Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bitter Angel Blog Tour: review & two giveaways

Welcome to our stop on the Bitter Angel Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Book Tours. Find the complete tour list here. Our review is below and there are two giveaways, one for US residents and the other open internationally.
Bitter Angel by Megan Hand
Mature Young Adult*Contemporary/Thriller
Release date: April 1, 2013
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Torn between two realities.

A choice that will mean life or death.

She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

About the Author:

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel. 

Bitter Angel is unlike any story I've read this year. What a roller coaster read! The opening introduces us to college sophomore Lila awakening to the feeling she lived through two existences the night before. Which scenario will she find? The one where she's home with her boyfriend or the one she went out clubbing with her girlfriends?

This mature YA truly had its moments. Fast paced, heart pounding, nail biting sequences filled with horrible things then other scenes which slowed down as Lila tries to figure out what to do. Can she change reality? My review may sound hesitant simply because I don't want to give the story away. What I will say is when the story takes off, it rockets off the page. When the story slows down, it tends to spend too much time in the main character's head and some of her decisions upset me (dumpster diving?). 

As much as I found Bitter Angel intriguing and different, I had a hard time believing it. I liked Lila's voice but didn't find her actions realistic. If you're at a bar and a strange guy hands you a drink while your instinct is yelling "something's wrong!", do you down said drink? Author Megan Hand shows a deft hand with crafting suspenseful scenes and I would definitely check out her next books. As for Bitter Angel, I have mixed feelings so I can't say I loved it. I can readily admit I found it interesting.

Rating: 3

Cover comment:
Cool dual image.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review.

Tour Giveaway:
If you would like to offer the tour giveaway with your post, please use the below Rafflecopter code. You will need to copy/paste it in the html tab when creating a blog post.
(2) Signed print copies of Bitter Angel – US Only
(1) Book themed t-shirt – US Only (find image here)
(1) $50 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble – Open to countries that can use the online stores
(10) eBook copies of Bitter Angel - International

US Only Giveaway
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International Giveaway
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  1. Good review. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

  2. I liked reading the review. Thank you for letting me know about a new-to-me author and book!

    Brooke B.
    brooke811 at ymail dot com