Friday, December 20, 2013

*Review* Revelations by J.A. Souders

Release Date: November 5, 2013
Published By: Tor Teen
Length: 352 pages
Review Copy: From publisher for honest review


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  Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.

  But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home.

  But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past.

  But the decision may be out of their hands when Evie’s ever-elusive memories begin to collide with reality. People and images from her past appear in the most unlikely places, haunting her, provoking her…and making her seem not only strange but dangerous.

  Evie and Gavin can’t wait around for her memories to return. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface to find help, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started…

  Revelations was every bit as wonderful and creative as Renegade.  The story easily hooked me and because everything was on the surface and was something completely new.  Souders easily changed the scenery and recaptured my attention with a few new characters thrown in with the old.  However, I was most excited to see how Gavin and Evie were doing after their great escape.  There were hopes of things getting better on the surface, becoming a little less restricted but some things are just not meant to be.  Revelations lived up to its name and did not disappoint.

  You would think with their escape, things would get easier for Evie and Gavin.  You would be thinking wrong.  Evie' memory is almost completely gone and she suffers from black outs.  This makes life difficult for the pair to say the least.  There is a quick take off with the plot and it was easy to find yourself hooked within it wanting to help Gavin and Evie solve the problem she has.  Though in order to do so Gavin has to take a risk on someone that he swore he would never trust again and take his own risks to try and help.  Venturing into a world that is no longer safe, with a person that you are never quite sure what his intentions are, the pair are once again testing their limits.  There is nothing that could stop them, nothing that could separate the pair... though some things outside of expectations happen and it becomes anyone's game.

   Where as last time it took me a bit of time to warm up to Evie, this time I found my heart instantly going out to her.  She has no idea what she went through, no idea where she belongs and the only thing in her life that feels right is Gavin.  I can't imagine feeling out of place every day and when she expresses that she feels like a burden on more than one occasion, I could not blame her.  She wants to be able to help, to not be a constant worry to those that now love her, including Gavin.  Unlike most females in YA today however, Evie is reasonable about this.  That's not saying that she has become a push over because she will do things that she deems best but it is with a level head.  Okay so some of it seems a little crazy but where would be the fun in sane... well that and the entire situation needs a little crazy in order to be cleared up.

  I still really like the romance in this series.  It does not over power the story but is definitely there.  Though Gavin and Evie are facing strain in said romantic relationship, I think it's more Gavin's fault than hers.  It just seems like he is so afraid of hurting her, or triggering another memory or blackout that could ultimately hurt her.  I still like Gavin and on the surface he really does show Evie how far he is willing to go for her.  Though it takes some convincing and a few too many "incidents" he finally sees what is best for her and sucks up his pride in order to take her where they feel there will be more help.  There seems to be no limit to what he would give up in order for her to get her memories back and be happy... with him and on the surface.

  Souders is a phenomenal author and I without a doubt pick up anything that she releases.  The writing flows and her stories of this post-apocalyptic world will pull you in without hesitation.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one and see how everyone fairs because although the ending was not a complete cliff hanger, it did leave me wanting the next instalment.  I cannot put this one into a particular category and recommend it on that because honestly I feel Souders still has something original that everyone should give a try! 

She's homesick.  Even if "home" is the last word I'd use to describe Elysium.
  Hell.  Living nightmare.  Bottomless pit of everlasting tortures.  Those descriptions would fit a lot better, but it's not like she remembers what really happened. -Gavin

  He only pulls away for air, but every time, I feel like I'm drowning and hyperventilating all at the same time.  It's too much, yet not enough, and I never want it to stop. -Evie

  And while I can't help but think we should turn around,  curiosity has me gripped tight.  We push forward.  The closer to the center we get, the more haphazard the placement of the cars and status.  It is as if the child playing with his toys got tired of setting them straight and just tossed them about and left them however they fell. -Evie

  The way he says "little girl" sets my nerves on edge.  I narrow my eyes and purse my lips.  "My name is Evelyn Winters,  I am Daughter of the People of the great city of Elysium.  I am a guest of the St. James family.  You will not speak to me as if I'm some foolish young child..."  I look down my nose at him.  "... or an ordinary commoner."
  Where did that come from? -Evie

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