Monday, April 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Book Review: Coping, by J. Bennett

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(Girl with Broken Wings, #1.5),
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About the Book

(Girl with Broken Wings, #1.5)
J. Bennett
Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Endeavor Writing
June 23, 2013
Dystopian Fiction, New Adult Fiction, 
Paranormal Fiction, 
Science Fiction, Thrillers

Book Synopsis 

Coping is the exciting follow-up to Falling in the Girl With Broken Wings series.  This is a gripping and action-packed paranormal novella.  Maya, a quirky and likable heroine, is intent on joining her half-brothers in their secret war against the genetically-enhanced killers that call themselves 'angels'. Still trying to cope with her new abilities and the hunger that threatens to overwhelm her, Maya may be more of a hindrance than a help to her brothers as they take on a new mission and make a horrifying discovery. >>> “Maya is imperfect, sarcastic and believable; and her plight is heart-poundingly realistic.” Reading Lark Blog Coping is a fast-paced novella that brings readers back into Maya’s darkly-humorous world where angels are not the good guys, the heroes don’t wear tights, and getting in over your head just means it’s Tuesday. >>> “It's totally exciting. Dramatic. Vividly intense. Poignant. Need I add that it's an utterly riveting, page-turning read? To sum up, I have discovered a bold new talent to follow! ” A Night’s Dream of Books Blog Join Maya, Gabe, and Tarren for more blood, bullets, and Chuck Norris jokes in Coping, part of the Girl With Broken Wings New Adult paranormal series.

My Review

The non-stop action continues in this novella, which also serves the purpose of giving readers more background on the Fox brothers, as well as Maya, their half-sister.

This exciting new series gripped me from page 1 of the first book, Falling!  In spite of the grim futuristic setting, I was drawn deeper and deeper into the plight of Maya and her half-brothers with every single page. 

The novella is no different.  This trio of unlikely vigilantes embarks on a very dangerous journey, with Maya now being tentatively included as more than just a lookout.  She does make some mistakes at first, but her brothers -- even Tarren, surprisingly enough -- cut her some slack, and, with her help, they are able to make, as the synopsis puts it, 'a horrifying discovery'.

I did find that part of the book a bit hard to take, due to its rather graphic detail.  However, I'm too invested in the characters and the whole story by now to stop reading this series!  

These three siblings have such a perfect combination of good and bad points.  Maya is insecure, snarky, and rather quirky, but she is also kind and loving.  She's having a hard time learning how to be tough, although she does want revenge on the angel responsible for her current condition.  Tarren is very bitter and cynical, but he also has a hidden well of compassion.  As for Gabe.....oh, I just adore Gabe!  He's the one who acts as a sort of buffer between Maya and Tanner.  I love how he persists in giving his sister the benefit of the doubt, in spite of the danger she obviously poses.  I love how he stands up for her whenever Tarren makes one of his cynical remarks about her.  

In spite of the tension created by the presence of Maya, the brothers work things out between themselves, and with her.  As they start to go on missions together, their bond grows, and even Tanner begins to treat Maya more like a sister.  What a poignant, touching contrast to their grim, mostly joyless, existence, which is broken only by Gabe's wonderfully silly Chuck Norris jokes and seemingly nonchalant attitude....

Although this is only a novella, it's as fully realized as a full-length novel.  Bennett's writing and characterizations are as skillful as I discovered them to be in the first book. Furthermore, the book has very nicely filled in some much-needed information, such as the story of Maya's birth, which I was curious about.   

Bennett's world is not a pleasant one, to be sure, but she definitely makes her readers care for and about her characters, as they continue their grim quest to rid the world of these so-called 'angels', who are really scientifically-enhanced-humans-turned-monsters.  

I'm heartily looking forward to the second book, Landing, and beyond that, to the third, Rising!  


Reviewer's Note

I would like to thank Ms. Bennett
for providing me with  a
print copy of her book.
I am continuing to enjoy this series!

About the Author

J. Bennett is a professional copywriter and copy editor, as well as a novelist.  She lives and writes in Southern California.

Works by J. Bennett

Girl with Broken Wings Series
The Vampire's Housekeeper Chronicles
(short story, #1)
(short story, #2)
(short story, #3)

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