Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bookanista Review: The Pledge, by Kimberly Derting--AND A GIVEAWAY!

Okay, I am TRYING to get back on track with blogging (still a bit buried, so emphasis on TRYING) but I'm so glad I was able to find time to fit in Bookanista Review this week. Especially since I get feature a new book by the ever-fabulous Kimberly Derting. THE PLEDGE.


Here's how the publisher describes the story:

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

If you don't already know, Kim is also the author of THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD--two books I absolutely love. She's a complete master of suspense--and oh mans can she create romantic chemistry. Love, love, LOVE her writing. So of course I was super excited to get my hands on an ARC of THE PLEDGE.

But I'll confess, I was also a tad nervous. THE PLEDGE is a new direction for Kim. A Dystopian direction. And--as I'm pretty sure you're all aware by now--I'm a bit Dystopian-ed out and a tad curmudgeon-y about them at the moment. So basically I started reading this book WANTING to like it, but worrying that I wouldn't.  

Thankfully, my worries were COMPLETELY unfounded!

THE PLEDGE puts a VERY refreshing new twist on the genre. Yes, we have an oppressive Dystopian society and a character struggling against it--but we also have medieval elements to the culture and a hint of magic (specifically the power of words and language). Even better, we do NOT have to try and visualize all kinds of high tech gadgets and innovations. Better still, we have a character who is actually super-determined NOT to stand out/break the rules and is basically forced into the situation, rather than the character who is tired of the oppression and decides to rebel scenario that--to me--is starting to feel a *tad* overused in dystopian novel after dystopian novel.

(Though of course I have read--and LOVED--several Dystopain novels that have those elements so I am not knocking them per se. I'm just pointing out that it's refreshing to have something DIFFERENT.)

AND--because this is Kim--we also have a heckofa steamy love interest to root for and plenty of OMG WOULD YOU JUST KISS ALREADY--I'M DYING HERE!!!! moments. 

I don't think I can say much more without giving anything away. So I'll just add that the PLEDGE is compulsively readable (I had a VERY hard time putting it down--and only surrendered because my horrible jet lag demanded it) and I highly recommend you give it a chance. Even better?  You don't have to wait! THE PLEDGE came out on Tuesday and is available NOW! 

But, since I realize not everyone's budget has room for a new book in it, I'm also giving away a copy today. To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, November 26th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, November 27th. International entries welcome.

68 comments:

  1. This book sounds interesting. You can count me in. :).

    http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

    Oh, hey, Shannon, how did you gain such a huge following on your blog?

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  2. I'm really super excited about THE PLEDGE. I love the BF series, and Kim is an amazing author. Thanks for the giveaway!
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I loved Kimberly's other books, and your review has me super excited to read this one! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  4. I read this book via GalleyGrab, and IT IS SO SO SO AMAZING! <33 :) Would love to win a copy of it :D Thank you for the chance. <3
    Love, Carina

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  5. I LOVED The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead is sitting on my eReader, waiting to be read. I'd love a chance to read her new book! Thanks for the contest :D

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  6. Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

    I follow your blog.
    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I love the story of this book. Thank you for the giveaway!
    GFC follower as Diana

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  8. this looks SO good! thanks for the opportunity.

    cheers,
    gina

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  9. I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.
    I am a gfc follower
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  10. I can't wait to read this book! I love The Body Finder series so I am sure I'll love this one by the author as well! :)
    GFC: sarabara081
    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I can't wait to read this. I loved Kimberly's other series. Thanks for the contest.

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  12. Oohh, sounds great! Can't wait to read it! My to-read list is getting incredibly long, ha.

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  13. This is totally new to me, but I love love the premise. If I don't win or can't buy it, I hope the library has copies.
    Great review :)

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  14. The Pledge sounds amazing!Please count me in!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  15. I'd love to play please.

    GFC follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I'm not dystopianed out, but even if I were, I'd want to read it based on your recommendation. Count me in!

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  17. I can relate. I've been a bit dystopained out lately, but this book sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  18. I have been waiting for this book! Sounds way toooo good!

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  19. I LOVE Kim! This book sounds awesome and I can't wait to read.

    I wants it. I will stroke it and call it my precious...

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  20. I'm intrigued! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  21. Don't enter me, I'm compulsively reading this right now! I just wanted to mention how much I'm enjoying this book, and how unputdownable the first 90 pages have been so far.

    After reading your review, my hopes are even higher that I'll continue to enjoy it!

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  22. Oh I cannot wait for this book. It sounds like a great original storyline.

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  23. Sounds like a great host of characters. I cannot wait to check it out. I have not read the Body Finder series so I need to look it up. Thank you for the great post. I was looking for something new to read.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  24. I'd love to try this!
    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  25. I cant wait to read this book! Thanks so much!

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  26. this book is buzzing like crazy all over the blogging community. i want to read it :D
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

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  27. I really like the concept of this book

    snifflykitty@gmail.com

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  28. Sounds great. I'd love to win it!
    probablyreading(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. This book sounds fantastic!

    sue@susanuhlig.com

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  30. I love the concept of this book and have been dying to read it since I read the blurb! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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  31. Please count me in, I am dying to read this! It looks amazing and I love the cover :)

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  32. Sounds amazing! I would love to read this book. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Do you have any advice for revving novels? I just finished writing mine and am in desperate need of some help!

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  33. Oh my this book sounds amazing, thanks for the international giveaway! Fingers, toes, everything crossed. =)

    I follow your blog.

    luarroyave(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. I'd love a copy of this book.

    ham1299 at gmail dot com

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  35. Oh wow! This book sounds fabulous and the cover is super cool! :)

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  36. Awesome giveaway! I have been wanting this, but have been on a self imposed book buying ban - budgets:(
    Thanks for hosting. I am an old follower.
    bevsharp@desch.org

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  37. Even though I wan't entirely impressed with the Body Finder, this book looks intereting and I've heard good things about it. Thanks for teh chance to win! GFC: Gabi

    teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

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  38. I love The Body Finder series so far. I've been looking forward to this for months. Thanks!
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  39. I can't wait to read the Pledge! I loved the Body Finder!! :)

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  40. Ah, you have totally erased my fears about Pledge. I must admit I was both excited about it when I first heard of the Pledge, but also not all to sure I wanted to read it with all the dystopians out there. Although now I need to read it.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. =)

    Orchid

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  41. So happy to hear you enjoyed it! :)

    Sophia
    mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway! :D I've been looking forward to the release of this book, and it sounds amazing.

    Following, of course.
    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  43. How could I not want to read it after seeing the cover!

    laurapauling at yahoo dot com

    Can't wait to read it!

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  44. You seem really enthusiastic about this book, and the cover of it is positively gorgeous... I'm so excited to read The Pledge!

    I follow your blog by e-mail: purple.cookiecrumb(at)gmail(dot).com

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  45. Count me in!!!
    I saw this book ages ago on goodreads and have been following it ever since.

    r,x

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  46. I just adore her writing! I can't wait to read this.

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  47. I love Kimberly Derting and her books! Please count me in. I'm an old gfc follower.

    sauvadeavelle @ yahoo dot com

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  48. Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the chance to win!

    daniellesaunders1984(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. I had no clue this book had come out so THANK YOU FOR THE HEADS UP! I have to own this book one way or another!

    This books sounds amazing and I can see why you could not put it down. THOSE are the books that are hard to review because you want to GUSH about them but can't because of spoilers!! Thank you for the incredible review!!

    Thank you for the chance to win and

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  50. *FACEPALM*

    forgot my email address

    boo(2)bosh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. You are doing an awesome job of blogging in addition to everything else! I wish I had more time to read all the blogs connected. So wonderful you guys are.

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  52. Please count me in!!! I love Kimberly Derting books! I've read The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead and they're Amazing! Spooky power Violet has! I would love to read The Pledge, I'm very intrigued about this new book. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  53. I have already heard so many wonderful things about this story. I would love to get my hands on a copy. You always have some of the best giveaways. Thank you for making the time to share these great giveaways.

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  54. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  55. I love the Body Finder series so I can't wait to read her new book!

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I definitely want this! It sounds great.
    Shannon - You have the best contests.

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  57. Oh my, thank you so much! I've been wanting a copy sooo badly!!! (You can totally see my desperation, lol!) Plus after reading your glowing review, I wanna read it all the more!

    GCF: Midnight Book Thief
    jenelleriane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. This book sounds great and I loved The body Finder so I'm sure Kimberly did an awesome job with this one, too.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  59. I'm curious to read this new type of dystopian!
    ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com
    I'm a GFC follower = Diana

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  60. Thank you so much for the amazing giveaway!

    GFC: iLuvReadingTooMuch

    Rabiah
    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

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  61. I've heard such good things about this- thanks for having a giveaway!!

    jessicaborash at the gmail.

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  62. I love the Body Finder series and am super excited about the Pledge. Thanks for the positive review and giveaway!

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  63. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    GFC: Jeanne
    Rathouska(dot)jana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I loved both The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead, so I can't wait to read this - though I'm, just like you, a little nervous about how Kim pulls off this genre. I guess I'll have to wait and see!

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  66. This book sounds amazing. I love Kimberly's other books and would love to read this one as well.
    Thank you for the give away
    Hanna

    angeltorp@hotmail.com

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