Friday, June 17, 2016

Blog Tour: The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass

Title: The Cresswell Plot
Author: Eliza Wass
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Source: Irish Banana Blog Tours

Okay...let me start out by saying that I almosted DNF'd this book...


Because I was scared it was going to go places that I just morally didn't want to read about.  Because I was scared it was going to take me places mentally that I just did not have the power to go.

Because I was scared of it.

But I persevered.  And I pushed through.  And OMG!

I am so happy that I didn't allow myself to DNF.  I would have missed out on such a fantastic, beautiful read.

So saying all that, I bet you may be wondering what The Cresswell Plot is about huh?  Well, it is mostly about Castley Cresswell as it is told from her point of view.  She is just one of a whole group of siblings. 

But the Cresswell's aren't your normal family.  They make their own clothes, live out in the woods in a huge run down house.  They don't go to the doctors when they are sick.  They only go to school because their parents were forced by the authorities to put them there.

They also have their own religion.  One that their father is in charge of.  He has written a book that they all study and pray over.  Father is the one to fear.  He is the one who delivers the punishments.  Mother is just there, in the background not to be bothered.

Their religion is a huge focal point of the whole story.  The children have been raised believing that they are the only ones who are going to be allowed into heaven.  And that the person they are supposed to marry is one of their siblings.  In fact, father has already decided which child is to marry which...

The Cresswell siblings didn't know any of this was a little off until they were sent to school...

This description is poor and only touches the surface of The Cresswell Plot.  The story is so much more with so much more involved.  Once I was finally able to get over my fears about the story I was able to enjoy it so much!  And I am so glad that I finished it and didn't let myself get in the way!

This book could have been so much longer though.  There was so much I would have loved to learn more about, but I guess we are going to be left hanging :(

Also, this is a story I wouldn't mind reading from the point of views of the other children, not just of Castley.  The Cresswell Plot shows you one side, but each one of these characters has their own story behind them and I just wish I could know it.

This is also a book that is going to cause you to have emotions.  I've already told you about how I experienced fear...but I also experienced anger, disgust, and more.

This is a book that needs to be read. 

My Rating
4 Stars

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher through Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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  1. From reading your review I could see why you would have been worried about where this book was going to go. But you make it sound really good! I'm always interested in self-made religion books and that sort of thing so thanks for the review!

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

    1. It really was good! I do hope you pick up a copy for yourself if you haven't already. I don't think you will be disappointed.

  2. Wow! Marrying your siblings definitely sounds like the story might go somewhere uncomfortable! The father sounds absolutely crazy sauce. I'm always intrigued by crazy cults and what it would be like to be part of one.

    1. The marrying your siblings was a rule the father created. And then they would be partners also forever in heaven. If you are intrigued by crazy cults I think that you definitely need to pick this one up!

  3. This book would make me nervous too. But I'm so happy you kept reading so you could share with us!

    1. Yes! I am so glad that I didn't give in to my fears. Honestly, I kept reminding myself who the publisher was and that I figured they wouldn't let my fear come true.

  4. Such a fun review! I can't wait to read this book!