Friday, November 9, 2012

Surrender by Elana Johnson Review and Giveaway with AToMR Tours

Surrender by Elana Johnson
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Goodreads Summary:
Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…
Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...

********May Include Spoilers if You have not read POSSESSION*********************

Well, I feel like two completely different authors wrote Possession and Surrender. While Possession posed so many questions and had things that just didn't sit right or make sense, Surrender reads smoothly and continuously with the viewpoints alternating between Gunner and Raine, two characters not seen in Possession. I love that kind of narration as I love to hear the male POV, but this one wasn't quite as much about feelings. There was a lot of action, but this is a book mainly about hiding out, mind control, who knows what, and stealth.

Raine is someone I instantly liked. She defies the most powerful person in Freedom, somewhere we know from Possession is the place we are most likely not inclined to want to go if we were to be gifted. But Raine is gifted and her talent leaves her drained and shamed when she is forced to use it. So she joins a resistance group to defy the man that makes her do this and thumb her nose at the authorities. She wants freedom. Her match is her best friend, but like a brother to her and she finds herself falling for Gunnar despite trying hard not to. I liked Raine for her spunkiness, her know how to fight the system and her empathy for Vi.

Gunnar, well, let's see. He loves his mom so much that he leaves before her memory can be wiped of him when he shows up on the Director's list of talented kids that he wants to recruit. He has "sick" skills on a hoverboard and he is empathic as well as having techno skills (can control technology with his energy or voice) and has a very compelling voice. And when I say compelling I mean he can make you do anything. He's one of the good guys though and doesn't want to brainwash people. He feels the same way about Raine as she does about him even though he's matched to Starr, someone he feels nothing for.

Then there is Violet who is a shell for most of this book and Zenn, her escort and informant for most of this book. Violet has been brainwashed and her memory wiped by Raine (she was forced) so that she doesn't remember Jag. Zenn, for his own reasons, keeps her in the dark.

This entire book is about relationships, the resistance, escape, Raine's memories and what she sees happening if people get what they most desire. It's about hiding out, planning a revolution and not knowing who to trust. Stolen moments, stolen memories, regaining those memories and how a song or a smell can bring back those memories.  

This novel was really well written. It was so different from the first novel. I enjoyed it a lot and can't wait for the novella coming out  Regret and the conclusion (I think) Abandon. There is also a short story available on Goodreads for download called Resist.

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I received a copy of this book for review from the author. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Thanks to AToMR for arranging this tour and allowing me to be a part of it. I've found a great new series!

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  1. Oh I like the sound of it! Smoother? Oh yea! Plus, I have to have a new ending from the first! I'm so going to have to read this book!

  2. I need to read the first one, and the next one...the whole series sounds great.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake


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