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!! a relatively spoiler free review. but still, read at your own risk !!
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Thriller
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: 19 March 2016
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩
He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?
While Deliverance is classified somewhere as either Young Adult or New Adult, I think it leans more towards the New Adult genre. 1) the ages of the main characters. The female protagonist is 18 and the male one is 20-something. 2) there’s some steam, enough to cloud your vision but not enough to completely blind you.
Moving away from what I think about the genre classification, this book was unexpectedly good. I signed up onto this blog tour on a whim. I told myself, “You know, let’s not shun those boy-meets-girl kind of summaries. It’s inevitable. Those summaries are everywhere. Let’s face it, and who knows? You may end up liking it.” But the thing that really drew me to this book was the mention of freedom, entrapment, and identity. And I certainly was not disappointed.
The characters were really well-developed and I would be able to (and gladly) write out a detailed analysis for most of them, but let’s just leave it at that for the sake of keeping the spoilers to a minimal. But really, just read it for the characters. It’s worth it. Or you could read for the plot, with its great pacing and enough secrets and action to make sure you continue to read on.
A few days ago, I was discussing with someone on Facebook about how romance in books should focus on something other than the appearances of both parties, then I started reading Deliverance, and I can’t believe I’m saying this but, I like the romance. I really like the romance in this book. The romance was hindered by “her” distrust of “him”, and “him” having the mentality that “she” was just a means to an end. It certainly took awhile to build, but I loved every moment of it. Also, did I mention that “his” lack of knowledge about human customs makes him such a precious and polite cinnamon roll (but let’s not forget that he’s still pretty deadly)? I adored the fluffy moments so much I didn’t even care when steam got into my eyes.
As I was finishing the book, the thought that I may have just found my first five-star read of the year crossed my mind (ok granted I’ve only read like 20+ books so far for the year BUT THAT’S IRRELEVANT). So what hindered me from doing so? The writing. It was easy to understand but at times, it felt repetitive. I understand that throughout the journey, there may be some recurring thoughts that pop into the characters’ head every now and then, but after reading paraphrased versions of the same thoughts like four or five times, it kinda gets boring.
On a side note: I’m probably over-thinking as usual or my mind is just running wild right now but I just couldn’t help but think about Tokyo Ghoul while reading this book. It all started with the quote “Had we met under different circumstances, I would have liked to get to know him better, but his story is obviously a complicated one.”
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
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