Of course, I'm biased, but this book is the product of 3 years of writing, editing and heartbreak! I'm so thankful for everyone I know who has helpedOf course, I'm biased, but this book is the product of 3 years of writing, editing and heartbreak! I'm so thankful for everyone I know who has helped this book finally come to fruition. A big shout out to NANOWRIMO 2015, where Becoming Human finally became what it is today.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did writing it....more
I'll admit it - I love Japan! What started out as an obsession with anime and harajuku girls, eventually became a well-rounded appreciation for the laI'll admit it - I love Japan! What started out as an obsession with anime and harajuku girls, eventually became a well-rounded appreciation for the language, culture, history and FOOD of this incredibly unique country. I watch quite a few North American expats who chronicle their lives in Japan, so this book stood out to me.
Tokyo Cover Girls is told in alternating 3rd person perspectives between three girls. (Blake, Jess and Hailey) I don't want to give anything away, but the girls are approached by a mysterious business man about a job and are told not to reveal this secret to anyone. It almost has a "Saw" horror movie feel to it when they first meet - and then the surprises start popping up at every turn!
The modeling industry is a cut-throat gig. I loved how the girls seemed to be willing to throw each other under the bus to get ahead. (Some more than others!)
What stood out to me about this novel was how realistic and well-researched it was. The author, Jackie Amsden, is writing this from experience, having worked as a model in Asia before writing this book. I'm really looking forward to what comes next - we need more books set in Japan!
Also - check out Jackie's blog! It's so much fun. The tag line is "where deadly meets fabulous" and it is such a reflection of her writing style. Fun blog posts include "5 things in your closet that could kill you" and "5 fashion models with secret assassin skills". I'm soooo looking forward to her upcoming memoir!
I really enjoyed this book. For the Clan had so many different surprises that I consider this to be one of the most memorable books I have read so far
I really enjoyed this book. For the Clan had so many different surprises that I consider this to be one of the most memorable books I have read so far this year! I am so thankful to Xpresso Book Tours for the chance to review this novel by Archer Kay Leah.
When I requested to review For the Clan, I wanted to read it because it was a dystopian novel that was set in Canada. (Yay, Canadian here!) And what's more awesome is that my home down of Windsor got a shout out! :D
I loved the dystopian world that Archer Kay Leah created. It has been written in such a way that it could actually seem plausible for it to happen in the near future, except for the magic using Ven people. I don't want to leave any spoilers, but the action was AWESOME!
The bulk of this story focuses on a polyamorous romance between Jace, Roan and Cayra. (MMF) I wasn't expecting this to happen, because the blurb does not really hint to it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The romance felt natural (maybe a little too fast, but still good) and the sex was pretty darn hot. I was a little worried for the author, considering that the romance was only briefly mentioned in the blurb, but it was categorized properly in Amazon, so I guess we're all good.
The two aspects of the book that I feel needed work were the lack of back story and the "easiness" of it all. I feel like this novel could have easily filled 300+ pages instead of less than 200, and I would have been happy to read every single word. Though the Water Wars were mentioned, I would have appreciated a bit more back story. The rest of the plot moves quick, and their obstacles seem to be over come with little effort (relatively speaking of course).
I love, love, loved the cover. The feel of it is so dystopian, military-action, video-gamy goodness. (I really can't think of any other way to explain it.)
In closing, I found For the Clan to be a quick, fun read. I hope that the author continues to use their skills and write more dystopian stories in the future.
A free copy of this book was provided for an honest review. Thank you Xpresso Book Tours!...more