11 October 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington

Through Glass (Glass #1)
by Rebecca Ethington .
Audience/Genre: Paranormal, Dystopian.
Publication: September 20, 2013 Imalind Press
Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.

Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.

Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.

At least, that’s what I hoped. I hoped that there was an ‘everyone’ that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.

I hoped that I wasn’t alone.

I remembered that day.

I remembered because it was the day I became alone.

It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.
The boy I talk to through the glass.

Enjoy an excerpt....

“So, I was thinking,” Sarah began the second she leaned against the locker next to mine. “We should do a double. I’ll take Luke and you should invite Cohen.”
“I’m sorry?” I practically screeched at her in panic, the large book slipping from my hands to land on my sneakered foot.
“Cohen, your best friend, the boy you’ve been fawning over for the past eight years. He’s home from college. I know because I saw him at the McDonalds last night so don’t try to tell me otherwise.” She smiled and handed me the book while I closed the locker and threw my book bag over my shoulder. I would just have to carry the book. Why I needed to study mythology from India I had no idea.
“Bad idea, Sarah.” She sighed in her overdramatic way and I looked at her, getting the full brunt of her diva face.
If I was Anne of Green Gables, she was a Barbie doll. Blonde hair, blue eyes—she had it all—even the light dusting of freckles over her button nose.
No wonder the eyes of the male population followed her wherever she went. I was simply happy she didn’t try to date them all. Not that we each hadn’t had our fair share of boyfriends, but I didn’t want that kind of reputation.
“I don’t see why it would be, he practically stalks you through that window of his.” She smiled and her blue eyes sparkled. I wasn’t sure if I could disagree with that, but then again, I essentially did the same thing.
I shook my head in an attempt to get the knot out of my stomach that just talking about him had given me.
Get over it, Lex, I told myself for the millionth time in an attempt to actually do it. It wasn’t working very well.
“Do I need to remind you of Sadie’s 2011?” I said as melodramatically as I could.
“You were a freshman and he was legally obligated to say no.”
Well that stung.
“He was only a sophomore,” I said silently, instantly regretting the moment I let the words out of my mouth.
“Yes, but you weren’t even technically going to this school yet,” she pointed out as she poorly disguised her laugh. She was really pushing this and it really wasn’t good for my temper. I could already feel it prickling under the surface of my skin, hot and angry.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Oh. My. Gosh. This girl can write. I couldn’t rip myself away from the book! Then at the end, I was like, no that did not just happen and you are not going to leave me hanging like that, are you??? But she did!

She had me at the prologue! Then the story goes back to the beginning and you are sucked into Alexis’s long desire to become more than just a friend to Cohen. He returns from his first year away at college and he finally admits he has always liked her and they kiss. You get a small glimpse of her family and Alexis’s friend. Just as you feel contentment because Alexis’s desire comes to life; you are blasted with the horror of what is now happening to the world in that very next instant.

These monsters, the Ulama take over and kill everyone. But for some reason they spare Cohen who had only moments before run to his house next door to get ready to go on his first date with Alexis. They are given rules and they aren’t allowed to leave the house, no noise and no light. If they do, they will be killed. They come and rip apart everything in their homes. No food is left and they are forced to eat this horrible food that the monsters provide for them. Their skies are grey and no birds or animal sing. The only thing Alexis has is that she can see Cohen from the bedroom window. So for two years, she feels alone but knows that Cohen is right there ten feet away but they can never touch. They can never hug or kiss.

Alexis resorts to talking to a spider that she names.

Then one day she hurts herself and screams and she knows they are coming to kill her. She fights and Cohen can hear things and then he is in her house to help her. I can’t reveal anything after that. But, there is one major twist after another. And when you think you might have figured it out or maybe it isn’t so bad well you would be wrong.

But she knows how to write to keep you on your toes. She describes how Alexis’s heart is beating and then in detail describes their talons on the floor going back and forth to keep you on you toes and your heart is beating in anxiety at what will happen next. I had to cover the bottom half of the page several times to keep my eyes from wandering to see what would happen because I was in such a state of suspense!

Gah! I hate cliffhangers and the twist at the end is gnawing at my insides. I don’t know if I can wait until the next book! You have got to check this out if you like dystopian, fighting for your life, artists, eating whatever you can or you know you will starve, longing for some touch from another human, or The Hunger Games.

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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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  1. I am entering this giveaway for my teen who loves dystopian books. It looks like a unique dystopian read!

    1. It is cute and scarey. Your teen would enjoy it!

  2. The thing that fascinates me most about the book from the description is what this person does when they find themselves alone in the world.

  3. It intrigues me because it sounds scary and the characters sound great
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