#Giveaway Midnight City and The Severed Tower by J. Barton Mitchell ~ Review by Fallon

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Day 2 Review and Giveaway of Midnight City and The Severed Tower

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5 Out of 5 Stars

Author Description:

In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything...

Earth has been conquered. An extraterrestrial race known as The Assembly has abducted the adult population, leaving the planet’s youth to fend for themselves. In this treacherous landscape, Holt, a bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira when they discover Zoey, a young girl with powerful abilities who could be the key to stopping The Assembly. As they make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, the trio must contend with freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and perhaps most perilous of all: Holt and Mira’s growing attraction to each other.

Midnight City is the breathtaking first novel in the Conquered Earth series, and a stunning work of imagination from debut author J. Barton Mitchell.

Fallon's Review:

Midnight City reminded me of war of the worlds for young adults. Except this book had a lot more elements to it. I felt like it was darker then War of The Worlds. I love the fact Mira and Holt are both strong enemies who are evenly matched. Holt, is immune to the Tone. He is a bounty Hunter and hunting Mira.I love Mira's spunk and how she keeps Holt on his toes. I really enjoyed Max, Holt's dog and his distrust of Mira. I the world J. Barton Mitchell created distrust is exactly the right course.

Then there is the little girl Zoey, a complete mystery. She fell straight out of the sky in an Assembly Airship. The end makes you want to jump straight into the next. I also like the way the tone did not effect everyone the same. Most succumb to it but there were a few that resist and then there are the ones it changes and makes them crazy. 

This was a very face paced intense book and that was one of my favorite things. I also liked the strong characters. No one seemed weak. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars and I would read this over and over again and probably discover something new each time.

4 Out of 5 Stars

Author Description:

Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey's powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she must reach the Severed Tower, an infamous location in the middle of the world's most dangerous landscape: The Strange Lands, a place where the laws of physics have completely broken down. But the closer they get to the Tower, the more precarious things become. The Assembly has pursued Zoey into the Strange Lands. Among them is a new group, their walkers and machines strangely bereft of any color, stripped to bare metal, and whose agenda seems to differ from the rest. To make matters worse, the group hunting Holt are here, too, led by a dangerous and beautiful pirate named Ravan. So is Mira's first love, Benjamin Aubertine, whose singular ambition to reach the Tower threatens to get them all killed.

Then there's the Strange Lands themselves. They have inexplicably begun to grow, spreading outwards, becoming more powerful. Somehow, it all seems tied to Zoey herself, and the closer she gets to the Tower, the weaker she becomes.

Fallon's Review:

I have to say there were so many directions this book could have gone. Severed Tower Was not as predictable as Midnight City. I love the fact the Assembly reminded me of one of my favorite anime cartoons Robotech. I got that vibe very strong from this book.

In Midnight City Mira seemed such a strong character and in Severed Tower I felt like she second guessed herself more. It took me longer to complete this book then any other book because it did not feel as fast paced. I do think there was so much that happened and details that helped build this world. I love the creep factor in the first and am hoping I get that intensity in the conclusion Valley of Fires. I really liked the new character Raven introduced in this story. Also even though Mira seemed to be weaker Holt still remained very strong. The White Helix were an interesting addition.

J. Barton Mitchell always keeps you guessing. There is always so much aspects to his book that you can read them more then once and each time might be a new experience. There were also great supporting plots and characters. This book did leave me with a lot of questions that I can not wait for Valley of Fires to answer. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

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