Friday 26 February 2016

Stinger and Bow by Orren Merton Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop for Stinger and Bow by Orren Merton! This is a young adult urban fantasy and is the first book in a spin off series of The Sedumen Chronicles. The tour runs Feb. 15-26 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts.  Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00009]About the Book:

Stinger needs a new crossbow.
Thirteen year-old Rachel Silver—or as she's known to the world, Stinger—needs a new crossbow. Her last bow failed her when she needed it most. Besides, Firebird Alex, her aunt and fellow Seduman—half-human, half-spirit being—wields a Sedu blade, made with spirit magic.
So Stinger designs herself a magic crossbow, then convinces her best friends to accompany her around the world and into the universe of Sediin to find the right craftsmen to have it made. Trouble is, warriors attract people who want to challenge them, whether they're ready or not. Stinger is still tormented by her last battle—she's suffering night-terrors, shakes, and cold sweats. When the situation turns deadly, will she be able to come to grips with her trauma and become the warrior she needs to be to save her friends?

My Thoughts:

This is a spin off from the The Sedumen Chronicles and whist it can be read as a stand alone, I did feel like I missed things. There were references to things that happened in the other series that I didn't get and I felt like I missed a lot of character development and bonding. It also took me a while to figure out the world and become immersed in it. It's still enjoyable and made me eager to read the first books though. 

 I really liked Rachel. She may only be 13 but she is brave, smart and spunky. I actually thought she was a little older than she was!! I liked getting to know her abilities and seeing them in action. I really liked her relationship with her aunt, and her relationship with her foster parents. 

The plot, while not being the most action packed, was still thoroughly engaging. It was such a quick and easy read and I flew through it. I also loved the idea of the universe of Sediin and need to check out the first series to learn more about it. It was fascinating and unique. 

In all this is an intriguing and entertaining book. It's well written and developed and has definitely piqued my interest. I do think that you should start with the first book first though, to truly get the world and the characters that the author has created! 

Orren MertonAbout the Author:

Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age. In high school, he picked up guitar and start playing up and down California in a few loud and moody bands, culminating in his current project  Ember After.  During that time, magazines, developers, and corporations began to pay him to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and  books. Since then he has written the urban fantasy novel The Deviant and the science fiction novel Skye Entity before working on The Sedumen Chronicles, his current series of urban fantasy YA novels. He lives in Southern California with his family, pets, collection of sci-fi/fantasy memorabilia, and curiously large stuffed animal collection.
One winner gets a Kindle and digital copy of Stinger and Bow (US)
One winner gets a $25 gift card & digital copy of Stinger and Bow (INT)
Ends March 2nd
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible in any way. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. 

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.