Monday, September 26, 2011

Black & Orange: Review

From Goodreads:
Forget everything you know about Halloween. The stories are distortions. They were created to keep the Church of Midnight hidden from the world. Every October 31st a gateway opens to a hostile land of sacrificial magic and chaos. Since the beginning of civilization the Church of Midnight has attempted to open the gateway and unite with its other half, the Church of Morning. Each year they've come closer, waiting for the ideal sacrifice to open the gateway permanently. 

This year that sacrifice has come. And only two can protect it. Martin and Teresa are the nomads, battle-hardened people who lack identity and are forever road-bound on an endless mission to guard the sacrifice. Their only direction is from notes left from a mysterious person called the Messenger. Endowed with a strange telekinetic power, the nomads will use everything at their disposal to make it through the night alive. But matters have become even more complicated this year. Teresa has quickly lost ground battling cancer, while Martin has spiraled into a panic over being left alone. His mind may no longer be on the fight when it matters most... because ever on their heels is the insidious physical representation of a united church: Chaplain Cloth.

My Review:
Scary can cover this book. So can funny. And sad. So many things happen, some good, some bad, some really bad, but it has a happy, if bittersweet ending, which left me wanted for more book, because waiting, well, just isn't my thing. And that the characters will have to? I really feel for them.

I was a bit confused a first with the churches and such, and who was who and who was higher and what was happening, but it made sense very quickly after a scene in the desert with a gun and a deal.

The plot was really interesting, a lot like some Halloween movies about a town called Halloweentown, I believe, and it was just was really good!

I wish there was more on the Messenger, what parts he/she (we don't find out which) had, were guiding influences, but more behind the scenes then a main part. So I wish we found out more about "him" but maybe there'll be another book, and we can learn more about "him."

This was a really good book, I hope you guys check it out!

Author: Benjamin Kane Ethridge 
Read: October 11th, 2011
Source: Review copy for Tour
Publisher: Bad Moon Books
Published: September 17th 2011
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the occult fantasy novel BLACK & ORANGE. Beyond that he's written several collaborations with Michael Louis Calvillo, one of which is a novella called UGLY SPIRIT, available in 2011. He also wrote a master's thesis entitled, "CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film." Available in an ivory tower near you. Ben lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter, both lovely and both worthy of better. When he isn't writing, reading, videogaming, he's defending California's waterways and sewers from pollution.

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Stops on the Tour:
Monday, August 1
Interview at The Hot Author Report

Tuesday, August 2
Guest Post at The Hot Author Report

Wednesday, August 3
5 Things Guest Post at The Hot Author Report
Guest Post at The Book Connection

Thursday, August 4
Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, August 5
Guest Post at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, August 8
Interview at The Examiner

Tuesday, August 9
Interview at The Writers Life

Wednesday, August 10
Guest Post at Pitching Pencils

Thursday, August 11
Guest Post at Fluidity of Time

Friday, August 12
Review at Fluidity of Time

Monday, August 15
Spotlight at The Plot

Tuesday, August 16
Character Interview at The Plot

Wednesday, August 17
Guest Post at Inkyblots

Thursday, August 18
Interview at BlogCritics

Friday, August 19
Book Panel at Literarily Speaking

Monday, August 22
Guest Post at Books, Products and More

Tuesday, August 23
Interview at Broowaha

Wednesday, August 24
Review at The Phantom Photographer

Thursday, August 25
Review at Bookish Ardour

Friday, August 26
Interview at Book Marketing Buzz
Video at If Books Could Talk

Monday, September 26

Monday, December 5th
Review at Must Read Faster
Guest Post at Sweeping Me

Tuesday, December 6th
Review at Sweeping Me

Wednesday, December 7th
Interview at The Plot Thickens

Thursday, December 8th
Guest Post and Review at Family Reads

Friday, December 9th

Monday, December 12th
Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Tuesday, December 13th

Wednesday, December 14th

Thursday, December 15th
Interview at Beyond the Books

Friday, December 16th
Review at Booksie’s Blog

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