Wednesday, December 13, 2023

[Review] — "BLADESTAY" is a Fascinating YA Western

Find it on Goodreads and Books2Read.

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BLADESTAY by Jackie Johnson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!



About the Book

Be Careful Who You Root For

When a violent, decades-long feud between two powerful men comes to a head in the small settlement of Bladestay, Colorado, cunning resident Theo Creed must use her wits to stay alive. Disguising herself as a young boy, seventeen-year-old Theo bluffs her way into the inner circle of August Gaines, the magnetic leader of the ruthless gang that has descended on her town. But the deeper Theo gets into the con, the more she starts to question her loyalties. Complicating her subterfuge is a mysterious outlaw whose small moments of kindness contradict the blood he has on his hands, making Theo wonder who, exactly, is conning who. To save her town, Theo must parse façade from reality and choose between the barefaced malevolence she’s infiltrated and an evil she didn’t know lurked at home.

My Review

When I opened BLADESTAY, I had no clue what to expect; for some reason, I assumed it would be "Hunger Games" in style, but I couldn't have been more mistaken. I knew the storyline beforehand, but I had no idea it would have an old-school Wild West feel. No, it's hardly a Zane Grey masterpiece, but I could find echoes of Matt Braun's writing style in the prose.

The protagonist, Theo, is a seventeen-year-old Theodora, so obviously, the story is for a young adult audience, but the prose doesn't feel like your typical young adult novel; it reads more like an adult Western. August Gaines, the leader of a vicious gang, is the main antagonist and has a more complex past than others. Theo is smart and spunky, so I liked her right away. When I first met August, I had the opposite reaction—I detested him from the start.

BLADESTAY is a well-written western with a fascinating plot and interesting characters you'll either love or loathe. I highly recommend reading it. ╌★★★★★



About Jackie Johnson

Jackie Johnson is a San Diego born poet and novelist. Her background as a journalist, BA in history, and education in armed defense gives her a uniquely authentic voice within the historical genre. She’s been riding horses for over twenty years and had her own real-life cowboy love story when she fell in love with and married a horse trainer. Together, they established a ranch in Southern California where she spends her days writing, riding, and chasing after their dreams, their two children, four horses, six cats, and two dogs. Bladestay is her first novel.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub


Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive a finished copy of BLADESTAY, US Only.

Ends December 19th, midnight EST.

Tour Schedule

Week One:


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Spotlight Post/IG Post


Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post


Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post/IG Post


YA Books Central

Interview/IG Post


A Backwards Story

Guest Post


Rockstar Book Tours


Week Two:


Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post


Locks, Hooks and Books



Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post


Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post


The Litt Librarian

Review/IG Post


Callisto’s calling

IG Review

Week Three:



IG Review



IG Review/TikTok Post



IG Review



IG Review


The Momma Spot



Confessions of the Perfect Mom

Review/IG Post



IG Review

Week Four:


Lifestyle of Me




IG Review


One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post/LFL Drop Pic


Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post



IG Review


More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

No comments:

Post a Comment

I adore reading reader feedback! I will, however, remove all spam and pointless comments.

Please take note that I have the right to delete comments from this site. Please only post constructive and respectful feedback.