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Friday Review: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

I have loved everything Delilah S. Dawson has written. I loved Servants of the Storm and was even more excited about Hit because the story has such an interesting concept.

HIT by Delilah S. Dawson

HIT by Delilah S. Dawson

HIT starts on day one of a dystopia which is the most interesting thing to me. Most of the people don’t realize the world has changed and that everything is different now. Patsy is one of the people who knows things have changed and will never be the same again.

Valor National Bank has saved the US from their own debt and is calling in everything owed. The choices are simple: pay your debt, become an assassin, or die. To save her mother Patsy becomes an assassin hunting collecting debt and delivering ultimatums to 10 people to save her mother’s life.

With the current atmosphere and fear of debt, Hit pushed a lot of buttons the entire time I was reading it. Watching the various reasons Patsy’s targets were in debt (student loans, YIKES) and the choices she’s forced to make as she learns that these ten targets aren’t just strangers assigned at random.

Her sidekick, a rich boy named Wyatt, watches Patsy’s back even when they both know the last name on Patsy’s list is Wyatt’s brother. As time runs out, Patsy’s faced with an impossible choice, and a bank out for blood money.

Hit was a violent, rough ride. The story doesn’t pull away from the violence of what’s happening and at times was rough to read. The chapters are longer than average and each chapter is named for one of the ten targets on Patsy’s list. I’d suggest only older YA readers enjoy this title since the violence could be very upsetting for younger folks.

The ending opens the way perfectly for the sequel, Strike, which is out in March 2016.

Friday Review: Mabon and Pomegranate

Mabon and Pomegranate by Kimberly Richardson

Mabon and Pomegranate by Kimberly Richardson

Mabon and Pomegranate by Kimberly Richardson is a collection of two stories, both involving women who discover worlds outside of everything they’ve ever known.

Mabon tells the story of Monica who makes the decision to leave a life that’s dragging her down and moves to the town of Mabon where she immediately finds the home of her dreams. The city, the people and the life in Mbon is what Monica has been searching for her whole life. She meets glamorous strangers and falls in love, but rumblings of an Other World war threaten to destroy her new life. She must work together with the mysterious Auberon to save her love, or maybe find a new love. Mabon ends with her decision still hanging in the balance and I’m looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next!

Pomegranate is the story of Alexandra. She has a wonderful husband, an incredible life, and her dream of running her own bookstore. But a black clad stranger enters her world and makes her start to question the life she’s built. When the unthinkable happens, Alexandra must decide whether to dive into the world of pomegranates or to stay with what she’s always known.

These stories are both tales of woman being swept away into a dark, beautiful world filled with passion and danger they’ve never before known.

You can buy Mabon and Pomegranate here.

Review: Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow

It has been a long time since I’ve read a sci-fi novel, let alone anything with superheros. Needless to say, I was a little wary of diving into Broken. However, within the first few pages I was sucked into the dystopic world Bigelow created. Her characters jump from the page from the very start and don’t let go.

Michael is an amazing lead character and is one of the strongest characters I’ve read in a while. His actions drive the story forward, and while he does have the ability to see the future he still doesn’t have all the answers and still doubts what he is doing. He’s known his life would change the moment a woman hands him her baby, a baby that will grow up to either become a horrible monster or a hero to save this destroyed world. Michael knows the weight of the world is on him and his only allies are Broken, a superhero who has lost her powers, and Monica, a young woman who has just lost everything.

The trio of characters is incredibly believable in their interactions, rather than accepting their task, all three struggle with the weight of trying to save this child from the future of becoming a monster. I really enjoyed the fact that these are not cookie-cutter heros, they do and say things I don’t expect but that are totally believable. They surprise me and that’s what kept me drawn to the story.

While there are moments of weakness in the plot and the finale felt a little rushed, it is one of the only endings that literally made me gasp aloud and took me totally off guard in a good way.

Bigelow has a lot of skill with her characters and crafting a detailed but not overwhelming story. I was pleased that while the world her story is in is detailed I never felt overwhelmed or confused or lost by the world. The author gracefully avoids ‘info-dumping’ for the most part, though there are a few areas that could have been slimmed down.

All in all I very much enjoyed Broken and will be the on the look out for more from Susan Jane Bigelow.

You can buy Broken here