Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Windfall App by Teresa Richards {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

The Windfall App by Teresa Richards
Published July 27th 2018 by Evernight Teen
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.


Marina Berghman is a classical piano prodigy with parents who’ve had her life mapped out since she was in diapers. But their plan leaves no room for her secret love of alternative rock, or Sean, the edgy guitarist who recently moved to town.

When Marina buys a lottery ticket on her eighteenth birthday via the new Windfall app, she expects it to be nothing more than a rite of passage. But she wins—the grand prize of five thousand dollars a day, for life. Suddenly given the means to break free from a life she never felt in control of, she’s quick to cut her family ties and turn her back on everything she knows.

But her lottery win was no lucky break. Her prize comes with strings attached, and Marina soon finds herself at the center of someone else’s life or death game. When she discovers evidence linking her dad to the intrigue, she turns to Sean for help. But he’s harboring secrets of his own.

Now Marina must sort out who to trust and who’s pulling the strings, before her prize turns into a noose.

My Review: 5 Stars

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win the lottery? Marina buys a ticket to celebrate her 18th birthday and ends up winning a lot of money and I enjoyed the way that Richards develops a cast of charming characters, an entertaining mystery, and a plot full of decisions, fun, greed, and love (not necessarily in that order). 

Marina is quirky and has her own style, but she's never felt truly free to fly her own course. Not until she has the money to do so and goes against her father's wishes of keeping it. I love her savvy, yet somewhat naive, character and I especially enjoyed her budding romance with the slightly mysterious guitarist from LA, Sean. He's full of adventure and fun, and really helps Marina find her true potential.

I loved the setting of San Francisco and seeing it through the eyes of this bold young adult. I wish I really could have heard the impromptu jam session. The mystery really wrapped the whole story up in a satisfying package. I hope that Teresa Richards continues to venture in this genre.

Content: mild language; mild violence; mild romance 


Teresa Richards will announce the winner of the YA book bundle on her social media accounts (IG, FB, and twitter) within a week after the drawing closes. The giveaway for the books pictured (Lois Lane--Fallout by Gwenda Bond, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and The Windfall App by Teresa Richards) is open to US addresses only. Internationally, ebooks will be sent instead. You can click on the "Tour Schedule" at the top of the post and enter at each stop.

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