Book Review: Walled by Anne Tibbets

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Title: Walled
Series: The Line #2
Author: Anne Tibbets
Published by: Carina Press (HQN)
Publication date: December 1st 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

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WalledWalled
The Line #2
Anne Tibbets
Carina Press, December 2014
ISBN 9781426899294  Ebook

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Freedom means making brutal choices.

Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.

When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.

Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden… or commit an unspeakable act.

A year and a half after getting away from the Line, Naya hasn’t really escaped the torment of those years. Even her adorable ten-month-old twins, Clea and Adena, can’t make her forget nor can her deep love for Ric make the nightmares go away. Deep inside, Naya is painfully aware that Auberge still controls life, still enslaves young girls and impoverishes entire families.

No wonder, then, that when Sonya finds them and demands Naya and Ric join the revolution, Naya finds herself drawn to what seems to be an impossible cause and, indeed, Sonya finally has to admit that the revolution consists of an “army” of six. The plan, though desperate and crazy, might just work and Naya is driven to try to destroy Auberge.

Despite everything she has been through and the horrific memories, Naya has strengthened emotionally and she’s no longer the frightened, helpless girl she used to be. Thanks to Ric and her friend, Shirel, and to her babies, Naya has learned to trust and to love. She’s a far different person from the one we met in the first book, Carrier. She’s not the only one; Shirel now believes in her own worth and Ric is completely in love with his make-shift family, as content in his life as a man can be who exists in a world of oppression.

Much more pain is ahead for these few who dare to fight back but is freedom, true freedom, worth what is about to happen? I’ll say this—I thought the ending was just a bit contrived, a little too coincidental, but still very satisfying and, as with Carrier, I appreciate the author shining a light on the kind of oppression that is all too alive and well in our world today. It never hurts to be reminded.

One word of caution to readers new to the duology—you must read the books in order or you just won’t get the full effect. This story is now done and, while I’ll miss these characters, I’m looking forward to whatever Ms. Tibbets will bring us next.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, December 2014.

About the Author

Anne TibbetsAnne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER and WALLED, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

 

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Cover Reveal: Revive by Tracey Martin

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Title: Revive 
Series: Redzone #1
Author: Tracey Martin 
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: May 19th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction

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Synopsis

Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of
who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her
college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted.

The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s
gut tells her Kyle is lying when he claims he can’t help her, his touch makes her
heart race. Is it because of a red-hot natural attraction, or a missing
memory of something far more dangerous?

As two mysterious, menacing men chase them from the station, Sophia’s
memories return in frustrating fragments. So do deadly skills she didn’t know
she had. In the next forty-eight hours, a loved one’s life will be on the line
as she sifts through a mounting tangle of secrets and lies.

Including the most heart-wrenching secret of all. Not only isn’t she
a normal college student, she isn’t even a normal human.

Warning: Contains one girl who is more than she seems, one boy who
knows more than he’s telling, and enough twists to give you
whiplash. Expect explosions of all kinds.

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About the Author

Tracey MartinTracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets. You can find her online at tracey-martin.com.

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