Author: Sonya Weiss
Releases: December 22, 2015
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Romance
Why’d I read it?:
I received this as from netgalley.com in return for an honest review. I chose it because I love sci-fi/alien romance adventures!
Weiss, Sonya. Revenge. Lyrical Press. 2015. ebook.
Synopsis: (from goodreads)
Their love is a ticking time bomb.
Juliet Sawyer was born to save the world. Gifted with incredible powers, she’s the only one standing in the way of The Great Extinction, the prophesied battle between Supernaturals and humans. In order to keep her sister safe and avenge her father’s murder, she’ll have to infiltrate the ranks of the Supernatural leaders who wish to destroy her. But the one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone who wants her dead.
The gorgeous and dangerous son of one of the Supernatural leaders, Riley West is in charge of training the group for war—now including Juliet, whose father is responsible for killing his family. But the more they train together, the more intensely their passion for each other burns. The deeper Riley is drawn in by Juliet’s beauty, the closer he gets to the secrets she keeps: one that will challenge everything he believes in—and one that could lead to her death. Together, can their forbidden love help stop the war? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?
I chose this book because it sounded like it would have all of the elements I look for. High stakes, forbidden romance? Check. Science-fiction or aliens? Check. Fantasy elements? Check. Please note that I received this book for free from netgalley.com in return for an honest review.
Unfortunately I did not love this book as much as I wanted too. While reading it I thought it might be the author’s debut novel and that the amateurish writing could be forgiven, however I’ve just learned that she has at least two other books out. So I guess I can’t even give her that excuse.
While the story concept is quite good, and the characters seemed promising, the writing is simply amateurish. To be fair, the editing was not not terrible and there were only a few issues that I noticed of words and mistakes the editor should have caught. The book’s overall writing, however, is just not quite up to what it should be.
So I loved the concept of a Romeo-Juliet story with aliens. I mean, who wouldn’t love that? But the story is just so rushed. The author does not take her time introducing concepts, characters, and plot lines or twists. Important information is frequently suddenly dumped on us. The author needs to work on her pacing of the story. The book starts out and we are suddenly given a ton of information about the main character. A lot of knowledge of the world is assumed, which is ok, but the author never goes back and expands on it later. We are just constantly rushed from one “scene” to another.
Another jarring aspect of this book is that, again because of the rushing, the voice of the narrative frequently changes. Sometimes we get to see the entire dialogue between Juliet and her “Romeo,” and other times the conversation is simply summarized. So instead of use seeing the conversation, the narrator simply says something like “and then he asked me if I was ok and I said yes.” It’s very strange.
In fact, I’d have to say that the entire book is so rushed and scant on so many details, that it actually reads more like a summary or a “cliffs notes” of a really good book. Its sort of like if there was a great science fiction book, but instead of reading the actual book I just got to read a 7th grader’s half-hearted summary of it.
In conclusion? I probably wouldn’t pay for this book. I actually was interested to see how the story resolved and I thought both main characters seemed very promising, the author just didn’t give me enough of anything to fully capture my interest. I was left wishing that someone else had written the story, because I think the idea was good, the execution was subpar.