August 24, 2017

Ferocious Blog Tour: Vlog Post, Review + Giveaway

Ferocious (Vicarious #2)
Author: Paula Stokes
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen


Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?  

Praise for VICARIOUS:

"Combining elements of sci-fi and mystery, Vicarious is an expert blend from an author gifted with the ability to jump genres and stick the landing every time." ―Paste Magazine

“A total mind-bending thrill ride, with a heroine who’s as smart as she is strong. Readers will love Winter!”―Lindsay Cummings, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zenith and The Murder Complex

"Reading Vicarious is like tiptoeing across a field of landmines. Blindfolded. Stokes delivers enough adrenaline to make readers beg for mercy.”―Victoria Scott, author of Titans and Fire & Flood

"An action-packed thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end--I couldn't put it down!"―Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out and Strange Skies

"Vicarious by Paula Stokes is a fast-paced thriller that grabs your attention on page one and doesn't let go. The main character is a fresh take on the usual heroine in YA novels."―Julie Bond, Sales & Marketing Manager/YA Specialist, Read Booksellers

“This is the thrill ride you’ve been waiting for all summer.”―PopCrush

“Pulse-pounding adventures and high-tech blend masterfully with romance, intrigue, and current issues, making this book completely captivating for any audience."―VOYA, starred review

"Stokes delivers fans of suspense a story full of twists and turns...The author admirably handles graphic and disturbing material in a subtle way."―School Library Journal

“A powerful kick-ass girl caught up in a high-tech, twisty mystery…Buckle up, this thrill ride travels at breakneck speed.”―Justine Magazine

"Smart twists and sci-fi worldbuilding. Complementing the mystery is a slow-burn love story between Winter and Mexican-American Jesse Ramirez, a fellow stunt artist. Their relationship is tender and complicated, with enough tension to sustain itself and enough heat to pop when things pay off."―Kirkus Reviews 

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I flop down on the living room sofa and Baz sits in a chair across from me.

“So,” he says.

“So,” I repeat.

“Back to Ramirez. If you’re not into him, why do you keep stringing him along?”

“This again? I don’t do that,” I say. At least I’ve been trying really hard to keep from doing that.

“Even I can see that you totally send him mixed signals.”

I pull my legs up on the sofa and fold them behind me. “What do you mean?”

“You two were inseparable in St. Louis. Now you’re acting more like cousins who’ve just met for the first time.”

“It’s complicated.” I run the tip of my index finger along the edge of the sofa, hoping that maid shows up sooner rather than later. “I have sent him mixed signals, but some of that is because of my condition.”

“Ah,” Baz says. “Right. I almost forgot that the two of you—”

“Don’t,” I say through clenched teeth. “Don’t say it.”

Baz holds his hands up in self-defense. “Sorry. I didn’t mean anything by it.”

“Why do you care, anyway?” I ask. “It’s not like you’re friends. You treat him like a pet.”

“That’s a little extreme.”

I arch an eyebrow. “Is it?”

Baz stretches his legs out in front of him and crosses them at the ankle. “When I was his age, I was a lot . . . harder than he is, so maybe I don’t always take him seriously. But that’s why I have to look out for him. He’s the sensitive type. I don’t want to see you rip out his heart and toss it in front of a packed express train.”

“Now who’s being extreme?” I pick at a loose thread on the sofa. “I’m not messing with him. I do care about him. I’m just not sure how to reconcile that with who I am.”

“Who are you?”

“I’m broken,” I say. “And I don’t know if there’s a way to fix me. Why would he want to be with someone so screwed up instead of a normal girl?”

“No one is normal.” Baz makes air quotes around the word. “Sometimes love is about finding a person you connect with to a degree where you don’t mind putting up with their issues.” He pauses. “But you just found out about your condition. Don’t write yourself off as unfixable before you even try.”

“Good point,” I say, touched by Baz’s words. “I’ve been meaning to do some research about it, but I can’t focus on anything else right now. Still, even if I could get better someday, I came here to kill someone. That should feel wrong, but it doesn’t. It’s like I’m...blinded by hate.” I grab a throw pillow from the back of the sofa and hug it to my chest. I rest my chin on the edge of it. “I don’t feel very lovable. Sometimes I don’t even feel human anymore.”

“Hate is a very human emotion,” Baz says quietly.

Copyright © 2017 by Paula Stokes

Ferocious lives up to its name and then some. It's a fantastic science fiction novel full of action and thrills, and it's sure to have readers devouring the pages. I've read several of the author's other books, so I'm familiar with her amazing talent and storytelling abilities. This definitely was no exception. The writing was awesome - she brought Winter's world to life in front of my eyes with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions. I easily slipped inside Winter's mind and world right from the beginning of the story, and I didn't come back out until I finished the last words. 

Winter is a fierce main character, but she was still easy to connect with. She's been devastated by the loss of the two people in the world she loved, and she's out for revenge. She's determined, smart, resourceful, and strong in so many ways. The author made her realistic in her flaws - including her broken heart over the loss of her sister and her need for revenge and make the people responsible pay. I really liked getting to see inside her mind and experience the story from her perspective. The author wrote the story in the first person - from Winter's point of view, and I'm so happy that she chose to do it this way. It's by far my favorite writing style because of the deeply personal connection it allows the reader to have with the narrator. I think it was a perfect fit for the novel and it brought Winter's story closer for me. I very highly recommend this book for fans of the author, as well as fans of science fiction, dystopia, and thrillers.
Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at or on Twitter as @pstokesbooks.


(3) Winners will receive a Set Copy of the Duology {VICARIOUS+FEROCIOUS} by Paula Stokes.
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