Tuesday, February 18, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Bridge 108 by the Award-Winning Author, Anne Charnock! Today, on our tour stop, we have a review AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE!


Genre:
Young Adult
Science Fiction/Dystopia
Speculative Fiction
Publish Date:
February 18, 2020
Publisher:
47North

Synopsis:
From the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author, a dystopian novel of oppression set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life, a finalist for the Kitschies award and Philip K. Dick Award.

Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself.

After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey—to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined.

Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.



      
 
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Praise for BRIDGE 108

“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with hopeful messages will be gratified by this topical tale of human resourcefulness in the face of climate disaster.” —Publishers Weekly

A dystopian novel set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life. Told through multiple voices against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

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**About the Author**
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Anne Charnock's latest novel, DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME, is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was shortlisted for the BSFA 2017 Best Novel Award. Her novella THE ENCLAVE has won the BSFA 2017 Best Short Fiction Award. This novella is written in the same world as her debut novel, A CALCULATED LIFE, which was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and The Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards.

SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND, her second novel, was named by The Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015

Anne Charnock's journalism has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied Environmental Sciences, and at The Manchester School of Art, England where she gained a Masters in Fine Art.

As a foreign correspondent, she travelled widely in Africa, the Middle East and India and spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

This is a very interesting read. From the setting to the complexity of the characters, Bridge 108 tackles very real current global social, political, and economic issues. Well, that's how it read. If you're keen on current events, then you'll get this story. Created in this hypothetical world, Anne Charnock created a coming-of-age story of a young boy navigating and surviving in the world and society he lives in. Anne Charnock wrote a thought-provoking and flowing story told in multiple POVs that immerses its readers into their world.

However, the setting, or say world-building, is vague. I get it that the story takes place after some major global events, but there is no elaboration on what it was. Throughout the book, I was wondering what events brought on the "current" state of society that these characters are living in. I would have liked to know what was the driving "force" that led their current society. Yes, we were given vague recounts of memory, but no specific details.

All in all, Bridge 108 is a coming-of-age story of a young boy's journey in the world he lives in and the circumstances that surround him. Although the world-building is vague, the story itself gives a lot to think about in regards to global current events that we are faced with now. I'd say it is well worth the read for all ages.

My rating:

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Monday, February 17, 2020

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Once In A Blue Moon by Amanda Ashby


Today, we have a Release Day Blitz to share for Amanda Ashby’s new contemporary romance, Once In A Blue Moon, book 2 in the Belles of St. Clair series! To celebrate this book birthday, we have an exclusive excerpt AND a cool blitz-wide giveaway to share! So... Check it out and be sure to grab your copy now!

Genre:
New Adult
Contemporary Romance
Series:
Belles of St. Clair, #2
Publish Date:
February 17, 2020
Publisher:

Synopsis:
Florist Laney George has a successful business, amazing friends and big, big dreams––oh, and a broken heart. But she’s working through that last one. Then the man she hoped to never see again shows up––and Laney’s carefully ordered plans are experiencing technical difficulties.

Celebrated Author Adam Fitzpatrick planned to be in St. Clair for no more than a day. Sign the books, and get out. Same story, different day. What he didn’t count on was Laney George, who happens to be the star of his somewhat fictional tale. She broke his heart years ago, and he’d gone a bit mad. Okay, maybe a lot mad––and he put everything in his book, never imagining it would be a world-wide best seller.

Now that he’s seen her again, he wants answers. But it isn’t just her that draws him in. It’s the town, something is happening and for the first time in years…he can write again. If only he could convince the woman who hates him most to start a new chapter in their story.


       

*Excerpt*
Adam frowned as he studied the green wall in the airport restaurant. The strands of ivy had strange lines of yellow running through them, making them seem dead and lifeless. He reached out a hand and touched a leaf, then recoiled. Plastic. No wonder he didn’t like it. He pulled out some bills to pay for his coffee and got to his feet. A few weeks ago, he didn’t even know what a green wall was, yet now every time he saw one, all he could think of was Laney, her mouth pursed in concentration as she’d woven leaves and branches into the large metal frame. 
And she could use a chainsaw. 
So hot. 
He walked through the busy terminal to catch his flight. He’d ended up having to stay two nights in New York and 
spent most of the time wishing he was back in St. Clair. At least they’d raised double the money from last year’s event, and soon he’d be boarding his flight. 
Eight hours later, Adam pulled his rental car up to the Belles and climbed out. The St. Clair breeze was fresh and warm and loosened the knots in his shoulders. All he wanted to do was wrap himself around Laney, drinking in her warmth. He’d called her from the airport, but it had gone straight to her messages. He paused and frowned. 
They didn’t usually catch up until after six, but it had been two days. Besides, it must be six o’clock somewhere in the world. 
The closed sign hung on the door, but she’d given him a key last week. He climbed the stairs two at a time and reached the top as she walked past holding a tray of hot drinks. Her hair was pulled back off her face and hung over one shoulder, leaving her neck exposed. Heat seared through him, and he went to cross the threshold. 
Then she turned, and her entire body froze, knuckles turning white as she gripped the tray. Her mouth had taken on a horrified shape, as if he’d just walked across an entire garden bed of flowers. Adam stiffened in response. Not quite the homecoming he’d been expecting. 
“Where did you say the other jar of olives was?” a voice called out from somewhere in the apartment. Jessica? Oh, hell. His rising heat faded as Laney’s eyes locked with his, her gaze pleading. Begging him to stay hidden. 
“Don’t tell her. She’s already finished one jar today,” Brett’s voice chimed in from somewhere in the room. 
Laney’s hands shook as the color drained from her face, and Adam numbly took a step back down the stairs. Some of the tension in her jaw lessened, and she gave him a pained smile before hurrying into the other room, where her guests were obviously waiting. A dismissal. 
He rubbed his jaw as steel spikes jabbed at his gut. Had he been imagining that this thing they had was more than just a fling? Had he spent the last two days wanting to be with someone who didn’t want to be with him? A familiar wave of humiliation and anger swept through him. What I want doesn’t seem to matter. 
The sound of their laughing voices chased him as he stalked back to his own apartment. Nothing like a reality check to remind him that, despite how well everything seemed to be going, Simon was still there. 
I’m competing with a ghost. 
That was why she hadn’t told anyone about their previous relationship. Why she didn’t want anyone to know about this one. His legs twitched, and he considered going for a jog, but to do so he’d have to leave the apartment and risk bumping into Laney and her in-laws again. Risk seeing the horror in her eyes at almost having her secret exposed. 
Beer was the next best thing. He grabbed a can from the fridge. 

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**About the Author**
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she's mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won't interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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