*Update* Sorry for the changing post/delays, I had this post saved and scheduled for 10am this morning, but WordPress apparently decided to not publish at 10am and to delete the whole review section…
Participate in a blog tour – with giveaway – for a book I already knew I wanted to review? Yes, please! In addition to writing a book, Sparrow59’s author, Devon Ashley, coordinated this whole blog-tour and giveaway herself. She’s clearly awesome. Sparrow59 just released on December 16th, and is only $1.99 until December 19th, so go pick up your copy now!
This is my first-ever blog tour, so let me know your thoughts on the format, the book, or anything else that strikes your fancy ;-)
My thoughts on the book:
That ending – whyyyyyyy?!
Ok, let me back up a bit. This book is a standard spy-thriller-mystery in the vein of the Bourne Identity, but told from the perspective of a female spy. At the end of a successful op, Sam, Drew, and their teammate Lance are waiting for extraction when the unthinkable happens – someone gets the drop on them. Now Lance and the rest of Team Sparrow are dead, Drew is missing-presumed-defector, and the CIA thinks that Sam is somehow involved in keeping Drew hidden. That would be bad enough, but Sam and Drew haven’t just been spies playing a married couple, they are actually husband and wife, and Sam has every intention of tracking Drew down and figuring out what happened.
Sam is a balanced, well-written character. She can’t magically do everything and doesn’t come out of every fight unscathed. I like how the author chose to stage her relationship with Drew (i.e. I’m glad that it started before they were partnered together, rather than the typical, “we were thrown together and now we’re in love” ridiculousness that I read so often). It’s fun to read a spy novel that has a female protagonist who is a competent professional, not just the bait for a honey-trap.
The plot of the book pretty much proceeds as you’d expect, right up until the last 10 pages or so. Prepare yourself for a rough ending, my friends. I do think it is a good ending for the story, and I’m definitely intrigued to see where the author takes things in the next two books that I see entries for on Goodreads (although there’s no release date for those yet.)
A bit of a sidenote: I enjoyed the bio-research aspect of the plot – it gives the whole story an original twist. That said, I’d like to see more of that included in the next two books (what chemicals are they using/making and how/why?) Details like that, which can educate a reader without them really being aware of how much they’re learning, are one of my favorite literary devices, and are a hallmark of good writing!
And now, for a GIVEAWAY!
There will be three giveaway winners, (1) signed hardback, (1) signed paperback and (1) $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N. The link below will take you to the Rafflecopter widget for the giveaway, just follow the instructions there to submit your entry.
Check out the other bloggers participating in the blog tour!
Blog Tour Line-Up
Monday, December 15th
Fire & Ice Book Reviews (review)
Rachel Reads Ravenously (review, excerpt #1)
All In One Place (review, excerpt #2)
Tuesday, December 16th (Release Day)
Besties & Books (excerpt #3)
MegPie93’s Book Review (review)
Bookworm Coalition (review, excerpt #4)
Wednesday, December 17th
A Soul Unsung (excerpt #5)
Books & Graphics (excerpt #1)
This Redhead Loves Book (excerpt #2)
Thursday, December 18th
A Literary Perusal (review, excerpt #3)
Barks & Baking (review)
Friday, December 19th
All My Book Finds (excerpt #4)
Books Need TLC (excerpt #5)
Get a copy of Sparrow59 for yourself here:
* I did not receive any compensation for participating in this blog tour/giveaway, but I did receive a free ebook of Sparrow59through NetGalley. All opinions are my own!*