Tuesday, August 26, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLAST w/REVIEW and GIVEAWAY - TESTED (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder:


TITLE: Tested
SERIES: New World
SERIES PLACEMENT: #3
AUTHOR: Janelle Stalder
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Rom.
RELEASE DATE: Aug. 26, 2014
PUBLISHER: Self-Published

BOOK BLURB:
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language.

REVIEWERS NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.



4 Brave, Beautiful Stars!
This Series Just Keeps Getting More Intense and More Exciting and... Just More Everything! 

The Review: 
I love a good dystopian romance and add in a little sci-fi and I’m all over it. When I heard Janelle Stalder was writing this series, I was beyond excited and she hasn’t disappointed. From Switch to Masked and now to Tested, I’m in awe at the world building, the bountiful and compelling character platform and the intricate story and plots!

This book was filled to the brim with “happenings” and there was never a dull moment. I loved this book and I loved the main hero and heroine!

Story/Characters... 
There was a lot going on in this one. It picks up a couple of weeks after Masked ended and Tyler is missing. Snatched off the streets, no one has a clue as to who took him or why. But when the clues finally do start coming in, things look very bad and it seems the only one who might have a chance at saving him is the shy and timid Missy, who hasn’t notice a man since her “incident” but noticed Tyler the moment he walked in her door.

Missy is part of the Archer rebels and though she used to go out and help protect the streets with her sisters, one horrible moment changed everything for her and she’s been a homebody ever since. But now's her chance to help make a difference again, to help bring back the one man who might help her see the light in all the darkness. But in order to complete that goal, she has to go undercover into a strange and frightening environment, filled with peril.

And when they finally meet again, sparks fly, memories vanish and danger lurks everywhere. But one thing is certain. Tyler plays the alpha-male and claims what's his! And let me tell ya, that was some fun reading! Wowza!

Then there’s Trent and Phoenix, who are still at each others throats, their unwanted attraction pulling them closer together, but soon they find themselves falling victim to their own precarious situation and it looks like they’ll have to fight for their own freedom.

The (evil-overlord!!) General is back and his mission to overthrow Ludwig is still in place. He’s using some very unethical, inhumane and strategic ways to accomplish his goals and it looks like no one can stop him.

The rebels are still aiming to fight the good fight but with the good people they are trying so hard to protect, turning on them, it’s anyones guess who will be the next victim. 

Things get sticky for all our heroes and heroines. Even the bad guys find themselves in trouble and you just wish they’d all sit down, hug it out and learn to get along! Ha! But then again, that would be boring. 

In addition to the New World Army, the General’s soldiers and the rebels, there seems to be a new, mysterious faction on the rise who’s snatching people right off the streets. They are scary because we know nothing about them and two of our key players are caught right in the middle.

Thoughts...
I really enjoyed Tyler and Missy’s romance. It was different and Tyler's position was dangerous and threatening but I loved that even with his situation, he never fully lost himself. His alpha-male came out in full force to protect what was his and he was a little scary but totally sexy and enticing. I loved Missy’s strength. After what she’d been through, her courage to go after Tyler was wonderful to read.

One thing I will say is I wanted more on Lotty and Pete. I grew to really like them in book one as they stole my heart. They had the whole forbidden love thing going on and it was fascinating to read. Lotty is the strong, silent type who I wanted to instantly know more about and I just haven’t had my fill of her yet. Not to mention, with her talents she could be playing a larger role in all this. 

I was a little surprised at all the “sitting around” the rebels did while their friends/family were lost. I know they had to lay low but with how aggressive they were to run the streets and fight hard in the first two books, I was a little disappointed they weren’t out scouring the streets, even covertly, for their own.

The Wrap Up: 
The dystopian world this author creates is inventive, creative, intriguing, angsty and fun. Everyone is just trying to survive in these impossible circumstances and it’s going to be riveting to see how it all turns out. This was a fun book to read and I can’t wait for the next installment.


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Switch (New World #1)
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Masked (New World #2)
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About the Author...

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011.

Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, her little bun in the oven that is on the way, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.


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