ARC Review: Feuds-Avery Hastings

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***I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review and participation in this blog tour via Paper Lantern Lit.

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In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold–and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world…in Avery Hastings’s Feuds.

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“This time the kiss was slower, more passionate, and more intense. Her whole body reacted at once: her heartbeat flooded her veins until it felt like it was hammering against every part of her. Her head was empty. She couldn’t think. It was like her body had choreographed a dance with his, something they were experts at even though neither of them knew what would come next.”

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4/5 Stars

Feuds is a spellbinding dystopian rife with political intrigue, intoxicating romance, and the desperate struggle for survival against a genetically segregated hierarchy of injustice. 

PROS:

  • Davis has been brainwashed her whole life by her father’s political ideals and the superiority of genetic purity boasted by the Priors. Davis has been informed of the horrible sanitation issues, the imperfections in the Imps physically and genetically, and truly believes that her father, through his stance on segregating the people, will make the world a better place. Despite her upbringing, Davis is a dreamy, romantic girl. She cherishes the image of her mother, and honors her mother’s sacrifice through her poise and grace in ballet. Davis is almost possessed by her dance, every aspect of her life is lived with passion and such wonderful energy and determination. Davis is unafraid to question the harsh realities of the world and when her blinders are lifted, her life comes crashing down around her. Davis recognizes the inequality and the lies, and even though in her heart she hopes for a different reality, she is able to recognize the truth and feels helpless just sitting around not doing anything about it. She has beautiful memories of her childhood and they’re told with such whimsy and light that it’s hard not to appreciate her honest personality.
  • Cole is a fighter, literally and figuratively. He puts his body to use, taking his opponents out in the Feuds and earning cash to protect his family. Cole got tangled up with the wrong people and is faced with some seemingly impossible choices but he never gives in and never loses hope. Cole falls and he falls hard, he’s insanely sexy, a little rough around the edges, but his morals are rigid. Cole just has a romantic, devoted way about him that makes him even more desirable. He’s kind, he can’t ignore the dangers in front of him and will help anyone in need regardless of the consequences. He’s a sweetheart. 
  • Avery Hastings is a master at physical descriptions. The fluidity and grace with which she paints the dance scenes are flawless. The emotions are in sync with Davis’ body movements. It’s a pleasure to read. 
  • The Feuds are fascinating. The Fight Club atmosphere is full of apprehension, suspense, and danger. The blood and violence is an adrenaline rush, it’s like watching a live boxing match.
  • The corruption of the politicians, the cover ups, and the treatment of the Narxis disease are the kind of underhanded drama that adds substantially to the plot. The villains are vile, disquieting human beings that have no moral code or conscience. The way they treat the Imps is disturbing and truly creepy. They manhandle them as if they’re not people and even less than animals.
  • Vera is adorable. She’s that feisty BFF with unlimited expenses that comes up with all sorts of fun trouble to get into. She’s caring and full of light quips. 
  • Cole and Davis together are fire and intensity. Every gaze, every touch is full of heat and longing. It’s chemistry and hot attraction at its finest. 

CONS:

  • Deeper insight into the history of the genetic engineering, the natural disasters, and when/what changed as a result of these, in addition to the education process, employment, the distinctions between the Priors and Gens/Imps would have highlighted the division between worlds. In some respects, these dueling lifestyles are vibrant and incredibly detailed, in others, it left a lot unsaid. How the classes make their money, what oppressions specifically apply to each, their opportunities for escape, their roles in other regions, etc., were not really discussed. 
  • Secondary characters were fleeting, even those who had a large role to play later in the plot were lacking in the finer details and really distinctive personalities, especially in the Imp world (apart from Vera).

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Pleasant reading, 

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Release Day Blitz: Lasting Summer-Kailin Gow

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Summer Jones thought she lost Nat Donovan, the boy she had always had a crush on since she could remember, when he went off on a mission to find his father, the founder and CEO of Donovan Dynamics, the billion dollar security and intelligence corporation who is now protecting her from the stalker who has attempted to kill her twice.

He had always been her rock, had always been there for her, but now Nat has disappeared. According to Donovan Dynamics, it was for good.

Could Summer continue on? Could Nat’s playboy one-night stand legend brother Drew Donovan live up to Nat’s legacy as the family’s perfect son, as the one who could eventually run Donovan Dynamics? With Nat gone, could he finally get Summer to commit to him with all her heart and soul?

All the secrets, all the heartaches, come out in Lasting Summer as the Donovans and Summer learn to deal with the truth about Nat, Drew, and Summer that will test each others’ love to each other and to family.

Lasting Summer is part of the Loving Summer Series appropriate for age 18+.

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

Happy reading, 

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