*COVER REVEAL* The Upworld by Lindsey S. Frantz

 I am beyond THRILLED to reveal the gorgeous cover of The Upworld by Lindsey S. Frantz. If you love YA dystopian novels, this book is for you. The Upworld will be released this summer!

It’s been many generations since the Vitium War. In the ruins of what was once Appalachia, the population has split into three groups—upworlders who live in sparse, walled off cities, albino cave dwellers, and a group of savage nomads called the Wylden. Then there’s Erilyn—a telekinetic 17-year-old girl who can see auras and hear thoughts. For three years she lived a quiet, calm life in the woods with Luna, her albino serval cat, until the day Finn—an upworld boy from Sunnybrook—stumbles, injured, into her clearing, chased by Wylden hunters. Erilyn’s once calm life is turned upside down as she guardedly travels with Finn back to Sunnybrook. There she must confront both the secrets of her past—the cave dwellers she ran from as a child and the bittersweet memories she daily tries to forget—and Morrigan, the girl who broke Finn’s heart and who’s harboring her own a dangerous secret.

In alternating chapters told in Erilyn and Finn’s voices, in a style similar to Veronica Rossi, Frantz explores segregated societies and how vitium—the product of hundreds of years of pollution—affects this post-war world, which has startling parallels to our present.

If you are already itching to read The Upworld, you can check out Erilyn’s Awakening, the prequel short story to The Upworld, in From Now On- The Last Words Anthology.

 

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Lindsey S. Frantz was born and raised in Appalachia and earned her MFA from Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. Her stories and poems have previously appeared in numerous literary journals, including Main Street Rag’s Villains Anthology.

She currently lives in sleepy, art-rich Berea, Kentucky with her husband, Vince, and their two young children, James and Sadie.

 Check out her website and her facebook page

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Quanta by Lola Dodge Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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The Blurb:

Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.

The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.

Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?

 

My Review:

I LOVED this book and fully expect to see it one day in film! Quanta is the second book in The Shadow Ravens series– a series written by three different authors and set in a futuristic world run by a genetically modified caste system.  Much like the Hunger Games, it opens with a palpable tension that never lets up and keeps you on edge until the very end.

I just couldn’t put this book down.

Reminiscent of the movie Edge of Tomorrow (which was originally the Japanese military sci/fi novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka,) it amps up the time travel genre and keeps the reader gasping, “No Way!”

The love story meshes perfectly with the action. Lola Dodge knows how to marry romance and action so seamlessly that the reader isn’t jarred between the two, but keeps turning pages to see how the two characters (Quanta and Altair) can possibly survive long enough to begin their love story–the love story that we’ve been watching through Quanta’s time visions from the moment we first see Altair.

Overall, exciting read and well written. Though it is the second book in the series, it could easily be stand alone. If you are the kind of reader that HAS to read your series in order (that would be me!) then click here to read our review of Cipher by Aileen Erin.  I can’t wait for book three in the series!

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AUTHOR BIO:
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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CJ Redwine’s Defiance

 

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**I purchased a signed copy of this book from the author at UtopYa Con 2015***
Let me preface this by saying that I have pretty much stopped reading novels of the Dystopian/Post-Apocalypse variety. Not that I haven’t enjoyed them in the past–I’m just kind of over them. That being said, I heard this author speak at a a recent writers conference and enjoyed her wit, humor,and overall voice so much that I decided I’d like to read her work.
I’m so glad that I did.
Defiance is well written. The tension is immediately present from the first few sentences when we discover that her father hasn’t yet returned and is heightened in each subsequent chapter. Redwine then takes you on hair bending curves–abusing her characters a bit, before giving the reader a brief romantic respite. Then the action explodes once again.
The female protagonist, Rachel, is fiesty, bad-a$$, and as stubborn as hell. She begins her journey as a head strong girl, whose arrogance in her abilities almost gets her killed. She’s at times unreasonable, impulsive, and sometimes waspish.
I loved her.
I loved that she was hurting and couldn’t see through the red haze at times. I loved how easily she moved from anger to contrition when she realized she was wrong. I loved that her character has room to grow in the next books (which I have yet to read.) In fact, by the end of Defiance, she sees the consequences of her rashness and mourns them to the point of self-loathing.

Logan is an introspective “tech” guy. Violently losing his mother and then being branded as an outcast, he was apprenticed out to Rachel’s father as child. Logan’s character develops as he takes on the role of Protector over Rachel. He moves from quiet observer to action hero–from silent usurper to leader of a movement. And in the process, he allows himself to love even though everyone he’s ever loved has been ripped from his life.

This post apocalyptic society fascinated me. In a world where modern governments have fallen and basic human rights fell with them, we have Baalboden: a misogynistic society that in some ways parallel modern extremist muslim cultures (in their views of women.) Women are only taught housekeeping skills, how to entertain, etc. Men are given SIX more years of education. Women can not go out in public without their Protector and have no say in whom they will marry. When of age, they are CLAIMED. Like property.

But Rachel’s father raised her differently. He taught her to read and write. He taught her how to use a sword and to defend herself. He taught her how to survive in the Wasteland.

Great book.
I’m ready for the next.

 

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