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BaSatai: Outside In: Book 1 Paperback – April 14, 2012

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About the Author

Suzan is a writer who lives in Sydney, Australia. Writing is Suzan’s number one passion, her other joys include: dancing, fitness training, reading and one day taking the big step of travelling the world. Her first novel, Mad About The Boy, has won two awards and recently published as an Ebook. Suzan’s taste in books include contemporary and historical romance especially regency and medieval; science fiction/fantasy; urban fantasy/paranormal and anything that catches her attention and in particular imagination. Suzan is also an award winning Screenwriter and Director. The screenplay adaptation of BaSatai: Outside In has won awards at Film Festivals world wide.

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Product Details

  • Series: Basatai
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467993581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467993586
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,442,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born on the 30th of October, 1980 in Sydney Australia to parents Paul and Zarife Battah, Suzan grew up in Brisbane. At the age of 23, she moved to the big city of Sydney, Australia. She knew from a young age she was destined to be a writer.

Her love of romance novels came from reading her first adult romance at the age of 14 - Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey. Her love of romance grew from that first book and she would save up pocket money to buy Johanna Lindsey's books. Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts became a big part of her teenage romance reading years. But it was reading Stephanie Laurens and the Cynster Series with the novel A Secret Love that inspired Suzan to pursue her writing career professionally along with her fan base family.

Suzan branched out in local bookstores, reading different genres including science fiction and fantasy as well as John Marsden's Tomorrow series. A Librarian caught her once reading the ending of book before she had borrowed it.

In 1997 at the tender age of 16, Suzan submitted a fantasy/romance manuscript to Penguin Australia and received back a one of the best rejection letters from the Editor of the Books for Children and Young Adults, Sandy Webster. Her encouragement in the letter and advice has stayed with Suzan always: "I'm sorry that we can't give you a more positive response. However, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your chapters, which have such a fabulous energy... I trust that you will continue to develop your writing, and to read widely. It is important, at this stage, that you continue to enjoy writing rather than worrying too much about the opinions of publishing houses... I hope you keep it up, and I wish you the best of luck."

In 1998, Suzan completed a professional Romance Writers Course with the Australian College of Journalism. Writing amazing novels that entertain and spark the imagination is what she is passionate about in life. Sharing her storytelling with readers all over the world is one of her ultimate goals. Suzan one day hopes to hit the New York Times Bestseller list at the number 1 spot and is excited about achieving such a dream.

Mad About the Boy is her first completed novel. She has several works in progress.

Suzan loves to dance, go to the gym, reading urban fanatasy and contemporary romance.

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By Latoya on April 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Unique and fascinating. Battah has created such an amazing concept with this one. I loved the bond between the characters and the meaning behind them. This book has something for everyone with a tidbit of romance and lots of action. I kinda cringe when I say this but I would love to see this one visually onscreen, as I feel like my "mind" movie just doesn't do it justice. Armani, the female lead has been told she holds a curse though she is quite adamant it is not her the BaSatai should be sacrificing their lives for and she is very vocal about this. It's good that she is a girl of action even though she hasn't mastered her powers yet. Her strentgh comes from her capacity to love, a very human trait it seems she has adopted. Armani can be a bit frustrating at times because she is strong-willed, and very determined to not give in to what the BaSatai want for her. She is more concerned with fitting in and being accepted by the so called Primpers in school, mainly Lily, her former friend turned enemy makes school a very lonely and unpleasant place. Then one day these BaSatai warriors come to take her back to H-trae, so they can work on breaking the curse . It pratically takes her almost being killed to get her to be more willing to at least try to learn more about her heritage. She begins to do things that Karhl, her guardian and Rafael, the love interest are baffled by as she has not fully shifted into her BaSatai form. Everything is not what it seems in this one as there some unexpected surprises that happen. I look forward to reading the next.Great read!
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By Samantha J on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to hosting Suzan Battah again through CLP Blog Tours. I was really interested in this second novel as it is a complete 180 from the romance novel Mad About the Boy. BaSatai: Outside In is a YA/paranormal/sci-fi book, the first in a series. The story follows seventeen year old Armani Radnelaq, a BaSatai that does not want to accept the fact that her blood is cursed. Armani hides on Earth with her adopted father Elijah, and continues to ignore the fact that she is different. But when her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael arrive to help protect her and train her with her BaSatai powers, Armani must realize that a different fate has been set for her.

I have been reading a lot of these paranormal books lately, and even more YA/paranormal on top of that. I find it fascinating what an author's mind can create with these mystical worlds and powers and rules, and BaSatai was no exception. The details and execution of H-Trae and the BaSatai were fabulous. I enjoyed the love story as well between Armani and Rafael, and never quite knew what was going to happen next. I will say that I made it through half of the book very quickly, and then everything seemed to slow down. I thought that was a bit backwards, since the beginning is filling in readers on this land and the second half was the action and fighting, but that's the way it read for me. I would be curious to see where the second novel goes. If you have a fan of sci-fi, I would recommend this for you.
**3.5 stars**
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BaSatai: Outside In was a very good book. The beginning was a little confusing until the author gave more information about the BaSatai culture. I wish the author would have given a little more information in the prologue about the blood curse, because I was a little confused as to what was going on. I loved all of the characters, except for Valko and Evander. They both seemed arrogant, cocky, and prickish. I think Rafael is my new book boyfriend. I loved his attitude and his sexiness. Also, I loved how he loved Armani so much, he was willing to put his life on the line for her. Armani was a very strong female character. I liked how she always did what she felt was right, regardless of what the people around her thought about her decision. I also liked how she didn't take any crap from anyone. A big plot twist after the final battle with the S'teuqoub made me a little mad. I definitely didn't see it coming. I can't wait for book two to be released to find out how the plot twist works out. Also, I want to learn if Armani finds her niece. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something good to read.
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By Lisa on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think the reason I love reading YA books so much is that I'm always amazed at the minds of the authors. I'm just shocked by the extent to which their minds go into details... details that my mind could never imagine.

Suzan definitely did that for me in BaSatai. The plot and storyline was great! The amount of details she went into was perfect. I really enjoyed taking part in Armani's quest to find her BaSatai self. She steadily argued that she's not the cursed one, and that it's someone else the Guardian and Warriors need to protect. The struggle the BaSatai have in trying to make her accept her fate is definitely a difficult one. Will Armani accept that she's not human and learn to control her BaSatai instincts? Will she finally allow the Guardian and Warriors to help and protect her?

The story is quick and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend BaSatai to anyone that enjoys YA science fiction. I really believe you won't be disappointed with this one.
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