Monday, October 10, 2011

Kick A** Author Debut Spotlight - Lauren DeStefano

Christina Lee got a bunch of us together to participate in a Spotlight for 2011 Debut Authors!!! We were each to choose a delicious book that is easily devoured and share with our awesome bloggers!!!

What did I choose? Well, it was tough to choose one, and several pounced at some of the first one's that crossed my mind, BUT I beat them when choosing WITHER!


Blurb:

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.


Lauren DeStefano is brilliant! This is not a happy story but a story of survival! This wonderfully written tale is about a girl named Rhine, she is a deeply developed character that will leave you wanting more. Her raw emotions allows her to see the world for exactly what it is. She struggles not only what she wants to believe in but also with feelings she'd like to deny.

This dystopian novel was unique in every sense. Walking into a situation with sister wives in the adult world is definitely breaking molds so DeStefano using it in young adult was daring, but it paid off. Rhine is kidnapped and taken from her twin brother, she's forced to marry Linden Ashby. In doing so, she also finds Linden is wed to Jenna and Cecily. At the beginning their worlds collide, the only connection is Linden, but in time they create a very strong bond, leaving every reader to connect and understand them as they understand themselves. Throughout the story Rhine struggles against set­tling for future as a pam­pered but caged wife and escap­ing to her free­dom and return to her brother.

As a reader you'll struggle on what life you want for Rhine. Here she's created such a unique bond and friendship with Linden and her sister wives you don't want to see it broken a part. However, the life she lived before still exist, and with the connection to her brother you'll understand why she's torn, because you will be as well.

THIS IS A MUST READ! So why are you still at my blog? BUY IT! Or... since I loved it so much why not do a GIVEAWAY? That's right, one lucky winner (yes this is international) will walk away a winner! Add your email in the comments and I'll choose  winner this week!

Check out the other 2011 Debut Authors chosen!

44 comments:

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow this sounds amazing! Definitely a daring but unique premise and I loved your assesment! Thanks Jen!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've been meaning to read this book. Thanks for the reminder, Jen. I've heard great things about it.

stinalindenblatt (at) shaw (dot) ca

Theresa Milstein said...

What a dark book idea. I've seen it everywhere, but haven't yet picked it up. Thanks for the glowing review, Jen!

How cool you're doing a giveaway.

Katie Ganshert said...

Whoa! I'm finding all these amazing-sounding books today! The back cover blurb on that one is amazing! Thanks for the review, girl.

lynnrush said...

I've been seeing this cover lots of places. It's beautiful. The story sounds awesome, too. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway! :) lynnrush (at) cox (dot) net.

Happy Monday!

Sarah Darlington said...

I have this sitting on my shelf and have yet to read it. Maybe I will!

Christine Danek said...

This book is on my must have list. THanks.

cdanek13(at)gmail(dot)com

Connie Keller said...

I loved this book too!! I can't wait for the sequel.

(Don't include me in the contest since I already own the novel.)

Emily White said...

I definitely agree. It is a great book! :)

Christina Lee said...

AWESOME selection!!!!! Woo hoo! Thx for participating!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I so want to read this book, it sounds fab!

Anne N Kenny said...

I loved this one, and can't wait for Fever. It has that awesome creeptastic factor that is hard to put down.

Bee said...

Oh my, what a wickedly wonderful post. You didn't only tantalise me with the book, you're also giving it to..ME!

Heh. Can't wait to read this.

speak_to_bidisha@yahoo.co.in

Lindsay said...

Great choice, Jen :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I have this one, but haven't read it yet. MUST!!!! :-)

Angela Brown said...

There are so many authors tapping away at the mold of what is YA. Perhaps because so many young people today are not the same pool of darlings from generations ago. We have some bolder readers, more open minds and it looks like this author did great writing a story that didn't fit snug into exact expectations.

Sounds like my kind of book.

J. A. Bennett said...

I've heard so many good things! i guess it's time to check it out :)

Melinda said...

Wow, this sounds like such a great read! Thanks for recommending it and the giveaway!

And thanks for stopping by my blog and voting for your favorite romantic couple in literature! It has been a lot of fun hosting it and hope to get a few more votes in before ROUND TWO starts!

Following you back now! :)

Melinda
mbuttars83 (at) aol (dot) com
www.melindawriter.blogspot.com

Mindy McGinnis said...

WITHER has been on my TBS pile for awhile. Looks like I need to bump it up!

Patti said...

Sounds like a very unique concept. Definitely worth checking out.

Diana Mieczan said...

Sounds like a fantastic read and I cant wait to check it out. Thanks, sweetie. Happy Monday. How was your weekend? xo

Amy Saia said...

Sounds like an intense plot! Thanks for giving us the lowdown on all these new books Jen!

Jamie Burch said...

Ooh...this one is in my TBR pile!!!

Talli Roland said...

I haven't heard of this novel. Thanks, Jen - what a great idea to spotlight debut authors.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh, this sounds so good! I've seen the cover a lot, but I'd never read the blurb. How fascinating! Pick me, pick me! :)

Amy

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oops ... email address:
a2sonnichsen(at)gmail(com)

LTM said...

LOL! Jen, you're so funny. I feel like I just did this...? but the book sounds very interesting. And totally unexpected for YA. Hmmm... :D <3

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - sounds like a great read! Thanks for the tip! :)

Mark Noce said...

Quirky post, and cool blog:) Thanks for visiting mine:)

WordLuster said...

Great feature, Jen!! I've been wanting to read this book and after this blog post, I'm really itching to pick it up! Maybe this weekend? lol

Jennifer Hillier said...

I'm dying to read this book! Consider me entered in the giveaway: jennifer(at)jenniferhillier.ca

Robyn Campbell said...

Jen, great spotlight. I have heard of this book and wondered if I should or if I shouldn't. Now I know I should. It sounds fantastic!!!!!!

Enter me. :-) But I'll buy the book if I don't win. Can't wait to read it. robyn(at)robyncampbell(dot)com

Kristin Rae said...

This one has been on my list for a while, mostly, I'm not ashamed to say, because of the amazing cover. And how awesome is that character's name?!

Yes please! kristinrae023(at)gmail.com, as if you needed me to tell you ;)

Roshini said...

Gah! Want to win..bad!!!!

roshinibd@gmail.com

Mariah Irvin said...

I've been distracted by beautiful cover art today, and this one isn't any exception! Sounds like a can't-put-it-down read.

natalia.165@gmail.com

Meredith said...

Such an amazing book! I loved Rhine and her story so much! Awesome review.

LynNerd said...

Wow, this books sounds great. I love survival stories, and that cover is awesome! lynkelwoohoo at yahoo dot com

Jessica Lindsay said...

I see others have said it, but I have to reiterate--that is the loveliest cover! I haven't heard of this story yet; thanks for passing it on!

ms.jessica@theacademy.bz

Jolene Perry said...

Debut authors are totally the best ;D

I'm SUCH a dork that I bought this book.

It's so PREEETTY . . . but I don't want to read it because I want the rest of them to come out.

I know.

I'm completely mental, right? But I HATE being in that suspenseful waiting for more state of mind.

It's already happening with books on sub, and life, and all sorts of things.

So I'm one of those really lame people who waits until all the books are out.

Well, except for Harry Potter.

Sarah Pearson said...

This book sounds fantastic. It's another on my christmas list :-)

Tamara Narayan said...

I've been waiting a long time to read this one and got it on my Nook. I wasn't jumping up and down though. It felt like a light and fluffy version of The Handmaid's Tale strangely crossed with The Secret Garden. I'm not sure what my problem is, but I think fans of YA, especially the young ones, will love it.

Nisa said...

Oh, those sounds good! I haven't even heard of it... There's been so many new books I've picked up on thanks to Christina's idea. YEA! My email address is nisa79@gmail.com Thanks for posting on this book! :D

Ru said...

This sounds so great! Thanks for the recommendation. I hope I win it, but if not, I'm sure I'll find my way to it soon. :)

Laura Barnes said...

Is the week over? Cuz I want a chance to win! lauraRbarnes@gmail.com