February 22, 2018

#BookTour: The Tombs @debschaumberg #Review #Giveaway with @CursedReader

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn't. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother's, Avery's powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power--or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own:  strange experiments are being performed on 'patients'...and no one knows why.

Deborah Schaumberg's gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?

Welcome to Day #4 of The Tombs Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Tombs on February 20th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Deborah Schaumberg and 10 chances to win a finished copy and a custom bookmark handmade by the author!

The Tombs Playlist

Music is an important part of my life. I love seeing live music, and I listen to music most of the time while I'm writing. (Although…there are certain scenes that require quiet focus.) Some of the songs on the playlist represent a mood, or a feeling about the story, but most can be linked to a certain character. For example when I hear Demons, I think of Indigo, and Pitter-Pat reminds me of Avery. Music is a great way to get into the head of your character.


Blog Tour Schedule:

February 19th — BookhoundsYA
February 20th — Good Choice Reading
February 21st — Book Briefs
February 22nd — Crossroad Reviews
February 23rd — Novel Novice

February 26th — A Dream Within A Dream
February 27th — Positively Book Crazy
February 28th —Reading Teen
March 1st — Page Turners
March 2nd — Mundie Moms

About the Author: Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC. Visit her at deborahschaumberg.com.

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Reviewed By: Jessica P. 

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I loved the fact that it was supposed to be The Gangs of New York meets Shadowhunters. 

Check out author's other books? Maybe 
Recommend this book? Its not for everyone

Notes and Opinions:  Although I did enjoy this book a little I did not love it.  I thought that it was very slow and could have been much faster. It is bogged down with a lot of discriptions that were just not needed.  I did love the mystery surrounding the magic/paranomral aspect in this one though. It remeinded me of early fortune tellers and their stories that I have loved to read about during the turn of the century.  I just think that the story itself could have sped up just a smidge.  Over all I give this one a full 3 stars. I do not think it will be for everyone but if you end up loving it. It will be forever.  Its really one of those books where you will love it or hate it.  There will not be any middle ground.  

The chracters in this one were great. I loved Avery the girl who was pretty much born in the wrong time period. I loved her determination about finding out what in the world is going on with her. As well as Kahn and her dad.  The creepyness in this book is a large one with dark corners and shadows and the baddie of the white man.  A lot of what happens in the early pages of this story really creeped me out to no end.  

If you love historical fiction paried with magic in some way then check this out. Just be warned it is a slower story than most. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Slow 



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