Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Viper & The Urchin by Celine Jeanjean - Giveaway

Title:  The Viper and the Urchin
Series:  Bloodless Assasin Mysteries #1
Author:  Celine Jeanjean
Publication Date:  June 26/15
Length:  308pgs
Genre:  steampunk
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Being Damsport’s most elegant assassin is hard work. There’s tailoring to consider, devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain… But most importantly, Longinus must keep his fear of blood hidden or his reputation will be ruined. So when Rory, a scrawny urchin girl, threatens to expose his phobia unless he teaches her swordsmanship, he has no choice but to comply.

As if being saddled with a dirty, grammatically incorrect girl isn’t bad enough, a copycat assassin begins to imitate Longinus’ kills and threatens both his and Rory’s lives. Arguments have to be set aside, and Longinus and Rory are forced to work together to unmask and stop the copycat. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring the city of Damsport to its knees.

My Review:

What a unique tale! From the setting to the characters, Jeanjean has developed them all with a flair that draws you in and a clarity that allows you to become part of the world. I enjoyed how Jeanjean filled the novel with intrigue and suspense while also giving readers something to laugh at. All throughout, the well-developed plot takes shape, painting the world in shades and hues as I became more and more attached to the characters.

Jeanjean’s unconventional characters and their development kept me hooked. The way that the characters’ lives, both in the past and present, unfolded throughout the story had me captivated. The huge disparity between their positions and behaviours lead to some very intriguing moments. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the main players in the tale. They made a great story into something unforgettable.

This is a fantastic series starter by an up and coming author. It was hard to put down and I definitely can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Book Links 

And now....
Enter to win in this giveaway for 3 ecopies (mobi, epub, or pdf) of The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean.
Contest is open internationally, where applicable by law. 
Entries close at 11:59pm February 19/16. 
Winners will be drawn February 2016. 
Winners will be notified via email to the email provided to the giveaway and will have 72h to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.

39 comments:

  1. this sounds a brilliant read and I love the cover

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  2. The Viper and the Urchin looks like it would fit my reading preferences perfectly, you had me at Steampunk. That cover is also incredible, have to say its the best I've seen so far this year.

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  3. I look forward to reading this book - sounds like it has a unique premise.

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  4. Hi Celine! Just wondering, are you an outliner or a "panster?"
    Hello Jonel, thanks for the invite!

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    1. Hi Michael,

      I'm a bit of both actually. For this book I had what I think of as the 'tent poles' of the story (protagonists, antagonist, midpoint and ending) before I started writing. The sequel I outlined more fully, and then I'm now working on a book without any kind of outline. It completely depends on the story I'm working on :-)

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  5. Joining an unlikely team to train and stop a copycat I would like to read, I already can feel the thrill of this story, good luck! Thank you, Darlene Cruz (Read Book)

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  6. Hi Kids! I suck at signing up for fun things especially from Jonel. See, I'm on a bit of an, 'Internet Cleanse'. I've torn away from (gulp) facebook, and then stomped on twitter. Believe me, I've enough material to host SNL. Would you consider letting me play if I posted to LinkedIn, Google+ and my Pintrest Board: Authors? How about I use colored chalk on our driveway, or super sweet banner flying behind the Blimp? I get it, if you don't want me to play in your sandbox, I'll go my own way, but watch out for my son, Hagrid.
    I was going to take you all on a cruise! Yesterday, I received an email, saying I'd won one! I'm sure they'd let you all come!
    Lisa Vermillion Black. Please use, bigyellowworm@gmail.com or knock at our mudroom door. Sayonara.

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  7. I am looking forward toi reading this. I don't know how I missed it..... but I am looking forward to reading it.

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  8. looks good thanks for the look and the chance to read

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  9. Thanks for offering a chance to win an ebook copy of this book
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  10. I must read a steampunk book to get what it is

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  11. Hello,Celine
    I look forward to reading your books, both this book as well as your future endeavor. Best of luck in all you do.

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    1. Thank you Shamona! I hope you enjoy the book :-)

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  12. The book sounds wonderful. Can't wait to read it.

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  13. I absolutely love the cover, there is so much tension in it! Steampunk is a fascinating genre for me and this looks like a MUST READ! Thank you for a great post, review and new author to check out!

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  14. Great giveaway! Thanks so much.

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  15. I have been hearing a lot about this book. I have it on my pre-order list.

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  16. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  17. Hi, :-) I'm so looking forward to reading this. ladycolor7 @ yahoo .com I forgot that on Google I'm haggatha

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  18. From what I have read about this book. It sound like a book I would like to read.

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  19. Hi, Celine. Can you tell me a bit about how you discovered these two characters? In the writing of the book, did they lead you, or did you lead them? Thank you so much for such a tremendous giveaway. I would love to win a copy of this book; I've been watching (*dreaming about) it.

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  20. There's always a street urchin somewhere waiting to foul up the works! Sounds like these are not the usual cookie cutter characters though and I can't wait to see the trouble they create. Great cover!

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  21. thanks for a chance to win. looks good

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  22. Thanks for the invite! Looks like a good story!

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  23. I just want to continue to be invited, I don't think it's necessary for me to read each reply. Thank Jonel for inviting me.

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  24. I just want to continue to be invited, I don't think it's necessary for me to read each reply. Thank Jonel for inviting me.

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  25. Sounds like an interesting book. Added to my Wish List.

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  26. always interested to discover new authors... well, new for me!

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  27. This sounds like such a cool book! Love finding new authors and books :)

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  28. This Book sounds AMAZING !!! I WANT IT !!!! PLEASE GIVE ME ONE !!!

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  29. I WANT,.....I WANT,.......I WANT !!!!! PRETTY PLEASE !!!

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  30. I love the cover but it's the title that caught my eye! Thanks for doing a giveaway. :)

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  31. this sounds really interesting! Def going to check it out :D Lol, an assassin who fears blood?

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  32. I really enjoyed reading this book! Interesting characters and a great set up for future books. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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