I was excited to have an opportunity to read and review “crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares as part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour.
The premise of this book – a paranormal mystery – intrigued me and as I read it, I was quickly drawn into the unfolding story.
The book is told in alternating chapters – Rebecca in the present, and Laura – a spirit who gives us flashbacks to her former life and interacts with Rebecca’s wor4ld.
From the beginning, when Rebecca and her two friends use an Ouija board to get questions answered, through the gradual discovery of what really happened to Laura and Katie, you are caught in a very compelling story.
All of the characters have unique voices and we get a close look into their lives, their problems, their concerns.
Valladares has created an afterlife, with the Academy, that is imaginative yet fascinating. How wonderful for our world if we could be so helped.
The other part of this story important is the focus on the damage rumours and bullying can do to so many and the ramifications it can have. The comparison of Laura’s and Rebecca’s lives forces one to see just how challenging it is for young people to navigate relationships, depression, fear, bullying, hate. Love and friendships can save lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.
Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died – her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.
It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.
Paperback: 300 pages
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult Novel
Publisher: WiDO (March 2018)
About the Author
Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan’s Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.
Find Ellen Online:
FB: @EllenValladares444 (link: https://fb.me/EllenValladares444)
The blog tour continues here:
Monday, April 16th @ The Muffin
Join us at the Muffin for an author interview and book giveaway for the fictional young adult novel by Ellen Valladares, Crossing the Line.
Tuesday, April 17th @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reads and reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. This is a fun young adult novel that readers will be sure to delight in!
Wednesday, April 18th @ Beverley Baird
Beverley Baird reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. Readers won’t want to miss this fast paced young adult novel!
Thursday, April 19th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey
Ellen Valladares pens today’s guest post at Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey. Don’t miss this great post titled “Your Writer’s Purpose — how creating your purpose/vision can keep you on target” and learn more about Valladares latest novel “Crossing the Line”.
Thursday, April 19th @ Write Like Crazy
Mary Jo reads Ellen Valladares “Crossing the Line” and shares her thoughts with readers at Write Like Crazy.
Friday, April 20th @ BookWorm
Anjanette Potter delights readers at Bookworm with her review of the YA Novel “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares.
Saturday, April 21st @ Spark the Wizard
Brandi at Spark the Wizard shares her thoughts in a review of Ellen Valladares novel “Crossing the Line”.
Monday, April 23rd @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Wisconsin entrepreneur and school teacher reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about the YA Novel “Crossing the Line”.
Tuesday, April 24th @ Finished Pages
Today, at Finished Pages, readers have an opportunity to learn more about “Crossing the Line”the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don’t miss Renee’s review of this YA Novel!
Wednesday, April 25th @ Reviews by Deb
Deborah Blanchard shares her thoughts after reading “Crossing the Line” by accomplished author and journalist Ellen Valladares.
Thursday, April 26th @ Digging with the Worms
Eric Trant reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. See what Eric thinks of “Crossing the Line” and find out more about this great book and accomplished author.
Thursday, April 26th @ Phy Tallic
Phy reviews the delightful YA Novel “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares.
Friday, April 27th @ Write Happy
Today at Write Happy, Cathy Brown will be interviewing Ellen Valladares about her latest novel“Crossing the Line”. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this YA Novel as well as hear some tips from the accomplished journalist and author Ellen Valladares.
Monday, April 30th @ Ellen Valladares
Crystal J. Casavant-Otto from WOW! Women on Writing reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares and shares her thoughts with readers at Valladares blog.
Tuesday, May 1st @ I Just Want to Finish My…
Brittany shares her thoughts after reading “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. Don’t miss this insightful blog stop for this delightful Young Adult Novel!
Wednesday, May 2nd @ Hott Books
Don’t miss today’s guest post at Hott Books! Distinguished author Ellen Valladares shares her post titled: ‘The Inspiration Behind Crossing the Line’. You’ll want to learn more about this delightful YA Novel!
Friday, May 4th @ Frasers Fun House
Melanie at Frasers Fun House reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares.
Monday, May 7th @ Word Nerd Media
Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. You won’t want to miss a minute of this captivating YA Novel “Crossing the Line”.