Monday, September 23, 2013

Team Novel Teen: Anomaly by Krista McGee...

About the book
Age Range: 14+
Genre: dystopian
Part of a Series: book one in the Anomaly series
Author: Krista McGee
Pages: 303
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again.

Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.

The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk—a scientist being groomed by The Ten—convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.

As her life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out.

My Review

All in all I really liked Anomaly. I loved the characters, especially Thalli, Berk, and John. I loved the story theme of love and "true" love, and I really loved the Christian touch throughout the book.

I am not usually a fan of dystopian, in fact I kind of hate it. Anomaly was for sure dystopian, but full of a lot of hope and beauty. Fans of dystopian will be sure to enjoy it also, but those who don't normally enjoy this genre might be surprised by it... I sure was.

This book is very Christian, the story theme is based on it so I highly doubt non Christians will enjoy it and those who don't liked to be "preached" to might not either. Personally I was really touched by the Christian message within it.

Anomaly was a beautiful read, with a lovely message. I highly recommend it and I greatly look forward to book two, Luminary, which comes out  January 7, 2014.

To purchase Anomaly go to... Amazon Paperback  or Amazon Kindle

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Be sure to see what others are saying about Anomaly...
Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Anomaly by Krista McGee by clicking on the links below

ADD Librarian •
Audacious Reader
Blooming with Books •
Bookworm Reading •
Christian Book Review Blog •
CTF Devourer •
Jill Williamson
Katie Clark Writes
Katie McCurdy •
The Life of a Teenage Writer •
The Ramblings of a Young Author •
Realm of Hearts •
Shadow Writer World •
Worthy2Read •
Writing in Summertime

In conjunction with the Team Novel Teen Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Jill Williamson and Thomas Nelson!

Friday, September 20, 2013

September Obstacle: Characters in Costume Challenge...

I joined the fun September Characters in Costume Challenge, that the talented Gillian Adams has lovingly put together. 

This month we're focusing on our obstacle characters.

What is an obstacle character? 

Good question because I didn't know until I joined this challenge.

An obstacle character is any character who stands in the way of the protagonist as he/she moves toward his/her goal. Obstacle characters are generally not the main antagonist, but could be anyone from a villain's minion to a random stranger in the street to the protagonist's best friend. Regardless of who the obstacle character is, his/her beliefs or own desires or goals set him/her in the protagonist's way.

Challenge Guidelines: It's quite simple, really.

Pick one of your obstacle characters. Or, if you're not a writer, or not currently writing a story, feel free to choose an obstacle character from one of your favorite books.

Find a costume that fits your character and take a picture of yourself in said costume (and in character - i.e. if your character is prone to scowling, don't smile in the picture.)
Post the picture on your blog or somewhere online where the other Challenge members can see it. 

Feel free to write a little bit about your character too, or if it's a character from someone else's book, tell us why you chose that character!
Pretty cool huh?
Todays character is Gretella from my book The Realm of Hearts, book one of my series The Chronicles of the Key Holders.

(Yes that's me in the picture... hehe. And no it's not my best Photoshop job, but it was fun. I also don't have lovely red hair, but Gretella does.)

Gretella is not only an obstacle character for my protagonist (main character) in book one of my series The Chronicles of the Key Holders, but she is also in book two. I wouldn't exactly call her a villain, but she isn't exactly good either. She's a "I don't know what I'm going to do next" kind of character.

Gretella's best friend is a sea dragon named Ormanda, who only obeys her commands and runs off of her masters emotions.

She is deadly in the art of sai, the weapon choice of her country.

Following in her twin brothers footsteps in hopes of not losing him, she pushes aside her own hearts desires in order to stay close to the last person in her family, even if that means hurting friends. Gretella struggles to do what is right, but doesn't always see what "right" should be. 

Gretella is in all three books of The Chronicles of the Key Holders. She is most definitely an obstacle character because she likes to throw a wrench into things and I like her for that.

 I don't want to give too much away so I'll stop there. Be sure to check out the other participants in this fun challenge. Thank you Gillian for letting me join in again on the fun and for putting it together. I hope to join in on your next character challenge. I'll be sure to give more teasers on TROH.

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