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Blog Tour Review: Scar of the Downers by Scott Keen


Title: Scar of the Downers
Author: Scott Keen
Published: February 27, 2015
Pages: 400
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Publisher Website: link


Branded on the slaves in the Northern Reaches beyond Ungstah, the scar marks each one as a Downer. It is who they are. There is no escaping this world. Still, strange things are stirring.

Two foreigners ride through the Northern Reaches on a secret mission. An unknown cloaked figure wanders the streets of the dark city of Ungstah. What they want no one can be sure, but it all centers around a Downer named Crik.

Crik, too scared to seek freedom, spends his days working in his master’s store, avoiding the spirit-eating Ash Kings, and scavenging food for himself and his best friend, Jak. Until he steals from the wrong person. When Jak is sold to satisfy the debt, Crik burns down his master’s house and is sentenced to death.

To survive, Crik and his friends must leave behind their life of slavery to do what no other Downer has ever done before – escape from the city of Ungstah.

ScarDownersRating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

To call this unique and original would hardly do it justice. In <i>Scar of the Downers</i> Scott Keen brings readers a well-developed and rich world with a storied past, a challenging present, and a potentially changing future. It is very easy to become immersed in this story due to Keen’s descriptive writing, smooth flow of plot, and character development. And there are certainly enough twists and turns here to keep you wondering how things are going to turn out, even right through the ending.

Highly recommended for fans of fantasy–both those who particularly enjoy young adult and even those who don’t. This strikes me as one that would appeal to a broad audience, and I’ll certainly be recommending it to a few specific individuals in my reading circles.

Personally, I’m anxiously awaiting more…


The author is giving away a signed copy of Scar of the Downers as part of this blog tour.  Enter here  by July 2nd.

Tour: Book Review & Giveaway: Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour


Title: Ignite the Shadows
Author: Ingrid Seymour
Published: April 23, 2015
Pages: 400
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Websites: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.

Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.

Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.

She’s infected.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What an intriguing world that the author has created. There’s a unique richness to the characters, the setting, and the story that I really appreciated as a reader. Furthermore, there’s some refreshing originality in the way the plot rolls out that I felt was a bit different than other YA sci-fi. (Yes, there is still the whole cliche of the female protagonist having romantic angst, but at least it didn’t end up becoming the sole focus of Marci’s motivation here as has been the larger trend of late.)

Overall, I found this to be a very interesting read. It was quick for its length and easy to understand. It wasn’t difficult to get immersed in this world, either. Recommended for YA sci-fi fans, for sure.


As a part of this tour, you can enter and win an ebook copy of Ignite the Shadows and a $25 Amazon gift card!  (Open internationally)  To enter, see this Rafflecopter giveaway.

Tour: Book Review & Giveaway: Deceived by L.A. Starkey


Title: Deceived (Soul Keeper, Book 1)
Author: L.A. Starkey
Published: August 28, 2014
Pages: 505
Publisher: L.A. Starkey
Websites: Goodreads / Amazon

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

DeceivedRating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful start to what I expect will be one of those epic young adult trilogies everyone inevitably winds up raving about. And in this case, I certainly think that is deserved. Even though I have a bit of a predisposition to paranormal young adult stories that involve mythology (see: my clamoring to read everything by Rick Riordan), I think this is one that would be enjoyable even for those who are not major fans of the genre.

The characters here are endearing and engaging. There are complicated dynamics here that are evident even before everyone’s true nature and role are revealed. And the reveal is well-done, leaving the reader with just as many questions as answers. The story builds to an end that is unexpected and will leave readers wanting more.

I will definitely be picking up the second book. I need to know what happens next.


As a part of this tour, you can enter and win signed copies of Deceived AND Destroyed (book two of this series)!  To enter, see this Rafflecopter giveaway.


If you’re interested in reading Deceived, you can enter to win an ebook copy by commenting to this post and including your email address.  One winner will be selected randomly.  (Open internationally; deadline is February 2, 2015)