August 20, 2013

Student Bodies Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Student Bodies blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule! 

Student Bodies (Poltergeeks #2)
Author: Sean Cummings
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 5, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry


Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn't give a damn if you've found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.

After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus are in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.

If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

Student Bodies is the fun and exciting next installment in a young adult fantasy series that continues to follow amateur witch Julie Richardson and her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Marcus as they investigate the murder of one of their school's most popular students. It seems as if someone in their school is intent on unleashing the unpleasantness of an epidemic of Soul Worms - supernatural larvae that feeds off a victim's humanity. Now it's up to Julie and Marcus to once again solve the mystery behind the attacks and save the day.

This was a thrilling and quirky second book in a series that continues to fascinate me. I love any sort of fiction that deals with witches, so this book was right up my alley. The plot was really interesting with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind everything before the characters did and the mystery aspect of the plot really gave it an extra depth that I loved. The characters continue to be great. Julie is a witty, smart, and somewhat typical teen that just happens to be a witch. Marcus, who has been Julie's best friend since forever has now morphed into her boyfriend - and I liked watching their relationship change from friendship to a little more. Marcus is a great complement to Julie's character because he's logical, realistic and down to earth. He definitely keeps Julie focused and doesn't let her do anything really crazy. The plot itself was really fun and thrilling - I loved how the author included other witches and covens in the book along with the Winter Solstice. I loved learning as much as I could about these characters, their history, and the history behind all the magical things in the book. The writing was well done with a fast pace and snappy dialogue. There are definitely other genres mixed into the book besides fantasy - there's mystery, action, adventure, paranormal, and some romance, which makes this a great crossover series for fans of varying genres. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and those who enjoy a fun story with mystery and magic.

For more information on the first book in the series, click on the cover below:

Sean Cummings is a fantasy author with a penchant for writing quirky, humorous and dark novels featuring characters that are larger than life. His debut was the gritty urban fantasy SHADE FRIGHT published in 2010. He followed up later in the year with the sequel FUNERAL PALLOR. His urban fantasy/superhero thriller UNSEEN WORLD was published in 2011.

2012 saw the publication of Sean’s first urban fantasy for young adults. POLTERGEEKS is a rollicking story about teen witch Julie Richards, her dorky boyfriend and race against time to save her mother’s life. The first sequel, STUDENT BODIES is due for publication in September 2013.
Sean Cummings lives in Saskatoon Canada.

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 CANADA/US Prize Pack:
1 Signed Copy of STUDENT BODIES
1 Signed Copy of POLTERGEEKS
1 Signed Copy of FUNERAL PALLOR
1 Signed Copy of SHADE FRIGHT
1 Amazon Kindle

UK Prize Pack:
1 Signed Copy of STUDENT BODIES
1 Signed Copy of POLTERGEEKS
1 Signed Copy of FUNERAL PALLOR
1 Signed Copy of SHADE FRIGHT
1 Amazon Kindle 

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