Parched Blog Tour

Hey everyone!  How have y’all been?  Hope each of you had a great New Years.

Thanks to this wonderful website known as Prism Book Tours, I was offered the chance to join the Parched by Georgia Clark blog tour.  Now I can tell you a really good book to read!!

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Synopsis:

      In sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood’s world, natural resources are at an all-time low. Most of the remaining supplies are funneled into Eden, known as the “powerful city of shining abundance,” while citizens of the Badlands eat gelatinous gray porridge and drink reddish iron water. Tess was born an Edenite, but after the death of her scientist mother she decides to combat this inequality by joining a rebel group called Kudzu. Together they uncover a shocking government plot to carry out genocide in the Badlands using artifical intelligence. Unofrtunately, Tess has some complicated ties to the project that test her loyalty. Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together as Tess risks her life to bring justice to Eden.

My Rating:

4 STARS

The Review:

       Parched was a very interesting read at first.  It took me a while to wrap m mind around the way that Georgia had imagined this dystopian place.  After I reached about the third or fourth chapter, it was easier.  As far as the characters go, I thought that the main characters were growing, changing, and learning through the extent of the novel.  Tess was probably my favorite though, (As cheesy as it sounds to have the main character be your favorite…)  I loved how while reading the book I kept seeing her try to have this tough exterior and act like nothing could hurt, while her human emotions continued to show through this wall.

      The plot was good too.  Upon starting to read it, I found that I just kept wanting to read and read and read.  Nothing could distract me from wanting to find out what was going to happen to Tess next.

About the Author:

Georgia Clark is a young adult author currently living in New York City. Her second novel, Parched, is out now through Holiday House.

Georgia was born in Sydney, Australia. Her BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) saw her becoming active in the student movement and blow way too much money on making short films and music videos.

After graduating she became a professional hipster for a while as Editor of The Brag, an excellent weekly music street press magazine. This also involved being in a band, the seminal electropop trio, Dead Dead Girls. She went on to become an Online Producer for a soapie called Home & Away, and Online Writer for Fremantle Media Australia.

In 2008 her first novel, She’s With The Band was published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin. She’s With The Band was released in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2011. It attracted five-star reviews.

Georgia has worked as a freelance journalist and copywriter for ten years. She is published in Cosmo, CLEO, Daily Life, Sunday Life, Girlfriend and more. She has attended writers’ residencies in Martha’s Vineyard and Portugal, and has also received grants for her work.

Georgia moved to from Sydney to New York in 2009 just for fun. Here, she performs improv, creates the award-winning SHO Sync app for Showtime and enjoys meeting new and interesting cheese platters. She writes from the New York Writers Room, which involves macaroons and many, many cups of tea.

Despite the fact Georgia writes and loves thinking about artificial intelligence, science and the future, she doesn’t own a smart phone and never learnt to drive. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Until next time,

Kat

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Glen Parris Post Part One

Hey guys, I’m so sorry I haven’t been on lately.  Let’s just say that being sick sucks.

Anyway, here is a guest post  from the author Glen Parris, who I have had the chance to read and review his book The Renaissance of Aspirin.  I’m going to post the review either saturday or sunday depending on when I get home.

Without further delay, your guest post…

The Other Side of the Tale

Ever ask yourself, “what draws you into a story most?” Most would say a compelling hero, or in literary terms, a protagonist. Well, I contend that that’s only half the story. A great three-dimensional protagonist is the hook, the selling point of a good tale. Yes, you have to have a good plot and yes, you have to have good supporting characters. If you have those elements, then yes, you have a good story. But if you want a really great story, you need a good villain (again, in literary terms an antagonist).

Just ask yourself, would Sherlock Holmes have been nearly as compelling without Prof. Moriarty? Would Star Wars have been nearly as exciting without Darth Vader? What would the Dark Knight be without the Joker? Hell, what would the Bible be without Satan?

We always cheer for the hero: let him get the girl, let him win the prize, let him seize the day! But what would be the point without a really intense challenge that the audience can connect with. A villain must have some redeeming characteristics. He must have fallen from grace. He must have some common failings, something reflected in most people. I submit, we have to empathize with the villain nearly as much as we empathize with the hero. Think about it, how engaging is it when the hero wins, but at the same time loses some of his innocence when he takes down the villain who turns out to be not so evil? When we learn that the villain and the protagonist have a lot in common except for maybe one or two wrong turns?

And let’s admit it, don’t you always kind of long for the villain to come back? Don’t you want to see him menace the world again? You know you want to see the protagonist win over and over against the same villain. Isn’t it always a let-down when another villain’s takes our endearing villain’s place? Someone not quite as bad or even not quite as likable? Don’t we usually find that “replacement” villain somewhat two-dimensional? Of course we do. That’s why, so often in fiction, evil never dies.

It’s great fun when the villains are more three-dimensional isn’t it? Not just a single individual, but layers of bad guys. Maybe I should have said, levels of bad guys? Sort of like a videogame. Don’t we love winning the videogame on the simple level to learn the rules of The World then moving up to level II? Don’t we feel special when we get to the final level? That’s when the game is fun, when you have to work at it.

One of the best rewards we get from villains is knowledge. It’s the “Great Reveal”. Something the hero doesn’t know until the last minute. “Yes you’ve won, but you still don’t know what I know. There’s still a secret that you have to solve.” It’s a little extra seasoning to make the sweet victory a little bit bitter. Savory!

Sometimes a really good villain is almost like a mentor to the hero. He makes the hero better, stronger, not quite so lighthearted. Forged in fire. Finally, the antagonist administers the acid test to the protagonist. “You can have the easy way out, the prize, unearned wealth. All you have to do is sin ‘just a little bit’.” A good villain lends the protagonist gravitas! Usually, the protagonist finds the strength of will to resist the temptation, but not always. Sometimes the protagonist disappoints us “just a little bit”. A precious sacrifice of the soul. This is always delicious foreshadowing when dealing with a trilogy or series. How will he ever redeem himself? We look forward to learning more about the imperfect heroes that we come to love. We look forward to seeing how the villain comes back as we look around every corner and under every rock and down every dark alley.

So when you pick up your next mystery, thriller, suspense, big adventure –Watch out, the unexpected this way comes!

BOO!

A Little about Glen Parris:

As a board certified rheumatologist, Glenn Parris has practiced medicine in the northeast Atlanta suburbs for over 20 years. He has been writing for nearly as long.

Originally from New York City, Parris migrated south to escape the cold and snow, but fell in love with the southern charms of Georgia and Carla, his wife of nearly 23 years. He now writes cross-genre in medical mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. The Renaissance of Aspirin is his debut novel.

His Links:

Website:  http://www.glennparris.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GlennParris.FictionWriter

Until the next time where you will find out more about his novel,

Kat

The Science of Manhood review

So through this wonderful website called twitter, I was able to get in touch with Erik Barnes, who was looking for someone to review his book, The Science of Manhood.  I was quick to tell him that I would be glad to review his book.

And that brings me to where I am now.  About to review his book.

So as always, here is a picture of the cover to kick everything off.

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Synopsis:

This isn’t your feel good fiction nor is it your drama filled novel; this is a direct life line thrown in a desperate attempt to help revive the rapidly decaying image of young black men and males in general. I wish I had the time too eloquently describe the bountiful traits displayed within these pages. Unfortunately we are running out of time. The death toll for young black males throughout the inner cities; are increasing in great numbers. Parents are burying their sons more frequently than ever before. The prisons are bursting at the seams with our young men. Our communities are over run with violence mostly at the hands of our own young men. In this book I strive to reveal some of the steps and strategies to re-direct our young men from a path of riotous living, incarceration and death.

My Rating:

4 STARS

Review:

      Derik Barnes has swept me away.  I didn’t really know much about him before reading The Science of Manood, so I was not sure what to expect.   Let me say that I was in for a ride.  His book was a hoot.

      I don’t have any sons, but it was still a great read.  I would suggest this book for any guy though.  Barnes gives real life examples and experiences that any guy could learn from.  This is a finely thought out guide for success.

      Even if you aren’t reading this as a guy or to raise a son, there are still some awesome life lessons that can be learned.  He just gives out great tips for anyone wanting to learn how to go far in life.

Hope all of you go out and try to find this book!

What kind of genre would y’all like for the Tuesday Teaser tomorrow?

Kat