ARC Review- Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

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Release Date: August 12th 2015

From Goodreads

      Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
      After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
       But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
      Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

I have just finished EVE and I feel like I have been on an emotional roller-coaster involving waterfalls of tears and huge vertical drops of pain, interspersed with crazy loops of happiness. I am not really sure where I stand right now apart from to say I LOVED THIS BOOK. This review might get updated a few times as I continue to think about the plot and characters, meaning it might end up quite long so I have split it into two parts.

The Short
Five Stars- it was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!

The Long

Here we go. I am going for a no-spoiler review here, so bear with my rambling! I ought to say here that I received a free ARC from the Author and this has in no way affected my review.

Things I loved about EVE: The Awakening

Eve. It is so rare these days for a reader to be given a strong female character who can still depend on others, make mistakes and actually be believable. Eve is a tough girl, but she has reason to be. She has been abused at every stage of her life, shunned by society and beaten up by her peers. So she learnt to fight back, she learnt to control her talent and she learnt to keep people away. She is a leader, but is not perfect.

Jason Valentine– Finally, a love interest who doesn’t treat the main character like dirt. He is kind, sweet and sexy. You won’t find any Christian Greys in Jenna’s story worlds, this guy is sweet, you could probably introduce him to your parents, (as long as they weren’t chimera hating asshats), he is sexy, and he cares for Eve and really shows it.

Percy– I adored Percy. I was so glad Jason has a friend who was loyal, and then when you meet Percy’s Mother…well, I feel I might be getting into spoiler territory here, but let me say- yay for loveable characters! If an author can make me squirm with happiness for the main character, then that author has won. Also Percy really made me feel that Jason was an alright guy early on in the book as he was so obviously nice, no way could Jason be an asshat and be friends with him.

The plot– all the way through this book, I really couldn’t see what was coming. And things kept coming! It is so action packed, and you honestly couldn’t guess what the gang were going to do next, but at the same time, because I feel like I know Jenna’s writing style from her youtube videos, I felt this inexplicable trust. You see, Jenna Moreci is a planner, she has the whole plot set out, so I knew (or at least, really really hoped) that the ending was going to be just as awesome as the rest of the book, so I could just settle in and enjoy the ride. This might be a personal thing, but lately I have been bitten by a lot of books that had good beginnings, great middles and then just went flop at the end. EVE is not one of these books, in fact, the ending might be the BEST part!

The fight scenes. Surprisingly, as I don’t really like action films and although I enjoy fight scenes in comic books, in novels I tend to just gloss over them a bit. But in EVE, I got really caught up in them, and now I want to be as bad ass as Eve!

Things I didn’t like

Ummmm, let me get back to you on that one! No, seriously, I can’t actually think of anything I would change about this book. It has given me weird dreams all week where I am fighting interlopers, that were actually the sort of scary nightmare that you are a little disappointed to wake up from? Anyone else get those? Nope, just me? Oh well!

Star Rating

Fivestars

 

 

So as I said, this book gets five stars from me, and I am definitely buying a hard copy as well as my already pre-ordered kindle edition.

If you would like to buy Eve: The Awakening, here is the link to Amazon, where you can preorder it.

The release date is the 12th August 2015.

I guess all that is left for me to say is thank you so, so, so much to Jenna for letting me read an Advance Reader Copy of this book, I am so honoured to be a part of your Cyborg Army.

I forgot to mention that you can read the first three chapters of EVE here. Be warned, it is totally addictive, possible side effects include swooning, shouting at the computer screen and clicking on the preorder button!

Much Booky Love
E. St. C
xxx

ARC Review: The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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Expected publication date: 12th May

Author: Sam Maggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review.

From Goodreads

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

My review

Bah, this book, it has me feeling so conflicted! It kind of felt like one of those lists “10 signs you are a girl geek” designed to make you feel oh-so-special and unique and just amazing in every way. You know the ones? So, because I am a human being, I really enjoyed reading it. I felt all the way through, “hell yeah, that is me! I am a total Potterhead/Whovian/Browncoat/Insert Other fandom Here”. That isn’t to say there weren’t really good parts to this book. So, as we are all *such fans* of these lists, here ya go! I made you a special one!

(I actually really like lists! Lists of the best books of the year, lists of why I like/dislike a book, lists of books with awesome covers featuring girls in dresses, I just hate the ego filling lists that you get all over Facebook. For an amazing blog post on this, have a look at this post by Jenna Moreci, a truly amazing writer who has first hand experience of these lists!)

Things I Liked About This Book

1. I liked the Geek Girl Feminism chapter. All of it. Especially when she says that as women, we should be supporting one another, not putting each other down to claw our way to the top of the geekery pile. Go sister!

2. I liked the interviews with the creators/writers/other geekgirl stars. Very interesting and honest.

3. I liked the packing list for conventions. I am yet to go to a convention, I am saving up to go to one next summer, but I found this useful!

4. I liked the list of comic books/ books/ TV series etc. featuring bad-ass women or written by bad-ass women, as some of them I hadn’t heard of and intend to buy.

5. The language was easy to read and approachable. I laughed out loud several times.

6. I loved the encyclopedia of useful fangirl links and places to go at the end of the book. I joined the International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club (IGGPPC) because of this list, which is one of the most amazing places for geek girls to hang out on the Internet. Also, Pen Pals! So much fun to write an actual letter!

Things I Didn’t Like About This Book.

1. The description of the fandoms. I know I am a Potterhead, you know how? Because I fangirl about Harry Potter! This section felt like a mix of one of those ego-filling lists I talked about earlier and a “How to become a geek girl because they are so cool now” book. The reason I like fangirling over things, is because I really enjoyed the TV programme/Book series/Comic Book to begin with. I didn’t start watching Doctor Who just so I could become a Whovian. The only good part of this list was the starting points for some of the comic books and TV series, as there are several series I quite fancy reading/watching and wasn’t sure where to start. But at the same time…Google. So maybe this isn’t a good enough reason.

2. The way this book was so blinking focused on the US. Hey, we have cool things going on in Europe too! And I am sure other continents were screaming the same thing. Where is our list of amazing conventions?

3. The assumption that most of towns would have a geeky meeting place such as a comic book store etc. Maybe I just live in a really backward-geek place, but I think I would have to drive and hour and a half to find my local comic book store.

Things I was neutral about.

1. Descriptions of Facebook/Twitter and how to use them. Come on, we are in 2015! Who doesn’t know what they are?

2. I felt this book could have just been a bit MORE! More detail, more fandoms, more universal. But, at the same time. I enjoyed it, so…

I am going to give this book three stars, because it was pretty funny and an enjoyable read. Also it had six things I like and only three things I didn’t like.

Threestars

I recommend it for people who want to get into more series, who want to find some great links for fangirls on the internet and younger people or people who are new to fandoms. It is good for a light read, most of it not to be taken too seriously. Apart from the feminist bit. That should definitely be taken seriously!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Link me up below if you have!

Booky love
E. St. C
xxx