Monday, March 6, 2017

Life After E.L.E. REVIEW

HOLY COW! This book . . .  OH. MY! I LOVED IT! I can't believe I have to wait until next year for the next in the series! That is cruel and unusual punishment!

So, we have a post apocalyptic world where everything is essentially frozen after a rogue moon crashes into the Earth. The author's use of imagery is really great, or maybe it was just cold in my house, but I found myself shivering at times! The characters are very believable, especially under the circumstances. Eve is a teenage girl, but given the nature of their lives, she's been forced to grow up much faster than most. She has a brother, and also lives with her mom, grandmother, and grandfather. There are gates that protect the cave complex they live in, and those gates are shut at dusk no matter who hasn't returned. Sadly, her father was just seconds away from the gates when they shut, leaving him out in the harsh elements, and no safety. Those living in the complex are warned, from the time they can walk, that they MUST be inside the complex before the gates shut, or else they will die in the freezing cold temperatures. This event weighs heavily on Eve since she witness her father's failed attempt to make it back in time.

Even needs to find her place in the world, but sadly, she hasn't yet. And she's nearing an age where she HAS to find her place because everyone there must do their part. It's unspoken, but we are led to believe that Eve's lie is at risk if she doesn't find a job to do. As a result she signs up to be a hunter. The author uses a lot of "between the lines" moments to keep the book interesting, and to keep from giving away too many details.

You aren't "married" in the compound. You get "bound." Things are much more strict there, than they are in our reality now. So when 17yr old Eve develops a relationship with an older Jude (we are never told how much older, just that he is old enough to be bound, and she would still be considered underage for him) things get really tense. There is no outward sexual details given. There are some heated kisses and hand holding, and both are seen as forbidden actions.

I will stop there, as to not give away too many details in the book. It is well written and well paced. I will admit that at first I thought, ugh, this is going to resemble bits and pieces of other dystopian novels that have come out recently, but I was very wrong! It has it's own story line, and own character development. Yes, there are similarities with all dystopian novels as of late, but there is an overall uniqueness. I started this late in the evening, and finished it in less than 24 hours, wishing for more. I'm not happy with the ending because I wasn't ready for it to end! I truly hope the author pics up where this left off, as I can't image another storyline that does involve this ending, Eve, Jude, and her father. I also can't imaging another book that doesn't tell us why her father did not trust her mother with secrets. That's bugging me! Anyway, as you can imagine, I highly recommend this to others, and I can't wait for Book 2 in the series!

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About the Book

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Book: Life After E.L.E.
Author: JC Marrows
Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Extinction Level Event: An event where all species on the planet can become extinct.
If you manage to survive . . . What then?
When a rogue moon was discovered on a collision course with the Earth, we thought we had a solid plan.
To survive. . . to rebuild. . . to go on.
30 Years later… those who managed to survive, emerged from the caves to find a frozen world.
A world where rule number one in the compound is to be inside the gates before sunset. . . or die.
Eve watched the gates close – with her father on the outside – so that should be the easiest thing in the world for her to remember.
But life is not always simple.
Life does not always go as planned.
Now Eve is in a race against time, discovery, and danger around every corner – to find a truth that has been hidden. . . for years.
A truth Eve’s father died to protect her from.

About the Author

jcm-session-201-sdm007JC Morrows – author of the Bestselling Young Adult Dystopian series: Order of the MoonStone and the NEW Frozen Earth series (Post-Apocalyptic with a Dystopian edge) – spends her days writing, arguing with her evil computer, juggling two kids, and wishing someone would invent a coffee IV.
A storyteller in the truest sense of the word, JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she simply couldn’t stop.
And… as a true believer, she gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2

Guest Post from JC Marrows

Life After E.L.E. is one of those stories that I never saw coming. A lot of people might even say it was never meant to be. . .
But GOD had other plans!
It was one of those spur-of-the-moment ideas… the kind that usually doesn’t amount to much for me. Over the last twenty years I have started hundreds – yes, you read that right – of stories on the spur-of-the-moment. Until 2011, none of them amounted to anything more than a few chapters. In 2013, I was working on an entirely different series – the first I’d had any measure of true success with – when my mother challenged me to participate in NaNoWriMo[National Novel Writing Month – where you write 50,000 words in 30 days].
I sat down on November 1st with absolutely nothing on the page and only a vague idea of what I wanted to write about. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t expect much. I did not expect to reach the goal and I certainly never expected that the book would be published three years later (albeit after quite a bit of editing and rewriting)
What’s more is that there is more to this story.
Last November, one of the stops on Marissa Meyer’s Heartless tour was Nashville, and of course my daughter and I had to go see her… and buy her new book! While there, I gave Marissa an early copy of Life After E.L.E.  after thanking her for being such an inspiration to me.
Not only did she seem genuinely excited – she made a point to have me autograph it! (cue absolute and utter shock – followed by inner Happy Dancing)!
Why so excited you ask? Well… there are some authors who think you’re not a “real” author when you write your story during NaNoWriMo and knowing Marissa’s story was about the only thing that kept me going that year. You can’t get much more REAL than New York Times Bestseller – which Marissa hit with her very first book. She was a tremendous inspiration to me then – and continues to be now. I am truly blessed to have met her!
And I count myself truly blessed that the right people enjoy the story enough that it has been published. I look forward to sharing part two with readers at the end of this year. And then I have another story to get out there!

Blog Stops

March 8: Reading Is My SuperPower (Author interview)
March 8: Mary Hake
March 9: Just Jo’Anne
March 11: Bigreadersite
March 12: The Power of Words

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, JC Morrows is giving away a themed basket including the book and swag and some specially chosen surprises!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b0fd

**I received this free in exchange for my honest review.**

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