Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Scythe by Christina Bauer - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift Worlds, #1)
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
“Fans of A Wrinkle in Time can’t miss Dimension Drift!” – Christina Trevaskis, The Book Matchmaker
Truth time. I go to a Learning Squirrel High School. Don’t judge.
On second thought, judge away. Learning Squirrel is one step above attending class in a junkyard. But what do you expect? Everything’s made out of garbage these days. At least, I have my freelance work to keep Mom and me housed, clothed, and fed. How? I’m your regular high school science geek for hire, except my work manipulates space-time. The good news is that these gigs pay really well; the bad news is that the government likes to kill people like me. Whatever. I’m not worried; hiding from their detection systems is easy for me.
Then I screw up one of my illegal projects. Badly.
In fact, things go so sideways that my house slips into two-dimensional space-time. The shift only lasts for a few seconds, but that’s long enough to set off a dozen government alarms. If those goons track me down, Mom and I are as good as dead. Long story short, I need to pay someone off, hide the evidence, and keep us safe.
Unfortunately, that means asking the Scythe for help. He runs the local underground crime scene and has absolutely no conscience…Or at least, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. It’s hard to think straight when a guy’s that hot in an ‘evil Mafioso kingpin’ kind of way. Most importantly, the Scythe is a crime lord who can conceal my slip-up with a few clicks on his minion’s computer keyboards. But the man has his price. In this case, the Scythe wants me to finish a certain dimensional prototype for him in twenty-four hours. I can do it, but it might mean Learning Squirrel High gets blown up in the process. Oh yes, and there’s also my new hot classmate who may or may not be an alien…and he says he’ll do anything to help me.
This job won’t be easy, but I’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Maybe.
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My Review
Scythe is a prequel novella set in the Dimension Drift Worlds series by Christina Bauer. Now, while the actual series hasn't come out yet, you can pick up a copy of Scythe to get an idea of what will be in store come spring of next year (yay!). 

It's the story of a teenage girl named Meimi Archer. She happens to be a science/tech genius who lives with her mom. The world she lives in, though, frowns upon certain types of people, and her mom happens to be one of those. However, Meimi works for a mysterious figure who is able to keep her and her mother under the government's radar...as long as she does his bidding. 

But when something goes really, really wrong one night, it sets off a chain reaction of, well, craziness that will have Meimi wondering if she might just be in over her head.

I really liked the prequel. It's fun, snarky, and sets up events that will intrigue readers and have them eager for the main series. I thought Meimi was a typical teenage girl, save for the fact that she lives in a dystopian world where she can fuss with dimensions and meet an alien prince. So, yeah. Just your normal, average teenage girl.

I'm really looking forward to Umbra, which is another prequel from Thorne's POV. Who is Thorne, you may ask? Why, he's the alien prince Meimi comes into contact with. Also, I'm super excited about Alien Minds and ECHO Academy. I love the world building already, and I can't wait to dive into the main series next year.

If you enjoy dystopian fiction with kick-butt female characters, geeky tech, hot aliens, and more, then you'll definitely want to get your hands on Scythe. 

4.5 stars from me! 
Author Bio:
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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