Thursday, August 2, 2012

Shades of the Future Blog Tour

Shades of the Future
by Suzanne Lilly



What would you do if you could see your future? Would you accept it or would you change it?

Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.

When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk.

Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.


“You see things?” Eulalie put the remains of her cookie on her saucer and leaned her elbows on the table. She laced her fingers together and rested her chin on her folded hands. “What kinds of things?”

“I don’t want you to think I’m crazy, but I see things that haven’t happened yet,” Mariah blurted out. She went on to tell her about the trig test that day, Hayley’s color-changing outfit, and the hamburger.

“Well, now, that doesn’t seem too bad.” Eulalie stirred her tea even though she hadn’t put any sugar in it. She took a sip.

“So you don’t think it’s strange?” Mariah asked.

Eulalie put her cup down. She shook her head. “I didn’t say that. Have you seen anything else? Anything that might involve other people? Something that might be a burden to you?”

Mariah shook her head no.

“That’s a good thing.” The words meant one thing, but the way Eulalie cleared her throat and looked away made Mariah think that it wasn’t what she truly thought. “If I were you, I’d be careful with them.”

“What do you mean?”

“When you start messing around with fortune telling and seeing the future, sooner or later you might see things you don’t want to know about.”

What I Liked:

From page one, you are hooked by the tone and voice of this novel. I loved Mariah's snark and found myself grinning like an idiot and waving my hands in the air..."don't touch them!" It was kind of like one of those slasher movies where you want to tell her...stop! Learning about the future is kind of a can of worms. You sort of want to, so you can control the outcome, but at what cost? Sooner or later, something is going to happen that you really didn't want to know.

I also loved the small town setting, the friendship between Mariah and her best friend Hayley. The interplay between them was so realistic. The animal rescue part also made my heart happy. Add a cute boyfriend and you have a yummilicious (is that even a word?) story that will keep you turning the pages.

What I Didn't:

Some of the dialogue was a little off, but it didn't detract too much from the story. Being a cover art person, I wished the cover was a little more in the now. 


This book was a great teen read. Having a pair of sunglasses that shows you the future sounds pretty awesome until you start to see some things you really wish you didn't. What a page turner! The friendship between Hayley and Mariah had great energy and her boyfriend, Kevin is a dream. Add in animal rescue and a life changing car accident and you have a recipe for a fast paced summer read that you won't want to put down. Just lock the door now, grab some chocolate covered popcorn, a box of tissues and a big bottle of water and  you'll be set. Bet you read it in one sitting!

I will be looking forward to more from this author.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Suzanne Lilly is a writer at night and a teacher by day, which is why she’s known online as the TeacherWriter. Her articles and stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print. She writes light romance, young adult, and middle grade novels. When not busy with words, she enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, fine arts, and cooking. She lives in California with her family and furry friends and has yet to feel an earthquake.

You can follow her on Twitter as @suzannelilly,  visit her blog at, or her author website at

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Available at Amazon and most online book retailers in digital or paperback.

Suzanne will be awarding pair of designer sunglasses to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US/Canada only). 


If you could see into the future-would you want to?

1 comment:

  1. No, I don't think I'd want to see the future. I agree with your character, Eulalie, you may see something you don't want to. I'm grateful for the good things in my life, and try to find the teaching moment in the bad stuff, but believing each obstacle makes me stronger. Loving your story, Suzanne. Almost done and I'm not sure how I feel about it ending.


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