Happy May everyone! We made it through the A-Z Challenge! Woooo! It was fun, but I am tired. However, I now have the blogging BUG and need to keep writing. That, and I had a Venti White Chocolate Mocha and am hyped UP!
Today, I am getting back to reviews a little bit. I finished a few books during the challenge in April, but decided to wait to post reviews until the blogging challenge was done.
THE TREEMAKERS by CHRISTINA L ROZELLE
Synopsis via Amazon.com:
Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery, daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent, the great magician, can only reminisce of better times. Before the Superiors. Before the uprisings. Long ago. Before the dying Earth ripped the family she loved away from her. In this desolate dystopian future, the Greenleigh orphans are “privileged” with the task of building mechanical trees for Bygonne, so their world behind The Wall can breathe another day, and so the Superiors may continue their malevolent reign. Lured by a yearning for freedom, tenacious curiosity, and hunger for adventure, Joy discovers hope and magic amid the misery, and power in her promise to care for those remaining, whom she loves enough to risk her life for. To save them, herself, and the boy she adores from the abuse and slavery by the Superiors, Joy must entrust the aid of an unlikely ally who harbors a dangerous secret. With an intriguing stranger at the helm, Joy and the treemakers embark on an intense and terrifying, yet liberating quest for the truth about the existence of the forbidden paradise beyond The Wall. *Please note: This is the first book in the series. The second book will be available late 2015. This story is intended for mature young adult audiences, and contains themes that may be disturbing and/or offensive to some people. If you find abusive, sexual, violent, deeply intense emotional, and/or character death events disturbing and/or offensive, this book is not recommended for you or your children. Though please keep in mind this story balances those events and sequences with love, friendship, integrity, strength, nurturing, hope, perseverance, determination, and the fight for freedom from bondage. This story is not intended for the weak of heart.
I loved this book. It was intense, brutal, and unforgiving…yet the Orphans of Greenleigh still find those little moments of hope and happiness in their horrible lives. The plot moves along quickly, which had me turning page after page as fast as I could. The characters are well developed (either in a super evil way or good way) and I loved that some of the kids were damaged (seemingly) beyond repair. This makes it a little more realistic for me! If I was in their situation, I would need intense therapy or institutionalization STAT. Joy is a great leader/surrogate parent for the Orphans and she is both likable and damaged. I just want to hug her and then help her be strong for everyone else. I cannot wait to read book two. If you have read “The Treemakers”, comment below! If not, snatch it up today!