Review: Fear Me Not by Sara Wolf

July 27, 2014 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 0

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.

Review: Fear Me Not by Sara WolfFear Me Not by Sara Wolf
Series: The EVE Chronicles #1
on June 20th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.

lindsay

EXCERPT

“I’m sorry,” Shadus’ voice says.
My eyes slide over – Shadus is standing right next to me, leaning on the bookshelf. I close my eyes and sigh.
“Don’t be. It’s me. Something’s wrong with me. I don’t know how to react like a normal person. Jeers, whispers, sneers, those are fine. I ignore them, punch something to make them hurt less. Compliments? I don’t know what to do with those.”
“You’re different. That’s not necessarily bad,” He offers. His long fingers skim over a row of books and he picks one out, flipping through the pages. “More literature in which the protagonist kisses his interest. Is it all your human writers are interested in? It hardly seems worthy enough to devote entire books to.”
 “It’s not so bad,” I defend. “Kissing.”
“You speak from experience?” He asks.
“Second grade during the school play. Arnold Grady. We were backstage, behind the curtain. I thought it was a good time to go for it.”
“It was enjoyable, then?”
“Too wet.” I laugh, the memory burning like an old tattoo of embarrassment. “He was shorter than me – all the boys were. They’ve only started catching up this year, really.”
“I’m jealous.”
I raise an eyebrow. “What? Of the short boys?”
“Of your kiss. You speak of it fondly. Even if it was lacking technique, you still remember it. It must have been an important experience. I assume I will never know that sort of feeling – ”
I step into him. He jolts back, hitting the bookshelf. It shakes, and settles. I point up at him.
“Be thankful. You guys have the ceremony of flame. You don’t waste time with petty shit and he-likes-her-she-likes-him crap. Your future is arranged by your family. But us? Humans? We fish around blindly in a pool of seven billion people, hoping one of them isn’t too crazy or too incompatible with us, and we get so desperate that when we find someone we can stand for two minutes we decide to marry them for life, when in reality they’re all wrong for us. But we keep pretending they’re right, until we can’t anymore, and then we divorce them or break up and we get up and try again, and again, and it chips away at our tiny human hearts.”
He stares at me intently, as if I’m lecturing him and he’s trying his hardest to learn something from it. I snort.
“You’re lucky, Creeps. All you Gutters are lucky.”
“What you call ‘lucky’, I call ‘boring’,” Shadus says. “The human way of things may be more painful, but it sounds much more fun.”
I stride up to him, get in his face. His chest is rising and falling, his fists balled up. His ruby eyes stare down at me.
“Don’t do it,” He murmurs.
“Do what?”  I singsong.
He struggles with something inside himself, a pained look coming over his expression.
“Victoria -”
I press my head into the cradle where his neck meets his shoulder.

AUTHOR BIO

Sara Wolf is the author of the LOVELY VICIOUS series and FEAR ME NOT, the first book in The EVE Chronicles, a YA/Sci-Fi series. She’s currently working on the final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series. She’s addicted to the Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, True Detective, pink Starbursts, pizza, and damaged heroes. For additional books, news, teasers, and giveaways, visit her at sarawolfbooks.blogspot.com or facebook.com/sara.wolf.3304.
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Lindsay

One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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