Y’all!! I don’t think I can do this book justice. It’s so good. It’s strong sibling bonds and survival and caring so much you’ll do anything to save the people you love. I wanted to be on this blog tour originally because the synopsis drew me in, but Last Girls is SO much more than the synopsis gives away. I’m so glad I replied to the blog tour email and was able to read this book.
As you scroll through this post, make sure to check out my review, a little about the author, the pre-order campaign, and THE GIVEAWAY!! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?? Alright, let’s get started!
by Demetra Brodsky
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: May 5th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
No one knows how the world will end.
On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.
Prepare for every situation.
But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:
Nowhere is safe.
This. BOOK. I went into Last Girls thinking it was going to be difficult to read since it’s about doomsday preppers and we’re going through the hell that is the pandemic right now, but I was so wrong. Because of the depth of the characters and the pacing, I loved reading this story. It’s suspenseful and thrilling, but also…fun? Does that say something bad about me? Lol
Last Girls follows the Juniper sisters, Honey, Birdie, and Blue. Honey is the oldest and the mama bear/protector of the siblings. Birdie is the rebel. She’s the one breaking the rules, sneaking out at night, and punching first and asking questions later. Blue is the youngest and kind of psychic. All the sisters also use some form of art to express themselves. Honey paints and writes, Birdie draws, and Blue embroiders.
The girls live on a doomsday prepper compound with their mother. On the compound, they train in combat, learn how to use weapons, grow their own food, and discover remedies for different ailments. They know everything it takes to survive the apocalypse.
It’s only when they go to school that they are considered “the weirds.” And it’s at school where their troubles and their journey to discovering who they really are begins.
Who are they, you ask?? YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK. IT’S TOO GOOD TO GIVE SPOILERS HERE!
Ok, lets talk characters. The Juniper sisters are a goddamn delight! They fight for each other like their life depends on it and often, it does! I also loved how distinct they are. You will not be confusing one sister for another. They are so unique and yet bonded completely. But don’t let that fool you! They totally fight with each other too.
I also REALLY like Remy. He’s a friend (and possibly more) of Honey and he doesn’t let her close herself off from him. He keeps asking her questions and talking to her in art class and complimenting her and she does not know what to do with that. He’s also not put off or too weirded out by Honey’s way of life. He is wonderful!
There’s also a character named Toby and I can’t say who he is, but I really like how his life is compared/contrasted to the Junipers’. He’s also just such a decent, determined, caring dude. It’s impossible not to like him.
Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky may not seem like the book we all need right now given the topic, but it totally is. It’s thrilling and has it’s dark moments, but overall, it’s a story of strength, family, and never giving up on those you care about. PLEASE pick up a copy of this. If you like YA thrillers, you need Last Girls
DEMETRA BRODSKY writes twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she’s always exploring and researching, looking for clues to things that might feed into her next book. She is a first generation Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE), and a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for Young Adults for Spring/Summer 2018.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: (chosen at random on or before 5/19) will receive a BUILT NY grey & blue camouflage backpack with thermal lunch compartment. Inside you’ll find a mini acrylic painting kit (From Honey), a sketchbook & pen (From Birdie), an adorable 10″ peregrine falcon plushie and mini sewing kit (from Blue), a flashlight (with batteries), a rosy tinted lip balm, camouflage band-aids, a 3-pack of portable tissues printed with positive messages, and a dehydrated camping meal like the one the sisters eat in the book.
FIRST PRIZE: (chosen at random on or before 5/19) A signed hardcover copy of my debut novel, DIVE SMACK, to round out your collection (Surprise! There’s a big Dive Smack Easter Egg hidden in the pages of Last Girls).
TO ENTER: email proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 5th. You’ll get one entry for each copy of the book you purchase.
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Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego will have signed copies (not bookplates) and offers Free shipping for media mail rate within the U.S. on orders over $35. https://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781250256522
VISIT: https://www.demetrabrodsky.com/last-girls-preorder-campaign to learn more!
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READ AN EXCERPT LAST GIRLS HERE:
Prize: Win (1) of (3) copies of LAST GIRLS by Demetra Brodsky (US Only)
Starts: April 29th 2020
Ends: May 13th 2020