Monday, July 1, 2013

**Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ The Children and the Blood ~ Megan Joel Peterson**

Happy Monday, y'all! It's my pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for The Children and the Blood. My stop includes my review and a giveaway. 

I am able to offer ONE ecopy of The Children and the Blood to one lucky commenter. To enter, simply leave a comment. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on July 8th. The winner will be chosen randomly.

This tour is presented by Xpresso Book Tours. To follow along with the tour, click here.


The Children and the Blood by Megan Joel Peterson
Series: The Children and the Blood, #1 
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

A forgotten life.

A secret war.

Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley’s family and left her with a childhood she can’t remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.

Until that past comes looking for her.

Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again

My Review

Oh. My. Goodness. I've been pretty lucky with my last few reads. And The Children and the Blood continued my streak! :)

The Children and the Blood is an intricate story. It has many characters and switches POVs between two main characters. However, part of the story is from the POV of a third character. Honestly, all the characters are integral parts of the story and are all finely crafted. But the two main POVs are that of Ashley and Cole.

Ashley has endured quite a lot of tragedy in her young life. After losing her mother and grandparents (and possibly other members of her family) in a fire, she and her younger sister, Lily, go to live with friends of their father's. And the girls spend the next 8 years growing up with a mostly absent father. Ashley is such a courageous girl. She literally squelches any negative emotion she feels in order to provide strength and stability for Lily. Then, one night, everything changes. Ashley soon learns that her whole life is not what she's always believed.

Cole has also endured his share of tragedy. After losing both his parents, he was placed in the foster system. He is quickly adopted by a less than pleasant couple. And he's spent that last 8 years biding his time until he graduates and can be rid of his adoptive parents and their intrusiveness. Then, one night, everything changes.

During this night, Ashley and Cole's lives momentarily intersect. But they are now irrevocably intertwined.

The Children and the Blood is a chilling and tightly woven story. It is full of twists and turns and it kept me guessing throughout. It's full of magic, violence and suspense. The story is pulse-pounding and kept me turning the pages. 

Gah! I am very impressed with this book. The folklore woven into the story makes it fresh. The slow reveal of information is riveting. I mean, I thought I understood what was going on and then, BAM! Another layer was peeled back to reveal something new. I can't wait to see what will come of the last few reveals in the next installment!

**I did receive an ecopy of this book as part of the tour in exchange for my honest review

About Megan

Megan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.


  1. Wow this sounds very complex and unique. I love all kinds of folklore in my books! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Thank you so much for your review! I'm so excited that you enjoyed the book!

    1. It's my please, Megan. I'm anxious for the next one! ;)

  3. This was such a good book. I cannot wait to the next one comes out.

    1. Me either! I'm so glad you enjoyed it too! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  4. God! I am trying to stay away from series and you post this "no romantic" one? Fine, I'll read it.

    1. LOL I totally thought of you while I was reading this one. :)

  5. Oh! it is on sale on Amazon. If I don't win it, I'll just buy it :-)

  6. Wonderful! I am one that loves the twists and turns and suspense in my books. Love it when I can be surprised. I like a good BAM! every now and then. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. I think you'd enjoy this one, Jaclyn. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Even the last page was a "What?!?" Thanks so much for stopping by.


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