Review & Giveaway! Terra by Gretchen Powell

On Tour with Prism Book Tours…

gretchen-001Hello there! My name is Gretchen Powell. I am 24 years old, half-Chinese, and the owner of two adorable miniature schnauzers. I am an occasional drinker of classy wines, and I wrote a book.

By day, I work for a government contractor in our nation’s capital.
By night, I binge on episodes of Doctor Who and sleep fitfully.
Sometime in the mid-afternoon, I write another blog called Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! about weight loss, food, fitness, and my life.
Some of my favorite things include polka dots, Harry Potter, pretty much any TV show that airs on Thursday nights (yep, I’m talking Vampire Diaries #notashamed), and playing the ukulele.
  • Terra (Terrestrials, #1)Terra
  • by Gretchen Powell
  • Paperback, 286 pages
  • Published December 12th 2012 by Hopewell Media

Premise:

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.



A discovery that will change everything.



In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down.



Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

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Review:

With the fantasy aspect, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this. Fantasy is not always hit and miss with me, it’s normally miss and miss! But I was surprised by page two.

Terra is just a girl trying to survive. She doesn’t know it, but she’s so much more than that. In a world where people keep their heads down, you don’t talk back, and you certainly don’t ask questions, she does all of the above. Mainly to save her life, but everything happens for a reason.

Even with thinking that I wasn’t going to enjoy this, straight away I could tell that this was going to get seriously dramatic. The writing is so good that you are transported to this other world and when something happens I constantly found myself gasping aloud, knowing that the crap was going to hit the fan, but not know why! Just like Terra, I wanted the answers, and Gretchen Powell did not disappoint.

There are aspects in this that didn’t even figure out until Terra was working them out and honestly, even if this book wasn’t up my alley, that is one thing that I absolutely love! Having the clues there to put it all together, but not figure out on page 10! Everything was put together very well and came together at wonderfully. The stuff that Terra goes through is just ridiculous! And being a dystopian/apocalyptic type when the government is after you, what’s a girl to do?

Another cliff hanger!! So, watch out for that. But I would definitely pick this one up if you enjoy fantasy or dystopian/apocalyptic. It’s a good ride! My rating 4/5

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In Terra‘s world, resources are scarce and many people make their living as “scavs,” hunting for scraps to turn in on Collection Day in exchange for credits. For this tour, YOU are a scav, and there are scraps all over the blogosphere for you to find! On each participating blog, there will be one of 9 possible questions. Answer the question to receive a keyword that will get you an extra entry in the awesome giveaway!

 

Giveaway April 1 – 26

One lucky scav will win a Terra prize pack! Get a signed copy of Terra, along with three exclusive (and gorgeous!) bookmarks, as well as a delicate silver watch–just like Terra’s!–all packed up inside a scav bag of your very own! US only.





An additional five (FIVE!) winners will get a digital copy of Terra in the format of their choice. International.

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Gretchen Powell. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Terra on Tour!!

April 2013Check out the Reviews of Terra!! And become a “scav” and track down all the answers to the Collections questions hidden in the excerpts. 🙂  Plus, celebrate Gretchen’s birthday by bringing something fun to the party!!1 – April Fool’s Day LAUNCH!Colorimetry

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer Excerpt 1

fuonlyknew Excerpt 2

2 – A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner Review

 – Pause TimeReview

3 – Jessie’s Book Place Excerpt 3

 – The Reading Diaries – Excerpt 4

4 – Mel’s ShelvesReview

5 – Lovin’ Los LibrosReview

7 – Christy’s Cozy CornerReview

Total Book Geek Excerpt 5

8 – The Quiet ConcertReview

9 – LDS & Lovin’ It – Review

10 – Jessabella ReadsExcerpt 6

11 – Gretchen’s Birthday Party!!

Passion & Life – Excerpt 7

12 – Tressa’s Wishful EndingsReview

14 – Living a Goddess Life – Review

Books, Books and More BooksReview

15 – Marked by BooksExcerpt 8

16 – Blood, Sweat and BooksReview

My SerynitiReview

17 – Bookworm LisaReview

Mortality BitesExcerpt 9

18 – Getting Your Read OnReview

 –The Broke Book Bank Interview 10

19 – Grand Finale Blast!!

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