December 16, 2014

The Letting Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Letting! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

The Letting
Author: Cathrine Goldstein
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?

This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.

Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…

Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?

The Letting is a gripping new novel that will enchant readers from the very first page and have them on the edge of their seats throughout the entire book. The story begins with our main character, Veronica "Ronnie"Billings, being a proud Leader at a camp for girls to prepare them for the Letting. She's well-known and loved by the girls and she's glad to help them get through the ritual and then to their bright futures in the New World. At least that's what she's thought for the last several years - what her government has told her. When Ronnie is kidnapped by the rebels known as the "Peaceful Revolution," she discovers that she's been a pawn for a horrific government plot. She also meets Phoenix - the leader of the rebels - the guy who's supposed to be her sworn enemy; and ultimately the guy she falls in love with. Together, Ronnie and Phoenix devise a plan to put an end to the corruption in the government, as well as stop the impending rebel coup. Will Ronnie be strong enough to save her country, Phoenix, and herself when the time comes?

I thought this was a very well written book with a fascinating and original plot. The story was a bit confusing at the beginning, but once everything was explained (about the Lettings, the New World, etc.) - it took off at full speed and didn't let up until the ending. This isn't your average dystopian novel that has a corrupt and evil government that's doing terrible things without the people knowing. The author put a new spin on that main concept and created a world full of horrific acts along with truly unique characters that come together to make a fantastic novel. I loved Ronnie as the main character. We're seeing more smart and touch female leads in books - and Ronnie definitely fits this category. She's very patriotic and took pride in being a Leader for her government. But once she finds out what's really happening - she won't stand for it and will fight to the end to fix things - even if it means risking her own life. I have to admit that even though I saw the whole romance thing between Ronnie and Phoenix coming, I still loved every bit of it. I liked reading about them get to know each other and watching as their relationship grew and changed throughout the book. The writing was very well done - it was a bit confusing at first for me as I tried to figure out what the Letting was and everything else that was going on. Once we know what's going on, the pace really picks up and it doesn't slow down until the very end. I found myself eagerly reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next. There was a great amount of tension and suspense in the story along with the dystopian aspects and the romance - among other things. I definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy a wide variety of genres - the book has something to offer everyone. I suggest you give it a try - even if it's not usually your style - and I think you'll be happily surprised by what you find inside the pages.

Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it's because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, THE LETTING.

Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant -- like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it's now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski... and, above all, my husband and my girls. 

I am the author of the bestselling novel, Sleeping With Mortals: The Story of a New York Mistress, and I'm also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre. 

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  1. This book looks a little bit more darker from what I usually read, but it looks interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I can't wait to read this book. I liked the book trailer.

  3. Love books with a new twist and this sounds interesting. TFS.