I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Mayhem by Estelle Laure. I've been looking forward to this book for a while. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Wednesday Books and Estelle Laure for letting me be a part of this tour!
Author: Estelle Laure
Published by: Wednesday Books
Released: July 14, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft.It's 1987 and unfortunately it's not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy's constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem's own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren't like everyone else. But when May's stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem's questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.
From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I was sold by this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis. It had so many things that I enjoy in a book, and I don't want to sound shallow, but that cover! I do fall victim to cover love a lot, and this one got me.
I enjoyed the story. I liked getting to uncover the secrets and the magic. It's not a pure fantastical story though, it's a mix of things.
I really enjoyed the writing style. I'm going to have to check out more books by Estelle Laure.
I enjoyed myself reading Mayhem. I love a book with secrets. I love a story with magic. I love a coastal town setting. There were just a lot of things that I enjoyed in this one. I'm glad I got to give it a read.
ESTELLE LAURE, the author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her family. Her work is translated widely around the world.
Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Mayhem by Estelle Laure. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and Estelle Laure for giving me the chance to read it early and be a part of the tour. If this sounds like a book you'd enjoy, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.