Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Ratgirl: Song of the Viper by Gayle C. Krause Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Ratgirl: Song of the Viper by Gayle C. Krause

RATGIRL: Song of the Viper
Title: Ratgirl: Song of the Viper

Series: N/A

Author: Gayle C. Krause

Published: January 2014 by Starling Publishing

Source: E-copy from the author for my honest review

Sixteen-year-old streetwise orphan, Jax Stone is an expert at surviving in a dangerous city, where rats rival the homeless for food and shelter, but she’s an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he kidnaps her little brother. Desperation demands she quickly master the role of courageous opponent. She uses her hypnotic singing voice to lead rats to their death, and all the children to safety, in a dying city cursed by the deadly sun.

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My Review

I signed up to review this book last year but then the tour was postponed and when it re-opened I'd forgotten what this book was about, only remembering I wanted to read it! I love it when I forget book blurbs because usually they give away a lot of the story and it's nice to come into a book with no idea what's going to happen. I'd forgotten the dystopian element of Ratgirl and I was enthralled by Metro City and the way of life there.

The mayor of Metro City is a rat. Not literally, but he is vermin. He is a fat, gluttonous dictator who rules ruthlessly over everyone who isn't on his payroll. He is the worst kind of leader and thus he makes an excellent bad guy and I was rooting for his demise the whole book.

I don't think the pacing of the book was quite right for me. I felt like everything was happening a bit too fast, whether it was the overall plot, the romance, or the smaller action sequences. I really enjoyed the story but sometimes I found it hard to follow with scenes jumping from one idea/instance to another.

I really enjoyed the pied piper element of the story and though I felt sorry for all the rats in the end, I was happy that not all of them (yes Squeakers, I'm talking about you) were reviled.

I really liked the characters of this book and the relationships were all wonderful, even the heartbreaking ones, though I did think Jax's romance needed more development. This was a great new dystopian world and I really loved the fact that Antarctica was humanity's salvation. The world was great, not too far-fetched, and I think dystopian fans would enjoy it.

3.5/5 Whales

Author Bio - Gayle C. Krause

Gayle C. KrauseGayle C. Krause is a member of SCBWI, YALITCHAT and The Cliffhouse YA Wonderwriters.She writes across the genres. Her first publication credit was a short story in Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2 (2006). The Storyteller’s Daughter, her YA historical short story, was featured in Timeless, A YA Historical Romance anthology from Pugalicious Press (2012).Her new YA novel, RATGIRL: Song of the Viper was published in February 2013 (Noble Young Adult).

During the course of her writing career Ms. Krause has served as assistant editor for Underneath the Juniper Tree, a dark fantasy online magazine developed for young teens, a children’s book reviewer for Children’s Literature .com and she offers a critique service for children’s writers at First Peek Critique. (www.gayleckrause.com)

She also runs a blog that encourages new children’s writers through contests, book reviews and author interviews. http://thestorytellersscroll.blogspot.com.

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  1. The pied piper element really intrigues me! I'm glad you still like it despite the fast pace of it. Great review, Myra!

  2. the review was really good the book sounds great and love to read this one thanks so much denise smith

  3. I have to find out what the intriguing title means.

  4. This seems like such a unique book! I love the concept and it's so different from anything I've ever read!

  5. I love dystopian world, and this sounds great!

  6. Sounds like an interesting book and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Loved the review :) Sounds interesting and also like something my daughter would read too ;) She's 16! Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to all and if I am lucky enough to win a Kindle... someone may have to pick me up off the floor ;) I've been saving up but with kids, their needs always come before moms ;) So i'm stuck with the Kindle for PC until then :)

  8. The synopsis of the story sounds very intriguing and what an awesome cover! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  9. It sounds great, I'm glad you liked it, I'll have to check it out! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  10. Thank you so much, Myra, for hosting Jax Stone and her unique story. You have so many wonderful comments. I'm glad to have introduced both you and your followers to RATGIRL: Song of the Viper.

    I'll have to get busy on the sequel. :)