Sunday, April 10, 2016
Review...Under Ground by: Alice Rachel
Love is a taboo, a mere fantasy— foreign, unreachable, and dangerous.
Raised in a society where women have no rights, seventeen-year-old Thia Clay holds little hope for a bright future. When her parents sell her into marriage to elite member William Fox, Thia slowly gives in to despair. William is nothing but a cruel, selfish young man with no other interest than to serve his own.
Born illegally and forced to hide from the authorities his entire life, nineteen-year-old Chi Richards is an active member of the Underground—a rebellious group seeking to overthrow the government.
Chi only has one goal—to rescue his parents from the work camp they were forced into.
Meeting Thia was never part of the plan, and neither was falling in love with her.
If caught in their forbidden relationship, Thia and Chi could face a death sentence, and when devastating secrets surface from Chi's past, Thia has to rely on her instincts to make a choice that could save her or destroy her forever.
My Review: (copy provided)
Book one of a trilogy.
Wow what a debut for this author! I was kindly given a review copy of this book from her and I'm so happy I read it. It was actually a fabulous read and it was something I may not have picked up on my own. That's why it's so important to keep open about the books you read because there can be that one that you were waiting for, that diamond in the rough that knocks your socks off and you didn't even know it was right there in front of you. I have to say that the dystopian aspect of the book is what had me give it a second thought and if that is the case for you readers don't let it. It works so well with this book and the romance is a big part of this novel. Actually the connection and chemistry between the hero and heroine is wonderfully written. I was routing for them from the beginning and wanted to see them make it work for themselves even though they had a ton of obstacles to overcome. In fact this whole book was really well written and edited. The attention to detail without it being "too much" was perfect and overall development of the characters was also really strong too.
Thia is living in a world she doesn't agree with and thrown into a life and soon to be marriage. Her mother is cold and distant only wanting perfection from her daughter. Thia wants more. She wants love and affection from her mother and to love the one she's going to marry.
"I'm waiting for a compliment from her, for a miracle I know will never happen. I can't read her thoughts or tell how satisfied she is with me today. She just sits up straight, with her chin held high, ignoring me as always."
Thia feels her parents are greedy and just trying to get to a higher standard of living by marrying her to her potential husband William.
William was a really hard one to read and then bam he does something that makes me hate him and then he changes my mind again. He was a strangely disturbed character that I'd like to get in the mind of a little more.
The rules and regulations were getting to Thia even more as her commitment to William becomes more of a reality. When Thia meets Chi she decides to rebel and take a different path as was planned.
I loved Chi, he stood up for what he believed in and loved. The love he had for Thia was obvious without it being thrown right in your face all the time.
"I've never seen a boy so strong and yet so fragile before."
"Chi stole my heart from William the moment I saw him. I fell for him before I understood what it meant."
There really is so much more to this book. I can't put everything into the review but I highly recommend giving this one a read. I can't wait to read the next in the series!
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