I am excited to be part of this amazing blog tour and bring you some exciting information for I Am Still Alive by Kate Marshall. I am going to include the book synopsis, author info, my review and a playlist of songs. I’ve never created a playlist for a book until now and I quite honestly found this to be so much freaking fun. I got to pick a variety of songs – something for everyone.
Cheryl Strayed’s Wild meets The Revenant in this heart-pounding story of survival and revenge in the unforgiving wilderness.
Jess is stranded in the woods. She has few supplies and only her dog for company. Her survival skills are limited, and she has disabilities that make physical labor a challenge. And winter is on its way. How did she get here?
Alternating between the past and the present, this tightly-paced novel tells the story of a girl who survived a car crash that killed her mother, then was pulled from foster care and sent to live with her estranged survivalist father in the remote Canadian wilderness. Jess was just beginning to get to know her dad when a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving their cabin burned to the ground and Jess’s father dead. Now, Jess must fight with everything she has to forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. But she will survive. She has to survive. Because she wants revenge.
Kate Marshall tells an intoxicating tale of survival and revenge in I am Still Alive. When 16 year old Jess is stranded in the wildness alone, she must fight to survive and some days thinking about revenge is the only thing that keeps her going.
Kate Marshall’s writing is absolutely brilliant and has a way of keeping you engaged throughout the story. I particularly loved the way Jess’ disability was so accurately included. As someone who deals with my own disabilities from a younger age, I was drawn to this commodity. I could feel Jess’ suffering, her determination, her fight.
I stormed through this book in one day, longing for answers. I hadn’t read a survival story quite like this one before. And while I expected more of a thriller aspect to it, I still wasn’t disappointed when that component never really surfaced. There were moments in this book where I cringed (hunting animals and the details that go with it) but I do feel like they were necessary elements to make the story come to life. All in all, I loved every moment of this book.
Kate Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She works in the gaming industry as a writer and designer, most recently focusing on educational games for kids of all ages. She spends her winters cheerfully avoiding the rain, and during the summer ventures out to kayak and camp along Puget Sound. As Kate Marshall, her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Crossed Genres.
Songs that you should listen to while reading or after you’ve finished. Listen here.
1. Remember We Die – Gemini Syndrome
– this song is a bad ass rock song that I’ve recently fallen in love with and the band has a ton of great hits but this one in particular just seems to fit with the theme of this story.
2. White Rabbit – Egypt Central
– read the book – you’ll understand why I picked this and I don’t want to give it away. *insert evil laughing emoji here*
3. Cage the Beast – Adeltita’s Way
– another rock song that just makes sense – the main character battles with her desire for survival and revenge – and there’s a beast inside her.
4. Daydream – Drumatic ft SOS and Lost Soul
– this song was written and recorded by two of my dearest friends. It’s a bit of hip hop and soul mixed into one and I urge you to take a listen.
5. Mz Hyde – Halestorm
– again with the dual personality traits of the main character – mz Hyde makes total sense.
6. Burning House – Cam
– a little soft country song for you out there – and along the lines of white rabbit – I don’t want to give any major details away.
7. The Hanging Tree – Jennifer Lawrence
– what’s a playlist for a book about survival without a hint of hunger games thrown in there? Plus I just adore JLaw
8. Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse
– a song that’s been around for quite sometime but still classic and beautiful
9. The Sound of Silence – Disturbed
– the best and most haunting rendition of this song to date – like I Am Still Alive, this song gives me chills every damn time I hear it.
10. Unwell – Matchbox Twenty
– who can’t relate to this song? Unwell has a perfect tone of faking fine.