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Blog Tour: What I Want You to See – Catherine Linka

Hola, Book Dragons! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for What I Want You to See by the author, Catherine Linka. Stay tuned for my review and more deets below.­

A big thanks to FFBC Tours for allowing me to participate in the blog tour and kudos for all the meticulous, hard work.

Synopsis: Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs. But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve. Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen. Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her? Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Sabine Reye is a talented painter. Her life turns upside down when her mother dies. Despite winning a fully-paid scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school, which was a dream come true, her life isn’t all roses and sunshine. Her class with the teacher she once admired and hoped to study with is harder than she imagined. When a handsome stranger, Adam, who seems to understand her and gives her an opportunity to be better at her art, she takes him up on the offer. But who is Adam really? When she gets embroiled in a secret crime, she understands just what it means when things are too good to be true.

To be honest, I didn’t like Sabine much at first. I have an INTJ personality (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging) so it was quite annoying to watch her make all the wrong decisions. I believe that experiencing traumatic events does not excuse bad behavior or lashing out at others. But I also understand how lost and alone she was, with no one to guide her. I was disappointed by her choices. I suppose that it’s harder for me to empathize because I was forced at an earlier age to find my own moral compass which enabled me to know right from wrong. That said, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She was drowning and she couldn’t seem to pull herself out of the mess dragging her down.

The author’s writing was exceptional. She did a great job showing a complex plot-line with intrigue and good twists. I was engrossed in the story because I had to know how Sabine fared. I enjoyed the side characters and the way the author gave a creative slant to the story with the artistic descriptions, which were rich and vivid. Plus, how can you not love that fantastic cover?

Overall, What I Want You To See was a good story focusing on moral choices and the consequences of our decisions and actions, how they affect not just us but spiral to splash on the lives of others.








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authorCatherine Linka is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at





I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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