Thursday, 30 July 2015

Review - The Shadow Of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1)

Title: The Shadow Of Deception
Series: The Kazumi Chronicles #1
Author: Sophia L. Johnson
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication: 9 April 2015
Format: Ebook
Rating: 2.5/5 Sneakers
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review.
A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi comes out of the wreckage physically unscathed but wiped of all memories. Her miraculous survival attracts the attention of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans. Their heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi, Finnegan O'Riley, a fellow Sarc also gets her heart racing. When she discovers that she possesses the genetic potential to become a Sarcomere, she welcomes the chance to train with them in the hope that she would recover her memories. 
Meanwhile, thirty years after the Great War that almost destroyed the world, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself. Who can she trust when she can't even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death. Is Kazumi ready to face her destiny?

Reaction upon finishing:

The plot in this book was amazing and interesting and really action packed, and it really did keep you on the edge of your seat but as much as I tried to, I couldn't develop any feelings for the characters. I didn't really mind who lived and died.This book was a very plot driven book but unfortunately the characters just fell flat, and I couldn't connect to them. There were no FEELS or fun fangirling moments for me and I think that was the main problem for me . But on the plus side of this book it really easy to read, fast paced and completely packed with action.

Our main character, Kazumi, in the beginning of the book has lost her memory and she doesn't know who her parents are, who she is etc. While Kazumi has lost her memory I can understand that she's bitter and frustrated but I felt like she acted like a drama queen, everything that she felt was almost to exaggerated. She also changed her mind a lot and she was just very all over the place and for me that is what made it hard to try and connect to her as a character. But there were good things about Kazumi, for example she was very kick ass and didn't take crap from no one and she stood up for herself, which I really enjoyed reading. But unfortunately for me her attitude towards certain situations clouded my judgement of her. 

Finn, I really liked Finn. He was really adorable and cute but also had an awesome warrior side to him, and he fiercely protects the people he loves. The romance in this book was cute although at times a little bit dramatic and insta-lovey, it was still fun to read and route for.

 2.5/5 Sneakers

It wasn't my cup of tea but it had redeemable qualities

- couldn't connect to the characters.
+ The plot was interesting and very fast paced.
+Finn was really adorable
- Kazumi's actions were a little bit to dramatic for my liking.

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