed Copies of Captain Fin
June 4-14, 2019
(U.S. Only)

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1 comment:

  1. Thoughtful and excellent review! Thanks for the post -- it sounds like a great summer book.

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