Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Deep East by Julie Anne Nelson (Review + Giveaway)

The Sevens #4
Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication.Date:December 10, 2014
Pages:392 (paperback)
Published By:  Young Mountain Publishing
Website:Julie Anne Nelson

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Cecily thought her fighting days were over. She’d surrendered to her fate. She’d left her home, her family, her love, and her sister sevens. She’d given everything, but nothing in her life prepared her for what she’d find in the Source. And for those she left behind, a greater darkness emerges, and their success or failure carries the fates of all.


I stared up at the sky; only it wasn't the real sky, certainly not the sky I knew when I was just a girl in Dunlowe, dreaming of living in a world less cruel. In the real clouds that danced across the real sky above my old home, I'd dreamed of the possibility of life and love with no Pastor Rowe and his hateful words, no sevens who were feared since the day we were born, and no cages. In those clouds, I built my dreams and believed anything possible.

But none of those dreams prepared me of the life I would find beyond Dunlowe. 
"There is nothing wrong with believing the world is full of wonder, but don't be so quick to hate life when it doesn't go your way. Sometimes sorrow and anguish are preludes to the greatest sorrow imaginable, and sometimes, they are the greatest wonders imaginable. The way we care for each other, grieve for each other, love each other, the way we serve our missions, fight for our beliefs - there are no greater wonders." 
"Why? What you have you got worth fighting for?"

Morgan felt a smile forming on her face and knew it was probably the coldest expression she had ever worn. "Nothing much. Just a strong desire to watch you die."

Everything is a lie! Everything!

Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic and maybe not everything is a lie, but oh my goodness the twists and turns that pop up in The Deep East! Despite the desire to stay together, with Cecily gone and Stephanie married to an enemy the rest of the Sevens accept the fact that it is time they all embraced their own fates.

Much like The Downs and The Barren Way, The Deep East has multiple narrators; however, while I had trouble keeping everything straight in The Barren Way, I had no trouble in Julie's newest addition to The Sevens. This fact I can easily attribute to the fact that in this novel each and every one of the Sevens becomes their own person. They are not depending on another sister to help/hide/speak for them, they are doing it for themselves. Even Millie who started out as the meekest and quietest of the girls finds her voice and becomes a force to be reckoned with.

One of the things I love about The Sevens is while there are romantic elements and relationships, they are exceptionally minor. This series isn't about love and romance, this series is about these seven girls (eight if you include Zoey) finding themselves and finding the strength to stand tall and, of course, saving the world from those who wish to conquer everything in sight.

As with her previous books, Julie's writing is beautiful and lyrical. I can get lost in her words and the amazing scenes she describes. Not only does she keep her characters on their toes, but she keep her readers on them as well - seriously I am completely flabbergasted (in a good way) by some of the events of The Deep East! With each book reveling deeper secrets and situations only becoming more dire, this is not a series to miss.

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