Saturday, February 15, 2014

Marionette by T.B. Markinson ~*~ Giveaway

Title:  Marionette
Author:  T.B. Markinson
Published:  November 7th 2013 by T. B. Markinson
Length:  290pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn't insane, but she acts like she is. Why?

After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn't believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn't want to find herself and she doesn't want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn't had since her birth.

During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn't come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.

To add to Paige’s woes, while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn't out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?

My Review:

Markinson’s in your face writing style really brings this story to life. You can’t help but become wholly immersed in the storyline. As a reader you have a front seat to the action as you are completely in the main character’s head becoming part of the story yourself. The author melds reality with fiction so seamlessly that you can’t help but be awed. She also brings a great deal of harsh & tough topics to the forefront, building her story around them and showing what can and will be. That said, it left me with a smile on my face at the end.

The cast of characters in this tale were vivid without ever becoming larger than life. Markinson plays up both the best and the worst in her characters, leaving you with a clear picture that gives you a look in to the deepest part of them. She also doesn’t just develop her characters as individuals but as part of a whole, both with the relationships that they are intimate parts of and those that they stand on the fringes of. It lends an extra air of intimacy to the story.

Overall this was quite the intriguing and captivating read. It was my introduction to the author and would definitely spark me to read more of her work. I’d also recommend it to those who want a novel that will make you think and fell.

About the author:

T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. Marionette is her second novel. A Woman Lost was her debut novel.

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And now, enter the giveaway with author T.B. Markinson.

1st prize:  An ecopy of both Marionette and A Woman Lost by T.B. Markinson.
2nd prize:  An ecopy of Marionette by T.B. Markinson.

Entries close @ 11:59pm Feb 20/14.
Winners will be announced Feb 21/14.
Winners will have 72hrs to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. 


  1. This book sounds interesting! Best of luck to Ms. Markinson.

  2. I Loved this book and this author is a gem!

  3. Awesome giveaway, and a new author I'd like to get to know.

  4. Hello. Thanks for the great giveaway. Books sound great. :)

  5. Thanks so much for the kind review and the giveaway!

  6. Fantastic giveaway and review. Marionette was a terrific read.

  7. Great review and I hope to read this.

  8. Thanks for the invite to a great giveaway. Love your blog. Check mine out if you have a chance.

    Dawn x

  9. What a great giveaway! Both books are amazing!

  10. Great review!
    I am not sure how to join the giveaway, so I just leave my comment here. Thank you for the give away

  11. Awesome post and great giveaway! Would love to add these to my self. Thanks for that opportunity.