Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Review ~ Earth (Book One of the Invasion) by Jessica Frances ~ Virtual Book Tour + Excerpt +Giveaway




EARTH
(Book One of the Invasion)
by Jessica Frances

New Adult Sci-Fi Romance
Date Published: June 19, 2014

Earth is being invaded. There was no warning and no time to stage any kind of defense. Instead countries started to go silent. They were no longer reachable and no one knew what was happening.
So when Canada went dark; everyone knew America would be next.

Mattie:

My name is Matilda, but everyone calls me Mattie. I was at college in Oregon when the attack began. By the time Canada went quiet, we’d had enough. So two of my friends and I decided to join the fight in Vancouver and find out what was really happening.
That is when everything changed. What we found was death, destruction and machines that were slaughtering humans. There would be no escape for us; no place to go where the machines couldn't reach us.
I had no future, but then I met him.

Marduke:

My name is Marduke and I’m part of the reason Earth is being invaded. I’m from a different planet and even though I look human, I’m not. But when Earth was invaded, I began running from my family and running for my life.
Then she saved me.
She made me feel something I’d never felt before. She saved my life and opened my heart to the possibility of love, she changed me forever.

What are the chances of finding your true love right when the world is ending? What kind of cruel fate places them together under those circumstances?
What is she supposed to do when he tells her he is not from Earth? When she finds out that he is one of the invaders?
What does she do when she finds out everything she thought she knew was wrong?
What does he do when he has to make a choice between protecting her and saving himself?

How can they overcome everything standing in their way?


Earth by Jessica Frances is one of those books that once you start, you will not be able to put it down. No, really!  It was completely impossible to even think about stopping to do anything else but read this amazing story! 

Ms. Frances has done a magnificent job of describing what it might be like if Earth was taken over by aliens - the destruction, the search for food and water, and the loss of loved ones. In between all the chaos, the reader also gets to see two people, from two totally different worlds fall in love {{sigh}}.  The story is told by alternating between Marduke and Mattie’s point of view and I thought it really brought depth to the story, connecting me with the characters almost as if I was right there with them.  The world building was absolutely brilliant and was described so perfectly, I could envision the whole thing unfolding before my very eyes - and at times, what I was envisioning was truly horrific.  I can't even imagine the despair and anguish the residents of Earth endured during the hostile takeover.  

This story has just the right combination of science fiction, action and romance that keeps the reader engaged throughout.  My only complaint with this book is that it ended and I have to wait for the second installment of this epic trilogy.  Ms. Frances is truly a talented writer and I look forward to reading more from her. 

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The truck moves again and this time we do topple over. Neither of us have put seatbelts on, so we both crash to the ceiling, my head taking most of the impact as my legs fall into the steering wheel.
I scream in shock, and as my mind catches up, I realise there is no way Hank and Lisa would be okay after being crushed into the road.
“Hank!” I scream out again, panicking as the truck is hit once more and we slide along the road. “Lisa!” I screech when we finally stop and hands grab hold of me, dragging me through the windshield which broke long ago.
It’s Hank, and as he drags me free, he quickly moves back to take hold of Marduke. Blood pours down from my forehead, but I don’t bother checking myself any further. My eyes first find the machine as it leers over us then I see Lisa off to the side, hiding by some bushes.
“We need to get out of here, now!” Hank has Marduke up and on his feet. The truck shakes as the machine shoots at it, and I’m half expecting a fireball to burst out at us.
“Take this!” I thrust the grenade into Hank’s hand and then wrap Marduke’s arm over my shoulder.
Hank begins shooting with the handgun, heading around the truck and jogging in the opposite direction to Lisa.
I stumble her way with Marduke, hoping Hank can keep the attention on him while we get away.
Marduke grunts in pain as he has to put heavy pressure on his knee, and I cry in shock when I feel his body jolt forward from the impact of a bullet hitting his back. He pushes me off him and I lose my balance, falling to the ground.
“Run!” he yells at me. But before I can even consider moving at all, an explosion erupts and everything goes black.



Jessica Frances


Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. After having the Taken Trilogy taking up space in her head for years, she was relieved to have a break and her mind clear. But apparently the free rent was spoken to Mattie and her friends, because now she is hearing new voices and a whole new story. The Invasion Trilogy was then born.