Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Book review with a giveaway: Taking Chances by Melody Carlson

About the Book

Book: Taking Chances
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: April 15, 2020

Zoey knows her days are numbered. At least when it comes to remaining in Cedarville. So when Louisa coaxes her to be part of a garage band, Zoey tosses her insecurities aside to make music with her friends. And she even goes out for the basketball team. But what will happen when her mom shows up and pulls the plug on everything?

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My Review

I was so happy to read another Zoey book, but when I got started on this one, I was feeling rather unsettled.  But as I read further, I realized that that was exactly what Zoey was experiencing!  Zoey has been through so much, that I wanted everything to settle down for her, but, as a middle schooler, that was not how it was to be.  Again, author Melody Carlson has nailed it- knowing how quickly circumstances, emotions, and alliances can change for a pre-teen.

I was so proud of Zoey in this book.  She had to negotiate changes in relationships and in school activities, but mostly I loved how she was really working to put her new-found faith into practice.  Not everyone around her appreciated that, but she stood firm.  She also stood up for herself respectfully.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Being Zoey series for pre-teen girls.  This book stands alone, but is better knowing Zoey's history.

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

More from Melody

Sometimes I feel guilty for ‘torturing’ my teen and tween characters, but I do it for my readers. It’s not easy being an adolescent, and reading about someone who’s facing hard times is comforting. But in the final Zoey book, I really wanted to give her some victories too. So when challenges come her way, she stands up to them. And she even puts her newly found faith to work. The goal is for readers to feel hopeful about their own lives when they see Zoey rise above her tough circumstances.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, May 14
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 15
For Him and My Family, May 16
Inklings and notions, May 17
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 17
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 18
deb’s Book Review, May 19
Older & Smarter?, May 20
Vicky Sluiter, May 20
Remembrancy, May 21
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 22
Splashes of Joy, May 23
Christian Bookaholic, May 24
Blogging With Carol, May 24
Moments, May 25
Locks, Hooks and Books, May 26
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 27


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of the full Being Zoey series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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