Thursday, March 15, 2018

PACIFICA by Kristen Simmons Blog Tour, review and giveaway


Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.

Praise for PACIFICA

“Simmons (Article 5, 2012; Metaltown, 2016) excels at dystopian fiction, and her admirable latest takes to the sea. …A breathtaking story full of high-seas adventure, power struggles, romance, betrayal, and more... Simmons’ great-grandmother was taken to a Japanese internment camp during WWII, and her experiences influence those of Marin and the pirates. ...Non-stop action and surprises will keep readers enthralled through both rough waters and smooth sailing alike.” ―Booklist, starred

"A harrowing world where overpopulation is rampant and pollution stifling. The characters creep into your heart with raw, familiar issues of love, friendship, and family ties, careening you on a plot fraught with just as many twists as there are pieces of trash in the ocean. Pacifica will have you breathlessly fearing our own future." ―New York Times bestselling author Sara Raasch


"Like The Handmaid's Tale, Simmons's book serves as essential commentary on women's rights." ― on The Glass Arrow

“I’m clutching my mangled heart and smiling madly, so it’s that kind of book. Such gorgeous heartbreak! Smart, absorbing, and deeply human.” ―New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor on Metaltown

“A compelling, inspiring read. The characters had me rooting for rebels, fights worth fighting, and girls with gumption. By the time it was over, I had my fist in the air.” ―New York Timesbestselling author Kendare Blake on Metaltown 

My Review

Dystopian ✔
Post-apocalyptic ✔
Pirates ✔
Kristen Simmons ✔

All these checks make a concoction to intoxicate your mind.

Marin has been trying to stay alive on the mainland, with very few friends but many dark secrets.  She belongs at sea, it's pull deep in her blood. However, she can't go home until she can prove her worth.

The Shorelings and the upper class have been feuding, tensions are high as it gets closer to the elite 500 shorelings who are chosen to go to Pacifica.

Ross, the president's son talks Adam, the Vice President's son to go down to the shoreling to see the riots, but not get involved. However, they get too "close" and disruption and mayhem causes Ross and Adam to separate.  Ross goes to seek his father's help, however when he realizes that nothing is being done,, he takes matters into his own hands. THAT is when Ross and Marin meet.  They both need something from the other....willing to take a chance and dive into an adventure full throttle.  Secrets are exposed, even though their main agenda was to find Adam, they discover there is something tremendous they need to expose, or hundreds of lives will be in danger.

WOW...from start to finish, Pacifica is a rapid read saturated with adventure.  This world was created with so much depth and devotion, it easily unfolds before your eyes. With beautiful words and attention to details, I smelled the salt of the sea and the breeze of the storms.  All the characters come to life with individual personalities.  You learn about their wants...needs..and secrets. Which makes it impossible not to be drawn into this world.  They feel real...become real as you engross yourself into their world.

This is a read you CAN NOT miss.....get it and prepare yourself!

I read books cover to cover...everything the author has to share.  And this story was created from real life accounts that Kristen's grandmother went through being at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked in WW2 and the aftermath.


KRISTEN SIMMONS is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.

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--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

2 Winners will receive two sets of Kristen’s books (Article 5, The Glass Arrow and Metaltown) in a TOR Teen Tote.

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