Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Silencing the Seam by Kathleen Groger - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Silencing The Seam
Kathleen Groger
(Seam Stalkers, #2)
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Sam Drake thought she’d left the horrors of spring break and Defiance Castle behind her. But back home, the spirits swirling around her are more demanding, more aggressive.
Fear of being institutionalized by her skeptical mother drives Sam to follow her dad to New Orleans. There she hopes to take back control of her life. But the French Quarter and the cities of the dead have other plans. Hour by hour they drain her, making it next to impossible to fight off a ghost who is determined to use her for its own revenge.
Ensnared in an ancient power struggle where Voodoo rituals, betrayal, and murder rule, Sam must determine who to trust. One step in the wrong direction will lock her inside the Seam to walk among the dead for eternity.

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 My Review
**I am reviewing both books, as I read them back-to-back for the tour**

I was first introduced to Kathleen Groger's books when I agreed to read The Colony, her debut novel, for a book tour a while back. I was immediately hooked by her writing, and I vowed to myself that I would read anything she put out. That's how good it is. I'm a fussy person when it comes to books sometimes, and for me to want to stick with an author like this means I highly recommend them and tell everyone I can about them. And now that I've gotten that praise out of the way, it's time to move on to my actual review...

The Shattered Seam is book one in the Seam Stalkers series. It's sort of like Ghost Hunters meets Supernatural.  At least that's how I thought of it while reading it. Sam the main character, is stuck spending her summer with her uncle, who happens to host a ghost hunting show. He's on his way to an island in New York to film inside a castle that's supposedly haunted. Sam thinks it sounds lame, but she has no idea what's in store for her once she gets there. Unfortunately for Sam, she's not as crazy as she thinks she is.

Plot-wise, this book hooked me from the very start. I was drawn into the story, and I flew through it with bated breath, curious to know what was going to happen next. And let me tell you, it's not exactly a tame story. The Shattered Seam gets pretty intense at times, which is what I love. Horror has always been a favorite genre of mine, and while this story doesn't get too crazy, it still has its moments. Once I finished, I was left gasping for breath, eager for more.

There is also an array of fun, likeable characters in The Shattered Seam. Sam's uncle Eric is kind of eclectic and excitable, the crew members of the show are decent, and Marisol, while strange and mysterious, is also a great character. Then you have someone like Stephen Novak, who is absolutely appalling. Trust me, you won't like him at all. He's awful.

Overall, I found The Shattered Seam to be creepy, well-written, and intense. It's a really good read, and I highly recommend it. I give it 4 1/2 stars.

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**This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book**
Silencing the Seam is the sequel to The Shattered Seam, and it's just as crazy, if not more so, than the first book. In Silencing the Seam, Sam ends up in New Orleans while her father is on business. Staying with her uncle Eric once more, Sam is hoping to finally have a normal life. No such luck. Her uncle has been researching the events that happened to them while at the castle in New York, and he's gotten in pretty darn deep with voodoo related things. And it just so happens that his research, and the re-appearance of Kyle, sets off a chain of events that just might be the end of Sam. Will she survive? You'll have to read it to find out.

Once again, Kathleen Groger has weaved a thrilling, horrific tale of terror involving ghosts, voodoo, and some very unexpected twists. You've got your familiar characters like Sam, Eric, and Kyle, and some newcomers like Eddie and Violet. Only one of them is likeable.

Silencing the Seam packs a pretty mean punch right to your soul. You've got death, attempted murder, possession, and even a surprise ability that Sam discovers she has while struggling to survive a nightmarish ordeal. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, maybe even a tiny bit more than The Shattered Seam. The only thing I was disappointed with was the hint that Eddie discovered something about Kyle, but it's never revealed. My curiosity was piqued, but never satisfied. I'm kind of sad about that.

Overall, I rate Silencing the Seam 4 1/2 stars. I definitely recommend it!

 

Author Bio:
Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA books. She is a contributing member of READerlicious, writers who love readers. Check out her blogs here.

She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.


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