Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour: The Archivist by Christy Sloat...Review & Giveaway!

Excited to tell you about The Archivist today!
Keep reading to learn more and to enter the giveaway!
Title: THE ARCHIVIST (The Librarian Chronicles #2)
Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads

"With the whimsy of Alice in Wonderland and the romance of Outlander dive back into the next installment in the Librarian Chronicles."

Savannah Preston has a rare and precious gift: The ability to time travel through books. She, and others who share this unique ability, are faced with the insurmountable task of preserving history. They are known collectively as The Librarians.

While researching infamous Scottish outlaw Sir Malcolm Wash during the raging conflicts of the 14th Century, Savannah loses the only thing that tethers her to her own time. She must rely on her knowledge of both the present and the past to survive long enough to find a way home. Along the way, she enlists the help of a misfit named Eoin. With his guidance, she might just get home. It’s a risky and dangerous adventure, but then, so is Eoin.
About Christy:
I am Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have  two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

Title: The Archivist 
Author: Christy Sloat 
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Blog Tour

The Archivist is a fun and fascinating follow-up to Christ Sloat’s first book in “The Librarian Chronicles” series, The Librarian. Don’t worry if you haven’t read The Librarian, you can read this book first as it stands on its own, but you might want to pick that one up anyway as it’s pretty good, if you ask me, and helps you understand what being a “Librarian” with a capital L means (although The Archivist does a good job at explaining this, too).

As for The Archivist, in it we are introduced to Savannah, a college student who comes from a family of Librarians, or people with the ability to travel through time through books. Savannah is traveling to 14th century to discover what happened to the notorious Scottish outlaw Sir Malcolm Walsh during the few years he seemed to fall off everyone’s radar and to make sure that historians got things about that time period correct.  However, things don’t go quite as Savannah planned on one of her journeys to the past. What should have a simple trip to research and preserve history turns into a dangerous adventure as Savannah must use her knowledge of the past and the help of others as she tries to survive long enough to find a way back home.

I love time travel stories and The Archivist is definitely a fun and interesting one. It got off to a really quick start, which made me feel like I may have missed something, but once I got into the story and Savannah began her “mission,” I fell into a reading groove and couldn’t put the book down as Savannah first journeyed between the past and the present trying to balance both of her very different lives. It was fascinating to see life in medieval Scotland through the eyes of a modern young lady and get a better understanding of Savannah’s role as a Librarian as well as see the effects it has on her life. Sloat could easily make things overcomplicated or too flowery, but she manages to write in a style that makes for easy understanding while not being too simple...I hope that makes sense.

Things definitely get tricky for Savannah when she unexpectedly gets stuck in Scotland on one of her trips to the past. As she tries to keep her secret and work to figure out a way back home, she encounters Eoin, a fascinating young man who attempts to help her on her journey back home even if he doesn’t initially know that’s her goal and she faces several risks across the dangerous medieval Scottish countryside. It was quite a ride filled with several interesting encounters and some unexpected moments. And a bit of romance.

Sloat has also created some interesting and complex characters. I have to be honest though, at first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Savannah. She just seemed a bit too nice and too self-deprecating as everyone else seemed to take advantage of her or be flat-out rude to her, but I found myself relating to her on some levels so perhaps that was why she irked me at first. On one hand she is a typical college student who struggles with family issues, time management, and other issues facing others her age. But she also struggles with her gift and responsibilities as a Librarian and how that affects her life and relationships. I loved the growth Savannah showed throughout the story as she became stronger and more confident...she definitely has a backbone and it was great to see her show it throughout the story.

She turned out to be quite a complicated character filled with contradictions...insecure, yet proud...naive, yet knowledgeable...fearful, yet adventurous. It was a little confusing as I wasn’t sure which Savannah we were going to get from chapter to chapter and she was a hard character to really get a feel for because she was a little bit of everything, but I guess that is realistic in a way considering who and what Savannah is. She has learned to hide her true identity and adapt to new environments as a Librarian, which can make for a very complicated personality.

A few of the other characters rubbed me the wrong way a time or two and were a little hard to get a read on as well. But Savannah and the others grew on me and I wanted to know more about them even while wanting to smack some sense into a few of them.

Overall, it was a entertaining read that made me wish I could time travel or jump into a book, but definitely with the ability to come back home...I need my modern-day hygiene products and gadgets, thank you very much. If you enjoy stories with time travel, rich history, relatable characters, touching romance, and intriguing plots, then I recommend you try The Archivist.

*A free digital copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE ARCHIVIST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
5/21/2018- The Young Girl Who Loved BooksReview
5/21/2018- The Cozy Reading CornerGuest Post

5/22/2018- Reading Is My SuperPowerReview
5/22/2018- BookHounds YAInterview

5/23/2018- Never Too Many To ReadReview
5/23/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

5/24/2018- Wonder StruckReview
5/24/2018- Sincerely Karen JoExcerpt

5/25/2018- Fire and IceReview
5/25/2018- TMBA Corbett Tries to Write- Interview

Week Two:
5/28/2018- To Be ReadReview
5/28/2018- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt

5/29/2018- Books of TeacupsReview
5/29/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post

5/30/2018- Book-o-CrazeReview
5/30/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

5/31/2018- Bookish Lifestyle- Interview
5/31/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert- Review

6/1/2018- Bluestocking Bookworm- Review
6/1/2018- Paperback PrincessExcerpt

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