I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fear Me Not by Sara Wolf
Series: The EVE Chronicles #1
on June 20th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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The aliens crash-landed on Earth eleven years ago. And now, sixteen-year-old Victoria Hale feeds them. With her emotions.Victoria is an EVE - an Emotion Vesicle Engraft - and one of few humans who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on. She's doing it for the money - her sister Alisa needs a good doctor, and fast. But what she didn't count on was being sent to the world's first desegregated high school for Gutters and humans. She didn't count on the paparazzi, the protestors, or the insane Gutter politics and government secrets. She didn't count on the crimson-eyed Gutter prince with an intriguing heart of cold iron, either.She especially didn't count on murder.But it's counting on her.
I just have one thing to say. WHY MUST I WAIT?! I made a beginner’s mistake and read a first book before the second was out. Why do I do this to myself?! It’s by Sara Wolf, so I know it’s going to be epic… I just can’t resist it!
Fear Me Not did not disappoint. It has the same sassy writing that I expect from Sara Wolf, although the characters have a darker feel to them than the ones in Lovely Vicious. Vic doesn’t hide behind her sense of humor. In fact, she tries her best to keep everyone at arm’s length. The more attitude she exudes, the better. Having said that, I didn’t resent her for it. She’s doing what she needs to do to protect herself and her family. As the book moves forward, I can literally feel her walls breaking down. There are a decent numbers of swears, so I would recommend it for an upper YA audience.
I know I classified this book as YA and sci fi, but it is definitely not limited to that audience. Don’t let the word alien scare you off!! I would even go so far as to recommend this book to contemp romance fans. It’s light on the romance, but has the perfect amount of teen angst. This isn’t just humans versus an alien race. It’s also high school and hormones. It’s a lethal combination! 😉
When I first read the synopsis, I wondered how the whole world building was going to work. Creating an alien culture is no simple thing (or at least it shouldn’t be) and revealing it all without a huge info dump is a delicate task. Sara manages to spread the complex plot throughout the pages, like a trail of breadcrumbs. But now? I reached the end of the trail… I gobbled up every last little crumb… and now I’m left waiting for her to drop some more! Do I have to beg? Because begging is not beneath me.