Thursday, September 21, 2017

Carbon (Watcher Book #2) by AJ Eversley (Review, Author Interview & Giveaway!)

Earlier this month I read Watcher, the first book in the Watcher series, a thrilling dystopian trilogy that I loved. Carbon is an excellent sequel to the first book that I enjoyed just as much, but how am I going to patiently wait for Book #3?? Check out my review, as well as my interview with the author and then enter the giveaway so you can win one of 7 prize packages!

Book Details:

Book Title: Carbon - Book Two in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Sci-fi Dystopian
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: Sept 26, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swearing and PG kissing scenes)

Book Description:

Sawyer has lost everything. Her family, the man she loves...her humanity. No longer a Watcher, Sawyer must now begin a journey to understand her new identity. Carbon.

With no where left to call home, and no one left to guide her, Sawyer must rely on the help of a stranger to learn who she really is now, and how to use it to her advantage. In a world where nothing is as it seems, and who to trust is a thin line between friend and foe, Sawyer will turn to the stars that have shaped her destiny long before she even knew she had one. And the man who fate has sent her.

Book two in this epic series, Carbon will answer questions you didn't even know you had. And strangers will become the only ones who can help her. Join Sawyer as the journey to save humanity continues.

Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Earlier this month I read Watcher, the first book in the Watcher series, a thrilling dystopian trilogy that I loved. Carbon is an excellent sequel to the first book that I enjoyed just as much, but how am I going to patiently wait for Book #3??

Carbon continues off where Watcher left off, and like most thrilling dystopian books I've read in the past (Hunger Games and Divergent) these books need to be read in order. They are not stand-alone novels. Although there are similarities to the Hunger Games in this trilogy: kick-ass female lead, love triangle and sadistic enemy, this trilogy truly stands on its own.

As in the first book, the author succeeds in immersing her readers in a dystopian world, with strong compelling characters battling complex issues and a plot that is well executed. Kenzie is now back under the control of Coleman, the enemy bent on ruling the world, and Max is on a journey with Sawyer as she learns to harness and deal with her new Carbon body. Sawyer is grieving and must learn to move on and Max plays a huge role in helping her do that but also in helping her prepare to take on Coleman.

Once again, this was a fast read for me. I flew through its pages, enjoying not only the suspenseful and action-packed scenes, but also the whole gamma of emotions that Sawyer goes through. She is strong, yet vulnerable; stuck, yet moving forward; torn between her feelings of grief, guilt and love, yet willing to face them onward. I have to say that I loved Chevy, Sawyer's dog. He was a great character, endearing and heroic. I loved the scenes with him in it.

Once again, the ending was satisfying but left us with a cliffhanger that has me eager for the next book. Thankfully, the author has a few novellas featuring the backstory of several characters that will keep me not only invested in this trilogy but happy to be continuing to read more of her work. AJ Eversley is an author to watch for, and I eagerly anticipate reading more of her work. Her books are now on my list of Best Reads for 2017.

To read more reviews, please visit AJ Eversley's page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
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Interview with AJ Eversley:

LCR: Hi AJ, welcome to Library of Clean Reads! I'm thrilled to have discovered a fellow Canadian author. Can you describe your series in 20 words or less?

AE: The series is Divergent meets Terminator with a kick butt female lead in a city over run by Bots and Carbons! (Sorry 21 words lol) 

LCR: How did you come up with the concept of Watchers and Carbons in your dystopian setting?

AE: I had the opening scene of Watcher running through my head for a long time, and truthfully the story just built from there. I was looking for something relatable yet unique, and wanted to add a bit of a twist with a bad guy(s) who may not always be that bad. My goal with the setting was to create a world that COULD be our future, and maybe bring up a few questions by the reader as to where we are going and the consequences of our choices. 

LCR: I'm really enjoying your series, so I have to ask. Is there a book #3? Any future projects you want to share?

AE: You bet! Book 3 will be coming out in spring 2018, and that will be the conclusion of the series…HOWEVER I will have 2 new FREE novellas to compliment the series. One coming out in December 2017, and the other January 2018. Much like Max and Kenzie, these new novellas will introduce characters we already know, but it will be their back stories. And I’m super excited about these two!

LCR: What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book? The easiest?

AE: I think the hardest thing for me was to sometimes have Sawyer choose a path I might not choose. When you write in first person POV you begin to feel like the character (this happens when reading as well), and there were times when I’d be saying “Sawyer, what are you thinking?” so that was hard. The easiest part was the characters themselves. I watch a lot of movies, and my books play in my head like a movie as I’m writing…so I found it easy to speak for different characters as I could see them and feel them as if they were right beside me!

LCR: If you were to give writers one piece of advice what would it be?

AE: Just keep writing! It’s very easy to get sucked into self-doubt or trying to please everyone, but if you just trust the process and keep writing, I bet you’ll end up with something you’re very proud of. Also, give yourself a break! As I mentioned above, its so easy for us to compare ourselves to others, but only YOU know your story, so keep writing it! 

LCR: Here's a fun one: If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

AE: Oh…good question! I think I’d go back to some amazing moment in history…like 1969 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon! I think that would just be crazy to see and experience something like that for the first time ever!

LCR: Can you share with us some of your favorite authors and what you are currently reading?

AE: I will read anything by Sarah J. Maas…Tower of Dawn is my current read. But I just finished the second book in the Red Queen Series by Victoria Averyard and am loving that series too. I am of course a JK Rowlings fan, and love Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. 

LCR: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me!

Meet the Author:

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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  1. Thank you for reviewing Carbon and having me stop by today! So glad you're enjoying the series and promise not to make you wait too long for book 3!


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