Today I am the stop on the blog tour for ETERNAL REVELATIONS by Candis Vargo. The tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours and you can check out the rest of the stops here. Check below for a guest post from the author.
Title: Eternal Revelations
Author: Candis Vargo
Release Date: August 12, 2012
Source: Author for blog tour
Series? Eternal Series #1
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller
Page Count: 282
As Hell reins terror on the earth, can one child bring back humanity and defeat the Devil himself? After millions of people vanish and the dead rise to spread plague over the Earth, 23 year-old Evelyn and her brother join with a small group as they fight for survival. As the plague spreads and the number of the Reanimated rise in humans and animals alike, there isn’t anything man made that is strong enough to hold them off. When Evelyn and her group find one of the only children left on Earth—an Autistic child—the Devil begins lurking in the darkness, following their every move. The remaining children are the only chance the human race has at defying the plans the Anti-Christ holds. Of all the horrors the Earth now holds, none are comparable to how treacherous the living become once their humanity is thrown out the window. Evelyn realizes survival isn’t just fighting for your life but fighting for your humanity in a world of terror. Join the journey fight for survival against the undead and beasts released straight from the pits of Hell. (summary from goodreads)
ETERNAL REVELATIONS is a cross between a zombie novel and a post-apocalyptic novel. In a twist on the Rapture, those left behind on Earth have to deal with Reanimated — also known as zombies. ETERNAL REVELATIONS follows Ev and Jase, sister and brother, on a journey to safety. Along the way, they pick up others, including a team from the government.
The book is very fast paced, zipping along from event to event. It’s also very dark, fitting in with the subject matter. Ev is a kick-ass heroine, the best part of the book. I like how prepared she was, even before the apocalypse, and how she told the guys to shut up and what to do.
I do think the book needed stronger editing. The story is super creative, and reminded me of a video game, but some grammar/writing issues kept me from fully enjoying it.
Why book covers are so important by Candis Vargo
Why are book covers so important?
Book covers are the first thing that tell you about that book. They’re the whole reason you picked up the book in the first place, right? Lets say you see a book on a shelf that pops out at you, the image on the cover is so vibrant that it draws you right in screaming, “Hey! Look at me!” Now, you pick up that book and admire that image for a whole five seconds before you flip the book over to read what it’s about. You’d expect it to have something…anything to do with what you saw on the cover. But it’s about the lovely kinds of toothpaste.
There aren’t any teeth on the cover. No toothpaste. Not so much as a sink. Unless the next book you were looking for was one on toothpaste, you’d get upset.
Look at it the other way. Say there’s an amazing book out there that’s the one story you’ve been waiting to read. The one story with that story line you’ve been looking for, that’s been keeping you buying several books at a time hoping each one was that ‘perfect’ story for you. But that amazing book has a cover just like every other out there. It’s the same thing you’ve seen several times. It’s the book with the kind of covers you used to pick up because you hoped it would deliver that breath taking story to you but never did. Would you pick that book up?
If you’re like me, probably not.
The book cover should give you some type of perspective into what the book is about, and it should deliver. I sure as heck wouldn’t put a picture of a fluffy kitten on one of my Apocalypse novels. It’s the first thing readers see and it’s something that has to grab them. I don’t know how many books I skip over in a book store just to walk to that one that popped out at me the moment I walked into the store. If the cover is one that doesn’t tell you anything about what’s in the pages beneath it, it should at least be that book that stands out and lures you in like you’re under its spell. Even with e-books. I, for one, am guilty of just scrolling and scrolling until I see one that looks like something I would be interested in. And in the day and age of the Internet and e-books, a cover that appeals to the audience you’re trying to reach is a must.
I know they say don’t judge a book by the cover but that saying was created when book covers were all the same…a black cover with some writing on it. This day and age, a good book cover can make or break you.