Reviews

Grounded by G.P. Ching

Ruth West - Monday, July 17, 2017

Title: Grounded
Author: G. P. Ching
Publisher: Carpe Luna Publishing
Published: November 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance



Grounded is a phenomenal story that goes places I never saw coming. It is a fast read that is filled with excitement and energy, especially as the story progresses. Hemlock Hollow is a small town where Lydia, an Amish girl, has the opportunity to experience the English world on rumspringa. With its roots in a a strong world-building in Hemlock Hollow, this futuristic story explores the power of electricity in a way that is creative and satisfying. Lydia grapples with the government, her new relationship with Korwin, and her identity as a 'Spark'. Prepare to be enlightened by this electrifying dystopian while reading Grounded. I eagerly await snatching the second book in the series. With likable characters, an engaging plot, a fast-paced but well-developed story, and twists and turns at every corner, this book is sure to satisfy. 
Reviewed by Samantha Peters

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Banded by Logan Byrne

Ruth West - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Title: Banded
Author: Logan Byrne
Publisher: self-published
Published: Feb 20, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Futuristic, Dystopian


There are far too many similarities in Banded to the dystopian young adult book, Divergent, and even a hint of Harry Potter with the sorting hat. The likeness to Divergent wasn't entirely a surprise given the description of the book (6 factions separated in Manhattan for the good of the country), but I had hoped that the author would have put their own creative spin on things, including the world building, instead of feeling the sense of deja vu while reading this book. When reading about the simulation in the jungle, all I could think was this book is too reminiscent, same with the fighting scenes, being forced to train and fight. This was the one aspect where I thought this book could have differed significantly because the group that Kaleena is put into, isn't tasked with fighting. Instead the book went in the same direction, again, as Divergent. Now, with all that being said, Banded was well-written with decent pacing and I was anxious to read the next chapter and not put down the book. I would have loved Banded had the originality been entirely the authors and not taken from other young adult novels, so much so that I found it distracting. There wasn't a dose of heavy romance like Divergent, which I found to be the biggest difference and the fact that everyone is forced to wear bands, something that I thought could have been further developed and expanded. What makes this book absolutely wonderful and unique, is lost in the repetitiveness of similar works in the same genre. 
Reviewed by Marissa Vine


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Forever Ours by Trisha Leigh

Ruth West - Friday, July 07, 2017

Title: Forever Ours
Author:Trisha Leigh
Published: April 27, 2017
Publisher: Evermore Publishing
Category: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance

 


Forever Ours was an easy, page-turning romance focusing on sixteen year old foster kid Claire. Reminiscent of the television show The Fosters, Forever Ours is well-written, engaging, and rather steamy for a young adult read. Chris and Claire are both likable and complex characters. Although the characters are sixteen, this book is better suited for the 18+ up crowd due to sexual content, extensive use of the F-word, and the adult situations in the story. The book is written like a new adult novel but the ages of the characters make it classified as young adult. The disclaimer on Amazon states that it was rereleased for a young adult audience which I find misleading since I would not recommend this book for the YA crowd. Having not read any previous version, I cannot say what was or was not changed.   Read More