Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Terra by Gretchen Powell Book Blog Tour

I'm excited to participate in the Terra Book Blog Tour hosted by the awesome CBL Tours today by providing a review. Hope you all enjoy. 

Title: Terra
Author: Gretchen Powell
Published: December 12th, 2012 by Hopewell Media
Book rating: 3 stars
Cover rating: 3 stars
A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.
A discovery that will change everything.
In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.
Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.
The first book in debut author Gretchen Powell's anticipated Terrestrials series, Terra catapults you through a story filled with blood-pumping action, intrigue, and surprising twists that will both wrench and warm your heart. As the hidden truths of this world unfold, new dangers that loom on the horizon are sure to leave you waiting breathlessly for the sequel.

I'm not exactly sure what I feel about this book as a whole, the first half was too similar to The Hunger Games and other dystopian novels I've read for me and the second half was awesome. There was the protagonist who took care of her younger sibling, the government/higher power who had a group of people who got everything and used the 'poor' people for personal gain, that one evil person who justifies the evil stupid crap they do even though it's still wrong (hated this chick), the different little villages/communities, and the random act that starts some type of revolution and war. I'm sure there were other things but I can't think of them right now. So after we get introduced to Terra, the main character,  and Mica, her younger brother, some crazy stuff happens and then the story really picks up when we meet the lovely Adam. In the second half of the book it's something completely different and opposite of what I ever could have expected from this book and I loved every word of it. I was so consumed by the world and what was going on, I needed to know what happened to Terra and the rest of the characters right then. I'm not sure exactly how I felt about the love interest between Terra and Adam, it felt as if they sort of had this insta love thing going on. I see how they could care for each other but I feel like they didn't really get to know each other enough to claim their love for each other. 

I really enjoyed all of the action scenes in this book and Gretchen's writing, it was very descriptive and easy to picture in my head. I found myself lost in the scenes and panicking when something would go wrong, hoping Terra and the gang would be okay. I could definitely see this becoming a movie. The characters were also really something I enjoyed about this book. Terra was kick ass and full of courage. She knew how to take care of Mica and never really complained about it. They are put in several difficult situations but they stuck together which was really sweet. I adored Mica, seriously he was such a cute little nerdy guy. I love how even though he was different he also wasn't afraid to speak his mind and when the time came he didn't hesitate to protect his older sister, Terra. Adam was very mysterious at first but once we got to know more of him I really liked him too. He was very sweet and hilarious at times. I loved how he took Terra's feisty protective side so easily. 

Overall this book was just an okay read for me, one half I was meh about and the other I loved. I will be reading the second book in hopes it's something I'll enjoy and also because I really want to know what happens! 

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Gretchen Powell grew up in far-off places. She is 24 years old, half-Chinese, and the owner of two adorable miniature schnauzers. They wear many sweaters. By day, she types and types (and types and types) for personal, professional, and cathartic purposes. By night, she binges on episodes of Doctor Who and sleeps fitfully. Sometime in the mid-afternoon, she writes a blog, called "Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!" about food, fitness, and her life. She loves words. And Harry Potter. And especially the words IN Harry Potter.

Below is a giveaway hosted by the lovely author. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy go ahead and enter and I wish you good luck. (:

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