Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Exemeus by Folami & Abeni Morris: Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!


Rating: ★★★★
Author: Folami & Abeni Morris
Title: The Exemeus (Book 1)
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Royal Colours Ink
Publication Date: January 3,2013
Copy Provided By: Author

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.



Review:

Life isn’t about how long you live it, but what you do with it. When you have lived for too long and experienced so much, the lines between right and wrong, good and bad, begin to blur. Immortality isn’t a goal, it’s a temptation–a punishment.

I really was so surprised by this book. I'm not gonna lie, The Exemeus started off a bit lackluster for me and I nearly put it down because I wasn't feeling it. After reading some reviews which assured that it did in fact pick up The Exemeus turned out being an incredibly fulfilling and richly detailed read. 
I cannot stress enough how happy I am that I stuck with this book and continued on despite my initial misgivings.

While the story is really about the character Dephon I  must say that I loved the character Hyalee more. I just didn't connect with Dephon as much as I did her. Maybe it had to do with his age ? If he had been 18 or 19 I think I might have been able to relate more but as it stands his thoughts tended to feel a bit immature to me. Especially compared to Hyalee or the character Singleton.

One thing that really pushed The Exemeus from just good to great is the Trepton society. I've read so many Dystopian books that after awhile they all sort of start blending into one another. However, this society felt new and fresh and kept me engrossed. It was special, unique to this story, this world. The authors really deserve credit for their amazing construction of this awful yet amazing place.



I'm going to nerd out a bit but I really felt that the way the plot played out felt like I was reading a story based in the world of Final Fantasy. I know it sounds silly but I kept picturing the scene from Final Fantasy X-2 where Yuna is singing and Lenne and her share this beautiful montage where the past and present come together. Yeah, yeah I realize most of you won't catch my reference but that song and scene fits this book so incredibly well! 
  
Now as much as I really enjoyed this story it had a few small flaws that kept me from rating it a full-fledged 5 Stars. First off, I really believe this book could of been shorter. Not just 20 or 30 pages either. I honestly would of lopped off over 100. The book took way to long for me to get sucked in and as mentioned above nearly made me put it aside. Sure, the book was detailed but in order to get that detailing the pacing in the beginning of the book suffered greatly.

Secondly, The Exemeus was definitely what I would call a "Clean Read" this might please some readers but looking at the book from an adult perspective, I would of liked a bit more grittiness and darkness. My main issue with "clean reads" is I never find it believable when teens, especially those in a messed up Dystopian society don't cuss. That to me feels unbelievable. You don't need F*cks and Sh*ts on every page but every now and then I really feel the use of swear words is not just warranted but expected.

Issues aside, I really loved The Exemeus. The book was so unique and best of all filled with many new quotes to fill my favorites list. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this series and cannot recommend you pick this one up enough. If you're a fan of truly unique worlds with complex characters and a little bit of romance thrown in then The Exemeus is for you! Therefore, in the end I will be rating The Exemeus by Abeni & Folami Morris
★★★★.


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