Thursday, June 27, 2013

Aberrant Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Aberrant book tour, organized by Girls *Heart* Books Tours! I have a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a signed copy of Aberrant. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
My Rating: 5 Roses

Wow. I was a little wary of this book, since it's a dystopian. With the now waning dystopian craze, there have been a lot of books that became (really bad) formulaic dystopians. But, Aberrant didn't fall into that. It was absolutely amazing! Sweet romance, betrayals, and never knowing who to trust. This book was just brilliant!

The saying "trust no one" takes on a new meaning in this book. Because of Olivia's possible ability to conceive a child, she's tracked down by the government and coveted by rebels as a symbol of revolution. And, between all that, there are few people who would hesitate to exploit her status. So, throughout the book, I was on pins and needles trying to figure out every character's motive and that had me completely riveted in the story.

Olivia was a wonderful  heroine, very likable. People continually try to force her into their use for her, but she wasn't going to sit down and just take it. But, she was also smart, and knew how to bide her time until she could get away. I really liked her character. She was a scared young woman with only her childhood friend turned significant other to help her, but she still stood strong against the odds. She was just lovely.

Joshua was so amazing! Ooh, I just adored him. I loved how devoted he was to Olivia, how he was the person she could always rely on. It was so sweet! And, he stood with her throughout all of the trials and proved himself a worthy hero who would do anything to protect the girl he loves. I could go on and on about how much I loved him, but I'll move on now before I bore you with my fangirling  :)

The romance was so sweet. Olivia and Joshua were perfect together. They already had childhood affection between them, as they were best friends growing up. But, as the book went on, that deepened into true love. It was so cute to watch. They were so adorable together. There were a lot of both swoon-worthy moments, and moments that just made me smile. Loved the romance!

The plot was fast paced. The story took off on a run and didn't slow down a bit. I was completely hooked. There were betrayals, surprises, thrills, and secrets that kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending had me itching for the next book, Moirai. It's coming out in December and I just can't wait to get my hands on it! 6 months never seemed so long :(

Aberrant was an absolutely lovely YA dystopian romance! I loved it, loved it, loved it! If you want a wonderful, original YA dystopian, you definitely have to read this book. Brilliant!

* received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

...I sighed softly and did something I'd only read about in forbidden novels. I leant in, brushing my lips against his. The kiss was soft and chaste. It lasted no more than a mere second before I pulled back.

"What was that, Olive?" He gave me a horrified look and all I could feel was my stomach somersault. I knew romance and love weren't ever spoken of in Genesis. There was no need when the government knew who was perfect for one another, and children were won by lottery and conceived in a lab. Intimate acts were considered unnecessary.

"I read about it in a book," I whispered, afraid I'd done it all wrong. "It was a kiss," I breathed, chewing on my bottom lip nervously. I’d never kissed anyone before and worried he thought it was terrible. I’d never seen two people share a kiss, I didn’t quite know what it was supposed to look like, but I thought I’d done it right after reading about it. My hand reached out, grabbing his arm. "Please don't be mad at me." I breathed. "You have to swear you won't tell anyone!" Joshua hesitated for only an instant before he leaned in, taking another taste from my lips trying again. The second kiss was softer and satisfied both of our curiosities. My heart raced and my skin warmed to his touch. "I thought today was going to turn out so much worse," I confessed.

Joshua laughed as he pulled back slightly, staring at me. His eyes had darkened a deeper richer shade of blue. I'd never seen his eyes change colors before. His fingers moved to tickle my stomach with a grin. "Worse? Really? You're not happy you married me? You're just relieved it wasn't someone worse?"

"No!" I shrieked, "That's not what I meant!" I tried to catch my breath, but he hardly gave me a second more than necessary. I pulled from his ticklish grasp, jumped from the couch and ran

across the room in a fit of laughter. He quickly followed, jumping over the sofa as he was just inches from me. He was close now, smiling and trailing behind me as I ran toward the bedroom. It was probably the worst place I could go, trapped between Joshua and a mattress. I felt him tackle me down onto the plush bed, his hands skimmed my stomach but he was no longer tickling me. The laughter still hadn't subsided.

"Breathe," Joshua said, staring intently at me.

"Trying," I gasped between fits of laughter. Lying down helped settle the feeling of my racing heart, and after a moment I shifted along the mattress, reaching out to him. "I want to tell you a story," I insisted as my fingers found his cheek. "One I read in a book." I wanted him to learn the things I had about love and romance. I couldn't help but feel my body stir with a strange fire and warmth as he loomed just above me. Staring up at him I froze on the mattress hearing the latch click on the front door. I knew it had been locked.
Up for grabs is a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Aberrant, and a chance to have a character named after you in the sequel. Ends July 6.
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About the Author:
Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing, ABERRANT is scheduled for release April 2013. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.


  1. Thank you for hosting a tour stop and reviewing Aberrant!! :)

  2. Glad to host your book! I really enjoyed it :)