March 19, 2014

Blog Tour: The Cellar by Natasha Preston – Review and Interview


Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

presented by Sourcebooks!


Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

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Publication Date:  March 1, 2104
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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MaryAnn-2013This book was like watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU (Special Victims Unit).  I honestly, could not tear myself away.  It was so intriguing to me to read the sides of the captor, the captive, and the effects of the abduction on family and loved ones.

The story revolves around sixteen year old Summer who adores her boyfriend, but also wants to be her own person…which is why she refused to have him walk with her to meet her friend.  Unfortunately for Summer, this is the night that crazyass Colin Brown aka Clover is on the hunt for his next perfect flower…Lily…and his search leads him to Summer.

Summer now has to learn how to live the crazy life that Clover wants to have in his cellar, and must somehow survive his irrational and erratic behavior that his caused him to kill others in cold blood.  But as time goes by, Summer’s hunger to get away is still strong, but she knows she can’t do it alone…but whom among her new “family” can she trust?  And will she survive long enough to even get a chance to try.

Lewis, Summer’s boyfriend, will stop at nothing to find the love of his life.  Even if it meant risking his own safety.  But will his frantic searches and wild ideas get him closer to finding Summer, alive?  Or will it all lead to a dead body that he can only pray doesn’t belong to his true love.

Tormented by his past, Colin/Clover’s goal is to have a perfect family.  And by that he means finding the perfect “flowers” to keep in his cellar and take care of.  But memories from his past and the pressures of the present take it’s toll and Clover must work even harder to keep the family, or will one wrong move risk everything he’s worked so hard to keep a secret.

Clover is oneeeeeeeeeeee crazy dude!  I could easily picture this creep in my mind as I was reading…and I was seriously freaking myself out!  The Cellar by Natasha Preston is easily a parent’s worst nightmare come to life.

As your reading, you know what’s going to happen.  But you can’t help but get caught up in the moment as the events occur.  My heart literally started to beat faster, and my hands were getting a little sweaty.  The way in which the fear and other emotions would easily come out in the writing was what made this a truly enjoyable read for me.

I just wish that more of Clover’s past was revealed.  I wanted to know why he was so f’d up!  We get little snippets here and there of what happened in his past, and just how messed up things were.  But there wasn’t enough details to give me a picture of what caused his downward spiral to cray cray town.

Fans of thriller type reads will really enjoy The Cellar by Natasha Preson.  I recommend reading it in the evening with very little light…set the ambiance and settle in for a great read.


Top Favs with Natasha Preston

You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

Child, laptop, books. I’m assuming my fiancé would get himself out but if not I should probably swap either laptop or books for him.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

Stephen King because he scares me. Jodi Picoult because she makes me angry. Kirsty Moseley because she makes me cry.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why Chocolate.

Chocolate. Chocolate. Does chocolate need a reason?

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

I can’t listen to music while I write or I type lyrics! I have the TV on though so it’s not too quiet but I leave it on one channel for the noise.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

Pretend writing doesn’t exist until I feel like writing again because if I force it then it’s just rubbish! Write a different part (I don’t write chronologically anyway) and come back to the part I’m stuck on later, hoping I’ll be over it. Plan a new story, that always makes me want to write, write, write again.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

Guns ‘n Roses because they’re just incredible and November Rain is my favourite song of all time and I’m having the words ‘So never mind the darkness we still can find a way’ tattooed on me soon, it means a lot to me. Blink 182 because they’re my teenage years and I can’t help the huge moronic grin I get when I hear one of their songs. Justin Timberlake because YUM. I’m going to see him in April and possibly getting myself a restraining order…if I can get that close to him in the first place!

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

Pirates of the Caribbean because Jack Sparrow is plain awesome. Sex and the City movies, particularly the second one for the line ‘I have sex!’. The Conjuring because it scared me to death and made me want to punch every member of production. I like films that make me feel emotion to the extreme.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

The cookie box scene in Burlesque because Cam Gigandet is beyond gorgeous and that chest…!!! ‘I have sex’ in Sex and the City 2, as I mentioned earlier. The bad Mexican meal scene in Bridesmaids, laughed so much I was crying!


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My name is Natasha Preston, but most people call me Tash or Tasha. I don’t mind either. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and villages out in the countryside ever since.

My fiance, Joseph, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today. And this website wouldn’t exist! I’m a proud mummy to an amazing little boy who is my whole world.

At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and receptionist jobs, thinking that I couldn’t really do anything else.

In 2010 I stumbled into writing completely by accident. I was searching the ‘app store’ and came across Wattpad, an amateur writing site. For the first few months, I just read, but then decided to type up some of the ideas I had floating around in my head. I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love writing.

Writing gave me an escape, and Wattpad gave me the self-confidence I lacked.

I’m having a lot of fun writing my books, so I hope you enjoy reading them.

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1 Comment

  1. Megan

    Yikes, this book sounds creepy and AWESOME! I’m not sure why, but mental illness fascinates me.

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