ARC Review: Rite of Rejection-Sarah Negovetich

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“It’s not the pain of experience, but the death of a chance for experience that hurts the most.”

cooltext1825085304 copy“Before you stands the future.”

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

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3.5/5 Stars

+++I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley

Rite of Rejection is Jane Austen meets Suzanne Collins. It draws you in with old school romanticism and the giddy anticipation of a future engagement and abruptly sends you on a dizzying spiral into destitution and primal need. It’s brutal, life in the PIT is a game of cat and mouse where no one really wins and dejection reigns supreme, and yet, Rite of Rejection glorifies the powerful, beautiful resilience of human nature and how fiercely we cling to hope. 

PROS:

  • Rite of Rejection is a romance but that isn’t the focus. The chemistry between characters is subtle, it lets the reader ease into it in a smooth, enjoyable way. There’s no bad boys, no sarcasm or snark, just feels that swoop you up into the moment and leave you light-headed at times and frustrated at others. Sarah Negovetich does lack of chemistry wonderfully. It’s not painful or forced, it’s a confused and torn existence that Rebecca struggles through. I appreciated that Sarah did not shy away from that or make it too clear-cut. 
  • The PIT is a terrifying place. The fear and anxiety resonates off the page in a cloud of suspense and queasiness. Scenes of danger, the dark alleyways, the crime, the way that men leer at the women and the promise of abuse is enough to turn anyone’s stomach. Some scenes are hard to read, they are full of torment and powerful emotion. Becca’s indecision about whether to fight or ignore the crimes committed in front of her is raw, agony but incredibly real. Her pity for her fellow sisters in the PIT, the realization that the trauma could some day be her own, and her weakness physically all culminate in a horrific feeling of helplessness that is almost crippling. 
  • Becca is headstrong and selfless for the most part. She’s constantly worried about others and puts them above herself, valuing calm and peace over tension. She tries to smooth things over but is unafraid to speak her mind when it matters most. She takes risks, and yes, sometimes she’s consumed by emotion, overreacts and puts herself in danger and you might want to strangle her. Becca perseveres through every obstacle and never gives up hope. Even when she is tested over and over, something within her fights for freedom. Becca is remarkable in her humility and the compassion she has for the downtrodden.
  • As a sucker for Victorian literature, I was absolutely enthralled by the beginning of this book. The prospect of finding a future husband, a ball, dance cards, dress shopping, all of it was magical.

CONS:

  • Some of the secondary characters disappeared. There wasn’t much focus on their personalities or developing the relationships between characters. Molly and Constance sort of fizzled out and the dynamics between Becca, Daniel, and Eric were mild, if not glossed over a lot of the time. Elizabeth’s hatred was also random. It felt like something was missing, a disconnect between this ragtag family of rejects. 
  • The reasons behind the grand betrayal were unclear and barely mulled over. This might’ve added more dimension to the culprit’s character. (Purposefully vague in order to not be spoilery)
  • More explanation of how this world became a dystopia was needed. What the Cardinal stands to gain, how the territories are divided, general knowledge of how the world outside of the PIT operates were left unanswered. 

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Dead Wrath-T.G. Ayer + Cover Reveal: Dead Silence

 
Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)

cooltext1790897456 copyRagnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.

And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.

While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun’s death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms – Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.

The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.

Ragnarok is here …

In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father. And to prevent the end of the world.

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…
 
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Book 5 in the Valkyrie series releasing early 2015Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
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Tricked by Loki, Bryn is now imprisoned and finding a way out is harder than it seems. Time is running out for those who fight for Odin and while Aidan’s absence is felt by all, Bryn and her team know there is no time to waste.
But Bryn is determined to find him, and stop him using every means necessary. From poisoned water to black goo, to an
electronically monitored Bifrost, Bryn will use all the tricks up her sleeves to save Odin and the Nine Realms.
The war is nature and there is disaster all across the Nine Realms.
Ragnarok is here …In this, the 5th, and final, exhilarating installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes on Loki with her eye on bringing him to the Vigrid Plains, the site of the final battle of Ragnarok. From all across the world, Bryn and all her teams do all they can, battling naturals disasters and murderous attackers to prevent the end of the world. 
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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: The Gifted-Tamra Lassiter

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The Gifted
by Tamra Lassiter
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

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Sara’s gift of flight became known when she was eight years old. It was her gift from God and her secret to keep. Torn between pleasing her overprotective parents and literally soaring through the clouds, Sarah has resigned herself to being the oddball.

Everything changes in one moment. Sara’s gift saves her life, but there are witnesses. Her secret is out. She soon meets the charming Simon and learns exactly why her parents have kept her hidden away all these years.

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Writing is my third career. I didn’t set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I’ve loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down?

Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read!

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