Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fearscape by Nenia Campbell

Fearscape (Horrorscape, #1)

Fearscape by Nenia Campbell

First in the Horrorscape series

4.5 stars

Valerian lives in a world where antiheroes and bad boys are idolized and deemed romantic, but what happens when she meets a real bad boy and not something like out of a book? Gavin Mecozzi, is the school’s outcast. He’s been labeled as crazy and a loner, but when Val meets him in a pet store she becomes intrigued and wants to know more about him. Someone has been stalking Val and he will stop at nothing to own her. *I should start this reviewing by saying that I’m friends with the author, but this doesn’t affect my thoughts and feelings towards this book at all.* Can I just say how much I love this concept and how I want to hug Nenia for actually tackling this topic. For once a stalker isn’t deemed as a romantic love interest. This guy is truly horrifying and not once did I think about any of his actions as romantic. This book is literally a fun and thrilling ride. If this book wasn’t on your radar before, please seriously think about adding it to your TBR because it’s definitely worth it. Now as much as I love this book, I’m also shocked that I enjoyed it because for the first chapter I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it at all. I was apprehensive about continuing, but by chapter three I was breezing through the pages and couldn’t get enough. I was always on edge while reading and I love when an author is able to do that.


The main female character is Val. I didn’t really like Val at first, but as I read on I saw a lot of myself in her. There were still times when she would lose my liking for her, but it was brief. She’s a relatable character and I like that she didn’t have any special talents. She was a great artist, but it wasn’t like most YA heroines today who are insanely talented at something. I appreciate a real heroine who mirrors me or other people I know.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9

The main male character and villain are Gavin. There were maybe a few scenes where I thought that maybe Gavin wasn’t a complete psycho who was stalking Val, but I knew it was him. From the moment he’s first introduced something is off about him. Yes, Gavin is intriguing, but he is also unsettling. There are a lot of things off about Gavin and can I just say that the ending surrounding him and all of that craziness was a pure mindfuck. I literally dropped my Kindle and reread the horror because it was just crazy.


Swoon Worthy Scale: NO!

Villain Scale: 9

I liked how Val’s mom was around throughout the novel. She was there and not just a prop or an absent parent. I kind of wish Val’s friends were more present. They were there, but towards the end of the novel they left her life almost completely.


Character Scale: 8

I want the sequel so bad. I should be getting it soon! I can’t wait to read the rest of these books because they are a complete twisted mess of feelings. I don’t think my brain appreciated me reading this book right after Comfort Food, but I love crazies. I want more and I can’t wait to read Horrorscape because that epilogue left me wanting more. Give this a shot because it’s definitely worth reading if you are looking for a new indie author.


Cover Thoughts: I love the cover. It fits this novel so well in every possible way. It’s probably one of my favorite covers in my Kindle library.



10 comments:

  1. From the cover, it looks like this book IS a kick-ass, action packed book. Haha Gavin sure does sound like a crazy dude although his character might annoy me since he's unsettling which means to me that he has mood swings (ugh) and makes abrupt decisions then changes it. I'm so glad the mom didn't take a "vacation". I hate it when authors takes away parents, like, hello? Really?... I really hope you end up liking the sequel!

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

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    1. Thanks, Leigh! It is pretty awesome, but I wouldn't consider it to be action-packed. He has mood swings, but he never changes his mind about anything. It's pretty scary. He has a plan for everything or so it seems.

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  2. I love a great villain! I know Nenia from Goodreads and have always wanted to read one of her books. Gavin reminds me a bit of the Darkling, "Do I trust him, do I not trust him?" Sounds like a great novel!

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    1. It is a great novel. That's where I know her from as well. ^_^ I hope you read this one, Alise! It's truly a good read. I haven't read Shadow and Bone so I can't say if they're similar, but I think Gavin is the ultimate stalker and it's best to just run! lol

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  3. Hello! ^.^ I found your review via Google. /creepy Gavin stalker moment

    I'm so glad you enjoyed my book. Would you be ok with it if I Tweeted your review on my Twitter to squeal over it? :D

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    1. Totally! I would be honored! Tweet my blog away.^_^ I love your book bunches (you probably haven't realized this but I'm Sarah Marie from GR).

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  4. OMG! A Nenia book! I really need to start one of them, all her books look amazing.

    Lovely review, Sarah! <33

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! Yes, you must! They are really good.:D

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  5. I snagged this for free at one point for my Kindle, but haven't gotten to it yet. I'm "friends" with Nenia on Goodreads and she seems pretty awesome. I completely agree that stalkers shouldn't be romanticized in any way and love that it doesn't happen here. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! It's really good and I hope you get to it soon. She is pretty awesome and stalkers as romantic is just a no. It's good to see that other people think so, too!

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