Hello my friends! Feels so good to return to the bookish front of blogging and share with you all my random rambling delights. As a ‘COME BACK PARTY’ post, I decided to put the spotlight on a debut series I have had the privilege of getting a sneak peek into. Who loves…
Well, if ya do or are at least intrigued, don’t go anywhere! I wanna tell you all about it! Or, as much as I can without Spoilers.
Jenna Moreci (that’s the nice author lady) lives in California where she is currently typing away and preparing all the behind the scenes goodies for her debut novel’s release. This is a woman of many talents ranging from the artistic to business, a skillful, natural teacher, and–as many of you will come to know–a brilliant writer.
Stumbling upon Eve:
I had connected with Jenna awhile back. Instantly, her casual, comedic nature on social media caught my attention. With time, I picked up on news of her story, EVE: The Awakening. Fast forward a few months and Jenna’s YouTube videos were serving as research and entertainment during my writing process. Every Wednesday, a new video is released on her YouTube channel, giving viewers tips for writing, Q&A’s, personal stories about her and this writing journey, as well as news on her upcoming novel. On her website, you will find the first three chapters to EVE: The Awakening.
One evening, I had the privilege of receiving a few more chapters from EVE and well…I WAS HOOKED! I wanted, no…I needed more!
But more on that later.
What’s EVE: The Awakening?
“Eve was an outcast. A Chimera. She wanted to start over; to escape her past and her secret. She thought it would be easy…that, for once, she would be safe. She was wrong.”
(Below is my personal synopsis from what I know of the story)
EVE: The Awakening is the first book in a young adult, Sci-fi series. Nineteen year old Evelyn “Eve” Kingston is ready to escape the only place she’s ever known for the chance to be viewed as normal. For once, not to be the outcast enduring repulsed glares from every passerby and all because they know who she is–what she is.
Eve is a Chimera. In the eyes of the world; a mutant. Events of her past bring this knowledge to the people of her hometown but outside of those city walls, Eve could be free. She could be like everyone else and the nation’s largest ranking and most widely acclaimed university–Billington–is her ticket to that freedom. Welcome to Billington University–Fall of 2087–where nothing is as it seems, and secrets lurk within the walls and gossiping tongues of the adolescent in this governmental establishment where young minds are given the best education this country has to offer. Dangers from her haunted past as well as current, unsettling events plague the once safe and impenetrable establishment, threatening Eve’s plan of anonymity. War is imminent but is the world focusing on the wrong enemy?
Those Interloper bastards…they’re mocking us…
What’s not to love?
First of all…MAN, was that hard to describe without spoiling anything! Kudos to authors who have to come up with their back-of-the-book synopses. *winks* <~~~you know who you are. Sorry, guys. Inside joke.
Upon reading the first quarter of the book, I knew instantly that this was one of those rare gems. The concept is fresh and unique. Sure, we’ve read about aliens. We’ve read tons of different variations, but my friends…I assure you, not like this. Jenna has a rare and natural talent of giving the reader a balance between dark memories, lighthearted interactions, hilarious dialogue, while seamlessly slapping you with PLOT TWISTS, tossing in sneaky spoonfuls of vital background story along with keeping a great pace that wets your appetite for more. A mouthful, I know! She’s a cyborg! She must be, because she’s that good.
There’s so much to love about this story!
1. Aliens. Big, scary, creeptastic aliens that can FLY (what?), with sharp teeth the length of your entire frame.
Yeah. You should totally check out those first three free chapters.
Now, are you like me, wondering if you’re mispronouncing “Chimera”? Because I’ll just confess now: I was totally butchering it. Luckily, Jenna anticipated this and included a nifty little feature on her website! At the bottom of the sample pages within each chapter, she includes exclusive behind-the-scenes commentaries on Vine videos. One of them being the proper pronunciation of “Chimera”. Click the image for the Vine and then come right back…Oh, it’s okay, I can wait. I won’t continue without you… *elevator music*
2. Humanovus–humans who have evolved and are…well, better than everyone else. This, of course, bruises everyone’s ego, thus giving us outcast Chimeras. And the smooth stylings of MAGIC!’s “Rude” comes to mind.
“Why you gotta be so rude. Don’t you know I’m human, too…”
Anywho, I digress.
3. Girls you love to hate. *le sigh* Well, you gotta love the whole aliens vs. humans vs. advanced humans concept, ’cause, I mean, how could it get better than that, right? Well, it does! Throw in a collegiate campus and BAM! The playground is limitless. If there be college, then there be students. If there be students, then we most definitely will find ourselves a few people we will love to hate. And, OH! Are there people you will love and not love to hate. One in particular, I like to refer to her as the spawn of Regina George (Mean Girls) meets Elle Woods’ (Legally Blonde) evil doppelganger. Yeah, that sounds about right.
4. Humor meets Tragedy. I mentioned when complimenting this author’s awesomeness above but may I elaborate? Of course, I can! It’s my blog, dammit. *wink* As I was saying. The nature of our main character’s past, present, and subconscious are tragic and at times very dark. Our heroine has been through the ringer and it just doesn’t seem to get any easier with time. Yet, with the haunting horrors plaguing our MC (main character), her every day interactions provide some hilarious material. Even Eve’s–our heroine–snarky wit and sarcasm play for some great comedic relief. As more characters are introduced, we’re provided with new colorful personalities and backgrounds, bringing some much needed diversity we don’t usually see in fiction these days.
5. Swoon-worthy male lead. Hello, Jason A. Valentine.
There is something refreshing about Jason. He’s not your cookie cutter male lead. He’s the son of a Senator, attending the prestigious university people with power, money or intelligence would find themselves. Now, if you think you know his story, or how this is going to play out…nope, you’re so wrong. Yep, I’m sure. Jason is warm, caring, and carries an internal strength that aids those closest to him. I’m only starting to get to know him but I’m already swooning and wanting more.
And that folks is just some of the things to love about this debut Sci-fi novel! In preparation for EVE’s, shall we say, ‘coming out party’, Jenna has tons of fun goodies in store for us readers. In the next few weeks, look forward to quizzes, her book cover reveal, and giveaways!
This week’s giveaway is–get this–the opportunity to become a character in an author’s book! Wait, there’s more! And you will be–fictionally–killed off in a wonderfully, gory and bloody manner!
Who wants to die in my next sci-fi novel?
Enter for a chance to win a gory, bloody, and completely fictional demise in my sequel to EVE: THE AWAKENING. One lucky winner will kick the bucket–but all entrants will receive a gift from me! Watch this quick video for all the details and tips on how to improve your odds of winning! (yes, you may click the image below for all that goodness)
Alas, I leave you with enough, I believe, to peak your interest. Hey you…yeah you! Are you one of the ones grumbling, “Eh. I’m not really a sci-fi genre fan.” Totally get where you’re coming from. I like Sci-fi but personally, it hasn’t always been my top pick genre. Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, or Contemporary (romance) are my usual go-to.
One of the things I love about this story is that is doesn’t take place in a galaxy far, far away–though that is pretty sweet, too. Here, we have all the juicy, fun, adventurous staples that we love about Sci-fi, tossed together with a fresh faced freshman’s college experience. I love that the setting gives me an instant connection, making it plausible as the reader to believe I’m living this right alongside Eve. The character dynamics are fun and there’s no shortage of twists and turns to keep you turning them pages like an addict.
“Just one more chapter,” I said. “I’ll go to sleep after this last page,” I said.
Oh, the naive ramblings of a booknerd engrossed in a hella good story.
Thank you for stopping by today. Eve: The Awakening is set to release within the next few months. Details on when will be revealed soon. In the meantime, enjoy the first three chapters for free on her website! And remember to check out the cool, behind-the-scenes Vine videos at the end of each page. Keep yourself up-to-date (like all the ‘cool’ kids) on all things EVE by following Jenna at all the links below.
Jenna Moreci is a sci-fi writer, vlogger extraordinaire, nerd-incognito, and self-proclaimed badass. A bona fide Renaissance woman, Jenna crunched numbers in the fast-paced, male-dominated world of finance as a stockbroker while simultaneously working as an internationally published commercial and beauty model. Naturally, she has decided to flush all of that crap down the toilet in order to pursue a career writing about aliens. Some of Jenna’s other talents include prolific cursing, spilling/dropping things, being asthmatic, accidentally making people cry, and drawing.
Follow Jenna on social media! She’s freaking hilarious.