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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

*[Blog Tour Review] Naked As We Came (The Cassidy Tomei Chronicles #1) by Amberly Wynn

Naked As We Came (The Cassidy Tomei Chronicles, #1)
Escaping Earth was the first triumph. Surviving Nyx will be the last…

Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Tomei was one of the lucky few airlifted aboard the Wonder to the planet Nyx. This emergency exodus from Earth was meant to bring new hope for the remaining survivors of humankind, but there’s one problem. Humankind isn’t alone on this mysterious new planet.

On Nyx, Cassidy is one of many living amongst subzero temperatures and with nothing, but a meager ration of food for every household. When the rations deplete, she flees to into unfamiliar wilderness in search of food, but instead discovers debris from a foreign spacecraft that proves humankind is no longer the dominate species.

Soon, everything she knows is at stake and everyone she loves is dead. But she’s got one more battle to fight when she’s taken prisoner within Pelhoi, a concentration camp constructed specifically for humans where hominoid creatures dubbed, “the Achillai” reign supreme.

She seeks freedom, but finds romance with someone who might either save her or get her killed.
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Length: 395 pages
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: January 21st 2013        
Finally, an indie YA Science Fiction Novel that is actually done well! That was my first reaction when I finished Naked As We Came by Amberly Wynn. This one took me completely by surprise and was far better than I had hoped it would be.
The book reminded me a lot of the Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis in some aspects but I'm happy to say that the author's own unique voice and way of telling her story really shines through in Naked As We Came. For such a young author I was surprised by how strong her writing is but that goes to show you that age doesn't matter when it comes to writing.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Cassie Tomei series, and thought it was well laid out and apart from a few plot holes, spelling errors and it rushing a bit in places that are to be expected in a first novel. I really liked Cassie's character she was really smart and not as whiney as I thought she was in the beginning and by the end I totally loved her (along with the other characters in the book both the good guys and the bad guys). The character development in some of the side characters could have done with a bit more substance I'd say they were pretty well developed overall.
The plot though was soooo good. Seriously, I was completely sucked into the story from page one and I just couldn't stop reading (though this became a problem when meal time rolled around). I loved the science fiction aspect of the book a lot. It wasn't one of those completely out there examples of science fiction so I really appreciated that part of the story. The world building was really well thought out and you can tell a lot of attention to detail was paid to it.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty darn good debut novel and I can't wait for the author's next book in the series to come out so I can see where things go. The adventure, the drama and the mysterious alien setting all worked out really well in Naked As We Came and I can tell the author has a gift for the craft and think she has a long, and successful writing career ahead of her. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi YA novels and YA novels in general.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
Author Bio:
Amberly is an avid reader, a writer and a lazy blogger. Raised in the dirty south, she is a lover of BBQ as well. At just the tender age of 22, she's had her share of college and refuses to go back for as long as possible. After earning an associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Media Arts, she returned to her first love of writing full-time. She currently lives in Memphis TN.
Her favorite tales come from a plethora of the classics such as Jane Austen and some of today's modern favorites such as John Green and Laurie Halse Anderson. She's a lover of all things YA and enjoys even more putting her own spin on the genre herself. She writes for horror, suspense and sci-fi audiences of all ages and loves every second of this whimsical writer's life.
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  1. Ooh, a good sci-fi YA novel, yay! I haven't read Beth Revis books yet but I have heard they're good. Another one to add to the list. Thanks, Kimberly

    1. You're welcome! You really must give the Beth Revis books a try :) They're really quick reads!

  2. This sounds good Kim, and I am so glad it was an exciting read for you.


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