Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

 Cover of Seeker

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.

****Ani’s Review****

When I think of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton I think of: Druids, sacred rites of passage, greed, and revenge. The Druids in this story act as judge and jury and Quin is about to become one. She has been taught to be principled and fair but when she learns her father is anything but and her boyfriend only wants to become a Seeker for revenge, her world is turned upside down.

Seeker is a study in contrasts, showing human nature as it can be – violent, ugly, and flawed as well as kind, generous, and forgiving. It is all action and mayhem within an alternate reality. I really enjoyed the version of Hong Kong’s bridge city. I am happy to say that the characters were well developed and the writing was enjoyable. I would recommend Seeker for Young Adults on up due to the amount of violence and drug use.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

So here’s the deal, Angelfall by Susan Ee is one of my all time favorite Fantasy/Apocalypse/Adventure novels. The first time I read this book, I was so over the top about it that I started to question whether it was really that good. What do you do when you can’t trust your own opinion? Ask your friends! So I told my best friend, whose opinion on books I trust, to try it out and tell me if it’s as good as I thought it was. Guess what? She agreed!

So as Susan Ee’s new novel and, I think, last in the Penryn series, is coming out (see the countdown clock at the sidebar) I realized that I hadn’t reviewed this beauty or her 2nd novel in the series, World After, either. Whatever was I thinking??? In case you need more than just my glowing intro, here is my review on Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I kept seeing this (at that time, free) novel on Amazon with amazing reviews but did I really want to read about angels gone bad? I just didn’t think there’d be much to it. But a free book is too good to pass up so I downloaded it….and I couldn’t put it down!

Besides enjoying fantasy, another big draw for me was that Angelfall is set in the bay area. Penryn, the main character’s name is supposedly taken from a highway exit (though I couldn’t find it online). However, the character development starts right at the beginning with Penryn pushing her sister in her wheelchair (down El Camino Real) to safety and discussing her mother’s schizophrenia. What?! Wheelchair and mental illness? I remember feeling stunned that a cheap fantasy story, and YA to boot, would have some deep issues like these. This book has a unique storyline, is full of nonstop action, and with good writing on top of it all, how could I not like it? Plus, the hunky angels are just icing on the proverbial cake. Yes, I did just say that. So that is Angelfall. You’re welcome.

The second book is called World After. This part of Penryn’s story is much more chaotic than the first book but I suppose that’s what happens when the apocalypse occurs! I really don’t want to divulge anything but Penryn is again trying to save her sister and running all over the bay area in order to do just that. You get to know much more about the angels in this novel and what may or may be motivating them.

The down side to Angelfall is the cliffhanger ending. The upside…the 2nd book is already out so no waiting! It is also clean so teens can read it but due to the violence I wouldn’t recommend it for the tweens.


Seriously, I am asking for End of Days for Mother’s Day. No poems and flowers for me!!! Happy reading. You’ll thank me for this one…

Parched by Georgia Clark

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

 

ParchedParched
by Georgia Clark
YA Romantic Sci-Fi
Hardcover, 312 Pages
March 14th 2014 by Holiday House
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Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.

 

“Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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Georgia Clark is an Australian writer and performer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novels SHE’S WITH THE BAND (Allen & Unwin) and sci-fi/romance PARCHED (Holiday House). Widely published online and in print. Won some awards/grants/residencies. Has a play on at the NY Fringe festival. Pretty keen on cheese plates.

 

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Ani’s Review

Taken at face value, Parched by Georgia Clark was a fun if predictable read. I liked Clark’s writing style but there wasn’t much depth to the story or characters. Main character Tess was more likeable out in the waterless Badlands than in the utopian society of Eden where she became just another angst-ridden teenager. The badlands seemed like a real place with real characters but as soon as the story returns to Eden, the believability of the guards in particular comes into question; the guards who are in the know about the Badlands all just follow orders? Wouldn’t it be more believable if one didn’t agree with Eden’s actions and thus became part of the Kudzu rebellion? As for world building, Eden was pretty well developed in a general sense but the periphery details that come along with great stories were absent. I guess I noticed this because I liked the story a lot and was hoping for more details, character development, and even plot. Always the big question is the AI – artificial intelligence. Are they real people? Are they machines with synthesized feelings? Can they love? Parched by Georgia Clark was an enjoyable and interesting read that gets you thinking about big brother, world domination and what will happen when AI becomes a reality. Appropriate for readers 12+.

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