September 12, 2017

RockStar Book Tours : The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting

Published Date : September 5, 2017
Publisher : Kids Can Press
Genre : YA Fiction / Fantasy / Mystery
Rating : 5 Star


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They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.

There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm's way and makes them wonder who --- if anyone --- they can trust.


The Lost Causes was not the book that I was expecting, it was so much better than you can ever imagine. The way that this book draws you into these five young kids who are deemed lost causes by their families and teachers was perfect for what this book was saying. You can't help but to feel their pain for what they had to go through to only to be taken for a ride after they drink a special potion that makes them have special powers to help with a murder case.

As you get more and more into this book, you can't help but to wonder what is coming and once you realize who is telling the truth and who is keeping a major secret, it makes the last page spoiler even better! I really hope that a second book is coming soon just to know more about what is gonna happen next for these five kids and what will come of the major spoiler in the end!

Thank You to Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting for this fantastic read that left me speechless!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from RockStar Book Tours!


Hi, we're Jessica & Alyssa!

We're best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).

We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

​We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.

​The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown...After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we've honed it to a pretty efficient process....except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

Giveaway Details

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!

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Tour Schedule

Week One

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Interview
9/4/2017- Kourtni Reads- Review

9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic Reviews- Guest Post
9/5/2017- Mama Reads Blog- Review

9/6/2017- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt
9/6/2017- What the Cat Read- Review

9/7/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post
9/7/2017- Bibliobakes- Review

9/8/2017- Book Princess Reviews- Interview
9/8/2017- Savings in Seconds- Review

Week Two

9/11/2017- Smada's BookSmack- Excerpt
9/11/2017- Jessica's Reading Room- Review

9/12/2017- Portrait of a Book- Interview
9/12/2017- Texan Girl Reads- Review

9/13/2017- Cindy's Love of Books- Review
9/13/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review

9/14/2017- Comfort Books- Interview
9/14/2017- The Desert Bibliophile- Review

9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews- Excerpt
9/15/2017- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

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