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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Am Alive Blog Tour + Giveaway!

I Am Alive by Cameron Jace
Series: I Am Alive #1
Publication: May 23rd, 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian
Author Note: starting 12/1/2012 this is a newly professionally edited version 

Every girl dies - not every girl really lives.

Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets gorgeous and reckless Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.

the usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist ...

They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.

To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.

Deccaa doesn't need Leo's company. She has a secret of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.

Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is.

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters      I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.      I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

Author Links:
Website: http://cameronjace.blogspot.ca/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/995289.Cameron_Jace
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camjace
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronjace

My 2 cents
My rating: 3.5 stars

I really do enjoy dystopians, and in all things dystopian, this novel really did shine!  The concept of teens dying in an arena on reality TV is not a new one, but Jace's take on it was different and unique.  Instead of the teens fighting each other, its really more of a "Survivor" take--they must survive their challenges.  The teens have 3 days to survive, and if they survive the 3 days, they must take on a ferocious tiger.  No one has ever survived the Monster Games!

The only character I really felt I got to know was our MC, Decca.  Since the story was told from her POV, this made sense, but I really would have liked to have learned more about Leo.  Maybe we will in the next book! Decca and Leo made me think a little of Day and June from Legend by Marie Lu. Decca was strong and capable and an intricate part of society, while Leo was an outcast.  Their relationship was very complex, and I have no idea where the author will take it next!

My only real complaint is the narration of the story.  It wasn't really an editing problem, I don't think, it felt like it was more of a personal taste issue.  At times, Decca seems to be talking directly to her reader, and I just didn't really find it very realistic.  It didn't hinder my reading, though, so it was a minor issue for me!

The story really seemed to shine during the action sequences!  Some of the things the Monsters had to do....I don't think I could have come close to imagining half of it!  No wonder these teens never survive!    If you like an action packed, thrill ride in your dystopians, then this story will knock your socks off!   

And Now, for the Giveaway!
I have been authorized to give away an eBook copy of I Am Alive to one lucky follower!  Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, and Good Luck!

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