Something Wicked Returns grinds on.....we are nearing the half way mark, but that doesn't mean we are going to slack off on the great giveaways and guest posts! In fact, I have a phenomenal post for you all today! But first, be sure to check out these stops:
Candace@Candace's Book Blog: April Tucholke: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Now who do I have here today for you all? How about the fantastic, awesome, wonderful and talented Ann Aguirre! I am delighted to have Ann back a second time with her final book of the Enclave Trilogy: Horde, and I have the privilege of kicking off The Horde Tour!
This is a phenomenal dystopian series, and I can say the final book is amazing! If you have not read Ann Aguirre you are missing out. My good friend Maja@ The Nocturnal Library is a super fan of Ms. Aguirre. Just get the books.....Okay for all of you who have had your head in the sand and are unfamiliar with Ann Aguirre let me introduce you:
Ann Aguirre is a USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults. To find out more about Ann visit: her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Ann was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to share with you all the things she fears the most! Without further delay, here is Ms. Ann Aguirre:
Ann Aguirre's Top Ten Fear List:
The odd aspect of my psyche is, I’m kind of scared of lots of things. This diversity of fear, however, prevents me from fixating on any one. In a way, that’s good, because I don’t completely freak out, but I might have a mild panic attack, get sweaty, nauseous or be singing LALALALALA in my head until whatever is tormenting me passes. So… I’ll make you a top ten list of things that freak me out. In no particular order.
10. Crunchy Bugs
This includes pretty much anything with a carapace and that crackles when you kill it. *shivers* I just can’t even deal. I scream for help if I spot one. They creep me out. I can’t crush them.
9. Dead Things
This is a problem when you have pets. Sometimes the cat or dog goes hunting and brings me a dead mouse or a dead bird. It takes hours for the screaming and shivering to stop, and I can’t bring myself to dispose of the tiny bodies without upchucking. Ironically, I can’t kill or dispose of animal or insect corpses, which is kind of hilarious, given the dark stuff I write.
When we’re in a restaurant on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and there’s a happy clown making balloon animals, I try desperately not to make eye contact. (No, seriously, don’t come over here–oh, CRAP.) This is even funnier because I used to be a clown. I have light coulophobia, which means I was traumatized every time I looked in the mirror. If you can suggest anything less cool than a college student driving in a bright orange Plymouth Horizon to a gas station grand opening in full clown regalia, including red nose and frizzy yellow wig, I’d love to hear about it. Worst college job ever, and I say that, having worked in a nursing home, changing bed pans. That was better than being a clown. Seriously.
As photographic evidence, I submit to you exhibit A. Oh wait, it was even worse than I remembered. See the skates in my hand?
(I’m the sad one with the yellow wig). I was a roller-skating clown. You should all buy HORDE right now in pity. I’ll wait.
7. Elevators / close spaces
Mostly, I’m afraid I’ll get stuck. And then it’ll end up like this or this. Even if I survive, the shrieking will never stop. My new full-time job will be rocking and weeping. Seriously, though, when I’m on an elevator, I’m tense and watching the floors zoom by, hoping there are no problems. I might also be sweaty. I apologize in advance.
Crowds are okay as long as I’m not completely engulfed in them. If I am and I can’t see, then a full panic attack ensues. I don’t like having strangers all around me. That’s maybe the wrong word. I loathe it. This year at Comic-Con, I had three hot men (Alan Averil, Peter Stenson and agent) forming a triangle around me when I had to navigate the enormous exhibit hall on Saturday. My brain was at DEFON 4 that day, and I truly appreciate their time and kindness. True story: I had a panic attack at my college graduation because they funneled all of us down this narrow hallway and out into the stadium. It was so packed that I almost fainted and a random guy grabbed me and hauled me along so I didn’t get trampled.
5. Tiny lizards
This is on par with crunchy bugs. No panic attack, but I will run around and make weird noises because I’m scared of them jumping in my hair and then running around and getting tangled and then, if they’re really tiny, they might die IN MY HAIR, which feeds back into my fear of dead things. Which… IN MY HAIR. Just no. So much no. Pass on wee lizards, thanks.
4. Heights / falling off things
I get mild vertigo when I’m up super high, but my real fear is falling. Which makes sense since falling off tall things is usually fatal. Given that I’m prone to tripping, when you combine this with heights, this fear is actually more like self-preservation. Moving on.
There are so many urban legends to do with mirrors, reflections belonging to something besides you, being portals to other worlds, or that you can see ghosts in them, or not see vampires. In my opinion, mirrors are just creepy, especially in the dark when you aren’t expecting to find one when you turn the corner, and “OMG, WHO IS THAT? Oh, it’s me. Sorry about the floor. Now I need new underpants.” That’s never happened to me, by the way. I heard that story from a friend. She lives in Canada. You don’t know her.
2. Dark spaces under the bed
This is left over from childhood. I used to run and jump into my bed, leaving minimal time for something to grab my ankles and yank me under and eat me. It’s not coincidence that my bed is really low to the ground. In fact, I have considered Japanese tatami to eliminate all under bed space. Not because I’m still scared. Just for cultural enlightenment. You know.
1. Loss of control
There’s a reason I don’t drink much. The idea of doing stupid things freaks me out. I prefer to think decisions through properly and then make the wrong choice because I’m an idiot, not because I’m too loaded to know any better. So basically, I avoid booze, drugs, and I limit my caffeine intake because it makes me chatty. (That’s not me. I’m a watcher and a listener.)
So there you have it, the things that scare me. I hope it was entertaining! What do you fear?
A huge thank you to Ann for sharing her fears with us today! I don't blame you for bugs and dead things, and I am not a fan of the dark space under my bed either, usually I have a cat under there. What about you all, are you afraid of the things on Ann's list?
As part of The Horde Tour! I have a tremendous giveaway for you all! There are three books up for grabs! You can win book one: Enclave paperback, or book two: Outpost also in paperback and finally a hardback copy of Horde,.
There will be three winners and the giveaway is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter after reading the Contest Policies. Good Luck! A huge thanks to the folks over at Macmillan and to Ann for allowing me to host the tour! I can't wait for you all to read Horde!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy.
The horde is coming.
Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.
Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.
This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance.
This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.
Source: ARC Tours for an honest review.
Five Stars: A stunning conclusion to an amazing series!
Deuce arrives at Soldier Pond, begging for help. Her new home Salvation is under siege from the Horde. The Freaks have multiplied and banded together into an unstoppable colony. They are faster, smarter and capable of destroying what remains of humanity. Even though the threat is real, the remaining settlements aren't convinced that they should fight. Deuce takes it upon herself to try and raise an army. If she can't band the remaining settlements together against the Horde, they are all doomed. Can Deuce stop the Horde?
What I Liked:
- Wow! This book is a terrific finale to a heart pounding, action packed, apocalyptic series. The Razorland Triology is a series you must read if you are a fan of dystopian books. It has tremendous characters, solid world building and a plot that is fast paced and adrenaline spiking. If you are a junkie for thrilling dystopians do not hesitate read this book and series!
- The characters... how I have grown to love the characters in this trilogy. At the heart of the story is Deuce who starts out as a fifteen year old, groomed in the underground enclave to be a fierce fighter, a Huntress. Throughout the series, she shows tremendous growth. She becomes a fighter and she rallies the remaining settlements to her cause. She is brave, fierce and never backs down from a fight. She is one of those kick butt chicks that we all so admire. I loved getting into her head and watching her grow and change, especially as she learned more about human emotions such as romantic love and familial bonds. Alongside her are Fade, Tegan and Stalker as well as her new adoptive family. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed these characters. Fade definitely struggles a bit, but in the end he comes through. Tegan also grows and changes so much. She goes from the frightened, abused girl to a brave fighter and a healer. Stalker especially won me over. In the first book, he is a villain and it was easy to hate him, but he turns over a new leaf and he becomes a character that I truly admire. If you are a fan of books with tremendous characters who undergo significant growth, read these books.
- Finally, I was able to get the answers to many lingering questions. This book reveals the origins of the Freaks and you finally learn more as to what they really are. There is also information on the fall of the previous civilization. I loved learning more about the world and the Freaks, and I liked the explanation for how the world ended.
- This book will grab you with its fierce claws and hold you hostage until the end. Set aside some time for this one because you won't want to put it down. Ms. Aguirre has a way of throwing in these little snippets of foreshadowing before a big event that will keep you reading. This book is full of action and heart stopping battle scenes. There are many sacrifices and some heartbreak, but there is also hope, and love and a surprising happy reunion. Horde will play with your emotions as you experience terror, sadness, courage, hope and love. It is truly a stunning conclusion to a terrific series.
- The romance....I loved the way the romance finally worked out. Up until this book, it is a bit rocky, but it finally unfurls in all its magnificent splendor. This is a romance that is done right, it is slow and steady built on friendship and an unfailing trust. It falters and stumbles a bit, but in the end it bursts into something truly beautiful, it took my breath away. I absolutely ate it up!
- The writing is stunning. I can't do it justice by trying to explain, you must experience it for yourself. Trust me, Ann Aguirre is a master story teller and an author you should be reading!
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I found most of the answers I wanted regarding the Freaks, I was left a bit disappointed that I didn't get to spend a bit more time understanding them after all is said and done. I would very much like to have seen Deuce go amongst them and learn more about them. I wanted to know were there life spans getting longer? Did they have familial bonds like humans? What happened to them after the battle?
- There is a wonderful Epilogue at the end that satiated me and yet left me hungry, too. I wanted more. What happened with Tegan and Morrow? What happened with Rex and Spence and Gavin? What happened with the Freaks?
Horde is an absolute must read book, especially if you are a fan of the series. This book is a roller coaster of emotions. It will suck you in and keep you hostage until the final pages. Expect heart pounding battle scenes, loss, heartbreak, hope and happiness. I loved that amidst all the turmoil and death, there is also love and romance. Ms. Aguirre has written a top notch YA dystopian series that shouldn't be missed. I cannot wait to read more of her books!
"Because I love you." It was easy to say it this time now that I understood what it meant. Then I quoted his own words back to him. "Not just when it's easy. All the time."
"No history is ever unbiased."
"When people stop writing down their stories, the soul of the world is lost."
"I feared a love like this---that made us incomplete without each other. It was beautiful but treacherous, like snow that looked white and pure and lovely from the safety of your window, but when you stepped out to touch the softness, the cold first tole your breath, and then your will to move, until you could just lay down in it and let the numbness take you."
I reviewed a copy of this book as part of Around the World Tours. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
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