Blog Tour and Giveaway – There Once Were Stars

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I’m excited to bring you my stop on the Xpresso Book Tours blog tour for There Once Were Stars. I’ve got my review to share and there’s a tour-wide giveaway for 5 e-copies of the book!

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Title: There Once Were Stars
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Find it: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBooks

My rating: 3.5/5

Summary:
Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

My Thoughts:

This YA dystopian was a quick read for me. I loved the concept of the story (people built domes to survive, now we start to wonder what’s outside the dome) and I was engaged with the story the whole time. The main character Natalia turns 18 and suddenly as an adult is done her schooling and must start contributing to the Dome. She quickly ends up thrust into a scientist position because of her parents legacy, not because she has any real aptitude for it. And she uses that opportunity to learn more about what happened to her parents, and what is really happening in the Dome. I’d have loved to see a bit more world building as the concept of the dome was fascinating to me and I feel like there’s more we could have learned. I didn’t connect really well with the main character. She did have some of the rebel traits that I like to see in a female lead, she also came across as being a bit whiny for me. I appreciate where her angst was coming from, she had a lot going on! But I didn’t get a strong enough sense of connection between the events happening and her attitude. The book acts as a stand-alone.  I’m not sure if there is a sequel in the works, but all of the major plot points were addressed and the ending does wrap everything up.  After reading a few books recently that left me with cliffhangers, this was a lovely change of pace! Overall I enjoyed There Once Were Stars.  It’s a good read, with an engaging plot.

 

Author Bio:

Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.

Giveaway:

• Five (5) ebooks of There Once Were Stars are up for grabs! Enter today for your chance.

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Stop by the rest of the tour to see other people’s reviews, excerpts from the book and guest posts. The full tour schedule is here.

 

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The Crystal Tour

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I’ve got mixed emotions about this one. I’m happy to bring you my stops on the Crystal Tour…but I’m sad that we’re coming to the end of a great series!

The Air Awakens series, by Elise Kova, is a fantasy series that follows 17 year old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl as she unwittingly saves the kingdoms Prince and is pulled into the world of sorcerers and magic.

I love the Air Awakens series, and the fifth and final book, Crystal Crowned, is coming out on July 12th.  In the lead up to its release there’s a blog tour where people will be sharing their reviews of the first four books, an amazing raffle and a few other treats.

You can join me on the next four Mondays as I share my reviews of the books so far;

June 13Air Awakens
June 20Fire Falling
June 27Earth’s End
July 4Water’s Wrath


Affinity Quiz

There are four affinities in the Air Awakens world – Water, Fire, Earth and Wind.

Take a minute to do this Buzzfeed quiz and see which affinity you have and what characters you are most like. I’m a Waterrunner.

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“The ability to command the smallest amount of moisture makes Waterrunners practical sorcerers with a variety of applications such as illusions and the creation of ice weaponry. Like your element, you’re adaptable and can ebb and flow with the tides of any situation. People may mistake your flexibility for being fickle, but once you set your mind to something you will accomplish any task. You embody unassuming strength.”

 

You can find the full descriptions for each of the affinities by following these links:

Groundbreaker
Firebearer
Waterrunner
Windwalker

Other Events In the Tour

Facebook Release Party – July 12, 7:00-10:00pm EST

Come join the party and celebrate (mourn) the release of Crystal Crowned!  The more folks who RSVP, the more amazing prizes that will be unlocked.  Just click on the link below and say you’ll be there!!

URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/496464397206520/
About: Join Elise Kova and friends, Michelle Madow, Susan Dennard, Rachel E. Carter, Leia Stone, C.M. Lucas, Laura Thalassa, and Danielle L. Jensen for the Crystal Crowned release party on Facebook! It will be an evening of fun, games, discussion, giveaways, and more!

Goodreads Fan Club Discussion/AMA – July 30, 7:00-9:00pm EST

URL: https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/991545-post-crystal-crowned-discussion-with-elise-kova
About: Join author Elise Kova for two hours of discussion on the conclusion of the Air Awakens series. Bring all your questions!

Raffle
This is the biggest raffle yet for the Air Awakens series. There are multiple prizes that people can win:

Grand Prize – Complete set of first edition Air Awakens hardcovers signed by Elise Kova (Author), Monica Wanat (Editor), and Merilliza Chan (Cover Artist), plus a swag pack
First Runner Up – Complete set of Air Awakens paperbacks plus a swag pack
Second/Third Runner Up – Complete set of signed Air Awakens ebooks
4 Air Awakens complete bookmark sets

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I hope you’ll join me on this blog tour. I’ve got some special giveaways planned for the tour and I’m looking forward to sharing this great series with you. If you haven’t read it yet, the ebook of Air Awakens (Book 1) is on sale now for $0.99 at all major retailers. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think!