Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tour Stop: S. M. Pace's Shadow of the Wolf

Tour Time!!!  YAY!!!!
I'm super excited to be a part of this one; I had almost passed it up,
but I'm soooo glad I didn't miss out!
What an incredible and wonderful surprise Shadow of the Wolf turned out to be!!!!
I can't wait to tell you all about it!  This is a must read for all YA Fantasy fans!

So let's get started....

Toby has always felt like an outcast in his village, but he thought winning a game at the Summer Fair was the answer to making friends. The local boys disagreed and literally threw Toby to the wolves. Stranded in enemy territory with a broken leg, he’s offered two options by the resident werewolves; death or permanent exile from his race.

Although Toby longs to return to his family, he chooses to live. But the werewolf children torment him just like the boys and girls back home. When he fights back and discovers he can wield magic, a crime in his old kingdom, he realizes he’s safer with the werewolves than he ever was amongst his own kind. He even finds happiness and acceptance, until his real sister contacts him with her own forbidden magic.

Fearing for her safety, Toby must decide where his loyalties lie; with the family he grew up with or the werewolves who took him in when his own people discarded him?

Genre: YA Fantasy (a bit Dystopic, too)
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This is such a wonderfully told story!  S. M. Pace has got mad talent!!!!  She creates such an intriguing world that is mostly traditional fantasy in setting, but has a distinctive dystopic touch, too.  The plot is amazingly engaging; I could not put this book down.  There's twists, turns and total "oh no he didn't" moments.  Shocking stuff happens, big time.  It's also such a passionate story; it's beautiful and sad and has ever-so-real characters.  Each character has such complexity!  You feel so much for them.  It seems very real.  You're heart just breaks for Toby.  And yet the book never goes so deep into the dramatic as to lose a professed drama-hater such as myself.  It's so well balanced from every aspect: from the courageous main characters, to the crazy plots twists, to the every-so-subtle touch of romance.  I'm completely wow-ed and I want more!!!

Cover Art:
I almost didn't read this incredible story because the cover just didn't work for me.  It's a great drawing, but in the world of digital art, as the cover stands, it just isn't going to entice a perspective reader.  

Find Yours:
Purchase a copy of Shadow of the Wolf on Amazon.  
And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Sneak Peek:
They couldn’t have. The words echoed inside her head. She reached out quivering hands to brace them on a tree trunk, and squinted into the darkness of the forest. All black, with only the smallest hints of lighter gray. Toby was down there; she could sense him. Beyond the slope, just a few yards away, but it might as well have been miles.

Ora screamed, a ragged, broken sound.

Yellow eyes materialized in the darkness, like candle lights flaring to life. Starlight glinted off its sharp teeth.

It growled at her, a warning.

Ora gasped, but stiffened her legs rather than back away. "Give me my brother. Please."

The werewolf snorted, shaking its head like a dog shaking off fleas. Or perhaps giving her an answer. With another growl, it disappeared. If she followed, she wouldn't get far. Tears pricked her eyes.

Noah, that monster. He had fed Toby to the werewolves.

Chill bumps, right?!?!
So let me introduce you to our amazing writer, S. M. Pace.....

Author's Bio and Guest Post:
Stephanie Pace is an avid reader of every genre, though fantasy is her favorite. She started writing at fifteen and never looked back. She currently works as a pre-K teacher by day, and a determined self-publisher by night. When she’s not distracting herself with conlanging and world-building, she loves to do cross stitch or escape to the outdoors when the weather is nice. She lives in central Virginia with her boyfriend, and the rest of her crazy, amazingly supportive family close by.

Get to know Stephanie better on her Book Site, Blog, Twitter and Facebook.  And as an added bonus, Stephanie has shared her top 10 favorite books (and I'm LOVIN her picks!!!!):

My Top Ten Favorite Books

1. What Language Is by John McWhorter
I hope a nonfiction book is allowed on this list. As an avid conlanger from the age of twelve, I have devoured everything I can about linguistics. This book is my favorite, because the writing is so straight forward and approachable. A just plain enjoyable read.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
An intelligent heroine, who acts, not just reacts. An arrogant, but ultimately sweet hero. And in the end they both admit they’ve made mistakes, and grow as people while remaining as strong as they were in the beginning. What’s not to love?

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’m a sucker for all things Roaring Twenties. This novel brought that decade alive for me. My favorite character was Daisy, and my heart broke for her. It still does every time I re-read, though I also want to shake her. 

4. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
I was never into urban fantasy until I read this novel. Patricia Briggs made a modern day world of werewolves, vampires and fae seem utterly believable, like it could be hiding under the surface of our world right now. I love the entire Mercy series, but this will always be my favorite. 

5. Hogfather by Terri Pratchet
I’ve never laughed harder then when I’m reading Terri Pratchet. Hogfather was my first introduction to this brilliant author, and it remains my favorite of his Discworld novels. I love his take on mythology and fantasy, and the message of how important it is to believe. 

6. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
There was something wonderfully epic about this novel that captivated me. An alternate history where the Black Plague wiped out 99% of the European population, and the novel follows a handful of reincarnated spirits through multiple lives. I was awed by the amount of research this must have taken, and I loved every word of it. 

7. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
I’m glad my relationship with my mother is not this complex, but I loved being immersed in Sidda Walker’s Louisiana upbringing. Such a bittersweet story about broken dreams, and family. 

8. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
I love learning the story from the villain’s point of view, and this novel provided an even more complex, and detailed prospective than I imagined. I loved Elphaba, even though she is by far not a lovable heroine. She remains very much the Wicked Witch of the West. 

9. Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood by Holly Lisle
I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but I loved this novel. Something about Lisle’s writing pulls me in and I can’t stop reading. The fact that the story includes a pretty wicked sci-fi take on vampires doesn’t hurt. 

10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
This is the first book I remember reading by myself, and I still enjoy reading it. ‘Nuff said.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. 
Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising* 

1 comment:

  1. Here's another site to get to know the author and her book :)