Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review, Promo & Giveaway: Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

My Review:  Second Verse is a paranormal young adult mystery that transcends time.  The small town of Shady Springs has a torrid past.  A gruesome murder took place in the past.  The town holds a murder mystery festival every year called The Hunt.  The students at Lange's school solve a fake mystery.  This year, shortly before the festival Lange and friends hold a séance.  The séance scene is super creepy and Lange and Vaughn hear a murdered girl Ginny begging for their help.  She directs them to some clues and the two become obsessed with finding out what happened to Ginny.  In a creepy twist, Lange and Vaughn start to receive the same threats that Ginny did before she died.  Will they be able to solve the mystery before they are the next victims?
I thought the writing on this book was pretty good.  There were a few spots where the dialogue between the teenage characters sounded sounded unnatural, but it got better as the book progressed.  The paranormal element was pretty good and the twist at the end was very unexpected.  Overall, I enjoyed this book very much.

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Dyad--tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes! About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, The Field by Tracy Richardson. Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE.

The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity.

Good luck!

About the book: Can love last more than a lifetime? Can Murder? Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder. Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake. Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder. But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and discovering how their own past is connected to hers. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself. Pick up your copy of this Young Adult/ Paranormal/ Thriller l through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: When Jennifer Walkup isn’t writing or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and young sons, listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, and coming up with costume ideas for Halloween. She’s obsessed with good coffee and new recipes and likes broccoli on her pizza, flowers in her hair, flip-flops on her feet, and the number 13. A member of SCBWI, Jennifer also serves as fiction editor for The Meadowland Review and teaches creative writing at The Writers Circle. Second Verse is her first novel. Connect with Jennifer on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at

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1 comment:

Emlyn Chand said...

Such an enticing review, Jennifer, and I'm so glad you enjoyed SECOND VERSE! Thank you for joining us on this tour and for taking a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads. Oh, and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests for yourself.

Em :-)

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