Tuesday, 10 February 2015

City Center (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

After a year and a bit of having the bright orange design, I decided it would be a good idea to have a bit of a change! Although orange will always be my favourite colour and traces of it are still around, I have shifted to my second favourite, green! None of this would've been possible without the wonderful Talina @ Sassy and Dangerous! Thank you so much ^.^ I will be forever grateful for all your help!

And as usual, don't forget to enter the huge birthday bash giveaway!

Title: City Center (The New Agenda #1)
Author:  
Simone Pond
Publisher:  Ktown Waters Publishing
Published Date:  25th September 2013

Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis:  During the man-made apocalypse in the 21st century, a group of elites killed off a majority of the population. Only two groups of survivors remained - those selected to reside inside the utopian Los Angeles City Center and the rebels, relegated to live on the Outside. Centuries later, Ava Rhodes escapes the City Center and goes on a journey to seek the truth about her supposed utopian home, sending the City Center’s leader, Chief Morray, into an obsessive pursuit for his property.

Review: This was a good dystopian with an interesting story and a pretty nice plot as well. It was something I enjoyed reading even though I couldn’t quite love it as much as I wanted to. I believe that it was because this was somewhat a ‘typical’ dystopian of sorts, and I have read a lot of those. Nonetheless it was still a quick and enjoyable read.

Ava is the main character of novel and someone I really liked. She wasn’t necessarily a strong character, but someone who questioned the rules. She didn’t break them because she liked to rebel, but because she couldn’t see a reason for them to stand. She also have a very logical thinking mind. Ava did what was needed to get out of her situations, and embraced every day like she was learning something new. I loved it about her and I saw her as a nice character. Someone who had been bred for perfection but wanted something else instead.

The world building was good. I liked the advanced technology they had and how the system of living was different from most dystopian books. But when I heard the word ‘Beautifier’ I couldn’t help my mind zooming towards Hunger Games thoughts. And there were a few other things, like the need for revolution and the wall separating the sheltered and manipulated people within while there are the people outside live freely – those kind of things that made this book somewhat blend into all the others.

What I imagine the beautified
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The romance was simply that – a romance. It was straight forward. No silly love triangles or anything, and no insta-love although the romance did go quickly. However, I find that this whole book was fairly fast paced and there was never anything that dragged. In fact, it was the perfect pace – I was always interested in turning to the next page.

I do think the emotions or some things mentioned could’ve been further developed in this novel. There are two books to come though, so maybe I will see some of those things come through then!

The villain, Morray, was also a character I loved. He was pretty much completely off his rocker and when you learn of all the things he had been doing to the people and the whole system in general it was a bit weird and kind of disturbing. But in terms of villains, that’s what made him perfect.

Looking forward to the next book!
 
Giveaway: Open Internationally! Win an ebook version of the entire trilogy of City Center. Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Author: Simone Pond is an award-winning author of a dystopian fiction series, which includes The City Center, The New Agenda, and The Mainframe.

She grew up in Kensington, Maryland - a small town just outside of Washington D.C. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton's The Outsides, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy's perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.Agenda, and The Mainframe.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Learn more at simonepond.com

Olivia’s Question: If you could have one thing in your daily routine happen automatically every time you woke up, what would it be? (example: teeth already brushed, hair style perfect…)

Olivia-Savannah x

25 comments:

  1. Hi there - I'm not into dystopian too much, but your review made this sound very interesting! BTW, love the new look of your website!! :)

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  2. I love a no frills romance, myself. Angst-y ones are so over rated!

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean! We get them so often it is always good to have a change.

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  3. I really like the cover and the story line sounds great. I haven't read a dystopian in a while, so this sounds like one I would enjoy. I am glad to hear you liked the characters and the plot moved along nicely.

    If I could have one thing done for me instantly each day- it would be my hair. That would be dreamy. :)

    I LOVE the new blog look. I did a double take when I arrived thinking I went to some other blog. The green is very appealing. :)

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    1. I am glad this one sounds like something you would like. I think you would as well :) I think a lot of people would opt for having their hair already done because it takes so much time! And thank you, I love the colour green a lot ^^

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  4. I am so in love with your new blog look! It really looks amazing! :D

    The cover of this book looks great and it sounds like something I would enjoy. I'll definitely have to check it out! Great review, Olivia :)

    As for your question, I'd probably have to go with my hair. It takes me like 2 hours to just brush through it everyday (I hate long hair, too time consuming to make it look good) :/ I'd love if it'd be done for me instantly!

    ~Cari @My Addiction:Books

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    1. I am glad you like :D You really should do, Simone Pond did a good job with this one. If you liked The Hunger Games, then this would be for you! Two hours brushing is a long time DD:

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  5. This book sounds so interesting, and I'm totally entering the giveaway! If I could have one thing done for me, it would probably be having all of my school stuff together for me - I'm terrible at making sure I have enough time in the morning to be properly prepared before I leave the house!

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    1. I am glad it has caught your eye! Yes, it would be helpful to be automatically organized.

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  6. Oh, I love your blog's makeover. <3

    As for the book, the story immediately reminds me of Divergent. I guess most dystopian books have a common thread. I would love it when someday someone writes a completely unique dystopian fiction.

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  7. Thank you ^^

    I understand what you mean! I would more closely relate it to The Hunger Games kind of setting, but the comparison is evident. It is hard to do, but some unique ones are out there like Carrier by Anne Tibbets!

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    1. I don't mind making my bed too much, but if it works for you, then it does :)

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  9. Great review and I love the new colors!

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  10. I love a good villain and enjoy dystopian novels in general. Thanks for introducing me to it

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    1. Yes, when the villains are done well it is the best!

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  11. Thanks so much for the review and hosting my giveaway. I love it that your readers are so engaged with your blog. And I'm happy I got to be a part of the fun.

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    1. It was my pleasure, and I look forward to your future books as well! I love all my readers <3

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  12. Ohh .. I haven't heard of this book before - the cover looks beautiful though and the premise seems promising, adding this to my TBR now :) Lovely review!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I really liked the cover of this one as well! It is a good book and I hope you like it when you get there :)

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  13. Hmm, this sounds pretty interesting! I'm definitely adding this to that TBR back-up list I was telling you about. :)

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  14. I love your new blog design. Feels so polished.

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