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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

January Black by Wendy S. Russo-Review and Giveaway

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Book Description:January Black

 Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma. More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple. What was January Black? It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He's been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost...or call the king’s bluff.  

My Review
 One of my favorite quotes in the book was this, "Old books are like people," Matty's grandmother had told him when he was young. "They are more than the sums of the words within. They have unique histories and personalities that change with time. Each one has a spirit that attracts its kindred souls within readers."

In January Black we find a world of the future in another land/world that is similar to Earth. So much of this book is a mystery for 3/4 of the book. Slowly secrets are unraveled and the plot starts making more sense. There are some scary things that hit close to home. These people have lost their freedoms and the government has taken over control of their lives. It's interesting to see the whys behind this part of the story.

There is a nice teen romance between Matty and Iris. It felt real as their friendship grew into love. 

January Black is a very well written YA novel that has a fascinating world built by Wendy Russo. It does has a slow start, but if you hang in there you are in for some mind blowing revelations near the end.

Purchase January Black at these locations...

~Refreshingly intelligent and loads of fun! I lost a few hours as I read this book. It's a Young Adult novel that is refreshingly and astonishingly intelligent, and the love story is perfectly played out. 
~Christine Ashworth, Amazon Review The mystery was intriguing - I loved how Wendy Russo weaved in all her secrets throughout the book, how she incorporated just enough to keep you reading, while never actually divulging much of anything. I was guessing for most of it and that's pretty hard to make me do. ~Julie, Clean Teen Reads Wendy Russo has created a masterpiece. ~Ivan Amberlake,Author

   Book Trailer

Meet Author Wendy S. Russo:
Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.  
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 $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 5/8/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. 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 here as well as emailed and 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 Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review January Black, and for participating in my blog tour.

    I was hoping that you would consider posting your review to Amazon. I am giving away a signed hardcover set of Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices," when I reach 100 reviews. Every one gets one of my fans closer to a drawing.



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