Blog Tour: Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd Excerpt + Review + Giveaway

Iron Pendulum (Periodic, #2)Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd

Series: The Periodic Series (#2)

Published:  August 28th 2014

Synopsis

“A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.
But a month can change everything.
After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.
Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.
And they’re blaming Avery.
A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.”

Excerpt

“Footsteps sloshed through the water and raced toward us.

Zeroes were in the tunnels, and they were dangerously close to the Alliance Headquarters. To Dome Four.

My heart clamored in my chest, catching the rhythmic pounding of feet hitting the cement. The water rippled and sloshed around my feet. Rats skittered back from where we’d come, abandoning the tunnel as fast as possible. I looked up, shining my headlamp down the abyss in time to see exactly what I didn’t want to come face to face with ever again in my life.

Burned men hurtled down the passageway in ragged military uniforms. Pieces of fabric clung to their charred bodies, melted onto their muscles like a new skin to replace their original flesh.

They tumbled over one another with no regard for their fellow comrades. Their snarls ripped through the air like wild animals, and they pushed one another in a battle to reach us first.”

Review

I couldn’t be more than happy when I got the chance to become part of the Irom Pendulum blog tour. When I read Steel Lily last year, I wanted to have this book in my hands right away. Now I finally have and I’m here to share my thoughts on it without spoiling it because, guys, you should definitely start this series if you haven’t done so yet.

It embarrasses me to say that even though Steel Lily was one of my favourite books of 2013, by now most details from the book were hazy in my mind and I had to check my notes from before to remember some of the things that had happened. I didn’t remember some characters and that is a no no when you’re reading a sequel. I probably should have re-read book 1 but unfortunately, I had no time to do so if I wanted to post the review in time. That being said, I’m sorry if this review isn’t as thorough as it should be.

In Steel Lily, Avery and her friends had managed to escape Xander and went to work with the rebels, led by Lexie. In Iron Pendulum, the group’s objective is to enter doume four and try to stop Xander’s horrendous experiments. In Steel Lily, we got to meet the Zeros, people from WWIII. Now, we have a new development: in one of their excursions trying to get into the Doume, the friends encounter a familiar Zero, one of Avery and Alice’s classmate, Chase. It seems Xander’s experiments are evolving and things are starting to become even more ugly. Adding to that, when they reach Doume four, it seems everyone blames Avery for the lack of Steam.

However, Avery’s powers are evolving and new abilities start to surface. I loved how every character seemed to grow. Avery is still that always honest, direct girl I couldn’t help but love in Steel Lily. Alice is still a tiny bit annoying but I loved her banter with Jaxon. Oh god, that was hilarious. In the beginning, Jaxon is trying to be everyone’s hero but it’s Avery who gets to save the group from several Zeros, creating a, poo typhoon in the sewers as Alice says. Obviously, the girl had to savour the chance to joke about Jaxon’s poor figure covered in crap (her words, not mine). One of the things that proved that my memory sucks ass, was me not remembering the fact that Jaxon had dreadlocks. Don’t ask me why, but when I started reading Iron Pendulum, I forgot all about his appearance and thought he looked like a nerd. Sad, sad, sad. Despite that, I still gushed about his and Avery’s relationship as it developed and grew. The phases, the increasing intimacy and trust… Yup, Jaxon is still up there in my book boyfriend list.

I wanted to say so much more but I don’t want to spoil the book. Let me just say that Curd’s writing style is still as much addictive and enticing as it was. It’s simply but vivid. The reader is right there with Avery and the group. Go pick The Periodic Series up if you like the dystopian genre. It’s one of the best out there, in my opinion. I haven’t stopped bugging my friends about it, trying to get them to read it, so it’s legit!

4 Chibis

Giveaway

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About Megan Curd:

Author photoMegan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

August 26th

Book Lovin’ Mamas – Excerpt

Fabulous and Fun – Excerpt & Review

Once Upon a Twilight – Excerpt & Review

Coffee Books & Art – Excerpt

August 27th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Excerpt & Playlist

A Book Vacation – Excerpt & Review

Becky on Books – Excerpt

Born To Read – Excerpt & Review

August 28th

Adventures in Writing – Guest Post & Review

In between The Pages – Excerpt & Review

Let Me Be Fictional – Excerpt & Review

Bibliophilia, Please – Excerpt

August 29th

Roxy’s Reviews – Excerpt & Review

A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt & Review

Paperback Cowgirl Reviews – Excerpt & Review

SassyCat’s Books Review – Excerpt & Character Playlist

August 30th

Book Sense – Excerpt & Review

Loves All Things Books – Excerpt & Dream Cast

Girl in the Woods Reviews – Excerpt & Review

The Small Nerd – Excerpt & Review

August 31st

Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog – Excerpt & Review

One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads – Excerpt & Review

deal sharing aunt – Excerpt & Interview

Chibi Reader – Excerpt & Review

September 1st

GenGen’s Book Blog – Excerpt & Review

Resch Reads and Reviews – Excerpt & Review

Shelfspace Needed – Excerpt & Review

This Redhead LOVES Books – Excerpt

September 2nd

The Revolving Bookcase for Young Readers – Excerpt

Dowie’s Place – Excerpt & Review

Istyria book blog – Excerpt & Review

The Bearded Scribe – Excerpt & Review

September 3rd

Addicted Readers – Excerpt

Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews – Excerpt & Guest Post

K.R. Grace – Excerpt & Review

Mercurial Musings – Excerpt & Review

September 4th

Avid Reader Musings – Excerpt & Review

Bookinfatuation – Excerpt & Review

Out of Time – Excerpt & Review

Morgan Wylie~Author – Excerpt

September 5th

Fabulous and Fun – Excerpt & Interview

A Cup of Coffee and a Book – Excerpt & Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

September 6th

The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Excerpt & Review

Write Away Bliss – Excerpt & Review

Racing To Read – Excerpt & Review

September 7th

Such a Novel Idea – Excerpt & Guest Post

The La La Land of Books – Excerpt & Review

paranormal book club ( PBC) – Excerpt & Review

The Book Beacon – Excerpt & Review

September 8th

Much Loved Books – Excerpt & Review

Life Between the Pages – Excerpt & Review

Reading on the Farm – Excerpt & Review

Shelves of Books/ Reading For Fun – Excerpt & Review

September 9th

Books for a Delicate Eternity – Excerpt & Review

The Bookie Monster – Guest Post & Review

Dizneeee’s World of Books – Excerpt & Review

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The Book Blogger Confessions Tag!

I’ve been roaming around the book community online and on youtube and one of my favourite things to do is watch book bloggers doing tags! They’re addictive, funny, and contagious! After watching so many tags videos and post I figured it was my turn in trying this stuff. This tag was created by LAURA’S BOOK REVIEWS and, if you haven’t noticed yet, I haven’t been tagged by anyone, but I’m a rule breaker so who cares! Let’s get to it!

1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

Hmm… Let’s see. I actualy start a lot of books only to drop them after the first chapter. I have started 2 books which I am constantly putting down because they’re difficult to get into: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Unteachable by Leah Raeder. However the most recent one I certaintly won’t pick up again and will forever remain unfinished is The Mighty Storm by  Samantha Towle.

2.Which book is your guilty pleasure?

Probably the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. People say I’m too old for that now that I’m almost 20 but who cares! I’m still waiting for a far away relative to come get me and to tell me I am the princess of some country out there.

3. Which book do you love to hate?

Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. It’s bad guys, real bad. 

5. Which book have you read the most?

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead cuz Dimitri. Oh and Frostbite cuz Adrian.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

50 Shades of Grey. You give me that you’re cut from my friend’s list.

7. Which book could you not live without?

The whole Harry Potter series. They’re my existence and my childhood ok? I love me some Harry Potter.

8. Which book made you the angriest?

So many -.-‘ The worst one was Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. I did say before I’d throw it in the sea. I was in a bad mood for a weel after reading the book. It’s awful, the characters are hateful and I just wanted to chuck the book against the wall. Check my review if you want.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

If I Stay by Gale Forman AND The High Lord by Trudi Canavan. They just broke my heart.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

*scoff* If Soffs were here with me she’d say the same thing most probably. The Endless Knight by  Kresley Cole!

.Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)

And now it’s tagging time! I have to tag 5 people so here they are:

Joana from Bookworm Confessions

Delaney from Theawkward-ness

Michelle from Sleeps With Notebooks

Ki from Doing Some Reading

and…

Sofia here from Chibi Reader!

Hope you guys all have fun doing this tag :p

 

Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Published: August 5th 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

Blurb: “When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly.”

Review

I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover so when I found out she was releasing a new book I almost sang Amazing Grace in a restaurant. Yup, that would have been awkward mostly because I’m a nullity when it comes to singing. Obviously, I had to get my hands on the book as soon as it was released but I was a tad bit disappointed and I have to say this is one of my least favourite Colleen Hoover book so far. Well, I like it better than Hopeless but, you know, I was expecting something that matched Slammed. Either way, I can’t deny that Ugly Love was extremely addictive and that I didn’t enjoy reading it. Hell, I nearly read it in one go. If I didn’t need to sleep I’d probably have read it in one night. Having succumbed to my falling eyelids, I had to leave it to the next day (which is today actually). That’s right, this review is going to be full of fresh feels! Continue reading