BLOG TOUR Review (and Giveaway!): What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka

BLOG TOUR Review (and Giveaway!): What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka

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What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka

Synopsis:

Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.

But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.

Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.

Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?

Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.

Publication Date: February 4th, 2020

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction


My Rating: 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv 7da1c-il_794xn.1430513132_kmuv

My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*

 “And I especially like when you posit that ambiguity in novels and abstraction in paintings both force the viewer to draw their own conclusions.”

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | B&N | iTunes | Google Books

 

My Review

A large thank you and shout out to FFBC and the publisher for including me in the blog tour for What I Want You To See. I would also like to mention how much they helped me in acquiring the complimentary copy when I faced some issues with it; thank you! The opinions stated in my review are honest.

 

My thoughts are muddled even after giving myself a day to think about what I would like to write. Truthfully, WIWYTS is utterly outside my zone of comfort. It falls outside–almost only barely touching–the genres I typically go for. So why did I choose to read WIWYTS? I don’t know. When I read the blurb, I wanted to read it. I was curious and I felt a certain … draw, (shall we say?) to the story.

My instincts weren’t wrong. Despite being so outside my comfort zone, I had no problems reading this book. The humiliation, desperation, fear, excitement, pain and passion in this book are quick to draw you in and keep you from moving.

“I saw you out walking the other night,” she says. “You were lost.”

It takes a moment before I realize she must have spotted me the night I saw her eating ice cream. “I wasn’t lost. I live around here.”

“Lost inside, not outside. Lost in here.” she says, tapping her chest.

I’m hardly one to be caught by surprise in a book, but I rather was in a way. There were some ploys so utterly visible to the eye, and others that in my own ignorance and raptness to the story, I hadn’t placed. A lot of things fall together just as they fall apart in the protagonist’s life.

Usually, the protagonist isn’t questioned so much, isn’t put in too tight a spot without support, isn’t alone in the real sense of the term. But in reality, especially after one makes a mistake, one often finds themselves alone in a battleground of their own making.

What I Want You To See questions a lot of our own ideas of what’s right and not. Whether the rightness or wrongness of something is linked specifically to your situation or to your perception. There were some moments where you wish the protagonist took a stand, moved a step forward, but her learning itself was in how/when or if she would do this. And the fear she experiences was utterly understandable.

Four stars. I would definitely recommend.

Author Bio

szdMxJvACatherine Linkais the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association.

A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years.

Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at on her website.

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GIVEAWAY!

Win a copy of WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE by Catherine Linka (US Only). This giveaway on January 29th2020 and ends on February 12th2020

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WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE Blog Tour Stops

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The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

January 30th

Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
Devourbookswithdana – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Nomadic Worlds – Review
Life With No Plot – Review

January 31st

To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Interview
Bookish Geek – Review + Favourite Quotes
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Heart’s Content – Review
What Irin Reads – Review

February 1st

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sincerely Karen Jo – Review

Bookablereads – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 2nd

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Are You My Book? – Review
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 3rd
The Reading Life – Interview

Yna the Mood Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sohinee Reads & Reviews – Review
Twilight Reader – Review
A Dream Within A Dream – Promotional Post

February 4th

Kait Plus Books – Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
Reads Like Supernovae – Review
Laurensliterarylibrary – Review + Favourite Quotes
Amy’s Booket List – Review

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