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Blog Tour: The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl ( Book #1) by Leigh Statham: A Book Review

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 About The Book:

THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL (The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #1)

Author: Leigh Statham

Pub. Date: September 13, 2022

Publisher: Cricket Press, LLC

Genre: Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Adventure, YA

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 286

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Synopsis: This brand new edition of the book contains updated historical facts, an amazing new cover, and extra punk for your steam machines!

     Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can't quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend, Claude, a common smithy in the family's steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love--only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure, and restitution await if she can survive the voyage.

     Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV's social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite's steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to create a home in a strange land.

 My Review: 

     The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl is a steampunk adventure novel that is based on The Daughters of the King, which was a social program where noblewomen settled in Canada during the 17th century. Lady Marguerite yearns for freedom. She wants to marry for love and not whom her father chooses for her. When her love, Claude, leaves for Canada, her father pressures Marguerite to marry someone she detests. Marguerite decides to join the Daughters of France Program to find and marry her love. However, the journey to Canada quickly turns into a perilous one. Will Marguerite make it to Canada and find Claude?

At first, I found Marguerite to be an unlikable character. It took me three-fourths of the novel to finally warm up to her. Marguerite is very selfish and judgmental. She comes off as childish and likes to complain about her life. She is also very thoughtless. She does not realize until later how her reckless actions can hurt others. It is not until the book is almost finished that she becomes a strong woman and a leader. She finally begins to care about those around her rather than mostly focusing on herself. While she does grow as a character, it does take a long time to get there. I was mostly frustrated and annoyed with her.

Overall, this novel is about choices, freedom, and love. I found all the characters, except Marguerite, to be very interesting. I really love Marguerite’s best friend and found her story to be the most fascinating. The story is very fast-paced and there were a few shocking twists that I did not expect. The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl is full of action, adventure, and romance! The story shines a light on the dangers that many Daughters of the King face in getting to Canada. The novel is so engaging that it will leave you breathless till the very end! I am excited to see what happens in the sequel!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About Leigh Statham:

    Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho and now resides in North Carolina. She has published five YA novels including her latest, Girls of War, from Owl Hollow Press. Her essays, poetry, and short stories can be found in the Remington Review, Southeast Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and several anthologies.

    Leigh has an MFA in Young Adult literature from Converse College where she served as the Managing Fiction Editor at South 85 Journal for two years. She is the winner of the James Applewhite Poetry prize honorable mention and Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction prize.

     You can follow and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Wattpad.

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Giveaway Details:

     1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

     1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL, US Only.

     Ends September 27th, midnight EST.

     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/12/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt/IG Post

9/12/2022

The Reading Devil

Guest Post/IG Post

9/13/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/13/2022

Epic Book Society

Excerpt/IG Post

9/14/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

9/14/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

9/15/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

9/15/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

9/16/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/16/2022

Wishful Endings

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

9/19/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

9/19/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

9/20/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review

9/20/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

9/21/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/22/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

9/23/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

IG Review


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