Book Review and Giveaway: Stalked

*Giveaway Closed*

Dearest Mother, Please do NOT be alarmed. As you can see from this address, I am not yet in Wisconsin. I’ve been delayed and will explain everything in another letter.

Falsely accused of theft, Rikke Svendsen is banished from Denmark. Separated from her mother and younger brothers, Rikke boards a ship to travel to America. She plans to join her father and older brothers in Racine, Wisconsin. But she finds more trouble on the ship. A deranged actor blames her for the death of his son. How far will he go to get revenge? Will Rikke ever see her family again?

I recently interviewed the author of this book here on this blog (read the interview here). She offered me a free review copy of Stalked and (of course!) I accepted. My great-great-grandparents came through Ellis Island and I love emigration stories from that time period. Stalked was no exception. The beginning felt a little rushed, but the story soon smoothed out and kept pulling me along. This is a fun historical fiction with a dash of suspense and a pinch of mystery.

Author: Kristiana Gregory
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 147
Publisher: KK Publishing Corporation

Comment below for your chance to win a free, signed copy of Stalked! Do you know an interesting story about your ancestors journey to America? Why do you want to win a copy of Stalked?

EDIT: We have a winner! The free copy of Stalked goes to Margaret Millen.

Winner will be randomly selected from the list of comments. Please comment just once. Winner will be announced next Thursday. (Due to expensive international shipping, this book can only be shipped to an US address.)

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13 Comments

  1. This sounds so cool! 🙂

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  2. Joy H.

     /  September 22, 2012

    This sounds interesting. I live in WI, and I know a family with the last name Svendsen! Besides that, I absolutely love Historical Fiction, especially if it is based on something around me. If I don’t win it, I might sign it out of my library! 😀

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  3. WHOA! The cover art is GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for this opportunity. 😀 I love emigration stories.

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  4. Casey Mead

     /  September 22, 2012

    Sounds like a great read, I love historical fiction! Would love to win this one!
    Caseycmead@gmail.com

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  5. elise

     /  September 22, 2012

    Sounds good!

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  6. Margaret Millen

     /  September 23, 2012

    wow how awesome is that?
    millen.margareta@gmail.com

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  7. Maiden-in-Waiting

     /  September 26, 2012

    Huh… that sounds intriguing.
    But really, a deranged actor is trying to reek vengence on Rikke and she says “mother don’t be alarmed,” !! She must be the calm, cool and collected sort – much more than I would be in her situation! How old is this young lady anyway? She looks about 16 or so, but I didn’t see it in the review…
    I’ve always found emigration stories fascinating – basically because they’re about real people, who had real dreams, hopes, sorrows and challenges.

    Since my Dad was adopted, I’m not sure if there are any emigration stories behind me…
    well, depending how far back you want to go, we could say Japheth, Son of Noah emigrating to Europe/America after the Great Flood, is my ancestors’ emigration story… 🙂

    The cover art is well done – the title is so straight and bold, it feels uncomfortably final (or even fatal?) Good attention grabber. Rikke looks so pretty and innocent, you want to defend her right away, or at least find out about her situation.

    Thanks for your reviews Leah; I looked through some of your previous posts too and have marked down a few books to look up that I’d never heard of. 🙂
    (just out of curiosity, do you ever review books you don’t like, and give your reason why?)

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    • Well, (a) Rikke doesn’t yet know just how intent on revenge he is and (2) The quote is from a letter and it’s much easier to be calm and brave in a letter than in person. Besides, Rikke is in NYC and her mother is in Denmark, so there’s not much mother could do. And Rikke is fifteen.

      To answer your question, no, I have not yet reviewed a book I don’t like. Truth is, I don’t usually finish books I don’t like so I don’t feel qualified to review them. Maybe one of these days. Would you like me to?

      And a question of my own. What books has a voracious reader like you not heard of?! 🙂

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  8. We have a winner! Margaret Millen won the drawing. Thanks to all for entering. I hope you’ll visit often.

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