Friday, March 9, 2018

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: PACIFICA by Kristen Simmons @kris10writes @JeanBookNerd


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 Times bestselling author Kendare Blake on Metaltown

My Review:

Marin is a pirate like her father and was forced from her home/island and abandon on the mainland. Marin has plans to hopefully make things right with her people and that they will allow her to return to her island one day.

With food, water, and oil getting scarcer and scarcer the government makes plans to move people to another island where things will be a lot better for them. The Relocation Act will allow people that are chosen by a lottery to go live on Pacifica.

Miranda has a big heart and likes helping people who are in need so she helps out the lady at the library who is in charge of a group of children, orphans. Miranda helps the children by helping to provide food and supplies for them by fixing or making things to sell.

Ross the president’s son and Adam the vice president’s son against their better judgment decide they want to have some fun one night and go to where the people are rioting the lottery and how and who is chosen to go to Pacifica. Their bodyguards find them and whisk them away but in the process, Adam is lost and Ross doesn’t give up on finding his friend.

He runs into Marin and learns that she is a pirate and together they find out where Adam is so they sail away after the ship that took him. They sail through rough seas and storms and garbage and icebergs while following on Adam’s trail.

I loved Pacifica from the first page and didn’t want to put it down. I hated it each and every time I had to lay it down as I wanted to know what kind of trouble Marian and Ross was going to get themselves into next. Were they going to make it to their destination alive? Or will the sea swallow them alive before they can overtake the ship or the people who have Adam? Can they rescue Adam before it is too late?

I loved the world that was created for Pacifica with the combination of a post-apocalyptic world and pirates. My two favorite things to read about at the moment is pirates and apocalyptic/ dystopian type books so image my excitement when I read the summary for Pacifica. The only thing that stood between me and this book was sleep and The Walking Dead, sorry Kristen, but that doesn’t make Pacifica any less of a good story. There is so much in Pacifica that will make you stop and think about; for one the way the people were treated and the icebergs or the pirate’s island. It makes you stop and think that if we don’t stop and take a stand then we could be living like this one day ourselves.

If you love a good book with lots and lots of adventure, pirates, and post-apocalyptic worlds then you are absolutely going to love Pacifica. The only problem I found with Pacifica is that it is a standalone. I am going to miss this world with the pirates and the characters.


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.