Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Tour ~ "January Black" by Wendy S. Russo

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January Black Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma. More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple. What was January Black? It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He's been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost...or call the king’s bluff.  
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My thoughts: January Black is a puzzle for Matty.  He is given a challenge by the king to tell him about January Black.  Matty instantly goes for the logical answer, it was the ship that brought the  colonists to their planet.  But that is not the answer the king was looking for.  He wanted to know who was January Black.

This starts Matty on a quest in search of long forgotten or hidden  information.  Along the way he meats a gardener, Iris.  She helps him in his quest and becomes more than his friend.

January Black is a book that has mystery, conspiracy, romance, political wrangling, and a boy caught in the middle.

This book is intelligently written.  There is enough suspense and drama to keep you turning the pages.  Wendy Russo has crafted a book where she keeps the truth hidden until she is ready to reveal it.

There is some swearing and sexual innuendo.  I wouldn't recommend this book to YA readers younger than 16.

Praise Refreshingly intelligent and loads of fun! I lost a few hours as I read this book. It's a Young Adult novel that is refreshingly and astonishingly intelligent, and the love story is perfectly played out. ~Christine Ashworth, Amazon Review

 The mystery was intriguing - I loved how Wendy Russo weaved in all her secrets throughout the book, how she incorporated just enough to keep you reading, while never actually divulging much of anything. I was guessing for most of it and that's pretty hard to make me do. ~Julie, Clean Teen Reads

 Wendy Russo has created a masterpiece. ~Ivan Amberlake, Author  

Book Trailer

Author Wendy S. Russo Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.  

More Information:
  Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 5/8/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. 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 here as well as emailed and 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 Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  a Rafflecopter giveaway  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review January Black, and for participating in my blog tour.

    I was hoping that you would consider posting your review to Amazon. I am giving away a signed hardcover set of Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices," when I reach 100 reviews. Every one gets one of my fans closer to a drawing.



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