Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway: Ferocious (Vicarious #2) by Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.
When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.
Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?

Paula: Jesse and Winter go to Namsan Tower (also known as N Seoul Tower) as a break from all of their spying and scheming at UsuMed.


I guide Jesse toward a path leading up to the tower.

“More stairs,” he says.

Ahead of us, two high school girls are holding onto each other tightly as they try to climb the icy steps in high-heeled boots. They pause halfway up to take selfies with the tower in the background.

“It’ll be worth it,” I promise.

We take the stairs together slowly, Jesse gripping the railing and me gripping Jesse. My face feels like ice by the time we reach the paved area at the top of the hill. There’s a raised platform here with benches and a big circular display where people have locked tiny locks everywhere.

“Love locks, huh?” Jesse says. “Wow, thousands of them.”

The locks are all kinds of vibrant colors—reds and greens and teals. The snow is just starting to cover them. I take my phone out and snap a picture. “Rose and I used to talk about coming up here when we were little, leaving a lock for the two of us. But we never got the chance.”

Jesse sits on a bench and I sit next to him. “They do this in the US too, on bridges mostly. In some places there are so many that they’re weakening the structural integrity. Local governments have had to start cutting them off.”

“Well, that’s romantic.”

“It’s a cool gesture, but I never really understood,” he says. “I feel like love is the kind of thing you have to nurture and care for. You can’t just lock it up in some faraway place if you want it to last.”

The day I went to Namsan Tower, it was snowing and the entire skyline was whited out. Also, I was very sick and by myself, so I didn’t end up going all the way to the observatory deck. But here’s another one of my favorite pictures from the area—this pretty gazebo adorned with snow.

Tomorrow we finish up the tour on Jeju-do, with Love is not a Triangle. I hope you’re enjoying sightseeing with me. See you then :)

Paula Stokes is a mental health nurse and the author of several novels, most recently Ferocious and This is How it Happened. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. 


  1. oh this book sounds lovely, great teaser you shared here.

  2. "What book are you most excited to read next?" The book I am most excited to read next is "The World's Greatest Detective" by Caroline Carlson!

  3. I get excited about so many but I'm really looking forward to The Dire King by Ritter. Love the Jackaby series for the uniqueness of the characters and stories.


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