Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Blog Tour: Lemons by Melissa Savage

Title: Lemons
Author: Melissa Savage
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2nd May 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Fans of Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses and Katherine Applegate's Crenshaw will fall in love with this charming adventure story about a girl learning to accept her new life, her quirky detective neighbor, and their epic search for Bigfoot.

Lemonade Liberty Witt's mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can't possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California--the Bigfoot Capital of the World--where she's forced to live with a grandfather she's never met after her mother passes away.
Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined. And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.
My Thoughts
When I first started reading Lemons it was easy to quickly form a bond with Lemonade. She had lost her Mother, and has been uprooted from her life in San Francisco to be moved to Willow Creek to live with her Grandfather Charlie. Lemonade is a stranger in this new town, but she quickly finds some comfort in a form of Tobin. Together this duo run Bigfoot Detectives Inc. and are called out to investigate all Bigfoot sightings in thier area. Lemonade isn't initially impressed with it all until she finds her first clue,

Lemons was a book that hooked me in fast, and I only put this one down for a much needed sleep. I liked seeing the journey that Lemonade takes throughout the pages, both in her own personal growth, as well as her friendship with Tobin. I loved getting to see these two interact, especially as Lemonade can never accept the first answer, or request, and she has to question anything and everything, which does annoy Tobin.

The progression of the story itself was paced really well, and I liked how the book had a mysterious creature as its base, even down to the shop charlie runs, and the obsession some of the town people have of Bigfoot. I liked getting to see the other characters during the Bigfoot call outs, and seeing how clues are searched for and the process to collect them all. Although the town of Willow Creek sounds small, the book expands it to the limits, making it feel bigger than it is.

Lemonade was a character who I liked instantly. All her pain and sorrow were easily portrayed across the pages, her feelings of loss, sadness, and generally being alone. Seeing how she overcomes her insecurity and her doubts was inspiring to read. Tobin and Charlie are not without thier own sorrow and pain, and Lemonade seems to be the plaster/band-aid that somehow fixes things and makes things better for all.

Final Verdict
I really enjoyed reading Lemons, and I can't wait to pick up a copy to add to my Nieces ever growing TBR pile, As a debut author, Melissa Savage has done a great job of keeping you focused on the book and wanting to know more. I would not hesitate to read more of her work.

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