Jumping Genres June (Giveaway)

Today I’m a part of the Jumping Genres June Blog Giveaway Hop! What’s up for grabs?

  • International – EBook of Taken Over by Erica Stevens
  • You can pick up the first book in the series for free, Ravenous HERE
  • Check out the other blogs on the hop! Click here


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Ravenous (The Ravening, #1)Ravenous by Erica Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 star

-Book Description: 4.5

-Cover: 4

-Plot: 3.5

-Creativity: 4

-Grammar: Unedited Copy N/A

-Simile Use: 3.5 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3

-Show Not Tell: 3

Ravenous by Erica Stevens is a sci-fi Young Adult novel, but I also felt that it could do well for the New Adult Age range as well. The cover is very pretty, but I find myself wondering what it has to do with the novel. It still did its job and dragging me in, as did the description of the novel. One of the first things about this novel that struck me was the way it dropped you into the thick of the action with deadly precision. From the second I read the first chapter, I was hooked. The novel explores what happens when an alien race pretends to make nice, but in the end it’s all a ruse. It’s not one the main character, Bethany, is falling for. I admit there were some things about the plot that confused me at first. For example, when Bethany is talking about what happened to her dad and how she knows Cade. I felt that this would have made more sense to me if it were in a Prologue. The plot was solid, as well as being creative. Stevens puts a new spin on what aliens are–cold, unfeeling, deceitful, and worst of all very much like us. Stevens’ novel shows the evil of the aliens, but also the greed of the human race. In the end our greed for technology and guidance from those manipulating us is what very nearly puts an end to our civilization. It’s as if everyone forgot the saying ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is’. In addition to the overall plot of alien takeover there is a love triangle. I will honestly say that I hate love triangles, but this one wasn’t so bad. Bethany’s reasoning and emotions behind her feelings were realistic, and she wasn’t so caught up in being in love with two people, as she was in not wanting to hurt the other person. I will note that in the first two to three chapters I had a significant feeling of insta-love, but eventually it is explained and it turns out it is not. Again, this could have been taken away by the aforementioned chapter being the Prologue instead of several chapters in. Stevens’ paints a modern world tattered by war with the use of sometimes lengthy description, and while I normally find this tedious, it was not. The author does describe the surroundings in length, but she does not overuse similes and utilizes dialogue effectively. I admit that I could have done with a bit less description of Cade’s eyes and physic, but overall I enjoyed this novel. I cannot wait to start the next one.

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Taken Over (The Ravening, #2)Taken Over by Erica Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall 4 star

-Book Description: 4.5

-Cover: 5

-Plot: 3.5

-Creativity: 3.5

-Grammar: N/A Unedited Copy

-Simile Use: 3.5 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3

-Show Not Tell: 3

Taken Over by Erica Stevens is the second novel in the Sci-Fi YA series The Ravening. The novel continues the journey of the protagonist, Bethany, in a strange world ruled by aliens out for human blood. The cover of this novel does an excellent job pulling the reader in and furthermore, shows the bleakness of the world presented within its pages. The description also grabs you and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. The plot of the novel moved at a quick pace, although I found there were times were Bethany was repeating information I already knew at length. This may have been a way to let readers who hadn’t read the first novel in on what was happening, but this novel couldn’t be a stand alone either way. Overall, the creativity of the novel held for much of the story with the exception of where we learn what Cade does and why he’s so drawn to Bethany. For me it was just too Twilight-ish, to the point where I saw hot Cade turn into pale, controlling Edward Cullen in my mind. I was able to get past this, as Stevens does a good job describing how certain myths came to be from the aliens, but I must admit it had me slamming the book against my forehead in frustration that the novel even had me thinking about Twilight. The novel does a good job rounding itself out, while ending at a point where you must read the next one, which I am going to do very quickly! Stevens does a good job keeping similes to a minimum, and utilizing description of the horrid occurrences to keep you running right along with Bethany. I did notice the word ‘obtuse’ was used a lot. There were also several instances where I would have preferred dialogue over internal narration to keep with the tenant of show not tell, but I didn’t find myself skimming too much. I can’t wait to see how the world morphs in the third and final novel, Reclamation.

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Reclamation (The Ravening, #3)Reclamation by Erica Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall 4 star

-Book Description: 5

-Cover: 3

-Plot: 3.5

-Creativity: 3

-Grammar: 3

-Simile Use: 2.5 (noticeable usage)

-Description: 3

-Show Not Tell: 3

Reclamation is the conclusion to the Ravening series by Erica Stevens. The last novel left you wondering exactly what was going to happen, and the book description for this final installment certainly drew me in. The cover on the other hand, didn’t. The cover looked too much like the first cover in the series for me to be drawn in from it. I also noticed the matching rips in the jeans and the muted background. It just didn’t compare to the second cover in the series that really showed the story–this didn’t draw me in, and it didn’t feel like it told anything about the story. The plot of the story continued to be original and the description was less of a burden than the previous novels; however, the “twilight-ish” similarities that I saw in Taken Over continued into Reclamation. The Cullens feed on animals deer, bears and Bella first feeds on a cougar. Here Cade catches a cougar for Bethy to feed on. It’s a bit too familiar for me. The rest of the story has a great pace, with the few hiccups of a bit more simile use than in the previous novels. The increase of similes and the decrease in overly descriptive scenes balanced out for a middle range of show not tell similar to the other novels. Overall, this novel will have you on the edge of your seat for most of it, praying for a good ending for the other parts and cringing for quite some time. The ending felt a bit abrupt for me, but it doesn’t leave you hanging and you feel closure for the characters involved.

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