Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Release Giveaway + Review: Resonance / Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke (US)

To celebrate this weeks’  release of the sequel to Dissonance... Resonance by Erica O’Rourke is up for grabs (or Dissonance if you haven’t yet read it)! So thanks to Simon & Schuster you can win  either a paperback of Dissonance OR hardback of Resonance, your choice (US only)! Enter in the Rafflectoper below! :e

DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars :star :star :star :star
Source: Paperback via Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication:
Genre: Fantasy, romance, alternate reality

Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.
Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.
When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn't keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.

My Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

“ Consequences are like people: hard to predict and harder to change." -114

I have a penchant for parallel worlds. ;) Parallel worlds are just so fascinating to think about, especially with hot guys roaming about. Now if we consider multiple versions of one guy in particular…by the name of Simon, well, then that is very much on point. :O I am happy to say Dissonance really had a great concept and I loved loved how the world was set up (or worlds, rather).

Del is the main character, and kind of a rebel. She has a talent for “walking” through other worlds, like her whole family — they’re known as “walkers” and are born with the genetic predisposition. As with lots of parallel dimension books there is a lot of world building, which is to be expected. I won’t say too much of the mechanics though because it’s somewhat confusing at first (or at least, it was for me). That’s actually the only reason I marked it down a star, which is really near perfect as this book is it was a bit complex which I fear is unavoidable BUT it provided with a really great tapestry of information to draw on and felt very “real” which I liked. 

Each chapter begins with a quote from the textbooks for the Walkers, what they learn about traveling and the responsibilities thereof (there are a lot). Del soon learns that there are heavy repercussions for doing what she wants on a whim and she kind of gets in major trouble for that along the way. Her older sister is a bit of a know-it-all and her grandfather is probably the closest person to Del and has taught her a lot about how to travel but her obedience is ultimately what is called into question.

I also really did like Simon and how she met different “Echoes” of him (aka—versions of him in different lives).  At first I thought it was a little cheesy how he was like the popular guy who never gave him the time of day and dated the cheerleader and blah blah. But, then when we met an Echo of Simon and things started happening that is when I started to actually think oh, okay…maybe I misjudged this! His character deepened, and I have to say all the characters really deepened. Even Del’s older sister who I really disliked in the beginning started to really grow on me when they spent more time together. There is definitely a lot of character complexity—especially with Simon because we get to see him in so many worlds, and then strange things start happening. It’s defiantly one of those books where like 300 pages in you’re like *woosh* you have that pit in your stomach because you suddenly care so much about what is happening. Time just flew by while I was reading, *pun intended* ;) 

All in all I have to say Dissonance was a really great read. If you love parallel worlds and the concept of a world where people have the capability to travel from world to world and ALL the ethical issues and morality that would be breached (or would they) by doing that…then this book is right up your alley. Maybe you’re just into contemporary books with that hint of fantasy element in there? Well, then Dissonance would also suit you just fine. Whether you are a fantasy buff, sci-fi sister, or contemporary gal… I think Dissonance has something for you. 
(I apologize for that last cheesy sentence, it’s almost midnight, and the cheesy-ness is in full force O.o xP)

RESONANCE by Erika O’Rourke Book #2
Pub Date: hardcover out 7/21/15, 
Publisher: Simon and Schuster for Young Readers

Del risked everything to save Simon and the multiverse...but now he's gone, lost in an alternate world with no way for her to find him.
Devastated, Del tries to resume her life at the Consort, training to be a Walker like the rest of her family. But the Free Walkers, rebels with ties to her family's past, accuse the Consort of unthinkable violence.
The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: join their fight against the Consort, and they'll reunite her with Simon. She's forced to choose between the boy she loves and the world she's sworn to protect - and the fate of the multiverse hangs in the balance.


Erica O'Rourke has worked in a variety of jobs -- library cataloger, barista, Girl Friday, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom -- but she's always been a writer, which explains (partially) why her math grades were so abysmal.

Her debut novel, TORN, won the Romance Writers of America's 2010 Golden Heart Award for Best Young Adult Manuscript, and was the launch title for Kensington Books' KTeen imprint. The Torn Trilogy also includes TANGLED and BOUND (available now). Her latest series, DISSONANCE, is about a girl with the ability to walk between alternate realities, who falls for different versions of the same boy in every world she visits. A companion e-novella, HARMONIC, is also available. The sequel, RESONANCE, will be published July 22, 2015 by Simon and Schuster. 

When Erica is not writing, she's reading. And when she's not reading, she's probably watching Doctor Who, cooking, or spending time with her husband and three daughters just outside of Chicago.

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.