I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.
Fade by E. G. Bateman
When the horrific death of her father leaves Jenna Banks an orphan just before her sixteenth birthday, she is plunged into the world of Hilltop Academy – a world where machine gun-toting Agents protect her from unseen forces and tracking down monsters is the norm. Yet even in this mysterious otherworld, Jenna discovers she has abilities above and beyond those of her fellow Hilltop students.
Unfortunately for her, she’s not the only one to make this discovery.
Another tragedy sees Jenna and her new friends transferred from England to the vast Academy base in Colorado. Watched constantly and unable to trust anyone but her closest friends, Jenna has to think on her feet, calling on all her natural cunning simply to survive.
Then the surprise to end all surprises completely blows her world apart.
Series: The Faders Series #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Light Romance
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
Let me begin this review by saying that this book took everything I thought I figured out about the story and completely flipped it upside down. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I’m surprised I didn’t get whiplash! Not only was it surprising and not at all what I expected, but it was written extremely well. Sometimes when I read twists in books, I can tell the author was trying just a little too hard to make it more interesting, but I didn’t feel that way here at all. E. G. Bateman has created a fantastic novel with incredible world-building, a fascinating story, and characters that felt real with unique and honest personalities.
Jenna is really put through the ringer in this novel. Her father dies, leaving her an orphan, and she has to go to this new world she previously knew nothing about, leaving her best friend behind. She has these new powers that she struggles to control and doesn’t fully understand, and then she discovers that those powers are unique to her alone. While she’s thankful for her new friends, she still feels alone. She misses her dad, she misses her best friend, and on top of it all, she’s a teenager navigating a new romance. To say her new life is complex is a grave understatement.
As the story progresses, Jenna finds things are not always what they seem–and “complicated” doesn’t even begin to cover her findings. To discover the truth, she and her new friends have to team up and take on challenges they never expected to face. At the heart of this story is a tremendous foundation of friendship, and these ties prove to be invaluable–particularly toward the end of the story.
There’s just a touch of romance and I’m hoping the next book explores this relationship further. 🙂
I greatly enjoyed this book. It kept me hooked and there were multiple times I had to lift my jaw off the floor as I read the plot twist. There’s one scene in particular that had me actually gasping out loud and saying, “NO WAY!” It’s not often that I’m caught so off-guard that I don’t see even a hint of it coming, but the author definitely got me. Such an awesome story and I honestly can’t wait to find out what happens next!
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys young adult paranormal/fantasy. And, as always, if you end up reading this book, please let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂
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