Monday, July 8, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW - GIVEAWAY - EXCERPT - THE CHILDREN AND THE BLOOD by MEGAN JOEL PETERSON - YA URBAN FANTASY





Today on Novels On The Run I have my stop on THE CHILDREN AND THE BLOOD by Megan Joel Peterson, Blog Tour. I am also one of five bloggers chosen to giveaway a paperback copy of this book. You will notice an International giveaway for a digital copy. The paperback copy is only for US entrants.



The Children and the Blood
 by Megan Joel Peterson
Series: The Children and the Blood, #1 
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy 


Synopsis: 



A forgotten life.

A secret war.

Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley’s family and left her with a childhood she can’t remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.

Until that past comes looking for her.

Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle: 4.5 STARS!

I didn’t read anything about this book when I agreed to the blog tour. The cover is not telling you an awful lot, and the title is dark.

I thought this was a well written book with a great idea.

Seventeen year old Ashley and her eight year old sister Lily, are going to have their hearts and minds challenged in this story. They will go through loss, pain, betrayal, discovery, confusion and be doing a whole pile of running.

Cole finds himself quickly enmeshed in his own fight for survival and his whole life will come unravelled around him.

Megan keeps you guessing as she has several character pov’s telling you their part of the story.

Some characters will collide... to then be flung apart again.

We as the reader will be thinking one thing to be hit with this great big BAM moment when what we thought was kind of going on with the mysterious villains...is actually quite something else.

Well I was fooled.

This is fast paced in most parts, but then we go into a bit of story filler , I thought , which slowed my momentum I had gained down. I enjoyed the explanations we got for the WT moment. We are gently fed all that ...... which I will not disclose.

There are quite a lot of characters in this story all being juggled about, keeping the story moving along. I think having the different pov’s certainly helps as we get sectioned off into a side story to then come back for a while into another part of the story with other characters.

There is all this stuff going on and they are being tracked and anybody that shouldn’t be in their way...well...you don’t want to be getting mixed up with these kids. They are seriously wanted and the villains...of which I feel like there are many, are serious about these kids.

I really liked the fact I didn’t catch onto the ‘what’ of the villains, that was a nice surprise. 

I think what I am saying is, go in cold turkey with this read. Don’t read the blurb and stay away from a review that leaks what they are, because I think that is part of the entertainment of this book. Cause I know if you go in cold turkey, your brain is going to be thinking one thing...but the truth is another.

I get the title of the book. That became very clear to me. I am looking forward to book # 2 as this party really has only just got started.

The characters are engaging the pages turn quickly. You are in the dark with Ashley , Lily and Cole and then you emerge into the light of realization.

I was entertained, I can ask for no more. Is there a romance? Well , sometimes the teenagers are too busy to get into that... just yet.

That was a WT !! ending . Again, didn’t see that one coming. I am a little confuzzed now, but that only adds to the intrigue of this story.

Who are the real baddies?

Who can the good guys trust?
There is also that WT? with the prologue. See if you can pick it once you have finished the book. 

And Detective Harris, he seems to be going it alone and doing some ground work which makes me think he needs him a wingman.

The shiz just got even more intriguing!!!

Michelle





EXCERPT


Prologue

Blood dripped from his hands to stain the carpet, handcuffs clinked on his wrists as the car swerved, and Howard Bartlow knew he was going to die.

Other than that, nothing was certain.

“You’ll let them go, right?” he asked again, hating how tentative his voice sounded in the darkness. “They’ll be safe after this?”

“We’ve given you our word, Mr. Bartlow,” said the suit-clad giant next to him, his voice calm as he flipped through the contents of Howard’s wallet. Though his weight shifted slightly as the car whipped around another turn on the gravel road, the man’s eyes didn’t leave the wrinkled family photograph he pulled from between the credit cards. “Our goal is simply to end this. We have no interest in murder.”

Howard looked away, unable to stand the sight of the man holding the picture of his wife and child. And as for the rest, that wasn’t really true, was it? The monsters around him might not consider what they were about to do as murder, but Howard knew otherwise.

So many would be killed. If they were lucky, a few in hiding might survive. But everything he and the others had worked and bled and died for these past eight years would mean absolutely nothing. Rage swelled at the thought, building till he was sure it would explode from his body and swallow everyone in the car in flame.

And then it drained, just as it had every other time in these past six hours of hell. The monsters had Missy. They had his beloved Tanya. They had the only reasons Howard had suffered through these eight horrific years, and they would kill them both if he didn’t do exactly as they said. Everything was pointless without his wife and little girl. The hiding. The running. The living in buildings abandoned so long ago that even the rats had gone to find other places to stay. He’d left his home. He’d left his career. This whole mess was the fault of those now holding his wife and daughter captive, and with his help, they were going to destroy everything.

But Missy and Tanya wouldn’t die.



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AUTHOR BIO 



Megan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.


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