Thursday, April 23, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: An Outcast and an Ally (A Soldier and a Liar #2) by Caitlin Lochner

An Outcast and an Ally
Caitlin Lochner
(A Soldier and a Liar #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 21st 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Dark secrets and conflicting loyalties abound as four superpowered teens are torn apart by war in Caitlin Lochner’s An Outcast and an Ally, the epic YA sequel to A Soldier and a Liar.

Lai, Jay, Al, and Erik are on the run after the military accuses them of being traitors. Tensions between everyone are high, but they have to stick together if they want to survive. And somehow stop the war that’s now in full swing.

But when Erik returns to the rebels to find answers about his past, Lai, Al, and Jay have no choice but to go to the Order―a peace coalition bent on stopping the rebels and dissolving the enmity between gifted and ungifted. However, the longer the war drags on, the more Lai’s long-kept secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s ever worked for. Sparks fly as the team constantly questions whether they can trust one another and everyone tries to navigate a war that will change everything.

Filled with the same high-stakes superpowered action and complex relationships as A Soldier and A Liar, Caitlin’s first book, An Outcast and an Ally brings this story to a dramatic and satisfying close.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Dystopian, Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Supernatural, Survival, Suspense, Teen--

Keep in mind that this is the sequel in a series that needs to be read in order. The events from the first book trigger what happens in this story and all the drama between the characters has been building. While the first half of the story was slow, setting up what was going to happen, the second half was an action packed mess of battles and loss. This is the supernatural dystopian series that you have been looking for, think X-men meets The Hunger Games.

I loved how An Outcast and an Ally was told through four different perspectives this time, instead of just Lai and Jay views. This time we get to see inside all team mates, so Al and Erik are main characters as well. I loved getting to see what motivated them and what they really wanted (not just what mind reader Lai picked up in their heads!) and I feel like they are just as important in the story as Lai and Jay have been since the beginning. I loved the messy dynamic between the four, watching over the course of the two books as four complete strangers begrudgingly became teammates and then a family- with the bickering and loyalty and all. And while there was a few different romantic relationships that played out in the series, I think the overall friendship was a much deeper bond.

I am pretty sure that this is the end of the journey for this rag-tag team of rebellion fighters. This book wrapped up the story nicely, not leaving any loose ends to make me unhappy. Keep in mind that this was full of heartache and possible death, so it is not an easy read but I am glad I took the journey with Lai and her group. I think this series is the perfect choice for fans of all things dystopian with rebellions, characters with supernatural abilities and who love found families in stories.

Author Bio:

I’m a nerd, traveler, and architecture enthusiast who worked as an assistant English teacher in Tokyo for three years before pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida. I love reading and writing anything with magic, adventure, and complex found-family relationships. I can typically be found absorbed in books, games, or manga, or else obsessing over said books, games, and manga.

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  1. This series sounds fantastic and ending on a great note, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. After reading Smada's Book Smack's Blog on An Outcast and An Ally, I'm going to buy the book and also the first in the series, A Soldier and a Liar.