Jan 11

Rook by Stella McDonald Blog Tour

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I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review.  All thoughts are my own.

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Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate’s senior year is ruined when she’s moved from the only home she’s ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other — before it’s too late to save either.


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Praise for Rook:

“This book also drew me in. I couldn’t let go of what was happening and when life intervened and forced me to close my computer I kept looking for a few moments to sit down and read some more.” Brookeworm, a Blog 4 Stars

“Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about. “ Jannat Bhat, Obsessive Compulsive Reader 4 Stars

“Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat.” Tee Loves Kyle Jacobson Blog, 5 Stars

My review:

Rook is one of those books where the description is totally unlike the book.  That’s not a bad thing but was a bit confusing for me in the beginning, especially with the way McDonald started the story.  It took me a bit to get my bearings but I did so fairly quickly.

I rather enjoyed the description of when Kali lived in Montana, especially when I was able to contrast those descriptions with what Kate sees in modern times.  I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and Rook satisfied that love.

One thing I would like to point out:  if you are at all uncomfortable with the idea of reincarnation, you need to be aware that this theme plays a large part in the plot of this story.  I found the ideas presented about the concept fascinating and thought-provoking, making me explore my own feelings about it.

I did find that the end was a bit confusing.  While the book starts out with a scene, it is also played out again near the end of the book but not repeated.  If I had been reading a physical book, this would have been no problem as I would have flipped back to the beginning.  However, in an ebook, that wasn’t so easy.  I wish the scene had been repeated, even if in an abridged way, just so I could recall more easily what had happened.

Pick up Rook if you’re looking for a book that will entertain you and make you think.



Is that him? Is he back?

My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing.

The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.

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Monica M Author Stella MacDonald

Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She’s lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.


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Ends 1/24/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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  1. 99

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. 98

    its been raining .

  3. 97

    Great giveaway! And… I love eating cinnamon and sugar toast when reading books. 🙂

  4. 96
    Joy Q

    I would love some sushi 🙂

  5. 95
    Mary Gardner

    This looks like an interesting read!

  6. 94

    I love goat cheese

  7. 93
    Vikki Billings

    It is cold here, really cold and windy then it will be 60 on Sunday and 5 on monday and then tuesday will be -5….I really do not like this weather in Missouri

  8. 92
    Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. 91
    Louisa D

    sounds like an interesting read

  10. 90

    Sounds like a good book!

  11. 89
    Barbara Butler

    am in need of a good book to read

  12. 88
    Wanda C.

    Sounds like an awesome book.

  13. 87
    Brad Merrell

    The temperature has been in the negatives here all week. I hate this.

  14. 86
    Buddy Garrett

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very interesting.

  15. 85
    Brenda Elsner

    Sounds like it will be a great book to read on these cold days!

  16. 84

    The temp is up to 30 degrees today:)

  17. 83
    Kat Emerick

    I am getting back to reading again and this book sounds amazing!

  18. 82
    Dusty Schnur

    With as cold as it has been here in PA, it would be nice to curl up under a warm blanket with this book.

  19. 81
    kathy pease

    This sounds like a great read 🙂

  20. 80
    Kimberly Hilbert


    I added the book to my to read shelf.

  21. 79
    Kimberly Hilbert

    I really don’t like the cover of the book. Too close to the freezing weather outside. Maybe in the hot summer it will be a refreshing cover to look at. I don’t know, though, after this harsh winter I may never want to see snow again.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love reading book reviews. It’s how I find most of my books.

  22. 78
    Amanda Sakovitz

    this sounds great and its freezing right now!

  23. 77

    Not sure if I understand the premise correctly,…

    Are the two women living in two different points in time; two time lines/streams?

  24. 76
    Lisa S

    Thanks for giveaway on this cold night where one needs
    a book and coffee to get by with.

  25. 75
    Sherry Conrad

    It’s cold and I’d love to be curled up with a good book right now.

  26. 74

    My favorite snacks are cookies!

  27. 73
    Julie Hawkins

    Thanks for the giveaway

  28. 72

    i would like a good nights sleep, dreaming of warm summer days!

  29. 71

    It’s very cold here. I am freezing. And looking at this book just made me colder lol.

  30. 70
    CJ Godfrey

    It’s very cold here! Curling up with a good book sounds nice!

  31. 69

    looks pretty interesting

  32. 68
    Tina Bredbury

    Cold, rainy.. I miss spring!

  33. 67
    Karen Drake

    This would be a great day to curl up with a good book, it is 22 degrees out..brrr

  34. 66

    It’s colder than heck here right now, about 6 or 8 degrees, I’m not going to poke my head out to see. I have to make sure the dogs don’t stay too long when they go out to potty.

  35. 65
    Russell Moore

    Cold and windy out, spent the day reading on the couch.

  36. 64
    Amanda Kay Lane

    It’s totally freezing in this particular room of my home however my computer does not move. It has become stationary. But yet here I am toughing it out for some great giveaways. Love these. Thank you for the chance.

  37. 63

    It’s way too cold in NY right now! -5 this morning plus a worse windchill.

  38. 62
    susie k

    Thank you so much for the opportunity. I enjoy your writing style.

  39. 61
    Les Johnson

    My favorite movie is Princess Bride. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. 60
    Derek Timm

    My favorite snack in popcorn.

  41. 59
    Crystal Gregory

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  42. 58
    Debra Kay Neiman

    I want the Agent Pendergast books to be movies. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  43. 57
    Michelle Weaver

    My favorite snack is apples, peanutbutter, and granola!

  44. 56
    Tammy N

    Thank you for a great blog. I have added many books to my “must read” list. Now to find the time!

  45. 55
    Laurie Nykaza

    love a cup of tea and a good book in bed!

  46. 54

    I love to read, especially when it’s cold outside!

  47. 53
    Danalee Davis

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! And one of my favorite snacks is snickers ice cream bars.

  48. 52
    Becky Richied

    I love Winter time…I get more reading done this time of year. 🙂

  49. 51
    Susan Smith

    Sounds like a great book

  50. 50
    Taryn T.

    I am always looking for new and interesting books to read. This one fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Jennifer P - Vicki Furrin on Rafflecopter

    I’m in Washington state and it’s not as cold as it could be. So far we haven’t had any loland snow which is a bummer. I love when it snows but I guess that’s good for the play-off game Sunday. And no, I am not routing for the Seahawks. Am a Niner fan all the way as that’s where I was first introduced to football. Go Niners!

  52. 48
    Happi Shopr

    This sounds like a fun read

  53. 47
    Christy Maurer

    The weather is too cold and I have lots of favorite books 🙂 And snacks too lol.

  54. 46
    Bri S.

    Books are my joy in life. 🙂

  55. 45

    I have a french linguistics class to attend in a half hour. The weather today in Ottawa, Ontario, is wonderfully mild. All the ice from the freezing rain over the weekend has dissipated revealing the asphalt and the concrete sidewalks. The month is January but steeping outside today seems like a a day in Mid-March where the air smells crisp but still a little chill to it.

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    Olivia D Hamilton

    Here it is the middle of winter and it was 64 degrees today in Va. Mother nature needs to get it together! 😛

  57. 43
    Shauntea Crutcher

    Seems like an interesting read. I will be adding this book to my reading list.

  58. 42
    Denise B.

    I like cheese and butter.

  59. 41

    we are able to live with tight budget like we’re doing now to pay all the debts and live with healthy finance starting next march.?!? O:)

  60. 40
    ionut leonard taranu

    I like reading science fiction books.

  61. 39
    Mary Withrow

    I like the name ROOK. I used to play it all the time with friends, I just love playing cards! Thank you

  62. 38
    Suzanne K

    Hope the polar vortex is leaving and everyone unfreezing!

  63. 37

    Favorite snack is Cheez-its

  64. 36
    robyn donnelly

    I look forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway. The weather is keeping people ill going from warm to cold and wet.

  65. 35
    Linda Lansford

    We are having wonderful weather.

  66. 34
    Lynda E

    My favorite book and movie is To Kill a Mocking Bird. Got my husband a puppy for Christmas and we named her Scout Finch.

  67. 33
    Charlene Drake

    The weather has finally warmed up today…can’t read today gotta go outside

  68. 32
    Bobbie Bohn

    Thanks for awesome giveaway ! Look forward to reading this too..

  69. 31

    Some snow came down today and yesterday. Though I hope it won’t get too cold 🙂

  70. 30
    Maeghyn Koehler

    looks great

  71. 29
    Judith R.

    It’s finally raining here in Israel.

  72. 28
    Cynthia C

    I just watched the movie Lincoln and really enjoyed it.

  73. 27
    Tari Lawson

    I recently read the Book Thief. What a great book.

  74. 26
    Judy Thomas

    It sounds great.I read a lot of books from Stephen King to Nora Roberts.I am looking forward to reading this one 🙂

  75. 25
    Ann Fantom

    I like this warmer (55 degree) weather after the deep freeze last week

  76. 24
    Erica Barnes

    I like reading science fiction books.

  77. 23

    I’ve been watching a lot of classic films on TCM lately.

  78. 22
    David H

    My favorite snack is french fries, which is also my favorite food.

  79. 21
    Lauren-Olivia Wood

    I love peanut butter filled pretzels!

  80. 20
    Paula Gardner

    I love entering contests. The thought of possibly winning makes it all worth it.

  81. 19

    Will look for it in my local library! thanks 🙂

  82. 18

    I would love warmer weather with sunshine!

  83. 17
    Margaret Smith

    I’d like the spring to come soon. Getting the blues with the winter weather.

  84. 16
    Theron Willis

    Favorite snack? Crab meat and cream cheese stuffed Jalapeno peppers. That and a bottle of cold Mexican beer.

    Hope to win!

  85. 15
    kelly Nicholson

    Anything you would like… this book, the weather, your favorite snack, movie or book….

    it got warm where i am…weird

  86. 14
    Laura Smith

    This looks like a really good book. Thanks for the chance to win

  87. 13

    thanks for the review I am going to have to check this out.

  88. 12

    Thanks for the giveaway! Book looks very good! Look forward to reading it !

  89. 11
    Julie Lynn Bickham

    Looks like a good read, Look forward to reading it.

  90. 10
    Chrystal D

    It’s a rainy day in NC today!

  91. 9
    T.J. wallace

    I’m intrigued by the concept of this book. Thanks for the giveaway. (Oh and the weather here is terrible…tornado warnings and lots of rain.)

  92. 8
    Heather Stanley

    We have mass amounts of rain so it’s a stay inside and read day!!! This one sounds great, thanks for the find!!!

  93. 7
    Melissa Hartley

    This book sounds so interesting, thank you for the chance to win!
    The big thaw is happening here in western Missouri .. supposed to get to 46 today & 56 tomorrow~

  94. 6

    Generally im getting bored when i read some books in english because my language is Turkish.

  95. 5
    Katharine Davis

    It is raining today, nothing better on a rainy day than a god book

  96. 4

    I’m currently reading the classics, Dickens right now, and LOVING it. Hopefully I can get to yours in the near future.

  97. 3
    Karen Ang

    It’s unusually cold

  98. 2
    Linda Trinklein

    After reading the blurb about the book, I want MORE! 😀

  99. 1

    I just wanted to say this sounds like a great book and please continue to share your talent with us. Thanks for the giveaway!

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