Friday, March 2, 2018

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda


Title: PITCH DARK 
Author: Courtney Alameda
Pub. Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.

Review:
4 stars

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda lived up to my high expectations for this book, after reading and loving Shutter. Pitch Dark was a dark, creepy novel, and is one of few books that was creepy enough that I was almost scared while reading the novel. Pitch Dark has the right blend of horror and adventure mixed together in a world with aliens and marauding space scavengers.

This is the kind of book that I absolutely love to read, and was instantly hooked into the world fun of suspense, chills, and adventure. It was fast-paced, with well-written characters that you easily relate and connect with, well at least I did. Both Tuck and Laura are sarcastic and sassy, but it works for both of them. Their characters clicked well together, complimenting one another, especially because, even though they have their similarities, they are also very distinct characters.

I was very satisfied with the overall pacing of the story, and the ending of the story. I don't know which of Courtney's books I loved more, but I know that I look forward to reading more by her in the future. I would highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of YA horror, especially YA sci-fi horror.

About Courtney:
A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and hailed as a "standout in the genre" by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novels include the science fiction/horror mashup, PITCH DARK (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends 2018), and SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, an urban fantasy set in Japan. (Co-authored with Valynne Maetani. HarperTeen 2018).

Courtney holds a degree in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five-pound cat with a giant personality.

Member HWA, SFWA, SCBWI; and SDCC Creative Professional.


Giveaway Details: International
3 winners will receive a finished copy of PITCH DARK & Swag, US Only.
Ends on March 6th at Midnight EST!

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
2/19/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
2/19/2018- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview

2/20/2018- The Blonde BookwormReview
2/20/2018- BookHounds YaGuest Post

2/21/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
2/21/2018- Literary MeanderingsExcerpt

2/22/2018- Howling LibrariesReview
2/22/2018- YA Books CentralInterview

2/23/2018- The OWL Book Review BlogReview
2/23/2018- Pretty Deadly ReviewsReview

Week Two:
2/26/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
2/26/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview

2/27/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
2/27/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview

2/28/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
2/28/2018- A Dream Within A DreamInterview

3/1/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
3/1/2018- The Cover ContessaExcerpt

3/2/2018- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview
3/2/2018- AbooktropolisReview

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