Tami @Into the Night Reviews
I'm an avid reader and together with Heather Gunter run Into the Night Reviews. It's a book blog where we do whatever we can to support authors, promote books and hopefully connect readers with a book they'll love.
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- The White Lilac
on Jan. 06, 2013
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. I do not know the author personally.
The White Lilac is a beautifully written story. Set in the future, the book focuses on the life of Caryn, who has been 'created' for a specific purpose. She has spent her entire life training and preparing to fulfil that purpose, knowing that once she completes her final task she will die. Unexpectedly Caryn is given a brief opportunity to experience life outside of the Compound, her only home, and it is during this time that she meets Kai. Presented with new information and experiencing freedom in a way she never has, Caryn must make a decision that has wide reaching consequences, for her, her new found friendship with Kai and the lives of many others.
Christina Adams has created a vivid world in the White Lilac. The characters are well developed, people and places are described in great detail and there is a good 'back story' provided so that you have a clear understanding of the context for the story. There is no steamy relationship between Caryn and Kai, but their bond is clear and, for me, this contributed to the sweetness of the story.
While not the type of book that normally tends to dominate on my 'to be read' shelf, The White Lilac is easy to read and a delightful escape into a future world that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you liked The Hunger Games I think you will enjoy The White Lilac.
- The Athena Effect
on March 07, 2013
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
It took me longer than I would have liked to read this book - and that was no fault of the book. Unfortunately life kept getting in the way of my reading time!! Every opportunity I got I read little bits, keen to learn more about Cal and Cal. Ordinarily I don't like reading in short bursts, I like to sit and get lost in a story, but it really didn't detract from the Athena Effect, which I think says a lot about how well it is written.
I thought both main characters having the same name was going to be confusing, but it really wasn't. They were often referred to as Cali/Caledonia and Calvin, particularly when they were talking to each other and I didn't have trouble working out who was who.
I really liked Cali and would love to have her ability to read what people are feeling. Cal was also a really great character and I liked the way he developed as he got to know Cali better and their relationship grew. It was also good that there wasn't 'insta-love' between them, that would have been so unrealistic - the way Cali survived in school after a lifetime of really only spending time with her parents in "the wild" was actually believable as was Cal's interest being sparked when she didn't respond to him like all the other girls.
The supporting characters also added great value to the story - I loved both Jarod and Crystal and laughed out loud when Crystal 'entertained' Phil to help get the information they needed. While Layla and Michael only had a small part towards the end of the book I couldn't help but develop a connection with them and I hope they'll feature more in the second book. Teddy was a psychotic old man and Max is seriously scary - but I do love a good bad guy!!
I really enjoyed The Athena Effect and will be watching for book two "The Mackenzie Legacy".