Review: First Sun-Tara Tolly


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cooltext1804448395 copyWhen the bad boy son of the United States president sets his sights on Eden Warren, she is not impressed. The first son is dubbed “First Disaster” by the public for his questionable antics and Eden has no intention of becoming his latest conquest. What could this former playboy do to convince Eden that he has truly changed his ways, especially when she discovers he’s hiding a government-protected secret that could permanently alter the course of life on Earth?

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***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and in correlation w/ this tour

First Sun is an action-packed thrill ride bursting with blossoming romance, horrifying government secrets, and impending doom that will sweep you off your feet in dizzying anticipation. 

PROS:

  • THAT ENDING. It will probably kill me waiting for the next book. Prepare to go through serious withdrawals and the urge to throw things. 
  • Andrew is charming, gentlemanly, charismatic, and a gigantic flirt. Not only is he gorgeous but he’s a genuinely loyal person, he’s honest, and his adoration is plain as day. He pursues Eden and finds a way to sneak into her heart. It’s dazzling, absolutely stunning how vulnerable he is and yet so strong. His tears will touch your heart and make you feel for him and seeing Eden through his eyes, envy galore. 
  • Eden is a determined, hardheaded and morally sound girl. She knows what she wants and she calls people out on their lies. She’s straightforward and sarcastic, she’s got a fair amount of snark and lines that will leave you smiling. Eden cares so much for others, she’s compassionate and selfless and gloriously in love. You can feel every ounce of her emotion. 
  • The theories and history are wound into the setting perfectly. Between the descriptions and the historical tidbits, this is history that is fun to learn and doesn’t drone on. It’s wonderful to hear quirky bits of history that aren’t talked about much in school but just as important. 
  • Eden and Andrew together are like soft sunlight warming your skin. They’re gentle and bright and full of raw, honest feelings for one another. Their love is completely pure and they get each other in a way that is unbreakable, golden.
  • The explanation of how Wellington came into presidency is fascinating and relevant. It makes you think about our future and where humanity is leading. Also, the discussion on God and pain, and maintaining faith in the face of destruction was philosophical and eye-opening. 
  • A twist that will shock and leave your heart racing in fear. 

CONS:

  • The foreshadowing was a little blatant. Some sections were not as surprising or devastating as they could have been. 
  • Eden’s relationship with her friends in D.C. was forgotten and their hysteria over her safety later felt farfetched because they were barely featured in the story. The relationship wasn’t built up or reinforced. 

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Tara Tolly lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband and four children (two human and two canine) where she spends her days shaping the minds of impressionable fourth graders and her nights and summers shaping the lives of her make-believe characters.

She loves to escape the pressures of the real world by entering into the fictional worlds she creates within the depths of her imagination. When not immersed between the covers of a book (or in reality, the glow of her Nook screen) or typing away on her computer, she loves spending time with her family, running, and participating in other creative endeavors such as photography, crafting, and baking.

FIRST SUN is her first YA novel and is forthcoming in September 2014 by Fire & Ice YA.

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