Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: EVE: THE AWAKENING by Jenna Moreci

I'm going to post book reviews to promote authors whose work I enjoy. I've posted some reviews on goodreads.com already, so I'll first repost my Goodreads reviews on my blog once a week before I start working on new reviews. The first review I'm reposting from Goodreads is for Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci. Original Goodreads review posted on Nov 21, 2017.


"Eve is an outcast. A chimera. After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human. But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve. Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?"
—Amazon Plot Description

It's been a while since I read a book with as much enthusiasm as I read Eve: The Awakening. The book has a great balance of tension that kept me on the edge of my seat, and humor that had me laughing out loud several times. I enjoyed the characters and their witty interactions, and I grew very fond of them. I'm a sucker for unique world building, and really liked the foundations for the chimeras and their characteristics. The author uses an interesting term for the use of their telekinesis, referring to it as "melting," because it feels to the chimeras as if their minds are melting or dissolving whenever they use their power. I love little details like that. The prose is decent, there's a nice amount of description that isn't longwinded, and the plot flows fairly smoothly.

While there's nothing that affected my overall enjoyment of the book, there were some elements that other readers might not enjoy. The book is usually well-paced, but the battle scenes can lag quite a bit. It's not that bad most of the time, but the final battle just goes on and on, and it was exhausting to read. I had to take several breaks during that chapter to let my mind rest. Now while I loved the characters, I do have to admit that they came off as stereotypical. I don't think the main character and her friends are too bad, but the antagonists were very cliched with mean popular girls, jock bullies, stereotypical bigots, and one abusive professor who would have been so fired if he taught in the real world (think Severus Snape). It was also weird that two of the main supporting characters, Percy and Sancho, weren't introduced until halfway through the book, and then were immediately part of Eve's close-knit Scooby Gang (apologies for the Buffy reference). You warm up to Percy and Sancho very quickly, but their introduction and inclusion in Eve's group still felt very abrupt.

All that aside, I still loved this book. Weirdly enough, when I browsed through other reviews for this book on Goodreads, it seems people's reactions to this novel are either very hot or very cold with very few moderate opinions. Make of that what you will. I give Eve: The Awakening 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to the next installment in the Eve series.

Eve: The Awakening is available on Amazon.com

"Jenna Moreci is a Silicon Valley native and Youtube sensation, dominating the authortube community with her straightforward and hilarious writing channel. A lifelong storyteller, Jenna specializes in crafting thrilling adventures with heaping doses of bloodshed and romance. When she's not writing or 'tubing, Jenna enjoys angry music, potent wine, and laughing until her face hurts with her goofball fiancĂ©."
—Amazon Author Biography

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