Monday, July 11, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | Saven Deception by Siobhan Vivian

Title: Saven Deception (Saven #1)
Author: Siobhan Davis 
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Pages: 426
Source: I received this copy in exchange for an honest review through Lola's Book Tours. If you want to read the book, you can sign up here.
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?
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I had extremely high hopes for Saven Deception. While it didn't necessarily live up to my high expectations, I did enjoy myself while reading it. 

The premise of this novel is what first drew me in. I think the last time I read a book about aliens was the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. What made the plot disappointing at times was the execution of it. My main issue is that the synopsis should never have revealed that Logan was an alien. Sadie only discovers this after halfway through, and the reveal would have been so much more impressive. I wished I didn't know this was an alien book before going into it so that I could have been surprised. The setting itself saved the book for me. I loved the idea that all the characters were living underwater. It made the story much more dynamic and was a key factor in the climax of the story. The scientific aspects and setting of the book is what kept me going when I wasn't enjoying myself as much as I wanted. 

The scenes between Sadie and Logan were always dynamic. They never seemed flat to me, unlike some of the secondary characters. I would love to see more scenes between Sadie and Logan where there isn't something wrong happening. The angst and the will they won't they or their relationship did become a bit taxing at times. I was tired of them fighting for more than half the novel. 

The world building was solid throughout Saven Deception. There was never a time when I felt confused or needed more explanation.  I am interested in exploring the world more. The politics within Saven Deception was also interesting as well. I don't know about you guys, but I love political intrigue in books I read!

While Saven Deception wasn't the best novel  I read, it did keep me interested. The world building was solid and the setting great. The secondary characters fell flat, but Sadie and Logan were dynamic.  I would be interested in reading the sequel!

With that, I give this book
3 out of 5 Stars!

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