A Time to Die, Out of Time Series Book 1 by Nadine Brandes + GR Giveaway, Events & More!

How would you live if you knew the day you'd die? (synopsis)

Title:  A Time to Die
Series: Out of Time, book 1
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publisher:  Enclave Publishing
Release Date:  October 4, 2014
Genre: Christian Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government's crooked justice system. 

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall -- her people's death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out.

I jumped at the chance to join The Rise Tour in preparation for the release of the final book in the Out of Time Series trilogy by Nadine Brandes. Starting with A Time to Die, it was a book I've heard much about from fellow bloggers and was definitely intrigued since the first time I met the author, Nadine at a Facebook Party. Her enthusiasm coupled with her thoughts about her own book had me anticipate the time I would get my hands on A Time to Die.  As time comes and goes, Book 1 had found its place in my kindle, but my schedule did not give me much reminder to pursue it.  Then comes The Rise Tour! O yes!

Did you know that the Out of Time Series is a Christian dystopian young adult fiction series?  I think the genre itself fascinated me from the get go. When it comes to dystopian, what do you think of? Hunger Games, perhaps? Though in many ways, A Time to Die reminds me of The Hunger Games, with a heroine that you can love and also be annoyed with at times. A heroine that not only fights for others, but she did it without knowing so. With Parvin, she searches the meaning behind her last year of life, according to her "clock." And that makes it different. Katniss (THG) didn't seek it out, it was almost like it was handed to her. Parvin asked God for adventure, for purpose and to find shalom.

"Shalom - Wholeness and completeness in God, the way things were intended to be." (113)

A Time to Die did not disappoint in giving readers an intense plot that leads to the profound depth one encounters in books of the Christian genre. Personalities that reflects the true nature of humanity, from questions, to mistakes, to strength, courage and even evil tendencies, were well represented. Nadine's astuteness in providing a main heroine that is not perfect, and in fact full of flaws relates to readers on a more personal level. The many twists surprised even me, a seasoned reader. The action, especially when things are coming together, when you think it's going to be a certain way, you encountered the heartfelt changes alongside Parvin. Ahhh, the many life's questions, the many "whys" and "hows" we ask God, comes away inspired and even encouraged. That is A Time to Die. 

"'He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion"  
(95) - Phillipans 1:6

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.

Update: As of 9/26/16, there is a Goodreads Giveaway for A Time to DIE through 10/20/2016! Click on the Goodreads link to enter:



Want to learn more? Stay tune for my posts on the following two books in the series AND join in on the fun with Nadine at the Facebook Launch Party! Click on the image below to take you there! 
(And don't miss more goodies towards the bottom of this post!)

Nadine learned to write her alphabet with a fountain pen. In Kindergarten. Cool, huh? Maybe that’s what started her love for writing. She started journaling at age nine and thus began her habit of communicating via pen and paper more than spoken words. She never decided to become a writer. Her brain simply classified it as a necessity to life.

Nadine is a stay-at-home author and writes stories about authentic faith, bold living, and worlds soaked in imagination. She lives in Idaho with her husband and works as a freelance editor. When she's not writing, editing, or taste-testing a new chai, she is out pursuing adventures.

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(which includes some swag beyond these cute bookmarks!)

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