September 11, 2019

City of Beasts Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Corrie Wang
Pub. Date: September 17, 2018
Publisher: Freeform
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 384


"If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don't hesitate. Kill it."

For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. Glori Rhodes is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood's abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she was seven. She has never questioned the separation of the sexes or the rules that keep her post-nuclear hometown safe. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child and can't help wondering: What really is the difference between us and them?

When her brother, at the age of five, is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable - covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back. What's meant to be a smash-and-grab job quickly becomes the adventure of a lifetime as the fees team up with a fast-talking, T-shirt cannon wielding beast named Sway, and Glori starts to see that there's more to males, and her own history, than she's been taught. Glori, Sway, and a motley cohort of friends will go to the ends of the earth to find her little brother. And maybe save their divided world while they're at it.

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City of Beasts is a eerily realistic dystopian novel that gives the reader more than just the plot to think about. The author did an amazing job creating the world that Glori lives in. The crazy part is that it all seems plausible - WWIII, nuclear bombs going off, almost everyone dying from radiation from the bombs, etc. We are taken to what used to be Buffalo, where Glori and the rest of her fee (female) family and friends live on one side of a river. On the opposite side, beasts (men) roam about doing whatever they please and stealing and killing fees whenever they feel like it. At least, that's what Glori's been taught. I loved how detailed the author was with the world building - every single thing from the aftermath of the nuclear explosions, to what life would be like starting over after that kind of disaster - everything is detailed and accounted for. I loved learning everything about this world she created - the history, the present way of life - all of it. Not to mention the characters. 

All the characters were interesting and realistic, especially the main character, Glori. She's led a tough life always being prepared for the beasts and having to struggle just to stay alive. She's smart, tough, determined, loyal and loving. She has flaws too, which makes her easier to connect with. One major positive thing for me was the author's choice of writing style. She wrote the book in the first person point of view from Glori's perspective. This is my favorite style of writing because I think it allows a deeper bond between the narrator and the reader. That was definitely the case with this book. Aside from Glori, the rest of the characters were also realistic and well rounded, and I really enjoyed getting to know each of them. I loved watching them grow within themselves, with each other, and within the bigger world around them. The story is post-apocalyptic and dystopian, but it's layered with major topics that are relevant today. It's a way to see what may come of our future if things don't change and it deals with issues that we all must deal with daily now. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA fiction, science fiction, dystopian, action and adventure, and even some contemporary.
Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, recycling, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side.

Writing to fix things that make her angry and explore things that frighten her, Corrie’s novels are about girls unapologetically conquering scenarios they should have little control over. Tired of seeing women and girls lose in this culture - spoiler - they never do in her stories.

Her debut novel, The Takedown was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by the New York Public Library and a 2018 YALSA selection for Best Fiction for Young Adults. City of Beasts is her second novel.

Seeing, as Corrie wrote an entire novel about the freakiness and perils of socializing too much on the internets her existence there is haphazard at best. Now, more than ever, she feels it is time for everyone to look up. (Also stand up, step up, and eat up.
Woot!) That being said, you may follow her poor photography skillz on INSTAGRAM.
AND P.S. Wang rhymes with 'song' y'all.

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Please submit proof of purchase to CORRIEWANGBOOKS [at] GMAIL [dot] COM. All formats apply (physical & e-book). Open to the United States only. Last day to submit is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 11:59 PM.

Each signed pre-order copy of City of Beats will come with:

  • 1 set of 5 Battle Cards featuring different mercenaries
  • A special paperclip necklace made by Mouse which makes you a part of the City of Beast family
  • Entry to win 1 of 3 raffle prizes:
  • 1st prize is a Jackrabbit Filly t-shirt/patch/ $10 gift card
  • 2nd prize $10 gift card to Jackrabbit Filly and t-shirt
  • 3rd prize $10 gift card to Jackrabbit Filly
Pre-order City of Beasts at your local indie and you will receive:

  • A signed bookplate
  • A set of 5 Battle Cards featuring different mercenaries
  • A special paperclip necklace made by Mouse, making you part of the City of Beast family

Pre-order City of Beasts anywhere else books are sold you will receive:

  • A signed bookplate
  • 1 of 5 Battle Cards at random
(3) winners will receive finished copies of CITY OF BEASTS - US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/2/2019- Country Road Reviews- Excerpt
9/3/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
9/4/2019- Character Madness and Musings- Excerpt
9/5/2019- Shelf-Rated- Review
9/6/2019- BookHounds YA- Review

Week Two:
9/9/2019- Lifestyle of Me- Review
9/10/2019- Daily Waffle - Excerpt
9/11/2019- A Dream Within A Dream- Review
9/12/2019- Life of a Simple Reader- Excerpt
9/13/2019- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

Week Three:
9/16/2019- Jena Brown Writes- Review
9/17/2019- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews- Excerpt
9/18/2019- Wishful Endings- Excerpt
9/19/2019- Book-Keeping- Review
9/20/2019- Jade Writes Books- Review

Week Four:
9/23/2019- Eli to the nth- Review
9/24/2019- two points of interest- Review
9/25/2019- The Layaway Dragon- Review
9/26/2019- Smada's Book Smack- Review
9/27/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads- Review

Week Five:
9/30/2019- lori's house of reviews- Review