Release Date: August 12th 2015
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.
Five Stars- it was amazing, mind-blowing, let me live in this story world for ever and ever and never leave!
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!
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