Monday, December 28, 2015

Revenge by Sonya Weiss Review and Giveaway!
Sonya Weiss
Release Date: December 22nd 2015
Lyrical Press

Summary from Goodreads:
Their love is a ticking time bomb.

Juliet Sawyer was born to save the world. Gifted with incredible powers, she’s the only one standing in the way of The Great Extinction, the prophesied battle between Supernaturals and humans. In order to keep her sister safe and avenge her father’s murder, she’ll have to infiltrate the ranks of the Supernatural leaders who wish to destroy her. But the one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone who wants her dead.

The gorgeous and dangerous son of one of the Supernatural leaders, Riley West is in charge of training the group for war—now including Juliet, whose father is responsible for killing his family. But the more they train together, the more intensely their passion for each other burns. The deeper Riley is drawn in by Juliet’s beauty, the closer he gets to the secrets she keeps: one that will challenge everything he believes in—and one that could lead to her death. Together, can their forbidden love help stop the war? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?

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Excerpt #1

Chapter 1

Earth, in the year 2034.

If they knew, I was as good as dead. The thought jerked me awake. Heart pounding, I glanced around the room to see if my classmates were watching me.
They weren’t, but the one who was watching me made my stomach clench with unease.
Riley West, head of the Probation Officers. I’d known him for years. But only from a safe distance.
He wore his wild black hair a little longer than the human boys in the class and had a strange symbol with burned edges on his biceps. He was the hottest Supernatural I’d ever seen in my life. Unlike me, he easily fit into the human world. His looks and his I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude made him a popular source of gossip in the girls’ bathroom.
He was the leaders’ number one guy, a major rule-keeping badass because he was the son of Dacce, our king. By Supernatural law, he would assume the throne on his eighteenth birthday.
The fact that Riley watched me intently could only mean bad news. Had the leaders discovered that I was the one who’d rescued and hidden some of the newly outlawed mixed-blood children? Or that I was the one giving information to the humans’ FBI organization?
I hoped not, but it was this fear that had woken me. My mouth went dry. I wasn’t worried about myself if I got caught. I was worried about what would happen to the children. Who would save them?
Shifting in my seat, I tried to get comfortable, but it was impossible. My back still hurt from the welts I’d received a week ago. My heart squeezed so painfully I thought it was about to break in half. The images of that day were frozen in my mind, and I still felt trapped in the horror of it all. The pleas…the screams…the futility as I’d tried to save the children from the edict designed to kill them. I still cried myself to sleep every night over the ones I hadn’t been able to save. I had to fight to keep tears at bay now as I thought about it.
I started doodling madly to take my mind off the unknown reason why Riley was looking at me.
The teacher began to read excerpts from Romeo and Juliet in such an awful way that he slaughtered Shakespeare’s greatest work. I tuned him out and kept doodling and worrying.
Juliet Sawyer! Pay attention.”
I stopped scribbling as Mr. Sands squeezed his excess ass—clad in too tight plaid red and yellow polyester pants that gave him a perpetual wedgie—through the row of desks to snatch my notebook and close it. He put it face down on my desk and stared at me.
I asked who wanted to read the parts of Romeo and Juliet.” His eyes were feverishly bright. Almost maniacal.
Not me. No way. I couldn’t bear standing up in front of groups of people. It made my palms sweat and my heart race. I ducked my head, my hair swinging down to hide my face, hoping the teacher would take pity on me and go away. He didn’t.
Yes, Juliet Sawyer will read the part of Juliet. Now, who for her Romeo?” Mr. Sands looked around the room.
I darted a glance at Riley West to see if he was still watching me. Big mistake.
Mr. Sands saw the direction of my gaze and announced, “Riley West will read the part of Romeo.”
I jerked my gaze to the teacher, then back to Riley. How freaking ironic was that?
Even if falling in love wasn’t against the rules, with Riley West as Romeo, I’d be just as lucky as that Shakespearean heroine. Death would be my end credit, too.
Juliet and her Romeo? If you’ll make your way to the front?”
My cheeks warmed and I wanted to slide beneath the desk as the snickers of my classmates dotted the room. Behind the ugly glasses my father had made to camouflage my secret, I closed my eyes, needing inner calm, seeking to stay in control of my power.
The way I’d been taught by my parents.
Deep breath.
Hold it in.
One, two, three.

My Review

Well, I LOVED this one! So fresh and unique and full of suspense and intrigue. And of course a little forbidden romance. Ok, so here's how it starts. In a future of our world, where people with supernatural power live with the humans, the supernaturals hold most of the power, though they let the humans think otherwise. The powers that be take each supernatural at 18 and put them into training for what they want them to do. But not everyone wants to be a pawn to the supernatural powers. And not everyone is prejudice against humans and non-pure bloods- a mix between an human and a supernatural. Juliet is this girl. She is trying to save the mix bloods- one which includes her sister- from the might powers of the supernatural king. Her father lost his life trying to help make some changes, and everyone was led to believe he was a traitor and murderer, so she has a stigma placed on her. And she must over come her biggest threat, the son of the king, who is to be her trainer and supervisor. 

I loved Juliet's character. She is trying so hard to do what's right in everyone else's eyes. She's trying to save her sister, protect her human friends from school, keep her mother safe, learn what she can from Riley and his group, and dismantle the corrupt power that is slowly but terribly killing others. She is a wonderful leading lady, and not your typical teenage angsty child. She has so many responsibilities that I forget she's a teenager, and she should be able to act like one, even though she doesn't. I loved her relationship with Riley. They hated each other, each having extremely bad impressions of the other from the gossip vine. And then when forced, they actually become friends and trust each other. And then when all else fails, they can't help but fall for each other. I loved that there was not instant love. There was attraction sure, but there's was fear and anticipation as well. And I loved the banter, that started out rude but ending up becoming so sweet. These characters are definitely well written. And it wasn't just these two. Riley has a group he works with and Juliet has a pack of mixed bloods as well. I seriously loved so many of the characters. 

They plot definitely kept me glued to the pages. I felt like I flew thought this one and I am dying to know what's going to happen in book two. I can't believe the bad guy was who they were. And what happened at the end, I dropped my jaw! I was not prepared for all the betrayals but man did it keep me on the edge of my seat. And don't think this is some teenage romance with the Romeo and Juliet, there's a lot more depth than that. With some serious political intrigue, people being murdered left and right, scary supernatural soldiers who like torture, things are not light and easy for this group. I definitely want to see what happened after that little cliff hanger at the end. So with that said, I absolutely loved this one and I can't wait for more!! 5 PAWS!!! 

About the Author
Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and author. She's addicted to great books, good movies, and Italian chocolates.
She's passionate about causes that support abused animals and children. Her parents always supported her bringing stray animals home although the Great Dane rescue was a surprise.

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