19 December 2015

Blast From the Past - Taken Over Review

#YADecember - From the Archives YA Review

What they say: Devastated by the loss of Cade, struggling to survive in a world she no longer knows, Bethany is determined to exact revenge upon the aliens that have shredded her life, and the lives of her family and friends. Presented with an opportunity to uncover the secret that Dr. Bishop feels her blood holds, and why she is different than the rest of the survivors, Bethany strikes out on a mission. With a small group of fellow survivors, Bethany is determined to gather the supplies necessary to discover what help she may be for humanity. Though she is haunted by memories of those she’s lost, Bethany refuses to give up hope that one day they might be able to regain some semblance of their former lives. Though chances of that are looking smaller and smaller as they are confronted with new, and even deadlier creatures looking for only one thing; the destruction of the human race.

Review previously posted here on 12th April 2013.

What I say: I Love this series! Erica Stevens provides a unique take on the alien/vampire/fantasy/sci-fi genres because the Ravening books are a kind of hybrid of them all. The blood drinking, vampire-like, aliens are vicious and cruel (well most of them) and the humans are well... food!

I have to say that I guessed the twist pretty early on (I had my suspicions in the first book)! But it just made me appreciate the events and characters even more. 

Bethy is that rare creature in YA fiction - a likeable female lead! She's dark, yet driven and fights to survive. She could quite easily have gone back to Bret after what happened to Cade at the end of book 1, but she didn't. She used her heartbreak to motivate her (even if it was a massive struggle)! I also loved how Bethy isn't your average sunny heroine, she knows she should be nicer at times but she just isn't, sunny doesn't suit her! That's not to say she's horrible, just that she does what she needs to survive.

And well Cade is Cade! I was devastated after the shock ending to book 1 (I won't go into too many details as I don't want to give much away). The characters all grew in this book, they have developed: they make mistakes, screw up and some die. I even started to nearly like Jenna by the end (well I didn't hate her as much)! 

This book is really sad in places and uber dark, I cannot wait for book 3, but sadly I think I'm in for a long wait as Erica has said she focusing on her other books at the moment!

4 Stars in my Sky!

Note: I previously posted part of this review on my old Goodreads account (I now have a new account with updated reviews you can view here)!


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