Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Rook by Stella MacDonald

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Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate’s senior year is ruined when she’s moved from the only home she’s ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other — before it’s too late to save either.

This story switches back and forth between Kali and Kate.The Prologue starts with Kali and all we know is that something bad happened to her and Emily promised her to keep someone safe. Then we meet Kate, who has just moved and is attending her new school for the first time. She's feeling like an outcast. She's given an assignment in art class to talk to two other people in the classroom, learn about them and mix their story with hers. Nobody seems willing to be her partner until Chase and his friend Chris come over and are interested in getting to know her better. Chase is good-looking and he seems to like her but she's not sure about him. Chase offers to give Kate a ride home and when she gets there, her friend Sean is there. She's excited to see him and things quickly become awkward between the three of them.

We also learn more about Kali. She has a daughter, Nelly. We learn that they seem to be nervous about a man Nelly calls Mr. Christian and that Kali has a unique gift. It takes longer to learn more about Kali--her background, why she and Nelly live where they do, who Emily is and who Christian is.

This book was quite suspenseful. Kate and Kali each had a guy they were interested in and a guy that was interested in them. I knew from the summary that their lives had to connect somehow but I was at a loss as to how that would be possible. As the story progressed, a unique element was introduced and as some of the pieces fell into place, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! This is a book that's hard to explain and just needs to be experienced. The ending definitely left me wanting more!

My Rating=5 Stars
Content: Mild swearing

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There is a short story, Pawns, which is a prequel, and I would recommend reading that as well. It introduces Leslie, who takes a while to show up in this book and another character. Reading Pawns first helped me decide quickly who I was rooting for in Rook. It also turned Leslie into a more sympathetic character when I already knew her background so I didn't hate her like I notice quite a few other people did. You can learn more about Pawns here.

Praise for Rook:

“This book also drew me in. I couldn’t let go of what was happening and when life intervened and forced me to close my computer I kept looking for a few moments to sit down and read some more.” Brookeworm, a Blog 4 Stars

“Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about. “ Jannat Bhat, Obsessive Compulsive Reader 4 Stars

“Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat.” Tee Loves Kyle Jacobson Blog, 5 Stars


Is that him? Is he back?

My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing.

The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.

Author Stella MacDonald

Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She’s lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.

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