Saturday, November 7, 2015

{(BLOG TOUR- CAM GIRL)} by Leah Raeder + Giveaway


Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she's been running from—those of others, and those she's been keeping from herself...

It amazes me to no end the writing of this author. 
Going into this book blind was the best way to experience for me. From the beginning I was mesmerized by Leah's writing style (yet again) the way her words flow so seamlessly together. As the story progressed I was captivated not only by her word choice but the symbolism, the use of color and what they represent, the layers added together to be dissected so perfectly and visually.

In this story Vada the protagonist and her best friend Ellis are in a terrible car accident leaving Vada in a dark place. Her mom comes into town but straight away one can see that Vada is confused about her sexuality. Her mother doesn't make matters easier for her, with the way she talks and treats her.  Vada is left with out the support of the one person she needs Ellis, soon she finds herself working as a Cam girl. While I know that this is a very sensitive subject I love reading about present day issues. We get to see and explore the good and bad parts of this world. 

What I loved the most about this book is the fact that it deals with real issues. Besides the cam girl there is sexuality. Vada is confused about herself, she knows how society wants her to be, how her mom looks at her. I was touched by this aspect because so many kids go through this issue where they feel that they don't fit a certain mold and why should anyone be made to feel that way? I love that Leah pushes the boundaries and forces readers to confront those issues head on, to really sit back and think before giving into societies wants for how a person should be or act.

Another part of this book that had me captivated was the fact that there is a bit of mystery. There is romance it's just not so plain and/or the main focus which I also love, As we are introduced to one of Vada's clients "Blue" it had me questioning who he is. Why he is so possessive of her. No worries all questions are answered. 

Like I said Leah has once again made a novel that had me thinking, dissecting, analyzing and memorized by he beauty of the words and the way she wove this tale together. I love that she always pushes those boundaries exploring new, darker areas of everyday life and putting them in the readers face. I applaud her for showing and telling the world in this riveting, beautiful novel about so many issues that face society currently. It's people like this author that my faith in humanity is restored. 

Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. She is also the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable and Black Iris. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at


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