Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blog Tour, Review & 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.




Review:

I really had to sit down and think about how I wanted to review Terra. On first glance this was a really unique Dystopian and I was instantly sucked into Terra's world as a scavenger. Then it happened, Terra finds something really valuable on one of her scavenging runs. So valuable in fact that she needs an armed guard to escort her home. Rather than be happy for her recent windfall and heed the guards advice not to poke around, Terra wants to know more about the mysterious item. Wait, what?? Who the *beep* cares, take your money and run. But nope, instead of being happy Terra just keeps on asking questions.

Now I get it without her asking questions there would be no book. However, Terra's incessant need to know more just made me quite frankly want to throttle her. Terra is definitely one of the most annoying main characters I've had to deal with in quite some time. Terra's only redeeming quality was her love for her brother. The scenes with them together were really sweet and almost made me forget my reasons for not liking her, almost being the operative word.

Speaking of Terra's brother, I loved Mica! He might've been younger but Mica definitely was the smart one out of the bunch. I loved his character and his attitude. Mica was spunky, a bit annoying (as all kid brothers should be) but you could tell he really loved his sister and I think even he might've felt the same way at times as I did about her even.

I also really, really liked the world building. It wasn't necessarily unique and I did keep having other books with similar story lines bleed into this book but what information we do learn about the world above and the one below was nicely detailed and I appreciated that.

Lastly, main character issues aside Terra was actually paced well. I felt the action scenes were perfectly spaced out and the book never really had any long stretches of dialogue without something happening either to the characters themselves or in the background. I also quite love appreciate when an author isn't afraid to put their characters through hell even if Terra really did bring at least some of the things on herself with all her snooping around and constant questions.

Overall, I did like this book especially considering it was a Debut. Terra was a solid science fiction/Dystopian with detailed world building, plenty of action and enjoyable secondary characters. While I didn't particularly enjoy the character Terra, I didn't hate her enough to put me off from continuing this series although I certainly hope I like her more next go round. Terra (series not the character) has plenty of potential and based on the ending I am certainly curious what will happen next. Should you read Terra? Yup, pick this one up and give it a shot, it's certainly worth the read. With that being said, I will be rating Terra by Gretchen Powell ★★★.



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!

Read The Excerpt on Colorimetry's Blog  to find the answer to the question below!




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.


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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

 - The Reading Diaries - Excerpt 4

4 - Mel's Shelves - Review

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

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