All’s fair in love and war.
Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war.
Everyone does what they must to survive.
When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?
*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language. NA/Adult
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We meet Charlotte on what could possibly be the worst day of her life. She’s held at gun point with people yelling for her father’s location and she has no idea what’s going on. Then the unthinkable happens. But instead of being upset about it. She accepts it and is even angry for being put in that position to begin with. Fast forward 5 years and she’s working for the very machine. She’s actually their greatest weapon, and she’s being sent undercover to find out their enemies secrets. And that’s how she gets to know Pete McCay.
Pete is loyal and loving and willing to take a bullet for a friend. He’s actually a pretty compassionate guy. He’s fighting for everyone’s right to happiness and basic human kindness. Charlotte is sassy and a real jerk to most people. But she can’t get too close to anyone because of who she is and what she can do. She can’t get close to Pete through her gift though. She has to do it the old fashioned way and neither of them expect their hearts to get entangled. I really liked both characters, and even though there is a wee bit of waffling, it’s not over done and throughout the book. It’s during a pretty harsh moment. One, that given the circumstance, would have anyone doubt the heart of another. All in all, this book was enjoyable. It’s told in multiple points of view, and there’s obvious tension between Roman and Bridgette. And we’re clued in at the end of this one that the second book will pick up with their story.
Ms. Stadler creates a world that’s pretty bleak. The upperclass still suffer by comparison to today’s standards, but they are royalty compared to the lower classes. This story could be dropped down into many places in our current world, so it really has this very real feel to it, not like many dystopian stories. I am really digging this book! So would I recommend it? Oh yeah! I can’t wait to get my hands on Masked (book 2).
Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, her little bun in the oven that is on the way, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.