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    THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    Welcome to today’s stop on THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour. I have a review to share of this awesome second book in the series along with a giveaway for a paperback copy of the first book in the series – THE VAULT OF DREAMERS.

    If you haven’t yet met Rosie Sinclair or visited the Forge School, be sure to scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy. You should NOT read the description for THE RULE OF MIRRORS or the review if you haven’t. The description is super spoiler-y and while the review isn’t as spoiler-y it does reveal some things that you might not want to know from the first book in the series.

    The description for THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is further below, so be sure to check that out. Of course if you have read it, then feel free to check out both the description and review. It is a fascinating and totally unexpected sequel that is guaranteed to make you want book three ASAP.

    And if you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule is at the bottom of the post, and will be updated with direct links to each of the stops.


    About THE RULE OF MIRRORS

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    Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

    The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

    Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Caragh M. O’Brien really left readers hanging at the end of the first book in this series. But it was well worth the wait. THE RULE OF MIRRORS is fascinating and unexpected and even more chilling than its predecessor. And it will keep you in suspense, wondering what’s real and what’s a dream. With a disturbing twist you might not have seen coming, a predicament that complicates things even further, a creepy jailor, a couple of mad scientists, and a desire for revenge that overshadows everything, this sequel is guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

    Rosie Sinclair was a prisoner in more ways than one and freeing herself would be almost impossible. Even if she could escape from those who held her captive, she couldn’t escape what they’d done to her. But she was not about to give up without trying.

    She needed to find someone who would believe her and who she could trust. But her ex-boyfriend betrayed her and her family proved they couldn’t be trusted when they relinquished their guardianship. And with a reward out for details on her whereabouts, finding someone she could count on wouldn’t be easy. Especially when the truth of what happened to her sounded crazy even to herself.

    THE RULE OF MIRRORS takes readers and characters even farther down the rabbit hole, revealing an even more sinister plot than that in book one. It’s shocking, unsettling, and more than a little bit heartbreaking. The obstacles that Rosie faces seem insurmountable. Her allies are few and her enemies powerful. The damage done to her irreversible. The chance of returning to a somewhat normal existence slim.

    Which makes for one heck of a wild and thrilling ride. And with new characters to get to know, the reappearance of characters both loved and despised, and new depths of horror to which the “doctors” will go, this sequel will be unputdownable.

    While the ending doesn’t leave readers hanging off quite as steep a cliff, Author Caragh M. O’Brien does leave them hanging with a number of burning questions left unanswered, the fates of a few of her characters unknown, and the very real possibility that there won’t be happy endings for Rosie, Linus, Burnham, or the other dreamers.

    For readers looking for a story – and series – that is different and interesting and tension-filled and gripping, THE RULE OF MIRRORS is an absolute must.

    The Rating

    05


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

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    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

    From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

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    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher…

    • I am giving away a paperback copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to ONE (1) winner – US only

    Rules are in the Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends 2.27.16 at 11:59 PM Pacific

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    RYAR Review: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien
    Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.


    REVIEW


    Caragh M. O’Brien’s THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is an exciting and refreshingly different story that combines some of the very best elements of dystopia and science fiction. It has a futuristic setting that takes place within the confines of an arts school in which its students’ lives are broadcast on a TV program known as the Forge Show. It provides a backdrop in the form of a contest that pits students against one another for the chance to remain at the school. It introduces “leaders” whose actions are at best suspect and at worst sinister. It explores scientific concepts such as inducing sleep to promote creativity and mining for and harvesting dreams.

    This story was such an unexpected and incredibly awesome surprise and was not at all what I expected when I first heard about it, or even after I started reading it. What on first glance appeared to be a typical dystopian, with a smart, inquisitive main character who was sure to beat the odds, clash with the higher ups and fall for one of the two potential love interests, turned out to be something quite different.

    It was gripping, suspenseful and most of all chilling. The “Big Brother” element added tension throughout. It had mystery, conflict and romance. The secrets were darker than I had imagined they would be. The goings-on were more disturbing. And the ending was so shocking it completely blew my mind.

    I had not realized this was the first in a series until after I’d read this book. The promise of something more potentially makes the ending slightly less of a shocker, but after having re-read it knowing there was more to come, it was still jaw-dropping.

    Had I kept certain things in mind – like the book’s title and its description – throughout the read, I might have put a few pieces of the puzzle together and not been completely blindsided by that ending. But I got so caught up in what was going on with Rosie Sinclair, that I didn’t even think to look ahead.

    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises. It’s peppered with moments that will stun. The tension and suspense make for an enthralling and nerve-racking read. And its strong and likable main character will have readers rooting for her until the very end. While it doesn’t dive too deeply into the science and technology behind what is happening, it gives readers a lot to think about, to imagine, to be horrified by. It is a fascinating story and total mind-bender.

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    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour: Interview with Caragh M. O’Brien + Giveaway

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    I absolutely loved THE VAULT OF DREAMERS and I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour with an interview with the very amazing author, Caragh M. O’Brien.

    This book’s title caught my eye, its cover grabbed me, and its description completely sold me. The setting – a boarding school – is one of my favorites, the idea that “every waking moment” of the students’ lives are being caught on camera and televised piqued my interest, and the fact that something sinister might be going on at night made this an absolute must read.

    And I did read it. Early. And I did love it. A lot. It had all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. It did not follow a predictable path. And had this novel been a standalone that ending would have been a total mind-bender. As it stands, it’s still an ending that left an impression… one I probably shouldn’t share or I will completely spoil what happens.

    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS released yesterday, September 16th, so if you just can’t wait to find out what happens, head to your library, bookstore, or pick up a copy online. Some information about the book and places you can find it are below.

    If you’d like to learn a little bit more about THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, check out my Q&A with Caragh M. O’Brien in which she talks about the story’s POV, the Forge School of the Arts, her favorite scenes, and more. And if you visit some (or all) of the stops on the tour you can find more interviews, a few excerpts, and a few reviews.

    Each stop on the tour has a copy of of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS for giveaway (US only). So be sure to visit all the stops for more chances to win.

    And be sure to check out the FIERCE READS Tour page to see if Caragh M. O’Brien will be talking about and signing THE VAULT OF DREAMERS in your town.

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    About The Vault of Dreamers

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    Title: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

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    The Interview

    Q. Had you intended THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to be a standalone when you first wrote it? If so, what changes did you make in order to expand it into a series?

    First, let me say thanks, Rachel, for inviting me by!  I’m so delighted to be visiting Fiktshun on the Vault of Dreamers Blog Tour!

    Since I first conceived of The Vault of Dreamers, I have always had a sense of it being part of a larger story arc, but as I wrote this first book, I focused on it as its own, complete story, and I’m very aware that it could be read as a stand alone novel.  In fact, I rather like the ending just as it is and part of me would be very happy to leave things there.  My planning for the next books has been deliberately open ended so that I’ll be able to explore and discover while I’m writing them, too.  For instance, while the setting of the first novel is primarily the campus of the Forge School, it’s connected to a larger world, and the characters, especially the evil ones, have larger motives.  I also left myself a few key loose ends to play with and planted some quirky details I plan to follow up on later.

    Q. THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is written in first person whereas your Birthmarked series is written in third person. What made you decide to change the POV to first person to tell Rosie Sinclair’s story?

    As it happens, I tried a couple chapters in third person just to see how they would work, but I quickly decided to use the energy of Rosie’s inner voice to guide the story.  First person also worked well with Rosie’s gradual discovery of the hidden layers at the Forge School.  It was a challenge, though.  Rosie thinks more quickly than I naturally do, and she has a very visual, camera-like way of seeing the world, so it took some adjusting for me to write from her perspective.  She’s also not the most reliable narrator, and it was challenging to convey information that I wanted the reader to grasp when Rosie herself didn’t understand it.  With guys, for instance, Rosie is slow to pick up certain cues, and she makes mistakes with her trust.

    Q. For those who haven’t yet visited it, could you please describe the Forge School of the Arts and what their supposed mission is?

    I love this boarding school.  I had so much fun thinking it up.  In the first place, it’s a prestigious, innovative arts school that’s incredibly competitive to get into.  It’s also the setting of The Forge Show, a reality TV show that follows every student so they’re each the star of their own feed, and people who watch the show determine the students’ blip ranks of popularity.  The attention and pressure are geared to make the students be more creative, and this works, but the daily intensity has to be balanced, so the school requires the students to sleep for 12 hours every night.  The mission of the Forge School of the Arts is to foster the most creative, accomplished artists possible in all of the arts: dance, music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, creative writing, photography, and even IMGD.  It’s ambitious in the extreme.

    Q. Without revealing too much, can you tell us more about what their real aim is and what Rosie discovered?

    The surface layer of the arts school is already very complicated, but there’s another level going on in the novel, too.  Rosie first glimpses it when she skips her sleeping pill and sees the school doctor tending one of the other sleeping girls in a sinister way.  It has to do with dreams, as you might guess from the title, but for the sake of not spoiling anything, I really ought not to say anything more.

    Q. What was your favorite scene to write in THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (and why was it a favorite)?

    I have a few favorites for different reasons.  There’s a moment that scares me every single time I read it.  It happens on a particular morning when Rosie wakes up in her dorm room after a bad night.  I know it’s coming, I wrote it myself, and yet when a certain line shows up, it totally freaks me out. The ending scene is a favorite of mine, too.  I originally planned to use the scene in the opening chapter of Book 2, but then I realized it was the perfect way to end Book 1 because of the risks it takes, so I shifted it there.

    Q. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the story which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. What were the challenges, if any, in crafting a story that continued to shock and surprise throughout?

    To be honest, the novel needed many, many drafts before it came together, probably because I was discovering the evil along with Rosie at first, and later I had to go back and think of the story from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s a story in layers that get peeled away, and I had to be careful that the reveals built on each other to create suspense.  By the end, after many shifts and cuts, I had a very precise timeline of how the nights and days fit together, and it became impossible to shift a scene even by a few hours.  That’s when I knew I had nailed down the plot.

    Thanks, Rachel, for these thought-provoking questions, and thanks again for having me by!


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

    CaraghO'Brien(c)TomyO'Brien2014

    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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    The Giveaway

    Thanks to the awesome folks at Macmillan, I have a hardcover copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to offer to ONE WINNER – US ONLY.

    Prize will be sent directly from the publisher.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • Giveaway ends September 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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    The Tour Schedule

    Sept. 9th | Ex Libris & The Book Monsters

    Sept. 10th | BookHounds & Candace’s Book Blog

    Sept. 11th | Mundie Moms & Word Spelunking

    Sept. 12th | My Bookish Ways & Working for the Mandroid

    Sept. 13th | Fiction Fare

    Sept. 14th | Icey Books & My 5 Monkeys

    Sept. 15th | SciFi Chick & Supernatural Snark

    Sept. 16th | YA Interrobang & I’d So Rather Be Reading

    Sept. 17th | Fiktshun & Book Briefs

    Sept. 18th | Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks & The Irish Banana Review

    Sept. 19th | Alice Marvels & Forever Young Adult

    Sept. 20th | Good Choice Reading & Step Into Fiction

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