Saturday 9 December 2023

BBNYA Spotlight - Unsound by Ash Finley

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner.

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Book Details

Length: 345 Pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Age Category: New Adult

Date Published: 22 November 2021

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Sometimes it’s the family you can’t choose who are the ones to save you.

un·sound /ˌənˈsound/ adjective not safe or robust; in poor condition. not based on sound evidence or reasoning and therefore unreliable or unacceptable not competent, reliable, or holding acceptable views.

As I watched the rich Washington landscape of mountains and thick green forests, I didn’t know what to expect. Granted, I was watching it from the back of a squad car, so it’s not like I had a choice in the matter.

High school is hard enough—dealing with hormones, grades, the pressure of college, social media, prom, sex ed… the list can go on forever. I wished for that kind of normalcy. Instead, I was being shipped way up to the middle of nowhere woods of Washington state—a serene community of cozy cabins, the smell of burning firewood… and enough troubled, drug-addicted, almost-criminal teens to make me wonder if this was a better option than juvie.

Little did I know that these drug-addled, societal misfits were exactly what I needed to become myself again.

Written in four cohesive POV's, Unsound follows a tight-knit group of troubled teenagers living at a boarding school for at-risk youths up in a remote forest in Washington State. These kids have had childhood ripped away from them but they're on the journey to take their lives back.

345 page standalone with a sequel is in the works!

But no cliffhangers, because who really likes a cliffhanger!?

There are TRIGGER WARNINGS ranging from mental abuse, eating disorders and depression to underage drug & alcohol use, underage sex and mentions of rape. But I promise, it's not as dark as the warning sounds.

Author Bio

I'm an author in Brooklyn, trying to promote my first book Unsound. Unsound is a 20+ year project and I'm so proud of where it is now from where it was in 1999 coming out of a 14-year-old brain.

I love Manhattan. I love my cat. I have the best boyfriend in the world who tries not to show his frustration when I want to write and therefore need to ignore him for hours.

I love music, my latest obsessions being Bastille, 21 Pilots, Old Dominion, Dan+Shay, and AJR. I love having the radio play all day long in the background. I love old school WB: Buffy, Dawson's Creek, Charmed, just to name a few.

And most importantly, I'm constantly reading. After all, Stephen King said: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.” “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Besides the sequel to Unsound, I'm also working on a new project that is fantasy based.

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