Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review Tour: Revenge by Sonya Weiss

Book Blurb:

Their love is a ticking time bomb.

Juliet Sawyer was born to save the world. Gifted with incredible powers, she’s the only one standing in the way of The Great Extinction, the prophesied battle between Supernaturals and humans. In order to keep her sister safe and avenge her father’s murder, she’ll have to infiltrate the ranks of the Supernatural leaders who wish to destroy her. But the one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone who wants her dead.

The gorgeous and dangerous son of one of the Supernatural leaders, Riley West is in charge of training the group for war—now including Juliet, whose father is responsible for killing his family. But the more they train together, the more intensely their passion for each other burns. The deeper Riley is drawn in by Juliet’s beauty, the closer he gets to the secrets she keeps: one that will challenge everything he believes in—and one that could lead to her death. Together, can their forbidden love help stop the war? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?

Release Date: December 22nd

2015 Lyrical Press

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Aliens, Another-World, Royal-Court, Space, Supernatural--

In the year 2034, an alien species lives among the humans on earth, welcomed after a space exploration destroyed their planet. But not everything is as peaceful as it seems, and a war is brewing where the aliens will get their revenge on the humans and take over earth. Juliet is an alien, but not quite, living her life full of secrets, with a greater purpose than anyone knows. She wants to stop the destruction of the humans, but it could cost her everything if she is found out.

I love myself some alien books, especially those with romance (ok to be honest, I prefer all my books to have at least some romance). I had been really excited to get the chance to read this title once I read the synopsis, and it doesn’t hurt that I find the cover appealing. The plot of the story was very unique and I thought it was interesting with an alien war and a genetically created character, as well as the laws against half breeds and all the different species. The romance I saw coming from a mile away but I still love a good love.

Juliet is the narrator of the story and I liked her well enough as a character. She is pretending to be this average human high school girl, when in actuality she is the linch-pin to a war between species and nobody is aware. She was a very mature character, seeming older than her 17 years, but I am sure that is due to the heavy responsibility she has been carrying pretty much her whole life. My biggest problem with her is that she did a 180 on her feelings for Riley after being around him for just a few hours. He shows some mild concern for her interspersed with telling her he hates her and wouldn’t mind if she dies, potentially saves her life, and bam, she thinks he is a great guy and not like what she previously thought. Uggh. Not buying it, that’s called close proximity lust. Add in the fact that she likes to be “straightforward”, which interprets as her picking away at Riley telling him she has feelings for him and that he feels the same way and won’t stop even when he gets mad. I wanted to shake her a little at how awkward she made the whole situation. Yes, honesty is swell, but I felt like she was acting a little like a desperate school girl and not the badass supernatural she actually was. I think I would have liked the book a little better is the story alternated between Juliet and Riley, that way I could have had a different insight into what was actually going on since Juliet’s world was so narrow.

I had a few issues with the book. For example, there was a strange inconsistency which is not a big deal but of course I focused on it because I can’t help it, was the mention of the actor Chris Pine. Juliet compares a character to him in looks, but this book is set in the future and Chris is in his 30’s now in 2015, so he would be aged but she doesn’t say that was what he use to look like or anything to show a time transition. So maybe not use references to people popular now, but stick to describing the character without a comparison. Also, it talks about Juliet’s mom watching the film Independence Day to pick apart the issues with alien life the film depicted, but that seems far reaching to me. Wouldn’t those typical aliens in the movie have a different life than the human looking aliens in the film? And, the aliens in the book were invited to earth so the invasion concept would be null. I kind of feel like the author was just throwing references around that did not fit. Yes I know I have issues, and most people wouldn’t care, but it was inconsistent with the premise.

Overall, I thought this was a good story that was not exactly what I expected and I liked that about it. The ending had a huge freaking cliff-hangery moment that means I need the next book asap.

I received this title from the publisher and YA Book Bound Tours in return for my honest review.

Read on for an excerpt from the book


Mr. Sands approached us to show us what part to read next, and when he did, I got a weird feeling about him like I was in danger. Something in the teacher’s eyes reminded meof a Ragespawn’s eyes, an ancient enemy of ours, the Tazavorn species. I dismissed the thought as quickly as it came. That had to be impossible. Ragespawn lived only in our galaxy, not the human one. Surely the human authorities would not have granted asylum on Earth to our most vicious enemy.

Riley edged closer to the teacher, putting himself between Mr. Sands and me. “ Back off,” he said in a low, commanding voice.

The two locked eyes and Mr. Sand muttered, “ Get out of my way.”

A pulsating power as swift and deadly as a laser flew from the center of Riley’s palm. The power zipped past the teacher to a speaker high on the wall.

A low creak sounded above Mr. Sands’s head, and he quickly turned. The mounted speaker flew from the wall and knocked the teacher’s copy of Romeo and Juliet from his hand, pinning it to the floor in a tangle of wires and a cloud of dust. Most of the dust settled on top of his scrub brush hair while some of it coated the white cement walls.

Silence reigned except for the ticking of the clock.

Mr. Sands’s hands shook slightly, and he frowned, first at the yawning hole in the cement and then at me. Suspiciously. Like I’d caused the accident to happen. He took a step closer and pointed a finger at me, clenching and unclenching his jaw as he searched for what to say. Then he grabbed my arm tightly, his fingers biting into my flesh. I winced from the bruising grasp.

“ Don’t touch her.” Riley used his shoulder to bump Mr. Sands and released another jolt of his power at the same time, forcing the teacher to take a quick step backward.

My heart stuttered. While the humans knew we had power, they weren’t supposed to see it.

Our leaders had sworn to the human authorities that we would not use our power against them. Another lie waiting to blow up in the humans’ faces. The truth was the leaders didn’t want the humans to witness our power. They were afraid it would be photographed and uploaded onto social media sites where the human authorities would analyze it and devise a way to conquer us when the war came.

“ Juliet Sawyer!” Mr. Sands pulled the book from beneath the speaker with a grunt and dusted the cover off. He grabbed my arm again more painfully than before. “ You’re coming with me to the principal’s office.” It would be easier if I went along with Mr. Sands for now. That way,if I had to use my power to defend myself, no human bystanders would be hurt.

“ I’ll kill you,” Mr. Sands said, speaking low so that only Riley and I could hear him. His nasty breath wafted across my face.

Before I could react to the threat, Riley released a stronger jolt of power, and it wrapped around Mr. Sands.

His face paled, and his right arm flailed for the old metal desk, waving madly like it wasn’t part ofhis body. His torso did a crazy twist and arch.


Author Bio:

Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and author. She's addicted to great books, good movies, and Italian chocolates. She's passionate about causes that support abused animals and children. Her parents always supported her bringing stray animals home although the Great Dane rescue was a surprise.

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