Thursday, November 5, 2015

Children of Lightning by Annie K Wong with Giveaway!


Welcome to the blog tour for the Children of Lightning by Annie K Wong with Xpresso Book Tours. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2015/08/18/tour-sign-up-children-of-lightning-by-annie-k-wong/).



Book & Author Details:

Children of Lightning by Annie K. Wong
Publication date: September 27th 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:
Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the truth is never revealed to the other clans. In their homeland of Matikki, they live like outcasts.
Through a series of chance discoveries, the secrets of the ancient curse unfold before a warrior named Writhren Hollow. Is her purely female clan the result of a lapse of divine providence, or are the Hollows themselves victims of an enslavement scheme?
If Writhren frees her clan from the covenant, she risks the wrath of the Ophidians and the future of her bloodline. If she keeps the truth of the curse to herself, she is a traitor to her own kind. Either way, she will suffer for what she must do.
This is not a story of redemption, but regret. This is Writhren’s story.


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My Review
First let me start by saying this is one of the most unique books I've ever read. The second thing, because of the uniqueness, I was confused a lot. Lol writhren hollow is, however, a very cool heroine. The younger girl, she's scared and insecure and a little lost in the shadow of her sisters. The older version is both her saving grace and her own worst enemy. I can't explain that without spoilers- sorry. And though some things confused me, the over all story kept me glued to the pages to see how it all turned out. 

Writhren is a pluran, a type of warrior human kinda like amazons. But she seems more soft hearted and kinder than others of her kind. She wants to be the amazing warrior, but she finds her kindness a weakness. She's curious and wants to explore, like feelings for a boy who's her friend. But plurans are only supposed to breed with the god like Ophidians- snake like creatures. There's a covenant and a binding in place. They cannot have mates or lovers. And it's not a nice bond either, as those ophidians might eat you instead. And from there, writhren begins her journey to adult hood where she learns some horrible truths and loses many. 

There's definitely some creativity in the writing here and though I didn't understand some of the things the author was trying to get across, I still loved the overall story. And though I don't want to spoil anything, I felt for Writhren. I wanted to hug her and help her. I also felt her losses. It's not a really happy story, it's gritty and dark and haunting, but still beautiful. Since this is the prequel o look forward to reading the next book. 4.5 PAWS 

AUTHOR BIO:
Annie K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and lives in Canada, in the west coast city of Vancouver, BC. She has a BA in Business Administration and Creative Writing from Houghton College as well as a Diploma in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Although she explored careers in advertising, television and office administration, the desire to write overtook her at the turn of the new millennium. In 2003 she earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College and has been crafting stories ever since.

Her current project is a fantasy series, the prequel of which is Children of Lightning.

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Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

Children of Lightning is the origin story of Writhen Hollow, the villain in an upcoming book series. In celebration of great villains in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Annie K. Wong is offering for the tour giveaway gift, The Hyperion Cantos (ebook or print - winner's choice). 


More on the giveaway:
An award-winning series from Dan Simmons, The Hyperion Cantos features one of the greatest villains ever written and a storyline spanning hundreds of years across distant galaxies. In this epic space opera, humans are threatened by their own creations, including biologically engineered post-humans, artificial intelligence supercomputers, and their constant internal wars.  Amidst the violence and chaos, the protagonists search for life’s meaning through religion, poetry, romance, not to mention strife and battle.

As of June 2015, Syfy Channel is developing the first book, Hyperion, into a 
TV series, with one of executive producers being Bradley Cooper.


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