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June 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Divided by Elsie Chapman – Review, Interview, and Giveaway

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Divided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman

presented by Random House!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Divided

The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

add to goodreadsDivided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman
Publication Date:  May 27, 2014
Publisher:  Random House Books for Young Readers

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby-2013I was dying to read author Elsie Chapman’s Dualed when it was first released and have been waiting to read its sequel Divided. Dualed was nothing but action, romance and a thrilling pace set in a dystopian world where every child born has an Alt (a.k.a. a clone that they’ll have to kill at one point in the future to ensure their own survival). Based on how Divided was and how it ended I have had very high expectations for Divided and am pleased to say they were met. Divided holds onto pieces from Dualed while also introducing new elements of the plot and new characters. The stakes are raised and nothing for West Grayer will be the same.

Divided takes place months after the events that occurred in Dualed and West has begun to get a handle on her life. She’s left her life as a killer and striker behind her and is prepared to move on up until the Board interferes. They offer West a deal she can’t refuse—salvation for her future with her boyfriend—but only if she goes and kills again. When West discovers her target as well as secrets that the Board has been doing their very best to keep hidden she will have to use every skill she has to come out victorious. The only thing for certain is that nothing will ever be the same.

A problem that I have mostly with series that have unique premises in their first book is that the second tends to lose their charm. Dualed was all about badass West killing her Alt and now with her Alt gone what could happen in Divided? Obviously the novel won’t be about West killing her Alt so what could happen? I was a bit nervous that the novel would lose its action-packedness and that West wouldn’t be as badass but that wasn’t the case at all in Dualed. In Dualed we see all of the impacts that have been had on West from being a striker and how it’s changed her character. Who she was at the end of Dualed is an entirely different person than who she becomes by the end of Divided. There’s a lot of crucial character development in Divided that change not only West’s character but also change the entire world that’s been built up in Dualed.

Apart from West’s character development there’s still a lot more action introduced into Divided to go alongside new characters, new weapons and a new imposing threat. The amount of action in comparison to Dualed is pretty equal but the scenes are all the more badass. Among the new characters that are introduced many are ‘ghosts’ from West’s past and play major roles in the plot twists and unexpected changes in the plot.

Chapman’s writing in Divided flows easily. Her writing style makes the novel read smoothly and is consistently simple. My only problem with the writing was that during the romantic scenes between West and Chord felt very distant. Though his gestures and actions were sweet I didn’t feel as in love with Chord as I have with other male romantic interested in YA. Though the fighting scenes were written in a very descriptive way the romantic scenes were very lacking in that area. For example there was just a lot of ‘he kissed me’ without any emotional details or further detailing.

Still I can’t wait to find out what happens to next to West and company. I’m hoping that the next novel in the series will be explosive and maintain this fast pace. I would recommend the Dualed novels to readers who are fans of action, strong female leads and to any readers who want a novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Happy reading!

You can check out our review of Dualed, Book 1 HERE!

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Top Favs with Elsie Chapman

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

If our three cats are also already safe, then my laptop, cell, and wallet.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

This is like putting a kid in a candy store and only giving them a loonie. Can’t be done!

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

Caffeine, sugar, and salt. Because they come in a variety of tasty forms.

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

I grew up reading Stephen King, so his a lot of his older books were my primer. After I read Twilight and found out that Stephenie Meyer was a stay at home mom, it kind of gave me a kick in the pants, too.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

I don’t have regular writing songs, actually. I cycle through them, depending on mood. Some I never go back to.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

I try to plow through. Otherwise, switch up my music, take a brief break with a movie or a book. Or sleep.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

ONE OK ROCK because they are awesome. Snow Patrol, Arcade Fire, The Killers… I’ve been checking out Bastille lately, too.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

I have way, way, WAY more than three. I’m using my candy store analogy here again.

Top 3 favorite animated movies and why

Anything Miyazaki, anything Pixar, the Shrek movies. Plus more, probably. All different, all good.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

Any big reveal moment, really. Emotional moments that take a character to the next level. Or when they start blowing things up (I’m a big summer movie person). Movies as a whole are just a big vice for me.

Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why

I have a lot of go-to actors/actresses I’d see in anything. But I also love lots of actors/actresses for one particular character or role where they blew me away. Too many to pick from.

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why

Is a computer a gadget? I couldn’t live without my laptop. Or my cell. Or my headphones.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

I’m already here. Tokyo is my dream place to live.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

 

I grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. I currently live in Vancouver with my husband and two kids, where I write to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time).

 

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13 Comments

  1. Mary Mooney
    6/11/2014

    Sounds good, thanks for a great giveaway!

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  2. Judy Cox
    6/11/2014

    I believe this is going to be a good read with some great scenarios. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  3. Lu Worley
    6/11/2014

    I like book with good vs evil themes…especially when good prevails.
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  4. Evette T.
    6/12/2014

    I read and loved the first book Dualed. The concept is unique. I can’t wait to continue on with the story.

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  5. Sunnie
    6/12/2014

    I enjoy reading new authors that have new and interesting storylines such as this!

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  6. Sunnie
    6/12/2014

    I enjoy reading new authors that have new and interesting storylines such as this!

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  7. Sunnie
    6/12/2014

    I enjoy reading new authors that have new and interesting storylines such as this!

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  8. Sunnie
    6/12/2014

    I love reading new authors to me and getting different type storylines.

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  9. Bonnie Hilligoss
    6/12/2014

    This sounds like a great book with a kick-ass heroine! I will have to get Dualed! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  10. Lori Hopkins
    6/14/2014

    Because I love urban fantasy!

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  11. Sabine
    6/15/2014

    Sounds like a great read… Love books that can capture my interest…

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  12. Kim Hall
    6/16/2014

    i hope i win

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  13. Anne Marie Carter
    6/26/2014

    The story sounds very interesting, lots of twists and turns in the young girl’s life.

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