Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)

November 20, 2013 Blog Tour, Giveaways, Review 3 ★★★★

Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Dyad–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)Release Date: October 1, 2013
Title: Second Verse
Author: Jennifer Walkup
Pages: 288
Publisher: Luminis Books
Source: Novel Publicity Blog Tour
Available: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
From the Publisher: Can love last more than a lifetime? Can Murder?

Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now

Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

Murder Then

Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

Murder Yet to Come

But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and discovering how their own past is connected to hers. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.
4 Stars

I really had no idea what to expect from Second Verse. It sounded interesting and I’m always a sucker for a seance. So I volunteered for the tour and crossed my fingers, hoping that I’d like it.

I loved it.

I’d gotten pretty close to burning out again, so I’ve found it difficult to find books that keep me invested. This one grabbed me early on and I read it in a single sitting. Like Lange, I didn’t share the town’s fascination with The Hunt. It just sounded too gruesome and macabre for me. But I liked her idea of the seance, especially once I discovered that her old farmhouse and barn were the scenes of a murder/suicide 50 years back. The seance had creepy results – wind, scratching, and a voice that only Lange and Vaughn could hear – and suddenly we’re thrown into a paranormal mystery that left me reeling at every turn.

I never once guessed the twist (well twists – there are two) at the end.

But through the mystery – and the unending reminders of death – love is a constant. Lange and Vaughn belong together and watching them realize it, and also understand what that means, was exactly the right amount of lightness needed in the midst of the darkness.

If you like dark and creepy; if you like paranormal mysteries; if you like love conquering all – then this book is definitely the book for you. 

Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, The Field by Tracy Richardson. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

Pick up your copy of this Young Adult/ Paranormal/ Thriller l through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at www.luminisbooks.com.

Learn more about Second Verse‘s tour mate HERE.

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About Jennifer Walkup

Jennifer Walkup

When Jennifer Walkup isn’t writing or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and young sons, listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, and coming up with costume ideas for Halloween. She’s obsessed with good coffee and new recipes and likes broccoli on her pizza, flowers in her hair, flip-flops on her feet, and the number 13. A member of SCBWI, Jennifer also serves as fiction editor for The Meadowland Review and teaches creative writing at The Writers Circle. Second Verse is her first novel.

3 Responses to “Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)”

  1. Amanda

    I love your description. I felt the same way! I really enjoyed the way the love story intertwined with, but didn’t overwhelm, the rest of the plot.

  2. Emlyn Chand

    Great review, Mandi! And I hear you on the burn-out. Pregnancy and new mommy-hood have made me too tired to read, but I hope to correct that soon. So glad I have a copy of SECOND VERSE waiting for me on my Kindle–all the bloggers are just loving this one!

    Thank you for joining us on this tour and for taking a moment to cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contest for yourself.

    Em 🙂

  3. Jane

    Loved your review!
    I read Second Verse as well and am part of the tour.
    I really enjoyed this book, even though it wasn’t something I would normally pick up and read – I’m so glad I did.
    Don’t judge a book by it’s genre! LOL

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