on Sep. 17, 2013 :
With another riveting dystopian novel as a stunning follow on from Exalted, Tara Elizabeth has done it again in creating a plot that seeps intrigue and focuses on rebellion. With parts that kept me glued to the pages and waiting with bated breath over what could possibly happen next or the next twist that may emerge, Denounced will not disappoint.
'My life is about more than me right now, and I know that...but is it unthinkable to find enjoyment in something or someone amidst peril? Am I less of an Exalted? Am I less of a strong, young woman?'
In this novel, we see Mena's character develop further. Because she is now off the Pump, she experiences the full range of emotions that 'normal humans so, and has to find ways to deal with them whilst also acting as Dr. Frederick's personal spy. This causes her to raise questions about her own character and emotional state, ultimately leading to the final stage of her self-awareness and choice she makes about the Republic she lives in.
She must choose between trying to save the society she lives in or escape to freedom, leave Ethan, her soon-to-be United behind or go with who feels right as Ryker does. These are all important decisions resting on her shoulders which she is forced to make head-on in the novel.
'There are no signs of life anywhere. It makes me sad. It's sad to know that there were once children playing on those playgrounds and people living their lives as they wanted. Now we are all drugged into a stupor and living inside prisons.'
*WRITING AND PLOT*
This series may seem to be taking shape with the same dystopian 'formula'. However, it never ceases to get boring or seem like something I've seen before or enjoyed as much. This series, and this book in itself has unique elements to it. This is aided by the clear and succinct writing style which is very fitting for the book and I have come to love it for its simplistic and direct nature, as a reflection of what the 'ideal' Exalted would think. Through every page, and even through the writing itself we see Mena's transformation into an even stronger, resilient young woman on all the physical, social and emotional levels.
Another thing that got big ticks for me was the further explanation given to the world-building aspect. Unlike some dystopian novels where descriptions and explanations as to why things are in their current state is very vague and only in the first novel, in Denounced I was so happy to see that the author took it one step further. The world-building is what really makes or breaks a novel like this, and for the 'light-bulb' moments that I got out of this, it really made the story even more immersing and connected well with the reader.
In conclusion, I definitely found Denounced to be a thoroughly enjoyable dystopian novel and on par with the success of Exalted. With the same sparks of witty humor, an exhilarating plot and cliff-hanger ending that will leave you dying for the next book, I can confidently say that Denounced will not disappoint.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2013 :
Oh my gosh, I love this book! This book kept me glued to it. I couldn't put it down! I loved the Exalted book, and this picked up where Exalted left off. There were so many surprises in it. The main character, Mena, has grown as her own person throughout the story. This series would be a great movie! I can hardly wait for the third book. Keep up the great work, Ms. Elizabeth!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2013 :
I was given a copy of this ARC book in exchange for my honest review.
Flipping awesome!!! Words cannot express the feelings in this second book of the Ehalted Series. The same characters are still involved as well as a few newcomers. This is action packed and will keep you reading. You can see the growth Tara has made in her writing and I am so honored to be a part of her legacy. Now... Just a few months to wait for #3
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2013 :
This book was freakishly awesome!!!!! Denounced, which follows Exalted, is so full of action and emotion, that it was hard to put down. I devoured this book in a day. The MC, Mena, has the weight of the world on her very capable shoulders. I found myself laughing and crying as she struggled with situations that were completely out of her control. She is a strong young woman, but the time she lives in is unfair and harsh. I actually found myself fearing for her safety. At one point in the story, she learns a hard lesson about unfairness and it nearly destroys her.
The ending was fabulous, yet I can hardly wait to read the third book. Hurry up, Tara Elizabeth. I really, really need to know what happens. This story will pull you in and hold you hostage. It's very well written and reads like a movie in my head. I can't wait to see what happens next!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)