Tuesday, 26 August 2014

{Release Day Blitz + Review} Tested (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder

20982523Posted by Melanie 
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Finished Date: August 20th, 2014
Publishers: Self Published  
Genre: YA Dystopia, 
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: Unknown
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language

The Review: Tested is another awesome instalment in the New World series but this time it took on a different feel.
This book had its set up at the end of book 2 when Tyler is snatched off the street and bundled into a van with Missy looking on. They already shared a connection but Missy is very timid and terrified of men – with good reason- and Tyler is ALL man which scares her. Two weeks go by and no one can find him, he hasn’t been seen or heard from since but then they get a tip that a van has been seen taking people from the streets and transporting them to a facility and it looks like this is the break they need but there is one problem – whoever has him, knows everyone in their group….. except Missy. So Missy is Tylers only hope, this shy, timid girl who couldn’t hurt a fly must put herself on the line and go undercover to see if they have Tyler and what is going on.
When she gets there she does indeed find Tyler, but he’s not the Tyler they all know anymore, he has no recognition of who she is but he knows one thing when he sees her…..MINE. Now Missy must race against time to get them both out of there because something is about to happen and none of it is good.
Sounds great right? Well it was and as I mentioned- it took on a different feel this time around but I thought the tone of the book fit perfectly with Missy, it was a more sedate feel, yes there was violence but it was controlled violence and it proved to Missy that the one person she found herself having feelings for could indeed protect her and that even wrapped up in all of that masculinity and power – that she had nothing to fear from Tyler – which was quite healing for her. I was so pleased to see her face her fears, come to terms with her situation and not fall apart, reading of this girl trying to save a man who you would never have thought needed saving was so heart-warming, she is the hero, she saves the day and I love! that this character got to do this. The relationship that developed was sweet, obviously we know that Missy wouldn’t just jump Tyler and vice versa and we know that it would be slow going but that didn’t mean that we don’t get those steamy moments, we do but as I say, it’s all about the tone of the situation that builds steadily to its crescendo.
The storyline wasn’t as action packed as the previous two until towards the end, it was about the set up and what seems to be looming on the horizon. We are seeing preparations being made on all sides with our favourite characters seemingly stuck in the middle and you can feel the change in tactics. We still get a good few points of view from all sides that balances out the story well and you know where everyone's mindset is but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a few surprises because there are definitely some big ones and I mean huge! Both sides of the war – NWO/Rebels - seem to have gotten ‘a desperation’ about them and maybe aren’t making rational thought out decisions which can only mean one thing – devastation! We also have new threats looming on the horizon and Trent & Phoenix’s story is definitely set up throughout this so I’m really excited to see where book four will go and it can’t come soon enough! 

Thank you to Janelle Stalder for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

About the Author:
Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
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