Thursday, July 12, 2012

GIVEAWAY & BOOK REVIEW: THE FOX INHERITANCE by Mary E. Pearson

- Win a ROCK OF IVANORE T-SHIRT!
- Win a copy of TRACING STARS by Erin Moulton (Ends 7/17)
- Win a copy THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY (Ends 7/23)


Wow! Do I have a special treat for you! Not only am I posting a review of Mary E. Pearson's latest release, but Mary is sending some swag (bookmarks &wristbands) as PRIZES for some very lucky readers! I'm not sure yet how many winners there will be, but to keep this simple, just leave a comment with your email address below to be eligible.

Mary has also graciously taken time out of her very busy schedule to visit with us today. So, without further ado...


THE FOX INHERITANCE
Mary E. Pearson
Henry Holt & Co.
304 pp.
Ages 12 & up

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries. 

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead. 

Everyone except Jenna Fox.





MY REVIEW:

Let me begin by saying that I read THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX a couple of years ago and loved it. Really terrific story. I was thrilled with the release of the sequel, THE FOX INHERITANCE, but was at first disappointed that it picks up 260 years after the first book. I really wanted to know what happened to Jenna during all those years! Instead, the sequel is not Jenna's story, but Locke's - Jenna's friend who "died" in the car accident along with Jenna. His mind was recorded (along with Kara's) in hopes of restoring it to a biogel body in the future. At the end of the first book, we are led to believe that these recordings have been destroyed. But we learn in THE FOX INHERITANCE that copies were made.

Once I got over missing Jenna Fox (she does show up in book 2 eventually), I enjoyed getting to know Locke and Kara. It took me a while to get into it - but not because of any flaw in the story. It is the first book I've read on my Nook and I kept starting and stopping. It took me months to read it because - well, I really prefer "real" books over the e-reader. So, I apologize to the author for dragging it out so long.

I really liked THE FOX INHERITANCE, not quite as much as the first book, but the characters and plot were fascinating and engaging. I loved Dot the Bot, an escaped robotic cab driver with a charming personality. I felt torn about Kara - On one hand I feared her, disliked her, yet on the other hand I ached for her and understood why did what she did.

This story does not wrap everything up nicely with a bow at the end - and I like that. It felt real that way. Not every story has a happy ending. Life is sometimes complicated and tragic. And yet THE FOX INHERITANCE was definitely satisfying. In fact, I would love a third book in the series. But message to Mary Pearson - I really want to know more about Jenna and what happened to her during those 260 years!!!

* Note: Just found out that the third book - FOX FOREVER - is coming out next March! Yea!

All in all I give THE FOX INHERITANCE  a very strong 4 out of 5 stars!


Profanity:  None
Sex:  None
Violence:  Mild (there are some fight scenes, and a few characters die - won't say who!)




17 comments:

  1. This really sounds unique. I don't think I've heard of anything even remotely similar! :)

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

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  2. I read this post yesterday and had to go get the first one. So what did I do I went and bought it. LOL I can't wait to read this one. :)

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

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    1. Good decision, Tiffany. I'd love to know what you think once you're done reading it.

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  3. Really sounds great....i shall buy the book

    thanks for the giveaway

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  4. This book sounds great. I definitely need to get the 1st in the series also. julierupert@gmail.com

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  5. This books sounds really good! I must buy it!
    jeep_wrangler_girl@yahoo.com

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  7. I have the first book I just haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. The series looks so good and I keep hearing good things about it.
    leyser73 at gmail dot com

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  8. Great review! I have yet to read this one, but I LOVE The Adoration of Jenna Fox :D Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

    email: iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

    Rabiah
    Confessions of a Readaholic

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  9. Love your review - thanks. This sounds like another great series to be investing in.
    Awesome trailer too.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    bexnbooks @ yahoo.com

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway?
    The book has such a cool cover, and great review. :D
    sarikapatkotwar@gmail.com

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  12. I love The Fox Forever. I wait for the Third book (I live in France, so i think I will wait a long time).
    The Giveway is so cool.

    Pascalinetribou at hotmail.com

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  13. Just finished The Fox Inheitance and can't wait for Fox Forever! Stoked!

    Awesome blog!

    evr529@yahoo.com

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  14. Man, I'm reading the book right now and it's ADDICTING. Can't wait for Fox Forever!!!

    andrew.prevatte@gmail.com

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  15. Oh man, two months too late. :( I love this book. Yes, I enjoyed the first more then the second. But hey, that happens every time. If you're still doing a drawing, it would be cool to get a wrist band. :) I made a Scribbler of Dreams(it kinda became my title or motto or w/e) but it broke. I can't get a new one because all of my money goes to college(there's my pity story). :D

    sunnyshinesam@yahoo.com

    Or

    firefightersami@gmail.com

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