Thursday, March 21, 2013

Giveaway and Review of The Thirteenth by Georgia Twynham

Hello CEWTNK!!  Have I got an awesome new book to tell you about, and well I think the author is pretty special too.  Any lady that rocks it out in a batman tee has my total respect! Let's check her and the book out!
 My Kind of author!!!
Born in Wellingborough in 1972, Georgia was brought up with her two older brothers in a sleepy Leicestershire village until at the age of fifteen, her parents decided to move abroad, taking her with them. A new country and a new language helped her come out of her shell and for eleven years, she lived and worked on the beautiful island of Menorca.
Georgia wrote short stories and poetry from an early age but her real passion for writing didn’t truly emerge until she was 31. Writing for her own web site and articles for magazines helped to support her and her daughter. After meeting her now fiancé, she was given the encouragement and opportunity to write full-time and the rest is history.
Georgia felt there was a need for a strong British female heroine. She also wanted a main character that had a normal family, with problems that most teenagers/young adults in this country might be experiencing and could relate to. And so Val Saunders, daughter to Mike and Susan Saunders, was born.
Georgia spends time with her daughter in their home in Leicestershire and her life is filled with promoting her books, writing and walking her dog Milly, the Jack Russell.

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Title: The Thirteenth
Author: G.L. Twynham
Series: The Thirteenth Series
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 9 2009
Editions/Formats Available In:  Kindle/Print/Audio Book
Imagine starting at the end and finishing back at the beginning.  This is the story of a teenage girl called Valerie Saunders who is about to be thrown through time and space. Being bestowed with abilities beyond her wildest nightmares, she discovers that she not only has to deal with turning eighteen, her first job and an unwanted tattoo, but also magical powers and intense urges to fall in love. She envisaged she would spend her life blending into the scenery, not blowing it up!
Val has a calling, but which side is dialling her number?

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A young woman stood alone looking up at the night sky, a cool breeze effortlessly caressing her slim frame as darkness closed around her. At long last it would be her turn to be part of something that had been her destiny since birth.

She moved on, passing the pond; she caught her reflection in the water and smiled. The time had arrived; the moon had reached the tops of the trees. On this particular evening, the shadows of the dense woods, mixed with the bruised sky made the adventure that lay ahead seem all the more exciting.

As she left the village behind and made her way into the woodland, her body filled with anticipation. She began to run.

Knowing instinctively where to go, she weaved like a needle in and out of the undergrowth, dodging the trees as if they were merely smoke trails rising in front of her.

She was moving swiftly when an unfamiliar sound suddenly stopped her dead in her tracks. A strange crackling in the air made every hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Something was very wrong. She span around, trying to find where it was coming from, but soon realized it was everywhere. Then, as suddenly as it had started, it stopped.

She had cautiously started to move forward again, when the silence was shattered once more by another wave of sound. In the confusion, her foot caught under a loose tree root, causing her to fall awkwardly into a pile of leaves. Before she had time to stand up, she heard violent screams coming from the distance. These weren’t joyful cries; the cries of pleasure and happiness she had been expecting. These turned her blood cold and left her paralyzed where she lay on the wet forest floor, her heart pounding.

After a few seconds, she gathered enough courage to slowly lift herself up and move forward again. She was suddenly very frightened, aware of the risk she was taking just by being there. She darted to an old oak tree, hiding for a moment in the shelter of its huge trunk.

Cautiously, she edged around it. Everything was quiet again so she leant the top half of her body out, to see if it was safe. In that split second a ball of light came towards her, travelling at amazing speed and growing as it came, until it seemed to be the size of a mountain.

When it hit her, its power engulfed her whole body and she was instantly lifted off the ground. She screamed helplessly as it raised her into the treetops.

Her ears filled with a piercing noise, like nothing she had ever heard before. Her whole body felt like it was burning up, yet still she kept rising and rising, until she was high above the trees.

Then the light and noise stopped as quickly and as it had started. Her upward flight came to a violent halt, and she began to fall. As she tumbled through the trees, the thick branches scratched aggressively at her clothes and face. The ground came towards her at terrifying speed. The scream that was struggling to escape her was silenced when she hit the ground with tremendous force. Her body filled with pain, the taste of warm blood filled her mouth, and she slipped into unconsciousness.

I jumped into this book not expecting to add another author to my favorite lists, but in fact that is just what happened.  I love books that have a touch of sci-fi and time travel.  This book is about as unpredictable as you can get!!  You have Val, who was just your normal wanting to blend into the scenery teen, who was unsure where she was going in her life.  She takes a job at a book store in town to try and sort out what she wants to do now that high school is over.  That's when all the fun starts happening.  Things are not always what the appear to be at first blush, and this book holds to that standard.  It has a bunch of twists and turns and you will be surprised at what it holds in store.  Predictability is something that is noticeably absent from this book! The last two chapters alone totally blow your mind with the big reveal.  This story was well crafted and you truly felt for Val all the way through the book.  She goes through some rough patches, but soldiers on through quite remarkably.  I really believe her biggest challenges lye in the next book.  Due to the circumstances in the first one, I really believe that Val will become quite something else in the next edition.  I can't wait for it!  The author has truly captured a fan with this first book and she gets my top pick!  A must read!!

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Unknown said...

I don't usually read ya, but I have to admit this one sounds pretty good. I may have to pick it up and give it a try.
Nikki, you always have the best stuff going on your blog!

Tore923 said...

I love YA. I can't wait to read this book. Sounds really good.

Mary Preston said...

I love finding new favorites!!

lavendersbluegreen said...

This definitely sounds interesting.

Dustykatt said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this.

VampedChik said...

Another one for my wishlist! Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

Awesome giveaway. The books soynds great and is on my tbr list!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the chance to win.Awesome giveaway.


Sayomay said...

Snap ive been wanting to read this series for forever! :D TY for the giveaway!!!
Samantha D

sherry fundin said...

I love time travel and the excerpt made the book sound very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

Aways on the lookout for a new great book!!!! Thank you

PM350 said...

would love to win &read

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