Monday, September 30, 2013

review: Broken Beauty by Lizzy Ford

  Broken Beauty is part 1 of a 6 part novella series revolving around the rape of Mia Abbott-Renou. Mia is the seventeen year old daughter of a politician. Immediately following the horrible night Mia was found battered and raped, her dad not only treats her like a political pawn but also tries to convince  her she is wrong about who raped her.

Everything about that man just rubs me the wrong way. He is so despicable! Mia is struggling with the aftermath of all of this with no real support from her family. Thank goodness for Ari and Dom or I don't think I would have been able to continue reading through the coldness Mia had to endure from her father and his team.
Broken Beauty is a powerful and emotional story that had me hanging on to every word. Although this novella is short  , it had big impact and great flow. I feel like it was the perfect beginning to the novella series. It gave me enough to feel invested in the characters but ended in a major way, leaving me desperately craving the next novella. I can't wait to find out where Mia will go from here.

* I received this e-book through Netgalley for review purposes *

Thursday, September 26, 2013

review : Quarantine by James Phelan ( Alone #3 )

Quarantine is the final book in the riveting " Alone " trilogy. 

Jesse has been living in post-apocalyptic New York, dealing with Chasers and fighting for survival, for over two weeks now. To say he's been through a lot is a major understatement. Now trying to cope with the events at the end of Survivor that left him one friend down and still struggling to survive, he decides that he must leave his shelter behind to find the group of survivors Caleb told him about in book 2. 

This series has been full of action and has had some major "Whoa!" moments. Quarintine does a great job of following through with that drama, while still bringing to light the fragility of human life and the drive to survive. I think the added danger from some of the other survivors ( other uninfected ones ) speaks volumes about human behavior in this story. 

I feel often times with the final book in a series there's a lot of pressure to tie everything into a neat little bow. While I thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about everything that happened, I tried not to get bogged down by the need to have all my questions answered. I mean when in life do we get handed all of the answers? So with that in mind I believe this was a great conclusion to the trilogy. 

I think this is a great young adult post apocalyptic novel. It's a fast paced, action filled story that I think has great crossover appeal. I would highly recommend reading books 1 and 2 in the series first for full impact.

* I received this book in exchange for a honest review *