Blog Tour & Giveaway – Finding Balance by Kati Gardner

Welcome to the Finding Balance blog tour and thank you for checking out my stop. A big thank you to the host, the Favourite Pages Club! Find the whole tour schedule here, and the book trailer here.

Mari Manos and Jase Ellison are both cancer survivors. Mari can’t hide that fact because it took one of her legs, and Jase hides his past from everyone. Both have attended Camp Chemo, a summer camp for kids fighting cancer, and love it. But when Mari transfers to Jase’s school, she could bring his carefully built image down. Will they both be able to move on?

Finding Balance follows the separate lives of Mari and Jase as they journey to accept themselves and their pasts. It is an emotional story with realistic characters and a unique plot, and transported me into the world of Mari and Jase almost instantly.

Mari lost her leg during her fight with bone cancer, and has struggled to move on ever since. How can she, when she looks at herself everyday, and her missing leg reminds her of all that she’s lost?

I enjoyed her story, and I really felt Mari’s thoughts and feelings, from her fierce anger to her many worries. She was a relatable character, and I liked reading as she learned and grew.

Jase, on the other hand, I did not like as much. He was inexplicably rude to Mari at the start. I could see why he wanted to hide his past from everyone, but he could be such a jerk at times. In the end, he redeemed himself to me and showed that he was a good person deep down.

To sum it up, Finding Balance was a sweet, heartfelt read that is all about creating balance in your life, being ourselves, and moving on. The plot was well-paced, but some parts dragged on, and it was predictable, but I still loved the characters. I hope to read more from Gardner soon!

Thanks to Flux Books and the Favourite Pages Club for sending an ARC of Finding Balance in exchange for an honest review.

Rating – 4 stars

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About the Author

Kati is a recovering actor who has spent the last few years keeping tiny humans alive. In high school she was determined to play a doctor on General Hospital and possibly add in a love story with Jonathan Jackson. She would spend hours toiling away on FanFiction for my AOL community and dreaming of the day she would accept a Daytime Emmy Award. In college she majored in Theater arts and spent lots of time hanging out in the box office.

Before any of that happened though, Kati had cancer. She was eight. She responded to chemotherapy and had an amputation of her entire left leg. She still advocates for childhood cancer research and accessibility for all individual with disabilities.

Kati is married, has two great girls, and a posse of furry friends. She doesn’t watch General Hospital anymore, but still thinks that Lucky Spencer is one of the most dynamic characters ever written.

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Flux Books and the Favourite Pages Club are hosting two giveaways to win copies of Finding Balance!

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