Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Book Birthday Slip & Grip by David Estes!!

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Hello everyone! If you've been a follower on my blog, you'll know I'm a huge fan of Mr Estes! Well he has a new series out,  Slip (Slip #1) and Grip (Slip #2).  This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 1 till 5 December, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours. Now let me show you some goodies!! 

Slip coverSlip (Slip #1)

By David Estes


Genre: Dystopia

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 1 December, 2014
Blurb:

Someone must die before another can be born...

As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.

But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?

And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?

In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.
You can find Slip on Goodreads

You can buy Slip here:  - Amazon
EXCERPT 
Luce grabs him roughly and shoves him against the wall. “They’ll kill you. They won’t hesitate. I won’t leave a friend.” There are tears in her eyes and his vision blurs as tears flood his own vision. Luce’s grip on him slackens as she seems to realize how close together they are.
When Benson blinks the moisture away, he almost gasps. A dark-clothed Hunter strides past directly behind Luce. Crap. “Luce, they’re here,” he whispers.
Her eyes widen and he sees the fear that penetrates her expression. But just as quickly her eyes narrow and he can almost see the wheels turning in her head. Then, before he can so much as take another breath, she flexes her muscles, takes a deep breath, and leans forward and kisses him hard on the lips.
His entire body stiffens, shocked by the strange action taken by Luce when they’re in mortal danger, but then relaxes when he realizes what she’s doing: acting. She’s pretending to kiss him, just an act to fool the Hunters—two lovers in the shadows. Not the most wanted fugitives in the city. And yet, even her fake kissing sends Benson’s heart racing. Automatically, his lips melt into hers, rolling over them like gentle waves. His hand curls around the back of her head.
“Anything?” the Hunter shouts to someone Benson can’t see.
Luce jolts and her eyes pop open, but Benson stops her from turning, kissing her again. They watch each other as they kiss, which should be weird and sort of interesting, but Benson’s too scared to think about all of that.
“Nothing,” says someone else, presumably another Hunter. They must’ve been closing in from either side, rounding the curve, invisible until the last moment.
The train rumbles closer.
“Did you check everyone?” the second Hunter asks the first. The tone sounds so familiar. Benson tries to place it.
“Not everyone, but there was no one suspicious,” the first Hunter says.
“Go back and check everyone, you moron. The little buggers certainly didn’t get past me.”
“I’m the moron? You were one of the first ones inside the last time we had them trapped. How’d that work out for you?”
“Check them,” the second Hunter growls, a command this time. The cyborg, Benson realizes with a start.
Benson can feel Luce’s heart pounding against his chest. Or is that his heart? No. His, as usual, has switched with his brain and is trying to break through his skull. They’re screwed.
With a screech of brakes, the train pulls to a stop, a burst of wind following it a moment later. “Wait until the doors are about to close,” Benson whispers, his lips brushing hers.
She nods against him.
“Hey you!” one of the Hunters shouts. Benson holds his breath. Is he talking to them? Adrenaline pours through his veins, his body preparing to run. “Yeah you. Did you see a couple of teenagers come down these stairs?”
The law of the Tunnels is that no one talks to Crows or Hunters.
Benson risks a glance past Luce. The train waits for a few stragglers to board, its doors open. The Hunter’s back is to them. He’s facing an old guy with a thick gray beard.
“I’ve got to catch this train,” the man says, trying to pull away.
The Hunter grabs him. “Did. You. See. Them?” the Hunter says.
A loud tone sounds. Last chance to board the train.
“I’ve really got to go,” the man says. Don’t look at us, don’t look at us, Benson thinks.
The Hunter whips out a large black gun and points it at the old guy’s face.
“Okay, okay,” the guy says. His eyes flick over the Hunter’s shoulder. They lock on Benson.
No.
Why are the doors not closing yet? Then Benson sees her. How he missed her before, he doesn’t know, except she’s standing so still it’s like she’s an inanimate object. A young girl, no more than eight or nine, is holding the door open with a hand. She’s staring at them. Are you coming? her expression seems to say.
The old guy raises a hand and points at them.
The Hunter turns.
Benson shoves Luce and pushes off from the wall. In his peripheral vision he sees the Hunter whirling, his gun catching up to his body, taking aim, firing…
The blast is like an echoing explosion within the confines of the Tunnels, and for a moment Benson can’t hear anything. Luce is still beside him and they dive inside the door, which is finally closing, the girl having moved her hand away, her face shocked as she clings to her mother, who’s similarly clinging to a metal pole. And their mouths are open and they’re…screaming?
The sound rushes into Benson’s ears, the screams of the train passengers like alarm sirens.
The doors close and Benson looks at Luce, who seems okay, if a little stunned. Using each other as crutches, they stand, peering out the window as the train lurches forward. A black metal gun barrel faces them, just ahead of the cyborg’s gleaming white smile.

My Review
Oh My! We have a new series on our hand and it's a good one :) And yes, it's dystopian, but I was actually expecting it to feel like the dwellers series but it has its own vibe and that's very cool too. In this one, someone must die before someone else can be born. Thing are heavily controlled here and you can't have a birth without a death. When this happens, this person is a slip, because they have slipped through the system. And this has happened because half of the US is under water. When the ice caps started melting, it flooded. Things had to stay controlled to make sure everyone lives. 
The writing is fantastic as always. I am always so intrigued with how Mr Estes comes up with his ideas. I mean they start out with something that isn't far fetched. Global warming causing the melting of ice and snow to bring about flooding. I can understand that, but it's the aftermath of ideas that always leaves me astounded. I mean, government ruled birth control. And how people live and die. And there's multiple POVs, so you are seeing from different sides. At first I wasn't sure what was happening, but then, I started understanding each character's POV and BAM, I couldn't put this one down! And I will tell you, yes the beginning may be a little slow paced for you, but DON'T STOP... You need this part, and it's important to understand what happened. Especially if you want to get to know the characters and their decisions. 

The characters are just wow. They have gone through things I don't want to even think about. And yes, you may not like them at first, I was on the fence, but they are having it rough. Really rough. They get a little exception from me. And then you get to know them. And then you understand them and fall in love. There are some major characters, Like Michael Kelly, Harrison, Benson, a few others, but I won't talk about them specifically. If you read this book, I want you to like them for the reasons you pick, not because I said they were cool LOL

The world building is fantastic. I mean, yes, it's still here, where we live, but what if it flooded. And the government really took over, told us how to live, where to live, what to eat, who could have children. And yes there is a little more technology than what we have now, but that's real, we invent things every day, so I can see the technology still being made. It's a gritty world to live in though, regardless of technology. You see, Benson is a Slip. He has hidden from everyone except his parents, but now he needs to run because his society is hunting him, and they'll harm his parents if they catch him with them. This is the crazy part, a slip get immediate execution, where are normal murderer gets a normal and fair trial. Let's just say I don't wanna be around for this. And Michael will protect his son no matter what. And when Benson runs, he finds someone who is his kindred and we get a little bit of romance. 

I loved how things unraveled. There is nothing I would change about this one, and I am going to jump right in to Grip, book 2. I can't wait to read that one, and I am so glad I read this one. It's a scary thought of what could happen, and to me because I live right at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico in South Louisiana. Like my house is single digits from the Gulf. Oh Goodness, my home would be under water and that's a scary thought. See, it'll make you think about things. :) With that said, seriously, check this one out!! 5 PAWS!!


Grip coverGrip (Slip #2)

By David Estes


Genre: Dystopia

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 1 December, 2014
Blurb:

In a tumultuous world of population control, one illegal child has slipped through the cracks. Now, as a teenager, Benson Kelly has escaped certain deaths at the hands of the Department of Population Control, only to find himself the symbol of a rebellion, something he never intended.

While trying to survive one day at a time, Benson seeks to unravel the tangled knot of secrets left behind when his father died, the key to which has something to do with his mother, Janice Kelly, recently escaped from the insane asylum.

As the rebel group known as the Lifers continue to use brute force to send a message to the government, Benson's twin, Harrison Kelly, seeks to exploit a loophole that could be the key to freedom for his brother. All that's required is a simple act of murder.

Meanwhile, Population Control's attack dog, a sadistic cyborg known as The Destroyer, closes in on Benson and his family. His directive: Kill them all.

Faith, family and love will be pushed to the limits in the GRIPping sequel to Slip.

You can find Grip on Goodreads

You can buy Grip here:  - Amazon

My Review is coming soon for book two!! I can't wait to finish it so I can tell you all about it :) 



Author Photo - David EstesAbout the Author:

Author of popular YA dystopian series, the Dwellers Saga and the Country Saga. Voted books to read if you enjoyed the Hunger Games on Buzzfeed and Listopia.

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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

You can find and contact David here:

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There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Slip. These are the prizes you can win:

- Winners choice of book to the value of $15.00 U.S. from The Book Depository

- A signed copy of SLIP plus bonus swag- U.S. entrants only

- A signed copy of BREW plus bonus swag- U.S. entrants only

- 3 ebook packs with three David Estes ebooks of your choice

- 4 signed packs of bookmarks


You can enter the blitz wide giveaway here:

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