YA Book Review

Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour: The Missing by Jerico Lenk

The Book:

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Book Title: The Missing

Book Author: Jerico Lenk

Page Count: 320

Publishing Date: October 10th, 2017

Publisher:Month9 Books

Date Read: September 20th, 2017

Synopsis: Dark proclivities, excess, and outlandish curiosities prevail in 1890’s London. Around the city, a battle rages between the living and the dead. The Black Cross, tasked to keep the peace, are quickly losing ground.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Winchester, lives life as a boy called “Will” in his father’s house of distinguished ladies, all but invisible to the wealthy Londoners who frequent. It’s an easy ruse since his mother’s death left his father’s attention to fall upon business matters. But this isn’t his only secret.

When Will unwittingly becomes involved in a Black Cross ghost hunt, his uncanny ability to sense supernatural beings comes to light and the Black Cross wants him in their service. Suddenly, Will’s free to be himself.

But such freedom will come with a price, as Will fights for the acceptance of the only father he’s ever known.

Now, part of a team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about those who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself.
Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

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The Review:

The Missing is a thrilling, supernatural joyride! It is fast paced, full of surprising twists, and offers bits of creepiness, humor, and intrigue. For lovers of Supernatural, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and Ghost Adventures, this one is sure to impress!

I am absolutely in love with this book and I am really hoping for it to become a series. Sometimes I really hate comparing books to other books or television shows, but in this instance, I feel like The Missing offers a lot of great qualities that fans of the aforementioned book and shows will be impressed by! This one offers plenty of supernatural content, intrigue, humor, mild creepiness, and murder!

I think the plot of this book is amazing! It has a gender queer (or gender fluid) character in a time when it was not well understood, which makes Will stand out and rise above the times. It has a supernatural association, similar to the Men of Letters from Supernatural, that hunts ghosts with fun gadgets, and clairvoyants. And, it has a murder mystery with some surprising twists! All of these points are connected and flow quite well together in the story.

The book itself is very well written. It has elegance, time period details, great world development, and nice character development and backstory. It truly makes you feel like you are in 1890’s London, ghost hunting and investigating murders. The plot is fast paced and captivating, and the characters really draw you in.

Will is such a great character. He (he is the pronoun of choice usually, or just Will) has a harsh upbringing from his father and is pretty clueless when it comes to his deceased mother. He is strong, brave, curious, caring, and intelligent. He likes to rise above what is expected of him and his gender roles in society, and realizes that he can use his supernatural gift for good.

Clement is a brave, dashing character. He also has a harsh past and seems a little jaded by it. But, he has many layers that are peeled back throughout the book, making him quite interesting. He is a little bit mysterious, commanding, and caring.

Kingsley is the most intriguing, in my opinion. He is a lord from a wealthy family, but is surrounded by gossip and rumors. He has so much depth and carries many secrets throughout the story. He is definitely involved in a major twist in the book, and seems to be the most fascinating, mysterious character of the bunch!

Jerico Lenk has written an astounding novel here! This one has depth and imagination! I cannot wait to read more from this author because The Missing had me turning pages like crazy! Make sure to grab a copy if you enjoy well written, fast paced stories about ghosts, murder, intrigue, gender queer characters, and characters with depth!

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Thank you to Chapter by Chapter for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review and for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour.

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About The Author:

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Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.
Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.
His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

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Giveaway:

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

September 18, 2017 – So Few Books – Interview

September 18, 2017 – Cindy’s Love of Books – Spotlight 

September 19, 2017 – Mythical Books – Guest Post

September 20, 2017 – The Avid Reader – Guest Post

September 21, 2017 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post

September 21, 2017 – Hauntedbybooks13 – Review

September 21, 2017 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Guest Post

September 21, 2017 – Lisa Loves Literature – Guest Post

September 22, 2017 – Port Jericho – Review

September 22, 2017 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

Week 2:

September 25, 2017 – Becca’s Book Affair – Review

September 25, 2017 – Amanda Gernentz Hanson – Guest Post

September 25, 2017 – A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Spotlight

September 26, 2017 – BookHounds YA – Guest Post

September 26, 2017 – Darque Dreamer Reads – Review

September 27, 2017 – Cuzinlogic – Spotlight

September 27, 2017 – Book Review Becca – Review

September 27, 2017 – Hall Ways – Guest Post

September 28, 2017 – Laura’s Interests – Spotlight

September 28, 2017 – Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course) – Guest Post

September 29, 2017 – WS Momma Readers Nook – Review

September 29, 2017 – White Sky Project – Spotlight

September 29, 2017 – Kourtni Reads – Guest Post

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