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#2999688 in Books Ingramcontent 2016-10-10Original language:English 8.50 x .98 x 5.50l, #File Name: 0997962518390 pagesThe Limbo Tree | File size: 19.Mb T. N. Suarez : The Limbo Tree before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Limbo Tree: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Fantastic storytelling!By CustomerI'm not exactly the target audience for this one, but really glad I picked it up. It has more twists than a bag of pretzels and I can promise you won't leave a page unturned!0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. The unexpected twist and turns that this story takes can seem a bit confusing to most but I was happily surprised by it's endingBy The Ravenous ReaderHave
you ever had a book stay with you? One that after you have finished devouring it cannot seem to leave you? Where it lingers in the back of your mind and haunts your waking moments making you revisit its words over and over again?.....The Limbo Tree by T.N Suarez is that book.As Samantha's story unfolded before my eyes I was taken on a journey that I could not seem to grasp hold of. Meaning that I initially perceived this novel to be a mystery of sorts with Samantha trying to find her dear friend Hazel and It turned into a mystery entirely of something else. And when I was convinced that I knew where Samantha was going her story, it took a turn that left me eager for clarity. To say that I was bewildered at times was an understatement but it only fueled to push me forward and each time I believed to have the answers I was rewarded with yet another twist.The unexpected twist and turns that this story takes can seem a bit confusing to most but I was happily surprised by it's ending. I truly did not expect that outcome and what I perceived to be the finale became something else entirely. What a dup! As the true ending finally came to light all questions and confusion are explained and it was amazingly well done.The only complaint that I have with this story is that it's confusing nature and sometimes slow narration can frustrate a reader that seeks a faster paced read and clear narration. I admit to feeling a bit more confusion than I normally prefer in a read but it's writing was so well crafted that I intuitively knew that my tenacity to reach the end would pay off. I began reading The Limbo Tree with no preconceived notions and I was rewarded with a tale that took me on a experience that was mystifying and wholly intriguing. I could not seem to stop myself from pushing forward as this well crafted novel left me on tender hooks with its masterful writing. I was consumed with unraveling the they mystery that surrounded Samantha McCallister and I could not stop until I reached the very end.The Limbo Tree is a book that I would recommend to both Teens and Adults alike. It is a story that will keep you mysteriously entertained until it's nail biting finale.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. One of the best books Ive read this yearBy BibliofagistaI received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.What a nice story. Its been a while since Ive read a YA novel so full of surprises. Lets just say that the I expected something else from the blurb. I will try my best to review this book without giving anything away that might take away from the novels twists and turns.PlotThe Tree Limbo has a fast-medium pace most of the chapters are really interesting, but there are some that are a little bit slower.Based on the blurb, I expected this novel to be about Sam finding Hazel and discovering what happen to her brother. In other words, I expected Sam to play detective, and Elliott would help her.Granted, the first chapters were about Hazel, but it expanded in more than that. Moreover, the plot is full of twists and turns; nothing is predictable, which is great! Also, certain scenes allude to some paranormal elements, and they made the novel even more intriguing.Therefore, I was mostly confused. I didnt know where the story will go. When I thought I figured it out: bam, another twist. And of course, I needed to know what will happen next, and figure out the mystery!The end was a huge surprise! I didnt see that coming. Actually, what I thought it was the end, turned out to be an impostor! Then the real end finally revealed itself, and it was really good! Everything wrapped up nicely, and all the ambiguity and confusion was explained.One more thing about the ending its open. The ending is just the beginning, but that beginning will be based our own imagination (hence the words open ending).There is also the possibility of a sequel, which would be quite interesting. At the same time, I would like for it to stay open, though. It would fit the novel perfectly.The only con for me are the slower paced chapters the ones where Sam and Elliott have fun and nothing else. The chapters are not bad, but my attention kind of dwindled while reading them. Anyway, this is a personal preference/opinion. Other people will not have a problem with this.CharactersThe main character is Sam. She is quite interesting, especially since shes an unreliable narrator. Which for me, made the story about Sam itself more interesting and a priority over Sams characterization. Since Sams point of view is not reliable, I had to pay attention to the clues, and made up my own theories.Sam is a nice, kind and smart young lady. She is a pleasant character. Since shes a teenager, she does have her moments of drama and stubbornness. Her relationship with her parents is quite typical for a teenager she sneaks out of the house, she tells white lies, sometimes she argues with them.As the blurb says, Sam has nightmares and sometimes is hard for her to realize what is real, and what is not. Thus, the reader does not know either the author did a really good job writing those nightmares as reality. I cannot tell you how many times I was fooled by those bloody dreams! And then there is Elliott, the boy who moves in Hazels house. He turns out to be an interesting character, as well as a really good friend to Sam. Just like Sam, Elliott has his own secrets that may or may not be revealed.Hazel appeared to be a nice, old lady the grandma type. However, she is a mysterious character that will only be reveal towards the end of the novel. Same goes for other secondary characters.In general, I liked all the characters. Theyre mysterious, well developed, intriguing. Also, each minor character has his/her own purpose even the ones who appear only for a couple of pages, here and there.RomanceThere is some romance in this book, but its not the main focus. I mean, Sam and Elliott develop feelings for each other, but their friendship is the foundation if you will no instant love. Were talking about that cute, innocent type of romance that first time a teenager falls in love.I liked it a lot. I also loved the fact that Sam had Elliott in either world.ConclusionWhat can I say? This novel surprised me in a good way.I think its one of the best books Ive read this year, especially in the Young Adult category. Im really glad I had the chance to read it!What I liked: The mystery of the plot. The twists and turns. The unpredictability of the story. I love unreliable narratives. Open ending.The characters all of them.The writing.Basically, almost everything.What I didnt like: The slow paced chapters very few, and this is a personal preference. I wished to know more about what happened to Sams
family at the end. This is not a dislike, more like a wish to know more.Recommend?Yes, yes, yes! You will love The Limbo Tree.Its a great story for both adults and teenagers. It has a little bit of everything: mystery, romance, drama, problems in a marriage, animals, twists and turns, unpredictability, scenes that appear to beparanormal, teenagers, friendship, family. An accident. A secret. The truth. Or was it in that order? Something is wrong with Samantha McCallister. Her baby brother is dead, and she has only one memory of the accident: the canned version her parents impressed upon her. But piece by piece, Sam struggles to make sense of it. Cast aside by her self-involved family, Sam seeks out a friendship with the next-door neighbor, Hazel, until Hazel inexplicably goes missing, leaving nothing but a note and a jar of jam. Determined to uncover the truth about Hazels disappearance, Sam finds out more than she bargained for. Bizarre episodes and nightmares consume her, vicious and unstoppable. Meanwhile, an adolescent muse moves into Hazels abandoned home. Sam is immediately drawn to himdiscovering the beginnings of true lovewhen the unthinkable occurs. Sam is alienated to a world in which she no longer feels she belongs. Try as she might, Sam cannot escape these nightmares or the truth behind themthe truth that lies in the Limbo Tree. Brilliantly crafted, shimmering with uncertainty, The Limbo Tree is as mystical as it is moving. About the AuthorChicago-born author Tania Nicole Suarez, best known as T.N. Suarez, does her best writing on her backyard patio, as well as at the charming coffee shop around the corner with free refills. When she isnt glued to her laptop, she spends time with her magical family, binge-watches Netflix, paints with acrylics, and tries very hard not being the worst tennis player in the burbs. Tania began her writing career while working as an art director for an advertising agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design and is an internationally published photographer. Her work has been featured in USA TODAY, Fox News, ABC News (Australia New Zealand), New York Magazine, New York Post, Fuji Television Network (Tokyo, Japan), Asahi Television Network (Tokyo, Japan), EuroNews (Lyon, France), Huffington Post (Osaka, Japan), and Les Journal de Montral (Montral, Quebec, Canada). Additionally, Tania is an active member of Chicago Writers Association (CWA), Poetry Society of America (PSA), Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Womens Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). You can visit T.N. Suarez online at taniansuarez.com or follow her on Twitter @taniansuarez.