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Blog Tour: Edge of Truth by Natasha Hanova {Review+ Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Edge of Truth blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!
To see other stops on the tour of reviews and promo posts click here.

Edge of Truth
   by: Natasha Hanova

Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: Dystopia
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-copy received by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review
Page Count: 302 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars

Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives.

It’s not a bad plan for someone with a hidden, emotion-based ability to trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, sixteen-year-old Rena Moon strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression.

Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?
                                                -goodreads.com description

My Review:

When I first saw the tour sign up for this book, I instantly jumped at the opportunity as I am always game to read and review YA dystopian novels. I'm glad I picked this one! It was a very enjoyable read! However, it certainly leaves you wanting more. I am not a fan of info-dumping at all, and thankfully Natasha did not do this to us. However, I still have a lot of unanswered questions about the society, the "Others", and what the true motivation is behind the enemy's actions.

I liked our main character Rena. As a sixteen year old girl, I felt like Natasha did a great job creating her voice. She is sixteen, crushing on a guy who doesn't know she exists (or so she thinks), and spends time testing boundaries and bending the rules with her best friend Blaze. I really like that she acted her age- she didn't try to be someone she wasn't. She does have dreams of escaping her home-  she dreams of something more, where she won't have to take care of her brothers and wait on her 'aunt' hand and foot. Rena, however, as determined and brazen as she is, needs to have caution. She is an "Other", which means she has an unusual ability- she can create earthquakes based on her emotions. It is dangerous to be an Other, so Rena really walks a fine line between being cautious and bold. (She has a bit of a knack for getting in trouble.)

Blaze is Rena's best friend, and seems like the voice of reason. She does not like breaking curfew or the rules as to how far they should wander out of town. Blaze is a good friend to Rena and I really liked what she brought to the story. Nevan is Rena's crush. He plays the drums and always draws a crowd. Watching Rena try to get closer to him is so cute, because she's a bit awkward. She trips and falls a couple of times near him, and then ends up making his acquaintance in a spur of the moment situation. Listening to her inner thoughts about how he must think she's a fool is really adorable. Again, I really liked Rena's voice in this novel. It made her a lot more real and believable to me.

As the synopsis above states, Blaze is kidnapped and Rena ends up teaming up with Nevan to help rescue her. Along the way, these two form an easy camaraderie and then discover there is undeniable chemistry between them. Some of their interactions are so awkward, it's adorable! Rena is determined to save her friend and Nevan is determined to help Rena, even though he barely knows her and has no stock in Blaze. He is a good guy and willing to do whatever it takes to help Rena.

Overall, I did like this book, and my only issue was that I have a lot of questions that need to be answered and would like to see a bit more world building. I am not sure if Natasha is planning a sequel, but I sure hope she is!

About the Author:
Natasha Hanova is an award-winning author of young adult and adult dark fantasy/paranormal fiction. Her short stories are published in Undead Tales 2, October Nightmares and Dreams, and Once Upon a Christmas. She is a member of Novel Clique, YALitChat, and an Affiliate member of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. She lives in Kansas with her wonderful husband, twin boys, and daughter.


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5 eBook copies of Edge of Truth

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  1. I'll have to give this one a try :) Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    Toni @ My Book Addiction

  2. I completely agree on your review! Entertaining, but still left me wanting a little more.

    Great review!

    1. Thanks Ashley! I hope she does another book and gives us a bit more!

  3. Great Review! I agreed with you regarding the questions. I definitely would have liked a little more world building because I felt like I didn't really get a good picture of the society. However, I did like the book and I look forward to the next one. :-)

    1. Thanks Chelsea! :D I will definitely be reading the next one!

  4. Awesome review!! I'm not sure if I'll ever get to it, but I did enjoy your review, girl!!

    Magen Corrie

    1. Thanks Magen! :D I hear ya on the not getting to it- if I didn't already sign up for the tour forever ago, I probably wouldn't have either. I am drowning in books!

  5. This sounds really interesting, will have to give it a go! After Real of course ;)

  6. Thanks for the review, Jessica. I'm happy you liked it. And yes, Book 2 is in the works and questions will be answered. :-)

    1. Yay! *happy dances around living room* I was hoping for a book two! I didn't think we could leave off there! :D

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this one even though you ended up with a lot of questions. Hopefully you'll find your answers in the next book! Great review! :)


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