By: Melanie | January 7, 2015 | (37) Comments

Blog Tour: Gone Too Far

Blog Tour: Gone Too FarGone Too Far by Natalie Richards
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Pages: 304
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.

Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...

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If you love a good revenge story, this is definitely a book you want to check out. 

Gone Too Far starts off on a promising note. Piper Woods discovers a notebook on the ground on her way to class one day, and what she thought was a generic notebook that probably contains someone’s finals notes actually is filled with the true stories about several of the students that attend Piper’s high school that, if revealed, could corrupt them. Piper soon receives a text message from an unknown number which tells Piper that he/she knows about the notebook that she found and that he/she could corrupt anyone as long as Piper sent he/she a name. At first, Piper doesn’t want to respond, but when Stella dies after a sex-tape of her goes on the internet, Piper wants justice and revenge. So she sends the mysterious texter a name.

I admit, I really did not like Piper at the start. She was awfully impulsive and was driven solely on her emotions; her sense of justice was really twisted, and I wanted to rip my hair out because of that. However, I love that Piper grows as a character throughout the story. She soon begins to mature and learn from her mistakes; and I really appreciate that. Her story arc was impressive and soon, by the end, the main character grew under my skin. 

“I don’t think you’ve got a terrible person in you.”
“I think we all do. If you scratch the surface.”

This is now my second novel that I’ve read by Natalie Richards and once again I am impressed by the messages that this author tries to convey through her novels. Nick is the love interest in Gone Too Far and oh my gosh he is absolutely the cutest. Piper has always disliked the popular crowd and holds the impression that all of the popular people are manipulative and total jerks. With Nick, she learns that not everyone is the same and that there’s more to a person when you look behind those outer layers. The romance was certainly a highlight in this book, and it didn’t even take over the main plot line, which was a bonus.

Gone Too Far was an enjoyable read that had some great underlying messages. While I feel that this novel could have been even better executed, the romance and character growth made up for it.

~Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars

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About Natalie Richards

At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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37 Responses to Blog Tour: Gone Too Far

  1. Shan says:

    I love seeing good character development, even if they start of annoying hahaha. Great review and this looks like a suspenseful read. The blurb reminded me a bit of Pretty Little Liars!
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  2. Wow, although Piper was kind of annoying at the start, I’m glad the story featured some great development for her in the end. I do like the messages in it too, it’s definitely important to look above people’s reputation and looks to what’s deeper inside. I’m it’s always a bonus when the romance doesn’t take over! Great review Mel!
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  3. The plot sounds interesting enough even though I’m usually not one to read high school drama or a lot of contemporary books in general. I do like a book with a some good themes, though.

    • Melanie says:

      It’s a book worth considering, Ana xD But yeah, I didn’t love it all that much, and if these aren’t your favourite genres then I”m not sure you’d actually like this, tbh.

  4. I think this would more qualify as a mystery than contemporary, especially if the romance isn’t the central plot of the book…but it’s great the MC finaly managed to get under your skin in the end, Mel 🙂 I an vowing to read more mysteries this year than romances, staring with Dangerous Girls, and this will surely be coming somewhere down the line. Fantastic review!
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  5. Yay for character growth Melanie! I’m fine if a character starts out a little frustrating as long as they grow over the course of the book and become someone I can really root for. Sounds like that was the case with Piper! Love the sound of the romance too, I can’t wait to meet Nick:)
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  6. I read her first book last year and I enjoyed the mystery even though it was a bit far fetched. I am tempted to read this one but still on the fence. Thanks for your review.
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  7. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a fairly good book overall. I don’t know if I’d search this one out though!
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  8. Lola says:

    This sounds like an interesting book, I like how you mention that the character grows and changed a lot and the romance is doen well without taking over the plot. Both are things I like in a book. Although it can be difficult if you don’t like the main character at first, I have had a few books like that as well and it can be hard to keep reading.
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  9. Maddy E says:

    I can see how Piper would drive you crazy. I just can’t stand it when characters have a warped sense of justice. I just want to scream at them that THIS ISN’T JUSTICE. But I’m glad she has a satisfying character arc. Static characters can be hella boring.
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  10. I’ve heard that Piper is an acquired taste, and while I’ve enjoyed the author’s previous work, I just don’t think this one’s for me. I have a feeling I’ll end up ranting like mad.
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  11. I’m so excited for this. I adored Natalie’s Six Months Later and am so glad to hear that this is just as good. It’s a shame that Piper’s a tad irritating, but it sounds like the rest of the book is solid. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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  12. Naban says:

    I cannot wait to read this! Piper seems like someone I might be able to like, after some getting warmed up to although I see myself hating it too. However, it’s great to know everything else is pretty good. Great review! <3
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  13. Consider me curious! Fluff and me usually dooon’t go well together and I’m sad it’s only 3-stars, but, if it falls into my lap I think I’d try it. x)
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, it’s not like an incredibly outstanding read or anything, so I can’t give it higher than a 3. What can I say? I’m a stingy person who has a 3.14 rating average on gr.

  14. Bennari says:

    I’ve never heard of this author before but her books sound pretty interesting! I love a book that has a great revenge plot line and books with messages are incredibly important so I’ll put her books on my TBR now! Awesome giveaway, btw 🙂

    Great review Melanie

    • Melanie says:

      thanks, you! This is her second novel and they both have great messages. You should definitely check her out! Glad to hear you’re adding them books on the TBR.

  15. Ooh I like that quote you included Mel 😀 It’s quite true – everyone hides their own terrible secrets, whether they are big or small. Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for introducing it to me. Nice review girl! <3 🙂

  16. Amelia K. says:

    I’m not really a fan of revenge stories but I do love a character that undergoes huge change throughout the story. I am always looking for books that are like that so I will give this one a go, for sure! And what a nice bonus, Nick sounds freaking adorable XD
    Lovely review, Melanie!

  17. Alreem says:

    not the type of books I will read (fan of revenge stories), lovely review, but glad you enjoyed it 🙂
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  18. This book sounds intriguing!I love myself some high school dramas,mainly because nothing like this happens in my own school.The book reminds me a lot of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl-two of my guilty pleasures:)
    Great review Melanie!
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  19. Great review, Mel! I feel the exact same way. I didn’t like Piper’s character in the beginning, but thankfully she gets better, and the romance is really sweet. Also the message is a good one. But I think this book was just a little too ‘high school’ cliche for me. :/
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