Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Otherborn by Anna Silver: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Otherborn blog tour hosted my XPresso Book Tours.  My stop includes my review of the story plus a great giveaway!!!  To follow the tour, click here.

Otherborn  by Anna Silver
Series: Otherborn, #1
Publication: April 4th 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian


London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world.

Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London has done the impossible and the illegal. She’s created something New- a song. But her mentor, club owner Pauly, is not impressed. Since the historic Energy Crisis forced everyone behind walls generations ago, the Tycoons have ensured there is truly nothing new allowed under the sun. Pauly warns London to keep her song to herself, if she knows what’s good for her.

What he doesn’t know, is that London is keeping an even bigger secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. London’s band-mates and friends have begun dreaming as well, seeing themselves in “night pictures” as beings from another world. As Otherborn, they must piece together the story of their astral avatars, the Others, in order to save their world from a dreamless, hopeless future.

When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them down. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their dreams to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them? Will being Otherborn save their lives, or destroy them?

My Review
I really love reading dystopian books.  When I found out this book was in that genre, I couldn't wait to read it.   I want to first point out how that this book immediately captured my attention after the very first page.  The story itself was intriguing and  interesting.  I couldn't put the book down once I started.  I was so enthralled with the story that I was pulled into that world.  The plot did start off slow, but as I got farther in the book, it definitely picked up.  Otherborn was beautifully written and well thought out.  The world that Anna created was well crafted and very unique.  I loved the fact that I have never read another book like this before.  It is very original and unique.
I fell in love with the characters in this story.  I loved how London always put other people before herself no matter what.  She was very brave and strong.  She wasn't no damsel in distress.    When London and her sidekicks start dreaming, they find out that it is a passageway to another realm.  The secondary characters were great as well.  I loved Tora.  I think Tora and London will become very close friends in the upcoming books.  I didn't get to know Rye very well but I ma hoping to learn more about him and the other characters as well.  The characters, especially London, were well developed.  They showed growth by the end of the story.
The ending of this book left me in utter shock!!!!  I had to read it several times to make sure I was reading it correctly.  I did not see that ending coming at all!!!  That ending definitely left me wanting more so I can't wait to read the sequel.  Otherborn was a great set up to a fantastic new series.  The story was full of action, suspense and mystery.  I can't wait to see where Anna takes these characters next and see what trials and tribulations they face next.  

 Anna Silver is an artist and writer living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art, which includes oil paintings, assemblage sculptures, and fairy houses, has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin. She has written web copy for private clients and freelanced for the Hill Country Current in Texas. Her write-up on a past-life regression experience was chosen to be featured in best-selling author Brian Weiss’ new book. She is a member of the Writer’s League of Texas. OTHERBORN is her first published novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Kristina, this is one of my favorite reviews yet! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it. :)