Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Tour: The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid Review/Giveaway

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Title: The Sundered
Author: Ruthanne Reid
Publisher: 4th Floor Publication
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 84% or B
Buy It: Amazon  

Harry Iskinder knows the rules. Don't touch the water, or it will pull you under. Conserve food, because there’s no arable land. Use Sundered slaves gently, or they die too quickly to be worthwhile.

With extinction on the horizon and a world lost to deadly flood, Harry searches for a cure: the Hope of Humanity, the mysterious artifact that gave humans control over the Sundered centuries ago. According to legend, the Hope can fix the planet.

But the Hope holds more secrets than Harry knows. Powerful Sundered Ones willingly bow to him just to get near it. Ambitious enemies pursue him, sure that the Hope is a weapon. Friends turn their backs, afraid Harry will choose wrong.

And Harry has a choice to make. The time for sharing the Earth is done. Either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while, but the Sundered are wiped out.

He never wanted this choice. He still has to make it. In his broken, flooded world, Hope comes with a price.

My Thoughts::
I've been a part of several book touring sites for a while now yet this is the first tour I signed up for. Since I feel the responsibility that comes with being a tour host is great, I was really picky in choosing the book's and authors that I would want to represent so personally. Once I saw the synopsis for The Sundered, I knew that this was the book to break me out of my touring shell. I was wildly interested in the plot and could hardly hold myself back to wait to read it closer to tour.

Even though my expectations were so high along with my excitement levels for this book, I was not disappointed. We jump into the story right away which initially led to a bit of confusion. Thankfully the world and it's customs are explained thoroughly starting almost right away. The mystery along the way is enough to keep anyone interested, but we also get action, suspense, a little romance, and betrayal. And of course let us not forget the ethical questions that are on the shoulders of our main character.

The characters didn't pop out of this book for me, except for a few. I liked our main character Harry, but The Sundered Ones he traveled with overshadowed him. I became much more interested in the storyline than I did in Harry. I did like him though, and that was enough for me. The Sundered Ones that we get to know are so compelling and I loved Harry's conversations with them. The little clues that were given always brought something to light while also causing us to have more questions. I felt like I was alongside Harry, trying to figure everything out and what the solution could be.

The ending of the book was a real shocker and a scary...almost pleasing, turn of events. Usually an ending like this would be my favorite part of the book, but not this time. Instead I loved the questions that this book made me ask myself and the revelations that I've had to make about what the human race is capable of. If this book interests you at all, do not pass it up!

Ruthanne is giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one commenter at every stop. She is also giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one commenter at the end of the entire tour. You can comment on as many blogs as you like. GO COMMENT TO WIN!! Be sure to include your email address.

Check out the rest of the tour!
July 9: Sweet Southern Home
July 9: REVIEW ONLY Journey of a Bookseller
July 10: It's Raining Books
July 10: STOP 2 Welcome to My World of Dreams
July 11: Hywela Lyn (Romance That's "Out Of This World")
July 11: Long and Short Reviews: SFF Guests
July 12: REVIEW ONLY Pavarti K Tyler
July 12: STOP 2 Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
July 13: Castle Macabre
July 13: REVIEW ONLY Bombarded With Books


marybelle said...

THE SUNDERED certainly has got my attention. I'm looking forward to reading through to the shocking & scary ending.

A great tour thank you. I wish you well.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Ruthanne today.

Catherine Lee said...

Bombarded...This is the first time I've been to your blog. It looks great. I love the masthead.

I don't know that anyone else has mentioned the shocker, scary, turn-of-events ending. That's intriguing. I'll have to check it out.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Scary yet pleasing? That's a combo you don't get every day. Intriguing indeed!


Ruthanne Reid said...

Amanda: Thanks so much for reviewing my book! I really appreciate your thoughts!

Marybelle: I'm really delighted to hear that, and I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. I know I did! (Yay Goddess Fish!)

Catherine Lee: Thank you! The ending was certainly the scariest part of the book to write. :)

Eai: Thank you! I certainly hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read. :)

Ruthanne Reid said...

The winners have been posted, fyi! Go here to see the results:

(Eai, you won the five-dollar gift card! Sending you an email.)