Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Glass Ceiling Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

The Glass Ceiling
Julie LaVoie

Release Date: December 11th 2015
Frost Books Group

Pickaxes, grime, and watery oatmeal are all sixteen-year-old Heart has ever known. Growing up in the tunnels, the only breaks in her muscle-aching monotony are the numerous nights spent cramped in a metal box. Stupid runaway mouth. But when strange visions and a hidden map hint there’s more to life than she’s been led to believe — boys being one of them — only one thing weighs on her mind. Escape.

Yet freedom is a tease. Heart merely trades her small prison for a larger one — a transparent dome controlled by the Guardian, an aging leader bent on creating a genetically perfect race. Heart's birthmark on her shoulder? An abomination that carries a lifetime sentence of slavery for females.

Refusing to let a glass ceiling deter her, Heart searches for a way out of the dome. But unraveling the Guardian's secrets is a risky endeavor. Human skulls atop crude sticks serve as a warning: treason is punishable by death. When her new friends are captured, and escape is just an arm’s reach away, Heart must decide. Take the freedom she so desperately wants or save her friends’ lives?

This book was an interesting read. I was super into it quickly into starting. At first, Heart reminded me of Celaena from Throne of Glass. I guess that would have to be the fact that all the girls are mining. Very early on you realise that Heart knows that something is wrong, which for it being a stand alone novel, makes sense. But I was thrown off by it, I'm so used to seeing the epiphany moment in about the last half of a book, not 2 chapters in. So that was a refreshing thing to discover.

After my head wrapped around the fact that it's a stand alone, I was super impressed with the flow of the story. I didn't feel like thing were rushed, in fact, I was overjoyed with how everything was going and written. Though, I did almost stop reading this book. As I was learning about the roles of the people, it was brought to my attention that it was a mans world. Which, for it being dystopian, I was okay with. What made me slightly uncomfortable was how detailed and adult these "girls" were talking. It made me think that this should be more of a new adult book.

While that aside, I loved all the characters we meet within the book. Heart is a strong girl, and I loved that in her. It was a pleasure reading her story, and experiencing her firsts with her. All the budding relationships that came of the story, both friend and lover felt real and natural. I felt the natural connection as I read.

This book made me feel the need of more standalone books that aren't contemporary. And if you're struggling to find ones for your shelves, I guarantee this one won't let you down.

About the Author
Julie lives in historic Saratoga Springs, NY with the man of her dreams and their boys. Being surrounded by males, she overcompensates by owning everything pink. From her clothing, to purses, to even her pots and pans. She just can’t get enough pink.

She enjoys taking long road trips with her family to the beach and to amusement parks. She has one cat that she showers with kissy-baby talk, but who only returns a non-amused glance every once in a while. It’s her third cat to act this way, so she’s wondering if perhaps she should get a dog next time.

From a young age, Julie’s vivid imagination constantly invented story lines. But it wasn’t until she began working in a career that required zero creativity, that her need to write poured out like a dam bursting. And she’s been writing ever since.

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