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““After the Fear,” the debut novel by Rosanne Rivers, is a thrilling read. As a dystopian-esque YA that features people forced into gladiatorial battles to protect their families and hometowns, it will suffer the inevitable comparisons to “The Hunger Games” … but it stands on its own...”see full review » see other reviews »
“A Gripping Read!
This story is fast paced and full of action and romance. It was written very well with beautiful imagery that really made you feel as if you were there with Sola. I also enjoyed how the story made you think and stayed with me long after I turned the last page.
The world building was excellent. I had a great time getting lost in this dystopian reality. I would love to see another book based on Sola’s world.
Sola’s is a strong willed girl that I really admired. She is put through a lot both physically and emotionally, but she never gives up. I liked that although she was strong she had a caring side and truly wished to help others. She was a fun character to get to know.
There were also a lot of memorable side characters as well including Dylan the demonstrator who Sola was intrigued by. He was an interesting character and I liked that he wasn’t necessarily bad or good.
The premise of the book was both intriguing and exciting I couldn’t get enough of it and Sola was and is one of my all time favorite heroines with her caring nature and strong heart she is a character you will never forget.
This is an exciting new novel that I highly recommend especially to those who love tons of action mixed with romance!”
“Wow. I got this book as a kind of in betweener. Just loght reading while I wait for something good to come out. But it was aMAZing. Wow. It was wonderful. Wonderful writing wonderful plot wonderful characters wonderful suspense wonderful EVERYTHING!!!! DEFINITELY read this. You won't regret it. ”Kayleigh wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely amazing and unexpected! Great read!”Gwenyth L wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““After the Fear,” the debut novel by Rosanne Rivers, is a thrilling read. As a dystopian-esque YA that features people forced into gladiatorial battles to protect their families and hometowns, it will suffer the inevitable comparisons to “The Hunger Games” … but it stands on its own merits.
The storyline is intriguing. The drama isn’t overwrought and there are enough surprises and action scenes sprinkled throughout to keep the pace crisp. Sola and Dylan are compelling leading characters, even if Dylan seemed far too humane for a person who’d been killing for so long. Coral was reprehensible as the girl we love to hate and Shepherd Fines was flat out creepy.
I’ve said it before; forgiveness isn’t really my thing. As such, I admit rooting against Coral from the beginning. I really didn’t want a creative twist that allowed her some sort of redemption/salvation in the climactic finale … but I braced myself for it (and I won’t say whether or not it came!).
Alas, Sola’s request/wish was predictable. However, it was also understandable, so I won’t hold it against the author. In fact, here’s a shocker: Rivers left us with no immediate sense of whether or not a sequel is coming/needed. I’m sorry; do stand-alone novels even exist in the YA world? JK, of course, but the author—intentionally or otherwise—built a foundation that simply begs for further stories.
I highly recommend “After the Fear” to all YA, urban fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural fans.
See this review during Rosanne's book tour stop at vaempires.com on 3/26/13.”