Title: EVE: The Awakening
Author: Jenna Moreci
Release Date: 8-12-2015
Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi
Rating: 5/5 stars!
This Booknerd’s Thoughts:
“HOLY BALLS!” As Sancho would say.
Where to even begin? So. Much. Goodness. Stuffed. Into. One. Book. EVE: The Awakening is one hell of a debut by Jenna Moreci. Moreci has brought a fresh take to a new genre that has picked up speed in popularity and demand. The NewAdult genre is mostly saturated with contemporary romance at the moment. There are few sub-genres floating around, and the ones that are, most have not heard of. I believe Jenna is breaking into the market, presenting us a fresh look at the genre and she’s done it very well. It’s brilliant. Her attention to plot, the creative detailed nuggets that wrap up beautifully as the story unfolds, the genuine, relatable dialogue, wonderful humor, deep emotional tragedy, characters you won’t soon forget, and skilled writing; Jenna has put together a masterpiece and tied it in a new shiny bow; NewAdult Sci-Fi.
What’s not to love?
1. Scary, creeptastic aliens that can fly with sharp teeth the length of your entire frame. Holy shnickies, people!
Bastards mock the human race! *shakes fist*
2. Humans that have evolved into stronger, faster, better and gifted versions of their former selves, bruising the egos of the rest of humanity; ergo, outcast Chimeras.
3. Swoon-worthy male lead, giving us a much needed break from the NA alpha male, pounding his chest and demanding. Still protective and ever understanding Jason A. Valentine is exactly what Eve needs. *starry eyes* Chapter eight, yall. Happy hearts all over the place.
4. Girls you love to hate! The tri-bitch-fecta! I don’t need to name them. Once you meet them, you’ll know. I love comparing them to Mean Girls meets Heathers.
5. The plot twists, oh, the plot twists!
6. Humor meets Tragedy. Jenna has a gift of imparting the perfectly timed comedic relief in the most heinous of horrific situations, and you aint even mad about it. If anything, that chuckle that escapes you unexpectedly while you’re in the midst of biting your nails, is just what you needed to help calm the pulse pumping rate of your frantic heart.
What I loved? (in addition to all mentioned above)
I love college setting books—more specifically, in the NewAdult genre—and reading a down to earth—I think there might be an unintended pun there—collegiate setting, with all the out-of-place freshman outcast woes and then toss ALIENS; it was just something I was not expecting and I absolutely loved it.
Eve is a strong, badass heroine who has reason to feel ostracized, hence she’s learned to be an independent lone wolf. Society didn’t really give her a choice. So, what’s left to do other than learn to survive and refuse to be knocked down? Something strong and deadly lies within Eve and she fights it tooth and nail. She wants a fresh start and believes this elite university that actually accepted her poor ass will be the place to do it. As long as she can keep what she is a secret, all should be smooth sailing, right? Wrong. The very things she’s running away from, find her.
We attend classes with Eve and as the semester progresses, the tension and threats grow. Each new band of characters presented in Eve’s life add such fullness to the overall story and environment. You feel as though you yourself have been walking those very halls and gossiped in hushed tones about these characters while leaving the Dining Hall—east of campus—all the way to the Business building—west campus—rushing to get to Dr. Dick *clears throat* I mean, Professor Richard’s “Business Math” class because the man has no qualms about embarrassing you in front of the entire freaking class.
After, you release a sigh of relief while continuing down the hall, glaring at Chin Dimple being a Neanderthal as you head to your favorite class of the day; Professor Clarke’s “Leadership Principles”. Today, he shares about Billington’s history and how, “Necessity Breeds Innovation,” which is why the government built Billington; a place where young minds can be molded into visionaries and pioneers.
Are you still feeling sore from the last “Hand to Hand Combat” class with Captain Ramsey? Well, enjoy the fresh air while you walk further south west towards the Gymnasium/Athletic Center because if tensions are high on campus due to mysterious Interloper attacks, you better believe Ramsey’s gonna up the training, starting off with a nice, long run around that damn, huge football field track. That’s what I get for wanting to be a bad-ass like my favorite book heroines. Perhaps I’ll check out the writing center next semester instead.
Speaking of badass book heroines, move aside Katniss, Eve is freaking kick-ass, snarky, and takes no bullshit. You like bloody, buildings-blowing-up type of action? Eve’s got that too. Plenty of it. Edge of your seat fight scenes and plot twists galore, friends!
You’re getting a full on experience and adventure here. What’s best, though this debut is the first to an 8-part series, you’re not left with the “cliffhanger” feel. All the arcs in part one are neatly tied in a bow, yet masterfully left open for SO. MUCH. MORE. TO. COME!
I CAN NOT gush enough about this read. You can even go ahead and read the first three chapters right now, for FREE! http://www.JennaMoreci.com