Monday, October 31, 2011

Book 30 of '11 Morning Rising by Samantha Boyette

Dust Jacket Description:

"In the ever present dusk of Inbetween, Kara Hart wakes up dirty and alone with the memory of a girl named Dylan. She remembers meeting Dylan and how her heart beat when Dylan touched her face, but nothing else. When Kara is sent to Demitar, the evil ruler of Inbetween, the truth is revealed. She is Dylan’s Guardian and neither of them are who they thought they were.

Set in a darker version our own world, Morning Rising follows Kara as she tries to save Dylan from Demitar’s clutches. She is given three days to find Dylan and get her out of Inbetween before she belongs to Demitar forever. Memories must be regained and powers restored if they have a chance of escaping. Each memory and sighting of Dylan helps Kara remember the love they once shared. If only she can help Dylan remember before it’s too late.

I received this book for review.

Characters: It took me a little while, but ultimately I ended up loving not only Dylan and Kara's relationship, but who they are as separate individuals. Kara is not only incredibly loyal and trustworthy, but she's brave and intelligent. Her love for Dylan is all encompassing and the lengths she goes to ensure Dylan is safe makes her interesting and admirable. Dylan is the epitome of a "bad girl". She's wild, free, charismatic and hard to ignore. At first I was a bit concerned that Dylan was going to appear a victim and damsel in distress for the entire novel, but towards the end she became just as strong and capable as I had hoped. The romance between these two is so sweet, true and full of chemistry that is makes a great read just to see how everything evolves.

The side characters didn't get a lot of page time. But I did enjoy them, especially Baron, and I hope I get to see more of them in future novels. And boy do I hope there are future novels. It's really worth reading. 4 and a half flowers.

Writing:
This book really does make you feel like you're suddenly surrounded by a whole new world. The story starts fast but still gives you time to stop being confused. Boyette does really well with tone, and it was one of my favourite aspects of this book. It makes it feel very fantasy and also provides needed immediacy and high stakes to the story. 5 flowers.

Plot:
The world seems to be a bit simplified, but I hope to learn more in future books and the structure is great. Pacing was well done and I'm excited to read more. 4 and a half flowers.

End:
I was very freaked out with how Boyette faked me out! But I felt much better at the end once everything happened wonderfully. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description:
I think it serves its purpose very well, and piques my interest with the lesbian romance! 5 flowers.

Cover:
Not really my favourite, as it doesn't visualize anything from the story. However, it does look professional and very YA. 3 flowers.

Overall:
This is a great book for anyone interested in seeing a great fantasy world, awesome characters with strong personalities and a wonderful lesbian romance that is a big part, but not the entirety, of the novel, pick this up! It's 99 cents on the Kindle and Nook! 4 and a half flowers.

1 comment:

  1. Ah! You've gotten me all excited to read this now. Review copy is in the to-read folder of my inbox right now.

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