Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Launch! Fireseed One by Catherine Stine Book Review/Giveaway!

Book Launch! Fireseed One by Catherine Stine Book Review/Giveaway!

Author: Catherine Stine
Author Online: Twitter Website
Publisher: Konjur Road Press
Release Date: December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback, 296 pages.
My Rating: 3.5/5
How I Got It: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review/giveaway.
Buy It: Amazon
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) Fireseed One is a YA futuristic thriller with crossover appeal. Illustrated by the author. The year is 2089. Temperate climate has replaced Arctic ice, and much of what is now the United States is a lethal Hotzone, cut off by an insurmountable border from its northern, luckier neighbors, Ocean and Land Dominion. It is rumored that roving Hotzone nomads will kill for a water pellet or a slice of insect loaf, and that the ZWC, a dangerous Hotzone activist group, has infiltrated the border to the northern Dominions.  Up in Ocean Dominion, all eighteen year-old Varik Teitur wants is to party on SnowAngel Island with his friend Audun and flirt with college girls he dreams of joining next year in his quest to become a doctor. Instead, he inherits a vast sea farm, following the death of his father, famous marine biologist Professor Teitur. Five weeks later, ZWC member Marisa Baron breaks into the farm's secret seed vault and a fellow activist poisons the farm's agar crops, the world's food source. In order to save the last agar seedlings Varik is forced to journey to the Hotzone in search of Fireseed, a plant his father supposedly developed with magical hybridization properties.  Varik takes Marisa along. Aside from being a terrorist, she's the beautiful daughter of Melvyn Baron, the biggest real estate mogul in Land Dominion, and the professor's old rival. Oddly, she knows lots about Fireseed, and what Hotzone land Professor Teitur bought to test the crop, before becoming embittered and trashing the project. No one except Varik knows whether Fireseed once existed off the drawing board. Might the refugees in Vegas-by-the-Sea have answers, or the bizarre Fireseed cult in the Chihuahua desert? Varik, the reluctant hero, must risk burning in the Hotzone, as his mother did, to save the ailing agar, and the world.

I am super excited to take part in Catherine Stine's book launch for Fireseed One! I love the book, and Catherine is the sweetest thing ever, so thank you so much to her for letting me be part of this launch! Also, don't forget to stop by Catherine's blog to check out all of the other amazing people taking part in this launch! Giveaways, interviews and excerpts, oh, my!
My Review:
I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I agreed to read Fireseed One. All I knew was that it sounded really interesting, and I’ve wanted to jump-start my fantasy reads for a long time now. So I am very happy to say that I really enjoyed Fireseed One, and was really impressed with the author, Catherine Stine.
Fireseed One takes place in a future world. Global warming has taken place, and everything is far from perfect. People are quite literally burning to death from heat levels way above normal, and most are starving. It was a sad look on just what could happen to the world, and I really enjoyed reading about a future that wasn’t so bright, like most futuristic books will have you believe.
I loved the illustrations in this novel. I liked that the author not only showed you in words what things looked like, but showed you with actual images. They were often beautiful (just like the book’s cover), or kind of freaky (which was intended). Either way, I loved them, and got excited whenever an image showed up on the page.
Our hero, Varik, was a nice character to read about. It is not often that I read YA books from the male perspective, and when I do, I am always a little let down. That is not the case with Fireseed One. Varik was interesting, semi-witty, and although he could sometimes start to fade into the background of forgettable characters, he always redeemed himself, and I liked him.
Our heroine, Marisa, was nice, too. I didn’t really like her at first, but she grew on me.
She was strong, brave about most things, and really out there. I like a girl who can speak her mind.
Varik’s friend, Audun, was easily my favorite character. I loved how witty and loyal he was, and I was sad he was absent for most of the middle and end of the book.

Fireseed One is a true fantasy-adventure! It grabbed me from the first chapter and didn’t let go. I was always left wanting more at the end of each chapter, and I was forced to read well into the night because of this book. I love when that happens. It was thrilling, exciting, and an overall great story. Catherine Stine is a wonderful story teller, and I enjoyed her writing style greatly.
My only complaint is the relationship between Varik and Marisa. I didn’t understand it.
Sure—every book needs a little romance, and don’t get me wrong; Fireseed One did not overdo the romance—but I just wasn’t feeling it. It seemed to me that one minute, Varik really disliked Marisa (and for good reason, too!) and then the next—he was kissing her! I must have missed the sudden growth of feelings between them, but still. I would have liked for them to get to know each other a bit more before that happened.
Also, some of the dialogue was kind of awkward, or just over the top. Varik often said things that I would have expected Marisa to say, because, well… she’s a girl. Needless to say, Varik could say some pretty funny things.

Overall, Fireseed One will have you on the edge of your seat, cheering for these characters every step of the way. It won’t let you go until the last page, and will leave you wondering just what will happen next. Even now, the story is still fresh in my mind, and refusing to let go!
If you’re a fan of fantasy that isn’t over the top, action-adventure with a bit of romance—read this book. You won’t be sorry. Catherine Stine is an author to look out for, and shines brightly with this stunning thriller.

“There’s only so far you can pry into someone’s soul before they protest. But I have to say Marisa builds her walls faster than anyone I’ve ever met, and, as close as I’ve gotten to her, it still brings me down.” –Fireseed One
Thank you so much to Catherine once again! Here's some fun links for you guys so you can check her out, and buy Fireseed One

Buy Fireseed One on iBook for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch HERE!
Buy Fireseed One on Kindle by clicking HERE!
Now, who's ready for that giveaway?! I am, thanks to the lovely Catherine, giving away one (1) SIGNED paperback copy of Fireseed One! How exciting! You don't wanna miss out on this! 
To enter, please read the rules below, and enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Thank you and good luck!
Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
MUST be a follower of 909 Reviews and MUST 'Like' Fireseed One page on Facebook.
The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email that I will send them, letting them know they have won or else a new winner will be picked.
You can enter so long as you follow 909 Reviews, letting that be your main entry, or you can fill out the form and follow the instructions to earn extra entries. 
Open to residents of the United States only. I'm sorry, but shipping is a lot for overseas, and it's the holidays, so... next giveaway!
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  1. Great giveaway. Book looks awesome


  2. Oh, BTW, my entry will say Pao Mtz Parente. Thanks!!

  3. Happy Holidays & thanks for the giveaway!


  4. The more I read about this book, the more I want a copy. Appreciate the great giveaway. I was goikng to do some more the the items but got off the site somehow. :)

  5. Beverly, you are sweet, and everyone who expressed interest in the book.

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