Tuesday, December 11, 2012

{Blog Tour} The Scourge by A.G. Henley


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Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.
And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.
The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn’s.
Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.
As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.


 I was more than pleasantly surprised with this book! From the first page I was hooked and had to keep reading. I was fascinated with Fenn. In such a scary climate, with the Scourge, and living in a forest, she must keep brave and gather water out among the Scourge. If she lets fear win, then both the Groundlings and Lofties go without water. And with this duty comes her Lofty Keeper-the person responsible for her safety while she is gathering water.

But what begins as friendship blossoms into something more. Especially when Fenn sets out to find safer water for her people. But in order to even help her community she must get the okay from The Three. The Three are the three elders chosen to essentially rule and lead their community. And of course there is one who is a jackass. Everytime I read a scene with him, my blood pressure went up lol!

The water quest opens Fenn's eyes to a world of truths, lies, deceptions, and love. Can she go back to how it was before after learning what she has? Can she go back to living in the forest floor with Peree up above?

 I really enjoyed the characters, and their development, and in some cases their un-development. I liked how Fennel and Peree developed a friendship under not so great circumstances. But is there a love triangle you ask. Why yes, yes there is a love triangle. But guess what? The Scourge wins my Love Triangle Stamp of Approval. yay!

The entire time I read the book, I kept trying to place it in our known world. And for the life of me, I cannot do it! So kudos to A.G. Henley for completely transcending at least MY geographic recollection and making a whole new world in which to toss her characters! :D

Ugh I just loved this book! And I cannot wait for the next one in the series.I am so anxious to see where the characters go from here. And where their community goes after the first. I'd love to write up more in regards to the community, but without spoiling something, I'm just gonna leave it! I love me some 'zombie' books and The Scourge took it to a whole new level. Love it! 

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A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.aghenley.com

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