Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Left to Die // Author Interview and Review

Hello all! 

Guess what guess what guess what?? Ivy Rose is releasing her new novella, Left to Die this week! So exciting!!!! I’m participating in her very awesome book blog tour. Onto the interview and review, shall we? 

Hi there, Ivy Rose! It is so awesome to have you back to the blog and in such exciting circumstances too :) Now if I may ask, what was the inspiration for Left to Die? 
The inspiration for Left to Die comes from my sister. She had a rough start to life and almost didn’t live to see her first birthday, but because of some amazing folks in China, her heart was repaired and she is now a happy, healthy 11 year old ready to take on the world! I want to raise awareness for the orphan crisis in the world, and doing so through a platform I already have—as an author—seemed like a good start.

That’s an amazing background! I’m so glad to hear that your sister is doing so much better, praise the Lord! As for the orphan crisis awareness, you certainly taught me a few things. So thank you! :) Your next question: How long did it take for you to write Left to Die?
If I’m remembering correctly, I believe it took me about 3 weeks to write the first draft. It was my fastest, albeit shortest, work to ever write!

Oh wow! You were very inspired, weren’t ya? ;) And last question, how do you feel publishing another work only 6 months after The Old River Road?
A mixed-up mess of stress and excitement. ;) 6 months might be a little too soon. I don’t know if I’ll be doing releases so close together again.

Hey, just saying, I don’t mind the releases being so close together. More awesome books for all us readers to devour ;) Thank you so much for coming to the blog, Ivy Rose, and blessings in your writing career! 

Note: There are spoilers in this review, so read at your own risk ;) 


Where do I start? This book is just amazing. The characters, the details, the emotions. The emotions especially were really good, and not fake or anything. 

I loved the entire plot, from Lindy finding Jia, to struggling to help her, to finally deciding to keep her as her own child. And when Lindy left Jia with the Owens, gah, the emotions there were so high…there were literally tears in my eyes. Then when Lindy drove all the way back there to pick up Jia, I was like “YES!” :D 

The setting seemed almost unrealistic at times, but I think that was just because of how horrible reality seems. It’s hard to believe that someone would dispose of their child just because of it being a girl, or having a defect. And it’s positively heartbreaking to think that that actually does happen in the world. It was so sad reading about the situation in Left to Die. But I think the author did a really good in exposing the problem and making readers more aware of what was, and still is, happening. 

And Nathan and Lindy 💗  Nathan is just so sweet. His desire to care for Lindy is so sincere and I was just “awww-ing” over him during that scene where Lindy comes home super tired and finds Jia screaming for her. And the Oreo cookies. ;) 

All in all, I really enjoyed Left to Die. Ivy Rose did another amazing job, and if you haven’t read this novella already, I very strongly suggest that you do! 


Go here to enter the Giveaway!
Left to Die Prize Pack

Follow the Tour

Becoming Lost – Review
Anika’s Avenue – Review
Once Upon an Ordinary – Interview

Whispers on the Wind – Interview
Read Another Page – Review

Counting Your Blessings – Review/Interview
Stories by Firefly – Review
Writing in the Light – Interview

Reveries Reviews – Review
Marrok Macintyre – Interview

Having a Heart Like His – Review/Interview
Whimsical Writings – Review

Rebekah’s Remarks - Interview

About the Author:

Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, eating chocolate, traveling, reading, and doing TaeKwonDo. She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington. She can be found at various places on the Internet: 


  1. Great post and interview. :) Yes, I agree, if anyone hasn't read this book, they should. And if you find a piece of my heart, will you give it back? I think I lost some.(Actually I lost it a long time ago.)

  2. Thank you so much for being a part of my blog tour, Blessing!

  3. Amazing review, Blessing! :D Ahhh, this book...<3


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