Genre: Sci-Fi Alien Romance, very young adult-ish
Type: Series, this is the first installment in the Saven Series
Recommendation: Eh, even though this book is not my cup of tea, I think there is definitely an audience for it. I will let you make your own mind up.
Pricing: Pretty good, it is available on Kindle Unlimited. The paperback is pretty pricey at $15.99.
Summary: +decent world building + original aspects of the plot -mediocre heroine – a male lead I could not get into -/+mediocre cliff hanger at the end
THE TRUTH DOESN’T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE
I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?
Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person–herself.
Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.
Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.
Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.
When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?
When reading the description of this particular book I got super excited because it mentions the Lux novels by Jennifer Armentrout and states that if you LOVED that series you will LOVE this one. After reading it I can honestly say for me, this book has NOTHING on Lux. If you have no idea what I am referring to, for the love of everything shiny look it up and buy it immediately, refer to my Series Spotlight tab for my review on the series. You will thank me later!
Now on to the actual review.
Saven Deception is a story about a girl who is chosen to get a brief reprieve from her dreary life and spend six months in a mysterious newly created city under the sea that is being reported as a “social experiment”. In a world where the poor are looked at as a little more than a means to an end, this is a proposition that Sadie can’t turn down. While living there she is immediately drawn to Logan, the typical super hot and unobtainable guy that she can’t seem to avoid or get off her mind. Logan has secrets of course and they are definitely not what you would expect.
Here is where things went bad for me. I usually love this scenario. I am not one of those readers that requires everything to be wholly original, I still get sucked into a love story no matter if it follows the same plot as the one I read right before it. My only requirement is for the characters to be decently built and have a connection I can sink into. This book only met me half way. Sadie and Logan have some traits that I can relate to but the chemistry between them was very underdeveloped and kind of annoying. I won’t spoil the plot by telling you why I could not relate to them but I will say the “secrets” and ulterior motives that Logan and his friends have are NOT something I could even get behind no matter how connected the two characters are or how original the idea. I just could not get over it enough to get into the romance aspect. There are certain emotions I felt Sadie should have had she didn’t, but in all honesty that is more of a personal bias than an actual fault of the book.
The writing is clear and the plot is consistent with a steady pace. The characters are where the disconnect happened for me. I found Sadie to be mediocre and Logan to be..well..less than what I expect from a romantic interest. The ending is tolerable and there is a continuation of the story in several books that follow. The world building is descriptive and incorporates some real life elements into it that feed on the readers already existing belief in the more corrupt elements of government and society. Plus there is the science fiction element that is interesting. All in all, there is a target audience for this book but I am definitely not it.
Disclaimer: I obtained this book from Kindle Unlimited and reviewed it on my own to share the book love.