Thursday, December 10, 2015

Blog Tour: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

Author:Marisa de los Santos
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of publication: March 2015

In all her life, Eustacia “Taisy” Cleary has given her heart to only three men: her first love, Ben Ransom; her twin brother, Marcus; and Wilson Cleary—professor, inventor, philanderer, self-made millionaire, brilliant man, breathtaking jerk—her father.
Seventeen years ago, Wilson ditched his first family for Caroline, a beautiful young sculptor. In all that time, Taisy’s family has seen Wilson, Caroline, and their daughter, Willow, only once.

Why then, is Wilson calling Taisy now, inviting her for an extended visit, encouraging her to meet her pretty sister—a teenager who views her with jealousy, mistrust, and grudging admiration? Why, now, does Wilson want Taisy to help him write his memoir?

Told in alternating voices—Taisy’s strong, unsparing observations and Willow’s naive, heartbreakingly earnest yearnings—The Precious One is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos’s beloved works.

I'm really on the fence about The Precious One.  There were parts I loved and parts I really didn't. I really liked Taisy.  I thought that despite how her father treated her and her family, she grew into a responsible and caring adult. I loved her second chance story line with the love of her life, Ben.  In fact, I would have loved if the book focused on them more.  I also ended up liking Willow.  In the beginning, I wasn't warming up to her, but she ended up being the most changed in the end.  It was nice to see her become more of a normal teenager.

What I didn't like about the story was the rest.  The part involving Willow and her teacher made me very uncomfortable.  I was bothered at the lack of action taken by Taisy after she found out.  Why weren't the police called?  Or at least the principal of the school?  That part didn't fly with me. In fact that entire part really didn't need to be a part of the book.  I also found myself laughing at the reveal of Wilson's past and how it shaped him into the man he was. It was kind of a letdown. So, in the end I would say this was good, but not amazing.

About Marisa de los Santos

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing, Marisa de los Santos lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.

Connect with Marisa on Facebook and Twitter.

Purchase Links

Marisa’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, December 1st: The Book Chick
Wednesday, December 2nd: A Bookish Affair
Friday, December 4th: Booksie’s Blog
Monday, December 7th: I’m Shelf-ish
Monday, December 7th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Tuesday, December 8th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, December 10th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, December 14th: BoundyWords
Tuesday, December 15th: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, December 16th: Novel Escapes
Thursday, December 17th: Imaginary Reads
Thursday, December 17th: Joyfully Retired

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour.