Saturday, 26 November 2011

A Review for When Copper Suns Fall (Copper Suns #1) by KaSonndra Leigh

Posted by Guest Reviewer Melanie 
Expected Publish Date: December 6th, 2011
Finished Date: November 25th, 2011
Source: For Review from Author
Format: Kindle
Pages: 381
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The Blurb from Goodreads: In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected. Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories? With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

The Review: 3.5 out of 5: Chela’s world is filled with rules, rules that are strictly followed, rules about who to consider the enemy, rules about taking medication, rules about what kind of people can live where, rules about how to dress and who to date, lots of rules. That’s quite understandable really considering the world is a delicate state, the elements are ravaging the world and a deadly virus is infecting people. That’s not to mention the myths of beasts and all things scary if you leave the safety of Castle Hayne. But when Chela’s twin brother Micah is infected with the glutovirus and falls into a year long coma and the doctors want to use him as research, Chela starts to question those rules. As she approaches her 16th birthday she stops taking her medication thinking that there may be something to Micah’s theory about it not being right and sets of a chain of events that will challenge and change all she thought she knew, and she discovers things about herself that even she has trouble believing. As she meets two mysterious boys she is pulled in two directions, but which is the right one? Everyone seems to be hiding something and even those you trust with your life can turn your life upside down and that isn’t even the half of it!

I’m in-between liking and really liking this book, as first books go it was good. The beginning was slightly slow and a bit confusing with all the new world rules, what was happening, who was who, who couldn’t be where etc. but the pace soon picked up and got going and became a lot easier building to a really good ending that does leave you wanting more. The world is set in 2067, so not too distant a future, set in a new USA that has suffered through the Tidal years ever since the great war, believed to have been started by two presumed extinct groups, the Caduceans and the Tainted. It is a quite grim dystopian world dealing with unstable weather, disease and pollution, colonising into sectors known as The Nation of Corunum and only selected people can live within its walls, normally people who have some sort of gift. Chela is one of the people lucky enough to live in Castle Hayne due to her father being a VIP and we see a shy girl happy to ‘tow the line’, hiding herself from people who may discover her secret, change into a determined girl whose thoughts were to do the right thing and to protect all she knows and loves no matter the consequences or what it might cost her. Her whole world is changed with the revelations she finds out and even though she is tempted a couple of times to do the opposite of what’s needed, she rises to the challenge. I’m saying nothing about the two boys or the secrets they may be hiding because they are major parts of the book and I really don’t want to spoil the enjoyment that comes with finding those out, needless to say they involve a few open mouth moments. All in all, a good first to a new series with an interesting plot that is going to carry over well into future books, has left me curious and wanting to know what’s going to happen now for Chela and the people in her life after the conclusion of this book and looking forward to the next one.
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Thank you to KaSonndra Leigh for giving me the opportunity to review this book. 

1 comment:

KaSonndra Leigh said...

Thanks Donna and Melanie for taking the time to write such a detailed review of my novel. I hope you can make the Twitter party on 12/9!

Hugz,
KaSonndra Leigh