Review + GIVEAWAY: Deviation by Christine Manzari

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
The author, Christine Manzari, was the one to approach me about reading and reviewing her book. I was going through a really emphatic dystopian stage, and she was more than kind to send me a copy of her self published debut. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Deviation by Christine Manzari
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publish Date: August 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom. 

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control. 

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs? (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:

As far as self-published books go, this was actually pretty good. There were areas that I could see should have been shaved or reworked, but overall, it was a pretty polished piece of work; however, my one major complaint is this: It is so long. 430 pages. I’m a sucker for big books, but this one was a bit long for me.

But it’s not that this story was bad or uninteresting -quite the contrary. Manzari created a very interesting world that was still more normal American culture than broken world dystopia, which is not something you see very often. Along with her world, she created genetically modified people called Sophisticates. That is one of the most interesting things about this book. She was very creative and original in the way she made these characters and their attributes. 

I really enjoyed it, though at some points I found it a bit slow and it lost itself in the subplots and scenes that did not further the plot or characters. I will say that it left me with a feeling of affection but not absolute adoration. The characters were endearing, and the love interest is very cute (Ozzy is adorable in a mysterious sort of way). So if you are a sucker for a cute story with plenty of flirty-ness and action, then you might really enjoy this book.

I am glad that I was able to read this book and that Ms. Manzari was kind enough to send me a copy. Many of my book-blogger friends liked this book more than I did, so it may just be me and the time that I read it in. 

I gave this book 3 stars on my Goodreads.

Giveaway Time!

Christine Manzari has recently come out with the second book in her series called Conviction, and she wanted to share that awesomeness with all of you! There will be three winners, and three awesome prizes, so make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter. Also, take note that Deviation is on sale on Amazon for $.99 from June 17-23, so if you want to pick it up for your kindle, you can get it here.


Winner #1: 
Winner #1 will win a SIGNED copy of Deviation and Conviction along with bookmarks
as well as a $25 giftcard to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winners choice.

Winner #2:
Winner #2 will win a SIGNED copy of Deviation and Conviction along with bookmarks
as well as a Damsels of Distress T-Shirt (as seen in Deviation
in preferred size and style just as long as it's under $25, as seen on this site.
Winner #3:
Winner #3 will win a SIGNED copy of Deviation and Conviction along with bookmarks.

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