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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

BOOK TOUR & Giveaway! TERRA by Gretchen Powell


On Tour with Prism Book Tours... 


gretchen-001Hello there! My name is Gretchen Powell. I am 24 years old, half-Chinese, and the owner of two adorable miniature schnauzers. I am an occasional drinker of classy wines, and I wrote a book.

By day, I work for a government contractor in our nation’s capital.

By night, I binge on episodes of Doctor Who and sleep fitfully.

Sometime in the mid-afternoon, I write another blog called Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! about weight loss, food, fitness, and my life.

Some of my favorite things include polka dots, Harry Potter, pretty much any TV show that airs on Thursday nights (yep, I'm talking Vampire Diaries #notashamed), and playing the ukulele.


Terra (Terrestrials, #1)Terra
by Gretchen Powell
Paperback, 286 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Hopewell Media



Premise:
A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.



TiffyFit's Review:

5 out of 5 stars. 



Terra (Terrestials) is a young adult dystopian sci-fi novel. You hear that description and I’m sure you immediately jump to “The Hunger Games” or “1984” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Divergent.” Young teenage girl taking care of a younger sibling and working in a hostile environment, barely surviving? Yep. But Terra kicks that up a notch and makes it different. 


I really enjoyed this novel, Gretchen Powell’s debut. The characters were well-developed and the lead protagonist, Terra, was not whiny, angsty, or annoying. I liked her constant questions, proving that she is a thinker, even if she’s a little slow to put pieces together. The younger brother, Mica, was annoying at first, but then again all younger brothers are. I should know I have one. 


The book was just plain fun to read. It keeps your interest, the writing is smooth, the editing is fantastic (no interruption of my Reader Zone!). Even the ancillary characters are well-constructed and exactly what you would expect in such a dreary, harsh living conditions, society.

While the book ends on a cliffhanger for book 2, I felt that the story was mostly complete. I mean, sure you have some questions at the end and one of those OMFG IT IS OVER?! moments, and are eager to read the next book (uh, not out yet!), but the story up until now is complete and left me happy. I can’t wait to learn more about Adam and watch as Terra and Adam’s relationship develops.  





In Terra's world, resources are scarce and many people make their living as "scavs," hunting for scraps to turn in on Collection Day in exchange for credits. For this tour, YOU are a scav, and there are scraps all over the blogosphere for you to find! On each participating blog, there will be one of 9 possible questions. Answer the question to receive a keyword that will get you an extra entry in the awesome giveaway!



Giveaway April 1 - 26

One lucky scav will win a Terra prize pack! Get a signed copy of Terra, along with three exclusive (and gorgeous!) bookmarks, as well as a delicate silver watch--just like Terra's!--all packed up inside a scav bag of your very own! US only.



An additional five (FIVE!) winners will get a digital copy of Terra in the format of their choice. International.

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Gretchen Powell. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Terra on Tour!!
April 2013

Check out the Reviews of Terra!! And become a "scav" and track down all the answers to the Collections questions hidden in the excerpts. :-)  Plus, celebrate Gretchen's birthday by bringing something fun to the party!!

1 - April Fool's Day LAUNCH!
 - Colorimetry
 - I Am a Reader, Not a Writer Excerpt 1
 - fuonlyknew Excerpt 2
2 - A Tiffyfit's Reading Corner Review
 - Pause Time - Review
3 - Jessie's Book Place Excerpt 3
4 - Mel's Shelves - Review
 - The Reading Diaries - Excerpt 4
5 - Lovin' Los Libros - Review

7 - Christy's Cozy Corner - Review
 - Total Book Geek - Excerpt 5
8 - The Quiet Concert - Review
9 - LDS & Lovin' It - Review
10 - Jessabella Reads - Excerpt 6
11 - Gretchen's Birthday Party!!
 - Passion & Life - Excerpt 7
12 - Tressa's Wishful Endings - Review

14 - Living a Goddess Life - Review
 - Books, Books and More Books - Review
15 - Marked by Books - Excerpt 8
16 - Blood, Sweat and Books - Review
 - My Seryniti - Review
17 - Bookworm Lisa - Review
 - Mortality Bites - Excerpt 9
18 - Getting Your Read On - Review
 -The Broke Book Bank Interview 10

19 - Grand Finale Blast!!