In "Sowing" a city is being brutally ruled by a group known as the Hulcondans. Groups of rebels are plotting to overthrow this regime. These rebels are being hunted down and any insurrection will be violently suppressed. Two characters, the sisters Ariliah, and Rabreah, are being inexorably drawn into the intrigues that are unfolding in the city as the rebels are plotting their revolutions.
Readers who become immersed in this world are going to look forward to each successive entry in the series. I would not be surprised if major publishers start paying attention. This series has some great potential.
- Vick Mickunas, Book Nook WYSO
SOWING. One word that paints a thousand words just like a brush stroke. Just like other words of the novel; Hulcondans, rebels, lies,trust, freedom, friend, enemy, strength, weakness, good, evil, pain, suffering, love. Each of those words could mean one thing but could easily also mean a dozen other in SOWING. It all depends on the context and this is something that author Angie Grigaliunas does in such a way that leaves you wondering what will happen next and then next after that and so on until you get to the end and you're left wanting more. You're left wondering where book 2 is, which as of now, is not out. That is what leaves you suddenly and completely floored because now you don't know what happens next. Now you don't have the answer to your questions.
So many things can be said about SOWING but for me, the main dilemma is which character do I begin with? Do I start with the main female characters, Ari and Rab? Or with the main male character, Mas? Like I said - a dilemma and one of epic proportions. Funny thing is, you wouldn't think so. You'd think it would be all about the plot and less about character development. However, this is a second read for me and everything has changed this time around.
I read this a second time looking at all of the characters with a new set of eyes. I saw Ari, not as the fragile, naive little girl as before but as someone who was finding her own path, one that was progressing at her own pace including gaining strength at a quiet pace.
I saw Rab, not as a snarky and sometimes bitchy older sister who fought hard but often didn't know when to keep her mouth shut, but instead as someone who was fighting for something bigger than herself. Something that was truly dangerous, that could end her life but that she believed in entirely. I saw her as the woman she was; a strong survivor.
Last, my favorite male character; Mas. The first read I had a mixed view of him. Like many men before him, I had a love/hate relationship with him. It wasn't that I loved to hate him but rather I was never certain I could trust him to be a good character. The second time around, there were still times I wasn't 100% sure but hey, this is Mas we're talking about! I did,however, come to realize he might have deeper and valid reasons for the things he did that might make up for the things we might see as cruel and hateful or even unforgivable.
Then there were the girls Ari and Rab. I think his relationship with Rab was complicated from the start. Much happened off screen we didn't and still don't know anything about. As for Ari, I believe we saw something beautiful, even close to 'human' in him and between them which lead me to believe there is something special inside Mas, some part of him that's not hard, that can lead him to be so much more than just a 'company man' and I can't wait to see that to come to fruition.
I recommend this to anyone and everyone. I'd recommend this just so you can read it and decide what your opinions are on the characters and plot.
- Cloe Michael's Reads
You know when you start reading or watching something and have one expectation and then you're left with a completely different outcome?Yeah, that's what Sowing was like, except that was an awesome different outcome. That's not to say I went in with a low expectation of the book, not at all! I just, in my mind I guess, expected it to be one thing and it turned out to be something completely else and so much better than I could have ever imagined. That's the thing with books. Writers have the power to take us to new heights and the only thing it takes are their words. If they are good enough,of course. Angie Grigaliunas definitely is.
From the beginning, you're never really sure what side you should take. What side is 'good'. She really has you going and even when the book is over, you never really know who the 'good' guys are. Maybe next book we'll find out for sure. Then there's the main characters. There's Rab. A strong and brilliant girl who is just trying to survive a man. Who hasn't been there at some point? And Ari, her sister. Sweet and abused Ari who we wanted to protect but like her sister, we can't and have to watch the abuse. And Mas. Mas the dark. Mas the broody. Mas the mysterious. Mas the secretive. He's the hero, anti-hero, everything all wrapped into one. Plus, it doesn't hurt he has the looks to match his personality.
If you couldn't grasp it from what I've written before, I recommend this for sure. If only so you can decide, is Mas awesome or do you think he is evil? Who are the good and bad guys? Who are you rooting for? I'd love to know... I'm not sure even I know, lol.
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