Hello! I am excited to be hosting a giveaway for a really great book. I have been chosen to be an “Ambuzzador” for The Lost Sun, courtesy of randombuzzers.com. One winner will receive an advance reader’s copy of the book, some swag, and a code good for a free book at randombuzzers.com. Four others will win one of the book codes.
To enter the giveaway, we will be playing two truths and a lie about The Lost Sun. In the comments on this post whoever takes a guess will be entered once, and whoever guesses correctly will be entered twice. One winner will win the grand prize and four others the books codes.
The book features some trolls who play with a Slinky.
There is a boy so hungry that he will cause the end of the world by eating the sun whole.
In his past life, Loki spent some time as a she-wolf.
So there you go. Guess away! The contest will August 24, 2013. Due to my limited funds, this giveaway is only open to the US and those who are at least 13 years old . I will randomly choose winners from the pool of commenters who correctly guess the lie.
Summary (provided by Random House):
Fans of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Holly Black’s The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard.
Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood–the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd’s Academy. But that’s hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That’s not all Astrid dreams of–the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.
When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they’ve been told they have to be.
As for the review:
I love Tessa Gratton’s writing, and I make no secret of it. (The Curiosities and Blood Magic reviews to come.) I met her at an author visit and thought she was super sweet and fun.
The Lost Sun has such beautiful language. Sometimes I would just read certain passages again and again.
“The words sink down through my skin and embed themselves in my bones.” – pg 5.
“He is the only god who dies at all. And that makes him the one most like us.” – pg 17.
The novel has a certain intensity. It questions what it means to accept your fate or choose to challenge it. (I can totally imagine Merida from Brave reading this book and saying “If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?”)
The Norse mythology is well-written, but definitely not quite what I expected. The mythology element just blends so well with the modern setting that it never once seemed like too much or too odd. It is a very unique element, and I always love when a book gives me something I’ve never read before.
There is some excellent character growth throughout the whole novel. Everyone in the story plays a role and changes in some way as the novel progresses, which is a tendency I’ve noticed in Gratton’s writing.
The ending is perfectly imperfect. I am eager to read the second book in The United States of Asgard series.
*Also, if you head over to Tessa Gratton’s Tumblr (odinsbitch.tumblr.com) you can find out how to enter a giveaway she is hosting as well.