Monday, June 16, 2014

Blog Tour-The Revealed by Jessica Hickam Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge

*This summer I'm participating in Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge which you can read about here.
Each week, a different book is chosen, which you can read the reviews of or grab a copy for yourself. Just visit Book Spark's home page to find out all the details.This week's book is THE REVEALED by JESSICA HICKAM, a paranormal dystopian set in a war ravaged USA trying to come back from a catastrophic World War. The first presidential election in what is left of the United States is about to take place and Lily Atwood is the daughter of the leading candidate.

The Revealed by Jessica Hickam
Publisher: Spark Press 
Available June 17th, 2014
YA Dystopian/Paranormal
Reviewed e-ARC provided by Publisher for review
To buy links (pre-order) Amazon

Goodreads- Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.

But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.
But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.

Lily Atwood is the main character in the Revealed and while she has her faults, fear is not one of them. Since she turned 18, she has been waking up to black letters taped to her window on a seemingly very secure compound- They are from The Revealed and are increasingly threatening. They are letting her know they can get to her no matter where she is. To that end, Lily decides she should live a little before she dies. Makes sense, right? However, Lily's decisions are a bit reckless and she is rather naive. As the novel goes on, she spends an inordinate amount of time worrying about The Revealed. Yes, I'd be scared, too. No one knows what happens to the 18 yr olds that are taken, only that they are never seen again. But for being so scared, she becomes rather careless with her own safety. And she is obsessed with a boy she has spent only a small amount of time with, one that she is willing to risk everything and ruin everything for, just to have a chance to speak to him. So, Lily was a bit off and on for me.

The plot though was good. The world has suffered devastation and every country is trying to rebuild. Leaders from every country will be visiting the former US for the election. Lily's dad is running against Roderick Westerfield, his former friend and now total political opposite. While Lily's father wants to make peaceful changes, helping the people, education and college for everyone, healthcare available for everyone, Westerfield wants to keep two social classes, the incredibly rich and powerful and the poor and powerless.
We don't get to see a lot of political campaigning, there isn't any real t.v., just news reports. We just know that Lily's parents are gone on the campaign trail all the time leaving her home alone with her security team and the help, the kitchen staff and the maids. During all of this, Lily is trying to get a handle on her fear of being taken by The Revealed. 

The Revealed does come. And Lily is taken. It's what happens after that, what happens when Lily is taken that makes the story really interesting. And unless you want me to give the plot away, I have to stop here.
The paranormal part is the amazing things the Revealed can do, twisting the elements to work for them, controlling plants to wrap around arms and legs to bind people. Freezing or heating things at will. Wind or complete stillness. They don't need weapons, they have nature on their side. And how they get these abilities is unbelievable, or maybe just believable enough. I can't decide.

Who is this for? YA Dystopian lovers. Especially if you love a dash of paranormal and politics with your dystopian. This is a first in the series and I'm hoping Lily will be a little more firm in who she is in the next book. The plot is good and  I believe is strong enough to keep you entertained through the novel.

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*Parts of this were borrowed from Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings


  1. Definitely sounds interesting. Your review has me itching to know more about the whole taking thing. I am so curious about what happens beyond that point. Hopefully the main character did a turn around after that point and you liked her more. I will have to keep this one in mind. Thanks for the thoughtful review, Heather.

    1. I know, but I can't say anymore without giving the whole story away. And that's the best part. Things definitely get better.

  2. Sounds interesting, but a bit uneven perhaps in the world building? Still, I do enjoy these kinds of books.Might have to library book this one. :)

    1. The world is still kind of shaky, the author may have been making a social comment on our world today, not sure. But what happens with The Revealed is interesting and what they do, their powers and where they come from...that is totally worth it.

  3. Concept sounds good, but ugh, sounds like Lily might need some more backbone, eh?

    1. She just needs to make a decision, in or out, with or without, yes or no. That kind of thing. Actually she just needs to let go. Sometimes we just can't have the one thing we want the most.

  4. Reckless and naive aren't so good. I'm kind of curious about what happens now but I think I'll skip this one. I'm kind of burnt out on dystopian's so I've kept them few and far between.

  5. Lily definitely does sound like a tricky character Heather. I think her carelessness and her obsession with a boy she hasn't actually spent much time with would drive me crazy, but I find myself intrigued by the story itself and I really want to know what happens:) Glad you enjoyed this for the most part!

  6. Ooh, this sounds really interesting! But, oh, when will our heroines learn not to be so enamored of those boys they barely know? I might have to check this one out. :) And the cover is gorgeous! Great review!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  7. Interesting idea and liked is better than disliked. I'm learning this myself. :) I love how detailed your reviews always are Heather. X


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