The Alinthia series by Siobhan Davis was a whole bunch of new for me. It was my first real foray into New Adult (NA) books from Young Adult (YA) books. It was my first any-kind-of-harem novel - this series is reverse harem. I'm kind of prudish and pure in my reading habits - regardless of what my Goodreads account may sometimes say! So, this series challenges me in a whole lot of ways that I like.
This volume in particular is one I am struggling with deciding how much I really enjoyed it. I think the subject matter itself is so uncomfortable that it's hard for me to say, "I loved this book and all the TORTURE! YAY!" You know? But it's all necessary!
But that doesn't mean I didn't like it. It was a rough read if you have come to care about any of the characters at all. That being said, I want to applaud the author for taking on the subject matter of male rape and sexual assault as well as a male as the victim in an abusive relationship. Yes, this is a voice deeply needed in modern fiction! Consent is handled very thoroughly, making sure to point out that everyone should make sure they have it, no matter who the initiator is (male or female), the duration of the relationship, and showing it as the basis of healthy relationships.
The action is UNBEATABLE. These are my favorite action scenes Siobhan Davis has ever written. She's killing it!
I'm eager to read the next installment. I want to see how a realistic version of healing plays out in so many of these characters and their relationships. "The Warrior Princess" is full of promise for dramatic character changes and is a breath of new life in the Alinthia series.
So Narra's father was a complete hard ass who raised her as a thief in the Guild - think "faction". After he dies under suspicious circumstances, he gets branded as a traitor, and Narra feels pressured to live a model thief life to clear her (and his) name.
Narra is a bit older than Bogle's typical heroines (mid-twenties), but her relationship with her father and his death have left her emotionally raw. Although Narra is a leading member of the Guild, helping train potential and new members, she reacts impulsively and tends to lash out. I anticipate that we will see her doing a lot of growing up and resolving her emotions.
The first time we meet Narra is a playful yet intense scene that frames the rest of the story just so. It's actually my favorite scene of the whole book. Narra's best friend Erik is her perfect complement. He has his own rough and tumble background which I will let you discover on your own. What follows this incredible introduction is nothing short of skilled storytelling and talented writing that feels very fantastical without necessarily being so. Packed full of action and sassy, "Queen of Thieves" is sure to capture your attention and imagination.
This story is a bit "older" than Bogle's usual works. However, nothing happens in this book that would make it unfit for Young Adult, New Adult, and high school collections.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN is a long and intense journey through a post-apocalyptic society, where two people who meet under terrible circumstances learn not only to work together and save one another, but to fall in love with each other as well. It’s no doubt that music played an integral role in the crafting of many scenes throughout the novel.
Here is the playlist for EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN, along with a few notes about which scenes were inspired by the music, and vice-versa.
PIERS FICCANI – A STORM IS COMING
JAMIE COMMONS – THE PREACHER
HOZIER – WORK SONG – A piece of the chorus: “Lay me gently in the cold dark earth” inspired one of Atticus’ quotes: “When you die,” I whispered, “you won’t need the soil to hold you, Thais, because I’ll be right there next to you holding you myself.”
MADONNA – LIKE A PRAYER – One of the songs they dance to in the cabin
THE SOUND OF SILENCE – JOY WILLIAMS FEAT. HUDSON TAYLOR
BOB SEGER – NIGHT MOVES – One of the songs they dance to in the cabin
KATE VOEGELE – HALLELUJAH – The main song I listened to while writing the book; also the song Thais is always signing to herself
IMAGINE DRAGONS – BATTLE CRY – The arena scene
MUMFORD & SONS – I WILL WAIT – I imagined this song when they were with the gypsies, dancing around the fire
GIPSY KINGS – TRISTA PENA
LED ZEPPELIN – GOING TO CALIFORNIA – Atticus hears this song in the cabin, while he’s thinking about Thais.
TREVOR MORRIS – VIKINGS 18 FLOKI APPEARS TO KILL ATHELSTAN – I thought of this song a lot during the most dramatic and intense scenes.
Thanks to Jessica Redmerski for sharing this insider info and haunting playlist with us!
Hey there! Welcome to my blog. This summer, I found so many unexpected things that I love, and "Everything Under the Sun" is one of them. I hadn't read a Jessica Redmerski book before, but the synopsis and cover won me over.
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
So much in there! Thais (which I pronounced as TAY-us), a virus that kills most of mankind, Atticus (one of my favorite literary names), shedding fear, claiming love?!? What isn't to dig about this?
One thing that really took me by surprise is that the writing style itself felt very "fantasy" while the storyline was action and dystopian. That made "Everything Under the Sun" feel like a special treat to me. I was glued to my screen, devouring chapter after chapter. For once, I liked BOTH characters who are telling the story! I also really love the switching back and forth within the same scene and in the same chapter. That really added to the story for me. Thais is such a strong female, but she lacks knowledge about how the new civilization works. Atticus is just a hot mess but a MANLY hot mess.
The slow, agonizing, self-questioning way these two fall in love is beautiful and very realistic. Atticus always feeling that he wants more but taking it slow for her; Thais feeling like she should be giving more but not ready to. Very relatable: BOTH of them.
I'm already on board for book two. Ready to go. Bring it on, Jessica Redmerski!
Keep reading for the blog tour and a giveaway!
This is my stop during the blog tour for Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 July till 12 August. See the tour schedule here.
Everything Under the Sun
By Jessica Redmerski
Genre: Dystopian/ Post apocalyptic
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult
Pages: 683 pages
Release Date: 28 August 2017
You can find Everything Under the Sun on Goodreads
You can buy Everything Under the Sun here on Amazon
About the Author:
Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.
You can find and contact Jessica here:
- Amazon Jessica Redmerski
- Amazon JA Redmerski
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Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.