Review: Scavenger Girl by Jennifer Arntson

 

 

Stripped of their birthright and shunned by the people of Ashlund, Una and her family are forced to live on the fringe of society as Scavengers. There is no question that her family’s bond is strong, but the law of the Authority is stronger…and soon it will come to collect her. After all, the family is on borrowed time already.

When a night of torment and truth reveals well kept secrets, Una takes new freedoms – free from the Authority, her family, and possibly her fate. Pulled between the life she’s always known and a world where status and rituals are everything, Una struggles to understand a culture that has rejected all she holds dear. As Atchem comes to an end and she learns who she really is, will Una find the courage to do what it takes to ensure her family’s survival, or will she find the faith to follow her heart?

 

Welcome to The Hunger Games meets Star Wars! Wow, this was a great book! It was like nothing I’ve ever read before, and I read a lot. Una lives in a sort of dystopian,(horrible in my opinion) society. Her family was stripped of their title, making them scavengers. If the Authority thinks Scavengers are in the wrong, they can harm them and kill them with no consequences. It’s terrifying, really.

Una is awaiting the arrival of her period, for the year she gets it, she’ll be auctioned off on the Sellers Stage. Then, she’ll have to leave her family.

I like Una, she’s not negative about her situation (though obviously she’d rather not be in it.) I mean, she doesn’t dwell on things. She’s very adaptable, which in her world, is keeping her alive.

The writing was great; I easily got lost in the story. Parts of the book were pretty dark, and I had to take a few breaks at times, but that just means that it was believable now, doesn’t it?

There was one part of the story that just wasn’t my thing, but I can’t say because I don’t want to spoil anything.

There is so much to say about this book, but I like that the synopsis doesn’t give anything away, and I don’t want to either! Just be prepared for an adventure, like you’ve never experienced before.

****I received this book free from the author, in exchange for an honest review.***

 

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Reclaim by S.L. Stacy

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Carly just lost the last week of her life trapped in Pandora, the space between universes. Most of it was spent navigating an illusion created by her only companion, Dolos, the god of trickery. Even so, the time Carly spent there changed her. She fell in love. She’s more fearless and more determined than ever to leave the darkest parts of her past behind. And she’s learned that, sometimes, family is the one you make for yourself, like the one she’s found at Gamma Lambda Phi.

But a lot can happen in one week, and Carly returns to a sorority in jeopardy. A curse has been placed on her sisters, and it’s up to her to break it. With the Gammas out of commission, Eric’s halfling army is plotting something big, and Carly and her sisters are the only ones who can stop them. To make matters worse, Dolos is working for the bad guys and up to his old tricks.

Time is running out, but the antidote for the curse is proving impossible to find. To save her sisters and stop Eric’s army, Carly has some tough choices to make. But will she choose duty and sisterhood, or the kind of passion that comes around only once in a lifetime?

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It was great!

This is the 3rd book in S.L. Stacy’s Reborn series. In Reclaim, the main point of view is Carly. I like Carly, and I relate to her a lot (I have trouble swearing, etc, lol) but for some reason I still just feel more connected to Siobhan. Probably just because that’s who the series started out with so I *know* her a little better.

I also had a hard time with the way Carly reacted to some pretty traumatic situations, BUT she was probably just in shock and I know she had to keep moving to do important things.

I just love how all the Greek Gods are played out in this series. And I LOVE the different worlds. We get to see Carly travel to the Underworld and it was like I was there. I was nervous for her!

And I loved learning more about Dolos. I remembered him from Relapse but didn’t know too much about him as a Greek God. It was neat to see how he’s basically two different people.

S.L. Stacy is an extremely talented writer, and turning out to be one of my favorite urban fantasy authors!

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Review: Revenge by S.L. Stacy

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Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, the Olympians–a superior civilization the Ancient Greeks worshiped as gods–vowed to stop meddling in human progress. To prevent such interference, the cult of Nike erected barriers between our universe and theirs. On our world, the Olympians receded into myth and legend, continuing to inspire art, music, and stories to this day. But the “gods” left a little more behind than just great material for paranormal romance novels. Their descendants–part human, part Olympian–live among us, with no idea of their extraterrestrial heritage. Until now. The halflings are awakening on Earth, caught in the middle of a conflict ages in the making…

Genie Cho was ambitious, a dedicated student, and–as president of her sorority, Alpha Rho–a promising leader. Until she made some new, otherworldly–and dangerous–friends. They opened her up to a world of magic, a world where everyone had special powers. They promised her eternal life. But something went wrong, and Genie wound up dead.

Her untimely death has shaken all of her sorority sisters, but hits Rebecca Grey especially hard. Ever since her roommate’s passing, Rebecca’s sleepless nights have been filled with nightmares. Rebecca even thinks she hears Genie’s voice sometimes, calling out for help. Although some of her sisters remain skeptical, Rebecca is convinced that Genie’s ghost is still out there somewhere and needs their help to move on.

Join Rebecca and the Alpha Rhos on their journey to lay Genie’s spirit to rest, a quest that takes them beyond the safety and comfort of their sorority house to the gates of the Underworld.

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Review: Project S.K.I.E.

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Selie is a normal teenage girl starting college in the year 2098 at Ashmore University located within White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. While technology has advanced to incorporate artificial intelligence microchips, the worries of a teenage girl have not. Selie thought the worst she would be dealing with was hard tests and difficulty making new friends. Instead, she stumbles upon a ghastly discovery of missing students and illegal experiments. Just when she thinks she’s made a friend and meets a handsome boy who’s much more than he seems, her world is turned upside down and she soon realizes that she is no longer ordinary. Now, along with her newfound friends, her greatest worry is to find her missing classmate and stop others from falling victim.

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Review: The Spirit Seducer

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The dream comes every night: A warrior clad in leather and wielding a spear, fighting off demons with the heads of jackrabbits and pumas. Defending her.

Echo Ruiz knows it’s ridiculous. There’s no one in Santa Fe less likely to need defending. Thanks to the migraines, she’s confined to her mother’s house. Her Native American Studies classes are online, and she hasn’t made a new friend in a decade.

Until her twenty-first birthday party, when trickster Coyote himself shows up. An hour later, Echo is on the run from the power-hungry god. Her headaches are gone. Her mother is a hostage, and she’s been thrust into a mirror-world of deadly loveliness to fight or die.

Her dream warrior? He’s as real as the sweat on her skin. His name is Zeke, and he remembers a lot more about Echo than she does about him. So does her best friend, Layla, who has secrets Echo’s never guessed.

But if Echo wants to defeat Coyote—if she wants to survive—she’ll have to discover the way herself. Because that’s one ending the legends have never told…

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I read The Spirit Seducer in two nights. It hooked me from the beginning and was completely action packed.

I was really excited when the god, Coyote, came into the story, just because I have read stories with him in it before, and I wondered what he would be like in this one. I was not disappointed! He was a giant being (literally) and still a trickster that he’s known to be.

The only thing that I wish was different was a little less action. I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but I think it would have been nice for the characters to take a breather for second and the reader could get a better feel for them. I feel like Echo was almost always in fight or flight mode that we didn’t really see any of her usual self. I just felt like the action took away from what could have been a place to contribute to character development. I wanted to hear her thoughts more, rather than always see her fighting for her life.

However, I did really enjoy the book; it was hard to put down. All in all this was a great debut in the urban fantasy world. Job well done Ms. Padgett!

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