Saven Disclosure: The Saven Series book 2 by Siobhan Davis

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Length: 359 pages

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What they say:

THE TRUTH CAN’T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.

The review: Let me first direct you to my gush about the amazing Siobhan Davis in the first of this, The Saven Series,  here . In this book we see Sadie without Logan, who is fulfilling his duty as the Crown Prince of the Saven. We get to know a host of characters, as before I loved Jarod, but loved Hayden too!

The funny thing about these books is that everyone seems to have feelings that Sadie is special, but you’re actually with them, to me she never got tiresome. She is up to her usual kickass stuff (I know, not very professional of me, but I do have a bit of a girl crush on her), and her and Jarod set off to walk straight into danger.

I can’t give away too much, mainly because as this is the second book I’m afraid I’ll give spoilers, as I’m not a dystopian reader and so don’t know what’s acceptable to give away or not, but I will say that the action here is second to none and I was actually nervous as to who was going to get caught and what would happen. The world was visible to me and the whole thing read like the most epic action film, I was fully immersed and stayed up very late reading. I loved that we were introduced to a new race and also that I didn’t get confused with all the characters, they were differentiated enough that I got to know them all. One of my biggest pluses, though, was that I  read this as part of the box set and so could continue to binge! And binge I did!

Rating: 5/5 and recommended to the world (Go back to book 1 first, though!)!

 

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Saven Deception (Saven Series book 1) by Siobhan Davis @siobhandavis

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Length: 437 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal buy link for the book

Another day, another person from the Imagine, Write Inspire Group that I am so lucky enough to be a member of (it’s led by the brilliant Carmel Harrington). And my word, what a person! Here was a USA Today bestselling author who was focused, motivated and super duper talented, but also incredibly, incredibly helpful and ready to give advice on all things writing and publishing to all who needed it. Her books (see them here ) were charting high and being gushed about by people I held in very high regard and so I jumped straight in. I’d actually never read a science fictiony, young adult book before The True Calling Series (I will get to them another day, needless to say I was fully grabbed by them), but with every syllable I was hooked. After such an experience where one of the first books I recommended to people was said series, I wondered whether I could possibly like these as much. There was no need to worry- this book (and series!) is EPIC (jumps about excitedly!!). By the way I feel I have to point out, she’s a book blogger too!! (Her blog is http://myyanabookobsession.com/ )

Note: I apologise for all gushing and exclamation marks used within this entire post, but I do feel they’re warranted(!;)) Also, I generally give a note with books I’ve received from the author to say I received it in return for an honest review. I bought this myself, but as you can guess I am wowed and in awe of Siobhan, and know her well from social media and have met her a number of times, so although ALL of my reviews are ALWAYS 100% HONEST, I feel I have to re-iterate that here, because I know people can have their doubts when it comes to people reviewing authors they have met/ know/ are inspired by ( a pity, but I don’t blame them.)

What they say: THE TRUTH DOESN’T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person–herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

The Review: I have to admit that I somewhat dropped the ball here, I should be quoting and quoting and quoting, but when I get fully invested in a book one of two things happen, either I highlight practically the whole book, or I forget to highlight and add notes altogether and next thing I’m a bit stuck, obviously, number two happened in this case, apologies.

The book opens with a definition of the word ‘conscience’ and a doctor, leaving her office. The scene is set immediately.

‘Dr Evan Taylor locked her office door and walked briskly out of the building. Tugging the collar of her brown cashmere coat over the nape of her neck, she strode across the empty parking lot, the wind whipping her long copper coloured hair in a mass of tangles over her face.’

There is an incident and we’re left with no doubt that Evana has been dealt a terrible, terrible hand, with no choice but to comply with people who have decided she is to be their teacher.

Next we move to the first person voice who has escaped where the toil she is supposed to be undertaken, and apprehended by the Robo-police who is – ‘part human, part-robot, and not one of the pure cloned kind’ who informs us that the escapee is

‘Sadie Owens. Seventeen years of age. Sector Fourteen. Medi-Tech employee’

who is out twenty three minutes before curfew. Now all the curiousity/ attention grabbing buttons were well and truly pressed. We are shown how life is divided in terms of class and we also see Sadie’s life outside of work, with a family that weren’t exactly showering her with love. As a result when she is told she is to take part in the government’s pilot programme ‘The Experimento’ where she is to be moved to a settlement under water she leaves quick smart, her only worry being leaving her beloved sister behind.

I cannot gush enough about this book. The pacing was amazing, with action suddenly hitting you between the eyes to make you sit up even straighter, the romance is perfection, captivating, but stopping before the over the top swoony stuff can occur, the characters all excellent in playing their necessary parts (you know, you like the ones you should, are deliciously shocked by those you don’t) and the way the scenes are set play like a film- I could see every mode of transport, every room, every setting with such clarity. Just to cement how much I liked this-after reading on Kindle Unlimited, I bought the boxset of 1, 2 and 2.5 and read all straight way ( I have just seen that the full set is available to pre-order on Amazon- due out this month!). Epic, epic, epic (and you all know how overused I think that word is!) Ridiculously highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

Me vs. Netgalley: The week ahead in REVIEWS

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I have read a number of rants recently on people who are taking advantage of the system, accepting review requests or requesting books from Netgalley and not fulfilling their duties. All aforementioned authors and bloggers were just plain mad over the nerve of the average blogger when they took on a book and then a post appeared sometime later saying that life had popped up and stopped them from reading or reviewing. I have to admit they most definitely had a point.

In recent weeks our iPad, my laptop and phone all ceased to exist in quick succession. Our internet, as we live in the country (oh there’s a post coming on this one, believe me;)) started to only appear for minutes at a time, generally choosing a vital part of the day to cut me off from the world. My husband, who had been off work for some time with health issues, returned, taking HIS laptop with him then running programs by night so I couldn’t get near it. I lost a bit of my zest reading, blogging and writing-wise, have had kids wake up nightly, and also returned to writing (a good thing!). There is a chance that this period of time has had enough physical interruptions to justify my absence from my blog and indeed from the Netgalley books I took on, but actually I don’t really think so.

If I had a book on Netgalley I’m pretty sure seeing the requests appear for my book would get me very excited as to the buzz that was going to be created for my work, thus telling me that my (or my publisher’s) substantial fee was justified. I am telling you this as an author myself, one who got two thousand free downloads of her book which resulted in just two reviews on Amazon. So in the same breath that I’m telling you that not only am I back writing and motivated again on the creative front (the Wexford Literary festival led by the great Carmel Harrington and including authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Siobhan Davis and Catherine Ryan Howard and a refreshing Frankie Gaffney and Jax Miller and industry experts such as Margaret Madden and Mary McCauley was my tonic -yay!!), the breath that should be telling you I’m slowing down on the blogging front, I’m actually going to tell you instead that I am going to get going on clearing my Netgalley backlog and will review every book I ever requested. Because they’re worth it.

Do you ever struggle with commitments to reviewing?Does the word ‘tbr’ make you shudder? Let me know in the comments!

Stacking the Shelves (12-19 March 2016)

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. So in my case it’s all the e-books I’ve received from NetGalley, as a request from an author, from Amazon, or as a physical copy from the library or bookshop. Thanks again to Tynga’s reviews in particular for stating that she didn’t mind what genre was involved, I know not all of these will be everyone’s cup of tea, plus thanks to Hayley at Rather Too Fond Of Books, as this is where I’ve become a fan of the stacking the shelves meme:)

To begin with I got the following from Netgalley:

The Summer We Danced by Fiona Harper 

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I loved The Little Shop Of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper (excuse the post, it was my first ever!). Her characters are fresh and interesting and her descriptions vivid and so I was so excited to get approved for this!

The Wedding Date by Jennifer Joyce

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You all know how I felt about The Beginner’s Guide to Salad. Brilliantly homely, with ‘you want to make them your best friend’ characters, funny writing, and in general oh so satisfying. Jennifer Joyce is a legend in my book (not MY book, but, oh, you know what I mean!).

 

And from Amazon:

Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis

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The ‘True Calling‘ series was my first foray into YA and I ADORED it! Amazing writing, twists and turns with constant questions in the air as to who could be trusted. Siobhan Davis was in the IWI writing group with me and I’m so proud of how amazing she’s doing, but you’re hearing this from someone who is speaking as a reader not just a friend. Cannot wait to get back to these. (The first books of both her series are free on Amazon at the moment).

Love Muffin and Chai Latte by Anya Wilde

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‘Love Muffin and Chai Latte follows the journey of Tabitha Lee Timmons as she deals with financial stress, loony relatives, some crooks, an unhappy bride to be, a grumpy old man and two heartbreakingly handsome men.’ Yup, the blurb got me.

Any Way You Slice It by Monique McDonell

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A marraige of convenience to sort out PLUS is free on Amazon at the moment. Nuff said.

Izzy’s cold feet by Sarah Louise Smith

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I think the cover got me here, I remembered seeing a lot about Amy and Zach and was going to go looking for that but then got sidetracked when I ‘peeked’ inside this. As you’d guess from the title it’s about someone having cold feet on their wedding day, Izzy can’t stop thinking of the ones that got away. Add in that the blurb tells us her sister went missing when she was young and I had to click!

So, a good week (em, maybe too good-shifts nervously from foot to foot;)) Happy reading everyone:)