Blog Tour: A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine

I’m really happy to be able to participate in the blog tour for A Void the Size of the World! The first thing that really drew me in about this book and made me realize that I had to be part of this blog tour was the book and what it’s about. So, what’s it about?

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead to her sister’s disappearance.

Rhylee didn’t mean to kiss her sister’s boyfriend. At least, not the first time. But it doesn’t matter, because her sister, Abby, caught them together, ran into the dark woods behind their house…and never came home.

As evidence mounts that something terrible has happened to Abby, no one wants to face the truth. Rhylee can’t bring herself to admit what she’s done: that she is the reason her sister ran away. Now Tommy, Abby’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect in her disappearance, and Rhylee’s world has been turned upside down. Slowly, Rhylee’s family is breaking–their lives center on the hope that Abby will return. Rhylee knows they need to face the truth and begin healing–but how can they, when moving on feels like a betrayal? Ad how do you face the guilt of wishing a person gone…when they actually disappear?

A Void the Size of the World Cover Art

Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a suspenseful bit of awesomeness to me. Also, take a moment to enjoy that cover because I know I am.

Today on Vicarious Bookworm we also have the special treat of having Rachele Alpine here and she’s going to answer a few questions for us! Thank you so much for coming by, Rachele!

 

What first inspired you to write Rhylee and Abby’s story?

This started as a short story called “Circles Within Circles” for the MFA program I was in. It was maybe around fifteen pages, but after I workshopped and revised it, the characters would not get out of my mind. I thought about them for years and what really happened between these two sisters. I began to explore the spaces in between the lines I had written and slowly the book emerged from that.

 

Wow so this book has been a long time in the making! What was your favorite part of your writing process for A Void the Size of the World?

I loved exploring the relationship with these sisters. Because the book started as a short story, the dialogue and pacing had to be tight, so turning this into a novel gave me the freedom to dive deep down into who these two girls were. I found myself discovering things about each of them as the plot moved forward, and it was a lot of fun being surprised by characters who you thought you already knew. I also think the bond between sisters is so strong and unique. My own sister is a year younger than me and we’re very close, so I loved examining the dynamics of these two girls and what it means to be a sister.

 

That’s one of my favorite parts of writing too! Because of that, I feel like the authors who really explore who their characters are inspire me most. What authors have inspired or influenced you most?

I love authors like Laurie Halse Anderson, Courtney Summers, and Nicola Yoon. They tackle a lot of important topics and tend to push the structure of narratives and how you tell a story. I also love the language of Curtis Sittenfeld and Jandy Nelson. Their words are so beautiful, and I could read their books over and over again just to hear the sound of their sentences.

 

Those are definitely some inspirational authors. Getting back to the novel itself, what is one thing you know now that you wish you’d known before you started working on A Void the Size of the World?

That this book would find a home with a publisher and editor I loved. I worked on this book for so long and there were definitely moments of doubt and struggle as I tried to get it right. It’s not easier turning a short story into a novel, and there were a lot of times when I wasn’t confident about my writing and the story I was telling. It would have been great to know that I would be able to figure it out, love the way it turned out, and find an awesome home for it!

 

That definitely would have been something nice to already know! Now that your story has found such an amazing home and will soon be released to readers everywhere, is there an indie bookstore where readers might find or order signed copies of A Void the Size of the World?

Yes! It should hopefully be at all the indie bookstores, and if it isn’t, just ask and I’m sure they’ll order it. As for signed copies, I’m happy to send signed bookmarks and bookplates to put inside the books. Just send me an e-mail at rachelealpine@gmail.com requesting one!

 

That is so kind of you! I don’t want to use up too much of your time and I know you have other tour stops to get to. Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

This book was released on July 4th so it’s already available in stores! You can get your hands on a copy from:

 

About the Author

Rachele AlpineRachele Alpine is a love of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!

One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.

By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night she’s a mom and wife, and she writes during any time she can find in between!

Rachele lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

You can find more information about Rachele Alpine and her work on her website.

 

I know you all remember that giveaway I mentioned back at the beginning. You could win a finished copy of A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine! Enter here:

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Want more chances to win? Follow the blog tour! You can find the full schedule of stops here!

 

Thank you so much to Rachele Alpine for writing this intriguing novel and for stopping by the Vicarious Bookworm today. You’re such a rockstar!

And a big thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in this blog tour!

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​Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson

I’m so excited to be able to do a promo post on the blog tour for The Ashes and the Sparks! I had never read a Steampunk novel before but I’ve been told by many people that I would love the subgenre. So, when the invitation came to read and promote The Ashes and the Sparks, I knew I absolutely had to jump on the opportunity! Stay tuned til the end for an awesome giveaway! Let’s dig right in, shall we?

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the age of airships. It is a world powered by steam and innovation, ruled by an elusive empress at its heart.

Seventeen year-old Jorun is not part of this world. Hers is one of hidden tunnel networks and lights that dance across night skies, on that has remained separate from the rest of society for over a thousand years. This all changes when a boy appears from nowhere, raving about invaders from a faraway land. Purely by chance, Jorun soon finds herself in the middle of a struggle unlike anything she could have ever dreamed of, and must come to the realization that only she can stop an impending war.


Meet The Author:

Hi! I’m Mary Victoria Johnson, author of fantastical Young Adult fiction. I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen, and I haven’t stopped since! Now eighteen, my bibliography includes BOUNDARY, the first part of the Other Horizons Trilogy (Lodestone Books, 2015) and THE ASHES AND THE SPARKS (Fire and Ice YA, 2016). I was born in Cambridgeshire in the UK, and I now live on Vancouver Island where I study Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.

You can find out more about Mary Victoria Johnson and her work by checking out her websiteGoodreads, or Facebook!


My Review:

Like I said before, I hadn’t read a Steampunk themed novel before this so I wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Ashes and the Sparks. The details put into the world building are perfect. For a lot of the novel, I felt like I was in the places Jorun found herself in, from the black sands of Sidasta to the mechanical majesty of Edinburgh. There were small details scattered throughout the novel that added to this feeling of being immersed in the world. I especially loved seeing it all given through Jorun’s perspective because she was just learning what many of the things she was seeing were. I think Mary Victoria Johnson definitely used this to her advantage in the presentation of environments and unknown items.

With the characters, I feel like the story fell a little flat. Until around 50% I had trouble caring what happened to anyone who wasn’t Ari or Jorun. At about 50% though, the depth of character building grew a great deal and I became quite attached to some of the other characters. I will say I really like Jorun as a person and wish I had more time with her.

Which brings me to the part of the story I actually managed to dislike: the end. I don’t feel like the story was fully wrapped up. In fact, I had new questions pop up within 1% of the ending. I think I’m more frustrated by this because of the knowledge that the upcoming sequel, The Inventress, not only doesn’t feature Jorun but is set 20 years in the future. I feel like the ending to this story was satisfying but also quite annoying as I now have questions I know will never be addressed.

However, the overall story of The Ashes and the Sparks is fun, adventurous, and full of surprises. There were a couple twists I saw coming, but there were others I did not. You all know how much I love a good plot twist. I also love how Mary Victoria Johnson touched on the idea of romance but didn’t feature it at all. It was quite realistic in that the feelings existed and were acknowledged but it was also acknowledged that the events taking place were more important and, thus, more worthy of the spotlight. As someone who doesn’t read romance novels, this was absolutely perfect for me.

Overall, I rate The Ashes and the Sparks 3 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Order a copy of The Ashes and the Sparks and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to get your hands on a copy are:

Thanks for sticking around! And now, for that giveaway!!

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I’m so glad to have been able to participate in this Blog Tour! A huge thank you to Mary Victoria Johnson for writing this beautiful novel (and also for sending me a digital copy of it). You’re the real rockstar! Another big thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for organizing and allowing me to be in such great company!  Speaking of company, check out the rest of the stops on this lovely blog tour!

February 13

Pirate Lady Pages – Review

Vicarious Bookworm – Promo Post

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Promo Post

T’s Stuff – Promo Post

February 14

Mythical Books – Promo Post

Literary Musings – Promo Post

The Avid Reader – Promo Post

February 15

CBY Book Club – Promo Post

Don’t Judge, Read – Review

Deep in the Crease – Review

Loves Great Reads – Promo Post

February 16

A New Look On Books – Promo Post

Kimber Leigh Writes – Promo Post

fundinmental – Promo Post

The Bookworm Knows – Review

Lori’s Little House of Reviews – Review

February 17

forthenovellovers – Review

Zerina Blossom’s Books – Promo Post

What Is That Book About – Promo Post