Giveaway: Moon Dwellers Birthday Party

Today, The Moon Dwellers by David Estes turns 1 year old! It was 1 year ago today (June 30th) that David Estes first published the first book in his first ever YA dystopian series, The Dwellers Saga, and changed his life forever. Since then, The Moon Dwellers has outsold and drawn more hype than any other of his 13 published books, and has risen to the top 10 of many YA dystopian lists on Listopia, finding a place amongst bestselling books such as The Hunger Games, Delirium and Divergent. The birth of The Moon Dwellers also changed David’s life forever. As he’s gone from struggling Indie author to fulltime writer, he’s watched in amazement as his Goodreads fan group has swelled from 300 members to over 1,300. Since writing The Moon Dwellers, David has gone on to write and publish two sequels, The Star Dwellers and The Sun Dwellers, as well as three books in a sister series, The Country Saga (Fire Country, Ice Country, and Water & Storm Country). He plans to release the 7th and final book, The Earth Dwellers, in the combined series on September 5th later this year.

So what did David Estes want to do to celebrate The Moon Dwellers book birthday? His answer: “Give away as many free ebooks of The Moon Dwellers as possible!” So if you’re like so many others who are obsessed with YA dystopian novels like The Hunger Games, Delirium, and Divergent, and haven’t yet read the growing phenomenon that is The Moon Dwellers, now’s your chance to do so FOR FREE.

You can grab your free ebook of The Moon Dwellers from Smashwords.com using the coupon code below. And please feel free to share with your family and friends and pets, the more ebooks are given away the happier David will be. The only thing David asks for in return is that if you enjoy the read and continue on with the series, to please leave a positive review on Amazon.com for each of his books that you read.

Where you can find The Moon Dwellers: SMASHWORDS

Coupon Code: AQ92E

Please note, this code expires on July 31, 2013

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And for those of you planning on reading The Dwellers and/or The Country Saga, here’s a special note from the author, David Estes:

The Earth Dwellers will cap off an eighteen month journey that has taken me from unknown Indie author to still-mostly-unknown fulltime Indie author. The change is a subtle one for most people, but for me it’s a dream come true. To the hundreds (and now maybe even thousands!) of readers who have come along for the ride with me, either by reading the Dwellers Saga, the Country Saga, or both, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now down to business. There may be some of you who have only read the three books in the Country Saga or only the three books in the Dwellers Saga, and are now thinking you’ll read The Earth Dwellers, which is supposedly the 4th book in BOTH the Country Saga and the Dwellers Saga. Well, that’s awesome! However, I must highly recommend that before reading The Earth Dwellers that you read the three books in BOTH series. Trust me, doing so will greatly enhance your experience, as The Earth Dwellers will be taking significant characters from both series and crashing them together (yes, like a water country wave) into an action-packed tale of struggle and loss and hope and friendship…and maybe a little love, too.
Anyway, that’s my advice, it’s up to you what to do with it. In any case, thanks for being a part of my own adventure, I’m a better person for having written stories for you!
Recommended Reading prior to The Earth Dwellers

Other YA Books by David Estes!

The Evolution Trilogy:

Children’s Books by David Estes

The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming soon!)
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he’s now been happily married to for more than two years.

A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children’s and YA markets in 2010, and has completed 13 novels, 11 of which have been published.  In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now travelling the world with his wife while he writes books, and she writes and takes photographs.

David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes! Recently he’s been inspired by some of his favorite authors, like Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stiefvater.

David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.  He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.

Where you can find David Estes hanging out: 
David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Water & Storm Country by David Estes

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Title: Water & Storm Country (The Country Saga #3)
Author: David Estes
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult

Blurb: Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother’s untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he’s transferred to the worst-performing ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope…

Meanwhile, Sadie, destined to be a Rider in the Stormer army, seeks to avenge her brother’s death at the hands of the Soakers. Trained hard by her mother, an experienced Rider, Sadie knows strength and determination more than most. Her father, a Man of Wisdom, has shown his cowardice more times than she can count. As her world and family fall apart, she must cast aside her anger and focus on the wisdom she’s always brushed off as foolishness.

Amidst everything, a Plague ravages all, discriminating against no one.

When four worlds collide, lines will be drawn, sides will be chosen, victory will be sought. Death will be wrought. The mysteries of the Cure for the deadly Plague will be uncovered. Who will survive? And what will those who do learn about themselves and the ones they love?

Excerpt: When the weight of Gard’s heavy hands lifts from the crown of my head, I look up and the war leader nods. I stand to cheers and thunder from stomping feet, stride toward the stables, invincible, where a horse is being led toward me.

With a sleek, black hide, long, black mane, and fierce brown eyes, she’s everything I always imagined she would be. Stamping her feet, pulling at the ropes, snorting heavy plumes of breath out of her flaring nostrils, she’s unbroken.

It takes four strong men, Riders, to control her, and even then, she’s uncontrollable. Wild. Hungry. Mine.

As I approach, I notice a mar on the complete darkness of her coloring: A single patch of white sits high on her nose, almost between her ears, shaped like a butterfly. White wings.

Can she fly?

I’m still admiring her wild and untamed perfection, wondering where she was found, how hard it was for the Horse Whisperers to lure her close enough to capture her, whether she put up a fight, when one of the ropes are thrust into my hands.

Thankfully, I have enough sense to grab it firmly, to hold on, to remember the words my mother taught me, let them flow freely through my mind. I am yours, you are mine, we are one. A warrior and a steed become a Rider. Fight with me even as I fight with you. Separate, our strength is breakable, matched by many; combined, our power is above all, unstoppable.

The words roll over and over in my mind as I take the second rope, walking my hands up the thick strands, feeling them burn my palms as the horse bucks and strains against the bonds that are so foreign to a creature that has known only complete freedom while roaming wild on the plains.

Freedom is an illusion. I’m surprised to hear my father’s words in my head while I’m so focused on approaching my horse. I shake my head and resume my chant, this time out loud, first as a whisper and then louder and louder as I get closer and closer. The horse isn’t calmed by my words, but I know she hears them, because she’s completely focused on me now, and I’m oblivious to the ceremony that continues behind me.

Passion. The name occurs to me just like my mother said it would, right when one of the Riders are thrown down when the horse charges sharply to one side.
“Passion,” I say, and she stands perfectly still, matching the intensity of my gaze. “Sadie.” She snorts, as if my name is but a cricket under the stomp of her grand feet. And so it is.

I shouldn’t be this close, not at the first meeting. My mother told me, but it takes Passion to teach me.

She seems calm since I spoke her name. Her head even bows a little, and my mother said a wild horse will never do that. Already, our bond is special.
I reach forward to rub the white butterfly on her nose.

Her drooping eyes suddenly flash with anger and her head bucks as she leaps forward, butting me, throwing me backward, nearly stomping on my leg as I skid across the grass.

Passion.

Giveaway: David Estes is giving away an ebook copy of this novel to two lucky winners. To enter CLICK HERE. Good luck!

Congrats Winners!

As you guys know, we ended the month with quite a few giveaways. This post is solely to congratulate these lucky suckers. 🙂

Of our David Estes Author Spotlight

1) One ebook copy of The Moon Dwellers– Congrats Julie S.!

2) One ebook copy of Fire Country– Congratulations Jessica!

Of The Damaged Blog Tour

1) One ebook copy of Damaged by H.M. Ward- Once again, congrats to Julie S.!

Of the Book of the Month Giveaway

1) One hardcover copy of The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa- Tamara congrats!

All winners have been notified. Thank you to all who entered and I should have another great giveaway coming up soon. 🙂

Book Review & Giveaway: Fire Country by David Estes

Fire CountryTitle: Fire Country (Country Saga #1)

Author: David Estes

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

My Review: Fire Country starts off with a girl, surviving in a dystopian world. She is trying to mentally prepare herself for the traditions of her tribe, The Heaters. All while dealing with bullying, an abusive father and circumstances beyond her means. She has a best friend, Circ, who she’s starting to see as possibly more than a friend but she knows their romance is impossible as there is a way for mating among the Heaters that doesn’t even allow them the possibility.

Siena, the main character, was real. Her insecurities, I very much understood, related to and believed. She’s not only dealing with insecurities and emotional and physical scars but there is a world of suspense and conspiracy going on around her. She puts herself in situations to try and unravel these mysteries and boy, was I in for a treat. Siena has a strong will and an even sharper mind. She is physically lacking- too skinny and weak. Yet this does not stop her. She learns to accept who she is, her body and see what she thought were negatives as positive. I love her transformation and seeing her become as physically strong as she is mentally.

So characters: As already covered, Sienna is awesome. Circ, her best friend, is beautiful. He is there for her. Both emotionally and physically. He is strong, a warrior, and uses his strength to protect his people and her. Their romance is truly something I loved. Perry OMG, Perry! He is fricking amazing. I love his banter with Sienna. He has such a prickly personality (Ha!) and dry sense of humor and I loved him! If his name was anywhere on the page, I laughed. And then laughed some more. The best thing about Perry? So much about him is amazing but I won’t spoil the best part.

Estes writes in a way that allows for the reader to completely immerse themselves in the novel. From the language to the imagery to emotions that run so pure that you sometimes forget yourself while reading. You laugh and cry and mourn and leap with joy. Speaking of laughs, there was something I thought of after finishing this novel that I just want to share. Have any of you watched Laugh At My Pain a comedy special by Kevin Hart? He has this ongoing joke throughout the show. He’s joking about money and how when he can’t afford something he explains his financial situation, “Because the way my bank account is set up… I have a checking and a savings but all the money is in my savings…” The more he tells it, the funnier it becomes. Estes, did something to that effect in Fire Country. An ongoing joke that even in the most suspenseful or heated moments cause a laugh. This novel gave me an insight to Estes’ sense of humor and I gotta say, you are a funny man!

The novel ended well and after all the bangs and fireworks one would expect of a grand finale and then the pace slows to fill in all the blanks that we wondered about throughout the novel. It also set the tone for the sequel, which quite honestly, I’m looking forward to. I also know this series is described as a sister series to The Moon Dwellers, but I didn’t really understand it at first. Now I do and I feel that these books, in both series, are a must read.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway: It’s that time again, where you get the chance to enter another amazing giveaway. This very emotional and gushing girl is offering you the chance to win an ebook copy of this novel. To get a little colloquial, you would be wooloo, to not enter. This is once again a Rafflecopter giveaway and to enter, just click here. Good luck!

I think this is the first stage of book hoarding…

I would assume that anyone who is an avid reader knows what is like to have a lot of books on your hands. As a book blogger this number has seriously increased. The other day while adding a book to the pile, I had to take a step back when I realized that even with two bookshelves, I had no where to place the book. Upon further inspection, I found books that I had forgotten I have. Mind you, books I’ve been very much anticipating, have been collecting dust.
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I have an amazingly large TBR shelf, and the picture doesn’t even begin to cover how much my ebooks add to the list. So I have a new game plan. I will be spending the month of May reading all of the books pictured above. If I manage to fit in a few ebooks too, I’ll feel all the better.

Also, as an update, although we are at the end of the month, I still have one giveaway coming to you as part of the Author Spotlight. So expect to see a review and giveaway of Fire Country by David Estes, and reviews of Girl Meets Underworld by Jess Watkins and Ascended by Debra Ann Miller. That is all for now. 🙂

Non-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

The Moon DwellersTitle: The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers #1)

Author: David Estes

Blurb: In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.

My Non-Review: Once upon a time, when this blog was just a wild dream and an idea formulating in my mind, I came across, David Estes’ novel The Moon Dwellers. It then became one of the first reviews posted on TiffanyLovesBooks when it became a reality. So to reiterate (and for those who have not had the pleasure of reading my awesome review, be sure to click here to check it out) The Moon Dwellers was awesome! I practically fell in love. It was action packed, romantic and again- pure awesomeness. Since I’ve already had the pleasure of reading this book, you lovely gals and gents will be reading this amazing excerpt that sets the tone and will have you all rushing to enter The Moon Dwellers Giveaway. That’s right. One very lucky person will get a free copy of this book. Without further ado, here is this amazing excerpt:

Hands grope, men shout, boots slap the rock floor.

Clay dishes and pots are smashed to bits as the Enforcers sweep recklessly through our house. There are more bodies in the tiny stone box that I call home than ever before. The walls seem to be closing in.

My mother’s face is stricken with anger, her lips twisted, her eyebrows dark. I’ve never seen her fight like this. I’ve never seen her fight at all.

It takes three bulging Enforcers to subdue her kicking legs, her thrashing arms. For just a moment I am scared of her and not the men. I hate myself for it.

I realize my sister is by my side, watching, like me. I can’t let her see this—can’t let this be her last memory of the ones who raised us. I usher her back into the small room that we share with my parents, and close the door, shutting her inside alone.

When I turn back to the room, my mother is already gone, taken. Undigested beans from our measly supper rise in my throat.

My father is next.

The Enforcers jeer at him, taunt him, spit on him. As he backs his shoulders against the cold, stark, stone wall, five men corner him. Smart. They don’t underestimate him.

He makes eye contact with me; his emerald-green eyes are hard with concentration. Despite the inherent tension in the room, his face is relaxed, calm, the exact opposite of his eyes. Run, he mouths.

My feet are frozen to the floor. My knees lock, stiffen, disobey me and my father. I am ashamed. After all that my father has done for me, when it counts the most, I fail him.
One of the men lifts an arm and a gun. I hold my breath when I hear the shot, a dull thwap! that doesn’t sound like a normal gun. The man moves backwards slightly from the force, but his legs are planted firmly and he maintains his balance.

My father slumps to the floor. I feel my lips trembling, and my hand moves unbidden to my mouth. My frozen feet melt and I try to run to him, but a big body bars my way. I don’t think—just react. I kick him hard, like my father taught me. My heel catches the Enforcer under his chin and his head snaps back. Like most people, he underestimates me.
The next Enforcer doesn’t.

The Taser rips into my neck and tentacles of electricity slam my jaw shut. My teeth nearly snap off my tongue, which is flailing around in my mouth. They don’t take it easy on me just because I’m a kid, or a girl—not after what I did to the first guy. Still stunned by the Taser, I barely feel the thump of their hard boots as they kick me repeatedly in the ribs. My eyes are wet, and through my blurred vision I see the arcing nightstick.

Strangely, it feels like destiny, like it was always going to happen.

I hear my sister’s screams just before I black out.

Giveaway: So here’s your chance. David Estes is generously giving away an ebook copy of The Moon Dwellers. For a chance to have a copy of this amazing novel, be sure to Click Here. Good Luck!

Author Interview: David Estes

Thank you David for granting me this amazing interview. Yes, I am patting myself on the back here. 😉 I really think we have done a great job collaborating to make this possible and I hope you guys enjoy reading this as much as I did.

Q: How did your love of literature come about?
A: First off, thanks for having me come on your blog to answer some questions. Great first question! I fell in love with books at a really young age. I really have to credit my mom, because she started reading to me when I was too little to read on my own. She was a great storyteller and sometimes made up her own stories, many of which could have been made into books!

As soon as I learned to read, I grabbed every book in sight, devouring them like cupcakes! I even won a contest in second grade by reading the most books! By age eight I’d read The Lord of the Rings half a dozen times, and by twelve I’d read every Agatha Christie book my dad had.

I never looked back and as I grew up and went out on my own, my favorite place to go was the library. I’m a book-addicted nerd through and through!

Q: What inspires you most to write?
A: I love storytelling and bringing out emotions in people. There’s a certain thrill to having a story to tell and then telling it to the best of your ability. Shaping character’s lives, putting roadblocks in their way and then letting them tear them down is so fulfilling. And I love that feeling at the end of a long writing session when I know I’ve written the scene the way I wanted them to be. Of course, when my readers finish one of my books and tell me they cried or laughed or were on the edge of their seats, well, that makes all the long hours and stress more than worth it!

David EstesQ: As you are now a full time writer, what would you say is the best part of living your dream?
A: Wow, tough question, because there are so many awesome things about it! I like the way you said it—“living your dream”—because that’s really what it is for me. The best part is waking up and knowing I have readers who actually care about what I’m about to create. When I open my laptop, a cup of coffee beside me, pondering worlds beyond our own, worlds that are only in my head, I know that I’m doing it for my readers, many of whom are friends.

Q: You have written both children’s and YA novels. Was aspect of the transition of writing in these two categories was the most difficult to overcome?
A: The characters’ voices. While writing you always have to be mindful of whom your audience is. Ensuring that your younger characters actually sound their age is crucial and can be extremely challenging if you’re switching between young adult and children’s on a regular basis. But that’s all part of the fun of it!

Q: Congratulations on having reached and surpassed your one million word count. Now that you have overcome that right of passage as a published author, what hurdle are you planning to overcome next?
A: Wow, thank you very very much! It was a huge milestone for me, not only because of the experience I gained along the way, but also because it increased the size of my backlist to 8 YA books and 4 children’s. Having such a variety of books under my name really helps to increase my readership. My next hurdle is finding a publisher. Although I love many many aspects of being an Indie author and am so excited I’m able to do it fulltime, I would love to partner with a publisher that shares my vision to get my books out to an even broader audience.

Q: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
A: If there’s one thing that’s certain for me, it’s that I’m always in the middle of a new project while trying to publish my old projects. Well, given I’ve just published the sequel to Fire Country, I’m working on the third book in the series, Water & Storm Country. The first draft is complete and with my beta readers, so I’m just waiting in anticipation for their feedback. To keep me occupied while I wait, I’ve begun work on the 4th book in the Dwellers Saga, which will consequently double as the 4th book in The Country Saga. Because the two sagas are sister series, they’ll come crashing together in the 7th and final book in the combined series, titled The Earth Dwellers.

After that, I’ve got plenty of ideas for my next series, but one in particular stands out; however, I can’t be too forthcoming with information at this time. Just know it has an awesome title and will combine more than one genre within YA! I’m more excited about my new series than anything else I’ve written so far!

Q: If you can have one lasting impression on your readers what would you want it to be?
A: That I’m just like them! My Goodreads fan group, which has grown to over 1,200 members, doubles as a YA Book Lovers Group, because first and foremost I’m a lover of books. Just because I write books doesn’t mean I’m any different from my readers. I get excited about new book releases, cry at the sad parts, and laugh at funny lines. That’s why I’m so interactive with my readers, chatting with them every day. I feel like I get way more out of the relationships than they ever could from me writing a few books for them.

Q: Being that you are now in the Spotlight, are there any parting thoughts you would like to share?
A: Just that I feel privileged to have met so many awesome people, like you, from my journey to become a fulltime Indie author. No, more than privileged—blessed. The people I’ve met along the way have proven in a million ways that there are good people in this world who are selfless, kind, funny, and down to earth. I love all of you!

Q: Where can your readers follow you?
A: Thank you so much for having me on your awesome blog!! I pledged when I started writing to always respond to readers, and love getting comments and questions, so please contact me using one of my favorite social networking sites below. As always, happy reading!!

Where you can find David Estes hanging out:
Goodreads Fan Group: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/70863-david-estes-fans-and-ya-book-lovers-unite?clear_facebook_session=true
Blog/website: http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Estes/130852990343920
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/davidestesbooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/davidestesbooks

Other YA Books by David Estes!
The Dwellers Saga:
Book One—The Moon Dwellers
Book Two—The Star Dwellers
Book Three—The Sun Dwellers
Book Four—The Earth Dwellers (coming September 2013!)

The Country Saga:
Book One—Fire Country
Book Two—Ice Country
Book Three—Water and Storm Country (coming June 6 2013!)

The Evolution Trilogy
Book One- Angel Evolution
Book Two- Demon Evolution
Book Three- Archangel Evolution

Children’s Books by David Estes
The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves- A Hero is Born
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Trappers
Nikki Powergloves and the Great Adventure
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming in 2013!)

Author Spotlight: David Estes

This month I have the pleasure of spotlighting David Estes. As for you Homeland buffs, no not that Estes. This month we will be enjoying the work and the pleasure of getting to know the author of both Children’s and YA literature.

David Estes

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children’s and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

Estes has surpassed his one million word count in a total of 14 novels both published and soon to be released. He is very social and can be constantly spotted on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook. With that being said, be sure to add him and say hello. We have some great things planned for you this month. Including book reviews, giveaways, interviews and a guest post. David, thank you for allowing us to spotlight you!

The Moon Dwellers

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers #1) by David Estes

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In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.

4 of 5 Stars

I’m having a hard time finding the right words to express myself… Let me start by saying to Mr.Estes: I am truly impressed. I loved reading this book and you are making a fan out of me. I was completely captivated by The Moon Dwellers.

This is an impossible to put down, roller coaster of a book. It is romantic, action packed, funny, romantic, heart warming, did I mention romantic? This book was amazing. I felt like an adrenaline fiend reading this book- always looking forward to the next exciting action scene. Then there’s the romance, it is one of the predominant themes in this book but it is done in such a realistic classy way. I enjoyed how their connection was presented and where that one look leads them both.

So this story revolves around Adele and Tristan. Adele a girl who, like many others, has been unjustly incarcerated by a corrupt government. Tristan is a the son of the president (or should I say King?) who is nothing like his father and the next in line to rule. They both have two things in common: 1) They are trying to recover from loses in life that left them hollow. 2) They have this crazy connection they don’t even understand. This story is told in first person POV and the narration alternates between Adele and Tristan. They are both strong relatable characters; It was easy to understand them and connect to them.

I think this was a nice addition to the dystopian category. Estes did a great job of setting a believable scenario. It was clearly well thought out and even his simile’s reflected it. One of my favorites being, “Waiting for the man is as boring as watching rocks being eroded by the flow of an underground stream.”

So if I haven’t stressed this enough, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel. It’s one I would definitely recommend.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review