October 30, 2016

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Naked Tree by Morgan Lee J.!

Hello, my lovelies!

     Today, I have a special treat for you. Don’t say I never gave you something for Halloween! I am going to share my review of a great indie sci-fi fantasy novel, The Naked Tree, with you as well as sweeten the pot with a possible winning of said book and more awesome goodies! Read on to see what I thought of The Naked Tree by Morgan Lee J.!

Author: Morgan Johnson
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi/ Fantasy
Date Published: October 31st
Publisher: Redeemer's Ink Publishing
Page Number: 276

Synopsis:

It was one small taste that transformed the entire history of our world. Colette is Vaporless, an Outlander. No worth. No value. All because she lacked the sweet nectar of The Tree, and her heart had an extra piece. The land of Alvon is suspended high above the Earth, a judgment placed on it by God Himself nearly two ages ago. The story all began with the creation of the couple Adamek and Eviya and a lie spun by a serpent, named Levi. After creating Alvon in their own image, a world deeply rooted in technology and pleasure. Their very lives depend on the fruit and energy given to them by the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but suddenly the tree begins to reject them. Slowly, the Tree starts to deteriorate causing all the humans to deteriorate as well. Eviya pinpoints the cause of the decay of The Tree and points the finger at Colette. On her journey to self-discovery, Colette meets Rowan, the leader of R.I.S.K. The two band together, emotional feelings ensue. With the entire land of Alvon against them, R.I.S.K. sets off toward Ilan to search for an answer. Will Colette survive?
 
Review:
 
     This sci-fi fantasy book is full of action, adventure, emotion, mystery, and everything else that makes you love a book. From start to finish, this book keeps you in suspense, and it’s awesome. This is not one of those that is just full of action to cover up for a lack in another area. Oh, no. This book has it all, and the abundance of excitement in this book is just the cherry on top of the cake. The book starts off, and you are immediately immersed in Colette’s journey and emotions. This is not a book that you have to force yourself to read at first to get into the story; the book starts, and you are hooked. Morgan knows how to write a great story. This book is proof of that. The emotions this book incites are varied and strong. I felt an immediate connection to Colette, and when she felt something, I was right there with her. It was pretty awesome. The characters are another huge part that I loved about this book.

     Colette is a head-strong, determined, secretly emotional, and awesome character. She actually reminds me a lot of Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series, and most of you know that I love that badass. As I said above, once I started the book, I felt as if me and her had a connection that only great writers can invoke. She goes through a lot of terrible things, but she uses those situations to propel herself forward and changes everything including the very world she lives in. She was not afraid to venture out and risk her life for the people she loved, which is a characteristic that I love in a character. She is the kind of heroine that everyone loves. Then we have the male interest of the story, Rowan, who is a very complicated and fascinating character that immediately catches your attention. He is a force to be reckoned with, and pared with Colette, makes for a pretty awesome story. The side characters were all interesting too, and they did not even come across as the side characters that they were. They all had their own unique personalities that shined through the story. Another thing that I really love about the characters in this book is that they are all diverse in every aspect of life. This book contains characters of different races, beliefs, personalities, etc. and that paired with a fascinating plot makes for one hell of a book.

     The one and only things that I would have liked done differently is the second POV from the truinity. I am not usually a fan of multiple POVs, but in the end, it didn’t take away from the story but added more. That is just a personal preference of mine.

     I usually stay away from Sci-fi fantasy books because they often use terminology that goes way over my head, but this book isn’t like that. It is also a book that rivals those that have been on the NYT bestseller list, in my opinion. I just fell into this book and held on for the awesome ride that it was. I am so glad that Morgan reached out to me about her book. The whole concept she created, which I could tell was loosely inspired by Christianity, was genius and also heartbreaking. The ending of this book ripped my heart out, and I hope and pray that there is a second book coming soon because if there isn’t, I might riot.

     Just know that this book is amazing and that you need to read it ASAP. (Which is possible because there is a giveaway for this gem at the end of this blog post!) Is it obvious that I give this book five out of five stars yet?

**Trigger warning for the book: rape (not terribly graphic, but the act is there)

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     There you have it, my review of The Naked Tree. Now, time for the part that you all have been waiting for, the giveaway! Enter the giveaway full of awesome goodies (bookmarks, the book, and other bookish goodies) from the Rafflecopter below, and may the odds be ever in your favor. (Sci-fi humor, anyone?)

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