Monday, 24 September 2012

The Last Year Series Tour!



I am so excited for the start of this blog tour because I absolutely loved these books and can't wait for the next one!
Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1) 
 Blurb (from Goodreads):
In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.

Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Last Year’ blog tour. Thanks to Trisha Leigh and AToMR tours.)
16-year-old Althea has secrets. Firstly, she’s not really Althea Morgan, in fact she doesn’t know who she really is at all. And secondly, she’s not like all the other humans either.

Althea lives in a society where humans are brainwashed by alien life forms known simply as ‘others’. The Others seal the humans in an area surrounded by electric fences, claiming to be protecting them from the animals outside who carry disease. Humans are paired up at 16, are allowed one child to each pair, and always have a smile on their faces. They never feel emotion, not fear, or love, joy, or pain. It’s all bottled up inside and purged once a year by the others.

Althea is different though. The other teenagers at school look through her as if she’s not really there, they never really see her. Althea feels all the emotions that the other humans don’t, but more than anything she feels alone. Althea has a message inside her necklace that tells her that she is different and that she needs to hide this. Althea doesn’t really know what the message is about, but she knows to take its advice.
Another strange thing about Althea is that she ‘travels’. She spends springtime with the Hammonds, Autumn with the Morgans, and winter with the Clarks in Iowa. Each time she travels and wakes up in a different place Althea feels more alone than ever – who or what is she? Why does she travel between the seasons this way? Why has she never seen summer? And why does she heat up enough to melt things when she feels strong emotion?

Change is in store for Althea though with the appearance of a boy at school who smells strangely of pine, and she wonders if he is maybe like her. He seems to feel emotions too, and he isn’t like the other humans, he doesn’t always have a smile on his face.

But what is Althea really? Is Lucas really the same as her? Who are the ‘others’, and what are they doing here? And what will happen to Althea if the others realise how different she is?


I loved this book. The writing was just beautiful and flowed so well. The story was well paced, and had plenty of mystery, and even a touch of romance. The world building in this dystopian society was complex and well-thought out. There were several differences between this society and ours, and even different words for things, eg: school was called ‘cell’ (a much better description if you ask me!)
The storyline in this book was complex too, there were so many things that made Althea different, and made her life different that it is difficult to explain them concisely!
I loved Althea and Lucas, they were both just great characters, and both had their own problems, their own quirks, and their own way of dealing with things. The subtle romance between them was beautifully done, and totally left me wanting more! I loved all the little quirks each had, and how they learned to use their differences to help themselves, and I loved the constant ‘threat’ from the ‘others’. It was also great how Althea and Lucas had finally found each other, and weren’t quite so alone any more.

Overall; I loved this book, it’s one of the best that I have read this year! If you like books like ‘the hunger games’ you’ll love this!
9 out of 10.


 


Winter Omens (The Last Year, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Althea and Lucas barely escaped the Others’ clutches in the autumn, and were separated in the process. Alone and on the run from the cruel alien race determined to exterminate her, Althea struggles to adapt and survive in a world she never imagined.

When a boy named Pax appears out of nowhere, he quickly recognizes Althea for what she is – a human/Other hybrid just like him. Althea begs him to help her find Lucas, but Pax refuses, intent on following his own mysterious agenda.

The Others’ presence continues to devour the planet’s resources, and if history is an indication, they won’t leave until Earth is destroyed beyond repair. Althea and Pax sense the only way to save themselves – and maybe their home – is to understand the powers simmering inside them.

Together they push the limits of their capabilities in the quiet Wilds, but are soon confronted with a terrifying fact: no place is safe from the relentless pursuit of the Others.

Least of all their own minds.



Winter Omens by Trisha Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Winter Omens (The Last Year, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘The Last Year’ blog tour. Thanks to Trisha Leigh and AToMR blog tours.)
This is the second book in the ‘The Last Year’ series, and picks up where the first book ‘Whispers in Autumn’ left off.
Althea finds herself in Iowa in her winter family’s home. Her note from Cadi explains her situation, and she quickly gets her things together and leaves her home for the wilds.

Alone and stranded, Althea isn’t sure where Lucas is or what she should be doing, until a boy stumbles upon her who smells like apples and cinnamon, and shows her that he can control the wind.

Althea recognises the boy – Pax, as a dissident, son of the air elemental, and joins him as he journeys towards Portland, desperate to not be alone anymore and knowing that the dissidents are stronger together than apart.

Can Althea and Pax find Lucas though, especially as they are now in winter, a season that Lucas has never seen? Can they ever hope to find out what the ‘Others’ need from the humans, and before the earth is destroyed? And where is Deshi, the fourth dissident, and what have the ‘Others’ done to him?

I really enjoyed this book, it picked up right where book 1 left off and the tension continued to mount as the story progressed. Pax was a great addition to the team, and the feelings between Pax and Althea although confusing for her added that little extra something to the story (even though I hate love triangles, this didn’t have that sort of feel to it at all.)

I love the intriguing world that the author has created here, and I love the storyline with the ties between the different seasons and elements. The introduction of other species into the story was unexpected and added an interesting twist to the story.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next, I’m so excited to hopefully finally meet the real Deshi, and to maybe see if Althea will ever see summer!
Overall; I loved this book, and if you like dystopians you’ll probably love it too.
9 out of 10.



Winter Omens is released Tomorrow!

I cannot tell you how much I loved these books! Give them a go!

Add these books to Goodreads!:
Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh Winter Omens by Trisha Leigh 


The Author - Trisha Leigh:





Trisha is an author of Young Adult fiction from Kansas City, MO. She’s currently writing/revising/cursing her next novel.
Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rock stars from Southeastern Iowa, Trisha always loved to tell stories. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Film, she began to search for a way to release the voices in her head. Trisha wrote a thriller and a couple of ghost stories, getting her feet wet and learning with each discarded manuscript. When she attempted her first YA novel, which would become Whispers in Autumn, she was hooked. Trisha knew then her heart lay with telling stories about and for young adults, and for anyone who loves to read and recapture those fleeting “first” moments.
Her spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, spending time with a large, loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into her hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by her dogs Yoda and Jilly.
Like everyone, Trisha’s had some ups and downs, but life is good. She’s writing. She’s happy.

 Bio from http://trishaleigh.com/

Find the Trisha Leigh here:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828387.Trisha_Leigh
Website: http://trishaleigh.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/trishaleighkc @trishaleighKC
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19 comments:

  1. I hear nothing but awesome reviews about these books. :)

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  2. I hate that I missed out on this tour. But I love to hear that not only did the books sound great but they seem to actually be really great and worth reading, too. Thanks for reviewing them!

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  3. Sounds great! I loved your review! I'm glad you liked the book so much.

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  4. I've been really interested in reading Trisha's books since i saw the covers and i to have heard many good things! Definitely on my tbr list. : )

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  5. I will have to check this series out! Thanks Sarah!

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  6. The covers are really cool! I love it when books in a series like that fit like puzzle pieces! :D Thanks for the giveaway and book information!

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  7. Oh wow. Both these books sounds amazing. The covers are just beautifull. I have been looking for good alien books.

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  8. Wow! I have never heard of these books until today but they look fabulous! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  9. I'm always looking for new authors and series and this story sounds interesting. Thanks fof the giveaway!

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  10. Both books look fabulous. I'm looking forward to some great reading.

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  12. These sound so good and the covers are so pretty :)

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  14. I had not heard of these books before, but they sound fabulous! I love the covers! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. These books sound intriguing! I love the covers!

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  16. I love finding new series to check out! Thanks for the post :)

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds really interesting!

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