Tour Stop & Giveaway! Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Name of book: Desert Rice
Author: Angela Scott
Publication: 13th August, 2012 by Evovled Publishing
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Provided by the author/tour host

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

-- My Rating --

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review.*

-- My Thoughts --

     Did you read the blurb? If you did, didn't you find the idea, captivating? Just imagine, a girl disguising as a boy, how hard can that be? I liked the story-line very much. This book is unique and intriguing to the very core!
     Samantha Jean, is a pretty 12-year-old girl, but nobody can see that. Ever since her mother died, she and her brother, Jacob are running from town to town. If anyone finds them, they will end up separated in foster care. Samantha is growing up and getting more girly, so Jacob cuts her long blond her and gives her his clothes; so she can look  like his brother, not sister. Samantha doesn't want this; but she doesn't want to be separated from her brother, too.
     It's pretty hard for a fifteen year old  boy and a twelve year old girl to find a place to live. Specially if they have so little money with them. Jacob and Samantha  fight through the obstacles and make new friends, but what awaits them in the future,  is not what they would have expected AT ALL.
     How has Sam's mother died?  What will happen to Jacob and Samantha? Will they ever have a real family? Find out much more when you read this heart-wrenching, thought-provoking story of self-discovery and hidden traumas. 
     I liked this book  a LOT. It was definitely not what I expected. Angela Scott has a really beautiful writing style, it's simple and straight-forward. Most of the characters are three-dimensional and believable. I loved to see the world through Samantha's eyes and to watch her grow and go through puberty. Although I didn't like Jacob as much as Sam, he was so BOSSY but he was protective of his sister so I loved him for that!
     The plot of the story is unique and character development is very well executed. If you wonder why I gave this book 4 stars,  it's just that the book wasn't one of the books  I would usually read but it was WONDERFUL! This book is recommended to all lovers of contemporary YA and contemporary, in general. Trust me, this is great! I will definitely be reading the sequel to this book,which is called Desert Flower.

-- Giveaway --

Here's what Angela Scott has generously provided for YOU
-- About The Author --

     I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels.
     However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.
     I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.
     As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make
a career out of it.
     You can find me at my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.

Twitter - @whimsywriting


  1. Great review! Don't you love reading new authors, finding unexpected entertainment and sharing it with the world? Since you asked, I'm at I'll grab your blog button too!

    1. I do! I love meeting new authors, great blog, by the way

  2. My TBR list is so long, here goes another on any way. :-)

  3. Great review! I can't wait to read it!


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