Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I Love the contrast of this cover! A deadly weapon with rough looking butterfly wings. It fits perfectly with the story.
In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.
Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.
Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?
Mind completely blown with this book! Thank you to whoever it was that commented on one of my videos recommending this book to me! This is totally a hidden treasure that I’m so sad to say isn’t known at all!!! Let me just tell you how awesome this book is!
Okay where to begin and then again make sure there aren’t any spoilers! AAAH! okay…seriously pull yourself together!
This book is about Willow a girl who knew she didn’t really belong with the family she has always known. But little does she know when it comes to her heritage and what it means to everyone else. Willow grew up way outside the the city, poor where she worked with her family in their inn. She loves where she’s at even though one day she seeks to be free of everything and everyone. I love Willow, she is strong, beautiful and not at all weak. She isn’t naive but smart and keeps you on your toes. She’s everything I like in my female characters.
When word comes that the marriage between two powerful houses are not to happen due to the lady of one house being a fraud. What’s important to know about that is magic is important and the houses and the joining of blood to make stronger magic is even more important. So, then the hunt begins for the traitor that stole the real heiress and switched them with this false girl and the actual heiress.
When Commander Reece shows up looking for the traitor he finds Willow and forces her to return with him to the Core which is the elite city, a place she’s never been and only the wealthy live. I LOVE commander Reece he is everything I like in my male characters….well except his hair, dude CUT IT OFF..but that is more of a personal preference. Anyway he has depth, a past, brooding, strong yet gentle and kind, he keeps you on your toes and I loved that because I never knew what to expect from him.
The world building was crazy cool, I liked the concept that the further you were away from the elite city Core the more old fashioned in speech, dress and culture you got. There is no technology or such out where Willow was raised and the closer you got to the Core the more tech-y savy life became. Now with all that you’ve got, magic. Magic only a few have and some people would literally KILL for. When a group of rebels try to steal the blood of the those that have ti becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
Overall, I LOVED LOVED this book that I had to own a copy of it. I was also able to reach out to the author for a signed copy giveaway…more on that below. I could NOT put this book down it was so complicated and adventurous I just didn’t sleep one night and plowed through it! Now only to wait for book two! GAH! And I so hope more people find out about this book and give it a chance because I loved it! I can’t wait to see what more this author has up she sleeves!
Sexual Content: mild
Meet the Author + GIVEAWAY
C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. She prefers to go by Cary, as long as you don’t assume she’s a guy, and wishes the people who send her junk mail would get this through their heads.
Born and raised in northern Missouri, Cary had a traditional rural upbringing and might have been considered a regular farm kid, if not for a few odd quirks—like constantly having her nose buried in a book and teaching herself computer programming at the age of ten. She pestered her high school teachers with a million questions, watched an endless stream of sci-fi and horror, and carried around notebooks full of her scribbled attempts at stories (including her own adolescent version of Ghostbusters).
The programming quirk took over in college, where she graduated from the University of Central Missouri with honors and a degree in Computer Information Systems. She put aside her creative goals to focus on her family and career (though she never stopped asking questions and watching sci-fi) and considered writing as one of those things she’d try “later” in life.
Later came unexpectedly, when the condition of her special-needs son prompted her to leave the workforce and become a stay-at-home mom. It wasn’t long before one of her children—who apparently thought not having a job meant she had scads of free time—challenged her with the crazy idea of writing a book. Intrigued, she accepted that challenge, dusted off her passion for writing, and went to work.
And the work paid off. You can find her creepy short story, Cry of the Windwalker, lurking amongst the pages of the horror anthology Fairly Twisted Tales For A Horribly Ever After. Her debut novel, Gambit, was released on March 31, 2015, by REUTS Publications and is the first in a Young Adult dystopian series. She has plans for many other books in a wide array of genres and is thrilled to be living out one of her childhood dreams (another was to visit an alien planet—she’s still working on that).
Cary spends most of her time hanging out with family, writing novels, and posting on her blog, The INFJ Café. You can find her in Illinois, usually in some obscure, shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse, or at home, tearing up junk mail from those heartless advertisers who still think she’s a guy.
She loves to connect with people (especially those from other planets, dimensions, and the future). Just use the social media icons or the Contact form. Or a Stargate. Whichever is easiest.
(bio found at her website www.cldenault.com)
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