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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Blog Tour, Reviews & Giveaway: The Reservation Trilogy by Jen Castleberry

Title: Stowaway
Series: The Reservation Trilogy #2
Author: Jen Castleberry
Publisher: Jen Castleberry
Publication Date: October 12, 2016
Pages: 136
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: ARC

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Twelve years ago, Nathan was forcibly transferred into governmental custody.

Once a brother, a son, and an outsider, he is now little more than an instrument of the Continental Order.

At least, that's what his superiors think.

Now, the Order is shipping out, and a resurgence of destruction lies in wait for the continent.

Will Nathan break free and embrace the hostile outside world, or will he take his place on the last train scheduled for the Reservation?

I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the author/publisher via Fantastic Flying Book Club.

Stowaway starts off where the first book, Cargo, leaves off. This time around we hear things from Nathan's point of view. I rather enjoyed hearing things as Nathan sees them as opposed to Cassidy.

Again, in this book the descriptions of the world are outstanding. You really get a sense of the bleak atmosphere and landscape.

The plot is good, but I thought that it could have been better. I enjoyed the alien aspect of the book and the hybrids. It was all very intriguing and kept me wanting more information. I really wish there could have been more explanations for certain things becasue sometimes they felt vague. I am the sort of person that requires oodles of details. The more the better.

Overall, I anticipated more from this sequel. I enjoyed everything, but wanted so much more. I will definitely continue the series. I feel very invested in the story, and the premise is still very compelling. If you are a fan of dystopians, then I would grab this series!

Title: Cargo
Series: The Reservation Trilogy #1
Author: Jen Castleberry
Publisher: Jen Castleberry
Publication Date: January 17, 2016
Pages: 176
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: ARC from author

The earth has been reduced to a singular continent, governed by extra-terrestrials, collapsed by nuclear weapons residue and wracked with radiation sickness. Only one viable territory remains, and access there is restricted by a mysterious selection process. Everyone hopes to be chosen for transport. Everyone but Cass.

Seventeen year old Cassidy Hartinger has spent the past eleven years living in a government-maintained bunker. She should be thrilled when a handsome transporter arrives to take her to the Reservation. So why does she feel like he's dragging her, kicking and screaming, straight into the anti-paradise?

Faced with gun-wielding survivalists and elemental catastrophes, will Cass make it more than two steps out of the bunker? Will her journey to peace and safety in the Reservation turn out to be the most perilous thing she's encountered so far?

Fast-paced action and a tumultuous teenage romance will keep readers begging for more installments of The Reservation Trilogy!
I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the author/publisher via Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I am such a dystopian junkie that I knew I had to read this book! I was intrigued by the compelling plot and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. And let's not forget how pretty that cover is!

This book was definitely a fast paced read. It reads more like a novella than a novel. The writing itself was pleasant and very easy to follow, but a tad too simple. I was a little apprehensive about this at first since this is such a short novel, but by the end I didn't even think twice about it. The flow of the story was perfect.

I found the world building very vivid and real. You could get a real feeling for the landscape and the state of this dystopian world. You can experience the essence of this destroyed world in the writing.

The plot was very suspenseful and intriguing, but I felt like explanations were not suitable enough. I left with so many unanswered questions about the story. While the premise is compelling, the execution lacked a bit.

I enjoyed Cassidy's character. She was easy to realte to and was very well rounded. There is a lot of tension between her and Nathan. Despite his standoffishness, I liked his character a lot as well.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read with a lot of potential. I am looking forward to the next installment of this series. If you are a fan of young adult dystopian novels, then you will find this right up your alley. I would definitely recommend taking a chance on this one!
Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum. 

When she's not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter. 

Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster. 

Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.

At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally. 

The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.

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