Thursday, 23 January 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Ratgirl Song of the Viper by Gayle C Krause

I received a copy of Ratgirl Song of the Viper in exchange for my review.

Jax lives in the sewers with her little brother Andy and her best friend, Astoria. Only able to leave the sewers at night because of the toxic sun rays, she lives her life constantly in competition with other street people and the rats. When Andy adopts a pet white rat, Jax discovers that her voice mesmirises rats and gets them to follow her. This comes in useful when the dictator of the city, Culpepper, announces a reward for anyone that can clear the city of rats. But he has other intentions, and when Andy goes missing Jax will do anything possible to get him back, including putting herself in danger, and having to be rescued from the horrors of Culpepper's bed by the attractive and mysterious Colt.

Though Ratgirl Song of the Viper is a young adult book, I would recommend it for a more mature YA audience. There are some issues in the book that could be considered inappropriate for younger readers, particularly the part where Jax is almost raped, and the fact that many characters are referred to as Streetwalkers (aka prostitutes).

I thought that the detail included in the disfunctioning society portrayed here. In this case it was down to the small details like the Noova (a medication that makes girls infertile) and the idea that some girls take it early to 'save' them. But most importantly in this book, the idea that love was still an important part of life was a big message, quite often in this genre the main characters are much more 'don't trust anyone' in nature, as opposed to Jax's quite feeling heart.

I also really liked the way that the story included aspects of the Pied Piper. Its not a story that I have read told in a different way, and I thought that it worked really well. It wasn't as if that aspect was just thrown in either, instead it was properly integrated which is always good to see!

I really hope there is more from Jax and her brother (oh and Colt!)

RATGIRL: Song of the Viper by Gayle C. Krause
Publication date: January, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old streetwise orphan, Jax Stone is an expert at surviving in a dangerous city, where rats rival the homeless for food and shelter, but she’s an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he kidnaps her little brother. Desperation demands she quickly master the role of courageous opponent. She uses her hypnotic singing voice to lead rats to their death, and all the children to safety, in a dying city cursed by the deadly sun.


Gayle C. Krause is a member of SCBWI, YALITCHAT and The Cliffhouse YA Wonderwriters.She writes across the genres. Her first publication credit was a short story in Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2 (2006). The Storyteller’s Daughter, her YA historical short story, was featured in Timeless, A YA Historical Romance anthology from Pugalicious Press (2012).Her new YA novel, RATGIRL: Song of the Viper was published in February 2013 (Noble Young Adult).

During the course of her writing career Ms. Krause has served as assistant editor for Underneath the Juniper Tree, a dark fantasy online magazine developed for young teens, a children’s book reviewer for Children’s Literature .com and she offers a critique service for children’s writers at First Peek Critique. (

She also runs a blog that encourages new children’s writers through contests, book reviews and author interviews.

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