Monday, August 5, 2013

Can one girl change the past to save the future? Nomad by J.L. Bryan Review and Giveaway

Nomad by JL Bryan
Published July 26, 2013
Paperback 202 pages
Received e-copy from author for review 
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Synopsis-They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.
By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

Just WOW! I have read almost all of Jeff Bryan's books and this one just really, really rocked! It's New Adult and if you're like me I haven't found much in that category that didn't seem to have sex as it's main story line. Not so with NOMAD. NOMAD has a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails. Here's why:

 Raven is from the future that is torn apart by an evil dictator, Logan Carraway and his security force. Her mission is to kill him before he ever has a chance to become the evil dictator. But Raven has amnesia and is growing a conscience as she begins to remember. Used to kill or be killed on a daily basis, life in 2013 is full of plenty of food and shelter and even a sort of peace. Even if she has to look over her shoulder for security forces from her time. We get to see Raven's life through flashbacks, memories of life with her parents and what Logan Carraway's dictatorship did to the U.S., to her life. We understand her mission, but we have doubts as well when she begins to question whether assassination will be enough to bring about the change needed to protect the world from destruction. When Raven finds herself doing the opposite of what her mission is, she questions everything she knows about her world and the Logan Carraway of her time.

This is an action packed time traveling adventure. There is never a dull moment whether Raven is running from the security people in her time that have traveled back to kill her or she's trying to lure Logan in who is a thrill junkie, by rock climbing or doing something equally dangerous, the story is very fast. J.L. Bryan is not a writer that is given to overly descriptive passages or telling instead of showing. I felt like I was in the story, thinking like Raven (who goes by several names) always planning ahead or running from someone. The conclusion was satisfying and as it should be with all loose ends tied up.

I asked about sequels, but J.L. Bryan says none are planned at this time. I think we should all write emails and demand for more!! (Just a suggestion :) This is definitely my favorite of J.L. Bryan's novels so far, but then I think that every time. This is in the New Adult genre. The characters are in college. There are some sex scenes (tastefully done and not that many) and some violence. More violence than anything else.
A mature YA reader could handle this one easily. This is the first New Adult novel I have reviewed on my blog. NOMAD has a story to it, it's about the story and sex is safely on the side, a part of the story not the story. THAT'S how I like my New Adult!

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Again, I received a copy of this novel from the author for review. This in no way influenced me. The opinions expressed are my own. Thank you Jeff Bryan!!
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  1. What no sequel????? He's writing a book and not giving us a series? I was not aware of this!!

    I love JL Bryan and I have a copy waiting to be read! It seems like I need to make room for this book right?

    1. Danny, make room right now and then when you finish we'll start a serious campaign for sequels, okay? Yeah, cause Raven is just too awesome to leave behind!

  2. Hmmmmm I've yet to read anything by this author, but this (and all his books, actually) sound really compelling. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Heather! Wonderful review.

    1. Hold the phone! YOU haven't read anything by JL Bryan??? Nothing? Not even the Jenny Pox series? That seems like it would be such your kind of series, dark, twisted not that you are, but it was soooo Good! You need to get on that! You are missing out!

      All of his books are compelling! I love his Songs of Magic series,too. They are for a younger audience but still great! You've got to read SOMETHING by him! You're missing out!

  3. Great to hear its action packed and fun to read

    1. It is! Hope you get a chance to read it Brandi!

  4. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! ummm... no I don't know if I could take a live even if it was Hitler. It would be even worse b/c he won't be the monster he turned into and I'd want to see if I could rehab him!

    1. Thanks for answering the question Erin! You'll see why I asked when you read the book!

  5. I wasn't too sure of this story before, but now you've got me curious! Action packed time traveling adventure, never a dull moment? Sounds excellent.

    Great post!

    1. It is a great book! I didn't really know what to expect because I didn't know he was writing this. Then he pops it on me and Raven just looks so fierce on that cover I had to read it! She is fierce, too!
      Excellent New Adult!

  6. I can't wait to read this one! Between you and AimeeKay you both have me really wanting to chuck my review books in favor of this one. So can't wait to get into it!

    1. You'll love it! I couldn't put it down!


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