Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Sponsored by Caroline T. Patti
Book Blurb:The Sponsored by Caroline T. Patti
Publication Date: September 12, 2018
Don’t break the rules…
Max Winter is a janitor at a ritzy boarding school. He’s supposed to keep to himself, mind his business, stay quiet about the things he sees, sweep the floors, and under no circumstances is he to have any contact with the residents. Now, Max will break every last one of those rules when he meets Ace Valentine.
Don’t follow your heart…
Ace Sloane finds out she’s on the wrong side of a war she no longer believes in fighting. Now, she’ll risk everything to get her life back from the people who stole it, including getting too close to exactly the wrong boy.
Don’t get caught…
Grey Winter lost both parents in a fire that should've killed her as well. A “miracle baby,” Grey is sent to live with her Nana who should have told her the truth about who and what she really is. Now she’s at the forefront of a cover-up, all-out manhunt, and the object of one boy’s interest she doesn’t want or need. It’s up to Grey to connect the dots and bring an end to the secrets and lies that have caused so much pain and suffering for so long.
Genre: Dystopian, Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--
When Grey is in her favorite little neighborhood store and a robber comes in, she can't help herself from jumping in front of clerk and taking a bullet meant for him. When she realizes that her popular classmate Julian witnessed her act, she regrets her impulsiveness, but when he comes to her aid she is the one surprised. Grey has a secret, one she is not suppose to tell anyone, and now somebody knows.
I found the cover of The Sponsored to be eye catching and slightly mysterious, and the plot sounded different so I was 100% interested in picking up this book to read. I will admit that when I finally stared reading the book, I could not remember what the synopsis said so I had pretty much zero expectations. And maybe that is the best way to start a story, because I very much so enjoyed The Sponsored. I found this to be a fast paced action story that I easily got lost in. There was the perfect mix of distopian, supernatural, action, mystery and a little touch of romance that was completely relevant to the plot.
I really enjoyed the narration style use in the story. We have two different time periods with two different voices to try and put together a cohesive story. In the past, we have Max who is a really great (seriously, he was so freaking sweet!), hard working guy who just wants the chance to speak to his crush- which is basically impossible since she is a Sponsored student at the elite academy and he is just the janitor. Can I just mention that everything Ace asked of Max was so awful to expect him to be fine with the situation? I was not fine with the situation and it was not even MY situation. And then we have Grey in the present day, a total no-nonsense loner who keeps her nose down to stay off the radar since she has some...enhanced...gifts that would make her very noticeable. I spent most of the story trying to piece together how the two timelines fit together but when I finally realized that there was a common factor in both everything fit so nicely.
I did find the slightly dystopian feel to the book perfect, with the present day timeline being in 2043 and the past timeline in 2024, so just a few years ahead and with subtle changes that made the book so much more realistic. There was no over the top advancements or a strange world I could not connect to, and the reasons for the changes made sense. For the plot, public education in 2024 was a thing of the past, collapsed due to funding, so only those with money could be "sponsored" for an education in one of the few schools across the country. But now in 2043, the error of the system was rectified and education for the masses has returned, but there were so many secrets that needed to be investigated.
Based on the ending, this kinda feels like a superhero origin story and the next book (which there has to be with this ending!) will hopefully be Grey kicking ass and taking names because there is some bad out there that needs to be stopped- even if she may be a pawn, she can be an awesome one and make Nana proud. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more Grey (and hopefully Julian) to come.
I reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.
Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan.