Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Tour: RENEGADE by J.A. Souders [Review, Character Guest post, & GIVEAWAY!]

PUB DATE: November 13th 2012
By: TorTeen
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher for Blog Tour
Series: The Elysium Chronicles #1
Summary: [Goodreads / Amazon]
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
My thoughts (Lisseth):
"This book was just..WOW. It was an AMAZING book filled with action, lies, a crazy dystopian society, dangerous situations, intense, and yes; ROMANCE. It literally kept me on the edge of my seat and addicted to it from start to finish. An AMAZING debut, I loved it!"
From the above praise you know I LOVED this book. I though, "Gorgeous cover, but the story might measure up" BOY WAS I WRONG! No seriously though it was an AMAZING read. Nothing prepared me for the mind twisting, adrenaline pumping in this book...its almost too real and it's freaky scary! Im going to try not to spoil it, because trust me..this book rocked!
Elysium is a place filled with secrets and danger. It is a gorgeous utopia under water, self sufficient, and to those who live there perfect. It sounds like a gorgeous place to live but then comes the crazy...
The villain [sorta], "Mother" as they all call her and she is basically a crazy dictator of sorts...@_@ She makes the law & YOU MUST OBEY...or else you disappear. She was calculated, cold yet seemed nice...
There is this thing called "coupling" [like marriage] and you have to get approved by Mother & be genetically a perfect match to be together; SO THAT ONLY PERFECTION CAN BE CREATED FOR ELYSIUM..@_@ Yeah there is brain washing, "conditioning", in this book...*shiver*
I Liked Evelyn. You think, "what a fudged up life" mostly because at first she couldn't remember and had this "condition" were she forgot things. ANd OMG the begging to this book was both creepy, mind boggleing, that it makes you go..."What the HECK just happened". I think I stared at my door for like 10 minutes trying to understand what had just happened [It does that like for the first 3 chapter!]. BUT it was simply perfect & set the mood for the book. ^_^
The book basically RUNS from when she meets Gavin, he's loyal, strong, calming, and super likeable ;) I really liked the romance in the book. Evelyn & Gavin have to trust each other to get what they want. And in the process they fall in love slowly and actually get to know each other [no insta-love!] which was nice...though there are some HOT scenes.
Throughout the book Evelyn starts to remember things she was forced to forget [yeah forced] and she finds out the truth to her life & the place she called home. PLUS some of the lies were like WOAH...just discovering the lengths that Mother would go to see that she stays in power and control, was shocking...O_O
The world J.A. Souders created was one of the most scariest and unique that I have EVER read. It rattles your mind and keeps you thinking. Plus is filled with a plot both intriguing, addictive and filled with twists you will NOT see coming!!
Overall this book was...
It was out this world AMAZING!! This gave me the same tingles & anxiety that ARTICLE 5 gave me when I was reading it! I can't tell you EVERYTHING because that would ruin the surprise but You must read this ASAP!! So I give it 5/5 GOLDEN FEATHERS!!
NOTE: These are a series of letter’s from Macie Beaumont (Evelyn’s bestfriend), to her betrothed Nicke Lefarve. This letter was found in Nick’s belongings shortly after The Incidences as documented in Renegade.
Renegade #1
About the Author:
J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble.
Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She now lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, SFWA, YARWA and SCBWI.
She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency and her debut novel, RENEGADE, will be released Fall 2012!
Find & Follow her on: Twitter / Goodreads / Facebook / Blog / Website
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  1. Your review cracked me up! Thanks for the giggles!

    - Liz

  2. This sounds so awesome, I can't wait until it comes out :) I loved the gifs and great review!

  3. Great to hear you loved Renegade! I'm on the tour also (if the ARC gets to me in time)! I'm doing an interview with Gavin!

  4. SOOOOO excited for this book! Fabulous review and tour stop!

  5. Wow, that cover is stunning! I can't wait to read this book :)

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  6. thanks for a great review and blog tour! This book sounds so good and I love the cover :)


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