Thursday, July 21, 2016

Afterimage & Encender by J Kowallis!


Afterimage
J. Kowallis
(The Enertia Trials #1)
Publication date: May 7th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult

Reggie’s dreams . . .

aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.
Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:
Nomads.
How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.
When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.

My Review

Well goodness! This was a very cool book and unique too. It's so different than the norms for me, but oh so good. Seriously, excellent characters, great writing, and a super cool plot line, so it had it all for me. AND I am so happy and lucky, because the wonderful author SENT me copies. Those pretty colors in paper form just made my day. I almost hardly ever read paper books anymore, mainly because I read ARCs for review, or use my kindle, but it's just so nice to have that feeling again. So special thanks to the author for doing that! Now, with that said let me tell you some goodies.

I wanna talk about the characters, man they are excellently written. Some great depth and complexity, and some of the POVs made it seem more than most because you get to feel what they feel and see what they see. Reggie and Nate are fantastic lead characters. They may be the leads but they aren't the only one's around so I liked getting to see their POVs as well as others who saw them. Ok, so Reggie has been an "experiment" for 15 years. Yes, how that sounds, she has been poked and prodded and worse. So at first, you think she's like a robot, until she surprises the hell out of you with her choices and actions. They forget that she is mostly human and don't always treat her as such. I won't lie, there's a lot of other characters that get significant screen time, and they are all great as well, including Olivia who I LOVE. Then there's the bad guy, Martin. Well, I love to hate him and he's one hell of a villain. And Nate, be ready to fall in love. I can't say everything I want to say about the characters, just know that this is how it should be done, all the time. Great Great character writing.

The writing style is great. It's an intense and gritty book, but that just made me glue myself to the story. I couldn't help myself. It had multiple twists, great suspense, and a feeling that I just can't fully describe. It's not a light hearted story, it's dark and gritty and it will grab you, hold on to you, and never let you go. I wanna know more about Public One. It's an apocalyptic style book and I LOVE world building, and this one is really good, but that's probably my only complaint, but it's not a real one. The world building is really good, but I want great like the characters, but if I have to chose, I always want great characters, so I hope that as the series goes along, the world building gets added to it. Not that it's "missing" anything, I just want more, cuz I'm greedy like that. LOL   This is my new recommendation for dystopian readers. Holy goodness, grab it, read it, and then be awed, because I was :) so with that said- 5 PAWS!! Like you were worried I would give anything else LOL 

 


 

Encender
J. Kowallis
(The Enertia Trials #2)
Publication date: February 29th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult

They say you feel cold when you die.
The people I’ve killed would beg to differ.
For twenty-something Ransley, the adopted daughter of famed street fighter Estevan Benitez, fighting is all she knows. One hidden detail separates her from the endless string of her pathetic opponents: she can craft and influence heat and fire.
When she’s pitted against the strongest fighters at the infamous Argolla, Ransley faces something she never expected:
A man like her.
Roydon can duplicate himself. When the two collide in the ring, a chain of deals turns Roydon over to Public Four and he’s taken away to undergo the disturbing process of the Nexis. What it is, or what it does, no one outside of The Public knows.
Driven by guilt and a desire to release the only person she’s ever met who’s like her, Ransley isn’t about to leave him for dead—not when he might hold the answers to her missing past. Now she must trust a pair of strangers: a former military man out to collapse the system, and a woman whose premonitions could tear them all apart.

My Review
ok, so book two is both better and not. Before you think I'm about to say something bad- forget it. I'm saying this book is AWESOME, but I miss some of the characters that were in book one LOL yep, that's it. But, honestly WOW. Sometimes, book one is so good that book two falls just short because of all the expectations you have. Well, I can say proudly that book two is just as freaking great as book one. It's just not from that same character POVs as the first. But seriously, maybe this one might be even better. So, now we get to meet Ransley and Royden. I was super happy to see some of Reggie and Nate but they take a back seat here. 

Ransley is a lot like Reggie though. Except she's a fighter and she is awesome. She has an ability to control fire and she is a fighter, like think cage fighting but way more complicated LOL. She is strong and brave and has to be because she's been fighting for 15 years, like Reggie was. And one day in the right, she meets Royden. Royden also has an ability, and together they take Public Four by storm. Or Fire. LOL In my review for book one, I wanted more about Public One, but NOW I understand, why the author did it this way, she didn't stay in one place, we are seeing another public section, so we get to see the differences. Brilliant if I must say :) 

And of course character depth and development is just as spectacular. They may be different characters and different areas, but they way the author writes them just makes you wanna hug them all anyways. I am seriously impressed with how she does this. LOL For me, I tend to like one set of characters more than others, and yet I feel in love with these as much as the leaders from book one. I am so happy I got to experience these books and I can't wait to read book three!!! Well done! 5 PAWS!  
 


Author Bio:
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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