BOOK REVIEW + DISCUSSION: The Eden Conspiracy by C.A. Gray

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Why is this series not on the New York Times best seller? The Eden Conspiracy is the spectacular sequel of The Liberty Box that is truly a page-turner. I’m glad this sequel is more action-packed and it did not disappoint. Honestly speaking, C.A. Gray’s style of writing is remarkable and she really knows how to write a compelling story with equally exceptional characters. This sequel solidified its place as one of my favorite series out there.

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TITLE: The Eden Conspiracy (The Liberty Box # 2)
AUTHOR:  C.A. Gray
GENRE: Science Fiction, Dystopian
FORMAT: eBOOK
PUBLISHER: Wanderlust Publishing
DATE READ: July 20, 2016

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GOODREADS:

Can the truth set you free?

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson—and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago—they can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process—or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn: between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

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AN INCREDIBLE STORY WITH COMPELLING UNDERLYING THEMES tec1

What an unforgettable sequel! I loved every bits of it and I’m really excited to write this review!

First of all, I love Jackson MacNamera. He’s a character that’s so well-made without sounding unrealistic. I love how strong and willful he is and I quote “this guy is a machine!”❤️

The story picks up right where it ends. We see our characters fighting for their survival and slowly waking up and see the dystopian world they’re in.
Everything is well-balanced and I love how intense and action-packed this book is than the first one. The world building remains impressive and the conflict keeps on getting deeper. It’s amazing to see the growth of each characters on this book and how they all shine in their own special ways. I mean it’s not just Jackson who’s actually superior in skills. C.A. Gray makes sure that the other characters also stand out. Like Will, you’ll admire his hacking skills, Nick, his leadership, Kate, from being a damsel-in-distress to a kick ass heroine. And on this book, we have seen how abominable and vicious Voltolini is to an extreme level.

Aside from the world building and character growth, it’s really nice to see that this book still has some fundamental theme; you are the architect of your own thoughts. Always stick to the truth and when you couldn’t see it, seek for it. Open your eyes and your mind and pay attention to everything around you. Our mind is the most powerful weapon and we shouldn’t allow anyone to use it against us and against our own will.

The ending of the book wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger but surely, we know that there’s a lot to come.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES. It has the ability to capture the attention of both young adult and adult reader. AND I CAN’T WAIT TO READ BOOK 3.

Thank you C.A. Gray for writing this beautiful story. You’re one of my favorite authors now and I will surely read your other works. You are the Jackson of my life ❤️


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BOOK REVIEW + DISCUSSIONS: The Liberty Box by C.A. Gray

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The whole plot and world building are all incredibly intriguing and I love the scientific aspects incorporated in the story as well as some of its interconnected elements and themes with our real life situation. The sequel The Eden Conspiracy will hit the shelves on July 18th 2016! 

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TITLE: The Liberty Box # 1
AUTHOR:  C.A. Gray
GENRE: Science Fiction, Dystopian
FORMAT: eBOOK
PUBLISHER: Wanderlust Publishing
DATE READ: July 17, 2016

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Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancé and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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AN INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN BOOK THAT HAS MANAGED TO BALANCE AND CAPTURE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD STORY.  the liberty box pic.png

I just finished this book! I highly recommend it! I received this eBook copy from @royalsocialmedia in exchange for my honest review.

First of all…. I was mind-blown! I think I love C.A. Gray now! The whole plot and world building were all incredibly intriguing and I love the scientific aspects incorporated in the story as well as some of its interconnected elements and themes with our real life situation.

What I like about this story is that it felt believably real. This story takes place in a future time but it embodies what we fear at present day-being unable to distinguish what’s real and what’s not.

In this story, the economy of The United States had reached its rock bottom and the country suffered from what seems to be a serious stagflation that cannot be resolved. There’s chaos everywhere. This is where a billionaire man Volotini entered the scene. He’s Machiavellian by all means but with a plan. His rise to power was abrupt but the Congress had no other choice but to buy his idea and to instate him as the dictator or Potentate.

Now called the Republic, the government collects people’s brain waves and make everyone believe that the country is prosperous. What you see is not really what it is. Everything is a lie and controlled by the government. People remained optimistic because they think they are living a good life and the government is always helping them. In short, the whole country is brainwashed and only an outsider can see the truth. The government sacrificed realism for their own good.

What if you found out everything was a lie? Would you sacrifice your happy and sound mind to face the truth? Or would you deny it and refuse to believe to continue living life as you have known it?

Kate Brandeis is a product of this Volotinian system. She’s a successful reporter, wealthy and has a loving fiance. One day, Kate’s senses suddenly awakened after her old friend Maggie was reported to be assassinated for treason. She has been branded as an enemy of the state. Since then, Kate started to get images of her past and small vision on what her world truly looks like. She’s an interesting character though we have yet to view her as a heroic figure.

Jackson MacNamera is a guy who grew up on Iceland. He’s described as a person with heightened senses and he could see right through everything because of his strong mind. His training with his grandfather helped him learn how to control his own mind. I like him as a character because he possesses exceptional skills that could be necessary on this situation that would be soon be a revolution.

The Liberty Box is a thrilling dystopian ride that will surely mesmerize you. Every element is balanced and there are lots of tension and action going on. I’m excited to unravel what’s going to happen on the second book because this is a very promising novel. This book is a rare gem that everyone should try reading. There are no dull moments and every bits of it are truly action-packed.

The sequel will be released tomorrow, July 18th! Be sure to grab your copies!

 


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Book Review:| ELPIS by Aaron McGowan

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TITLE: Elpis (Elpis # 1)

AUTHOR: Aaron McGowan

GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult

PUBLISHER: Hellfun Publishing

FORMAT: Kindle Edition

DATE READ: February 28, 2016

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

The Potential for Unlimited Power is Revealed… In a world where magical abilities are utilized through the Nexi Stones, there is one stone that stands high above the rest, shrouded in myth and mystery-the Elpis.

Broken into four fragments centuries in the past, the Elpis waits to be pieced back together, and to grant its user godlike powers that could reshape the world forever. Raised in a quiet town, Terico but life ambitions change dramatically, however, when his village is attacked and everything he holds dear is taken away from him.

Delkol, leader of the feared Brotherhood and ruler of the aggressive Shire Kingdom, seeks the pieces of the Elpis, and is willing to burn Terico’s village to the ground in order to find one. When the terror has passed and Terico stands at the greatest crossroads in his life, there is only one thing on his mind-one goal that encompasses his very existence.

Revenge.

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MY REVIEW: 

I GIVE THIS BOOK A 4 NEXI STARS :p

“It was pain that brought me to this point. This is my driving force… This is what I have become. I am agony.”

Like what they said, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” A heart wrenching and fast-paced adventure fantasy book which fulfilled its promise of “no dull moments.” It’s a book with strong characters, significant life lessons and action-packed story line 🙂

 

PLOT & CHARACTERS:

Elpis is an epic tale of adventure, magic and revenge about a young boy named Terico who venture out to seek revenge against Delkol, the ruler of the Shire Kingdom, who slaughtered everyone in his village in search for the powerful Elpis stone fragments. Once acquired, The Elpis stone can give anyone the power of a god and this is the reason why it was split into 4 fragments and buried deep in the earth. Terico knew that acquiring this powerful stone will help him defeat Delkol but every power has its price. Along the way, he met loyal companions who fought with him side by side and some sacrificed their life. All of them knew that this battle they are waging, can even cost their lives.

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BOOKS TO REVIEW: ELPIS by AARON MCGOWAN

Another book review to come is for this stunning novel “ELPIS” by Aaron McGowan. It’s an epic tale of adventure, magic and revenge about a young boy named Terico who venture out to seek revenge against the ruler of the Shire Kingdom. I will tackle more about this on my book review to come. And I believe it’s an adventure-fantasy genre if (I’m not mistaken), which happens to be the type of books I usually read. (When will I get my own superpowers? *sobs*)

I got this as a free download on Amazon Kindle (Jan. 19th-23rd promo) and I’m really thankful for this opportunity because I like supporting independent authors’ works too.

I haven’t finished reading this so I have yet to know what’s going to happen. But as of now, what I can tell you bookish peeps is that, this book is really engaging and captivating. I like how how action packed it is and there are no dull moments. It’s really a page-turner and I am rooting for Terico to succeed all the way.

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AMAZON SYNOPSIS:

The Potential for Unlimited Power is Revealed. . . In a world where magical abilities are utilized through the Nexi Stones, there is one stone that stands high above the rest, shrouded in myth and mystery-the Elpis. Broken into four fragments centuries in the past, the Elpis waits to be pieced back together, and to grant its user godlike powers that could reshape the world forever. Raised in a quiet town, Terico but life ambitions change dramatically, however, when his village is attacked and everything he holds dear is taken away from him. Delkol, leader of the feared Brotherhood and ruler of the aggressive Shire Kingdom, seeks the pieces of the Elpis, and is willing to burn Terico’s village to the ground in order to find one. When the terror has passed and Terico stands at the greatest crossroads in his life, there is only one thing on his mind-one goal that encompasses his very existence. Revenge.


 

This is another book of an indie author you guys should read if you’re into adventure- fantasy stories. I’ll be posting my review soon. “FEEEELS” See you next time bookish peeps. Thank you ❤

 

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BOOKS TO REVIEW: THE WHISPERS OF THE FALLEN by J.D. NETTO

I’m happy to say that I am one of the tour hosts for J.D. Netto’s IG BOOK TOUR of his book The Whispers of The Fallen series. I am so excited because this is the first time that I have become a part of a book tour (even it’s on IG) and the premise of his book really gained my attention. *insert happy dance here*

After reading Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee and Outcast by Adrienne Kress, I have been attracted into reading anything related to Angels or fallen Angels or maybe Nephilims. Also last year, I have checked out the leaked pilot episode of Lucifer tv series and it’s pretty interesting. (Have you guys checked it out?) I’m a girl who’s so enthralled with fantasy stories. Though I do read contemporary novels too but often times, I always  read fantasy and adventures that take me to another world and introduce me to different kinds of mortals or immortals. Anyway, this made me want to read J.D. Netto’s book and I’m so glad that I received a free ebook.

He emailed me a free digital copy of his three books and I am currently reading the first one. I’ll be posting my review and thoughts about the first book this coming Friday on this blog as well as in my GOODREADS account. A brief review will also be posted on my INSTAGRAM account. You can find everything related to this book including fan arts and creative photographs on the hashtag

#thewhispersofthefallen and #TWOTFInstagramTour

So for those who are interested on this book, be sure to check it out 😀

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The first installment is The Whispers of The Fallen followed by Rebellion and The Gathering of Shadows. And that’s not the end because he’s currently writing the fourth book and I’m really anticipating it.

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THE WHISPERS OF THE FALLEN GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.

Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who guarded it for all these years. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.

Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.


 

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REBELLION GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Smoke rises from the ruins of fallen kingdoms. Forgotten secrets have been revealed. In the darkness of the world, Lucifer’s army grows.

The quest of the book-bearers grows even more perilous when Isaac and his companions discover that ancient enemies have risen from the Heart of Elysium, seeking to snatch the Book of Letters from their hands. The Nephilins are now aided by Xavier, one of the Fallen Rulers. Villages have been brought to the ground by armies of Shadows. Creatures from the Abyss now lurk in the mountains and forests, longing to kill whoever crosses their path.

Isaac and his companions must find courage to overcome their fears as they continue their journey throughout Elysium.


 

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THE GATHERING OF SHADOWS GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

When the thread of hope is split into two, which side will you take?

After the capture of three book-bearers, Isaac, Xylia and Arundel are beckoned to return to Agalmath to meet the Dark One. Around the four corners of Elysium, Lucifer and his servants are gathering an army—uniting men, beast, Shadow and Nephilin to expand his kingdom.

Hidden in the shadows and holding one of Lucifer’s most faithful servants in captivity, the blood-drinkers continue to hunt down Isaac and the others, seeking to retrieve the Book of Letters.
Isaac and Xylia’s courage and willingness to fight is starting to wane as they now fear that the path they have taken will claim their lives.

“When the stars blood drink. When the moon red turns. When the snow melts away. That’s when Elysium will burn.”


 

 

So that’s all for today bookish peeps. I’ll be posting my review soon. See you next time. THANK YOU ❤

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