Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday + Giveaway: Devil's Pocket by John Dixon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick:

I can't wait to read....

Devil's Pocket (Phoenix Island #2) by John Dixon

Release date: August 4th, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Goodreads link: (click here)

Description from Goodreads:

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Phoenix Island, which reads like "Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke" (F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack) and inspired the CBS TV show Intelligence.

With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he'll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he'll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face...and possibly a way out. 

Why I'm excited:

I absoltely LOVED Phoenix Island and I've been very anxiously awaiting the sequel. Phoenix Island inspired the TV show Intelligence, but it really had nothing to do with it since they aged the characters up once Josh Holloway (Lost) was interested in it. 

Phoenix Island is basically (and loosely) the backstory for his character. It was recently nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.

Mini-review of Phoenix Island
Goodreads link: (click here)

Phoenix Island has a Lord of the Flies vibe to it. It's about a young delinquent named Carl, who, after getting in trouble with the law again, is given one last chance by a judge. He's sent to a remote boot camp where they try to break him, but he's tougher than anyone they've ever seen. Carl is a former boxing champion and he won't be pushed around. Some of the others are not so lucky. Not everyone can handle it. When Carl is singled out for being special, it's not just the drill sergeants and their brutal punishments he has to fear. Nobody can be trusted and not everyone survives on Phoenix Island. Fans of The Hunger GamesThe Maze RunnerLord of the Flies, boxing, millitary drama and exciting suspense in general will love this book. Aside from all the action and plot, it is also very character driven. It's pretty violent but it is still very emotionally compelling. Non-YA readers will definitely enjoy it as well. It was one of my favorite books last year.

If you haven't read Phoenix Island yet, I'm going to give you a chance! I have FOUR signed copies up for grabs, so enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win one!
(giveaway open to US and Canada - one win per person)

Also, a special THANK YOU to John Dixon for providing extra copies for this giveaway!

Good luck!

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  1. I can't decide if Phoenix Island is something I want to read but I've seen nothing but good things about it so I might have to see if I can get my hands on a copy. I hope you love the sequel :)

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  3. I haven't read either of these books but they have definitely caught my attention! Great choices! I hope you enjoy the sequel just as much as you did the first!

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  4. Interesting pick- haven't heard of this series yet.

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  5. Interesting! This is totally new to me as well!

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  7. I enjoyed Phoenix Island and can't wait to read this one myself! :)


  8. How have I not heard of the first one?! (Actually, I think I've heard of it, just haven't seen the cover, and never read the synopsis) but damn.

    1. The characters in the book are so real. John Dixon works with at risk teens and he based the characters on real people. The main character in the books, Carl, is based on a teen who passed away because of the trouble he was in, John said that he had a good heart and he wanted to somehow give him a future and this book was his tribute.

  9. This sounds soooo good! I've never heard of this series, but I just put it on my TBR list! :)

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  10. Hey :) Thank you so much for stopping by and following on bloglovin! I really appreciate it. Interesting choice. I didn't knew about this book or its upcoming sequel but it seems worth to look into :D I hope you enjoy the sequel as much as the first book! Have a lovely day :)

    (The Internet in Rome sucks. Like totally. I re-wrote this comment a houndred times. Everytime the Wlan is disconnecting. Uaaaah, but I made it! :D)

    1. Oh, I love Rome! I've never used their internet though. Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad I found your blog!

  11. It sounds good! Here is my WoW
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  12. Oh wow this sounds really good! I am going to check out the first book in the series. Also, I have not heard of the tv show before. I will def be checking that out too! Thanks so much for sharing and for dropping by. :)

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    1. Yes, two are from me and John gave me two more to extend the giveaway. More copies = more winners :) He's really nice, which makes me even more happy to support him.

  14. Both books to this series sound interesting. Their covers are also quite striking. I think I might have to check them out.

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW and happy mid-week.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  15. I've never heard of this book, Michelle! I hope you love it when you read it :D

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  16. Thanks for stopping by my WoW! What an awesome looking novel, I'm definitely adding this one to my TBR! Thanks for the heads up!

  17. Ooooo! I haven't heard of this series! I'll have to check it out!

  18. The book is new to me, but it does sound interesting! Hope you enjoy it, thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  19. This sounds really suspenseful and interesting, good pick :)

  20. Ohh, this sounds good! I know Phoenix Island, and always wanted to read it. I didn't know there was a sequel, though! :D Great pick

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  21. I've never seen this before. It sounds like my type of read. Nice pick! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  22. I haven't heard of these books, but I'm glad I know now as Devil's Pocket sounds really interesting. I hope you love it when you get to read it. Great pick!

    Thank you for stopping my post earlier, and sorry for stopping by yours so late. Happy reading!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  23. Phoenix Island was interesting, I will have to check out Devil's Pocket!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings