Tuesday 15 August 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Ferocious (Vicarious #2) by Paula Stokes

(Vicarious #2)
Paula Stokes
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (August 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076538096X
ISBN-13: 978-0765380968

Book Description:
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?

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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 


I awake in the middle of the night to the sound of breaking glass. There’s a swishing noise and a soft thump. I reach instinctively for one of my throwing knives on the bedside table. My fingers close around the hilt just as someone else’s hand clamps down over my mouth.

“Don’t say a word,” a harsh, guttural voice warns me.

Male, I think. Twenties to thirties. Probable smoker. I’m about to lash out with my knife when I feel the barrel of a gun jamming into my side.

“Drop the knife,” a second male voice says.

I hesitate and one of the men plucks it out of my grasp. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I realize both of the men have guns. I could probably subdue one of them, but multiple assailants with multiple weapons? That fight only lasts for more than a few seconds on television. In the real world, one unarmed girl usually loses.

“What do you want?” I ask, trying to make my voice sound fearful. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort.

The bathroom light buzzes to life and suddenly I can see their faces. It’s a bad sign that they’ve chosen not to cover them. If they’re not worried about me going to the cops with a description of them, then they’re probably not planning on letting me live. My gaze flips back to their weapons. Both guns have silencers—another bad sign.

About the Author
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.

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