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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anyone? by Angela Scott

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Today, we've exploring a post-apocalyptic Young Adult title that is sure to keep you turning pages (or flicking screens, as was the case for me) right up til the end.  It stars a young lady not unlike many of you put in an unexpected situation where her choices are brought down to the most basic levels....survive or die trying.  Have I got your undivided attention yet?  GOOD!  Ladies and gents, prepare to devote the next few hours to today's ebook of choice...

Angela Scott
Evolved Publishing

About the book...
​The end of the world? That’s the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when sixteen-year-old Tess’s doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he’s gone crazy….until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.

Tess’s dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice—he must find her missing brother.

Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns.  But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?


This was one of those sleeper reads that really sneaks up on a girl.  I went in expecting a decent read.  After all, it had received good feedback already and the premise sounded interesting enough.  What I got was a WHOLE lot more.

Tess is just an ordinary girl thrust into an extraordinary situation.  I mean, really...even those that plan for the end-of-the-world-disaster-type-stuff don't honestly think they'll see it come to pass (well, most anyway).  Here, dear old Dad gets to say a big I TOLD YOU SO...that is if he were there to say anything at all.  After tossing Tess in the bunker, he skips town to save her brother with his word he'll return and a promise from her to stay put. Yeah....right.  Tess is the dutiful child and does as told but when things start to breakdown and the hours turn to days turn to weeks, what's she expected to do?  Simply sit there while who knows what happens out there and wilt away by her lonesome?  Eh, WRONG!  She has too much hutzpah for that but perhaps more importantly a desire to LIVE.

Tess' journey is as expected....long, arduous, fraught with peril, but certainly not lonely.  Ah, caught your interest there did I?  Well, don't be fooled for a moment...the world is no longer teeming with people but she does have her cat as a constant companion and two gents who may or may not exist.  I'll let you ponder that one on your own but suffice it to say, you'll be left trying to paint the bigger picture as black or white right through the last sentence. 

Personally, I loved Tess' character, even if she was conflicted, indecisive, and whiny at times; she's a teenager for crying out loud.  There is also that end of the world thing, so who wouldn't be?  She toughs out the hard times and holds on to hope when most would have fallen flat.  Her boundaries are tested in more ways than one but in the end, she's admirable and I love her for her genuine nature.  Now, as for the others, or should I simply narrow it down to Cole...he is a quandary.  I must admit I wondered if there was something more to him after the tattoo was discovered...and then of course when he visits her in the area that's entry-by-permission-only but I never questioned his existence per se.  (Again, not answering your questions as to why you might question it....just gonna let you hang.  You're welcome!)  He was strange but a good egg as they say and I'd definitely rather have his odd snarky self with me on a trip through the aftermath than be on my own.

In conclusion, a WONDERFUL read that I'd recommend to Young Adult fans of all ages without a doubt.  There's a little something for everyone no matter your interests, or tastes.  Crave action, gore, and horror (to some degree)?  It's there.  Love the potential for romance in any form?  It's there.  Just looking for a good story about something that's unlikely but hey, it could happen?  It's there.  Like I said, just add it to your "to read" list and save yourself the trouble of one day wondering WHY you didn't get to know this author's work once upon a time.


Special thanks to Cami at Reading Addiction Blog Tours for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on the title, author, or blog tour team, be sure to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in both print and ebook formats via Evolved Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!


fredamans said...

Action, gore and horror... I'm there! Looks like a good read and you wrote a great review!

Gina R said...

Thanks fredamans! Glad you enjoyed it. ^-^

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oooh. This sounds like a great read! I really like the sounds of this with Tess. Thank you.

Alexia561 said...

Hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds like a great read!

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