March 28, 2015

@CuriosityQuills #Review of Altar of Reality by @MaraValderran

Sixteen year-old Madeline has struggled with epilepsy for most of her adolescent life, leaving her something of a social pariah. Things go from bad to worse when she wakes up from her first grand mal seizure in an extremely unfamiliar world but surrounded but familiar faces. Her hometown is in ruins, the aftermath of a Cold War turned hot.

Thomas, the boy that stomped on her heart a year ago, and his brother Brandon have been hiding her away since the explosion that killed her parents. The Lord Commander, now running the southern territories, believes Madeline died with them and the brothers need to keep it that way. The biggest problem? The explosion happened when she was twelve.
Madeline isn’t sure what to believe. The brothers insist her memories must be of a dream life she created while in her coma. But when she returns to the reality she knows, they insist this war-torn world must be the dream. She doesn’t know if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion or teetering on the brink of insanity. As she finds herself flipping between the two lives, her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur.
 About the Author


Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

So my print copy hadnt come yet and I really needed to get these reviews done.  So I broke down and grabbed an eCopy and started reading.  I have to say that although this one lost me well into the book.  I cheated and was just going to read the ending.  Then I glimpsed something in the last chapter that made me want to read the rest. And I have to that Im glad I did.  This book although slow at times really is worth the read.  The worlds are pretty much straight forward so not much world building is needed.  This book is all characters and story.  And its a doozy!  

I really love how Madeline progresses throughout this story.  She starts out as a normal teen dealing with a sucky disease and trying to figure out if she really wants to be with the boy that broke her heart. Then all of a sudden she has a seizure and she is wakes up in a world not her own. 

This story progresses through Mads struggles with the though of which world is the real one and which one is the dream.  And the realization to that question is a wonderful new take on the paranormal.  

I really can't wait for the next one!  Hope I get lucky enough to get an ARC.    

 Go Into This One Knowing 
love triangle (but thats ok), no real cliffhanger, no insta-love

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