Thursday, January 21, 2016

United by Jaci Wheeler w Giveaway!

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United (The United Trilogy #1)
by Jaci Wheeler
Release Date: January 19th 2016
Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

When the United States of America crumbles under civilian protests and riots, a new United America rises from the ashes…
After a reformation, United America runs like a well-oiled machine. Solar power trumps fossil fuels, strict laws keep crime at an all-time low, and at sixteen, residents are assigned their role in society—and fulfill it without complaints. But unbeknownst to the citizens, they are also under constant monitoring, and reigning President Vaughn has eyes in every sector of the gleaming country.
When Rosaline Thatcher turns sixteen, it is time to receive her position in society…
When President Vaughn calls Rosaline to the stage, she dutifully follows orders. Though she dare not disobey, it’s unclear why she is being singled out. As she passes her best friend, Wesley, she’s reminded of what’s at stake. With her new role, she could be torn from her friends and family forever.
Rosaline goes from ordinary citizen to leader of the free world…
Shocked and overwhelmed, Rosaline can’t understand why she was chosen for the most vital position of all. But with great power comes great responsibility, and with the help of those closest to her, the fate of their thriving country rests in her hands.
When she discovers a secret location only known as the O.C., the United America Rosaline thought she knew may turn out to be history’s greatest fraud…
In a society where citizens obey without question, what will happen when one girl dares to defy, and what will that mean for United America?

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My Review

I'm very upset right now... Because I can't have book two in this instant!! Lol you thought I was gunna say cuz it was bad. No no, this book is great! I loved the relationships and story line the author created! I'm seriously dying for the next book. I see that they are being republished and getting new covers so hopefully I won't have to wait too long. Now let me tell you a few goodies. 

Roz seems like a normal girl. She wants to follow rules and get a good career from her government and live a happy life. She has two hilarious best friends, one who is a genius that reminds me of Sheldon from Big Bang but with actual compassion. He's so smart but sometimes needs some social manners. And Molly is her best girl friend. They are her anchor to what's normal, especially when a bomb is dropped on her, she is chosen to become the next president of this new world. Now my favorite part is that Roz is independent and strong willed get kind and caring and thoughtful. She is not bitchy or vengeful or spiteful in any way. She truly wants to help others. I loved her compassion for Smith- a little side character. I absolutely loved her relationship with those around her- Kevin, Annabelle, Natasha, and of course milky and Wes. I absolutely this the great characters make this whole story- which is all a big set up for the series. We are just sipping our feet in the pool here. There's a lot doing to change and since this is post apocalyptic America, things are about to get even crazier. But I still loved the dance parties!! Lol and I really hope there's a love interest for Roz. I'll take Sebastian for myself :) or even Adams! 

I liked that this book followed with some normalcy. Kids go to school. Kids are friends with opposite sexes- not segregated. I like that there's normal job titles as well. And of course I love the subplot of the council hiding a lot from Roz, former president Vaughn being all vague. People liking Roz enough to make the bad guys pause. I think I also like Samuel for this reason- and he's funny. 

Now before you get huffy- this story is all about set up. There's no real plot solution- we know that will come in the next book- we know there's some hidden things about the outcasts at the end, we know it's a little anti climatic... I actually liked that. The author gave me fantastic characters to grab on to, get to know, and now need to see them through with their lives. I read a review about how nothing really happened in this book. Yes I read other reviews because I like to make sure I'm not stating the exact same thing as everyone else. I want my review to show a little conflict lol but a lot happens, it's just not in the normal affect-- action to effect to aftermath to epilogue. I love series more than standalone novels so I really look forward to seeing Roz grow into her beautiful future. If you don't like cliff hangers or open ended books- don't skip it!! Wait til book two comes out and read them together lol!! I will definitely be reading the whole trilogy and I will shamelessly stalk the author to get it ASAP lol :) so now with that, I will leave you with one more thing... If most things are planned out for you, and at 16, you are given the presidential role to rule a country, how would you handle it? I would have lots of dogs hahaha but I dunno if I would donor as well as Roz has. :) 5 PAWS!! 

About the Author:
Jaci Wheeler lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband and two precious kids.
Her love of literature began in Jr. High when she was introduced to Lowis Lowry’s books. Since then she has had a passion for writing Young Adult books, and creating strong female leads. When she’s not writing she is advocating for Autism Awareness and involved in the deaf community.
Her favorite things to do are play with her children, craft with her friends, sleep while her husband watches movies and indulge in her favorite addictions: Coffee, candy and shoes.

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