Review – eXtreme Blindside

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: eXtreme Blindside
Author: Leslea Wahl
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Mystery

After winning Olympic silver, teen snowboarder Jake Taylor is struggling with sudden fame when he’s offered a gig he can’t refuse: becoming a spokesperson for a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. Training for its first competition, Jake relies on his faith to help him find ways to use his fame to help others . . . when athletes mysteriously start getting sabotaged one by one. Time is running out for Jake and his girlfriend, Sophie, to figure out what is going on before he is also sabotaged . . . or worse.

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My Review

Wahl, Leslea. eXtreme Blindside. Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media, 2019.

WOW! Leslea Wahl understands teens. I know I said that before when I reviewed The Perfect Blindside, the first book in Leslea Wahl’s Jake and Sophie Mystery series. But this book had me thinking it again. She knows how to grab the reader’s attention and keep the interest high throughout the whole story. In eXtreme Blindside, the reader will get to know Jake and Sophie a little better. Sophie learns more what it is like for Jake to live his celebrity life. The two come from strong Cathollic families and are learning to rely on their faith in God as they face temptations and difficulties. They are both in the process of learning to put God and others before their own wishes. Jake and Sophie are two teens I’d be happy to know, if they were not fictional characters. They serve as great examples for teens without being preachy.. Wahl has created them to be “real”. She did a great job with the mystery aspect of the story. I was surprised at the “who” behind the mysterious acts during the games. I look forward to reading more books in the Jake and Sophie Mystery series.

There is some drinking on the part of adults and one underage person, for the most part it is just an observation. In the case of Matt it serves a purpose in the healing process between him and Jake. There are also several scenes with light kissing between Jake and Sophie. These scenes serve to cement their relationship and do not lead to inappropriate behavior. I mention these items to let librarians/parents know more about the content, not because I think the book should not be included

I think this clean romance with a lot of mystery thrown in would make a great addition to a K-12 Christian school library. I think it would be appropriate for older middle school students and older.

I want to thank JustRead Publicity Tours for the complimentary e-copy of eXtreme Blindside. This is my honest review.


Leslea Wahl lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea is the author of three other Catholic teen novels, The Perfect Blindside, An Unexpected Role, and Where You Lead, and strives to write Young Adult novels that will encourage teens to grow in their faith through fun, adventurous mysteries.

In addition to writing her own books, Leslea has begun reviewing Catholic and Christian teen novels on her website to help families find faith-based novels. She is also one of the founding members of the joint-website

For more information on her award-winning Young Adult mysteries please visit

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(5) winners will each receive a signed print copy of Extreme Blindside, a custom bookmark, and scented soap!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 15, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 22, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you for your review on “eXtreme Blindside” by Leslea Wahl and for being part of the book tour hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours.

    The more I read about this book, the more I know I would really enjoy having the opportunity to read it. Definitely on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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