19 Apr 2014

WW4BB Presents: A Review & Giveaway of The Last Circle by Gretchen Blickensderfer

Posted by Amanda Masters on 7:41:00 am

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"If you will not be saved, there will be consequences." 

The Last Circle is a chilling and brutal account of a genocide driven take-over of America by radical, right-wing, Christian conservatives. 

Based upon existing platforms and quotes from American Conservative political and church leaders, The Last Circle chronicles the rise to power of a United States Evangelical theocracy and the small group of Pagan and LGBT friends who must escape the country in order to survive. 

The U.S. economy is plunged into depression allowing a charismatic preacher to seize control of the government as the leader of the Tea Party and 'Revangelism' movements. With the support of a starving nation, he engages in a gruesome, systematic program of religious and cultural cleansing. 

Laura Salway is the leader of a devoted group of friends who maintain a precarious Wiccan Coven in Indianapolis. After publicly performing a Pagan ritual in protest of the new administration, they attempt to flee to the safety of Europe. In a cat and mouse chase through the Southern states, they are relentlessly pursued by Shelby Langman, the vitriolic director of the Bureau of Religious Protection, charged with keeping America safe from threats to Judeo-Christian values.

Their terrifying journey tests the limits of the Coven's friendship and Laura must discover who among them is secretly tipping Shelby off.

My Review


The Last Circle by Gretchen Blickensderfer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I so loved this book! Gretchen is a truly fantastic writer who kept me entertained throughout her entire story. Her characters were so great! I got a big kick out of Shelby in all her righteous indignation over every little thing and it actually made me laugh quite a few times. Shelby's use of J.K. Rowlings as a example of evil made me laugh so hard! (as she is one of my fav authors) you could practically see Shelby standing in front of you spouting off all of Rowlings evil ways! it was so funny!

Gretchen's pagan characters where so fun loving and so real. They all had their problems like normal people and they dealt with them in normal ways, even wishing they could rely on magic to fix it just like regular pagan people tend to do. They were wonderful and down to earth and I loved that about them right down to their faults.

I normally don't like when a book jumps from story to story and back again but I really enjoyed it in this book. it kept it interesting and kept the book flowing nicely. The twists and turns in the book were quite surprising and I could never guess what was going to happen next. There was many surprises and all fit the story to the extreme. I don't think anyone could have written it better!

Gretchen is such a wonder to have created this book and I highly commend her for it! I am glad to no only count her as a truly gifted and caring person but as a friend as well.

if you haven't read this book I highly recommend it! TBR Today!

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About the author

Gretchen Blickensderfer was born in Manchester, England. At the age of twelve, she began acting as well as doing character voices on, then, Piccadilly Radio. She came to America at the age of 18 as part of a foreign exchange and was placed with a family in New Albany, Indiana.

In the course of her career, Gretchen has worked as an actor, screenwriter, film critic for FOX 59 and WXNT radios in Indianapolis, a fundraiser for theatres and educational organizations and is currently a staff writer for the Windy City Times in Chicago.

In 2009, she transitioned from male to female and has since lectured on transgender issues for the Adler School of Professional Psychology and Roosevelt University in Chicago. Gretchen sits on the Boards of Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis and The Chicago College of Performing Arts.
She met her wife Sarah in 2011 and the couple lives in Edgewater.

Giveaway


Win a copy of this book on Goodreads today! enter HERE

Stop By tomorrow for a guest post and Interview with this incredible author!

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