7 May 2014

Blog Tour Stop for The Prophecy of Arcadia by M.H. Soars - review and giveaway!

Series: Arcadian Wars #1
Publication date:
Publisher: Self published
Genres: YA with PNR and sci-fi elements
Format: eArc
Source: Oops, I did it again (book blog)
Pages: 338

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Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.

To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces. 

To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.

I went into this with a bit of skepticism - but still looking forward to it, because I absolutely love sci-fi and I happen to enjoy self published books a lot.

First some information: The first chapter was the only part where I felt like this is an actual sci-fi book - there were some aspects of the other chapters but they almost read like a contemporary - so even people who aren't that into sci-fi will probably enjoy this book. In a way I'm kinda bummed about it not being "a total sci-fi" book - if you can call it that, but somehow it worked and I still loved the book.

This place where the aliens come from are called Arcadia and we don't get to know that much about the planet really. We know that the inhabitants have some kind of power and that the planet itself is pretty small, but other than that we really don't know that much - I hope we get some more world building of Arcadia in the next book.

This story is told through different perspectives and when it comes to this story it totally works. There are so many things going on with each of the characters that the different perspective is mandatory in a way. Sometimes I had a hard time remembering whose perspective the story was told from but I Soars has included hints to which person is the main character at that point - so you will find out who is talking pretty soon no matter where you are in the book.

Now on the the characters. In the beginning I obviously didn't feel that much for any of them, but somehow I started having feelings for some of them and others I still feel like I don't know that much about (another thing I hope to see in the sequel).
We have the aliens: Sam and Mia who are twins, then we have Melanie and Matthew/Matt who is also twins and then Sean and Zack. For humans we have Ethan and Alexia (our main-maincharacter). All the aliens have their own power and somehow they have to keep them in check while looking after Alexia - it's funny actually.

Soars is kind of cruel with that ending though.. Total cliffhanger and since this book was released in January this year I think it's going to be a while before the sequel is released... WHY? Soars, WHY?

But I loved this book! I couldn't put it down and those pages went by in a blur, so I gave this book 5 hearts - based on how much I enjoyed it. I thought about giving it 4 since I was missing so much information - but since it's a debut and first in a series I figured a 5 heart rating was the most fitting.

I like to call myself a United Nations child. I was born in the United States but grew up in several different countries which gave me a broader perspective of life. I've always been passionate about books and stories and at a certain point had a comic book series going. With a background in fashion design I always thought I was going to follow that path. But the characters in my head kept begging to be set free. So I decided to write their stories. A couple of years and a baby later, the first installment of my Arcadian Wars series is finally done. I currently reside in New Mexico with my husband and baby daughter. I love to read novels in the YA, PNR, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Chick Lit genres. When not devouring said novels, you may find me shopping online (I'm an expert), blogging about fashion, or trying to teach my daughter to walk (even though she's too young for that). If you would like to learn more about me and my projects, visit my Facebook page. Or you can also 'friend' me here on Goodreads.

For a chance to win an ebook copy of The Prophecy of Arcadia just answer a single question in a comment below: What intrigues you most about this book? (and remember to include your email so I have a way of contacting you if you win!
The winner will be announced May 30. 

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