Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: Enmity by E.J. Andrews

Enmity (Enmity #1)
Released: 1 April 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
At the Other End:
Love vs Life. Good vs Evil. War vs Warfare. Which would you choose?
After a solar flare wipes out most of the world’s inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives. The world has become a dangerous place.
Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia — two victims of the new world order — are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow the current president and make way for a new leader of the free world. Here, they learn to plan, fight, and most importantly... to survive.
Except, despite the casual cruelty of their new existence, both Nate and Hermia — two very strong but very different people — begin to form fragile bonds within the group. But they soon realize their happiness is short lived...because their training is just the beginning.
Author Bio:
E.J. Andrews was raised in a small town on the west coast of New Zealand by a gold miner with a fascination for guns and a nurse with an obsession with dragons. 

Growing up, E.J. constantly felt that she needed to write down the vivid thoughts going around her head, but it wasn’t until her aunt gave her John Marsden’s Tomorrow series to read that her writing bloomed and her interest in books became a full-blown fixation. 

At the age of eighteen she decided to live with her sister in Brisbane, Australia, where she found a job working at a boat club on the beautiful Moreton Bay. In between split shifts and while others her age were out enjoying their adolescence, E.J. was writing well into the early hours, trying to get down those ever-present ideas of a not-so-bright future. 

E.J. now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her partner and their cat Senga.

Want to know more about the villains of Enmity? Check out my guest post with E.J. Andrews!
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Sum Up:
Full of action and suspense. Enmity has you on the edge of your seat and keeps you guessing until the very end.

Behind the 295 Pages
What.  The.  F**k.

There is nothing else that describes this book once you have finished it.
I literally sat on my bed after putting the book down and just started staring at everything, wondering what the hell I’m supposed to do now. This book leaves you so unravelled, and so.... I don’t even know!

I’m pretty sure the prologue is my favourite part of this novel. It hooked me into the novel and I was excited for what was in store after reading this. Yet....... 60 years into the future and there is I think two mentions of the solar flare and how hot it could get sometimes in the first few chapters, then it’s like it never even existed. It’s like we are just in any other kind of dystopian novel. I was hoping to get insight on the solar flare, and to see something more come from it all than just a prologue. The worst thing is, is that I kept trying to find out where Saoirse was in the book, or at least what became of her and if anyone descends from her, through THE WHOLE BOOK... and I got zip, nada, zero. It’s like she never existed along with that solar flare.

The only other thing that I liked about this book was how much action was happening. The story was always going forward, and we were always entertained in some way (even though the end was pretty much a slow decline). There was some sort of action in every decent length chapter and I wanted to keep on reading to see more! There was also quite a bit of suspense in this novel, it was always leading up to something, and even if it wasn’t done in the right way (leaving me thinking WTF is this for!), I was always kept guessing at the truth.
Insta-love. Right up there for me with love triangles, and oh, the hate I have for insta-love characters. And it was practically one sided both ways! This wasn’t very tolerable for me, it was like, as soon as you say one word, the other character instantly falls in love with them. OH COME ON!! ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW!?! And then Hermia at the end of the book! What the actual f**k. Her actions left me stunned and shocked, I literally slammed this book closed after reading that. How can you do something like that, then want to think about the other person later on and feel guilty, and even some sadness because you did something when they actually wanted to be with you. Are you INSANE?

What you find once you finish reading this book, is that Hermia and Nate have yet the same voice but different. In some parts of the book, you can tell whose POV we are reading, but then you suddenly get lost and wonder whose POV it really is. Confusing, but that’s the reality of it! Then, for practically every chapter, the other character goes through the exact same thing. Literally, either they both get hurt in a chapter right after the other or find out some big secret. You never see one proper chapter in either Nate or Hermia’s POV without going through the same (or slight differences) scene right after each other. Once one character does it, the other has to as well. Even in the romantic aspect. They both find love interests in chapters right after each other, and we see that only person in each of the two relationships loves the other (insta-love right here folks!!), and believes that the other loves them back, even when they don’t say it.

The writing style in this book was so on and off for me. One minute, I’m understanding what’s going on, the writing style is easy to read and picture, then BAM. It’s like the author just wanted to start changing her writing to make it sound, what? Professional? Technical? Complex? I don’t know, you decide which is better, because at the times when I really needed to understand what was going on, I was so confused by the writing in this book, that I needed to go back and re-read the paragraph (sometimes the page), again and again. Sometimes I still wouldn’t understand, so I just skipped it after so many re-reads I was getting annoyed. This book was leading up to this big main battle (as most reads do), but then when we get to this battle, we are literally jumped forward in time. We don’t even get to see this big battle that the characters were preparing THE WHOLE BOOK FOR. I can’t even.... I just.... urghhh.

Concluding thoughts. Well, the action throughout the whole book made it enjoyable for me, minus everything else. And the fact that I was kept guessing at what the truth could be in different scenarios, and not getting any right was a good thing as well. This book kept me on my toes, while wanting to throw it to the wall. It’s definitely a book that I might need to re-read once the rest of the series comes out, to see if it becomes clearer to me. This is a strange one guys! 

You can buy Enmity from all good Australian bookstores and online!

This novel was received for review via Harlequin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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