Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Sylo by D.J. MacHale

Hey guys! We're lucky enough to be taking part in this amazing blog tour! We have a joint review, and a giveaway so be sure and check out all those below!
Author Bio:
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: PENDRAGON – JOURNAL OF AN ADVENTURE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE became a New York Times #1 bestseller.
He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. attended New York University where he received a BFA in film production.
His filmmaking career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials. He also taught photography and film production.
D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, he produced all 91 episodes over 8 years. D.J. also wrote and directed the movieTOWER OF TERROR for ABC’s WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY which starred Kirsten Dunst and Steve
Guttenberg. The Showtime series CHRIS CROSS was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.
D.J. co-created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series FLIGHT 29 DOWN. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on FLIGHT 29 DOWN earned him the Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Children’s Script” and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.
Other notable writing credits include the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL titled SEASONAL DIFFERENCES; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series GHOSTWRITER; and the HBO series ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.
In print, D.J. has co-written the book THE TALE OF THE NIGHTLY NEIGHBORS, based on his own teleplay and penned the poetic adaptation of the classic Norwegian folk tale EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. His most current work is the spooky MORPHEUS ROAD trilogy; and a whimsical picture book THE MONSTER PRINCESS.
D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household are two elderly goldfish and a Kitten, Kaboodle.

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Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?
Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.
It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late. 
#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale brings his brilliant plotting and breathless pacing to SYLO, the first in this ultimate end-of-the-world adventure trilogy.

Time for our reviews!

This is one of those books where you have no idea what's going on or what to expect. It took me awhile to get into the story but once I did I loved it. It was very well done!

This tells the story of Tucker, Tori, and Quinn. The island they live on has gone into some crazy lockdown. No one knows what is going on. Tucker and his friends are determined to figure things out. The Sylo is a part of the navy and has come to quarantine the island. In their quest to find answers, Tucker and his friends end up on one crazy ride.

Tucker was an amazing main character. As was Tori. They both had really unique personalities you don't see often. They were both quite shy but still strong. Together they made an amazing team. They were determined to find answers and survive. I loved getting to see them grow together as well as individually.  Quinn was awesome too. I can't say much about his character for spoiler purposes.  The Sylo team made a really unique aspect to the story. This also had some great side characters that I hope to see more of in the next book.

This is a very mysterious read. You couldn't predict the plot no matter how hard you tried. Every time I thought I had things figured out, they would go another direction. It did take me awhile to get into but once I did, I couldn't put it down. It was very fast paced and action packed. Once I finished I was dying for more! Overall I thought this was a great read. It was incredibly unique and I cant wait to see where the story goes!

I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started this book and I'm glad to say that it was definitely unexpected-but in a good way. I loved it.

In the beginning you're introduced to Tucker, someone who is used to falling somewhere around the middle of so, so and exceptional and likes it that way. Then a branch of the U.S. Navy invades and quarantines his island and him and his best friend, Quinn, know there's something more going on than what they're saying. It's up to him, Quinn, and Tori to figure out what's really going on, but knowing too much makes everything much more dangerous for them.

I really liked Tucker as a main character. I loved how all the stuff that happened to him and his friends in this book made him learn to become the hero and fight for what he believed in and cared about instead of letting someone else take the spotlight. He didn't whine and when things got tough he stepped up to the plate. Quinn was his awesome, super smart best friend who was there when Tucker needed him and pushed him into taking action. Tori was great. She was the perfect kick butt girl sidekick that Tucker needed and I really liked how strong she was. I'm excited to see what comes next for her and Tucker.

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I got past halfway I flew through it. I never knew what to expect and whenever I sort of had a theory it would get shot out of the water. It made the book like a rollercoaster where I didn't know what was after the next drop. The ending threw me for a loop and made my jaw drop. I'm dying to see where this story goes in the next one. If you're looking for a good mystery with a very unusual situation you should definitely pick this up!

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