Attack on Phoenix (Forsaken Stars Saga #1) by Megg Jensen

AttackOnPhoenixTwo hundred years ago, an interplanetary expedition crashed on a deserted planet. Their ship was destroyed. Their technology lost.
They built a new society while they waited for rescue. It never came.
Instead they caught the attention of the dragzhi, an aggressive alien species, and found themselves in the midst of a war they were doomed to lose.
Torsten Vikker, a soldier who’d rather read than fight, is on a mission to recover an artifact rumored to have the power to defeat the dragzhi. Rell, a woman raised in a cult, will stop at nothing to keep him away from what she holds sacred.
Yet only together can they hope to save humanity from utter annihilation.

I’ve been a fan of Megg Jensen since I picked up Anathema, the first book in her Cloud Prophet Trilogy. Since then I’ve pretty much everything else she’s written (I still have a few books to go in her Dragonlands series.) When I found out she was starting a new Sci-Fi series, no one had to twist my arm to check it out. Attack on Phoenix was the perfect beginning to what promises to be another amazing series.

Rell and Torsten may have both lived on the same planet, but they essentially existed in two totally different worlds. Rell was totally sheltered in the underground cult. Torsten was isolated by choice. He played his part in the Tower, but only to keep his sister safe and ensure her future. The thing about Phoenix was that nothing was as it seemed.

Even though this is the beginning of a series and the introduction to a new world, including the characters that inhabit it, the story didn’t lag. In fact, Attack on Phoenix was pretty much non-stop with a fair amount of time devoted to the main characters just trying to survive. Speaking of which, if you’ve read any books by this author, you already know that no character is held sacred. They’re all vulnerable to some extent and even when you think everyone’s safe… Did I mention the cliff hanger? I may or may not have ‘yelled’ at the author near the end.

Basically Forsaken Stars Saga totally lived up to my expectations and then some. The next book is Scattered Ashes and I for one can’t wait until it’s released. Once again, procrastination in picking up a book has paid off because I don’t have too long to wait for its release.

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Hunted (Dragonlands #2) by Megg Jensen

HuntedThe fog that trapped the people of Hutton’s Bridge for eighty years has disappeared, but now so have the villagers.
Fearing the worst, Tressa and Bastian must navigate a new and dangerous world in search of their people. Among their allies are a healer, a warrior, and even a dragon—but their enemies are far greater.

Hutton’s Bridge has long protected a powerful secret, one the dragonlords will kill to control. As the realms rise, Tressa and Bastian risk everything to save their people, until one must make the ultimate sacrifice.

Okay… I needed some recovery time before I could review this one. So much happened that I’m not really sure where to start. I’m also going to apologize in advance for any vagueness. Megg Jensen took so many twists, turns and… well, you’ll just have to read Hunted to understand. Once you do you’ll forgive me, I promise.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Hunted takes up pretty much where Hidden left off. Bastian and Tressa are separated, but still working toward the same goal… to get to the people that they left behind. They were sheltered in Hutton’s Bridge and every day aspects of the outside world are revealed.

The world that Megg Jensen has created in her Dragonlands series is epic. It’s magical, full of wonder as well as deceit, violence and mystery. There are so many secrets revealed, startling revelations and ‘I can’t believe that actually happened’ moments that it was hard to keep up. I loved every minute of it…. well… almost.

Hunted was basically an emotional whirlwind. There were times that I knew exactly where I wanted the characters to end up and then things would change. My perspective would change. Basically I’d just throw my hands up and trust the author to work things out… but it was hard.

Hunted was full of action, suspense and heartbreak. There was a fine line between good and evil, but there were also characters that were worthy of no redemption at all. The author held nothing back and by the end I both loved and hated her for it. *sigh*

The next book can’t come soon enough. Thins were left in turmoil at the end of Hunted. Progress was made and some things were settled but even more was left uncertain. Let’s just say that Megg Jensen wins the ‘Authors Are Evil’ crown for the week.

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Hidden (Dragonlands #1) by Megg Jensen

HiddenThe mystery enshrouding Hutton’s Bridge is as impenetrable as the fog that descended at its borders eighty years ago. Each year, three villagers enter the mist searching for answers. No one ever returns.

Then a dragon falls from the sky to the town square, dead—the first glimpse of an outside world that has become nothing more than a fairy tale to Hutton’s Bridge. Except to Tressa.

Tressa grew up with Granna’s stories of the days before the fog fell. When Granna dies, leaving Tressa without any family, Tressa ventures into the fog herself, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive. 

What she discovers beyond the fog endangers the lives of everyone she loves.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Oh how I have missed Megg Jensen’s fantasy books. Megg first caught my attention with her Song of Eloh Saga which includes both her Cloud Prophet Trilogy and the Swarm Trilogy. The world building in those books was full of magic and mystery. Even though I really enjoyed Shucked (her fun and adventurous Young Adult mystery) and am finishing up her Hell Bent/Heaven Sent compilation that she first wrote under the name Isobel Lucas, I missed the Fantasy aspect of her writing. I’m pretty sure that Dragonlands is going to take care of that…. in a very big way.

Hidden grabs you from the Prologue. It’s an introduction that leaves you with equal amounts of history and mystery. No one knows where the fog came from, but it controls every aspect of Hutton’s Bridge from that day forward.

Hidden also had an interesting cast of characters. Some I loved and some were easy to hate. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions on that one. 😉 Then there were the ones that I was never quite sure about. Tressa’s personality and strength were a product of her life circumstance. She was prepared to deal with whatever came her way with or without help from anyone else. Yet she was fully prepared to help anyone else who needed it. I can’t imagine growing up in the world that they lived in. They knew nothing else so it was accepted, for the most part.

Tressa’s friends were just as strong, selfless and determined as she was. I liked both Bastian and Conner. It was easy to see why they were all friends. Their dedication to the people that they loved and to each other was what made them the perfect candidates to leave Hutton’s Bridge. It should come as no surprise that once they took that first step, nothing would be the same.

The rest of this review is going to be vague, and I’m sorry for that. It’s just that so much happens from the time these three step beyond that barrier that I don’t want to spoil any of it. Some of it was predictable, some of it was jaw dropping, some of it was…. well, you get the picture. There were a few little ‘bumps’ here and there and a couple of places where I wanted to know more, but there was a lot of ground to cover, especially since this is the first book in a series. Once I got to a certain point, I couldn’t put this book down. Hidden basically had it all… plenty of action, twists and turns in the story and the characters, a touch of gore, and just the right amount of romance to keep things interesting.

Be prepared though, in true Megg Jensen fashion, no one is safe. There were moments when I had to stop and re-read what I had just read. Not because it was confusing but because I couldn’t believe what I just read had actually happened. You just have to keep in mind that ‘Authors are Evil’ and they can pretty much turn the character’s world upside down on a whim. Speaking of which… can you say ‘cliff hanger?’ Readers are left with more than one mystery at the end of Hidden. I’m not sure how I feel about how some of the characters were left, but we’ve been promised that Hunted, book two in the Dragonlands series, is coming soon. *taps foot and waits patiently*

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Hidden (by Megg Jensen) Book Blitz & Giveaway!

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Megg Jensen has a new series! Yay! Expresso Tours is helping spread the word with a Book Blitz and I’m excited to be one of the stops. Megg is also offering her very own giveaway so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter entry form. But first, let’s find out what Megg Jensen has in store for us in her Dragonlands Series.

Hidden (Dragonlands #1)

HiddenHidden by Megg Jensen (Dragonlands #1)
Genres: Fantasy
Publication date: January, 2014

Synopsis:

The mystery enshrouding Hutton’s Bridge is as impenetrable as the fog that descended at its borders eighty years ago. Each year, three villagers enter the mist searching for answers. No one ever returns.
Then a dragon falls from the sky to the town square, dead—the first glimpse of an outside world that has become nothing more than a fairy tale to Hutton’s Bridge. Except to Tressa.
Tressa grew up with Granna’s stories of the days before the fog fell. When Granna dies, leaving Tressa without any family, Tressa ventures into the fog herself, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive.
What she discovers beyond the fog endangers the lives of everyone she loves.
Be sure to add Hidden to your Goodreads TBR list!
Hidden will be released in January, 2014. It can be purchased through the links below once it’s released.

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Want to learn more? Well you’re in luck! Here’s a sneak peek 😉

Bastian watched Tressa run away. Same as always. Unless their best friend Connor was there, Tressa wouldn’t stand in Bastian’s presence any longer than necessary. Not even today, when she needed him.
He turned to the direction of his cottage, not eager to go home. He’d been at the forge for a couple hours, pounding out metal in intense late summer heat. He was ready for a break, but hearing of Sophia’s death was not what he anticipated for the day.
Bastian’s intention had been to grab a snack and a long drink of water, but going back to his cottage meant facing his wife. They had come together the same way every other couple in the village had.
Once the council checked the lineage charts, they placed ribbons with the eligible men’s names written on them. The woman would choose a ribbon and that man would be her mate for three months. If the woman conceived, they were bonded. If not, the process began again.
Bastian had his chance with Tressa. He’d loved her too and when it was confirmed she hadn’t conceived, both of their worlds fell apart. They were forced to move on with others. His coupling with Vinya was successful the first month – and he’d hated himself every moment of it. It felt like a betrayal.
He walked through the town, invisible to everyone despite his height and red hair. Silence was his way and people had learned to ignore him. They spoke in whispers, everyone concerned with what was to come next. Bastian couldn’t be bothered with it. As long as the fog surrounded Hutton’s Bridge, nothing mattered. He was trapped.
The door swung open before he could place hand on the handle.
“Bastian. You’re late. I’ve had your snack waiting for some time. Why can’t you ever do anything right?” Vinya sighed and stepped out of the way. Her eyes, so accusing, raked down his chest. “And you’re filthy. Can’t you ever remember to wash before coming home? I work so hard to maintain this dump you call a cottage, just so my daughter and I have a decent place to live. Maybe you could be respectful of us for once?”
Bastian nodded. He’d learned long ago that words wouldn’t soothe her feral soul. Vinya was determined to strip away any semblance of manhood he had. At first he found her attitude amusing. Now he wished her lips would fall off.
Ignoring her huffing, he sat down at the table next to his daughter, Farah. “How are you, baby girl?” He ruffled her curls.
Vinya slapped him on the shoulder. “Don’t touch her with your filthy hands.”
“Good, Papa.” Farah ignored her mother too. At two, she’d already learned to cope with the circumstances. “Wanna nut?” She held out a walnut in her tiny hand.
Bastian’s fingertips were almost as big as her palm. He plucked the nut and tossed it in the air, catching in it in his mouth. Farah squealed and clapped.
“Again! Again!” She scrambled for another nut.
Vinya slapped Farah’s backside with the broom bristles. “Stop it, now. Go lay down for a nap.” Farah nodded, dropped a quick kiss on Bastian’s cheek, and ran through the door to her little room.
“You don’t have to be so harsh with her, Vinya.” Bastian said between mouthfuls of bread. “She’s still a baby.”
“Speaking of babies…” Vinya sat down at the table next to him. “It’s about time we try to conceive a second. Our village needs children to survive.” She reached out, running her fingertips along his arm. “It’s been so long since –”
Bastian looked up at her. Vinya had loosened her top. She dipped her chin and fluttered her eyelashes at him. Long ago, that move worked. He was younger. More eager. Trying to drown out his frustration about losing Tressa.
Now he didn’t want anything to do with Vinya.
“Sophia died.”
Vinya’s hand snapped back as if he’d burned her. “Finally. That woman was too old. Taking up resources the rest of us need.”
Bastian held back the urge to slap her. He’d never raised a hand to anyone, much less Vinya, but there were moments he fanaticized about it. “She was loved deeply by many in this village.”
Vinya snorted.
“What?” He asked it even though he knew he shouldn’t.
“You’re only worried about your precious little Tressa. Just like always.” Vinya stood up and continued sweeping the floor. The dirt among the rushes didn’t stand a chance against her fury. “Well, after tomorrow that won’t be a problem anymore. Maybe once the fog swallows her, you’ll be back in my bed. She’ll be forgotten and we can finally have a proper marriage.”
Bastian stood up, wiped the crumbs off his hands over the plate, and placed it in the washbin. He scrubbed with the cloth, sure he would wear a hole in the metal plate. “You shouldn’t speak of death like that.”
It had been feeding on his soul every day since Tressa’s name was chosen three months ago. He’d sought her out repeatedly, but never had the strength to say what he wanted. That he missed her. He loved her. He wanted her to stay in the village and live a long life even if he could never touch her again.
“I can’t wait for Tressa to die.” Vinya stood defiant, her hands clutching the broom’s handle. “I’ll finally have you all to myself.”
Bastian glared at Vinya. “You will never have me. Never again. You make me sick.” He tossed the plate on the table. It slipped and fell to the floor. Neither made a move to pick it up. Bastian strode across the room and through the doorway. He slammed the door behind him, not caring who saw.
She’d gone too far.

Meet Megg Jensen

MeggI’ve been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, two kids, and our miniature schnauzers, Ace & Tanu.
For more information on me please visit my website at http://www.meggjensen.com
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Shucked by Megg Jensen

Shucked_CVR_MEDSuburgatory meets Indiana Jones…on a farm

Fifteen-year-old Tabitha has had the kind of life that would impress even the greatest adventurers. She’s escaped a croc attack in the Amazon, walked the length of the Great Wall of China, and earned a black belt in taekwondo in Korea. She owes her worldly experience to her mother’s career in archaeology, but when her mother takes on a dangerous new assignment, Tabitha is devastated to learn she can’t tag along. 

Instead, she’s forced to live on a midwestern farm with her grandparents where she’ll have to attend a full year of public school. It’s Tabitha’s greatest nightmare, because despite all her adventures, she has no practical experience with the one thing that frightens her the most – other teenagers.

Her math teacher is her mom’s old high school boyfriend, she can’t tell the friendly girls from the mean ones, and she develops a major crush on a boy she knows she can’t trust. And just when she thinks she’ll never get the hang of this normal teenager thing, an attack brings the danger of her previous life right up to her midwestern porch. Who could have ever guessed getting totally shucked would bring her face-to-face with her most exciting adventure yet?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Well, that was fun. I’m not being sarcastic either. The best way to describe this book is simply fun. It was short, light, funny mixed with just enough drama to keep the pages turning. YA Contemporary isn’t my first love by any stretch of the imagination. I am, however, a fan of Megg Jensen so when I discovered she was straying away from her comfortable fantasy genre I decided the least I could do was see what she was up to.

Even though I trusted this author, I was just a little leery. Given the synopsis this could easily have turned into a ‘Mean Girls’ remake. I’m happy to say it didn’t. Of course there were the normal teenage drama filled moments. When you read a book about teenagers that’s to be expected. From experience I know that’s just the nature of the beast. The difference in Shucked was that the story didn’t totally center around petty teenage drama. Tabatha was smart, funny and strong and just the right amount of quirky. During the course of her extended stay she found out that there were things in life she was missing that she didn’t even realize that she needed. Sure, there was petty drama, but there was also some pretty intense real life drama that she had to battle too. I loved the twists and turns that Shucked took readers on. Some were predictable but others you never saw coming. I like it when even a light read keeps me on my toes. 😉

The characters were great and the small town that Shucked took place in was just as much a part of the story as they were. Megg got the small town thing down perfectly….

It’s okay,” I answered. “I just want to know how you know so much about me. My mom’s postcard just arrived yesterday.”

Becky blushed. “Oh, um, my mom heard from Jenny’s mom, who works at the café and she overheard Justin’s mom who lives next door to Tara’s mom who works at the post office and read it on the postcard your mom sent.”

My jaw dropped. How many stereotypes about small towns did Becky just confirm for me?

By the time I reached the end of Shucked, I wanted more. Mainly because I fell in love with Tabitha and her wit. Even something as seemingly normal as a bus ride home from school made me giggle…

Were buses invented as a form of torture? Maybe the U.S. government would have been in a lot less trouble if they’d driven the Gitmo detainees around in school buses with obnoxious teenagers until they cracked. It would have worked on me.

Even though Shucked was a departure from the genre that Megg Jensen usually writes, I’d say she got it right. If I’m not mistaken I’d say a little bit of her own personality came through in Tabitha, which made it even better. If you’re looking for a light, fun read with a touch of sweet romance and a few surprises thrown in, this is one you should definitely check out.

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The Sundering (The Swarm Trilogy #3) by Megg Jensen

After defeating the Malborn and losing the person she loved most, Lianne escapes to Chase’s homeland. With her appearance forever marked by death, Lianne feels like a monster both on the outside and the inside. She retreats into herself, fearful of what she’s become.

But she can’t hide forever.

The Malborn, damaged but not broken, send a deadly message to Lianne. They are coming for her and now she’s brought danger to a peaceful land that believed they’d driven the Malborn from their shores forever. Lianne must force herself to trust again and make the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone she loves. In a world ruled by whoever harnesses the most powerful magic, no one can be trusted – no one is safe.

Little did I know when I first picked up Anathema what an amazing journey this would turn out to be. Megg Jensen had me hooked as soon as I picked up the first book in the Cloud Profit Trilogy and I haven’t looked back. The other books that make up the first trilogy are Oubliette and  Severed. The Sundering is the last book in her Swarm Trilogy. The other books that make up the rest of that trilogy are Afterlife and Sleepers. Imagine how excited I was when the release of the novella, The Initiate managed to tie both trilogies together. Sneaky, sneaky authors!

The Sundering takes up where Afterlife left off. Lianne is trying to mentally recover from the tragedies she survived in Afterlife. She basically lost her best friend and the man she loved. A man that died trying to save her. Not only that, but she had to come to terms with the fact that he was killed by her mother who was trying to kill her at the time. No wonder she isn’t exactly in a happy place when we first see her in The Sundering. The fact that she’s feared by almost everyone doesn’t help. The one bright spot in her existence is Chase, and she spends most of her waking hours trying to push even him away. She has a lot to come to terms with.

I loved how patient Chase was with Lianne. He doesn’t baby her, he wants to protect her but he gives her the space she needs. Yet, when enough is enough he backs off. Although Lianne spends a lot of time basically feeling sorry for herself, she never totally crumbles. She doesn’t bow to what everyone assumes she must do, she tries to find another way.

There were things that left me wanting more in The Sundering, but I’m going to chalk that up to the fact that I wasn’t ready for this series of books to come to an end. There were things that Lianne did that made me shake my head, but there were reasons why she did them and it’s easy to judge from the outside looking in. Once you read The Sundering, I think you’ll understand and you’ll have to come to your own conclusions. I also felt that the ending was a little rushed. Again, that is probably because I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the characters and world that Megg Jensen created in The Song of Eloh Saga (the name of the entire series of the two trilogies and novella combined.) Basically, this book brought the series to a satisfying conclusion and that’s pretty much all we can ask for.

Afterlife (Swarm Trilogy #2) by Megg Jensen

The fire inside Lianne threatened to consume her, but she fought back and won. Unfortunately the collateral damage of her decisions won’t stop haunting her. She embarks on a secret trip to find Mags and return her son, but her search leads her into another nest of lies.

Everyone’s safety is in Lianne’s hands as the Malborn, an enemy more fearsome than her own people, looms over them. Will Lianne be able to unravel the secrets in time to save the ones she loves the most? Or will her lack of faith in her own decisions lead to disaster?

Afterlife weaves some of the favorite characters from the Cloud Prophet Trilogy (Anathema, Oubliette, and Severed) into The Swarm Trilogy as Lianne comes face-to-face with a character introduced at the end of Severed.

Afterlife isn’t a very long book… especially compared to the books that I’ve been reading lately. Regardless of the length, Megg Jensen packs an awful lot of emotion, mystery and intrigue into her second installment of The Swarm Trilogy.

I probably should have picked up Sleepers, the first book in the trilogy, before I dove into Afterlife. It didn’t take me long to get up to speed, but it would have helped me to get into the story a lot faster. Since I’m an avid re-reader, you don’t have to take that statement as sage advice. It was just my personal perspective. That is also mainly because it’s been a little while since I read Sleepers and Afterlife pretty much takes up where that book left off. Right in the middle of the action.

Lianne and Bryden are together and trying to find Mags and return her son. What they find is much more than they bargained for. It doesn’t take long to get caught up in the whirlwind. There is a wealth of mystery and some startling new revelations that Lianne has to deal with. Not to mention the emotional roller coaster. If I had one complaint about this whole story it would be the back and forth aspect of Lianne’s emotions. Given the circumstances, it was acceptable. (Just a warning to those of you who can not tolerate a love triangle – you may cringe just a little.)  I’m not sure how an adult could handle the events that had taken place so far in Lianne’s life, much less a teen. She had a lot to come to terms with along with the fact that it seemed that not one person had ever been honest with her – ever.

And yes, did I mention that there were tears? I knew that Megg Jensen was capable of breaking my heart, but wow… I’ll leave it at that. She has the capability to fix this reader’s broken heart in The Sundering, which is the last book in the trilogy.

Afterlife introduces several new characters and re-visits old ones. Some of them turn up in totally unexpected places. Totally unexpected. Enough said. I don’t want to give anything away, in fact, I promised myself and others that I wouldn’t. The revelations are just that good. I would love to take part in a discussion with anyone who has read this book and The Cloud Profit Trilogy though. If you haven’t read the books in The Cloud Profit Trilogy (Anathema, Oubliette and Severed) you really should. You can read The Swarm Trilogy by itself, but trust me, you will get a lot more out of it if you read The Cloud Profit Trilogy first and treat yourself to The Initiate while you’re at it. You can thank me later. 😉

The Initiate by Megg Jensen

Before Anathema…

Before Sleepers…

There was The Initiate

Over a thousand years ago, the gods left Eloh’s people and took their magic with them. To win back their favor, her people sacrifice ten female initiates every ten years. No has ever survived. There has never been a Chosen One.

Forced into becoming an initiate, Eloh will try to find a way to beat the odds, stay with her boyfriend, and survive the fires that threaten to consume her. But will her lack of faith in the gods and her disbelief in their magic doom her to a painful death?

The Initiate is a short story that bridges the bestselling Cloud Prophet Trilogy (Anathema, Oubliette, and Severed) and The Swarm Trilogy (Sleepers, and two more novels coming in 2012)

I can’t say that this was a surprise. In the back of my mind I always wondered if Megg Jensen’s Cloud Prophet Trilogy and The Swarm Trilogy were connected somehow. The Initiate solves that mystery.

There is a lot packed into this short story. A lot of information, a lot of intense emotion and a little more mystery that helps us look forward even more to the rest of The Swarm Trilogy. Readers were first introduced to Eloh in the Cloud Prophet Trilogy. The Eloh that we meet in The Initiate is a totally different being. Instead of being the bearer of information, she is the one who receives it. It’s her beginning and it’s an amazing one at that.

I really enjoyed this story. It was a perfect length to finish at one sitting and it gave you just enough information to make you want more. Regardless of the short length, Megg’s flowing descriptions and her characters’ depth and emotions don’t suffer in the least. If you want a taste of Megg’s writing, The Initiate would be a perfect place to start. If you are like me and have read through The Cloud Prophet Trilogy and Sleepers, you can use this short connection to help with the wait for the next installment of The Swarm Trilogy.

Severed by Megg Jensen

Reychel knows her gift of prophecy will lead to madness and now she is at her most vulnerable. The enemy army will attempt to sever her from everything she’s ever known: her homeland, her friends, Mark, and her gift. Even at her weakest, she refuses to give up on her desire to end the war between the Malborn and the Serenians. Reychel would do anything, even come back from the dead, to conquer the enemy and reunite with Mark.

Severed is the final book in Megg Jensen’s Cloud Profit Trilogy. I was sorry to see it end, but Megg managed to bring Reychel’s story to a satisfying close.

I love the Dystopian world that Megg has created for her cast of characters in her Cloud Profit Trilogy. Everything is so intertwined and unique. It was an easy world to get lost in. I don’t think it’s a world I would want to live in, but not many Dystopian worlds are.

Each of Jensen’s characters are strong in their own way. Reychel is probably the most powerful of all, yet she sees herself as the weakest. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and won’t let anyone stand in her way to do what she feels is right. It doesn’t always work to her advantage, but she is also strong enough to live with the consequences of those decisions and move on. The bad guys are really, really bad. Ace is the perfect balance for Krissin and Johna tries to keep everyone on track. There are also some surprising alliances in Severed.

The love that Mark and Reychel share is written beautifully. Their love keeps them going and fighting even when the odds are totally against them. There were times that I wasn’t sure how they were going to get past everything that they were up against. The characters didn’t come through Severed unscathed, but I didn’t expect them to. The hardest battle fought by Reychel in Severed was internal and in the end she came to the only solution she could. I hope other readers enjoy the journey through this trilogy as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what Megg Jensen has in store for us next.

Sleepers by Megg Jensen

Description: An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

I read Sleepers after Megg Jensen’s offer to give ebooks to anyone who would be willing to give reviews on their blogs. Honestly, I would have read it anyway. After reading Anathema and Oubliette, I had already fallen in love with Megg’s style of writing and knew about the amazing worlds she could create. Trust me, Sleepers did not disappoint.

The main character, Lianne, is a strong female character who is totally unaware of who she really is. The book starts with an execution and the action and intrigue comes no where near stopping, or even attempting to slow down there. Megg’s gift for keeping readers on the edge of their seat is put to good use in this first book in her Swarm Trilogy. In a very short amount of time, Lianne must come to terms with who and what she is, who she can and cannot trust and try to get a handle on her heart, mind and body all at the same time.

The world that Megg creates is believable and the reader is drawn into the drama and heartbreak right along with Lianne. There are several supporting characters in this story that are well developed and quite a few twists, turns and surprises that you will have to read to believe.

I read this one in less than 24 hours. It didn’t seem overly short to me, but I wasn’t ready for it to end and I can’t wait for the next installment. At this point I’m not sure whether I am looking forward more to the continuation of The Cloud Profit Trilogy or the Swarm Trilogy. Hopefully Megg won’t make us wait long for either one. :)