Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blog Tour Book Review: Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner, and Win a Book or Kindle!


Author: Tamara Hart Heiner

Published: 16 November, 2010

Genre: YA Thriller

Pages: 265

About Tamara Hart Heiner: Perilous is her first published novel, and she wrote it many years ago when she was bored in study hall. They’ve both come a long way since then. She now spends her time running around her house chasing three kids and trying to sneak to the computer when they’re not looking. She has a wonderful, supportive husband who appreciates the fact that she enjoys cooking as much as she enjoys writing. Not that she has time for that, either.

Author website: http://www.tamarahartheiner.com/

Back Cover

Jaci Rivera has plans for her sophomore year: go to regionals with the track team, make the honor roll, and eat too much pizza with her best friends, Callie and Sara. Her biggest concern is Amanda, the pushy girl who moved in a few months ago.

What she doesn't plan for is catching a robber red-handed, or being kidnapped. The desperate thief drags her and her friends 2,000 miles across the Canadian border. They escape from his lair, only to find that he has spies and agents watching their path home, waiting to intercept them and take them back.

Then Jaci finds something out about her family. Something which irrevocably connects her to their kidnapper, and makes her question their chances of escape.

My Review 

Ms. Heiner sure knows how to start a story!  After I read the beginning where a body is discovered, then went back in time before the crime was committed, I kept hoping the beginning was wrong and the corpse was someone else--or a terrible joke.  There were some awful things that happened to the girls that weren't glossed over, but were honestly and skillfully dealt with while not glorifying them with graphic violence.

The writing was tight and enjoyable, and there were very few mistakes throughout, which contributed to making Perilous a book I could immerse myself in.  The biggest problem I had was a minor detail--but a major pet peeve of mine--the phrase "I could care less" when it should have been "I couldn't care less" was used two times. Though this could have been a part of both characters' speech patterns and a teensy thing overall, it still bothered me.  

Ms. Heiner is gifted in her ability to write descriptive scenes--never too much or too little.  I was drawn into the story and it transitioned well from scene to scene.  I found myself holding my breath at times, racing through the pages to find out what was going on.

I did wish I could have learned more about the characters lives at first, that would have made it easier to remember which girl was which. I had a little trouble keeping them straight for a while, and the story would have had more emotional punch if I had gotten to know them better. I hope we get to find out more about the villain in the next story since we didn't know that much about him.  I'd like to know more of the reasons he is so feared; he sounds like an extremely interesting character.  There is also one specific coincidence that seemed a little over-the-top to me as well as what felt like too much nonchalance at a rather shocking revelation, but overall, Perilous was a great read.

There were a lot of loose ends that will lead us to a sequel.  I felt that the story, though it did get wrapped up, should have been wrapped up a little more.  I finished the book feeling sure I was missing part of the ending.  However, I imagine everything left unresolved will be addressed in the upcoming sequel.

Out of the thousands of books I've read in my lifetime, this is one that will be easily remembered.

I'm very much looking forward to reading more from talented author Tamara Hart Heiner. 

To read the first page of Perilous, go here: Perilous Excerpt

To pre-order for the fantastic price of $12.95 with free US shipping and handling go here: Pre-order Perilous  or you can find it on Amazon.com in Kindle form, available for download right now, for $4.99.

Would you like to win a signed copy of Perilous?  Don't have a Kindle but would give up your chocolate stash for one?  Put your Hershey bars down and read on to find out how you can win a Kindle you can smother in chocolate kisses read new favorite books on!

Blog Tour Contest Details

From Tamara Hart Heiner, herself!
(Ok, I swiped it from her website.)
(I hope that's ok.)
(I'm lazy.  Sorry, Tamara!)

So, here are the details to my ultimate blog tour contest.

1) There will be two book giveaways. Signed copies of Perilous, of course. All you have to do to get in on that action is make a comment anywhere in the blog tour. The drawing will be completely random. Of course, the more comments you make, the more chances you have of winning.

2) There will be a Kindle giveaway. This WON'T be random. Kindles are kind of a big thing, so I'm going to make you work for it. The giveaway will be point based, in other words, whoever has the most points at the end of the blog tour wins the Kindle. The contest will run until Dec. 15, at which point all hopeful winners will email me at tamara at tamarahartheiner dot com with their points and their proofs.

Here's how you get points:
+1 for each comment on the blog tour
+1 be a follower on my blog (old or new)
+1 retweet
+2 blog about the blog tour
(You prove all of those by emailing me the links.)
+5 purchase the book; ebook or paperback, doesn't matter
(Email me the confirmation number of your purchase.)

Oct. 15 David J. West 
Oct. 18 Nichole Giles
Oct. 19 Talli Roland
Oct. 20 Guinevere Rowell
Oct. 21 Mary Gray
Oct. 22 Frankie 
Oct. 25 Mary Greathouse
Oct. 26 RaShelle Workman (interview)
Oct. 27 T. Anne Adams
Oct. 28 Valerie Ipson
Oct. 29 Ann Best http://ann-jen.blogspot.com/
Nov. 1 Christy Dorrity http://www.dearestdreams.com/
Nov. 2 Chrstine Bryant http://www.ckbryant.blogspot.com
Nov. 3 Rebecca Blevins http://www.iamapistachio.blogspot.com/
Nov. 4 Kathryn Magendie (guest post) http://tendergraces.blogspot.com/
Nov. 5 Annette Lyon http://blog.annettelyon.com/ (interview) and Jaime Theler http://www.jaimetheler.blogspot.com (review)
Nov. 8 Jennifer Daiker http://jennifer-daiker.blogspot.com/
Nov. 9 Carolina Valdez http://carol-in-print.blogspot.com/
Nov. 10  Elizabeth Mueller http://elizabethmueller.blogspot.com/
Nov. 11 Christine Danek http://christinedanek.blogspot.com/
Nov. 12 Elle Strauss http://ellestraussbooks.blogspot.com/
Nov. 15 Niki http://wool-n-nuts.blogspot.com/
Nov. 16  Lynn Parsons http://lynndeniseparsons.blogspot.com/
Nov. 17 Danyelle Ferguson http://www.queenoftheclan.com/
Nov. 18 Elana Johnson http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/
Nov. 19 & 20 Sarah McClung http://babblingflow.blogspot.com/
Nov. 22 Suzanne Hartmann http://suzanne-hartmann2.blogspot.com/
Nov. 23 Marsha Ward http://marshaward.blogspot.com
Nov. 24  Tara McClendon http://eyefeathers.blogspot.com/
Nov. 29 Courtney Barr http://princesscourtneysbarr.blogspot.com/
Nov. 30 Tristi Pinkston http://www.tristipinkston.blogspot.com/
Dec. 1 Cheri Chesley http://cherichesley.blogspot.com/
Dec. 2 Karen Gowen http://karenjonesgowen.blogspot.com/
Dec. 3  Melanie Jacobson http://readandwritestuff.blogspot.com/
Dec. 6 Kristie Ballard www.thiscrazywritingthing.blogspot.com
Dec. 7 Melissa Cunningham http://melissajcunningham.blogspot.com/
Dec. 8 Arlee Bird http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/
Dec. 9 Debbie Davis www.debbiesinkspectations.blogspot.com
Dec. 10 Taffy Lovell http://taffyscandy.blogspot.com
Dec. 13 Sheri Larsen http://writersally.blogspot.com
Dec. 14 Joyce DiPastena http://jdp-news.blogspot.com/
Dec.15 Diana Miezcan http://diana212m.blogspot.com/

*I was sent an e-book for the purpose of review, and have not been compensated in any way for my opinions.*


Steve said...

Nice review Rebecca. I agree that "Could care less" is annoying but very common in speach.

That was an awful lot of information from the back cover, kind of gives the whole story away but the book sounds interesting.


Rebecca said...

I can see how the back cover might seem to give away a lot of the story, but it doesn't, really. There is foreshadowing of the thing Jaci finds out about her family, and I guessed that not far into the book--not near the end as the back cover makes it sound. The kidnapping happens very close to the beginning, so most of the book is chronicling the girls' struggle to get home.

Ralene said...

Hi, just stopping by on Tamara's fabulous blog tour. I'm an old writing friend and she is one of my fav critique friends. :) I read Perilous in one of it's many early stages and now look forward to reading its final form soon. Happy Blogging!

Rachelle said...

Thanks for the great review--lots of good insight. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Christy said...

Great review-I like how you pointed out what you liked and what didn't work for you. I enjoyed Perilous as well and I agree that understanding more about the girls before the kidnapping would have been helpful.


Jen Daiker said...

I love your blog! It's so super cute! I found your link over at Tamara's blog!

I can't wait to read more posts from you! Tamara is amazing and her book was absolutely addicting!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thank you so much for the review! I think we all agree that more back story would have been appreciated! Watch for deleted scenes on my blog!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hey, Rebecca! I really like your review! It's so thorough. :)

@ Tamara: Oooh, deleted scenes? What about bloopers? Wouldn't that be fun to read, too??? ;)

Arlee Bird said...

Nice review. I got a kick out of your "I could care less" annoyance.
I'm doing a stop on the book tour tomorrow and will be linking to this post as well as the other stops on Tamara's tour.
Also I am now following your blog.

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