Monday, 6 August 2018

Blog Tour: Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski!

Hello everyone! This is my stop on the blog tour for Everything Under the Sun! This tour is hosted by the one and only Lola's Blog Tours! It runs from July 30th - August 12th. Check out the full schedule here!

Title: Everything Under the Sun
Author: Jessica Redmerski
Publish Date: August 28th, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Source: A huge thank you to Jessica Redmerski and Lola for providing me with a review copy!

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about. 

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them? 

If you're as excited about this book as I am, then look no further!

You can find Everything Under the Sun on Goodreads!
Or you can buy Everything Under the Sun on Amazon!

Penelope's Review

Where to begin?! This book was quite long but definitely worth the read. The cliffhanger at the end was unexpected as I didn't realize that this was going to become a series! Seeing what happens next with the characters is something I'm looking forward to!

In terms of main characters we had Thais and Atticus. Thais was a great female lead, very strong given everything she had to go through yet she still had a soft and delicate side which I found super refreshing! I also really enjoyed Atticus and his devotion to Thais - I did find his vulnerability a bit overkill, with his constant thoughts of not being good enough for Thais and fighting his demons - but once he was able to let go of that and really love Thais, I fell in love with their love story! Redmerski built up their relationship slowly and I enjoyed getting to know the characters both on their own and together. They have to go through so much but they persevere despite the odds and I love that in a book! Definitely an epic love story to say the least!

This book touched on some very difficult subjects for some, such as physical abuse and rape. However, I found it to be a very realistic version of the world should it ever end, and liked that Redmerski didn't hold back. I did find that sex in general played too big a role in the book for my taste. It was referenced constantly and while I understand the role it needed to play in the story, it just got to be a bit repetitive for me. The book was very dramatic but not quite to the point of OVER DRAMATIC. I mean, it's the end of the world... a little drama is expected lol.

Overall, I found the book to be out of the box, innovative, and exciting! I won't say that every single page was a heart-stopper but for a book to be this long and still hold a reader's attention is pretty impressive. The character building was slow but really gave insight into who these people were and how they thought and what they felt. The book was very well written with a unique storyline. I'm excited to see what happens next!

RATING: 4/5 Devils!

Please read below for my interview with Jessica Redmerski!

1. What inspired you to write Everything Under the Sun? 
Daryl and Beth on the television show The Walking Dead - If Beth had been just a little older, a relationship between them, forced by survival and the post-apocalyptic world they lived in, would have been sweet. But because that could never happen, I made it my duty to tell the love story inspired by them, that grew in my heart.

2. What is one book that you've read that stands out for the emotions it caused? i.e. crying, extreme anger, extreme happiness, etc.
THE BRONZE HORSEMAN trilogy by Paullina Simons

3. How did it feel when you had your very first book published? Was it a long journey? 
It was a awesome feeling! And yes, a long journey. I’ve been writing for about 25 years.

4. What made you decide to write books in several different genres as opposed to sticking to just one? 
I can’t stick to one genre. I love writing all types of stories. I’d start to feel claustrophobic if I had to write in the same genre all the time. Unfortunately, I think it confuses my readers that I write everything under the same author name. I regret that decision to this day. My advice to authors considering it: Don’t make this mistake! I’m in the process now of correcting that error.

5. Does writing energize you or exhaust you? 
Both! I’m energized during the process, but exhausted once it’s over. It’s a long process, where you’re using all of your emotions on a daily basis, so exhaustion after excitement is inevitable.

6. Of the books you have published, which one did you find the most challenging to write/complete? 
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN. Only because it took so long, and is such a large book.

About the Author:

Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.

She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.

You can find and contact Jessica here:

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