Book Review: Saven Denial by @siobhandavis

Saven Denial


Series: Saven #2.5
Author: Siobhan Davis
Published: May 21st, 2016
Pages: 98
Audience: YA
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Aliens


Source:  I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.

Available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited


Blurb:

THE TRUTH HURTS

My mother was right to fear me. 
I’m an abomination. 
And the world should be very afraid.
 

Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor, the vindictive alien race who destroyed Thalassic City. As her past, present, and future collides, her worst nightmare looks set to become her shocking new reality. 

A deliberate pawn in leader Griselda’s vengeful game, Sadie is horrified to learn the truth about her heritage and the destiny that’s already been mapped out for her. Refusing to cooperate, she risks paying the ultimate price for her defiance. 

Love for Logan is her only motivation to stay alive. Saving him is the only thing that matters—the fate of the world depends upon it. While he may never forgive her, she’s determined to protect him. Until her dying breath. 

Note from the author: 
This continues the story from where it ended in Saven Disclosure. This is not an optional novella but an essential read if you don't want to miss out on important plot developments. Please note there is a cliffhanger and it is not a standalone story. You will need to continue the series to find out what is next in store for Sadie and Logan.


My Review:

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you will see that this novella is #2.5 in the Saven series by Siobhan Davis. Check out earlier review of Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure here.

If there’s one thing Davis does well is grip you with some amazing story telling and this novella doesn’t disappoint. Although Denial is much shorter than the previous novels, it packs a mighty punch in both the story and in your feels.

Disclosure left you in a high stakes cliffhanger that resumes in Denial. Sadie’s life is crazy. She’s involved in all kinds of political drama – both human and alien, she’s fighting for equal rights, her love life is smoldering *wink wink* to those who have/will read the book.

Without her choice, Sadie is whisked away to another alien world where she discovers many truths about herself, most of them appalling. She holds on her love for Logan and all of her friends and family left behind on earth – using that love to strengthen her resolve.

“She acts as if she knows me, and it scares the hell out of me” – Saven Denial, Siobhan Davis

Denial was by far my favorite book of the series (so far). I can honestly say my love for this book is because Logan is not a key player. He’s in her thoughts and fuels her actions, but he’s not there being overbearing. It was refreshing.

We are introduced to new characters – specifically Axton who I enjoyed and although I know Logan is Sadie’s eterno/soul-mate, I’d ship her with Axton any day just because he can control his über alpha maleness better than Logan.

Seriously though, there was so much information revealed and deep character development for Sadie that redeemed some of the quirks I grew to dislike. Her actions and history revealed in Denial should make for an interesting return to Earth.

“The truth is on the outskirts of my mind, playing a spiteful game of hide and seek.” – Saven Denial, Siobhan Davis

Pick up this novella. I speculate that you will have to read this novella to continue the series. So don’t miss out. If you like aliens, fire-powered babes, politics, secret histories, crazy time-travel enigmas that you could easily forgive because hey it’s science fiction, and a heroine who just wants to know what the hell is going on… pick up Saven Denial.

Book Review: Saven Disclosure by @SiobhanDavis

Saven Disclosure


Series: Saven #2
Author: Siobhan Davis
Published: April 21st, 2016
Pages: 303
Audience: YA
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Aliens


Source:  I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.

Available for FREE on Kindle Unlimited


Blurb:

THE TRUTH WON’T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him. 
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth. 
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?
 

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior. 

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception. 

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted. 

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing. 

But no one thought to save her from herself.


My Review:

A few months ago, I reviewed a little book called Saven Deception. Although I wasn’t keen on the romance, I still really enjoyed the world and the intricate plot, so when Davis offered for me to be on her ARC team – I jumped on board. There was so many questions left in Deception that needed answered.

Saven Disclosure started off kind of slow for me and it was hard to get back into the world of Sadie and Logan, but it didn’t take too long for things to pick up and the plot to further thicken. There is so much that happens in Disclosure. I’m serious – at times I had a hard time keeping up with the lies and deceit. With that being said, I wasn’t surprised or shocked by any of the twists. In all actuality I was a little bummed with some of the reveals.

But I can tell you what I did love about Disclosure – Aliens! We were introduced to new species and worlds. The details of the alien culture and politics are vivid in their intricacies.

“Spiraling peaks of high-rise buildings glistened and glittered amidst rays of colorful lights sprouting from the dazzling, pulsing city below.” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

My little nerd heart went a flutter with the infinite possibilities of additional alien races. Needless to say, I want more aliens.

As far as the characters go, there isn’t much change for me from the last book. Separately, Sadie and Logan’s characters grew in ways that I enjoyed. For example, Sadie grew a little bit more of a backbone.

“I can’t recall the exact moment I became an adrenaline junkie, but there’s no denying my worrisome excitement.” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

But together they were just not happening for me and it’s because of the romance, but I’ll get more into that later. Sadie’s relationship with her sister was amazing to read. I loved every moment of them together – I wish the book was more about that kind of love.

“Making new memories is the best cure for past ills.” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

I really enjoyed the exploration of lies in relationships – not only romantic ones but in friendships as well – and how it forced the characters to grow and become more aware of others in the sense of how lies can not only emotionally hurt, but in the political environment Sadie finds herself in, lies can be deadly.

Ahh… the romance. At times it is heartbreaking:

“I often wonder how I survived pre-Logan; in those bleak, dark, depressing days when I never had anyone to call my own and my heart was only a life-sustaining organ in my chest.” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

At times it can be real:

“I never imagined love could be so complicated and come with so many conditions.” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

Then there is this:

“Being with him means more than I can express. It’s everything. He’s everything. I start and end with him.” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

I just can’t get on board with the intense all-consuming love that removes Sadie’s will. It just isn’t healthy for the characters or for young female readers. Plus, what bothers me the most is that this relationship is only 6 weeks old at the beginning of Disclosure- most of which they have been separated. Yet, they know each other so well that they can tell when the other is avoiding answering serious questions, but they’re not able to catch any “tells” that the other is lying.

I... I... I just can't.

What it all boils down to me is that I really don’t like this Eterno connection and everything it entails. I really hope something or someone changes in future installments. But until then I’ll agree with Hayden:

 “He isn’t worthy of you. You deserve better, don’t you see?” – Saven Disclosure, Siobhan Davis

Saven Disclosure is a wild ride full of political betrayal, espionage, new worlds, alien wars, ROMANCE EVERYWHERE, and at the center a girl who just wants her people to be free and not conquered by an alien species.

Really is there more you could ask for?  


About Siobhan Davis:

I write young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, set amidst a dystopian world, because they are the types of books that I love to read. Expect lots of kissing and romantic scenes! I also haven't been given the moniker 'The Cliffhanger Queen' for nothing!

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, I am totally addicted to YA and NA fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. I love baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, I forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. I live in the Garden County of Ireland with my husband and two sons.

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Book Review: Saven: Deception by @SiobhanDavis


Title: Saven: Deception

Series: Book One of the Saven Novels

Author: Siobhan Davis

Published Date: December 23rd, 2015

Audience: YA

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian


Blurb from Good Reads:

THE TRUTH DOESN'T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?


My Review:

Saven: Deception has the makings of a great Sci-Fi novel – corrupt government, aliens, abductions, mystery, but all of that is overshadowed by the romance (I know, I can’t believe I just said that either). A romance, I might add that was just too weird, but I’ll get on that more later.

I’m going to start with the world building – fantastic. A good dystopian pulls issues from modern society and exaggerates them to their extremes. In the case of Saven: Deception, Davis takes our modern social-class issues and amplifies them to where the inner circle/ bullion's (upper class) have freedoms and luxuries while the outer circle/ stars (lower class) are oppressed in the most extreme measures bordering on slavery. The underwater city was so creative, but I felt that the story could have been better if Sadie were more keen to discover its secrets before the romance began.

“There are so many things about this new life I don’t understand, except for the acknowledgement that fear goes hand in hand with ignorance.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis

Davis’ pacing was excellent and I enjoyed how we – the reader – are given nuggets of information throughout the story, leaving you begging to know what’s happening beyond the romantic drama between Sadie and Logan.

Throughout the first 1/3 of the book, I was wondering when the aliens who were featured in the prologue going to come into play - I would have known if I had re-read the blurb before reading, but I'm going to consider my mistake a perk. The beginning, was mostly world building and character building for the main character, Sadie. It took a while for the real reason the aliens were among us to come to light (other than hooking up and making the main character fall in love you them). But, when they did show up, it was fare more interesting than I imagined. From what little is known, the Saven are an fascinating race and their reasons/ actions are equally horrendous and logical (for them not us). I’m not sure about certain things and I hope the following books will explain more.

If you read the book, you'll see what I did here. :D

If you read the book, you'll see what I did here. :D

Sadie, like her romance arc, is a product of two extremes. In the beginning of the story she’s totally reserved and a bit of a doormat, which I totally believe due to her environment and family dynamics. I also believe that a girl like Sadie would jump at any chance to leave her home and experience life and while on this new adventurous path, decide to become a better version of herself. What I didn’t believe about this was the way Sadie’s character arc progressed once she was settle in her new environment, the change was instantaneous. There was no naturally progression of Sadie’s personality evolution (except maybe one or two internal dialogue moments).

I think it was that dramatic change that turned me off to Sadie. Not that I hated who she was before or after the big personality switch-a-roo, but it just didn’t seem real to me. That change coupled with her tendency to be a little dramatic when it came to Logan…

“I was right all along. No one like him would ever be interested in someone like me despite the relaxation of the laws. It was more than naïve to allow myself to wallow in the dream: it was destructive on a massive scale.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis

… and this little nugget that I just couldn’t swallow…

“I’ve never vomited before.” I’m not sure why I felt the need to explain that. “It’s an experience I’d rather not repeat.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis

… added together just made her hard for me to really connect with. I mean, who has NEVER thrown up before? NEVER? In all your 17 years of life? Beyond her faults, Sadie is a strong female heroine who is loyal to her friends. She has strength of mind and character which pushes her to better herself beyond the lot she’s given in life. When she’s not blinded by love/lust, she’s intelligent and clever. I hope those traits are highlighted as her story continues.

Then there is Logan. Let me start off by saying that I feel like he was a very real character to me, especially after his history was revealed and I liked him as a main character – although, I don’t like him as a love interest for Sadie. He started off sweet and a little sappy and then drama happens and he’s a jerk. More drama and he’s sweet. More drama and he’s a jerk again. Then surprise, surprise he’s sweet again.

“I’ve never let any guy in. You’re the first one I even dared to like. But you play with my feelings like they aren’t real.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis

I get his reasons. They’re good ones, I suppose, but he just comes off as domineering and disrespectful to Sadie. IE: boxing her in, grabbing her and forcing her to talk to him. That’s taking the alpha male romantic trope too far and tip-toeing into creepsville, but it’s all cool in Sadie’s mind because he smells good and their connection is too irresistible.

Which brings me to the romance… I adore first loves. ADORE THEM. Especially the ones with major chemistry - they are always wild, unpredictable, and all-encompassing. One never forgets them. That is why I totally believe Sadie’s emotional roller-coaster when it comes to Logan. Honestly, everything about how she reacts to Logan is spot on until they’re in close proximity. That is when she completely loses her mind, becoming a slave to an aggressive physical and emotional attraction that takes away her free-will and I find it a little appalling.

**** SPOILERS AHEAD ****

Davis explains this attraction as them being Eterno or soulmates and although I’m a firm believer in soul mates myself – I don’t approve of the notion that having one automatically makes you so attractive and irresistible that you can ignore negative personality traits or for the attraction to be so over powerful that you feel compelled to do whatever the other says. That is my BIG issue with the romance in Saven: Deception.

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Anyway...

The side characters are great from what little is learned about them. The only one I felt any real connection to was Jarod who - as a result - was my favorite, but I think he would have been even if the others were more developed. He had a complex story that was far more interesting than any of the others. I hope in the coming books, there will be more backstory and depth to the others.

Going back and re-reading my review, it kind of sounds like I hated it, but I really didn’t. The story has a great concept with great writing and pacing. There were plenty of twists to keep me interested beyond the love story and a cliffhanger ending that made me say “What the crap?” in a good way. I will have to read the next one because I don’t like when there are BIG loose ends to a story – especially when the poo hits the fan.

Net Galley provided a copy of The Spaceship Next Door in exchange for an honest review.