Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin @ckkellymartin @chapterxchapter

by C.K. Kelly Martin
Published: November 4, 2017
Publisher: Dancing Cat Books

Naomi doesn't expect anything unusual from her annual family trip to visit her grandparents in Ireland. What she expects is to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, hang out with her friends Ciara and Shehan, and deal with her gran's Alzheimer's. What she finds is a country hit by an unexpected virus that rapidly infects the majority of the Irish population over the age of twenty-one.

Amnestic-Delirium Syndrome (ADS) starts off with memory loss, but the virus soon turns its victims aggravated, blank, or violent. Naomi and her friends must survive on their own, without lucid adults, cut off from the rest of the world, until a cure is found.

But there are whispers that ADS is not terrestrial, and soon Naomi and her friends learn the frightening truth: we are not alone.

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My Review:

Naomi and her mom are looking forward to spending time in Ireland with her mother’s parents. She is also looking forward to spending time with her friends Ciara and Shehan during their time there. She has gotten to know Ciara and Shehan very well as they make the trip once year. Naomi doesn’t expect that this year will be any different than the years before except this year she will be celebrating her thirteenth birthday with a bar-b-que.

Naomi’s gran has Alzheimer but she seems to be getting worse. They don’t think anything of it until her grandad starts to forget things as well. Sometimes he thinks Naomi’s mother is a little girl and that Naomi is her mother. After her grandad gets sick her mother decides to take them to the ER. Where they find out that her grandparents are not the only ones getting sick the hospital is filling up fast and everyone is advised to keep their sick at home unless there is a medical emergency. After returning from the hospital after being there all day with her parents Naomi’s mother starts to forget things. 

They learn from watching the news that a virus has hit Ireland and is hitting hard and has infected almost everyone over the age of twenty. Naomi, Ciara and Shehan are left to take care of themselves after everyone gets sick. They all hold up in Shehan’s home hiding out from the world just trying to survive and stay alive. Naomi starts writing a dairy about her life and her memories so that when she starts to succumb to the virus she can read it and hopefully it will help her to remember who she is.

When Ciara’s little brother Adam runs away after they get into a big argument like most brother and sisters do the three of them go looking for him to bring him back. Adam thinks Ciara is mad at him and doesn’t want him around especially now after their parents are no longer around.

While they are looking for Adam they meet more of the infected some are calm but most will just as soon kill you as look at you for no reason what so ever. The infected are not the only thing they have to worry about or hide from no there is something else out there with them, they are not alone.

Can they find Adam before it is too late? Will one of the infected find them? Or will whatever is out there beside the infected find them? Who will find them first? Can they survive alone in a world gone mad? What has happened to the people of Ireland?

Stricken is a fast read with action around every corner that will keep you hanging on for more. I loved the new twist on sort of zombie like virus that was taking over the adult population. I love zombies and aliens and loved seeing the aliens in Stricken but I would like to know more about them and where they came from and why they are here. Where did the virus come from? The ending left me hopeful that there would be more stories and I can’t wait to find out more about Naomi, Ciara, Shehan, Adam, the aliens and the infected. I can’t wait for the next book.

I would recommend Stricken to anyone who likes to read about aliens. Stricken is a nice clean read and would be suitable for the young and old alike.

About the Author:

Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major—not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in film studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always believed I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually, and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I'd discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I'm an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews. I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can while working on novels about young people.

My first young adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and 2015.

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-         Signed copy of Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin (INT)