Thursday, August 25, 2016

Criminal by K.B. Hoyle - Blog Tour! #amreading #giveaway

K.B. Hoyle is a fantastic author. I adored her Gateway Chronicles fantasy series geared toward young adults, and I also loved her first foray into the New Adult genre titled Breeder. You can take a look back at my review of Breeder here

I was recently blessed with an advanced review copy of Breeder's sequel, Criminal, in exchange for a fair and honest review. Criminal picks up right where Breeder leaves off so if it has been awhile since you've read Breeder you may want to reread to catch up again.

K.B. is also offering YOU a chance to win a print copy of both Breeder and Criminal! Just scroll down and enter the rafflecopter below - and best of luck to you. I hope you win!

My review of Criminal: Pria is still extremely naive due to her isolated upbringing but she's learning. I didn't reread Breeder before I started Criminal, and wish I had because it took me a little while to catch back up. I love the new friendships/loyalties being formed here, the action, the danger, and the character development.

I had an inkling where K.B. was headed with regard to Pax, and my only criticism of this book is that I hate where she ended it. I almost wish she'd added that last little reveal to book three rather than leaving this book hanging where she did.

The story is intriguing and I want to know the rest of the story, so I can't wait for book three, Clone!

K.B. Hoyle was also gracious enough to answer a question to be shared exclusively here on my blog!

Question: K.B.,  Can you talk a little bit about the horrors Pria discovered in the basement of the Sanctuary and how that impacts her emotional wellbeing both immediately and later in her story?


When Pria finally makes it down into the basement of Sanctuary at the end of BREEDER—and really, she only makes it down to one floor, there’s much she doesn’t discover—she finds that she’s been living for five years on top of, basically, death. For the story, compositionally, it’s the culmination of the hints of horror she’d barely begun to suspect early on, before Pax got her out, but despite that, and despite the fact that people outside—in Asylum—had been telling her that horrible things went on at Breeding facilities like Sanctuary, it is still a shock to her system to see it, and to realize, finally and indelibly, that everything she’d been living for is a lie. In a way, she needed to see it, but moving forward into CRIMINAL, it haunts her. Immediately, Pria suffers from a degree of post-traumatic shock, and as time goes on, her resolve becomes hardened to do whatever it takes to find out the truth. What she saw and experienced lends an urgency and loyalty to the mission and people outside the UWO that she probably never would have had otherwise.

Release Date: August 25th , 2016
Genre: Fiction: Dystopian

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Following the horrors she discovered in the basement of Sanctuary at the end of Breeder, there is no longer any doubt in Pria’s mind that the Unified World Order is wicked. But convincing the rest of the world will be another story. When it’s revealed the files she’d stolen from Sanctuary are worthless, Pria and the other Free Patriots must scramble to come up with another way to convince everyone to rise up in open revolution before the UWO’s monsters destroy them all. But Pria’s tenuous grasp of human nature complicates her role in the rebellion as she finds herself torn between Pax, her ever-present protector, and Henri, her good-natured friend. 

A new scheme to infiltrate the seemingly impregnable UWO machine places Pria once again at the centre of the plan. This time, though, she must be willing to erase her identity, It’s a sacrifice she thinks she’s ready to make, but she has no idea just how difficult it will be.


K. B. Hoyle is an author, public speaker, creative writing instructor, and classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative fiction for readers of all ages. She and her husband stay busy at their Alabama home with their four young sons.

She is a Readers' Favorite 5-Star reviewed author, a multiple recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, the winner of the Gold Book Award for YA Series (2016) for The Gateway Chronicles, her best-selling six-book Fantasy series, and the Silver Book Award winner for YA Science Fiction (2015) for BREEDER, the first book in her Dystopian Trilogy, The Breeder Cycle. She was a featured panel speaker at the 2013 Sydney Writer's Festival in Sydney, Australia, and her books receive high acclaim from readers and reviewers worldwide.

Visit her website at


Praise for Breeder
Book 1 in The Breeder Cycle Series

"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review


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