Ultimate Blog Tour: Things To Do Before The End of the World by Emily Barr #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

Hi Folks!!!

I’m back yet again with another fab Ultimate Blog Tour!!! Once again a massive shout out to Dave @The_WriteReads and the gang for my spot today!!! Also let’s not forget a big thank you to Penguin for providing an eARC!!

Today’s tour is for…

Publisher: Penguin

Genres: Young Adult

Length: 368 pages

Publication Date: 6th May 2021


“Timely and powerful; the new coming-of-age thriller from the bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks. 

1. Live your best life.
2. Uncover family secrets.
3. Trust no one

What would you do when you hear the news that humans have done such damage to the earth that there might only be a limited amount of safe air left – a year’s worth at most?
You’d work through your bucket list, heal rifts, do everything you’ve never been brave enough to do before?

Olivia is struggling to do any of this. What it is she truly wants to do? Who do she wants to be?

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. 
And as the girls meet up for a long, hot last summer, Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her.

But Natasha definitely isn’t everything she first appears to be . . .

I walked home. I kept hearing footsteps behind me, but every time I turned around, no one was there.”

My Thoughts

I found this book to be an interesting read, I enjoyed most of the plot but occasionally felt things were not quite in keeping with the theme of the book and at times thought the plot was a little silly and unbelievable. But at the same time something in the writing kept me wanting to know more.

It may be the easy to read writing style used by the author. For me the pacing was a little off in places, more so during the first half of the book. The pacing in the second half felt more steadier and more to my liking.

I found the whole “The Creep” thing really interesting but feel that Barr needed to go into it in a bit more detail as we don’t really get to know much more about it except for what we learn at the beginning of the book. 

The characters were an interesting lot. I thought Barr has done a great job with them. I liked how we saw them develop as the book progressed. Especially the main character Olivia (Libby). 

Natasha, Libby’s long lost cousin, on the other hand, was a character I could decide if I liked or not. Especially as I found her behaviour to be a little weird at time and I wasn’t entirely sure whether to trust her or not.

Although I had a few issues with this book, it was definitely intriguing and fun read. This was my first book from this author but I will be looking into reading more from this author in the future.

My Rating


About the Author:

I started out working as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. I managed, somehow, to get commissioned to go travelling for a year, and came home with the beginnings of a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and I have since written eleven more novels for adults, one novella, and three book for Young Adults, published in the UK and around the world. I live in Cornwall with my husband Craig and our children.





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