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- Publisher: Josie Litton Books (January 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QU8SHYC
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Genre: Literature/Fiction (Adult), Romance
When I started this book I’d forgotten the synopsis, and went into it blind. It soon became clear there were Sleeping Beauty parallels, and yet its a very different story. Its futuristic and yet not in a star trek type way, has things in it which are beyond our current knowledge and yet – its so believable that this scenario could happen in the future. It’s scary, and with all the current research into genes, embryos and stem cells its possible that despite legislation things could go further – once Pandora's box is open the knowledge can’t be put back, and there are always those who wish to push boundaries either for power, money or simple knowledge...in that way it’s a terrifying glimpse into what the future could hold.
Amelia wakes but knows nothing about who she is, about her past and yet she knows how to do things, ballet, piano, has a knowledge of events and people from history and current politics. How? Ian, who is the first person she comes across has answers, but seems to want to avoid giving them too soon. He’s not being as cruel as it first seems. Once we know more about the story we can see that its something new and shocking to him too.
Once he tells her more she’s shocked and I so felt for her. It must be an awful thing to happen, and then when her memories of her past creep in – wow – what a nightmare. Its like those times when someone wakes from being in a vegetative state for years, and says they could feel and hear what was going on but was unable to communicate...how awful.
For Ian she’s come as a shock, he wants to resent her, he didn’t ask for her and yet she has a pull for him he can’t ignore. He’s scared though that he will hurt her because of his past. For both of them too there’s the dilemma of are they attracted to each other because of who they are, or because of how Amelia exists? Its a paradox of free will, knowing their own minds, or are they acting because of other effects on their minds. Ian prides himself on his control so this thought isn’t a pleasant one for him, and poor Amelia, she knows so little about herself she wants to think that what she does is her choice, not something someone else wants her to do.
They struggle after the first couple of days that veer from anger to hot erotic sex and back again, and Ian introduces Amelia to more of her family. There’s so much going on politically though that her entrance into society, into the world of the wealthy and glamoured brings her into real danger. There are lots of different factions in this future world, where the rich seem to have it all and those below are tightly controlled and regulated in what they can do and have. That sort of unfairness always causes revolts and unrest, and some of the groups have spun off into one that directly affects Amelia.
Its a really unusual read ( for me anyway) and it’s so much more than a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. In fact only the first chapter really carries that sense of similarity for me. Ian is a person holding many secrets, and I really liked hm. Despite his wealth he’s a good man, has a loyal staff who’ll do anything to protect him, and even though he clearly is attracted to Amelia, both sexually (and how!!) and to her intelligence, the thought that he might be abusing her by not letting her find her own way is abhorrent to him. Of course he’s also having to face the conundrum of his own position – does he like her, want her for herself, for who she is, or for who she’s meant to be. Its a big Free Will debate for both of them, and one I found very intriguing. I think they have a genuine attraction – but then I’m an incurable romantic so would of course. In reality ( ok fiction reality) the puzzle they face is very real. What happens if one thinks their feelings are real and the other disagrees and won’t let them be together ? Its a real heartbreak and drama potential for the story, even without the danger facing Amelia from other areas.
Its a scary book in a way for me, not so much for what it is, but for how it lays out something that could very well happen at some point. Even now we see legislation having to quickly adjust to keep up with technology, especially in the gene and embryo fields, so its not such a far fetched notion that someone unscrupulous would take advantage of gaps.
Stars: Five, a fabulous read, and I look forward to the follow up.
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Where do I even begin with this book?
Confusion. Confusion with characters. Confusion with plot. Confusion with how I felt about this novel. Confusion in a positive. Confusion in a negative.
Worth the read? Certainly. Read again? Certainly not.
The first 15 percent of this story I was about to call it a quits. I thought the book was horrendous. At first I found it interesting because this women was wondering who she was and where she was as she had no memories. That's an intrigue at it's finest as it already makes one go "Well WHO ARE YOU!" but, I found myself quickly fed up with the story because as soon as she lays her eyes on Ian the male love interest those thoughts are gone. Instead she's focused on how attractive he is, and how very much she's aroused by him. I rolled my eyes at this because even if it is an erotic story...come on, erotic stories can have plots too that don't jump right into sex when a character has no clue who she is. Oh no, she just wakes up, sees him, forgets she doesn't know him, forgets she doesn't know who she is, and is more focused on sex.
HOWEVER. Whoop for the author finally pulling me in and letting me get past this. Eventually, you start to see the Amelia and Ian relationship divulge. For most of the book I'd smile at them because they kind of had a sense of humor to their relationship. Amelia was sassy with him, she tested him, she didn't fear him, and he wasn't quite sure how to grasp her. Not only this, but we start to find out who she is, and that made for a very interesting concept. ACTUALLY, for me this book brought out many questions that I can't help but to wonder if our future will someday have some similar relationships with this story. That's what started saving the book for me, the questions I could start asking myself about the future, and the relationship developing between Amelia and Ian.
Now Amelia and Ian did grow on me however, will they be characters I feel the need to learn more about? I don't know. I think I'll eventually read the next novels but, this book didn't leave me going "give me more! give me more' The sex scenes honestly were not all that appealing to me. In fact, I've read young adult novels that have better sex scenes, so it's not like i'm a prude, I just found them rather poor quality for my taste. This also being said Ian confused me in a negative way. One moment he would be kind, not want her to be hurt, and the next he was vile to her, and not in the bedroom. I get some people like rough sex and that's perfectly fine..I had no problem with any of how the sex scenes were portrayed it was how disturbing he was when he tried pushing her away. The Roll Car scene where she can't breathe and she's crying, the moment he grabs her neck (not during a sex scene), the moment he calls her nothing but a sex toy (Not during a sex scene). I don't care what his excuse is. I don't care if he had an awful father. I don't care. There was no excuse for his behavior. He made her cry multiple times because he was so cruel. He's abusive emotionally and physically. The beginning I didn't like them, the middle I liked them together, the ending I was just like "This is stupid."
Also! I caught a huge error in the Authors writing. At one moment when Amelia was with Hayden she tells him Edward is her brother. Then the next page she's talking about how everyone thinks she's Edwards cousin. The plot of this story as well was THAT Amelia was Edward's cousin to all the public. That's a bit of an error. Actually...I think the Hayden and Amelia scene was by far one of my favorite scenes and that's saying a lot considering Hayden isn't that big of a character in this story.
As much as Amelia and Ian's relationship didn't really intrigue me. As much as the beginning made me rolls my eyes. The good parts to me made this a three. These were the banter scenes with the main characters, the family development between Amelia and her 'family.' even her scenes with Ian's family. I liked the side story of Edward and Ian's sister. What really rounded this out to a solid three for me though was the realistic future as it's a future I could see this world turning to, not as soon as the book makes it, but someday. The concept behind this book is interesting, and the descriptions of the world that Amelia is found in our just astoundingly beautiful.
Would I recommend this? Probably not. Do I regret finishing it? No. Will I continue the series? Possibly if I find the rest of the series for a good deal. I'm always willing to give it a go. As I am wondering what is going to happen to Amelia and the world that is at war, or soon to be at war.
3/5 for me!
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