Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review + Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Isaura (Aberrant #3) by Ruth Silver

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Title: Isaura (Aberrant 3) Author: Ruth Silver

Publisher: Patchwork Press/Lazy Day Publishing 
Published On: December 4th, 2013 
Cover Art: Erica Crouch (paperback), Lazy Day Publishing (eBook)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy 

   Synopsis: With Joshua’s recent disappearance, Olivia has little choice but to head into the dangerous Gravelands as the new government wrestles with fixing the damage to society. Joining forces with her estranged father and a girl from Haven, they go on a search-and-rescue mission to find Joshua and bring him back alive. If traveling through outlaw territory isn’t frightening enough, Olivia learns she has exposed her secret and is hunted by her allies.   
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“I'm fine!” I pushed harder on the gas. “They can't be that far ahead of us.” I just hoped we were headed in the right direction.
We drove another twenty minutes north as I moved off the dirt road and onto grass. I glanced back at Rane. “Do you think Craynor could have found a place in Haven to keep Joshua?” “I don't know. Not much was left. There could have been a cellar or basement abandoned that didn't get struck. That's how I survived,” Rane admitted. It at least gave me hope. As we drove north, the rain stopped and the clouds parted. Cresting a hill, I slammed the brakes as we jolted to an abrupt halt. “What the hell?” Gavin's voice echoed as the seatbelt restrained him and his arm shot up on the dashboard to steady himself. A few feet away, I saw outlaws with weapons pointed in our direction. “Hurry up!” His voice threatened in my ear as I slammed on the gas, but our car wasn't going anywhere: the tires had blown from spikes in the road. Locking the doors hadn't helped. They busted the car window and flipped the lock, opening the door, dragging all three of us out.  

As I sit down to write this review, it is bitter sweet. This series has been a great surprise in a year where I read close to 300 books. The three of these being some of my favorites, it comes as no surprise that the ending to this epic trilogy did not disappoint me. So as we move into the new year, I was excited to see Isaura come across my email to end the year on a high note, but a sad one as well. I fell in love with Olivia, Joshua and all the other character from the future country of Cabal and really cared about where they were going to go from the end of the second book to here.

I have to applaud the author because the story never got redundant or boring, she kept it fresh and introduced new and invaluable characters to the series at exactly the right times, at places that the main characters either needed them or need them to exist to defeat. For example, Isaura and her crazy evilness was necessary to progress the new government and where these towns where going after the revolution started by Olivia and crew in the second book. Henry, the leader of Spade, was needed to give a contrast to the newly formed government. Both characters made this book better along with moving the remaining cast from previous stories in different directions. Adding some elements of fairy tale such as the Through the Looking Glass reference and other magical elements was creative and really helped the story feel new and exciting. You're left feeling so much hope emanating from these pages by the end of this story that you knew these people were going to be okay, and I was happy with that.

Olivia, to me, was the shining star throughout but she really reached her peak in Isaura. She remained her tough-as-nails self, but matured further than I expected. She took responsibility and that leader position that she had been avoiding for two books. She made choices that were difficult and really made them with a resolve that I don't think we would have seen at the beginning of this series. Despite what she tries to convince you of throughout, she is more than most people are, she is special. She is Aberrant. This final story solidified that for me and I am so proud of her. The purpose of a finale is to wrap up all the little loose ends and this book did that to a healthy satisfaction. Of course I would have loved to explore every nook and cranny of Spade and Cabal but there wouldn't be enough pages in the world to ever truly run over everything in this world, but as an ending....this rocked!- My Opinion- Buy it!

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Title: Moirai (Aberrant 2)
Author: Ruth Silver
Published: September 26, 2013 by Patchwork Press & Lazy Day Publishing (eBook)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua prepare for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months. With new abilities and special talents from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she’ll be forced to face.
A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.

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Title: Aberrant
Author: Ruth Silver
Published: April 28, 2013 by Patchwork Press & Lazy Day Publishing (eBook)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence.
Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system. With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

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About the Author Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing and Patchwork Press, ABERRANT, was released April 2013. The second novel in the series, MOIRAI, continues the saga. ISAURA, is the final installment in the ABERRANT trilogy. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. 

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