Wednesday, May 12, 2010

YA Review: The Pack by L.M. Preston (and a giveaway!)

Book Details:

Age Range: 12 and up
Pub. Date: August 2010


What I Thought:

This was an action and adventure packed story! I liked the main character, Shamira, and the fact that even though she was blind she didn't let it hold her back. She was kick butt example of a strong female.

This one did have a lot of fighting and action in it...I think that even though though the main character is a girl that teen guys would like this one. The storyline was excellent and based around the battle between good and evil. (seems that yes, even futuristic Mars is facing this issue)

I'll give a warning that I saw a few cuss words that parents may not like, but if you want to be honest...majority of teens have heard the few words or used them at some point. It wasn't enough to turn me off from the book and I'd like to think that the teens who take the time to read this probably wouldn't even notice.

Overall, I thought it was a good read; It has a good message to it.

About The Book:
(from Phenomenal One Press)

Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that Shamira is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals most unlikely weapons against them, the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. Yet, in order to save her brother's life she is willing to risk it all.


About The Author:

LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

Now for The Giveaway!

LM Preston and her publisher are offering a really cool giveaway!
One winner will receive:
- Free signed book, poster, magnet
-All of the winners from the Virtual Blog tour will automatically get a free copy of the next book released by Phenomenal One Press, BANDITS that comes out Spring of next year.

-If you'd like to enter please leave a comment or question for the author along with your email addy
-as far as I know this is open to US residents only
-if you'd like an extra entry you can tweet this (by pressing that little "T" next to share at the bottom of the post) or by becoming a follower
-only one extra entry per person please
-ends May 31st
**thanks to the author and publisher for providing the review copy


  1. Please count me in. I love a young strong female character.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  2. I would like this book. I think my son would have fun reading it.

  3. this sounds great and be something me and my nephew and neices could read together

    my question is if you had to do it all over again would you be an author ?

    And what would you tell someone just met who was born witha physical limitation or suddenly became blind to encourage them and get them to be a stronger person?

  4. i forgot my email

    i tweeted about this give away

  5. SiNn, I love being an author, it's truly an addiction. But the truth is, I'm not a one career kinda girl. I love being an engineer just as much as I love being an author. Writing gives me the ability to create things that I'd never have the time or resources to create in real life. Not only that, but when I write, I'm the super hero *wink*, the teenager, the chick with the bad motorcycle.

  6. This sounds like a very interesting book, I know my older granddaughters would really like it.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  7. I would like to know her favorite musical. :)

  8. What made you decide on a blind protagonist? Do you have blind friends or family?

    I think my granddaughter and I would both enjoy this book, so please include us.