Sunday, August 31, 2014

Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd Blog Tour (Review/Excerpt) + GIVEAWAY

Hey hey readers! Today I am honored to be on the tour for Iron Pendulum (Book 2 of the Periodic Series) by Megan Curd! Thank you so much for stopping by! I've got all kinds of goodies including an excerpt and a giveaway in addition to my review! Check it all out below, but first, lets learn a little about the book and our author!

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A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But a month can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn't even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she's uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

*Can I just add a note here that I am obsessed with the covers for this series. Seriously. They are amazing, and spot on!

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About Megan Curd: Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play XBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.    

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Footsteps sloshed through the water and raced toward us.
Zeroes were in the tunnels, and they were dangerously close to the Alliance Headquarters. To Dome Four.
My heart clamored in my chest, catching the rhythmic pounding of feet hitting the cement. The water rippled and sloshed around my feet. Rats skittered back from where we’d come, abandoning the tunnel as fast as possible. I looked up, shining my headlamp down the abyss in time to see exactly what I didn’t want to come face to face with ever again in my life.
Burned men hurtled down the passageway in ragged military uniforms. Pieces of fabric clung to their charred bodies, melted onto their muscles like a new skin to replace their original flesh.
They tumbled over one another with no regard for their fellow comrades. Their snarls ripped through the air like wild animals, and they pushed one another in a battle to reach us first.

We've got a amazing prize up for grabs! What can you win?  A $5 GC AND an ecopy of Steel Lily (Book One in the series)
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My Thoughts:

If you are reading this, it means one of three things. One, you are here for the blog tour (thanks for stopping by!). Two, you read my review of Steel Lily and were so excited you had to come check out Iron Pendulum! Or three, you found a random link on Facebook, Google, or Twitter and were kind enough to click it (woohoo, nice call sir or madam!). Bottom line, I don’t care how you got here. What I care about? GO BUY THIS BOOK. Okay, maybe that was a little crazy… Woo. Let start from the beginning.

Any of my regular readers will tell you that I am a reading machine. I push out books like it’s going out of style, especially this summer. I have loved all the variety I have come across this summer in my reading craze and I owe a lot of it to a new direction I wanted to take. I told myself I was going to step back for a little while and read some books that were “outside my norm”. First I hit Zombie books (and look where I am now, getting ready to start my 5th one. I have a problem) and now I have hit my second milestone: Steampunk. I’ll be honest. I’m not sure why I have veered away from Steampunk. I guess in my head I was just picturing a much more….. hipster kind of genre. Does that make sense? All I can think about when I think of Steampunk is cogs and big goggles. Oh hey, I was kind of right! J Steel Lily was my very first foray into the Steampunk subgenre, and I have to say, I LOVED IT. I couldn’t imagine Iron Pendulum not being just as amazing, well I was wrong… It was even better! WOAH!

So here’s the deal, I picked up Steel Lily (book 1 in the series) on B&N a few weeks ago after having been selected to participate in this blog tour for Iron Pendulum. Generally I never join blog tours or promos for books that aren’t the first in a series that I am not familiar with. It just means I have a whole lot more work cut out for me and that usually doesn’t fit into my time constraints (especially in  a series such as this where each book is over 300 pages). I got my copies of Steel Lily and Iron Pendulum about a month ago, yet they just sat in my library. I really wasn’t all that excited about reading them, but I really can’t tell you why. With mere days until my blog tour, I told myself I needed to get reading. Well… I read them alright. I sat down and read the entire ~300 page Steel Lily in one sitting. The. Entire. Thing. Oh hey, then guess what? I did the exact same thing less than 24 hours later with Iron Pendulum. Need I say more? You guys know how much work goes into to reading a book and it isn’t something I take lightly. The fact that I read the entire novel in one sitting, should be all the explanation I need to give right here! I COULD NOT PUT THESE BOOKS DOWN!

I will go ahead and state my only negative comment for this novel series. They are YA in true fashion. 15-16 year old characters, no sex, etc. That is kind of my complaint. These books have some seriously adult undertones. I was really taken aback to see that the main character is only 15 and her boyfriend is 16. In my head I am having a really hard time picturing any teens of that age having the mental capacity that these teens do. Even if they had grown up in the environment that they did. I have a sister who recently turned 14 and I’ll turn 23 in a month, I just can’t imagine the characters in this book being closer to her age and maturity than mine. It was just really hard to picture the characters as so young to me. That being said, I think the part that kind of irked me is that the characters were essentially adults. Sexual tension, all the drama, they just didn’t strike me as teenagers. I really would have liked to see this series set with 17-18 year olds instead of 15/16 year olds. I know it sounds miniscule, but I think most everyone can agree that that extra two years can change a whole lot in terms of both physical and metal maturity. Aside from that, I have nothing negative to say about Iron Pendulum!

I have to say that Iron Pendulum is more than likely going to be on my list of the 10 best books I read this year, it series was that great for me. I do not regret reading this series for one second. It was an awesome YA read that really was a step in a great reading direction for me. In my review for Steel Lily, I said that it had strong parallels to another hugely popular YA series. In Iron Pendulum, I actually began to say very strong parallels to another hugely popular YA series which I would generally see as a bad thing, but in this instance I actually liked this series way more than either of them! I’d like to see THIS series turned into a box office smash, global-phenomenon film series! I think people would love it. Hollywood execs, LOOK HERE! Haha!

With the ending IP left us with, I know there are going to be more books in the series, but I have actually never connected with Megan Curd to ask her! I will be contacting her soon to let her know how amazing her series was! I’ll be sure to relay any info I get about book 3 for you guys! Trust me, by the time you binge read the first two books like I did, you will be begging for book 3!

Just like with Steel Lily I am sure that Iron Pendulum will leave me with a book hangover that lasts well into my next read. I feel bad for the author that has to follow Megan Curd in my brain right now. Yes people, overly critical and cynical just said that. I’m telling you guys, this book was Ah-MAZING! All in all, I am going to give it a solid 5 star rating! I hope all the awesome things I’ve said here help to sway you in the direction of definitely taking a chance on The Periodic Series, like I did. You will NOT be disappointed! Have you read this series? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Huge thanks to KP Simmon, Megan Curd, and the rest of the amazing team at InkSlinger PR, for allowing me to participate in this blog tour!Be sure to check out all the links above and grab yourself a copy of Iron Pendulum, you won't regret it! Also, enter the giveaway! Until next time, Happy Reading!


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