Friday, January 23, 2015

Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson Blog Tour!

Publication: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Publisher

*Thank you for joining me on my part of the Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson Blog Tour! This book releases next week, and if you are a fan of the author or YA Thrillers, then you will want to take a look it out. Click the banner at the top or check out the link at the bottom to follow along with the rest of the tour! *

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn't as lucky. Now she's trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she'd have to experience alone. She's hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment--without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.

Piper (aka Charlotte) has had a traumatic upbringing. She was abused at the hands of her very own parents. It’s insane to think of something like that really happening. Despite what she has gone through, she hasn’t let that stop her. She manages to escape to a new state where she reinvent herself...becoming Charlotte.

A new place, some money, a whole new chapter and fresh start for Charlotte right? Wrong. Well sort of. She tries to fit into her new world and learn new things, but her plan takes a detour when she discover another young girl seemingly being abused. To make things even worse, someone decided to stalk and taunt Charlotte. She begins to wonder can her past truly stay in the past.

I didn’t really connect with Charlotte that much, but I did find myself really liking Cam and learning more about his life. Cut Me Free kept me guessing the whole way. I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to happen or when. I was hoping it was going to be more of a emotional thrill ride than it actually was, but I liked the story nonetheless. It was suspenseful and entertaining.

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RATING: 3 out of 5.


J.R. Johansson is the author of Insomnia and Paranoia. In researching for this novel, she found several stories about human trafficking which fueled her conviction to join the fight against it. If you'd like information on how to help visit or J.R. Johansson lives on the foothills of the Utah mountains with her two young sons and a wonderful husband. Visit her online at


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