Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Last Bastion of the Living Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Today I am the tour stop for The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater.
Rhiannon Frater has created a book that will kick you on your ass with it's awesomeness!!
This is a MUST read book!

Paperback: 375 pages
Published: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Rhiannon Frater
Received: From Author, for review + tour.
Challenges: 2012 Goodreads Challenge
Series: Standalone 
A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources…and dwindling hope.Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.
100 years ago everything changed. The Inferi Scourge [Zombies] has forced everyone to live inside the Bastion. But the one thing that they need to do, to continue to survive life within the Bastion is close the gates. Which seems like is never going to happen. Every attempt has failed. This step is crucial for the people in the Bastion because, the food is running low, everything is falling apart, and eventually if something does not happen, they will die.
Maria was in the failed fight a couple years back to close the gates and she lost someone close to her. It is haunting to thinking that he may be out there.. among the Inferi Scourge, or as one of THEM. Maria was lucky to come out of it alive. Along with her that day was Dwayne. Through their fight against the Inferi Scourge, their lived almost taken away, brought them closer together. Although their relationship must be kept under wraps, for many reasons. The connection Maria and Dwayne share are very intimate. The connection is real. There were so many moments when they were together where you could feel that, and then when they was apart, it was even more. The one thing they both want is to live, together, beyond the confined spaces of the Bastion. 
One day Maria is called into a top secret meeting with the SWD (Science Warfare Division), and is presented with some information that can put her in the place to help out the lives inside the Bastion. To be able to walk among the Inferi Scourge, taking them down one by one and eventually closing the gate and helping protect and prolong the life of her friends, family and ultimately being able to be with Dwayne. Maria is given a choice, and one she does accept. Everything that the SWD tells her seems to be cut-and-dry. But maybe they are leaving out some minor details, some very life altering details that will change everything for Maria. But Maria, along with her team soon realize that the things that they were told was not how it was planned from the beginning. Leaving you with a plot twisting, mind boggling ending, that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with tears in your eyes, and ultimately satisfied with every single word you just read. 
Holy Hell. The Last Bastion of the Living was the shit. For real! And the very good kind of "the shit" (as in AWESOME)!
It was always very hard for me to "guess" what was going to happen to the point I gave up on that. And that is a good thing, right?! Who wants a plot you can just guess what is going to happen, or even have a inkling as to what would come? Not me. With The Last bastion of the Living, I was always gasping, and unable to break my eyes away from this book. I was in less terms: Blown Away! Rhiannon Frater has this impeccable gift of creating these worlds, & these characters that you fall head over heels in love with. The vivid detail in her writing always captivates me, and pulls me further and further into the book until I am left days after reading the book, thinking; wondering; and just devouring every gruesome detail I read in my brain over and over. That is when you know, the book you just read was absolutely amazing.

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other books: the vampire novels PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES and THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and the young-adult zombie novel THE LIVING DEAD BOY AND THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS. Her AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy (THE FIRST DAYS and FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, SIEGE) is available now in bookstores.
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Check out The Bookish Brunette for a chance at the GRAND PRIZE
where you can enter for a chance to win the following:
1 autographed trade paperback of THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING
2 autographed bookmarks
1 Rhiannon Frater totebag

But, @ this tour stop 
Rhiannon Frater is offering one of you lucky readers an ebook version 
The Last Bastion of the Living

The giveaway will last from: 
June 14th until June 28th
@ 11:59pm (eastern time)
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  1. I have never read a zombie book. I've always avoided them, thinking that they are not for me. But after reading about this book, and about how much you loved it, I want to give it a try. This book does sound really awesome. I like the premise, the love interest sounds great, and I do love dystopian books in general. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. I am such a zombie addict!! You have no idea. Everything zombie please :) No really, I even have the Umbrella employee pledge tattooed on me. Really. Zombies for life.

    Plus, Rhiannon is a genius!! I really cannot wait to read this one from her. It's bound to be EPIC!

  3. This is sounds amazing, but it is Rhiannon Frater after all! Great Review, now I really want to read the book! I am really starting to be come addicted to zombie books!

  4. Agreed!!! The Last Bastion was freaking AMAZING!!!

  5. This sounds Fabulous!!! I love that you were not able to guess what was going to happen next! I love when stories are original and keep you guessing!

  6. I'm excited to read this! Plus I love supporting local Austin authors!!!

  7. I would love to read this book and leave a review for it also. Fingers Crossed For This WIN. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  8. I love Rhiannon Frater's books. This one sounds like it measures up to the others.

  9. I found Rhiannon Frater through her vampire bride series it was bloody brilliant!! I'm dying waiting for book 3's release!! I just purchased her first two books (in audio) of her Zombie Trilogy series a few days ago. I can't wait to start them! She is such a brilliant writer and in my top 10 favorites!
    Thanks for a chance to win her newest release!! :)
    DeAnna Schultz


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