SST Review: Signs of You by Emily France

REVIEW

22716447Title: Signs of You
Author: Emily France
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication date: July 19, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

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Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

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My Review:

What I liked:

  • It starts with a killer opening sentence: “She’s been dead two years when I see her in the grocery store.” Say what?!  I got sucked into the book so quickly after that.  What a great sentence to get your attention.
  • This book wasn’t what I was expecting, and I love when books pleasantly surprise me.  It’s hard to put this book in a genre box, and it’s always cool to find books like this. Is it contemporary? mystery? paranormal? magical realism? fantasy? It’s a little bit of everything.
  • I loved the way spirituality and religion was discussed. I typically avoid books with religious components but it really worked in this book. The characters had to learn a lot about St. Ignatius of Loyola in order to solve the mystery, so the religious aspects were history and research based and pretty interesting to read about.
  • It was light on the romance. I love a good romance as much as the next person, but sometimes I feel like author’s cut corners on the storyline in order to throw a romance in there. There was a romance in this book but it didn’t overshadow the main plot whatsoever.
  • Found families! Riley and her friends came together due to their shared experiences with grief. They were there for each other through it all, and I really enjoyed reading how the relationship between the friends evolved over the course of the book.
  • The plot is unique. It didn’t feel like I was reading a cookie cutter copy of a bunch of popular book like so many books do these days.
  • In the author’s note at the end, Emily explains her research that went into the book, and which historical facts were real or embellished. I found this really fascinating, and I love that it was included.

What I didn’t like:

  • I was disappointed when it was revealed why the characters were seeing their loved ones.  I went into this hoping for a cool sci-fi vibe, and that’s not really what we got.
  • On that same note, I found the characters reactions to the mystery pretty unbelievable. They had to take some big leaps in belief in order to figure out the mystery.  Maybe if this hadn’t been labeled as contemporary this wouldn’t have felt so “off” to me.
  • The ending was a little rushed and I was left with some unanswered questions.

3 feathers

Rating: 3/5 stars

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About the Author:

Emily France graduated from Brown University before going on to law school, where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review. She finds creative inspiration in all things spiritual, from sitting with Benedictine monks for 4 a.m. vigils in a Rocky Mountain monastery to trekking to Buddhist and Hindu temples in India. Now she writes full-time and lives with her husband and their fearless Tibetan Spaniel in sunny Colorado—the closest place to Nirvana she’s found. Signs of You is her debut novel.

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Blogs on the Tour:

Name

Type of Post

Date

Blog URL

Bayy

Guest post

7/3/2016

bayyinwonderland.wordpress.com

Lillie

Review

7/3/2016

littlelilliereads.blogspot.com

Emily Hughes

Interview

7/3/2016

Http://www.little-book-wyrm.com http://www.little-book-wyrm.tumblr.com

Kim

Review

7/3/2016

http://www.divergentgryffindor.blogspot.com

Maryam Dinzly

Review

7/10/2016

http://onceupona-story.com

Sierra Davenport

Review

7/10/2016

sdavreads.wordpress.com

Alice

Interview

7/10/2016

arcticbooks.wordpress.com

Nori

Guest post

7/10/2016

Nicole Lynn Hoefs

Review

7/17/2016

http://www.boundlessbookaholic.com/

Emily

Review ARC Tour

7/17/2016

www.emilyreadseverything.com

Amber

Interview

7/17/2016

http://yaindulgences.wordpress.com

Heather DeFilippis

Interview

7/17/2016

http://hermitlibrarian.blogspot.com

Karen Blue

Excerpt

7/24/2016

http://kissinbluekaren.com

Lynette

Review ARC Tour

7/24/2016

www.charminglysimple.com

Emily

Review ARC Tour

7/24/2016

https://midwesternbooknerd.wordpress.com/

Jamie Kramer

Guest post

7/24/2016

http://booksandladders.blogspot.ca

Em

Review

7/31/2016

piplupsshadow.blogspot.com

Amber Mann

Review ARC Tour

7/31/2016

https://bookstacksamber.wordpress.com

Sara McGraw

Interview

7/31/2016

www.readingthebluesaway.blogspot.com

Coley

Guest post

7/31/2016

Www.happycloudreviews.com

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 Have you read Signs of You yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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