Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rook by J.C. Andrijeski

Title:  Rook
Series:  Allie's War #1-4
Author:  J.C. Andrijeski
Published:  Nov 22/13 by White Sun Press
Length:  400pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Shelf:   review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Like most humans, Allie's spent her life distancing herself from Seers, a race of human-like beings discovered on Earth in the early 1900s. That changes after catching her boyfriend in the arms of a hot band groupie, and Allie goes from San Francisco artist slacker to the girl wearing the GPS anklet in about sixteen seconds. Being stuck with community service is the least of her problems, though, compared to the shock of discovering who--and what--she really is.

Yanked out of her life by the mysterious Revik, who drives her crazy in all the best and worst ways, Allie finds out that her blood may not be as indisputably human as she always thought. Through Revik she learns the truth: that Seers are nothing like she thought, that the world is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with Seers than she ever wanted to believe.

Now on the run from a group of anti-human,terrorist Seers called Rooks and her own human government, Allie must learn to navigate a secret shadow world behind her own, a world filled with superhuman Seers with their own battles raging...and their own agendas around the fate of humanity. When Allie's family and friends get dragged into that war, things suddenly get a lot more personal, and Allie learns she may be the only one who can stop it.

My Review:

Andrijeski’s tone gave me chills and had me on edge throughout. It thoroughly complemented her storyline, drawing her readers further and further into the plot. I was captivated by her thrilling storyline, drawn in further with each word. Not only was the story captivating, but Andrijeski threw genre classification to the wind with this one. Part SciFi, part fantasy, part dystopian, all YA that will appeal to all ages. There are also differing religions and philosophies that work their way into the mix. There is something for almost everyone here. This is one of those novels that you can’t put down, and if you have to, you can’t stop thinking about it.

I loved getting to know these characters. The slightly off-centre viewpoint that I developed of them made them all the more endearing. The main character’s plight, finding out that she was something other than what she’d imagined, was quite touching. At the same time, her persona was one that kept me captivated. The supporting cast rounds out the story nicely. I appreciated the mix of modernity & futuristic qualities that they displayed. One could relate to them while they still stand out.

This is a phenomenally well written novel that kept me captivated throughout. Andrijeski’s tone draws you in and sets you up to thoroughly enjoy this compilation. It’s a brilliant read for all those who enjoy a SciFi/fantasy world.

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  1. Sounds intriguing, and I love the cover!

  2. Great review! I love that cover. I might have to give this one a try ;)

  3. For some reason I can't get it to Share on FB. :(

  4. Definitely adding those to my TBR shelf.

  5. Great review, I'm real interested !

  6. I love the cover and the synopsis sounds great - your review confirmed it.
    sherry @ fundinmental