Saturday, March 9, 2013

I Am Alive

I Am Alive (I Am Alive, #1)
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2.5 to 3 stars.

Author's Note: starting 12/1/2012 this is a newly professionally edited version
Every girl dies - not every girl really lives.

Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.
the usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist ...
They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.
To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.
Decca doesn't need Leo's company. She has secrets of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.
Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is


***This book was part of a blog tour, I received a copy for my honest review***
I am finished!
Let me just start by saying for me the information overload at the beginning of this book almost put me off. I have found that with a lot of first books in the series that it is like this, but if you push through then things get good. I did and the book did got substantially better, I loved the action and drama of all the games. The character interaction between Leo and Decca had me wondering what was going on and I really liked that.
Then it goes back to a lot of inner monologue and dream memories of Decca and I guess I just didn't like her voice enough to want to just have her.
That seems really harsh, but I am not a big Young Adult fan, I have read and enjoyed a few, but they have to be of a particular sort for me to get into them. I think Decca's voice was a bit to young for me.
There were a few things in the story that I found really cheesy and I feel that it is okay to say this because I read a note from the author and she agrees.Even though I don't feel I take myself seriously and I enjoy a good variety of story's and plots, the names of things and the Z's in all the words really started to put me off.
In saying all this, it is an enthralling story with a world of an different sort. From about halfway through I really got into it and couldn't put it down. I needed to know what happened. Then I got to the end and bam! Cliffhanger,noooooo!! So now I am frustrated, I pushed through the bits I didn't like, thinking I was going to find some answers and now I have to wait. This may just be one cliffhanger to many for me. I will have to see if I read the next one. 

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