Sunday, August 6, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1) by Aden Polydoros

Book Blurb:

Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1)by Aden Polydoros

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Teen, Giveaway--

Tyler tries to be a good kid, work hard at school and keep out of trouble to not cause his foster family any grief. But when his phone rings, a phone he has no memory of even owning, and the words "Olympus is rising" are spoken on the other line, Tyler finds himself responding "Pandora's box is opening" and somebody winds up dead. Tyler has no idea what is going on, what he is doing, or even who he is. But he is just a small part in a very large, dangerous picture.

I had originally been interested in this book when I first found it on Netgalley, everything about it intrigued me, from the synopsis to the cover, and I wanted to get my hands on it. Well, I anticipated a good read, but nothing prepared me to the reality of this book. Oh my geez, this book! This is the first book by Aden and it was such an amazing ride. I was sucked into the pages right from the start, losing track of time until next thing I knew, the book was over. This was not an easy, happy read, full of danger, murder, torture, lies, confusion, pain, secrets and not a happy ending, but I would not change a single thing about this story. This is not my first book dealing with brainwashed teens who have been programmed as spies, but it was unique on it's own, and I was kept guessing and on the edge of my seat because nobody was safe.

Even though the book's synopsis pretty much only mentions Tyler, there are actually four main characters: Tyler, Shannon, Elizabeth and Hades. The story alters in chapter narration between the four characters, with official Status Reports separating the chapters from the Project Pandora team. Tyler and Shannon both seems to be good kids, living with foster families, being regular teen things...until they are triggered to go on a kill mission that they complete and then promptly forget completely about. I though they were interesting characters, but kind of hard to get to know since they didn't even know themselves, they felt incomplete. Elizabeth is in an entirely different situation, where she comes from money and politics, with rules and strict boundaries that she chafes at, wanting a chance to be herself and not the puppet her parents want her to be.

And that leads me to Hades, who is my most favorite character and he gets his own little paragraph here. He was complicated, and that is putting it mildly (Elizabeth's friend summed him up nicely as a "#hotmess). He was a dangerous predator, capable of murder in many ways, and he enjoyed what he could do. I was confused by him, horrified by him and then filled with empathy and hope for him. He was a much more fleshed out creature than any other the three in the book, and I could not help but to empathize with him. If anyone needed a hug, it was this guy. His loneliness and despair practically dripped off the pages and I wanted so much more for Hades than he was ever given. He was different from other three because he knew who and what he was and what he was expected to do, fully aware of the torture and degradation that he would have to suffer at his "masters" hands. When he would make comments about not being a real person, and that he was just a corpse to get him through his life, I felt compelled to do something, to fix something...He was so real and so damaged, but by far my favorite person in this book, regardless of what he has done.

The book started with confusion and danger, with pieces to the puzzle being slowly dropped for the reader and the characters to try and piece together, until we have so much revealed and then the story ended. I need to read more, and I need it ASAP! I can't remember the last time I was so lost in a story, and when I reached the end I kept hoping I was wrong and there were more pages...somewhere... But, alas, that was the end and I will get my hands on the next book. I was blown away by this book, it caught me just right I think, and I have high expectations from what Aden will create next.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.

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