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Saven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 15, 2015
I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?
Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.
Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.
Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.
Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.
When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?
I’m just going to start off with this: I do not like alien books. Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series is the only exception to this.
With that, I went into this ignoring my bias. I knew there would be romance and I knew there would be aliens. I was hoping there would be a change in opinion and a need to get to book two in the series as fast as possible as with the Lux series. But there wasn’t.
The writing was good, the plot clichéd, and the romance was typical. But, because I am a sucker for YA paranormal I will be picking up book two because I want to know what happens next.
Let’s get to the nitty-gritty shall we?
What I did NOT like: the clichés. The book was abound with them. The romance aspect was pretty much “oooo hot guy, I’m in love’ and that was that. There was no relationship building, no sweet moments, nothing to lead me to believe this guy was soooo amazing as the MC made him out to be. He fell in my esteem as we saw him with girl, after girl, after girl. He was controlling, narcissistic, and egotistical. What exactly is there to love with this guy? There is a bond, which makes me wonder are they in love simply because this bond exists? Near the end, they finally get together because he just cant stand to be apart from her any longer. I still hate the romance portion of the book, but I still called the MC a total bitch when she betrays him. (Spoiler alert!)
I keep getting hinged on the love at first sight thing. That crap is not gonna fly. Nope, nada. Ain’t happening, honey. Where is the depth, the emotional connection? What is she attracted to/annoyed with? What exactly about her is so appealing to him that he can want her and be with other girls at the same time?
The MC spent most of the book self-deprecating herself all from her height to how she developed due to circumstances. Talk about pathetic. This girl was not strong, she was pathetic and I hated her. Oh woe is me, I’m so short. Oh boo-hoo I’m poor. Half the world is short and poor and don’t constantly badger themselves and put themselves down for it. One is genetics and the other is an opportunity to do better and make your life better, hence the underwater city you now live in. Jesus Christ.
Also, I wanted more world-building. We saw the envious view of the MC and the judgement and prejudice of the MC against anyone who had a better life than she, but nothing else. We know her life was dirty and grungy, and the rich live in gold and marble but what else? Is that all exists? Is this in the future, a different world? What happened to the world to get to this point in time, are the aliens really just looking for a new home and ended up really evil? What?
The book needs work, a lot of it in my opinion.
But now, my likes. The romance. Let’s face it…romance sells. Aliens, or rather the paranormal, sells. We are all sticklers for the love at first sight, world-ending, you die I die, type of book. We want to know that a love stronger than the forces of the world can exist. Can you choose to live without someone or lose everything for that someone?
So here I declare a three stars book. I want to hate this book because the MC is just so badly developed, but I have to admit, she is someone I love to hate and want more of.