Sunday, September 21, 2014

Feuds by Avery Hastings

Feuds
Release date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA Dystopia/Romance

In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an undergound fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold--and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world...in Avery Hastings's Feuds.



My Rating: 3 Roses

A lovely dytopian YA romance, Feuds was a wonderful read. It wasn't perfect. I felt like it had a lot of potential, but didn't go all the way. However, I still quite liked it and enjoyed reading it. From the sweet romance to the game-changing secrets and manipulations, this book was great.

Davis was a good heroine. I went back and forth on her. It was odd. One minute she would be thinking independently, the next she would fall back in line to what she was told to think. But, in the end, she chose to go her own way, so I ended up being okay with that. Overall, she was a likable heroine, though I'm hoping she has a chance to grow stronger in book 2.

Cole was very sweet. He was very loyal to his family and determined to protect his loved ones. Two issues with his character: 1) I wish I had gotten to know his character more. He felt oddly shallow for a main character. 2) I found it odd that, despite being so dedicated to his family, he was suddenly contemplating leaving them behind so that he could run away with Davis. That didn't fit his character and knocked him down a few notches because it made him seem fickle. But, overall, I liked him too.

The romance was very sweet. There were definitely some very adorable moments. However, I wish that I had actually seen them get to know each other. I don't mind characters falling in love quickly, as long as I believe that they know each other well enough to claim love. That didn't happen with this romance so it felt a bit shallow. But, I still thought they were cute together.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The world that that author created was interesting, though I wanted more description, particularly about how exactly the Priors were made. There were a few twists as some game-changing secrets were revealed. I enjoyed the story and I'm curious to see what's coming next.

Feuds was a wonderful YA read. Though it wasn't perfect, I still liked it and found it to be an enjoyable read. YA lovers, this is a book  you might want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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