Today I'm joining the blog tour for Paula Stokes' latest book Ferocious!
This is the sequel to Vicarious and takes Winter on a journey across the world from California to Seoul.
Each stop on this tour is a different travelogue of places in South Korea that Winter visits in the book.
About the Book:
by Paula Stokes
Published: August 15, 2017 by Tor Teen
Series: Vicarious 2/2
Find: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound
Book Description: Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.
When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.
Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?
Winter's Travelogue - Destination: Jeju Island
Paula: “Do” means island in Korean, and that means we’re heading to an island! Yay, I could use a vacation ;) Jeju is located off the Southwest corner of the Korean mainland and is home to over six-hundred thousand people. The photos for today’s blog post were all taken by Christina Franke (@Reader_Fictions) at A Reader of Fictions blog. She was kind enough to share some of her trip photos since I was unable to go to Jeju-do while I was living in Korea or on my trip last year.
The island has traditional white sand beaches as well as black sand ones. There are flat areas as well as steep, rocky volcanic areas as well as green meadows. Winter ends up here near the end of the story.
The swelling in my ankle has gone down a lot, so Jesse and I spend part of the day walking the beaches of Jeju. I marvel at the rock formations and the mountains off in the distance, wishing I had a phone so I could take some pictures. We could always go back to the hotel for my ViSE headset, I suppose, but the thought of ever putting that on again after what happened at UsuMed makes me feel slightly nauseated.
It’s warmer here than in Seoul, but still quite windy and cool—much too cold for venturing into the water. Jesse and I stand looking at the waves for a while. Cottony clouds float in the bright-blue sky above our heads. I think about what I’m going back to—the bitter cold of St. Louis, the unforgiving ice storms, the dark memories.
“Hey,” Jesse says excitedly. He points into the distance.
I won’t spoil what Jesse is pointing at or what brings Winter and him to Jeju Island, because I want you to find out when you read the book. Be sure to check out the first book before this one. If you like dark and twisty mysteries where everyone has secrets and you’re not sure who to trust, you’ll love Vicarious. If you like globe-spanning stories of justice and vengeance, with strong girls fighting back against their oppressors, you’ll love Ferocious.
Thanks for joining me for this mini journey around Seoul and Jeju Island, and thanks again to all of my Korean beta-readers who helped me make Winter feel as authentic as possible and fact-checked the cultural elements in this duology. And of course, thanks to Tor Teen for helping me share this story with the world.
About the Author
Paula Stokes is a mental health nurse and the author of several novels, most recently Ferocious and This is How it Happened. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.
Follow the Tour
Mon. Aug 14: Itaewon Jen Ryland Reviews
Tues. Aug 15: Gangnam-gu Beauty and the Bookshelf
Wed. Aug 16: Namdaemun Market Snuggling on the Sofa
Thurs. Aug 17: Namsan Tower Owl Always Be Reading
: Jeju Island Love is not a Triangle