Blog Tour: To Break a Covenant

Hey friends! I am so excited to be apart of the Blog Tour for this amazing YA book! Keep reading to learn more about it and read my thoughts on the book 🙂

About the Book:

Debut voice Alison Ames delivers with a chilling, feminist thriller, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls.

Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.

Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.

Content Warning: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal), claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent death (mentioned), parental conflict (being afraid of a parent), mention of alcohol/drinking, mention of self-harm, mention of divorce, mental illness (perceived/actual), mention of child death/killing, mention of suicide, drowning, paranormal activity.

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About the Author:

Alison Ames is a writer based in Colorado. Her debut novel To Break A Covenant will be published in fall 2021.

My Review:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Oh man this is exactly the type of book I love to read! It’s eerie, all about small town girls, queer, a bit paranormal, and a bit fantastical. The setting was so atmospheric, so much so that the mine felt like it’s own character that caused lots of trouble. Not only was the mine spooky, but the entire small town felt “off.”

The girls were the shining stars in this book. I was so invested in their friendships and relationship dynamics coupled with the spooky plot and vibes.  Clem and Nina and Lisey are great friends, and the yearning was fun to read.  loved how the two of them, and the new girl Parker, stuck by each other, even when things were more than precarious.

The author’s writing was exceptional for a debut; it really made this book so creepy and haunting to read. I can’t wait to see her improve with future books, and I have a feeling she will be a favorite author of mine. I haven’t read body horror this good in awhile, and To Break a Covenant totally made my entire week (maybe even month!)


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