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The Geneva Project - Truth (Volume 1) Paperback – November 21, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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About the Author
Award-Winning author, Christina Benjamin, lives in Florida with her husband, and character inspiring pets, where she spends her free time working on her books and speaking to inspire fellow writers. Christina is best known for her wildly popular Young Adult series, The Geneva Project. Her best-selling novel, The Geneva Project - Truth, has won multiple awards and stolen the hearts of YA readers. Packed with magic and imagination, her epic tale of adventure hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson. Christina loves to read and write across genres. YA is her favorite but she's a sucker for a good love story. Don't miss her romance, paranormal and historical fiction, as well as the multiple anthologies she's been a part of.
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Truth (The Geneva Project Book 1) was a wonderful book to curl up with and set aside the cares of the world as you delve into the mystery of Jane #65’s life. For the first 13 years of her life she has basically only had one friend but as she discovers abilities she never knew she had, she also finds herself surrounded with with 3 other youths with magical abilities too. But these abilities have to be kept hidden from the headmistress who will punish them if she finds out they are different from everyone else.
#65 has been told that there is a legend on the island that someone will come who will bring back harmony to the island. The group of youths seek to find out more of the legend. What they find surprises them.
I was completely captivated by this story. Part romance, part suspense, part thriller, this book has something for everyone. The storyline flowed very smoothly. I liked the addition of the marmouse. He both lightened the story and brought added tension where needed.
I loved the twist near the end of the story. I won’t elaborate on it as it would be a spoiler. I certainly wasn’t expecting it though. It has given me even greater incentive to want to read book 2!
The author did a beautiful job of describing the forest and the activities that took place there when she was learning to use her skills there. It was easy to visualize the globes of lights all amongst the trees.
There was one thing that I found bothersome in this edition of the book and that was the number of editing errors. I found mistakes in tense where present and past tense were both used in the same sentence or paragraph. I also found incorrect word usage such as shutter for shudder, ruble for rubble, cure instead of curl, crowed instead of crowded. I don’t know how much these errors would bother other readers, but I know I like to read books that have been thoroughly edited.
Despite the errors in the editing, I thought this book was pretty exceptional and I would recommend it to young adult fantasy readers everywhere. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
This review is published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-review-truth-geneva-project-book-1.html
But then I read the book.
Chapter 1 was OK. I told myself, "It'll get better. Give the author the benefit of the doubt." But it didn't. It got worse. I told myself, "Finish the book. How can they take your review seriously if you don't finish the book?" But then the worse got worser, and I simply could not finish the book.
Summary aside, here were my problems.
A-The author repeats herself. A lot. For example:
"I'm the youngest orphan here. (Insert lots of ramblings from a 12 year old into a single paragraph that ends with) So I guess that makes me the youngest one here." And this wasn't like a term paper where you say "Canaries are yellow. This is why. Thus canaries are yellow." It was as though the author forgot to read back through her book again and actually edit.
B-As I tried so very hard to give the book a benefit and read through it, I began skipping, and that's when I noticed-the formatting. The formatting of this book was not just the one or two mistakes at the beginning. It was rampant and declined as you went through it. The beginnings of paragraphs had extra indentations, and the bodies of paragraph had a lottery to decide where they should be.
C-Perhaps I should include this with "A", but the story never really went anywhere. It just rambled on and on. Truth be known, that's probably exactly how some small children's minds work, but due to the fact that children need more structure than they can provide for themselves, I doubt they'll get much out of this. I suppose it's entirely possible the story eventually went somewhere, but I have more of a life than to force myself to read a badly written story just to see that.
Final note: I do not recommend this book for adults or children, even at a free price.
I love this series. I was engaged from the first page. I loved that it was told through 65. She is the perfect point of view and I couldn't imagine anyone else doing a better job. She is a dreamer and an outcast. I could simply identify with her because I know everyone has felt like an outcast at one time or another. The cover is gorgeous and eye catching. It fit perfect with the book.
I want to talk about the boys in her life. First you have Nova who is hot tempered, passionate and intense. I love him. He always has the best intention even though things might not work out as planned. Second you have Remi. He is a sweet, caring and understanding young man. He truly cares for 65 and stood beside her since they were little. He is the sensible one. If I were to choose right now I would pick Remi because he would be a long term fit. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.
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