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[Review and Giveaway] The Cave by Michela Montgomery

[Review and Giveaway] The Cave by Michela Montgomery published on 4 Comments on [Review and Giveaway] The Cave by Michela Montgomery

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About the Book

The Cave by Michela Montgomery
(The Wind Cave #1)
Published by: Post Hill Press
Publication date: April 7th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

When a nuclear war devastates the U.S., a four-day excursion quickly turns into a fight for survival in The Cave. Six Stanford students journey into one of the deepest and longest caves in North America. A day into their journey, a nuclear war begins from within the U.S. Unable to return to the surface, and unsure what they will find when they do, the Cave will test the strength and survival of each person differently – transforming six individuals into a team, and ultimately…a family.

Review

The Cave is a stellar representative of a fairly new genre.

A peculiar phenomenon happens every once in a while in the publishing world. An innovative idea becomes a trend, which becomes something agents and editors actively hunt down, which is given a (usually cute) nickname by critics and reviewers, and finally becomes a titled and recognizable subgenre (or genre) with a healthy and growing list of works nestled safe beneath its umbrella.

The Cave is part of the New Adult genre, and the name should be self-explanatory. The characters tend to be four or five years older than characters in Young Adult series, and they have adult situations: characters have sex in pitch-black caves, get injured, swear, and face situations that aren’t necessarily as glossy as those that occur in YA. But the characters are still young. They are allowed to make mistakes, are allowed to be sexually inexperienced, to make awkward comments, to accidentally lead their friends astray. There’s a reality to the dialogue and awkwardness that reminded me of who I was in my early twenties.

The Cave is genuinely frightening.

The author does not waste words. The book is immediately claustrophobic. As the main characters travel through the titular cave, they (and we) continue to make assumptions about what is going on in the outside world. Very brief scenes that were not written from the POV of the college-age spelunkers offer little flickers of what is going on, and it is not pretty. I can’t wait to see where it goes in the following installments.

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Review: Soulless by Jacinta Maree

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Review

In the past, I’ve been asked how I’ve picked the books that I’ve done reviews on. In the past, I would’ve usually given a snarky and smartass remark. But, not this time. I feel like I’ve grown over the years and in doing so, it has changed my attitudes to others and how they feel when I say things to them. So I sat back and thought long and hard about it and then I considered the answer for a moment and it reminded me of how this review came to fruition. I first started reading a different title, by a different author…It’s ok, I’m not going to mention the author’s name I’m a better person than that. But as I was saying, I was reading a different book, and believe me when I say that it hurts when I can’t get through a book. So, after trying twice to get through it, I sighed and put it aside. I then moped around my home, wondering what to read and review next.

Then it hit me, why not check my email. It’s helped in the past, and so I did. As I stared into the vast abyss of what is my inbox, that’s where I saw it. Stuck between the email of my order from Barnes and Noble and my last Hot Topic announcement…(don’t ask) I saw it: the notice that would allow me to make up for my past attempt at a review. The aforementioned email was from a newsletter that sends me notices of new books, be it free or offers of books with a small fee. In the past I’ve found their choices to be very well rounded. And, that’s where I saw it the latest from author Jacinta Maree from Melbourne Australia, a book titled Soulless: The Immortal Gene Trilogy Book One.

I was drawn by its cover but that’s not what made me buy it, it was on sale people and there is nothing I love more than a book sale. Even a bad book that is on sale, but this is not the case. So, I decided to give it a shot and said to myself it’s only a dollar. Wow, was that dollar worth it. I have to admit that I have not read a story with such an imaginative and original plot line than this story. Jacinta knows how to draw you in with her rich characters and very good story telling. I don’t do much on the spoiler aspect so you can make the decision for yourself. But, I’ll say this: it’s worth it, from the first page to the last page. I have to say that not many people catch or should I say grab my attention like Jacinta Maree. And in the sense of page turning, this one has it, and even though I’ve only finished the book a bit ago, the characters stayed with me in my memory.

This book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. As this book caught my attention, I’m sure you’ll get caught up in it as well. With it’s rich characters and well-written prose, I myself am looking forward to seeing what else she has in store for us when she puts out the rest of the this very well-written trilogy.

Soulless is available from Inked Rabbit Press on 10/1/2015 via Amazon HERE.

About the Book

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Welcome to Soulless.

We are the generation that laughs at death.

Reincarnation; what was once considered a gift of immortality has become an eternity of nightmares.

Nadia Richards lives in a world plagued by reincarnation, a system of recycling souls where all past memories, personalities and traumatic events are relived daily in disjointed sequences. Trapped within their own warped realities, not even the richest and most powerful are saved from their own minds unraveling. Madness is the new human nature, and civilizations are crumpling beneath themselves trying to outrun it.

Within a society that ignores death, Nadia appears to be the one exception to the reincarnation trap. Born without any reincarnated memories and with printless eyes, the hot tempered 19 year old quickly becomes the ultimate prize to all those wishing to end the vicious cycle, or for some, to ensure they could evade death forever.

Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

About the Author

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Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

Author Links

Site: http://jacintamaree.wix.com/jacintamaree
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jacinta.maree.10
Deviant art: http://jacintamaree.deviantart.com/
Twitter: jacintamaree6.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6448929.Jacinta_Maree

Review: Soulless by Jacinta Maree

Review: Soulless by Jacinta Maree published on 1 Comment on Review: Soulless by Jacinta Maree

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Description

Welcome to Soulless.

We are the generation that laughs at death.

Reincarnation; what was once considered a gift of immortality has become an eternity of nightmares.

Nadia Richards lives in a world plagued by reincarnation, a system of recycling souls where all past memories, personalities and traumatic events are relived daily in disjointed sequences. Trapped within their own warped realities, not even the richest and most powerful are saved from their own minds unraveling. Madness is the new human nature, and civilizations are crumpling beneath themselves trying to outrun it.

Within a society that ignores death, Nadia appears to be the one exception to the reincarnation trap. Born without any reincarnated memories and with printless eyes, the hot tempered 19 year old quickly becomes the ultimate prize to all those wishing to end the vicious cycle, or for some, to ensure they could evade death forever.

Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

Review

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Life and death are different in the future. After several more world wars, some nuclear fallout, and a lot of hunger and sorrow, something needed to be done. That something resulted in the creation of a particularly nasty form of reincarnation and, if possible, an even less level playing field for the elites vs the rest of the players.

Everybody knows that when you die, you’ll be reborn into another body. After five or six or seven years of life, you might start having nightmares. You wake up from being stabbed to death, screaming in pain, shielding your child from the blows…to find yourself in your bed, a child once more. These aren’t nightmares, they are flashbacks to past lives. Everybody has past lives, you see. And eventually, as you get a little older, you’ll remember more and more, you’ll have too many lives to keep straight in your noggin, and you’ll go insane. Anyone with who has murdered in the past goes on a blacklist and is sent directly to prison. If you’ve done it once, you’ve done it always.

Everybody is reborn again and again; these rebirths are so certain that there is no doubt, no concern for bodily harm, no worry about what will happen when this life ends. People commit suicide at 25 to avoid aging; people will give anything for the drug, D400, that dulls the memories of past lives and allows for a sense of sanity.

Everybody, that is, but Nadia. Nadia, nineteen, remembers nothing but this life, and her eyes do not bear the line that can be scanned to demonstrate a history of lives. She’s an aberration. She lives in a slum, stands in line for food that usually runs out before she reaches the front, watches neighbors get snatched by large walking robots or shot down for breaking rules. She has a sister she loves, and parents that don’t seem to love her. She is lonely and tough and seeks understanding.

Maree deeply and impressively delves into the psychology and possible manifestation of a world in which bodies are now disposable and a person’s next life is a forgone conclusion.

How does a parent feel about a child when this child has been born many times before to different parents? Are you no longer a parent, but more like a caretaker for this bundle of beings who will eventually wake up and remember their past lives? Is there still such a thing as a parent-child bond?

How about love. If you have a loved one in a particular life, will you seek them out in the next one? How many times could you meet, and in how many incarnations? Teacher-student? Brother-sister? Lovers?

And what happens when you are the only one without these experiences? A person whose life is singular, whose parents and siblings are the only ones they’ve ever had?

This book is cinematic. There are scenes that would fit right into a miniseries or short-run series: I can see Nadia running in slow-motion, a beeping noise coming from the vault behind her as she slides along the floor and drops through a hole in the floor, an explosion rocking the building behind her, flames following her down. I can see her slipping in the blood and organs of dead prisoners, fleeing before the flames consume the empty husks. This isn’t your kids’ Hunger Games.

My only criticisms are the slight lull in the middle, (just after the cannibals,) as well as a few issues with the romance element. I don’t read much romance, so I can’t compare it to what is typical. There are some aspects that are unhealthy, some mental health and sanity checks my mind keeps making, but I’m not sure that’s surprising in a world like this. Love is rare and weird and difficult in the best of circumstances. But in a world where trust is a premium, where people are out for themselves and change allegiances quicker than their bodies, love is a battlefield. It was inevitable that the love story portion would lead to blood and violence and madness.

This book ends with a cliffhanger on a literal cliff. Maree builds an intriguing world, and for the most part, I enjoyed the plot and characters. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Soulless is available from Inked Rabbit Press on 10/1/2015 via Amazon HERE.

About the Author

Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

Author Links

Site: http://jacintamaree.wix.com/jacintamaree
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jacinta.maree.10
Deviant art: http://jacintamaree.deviantart.com/
Twitter: jacintamaree6.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6448929.Jacinta_Maree

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