Thursday, February 9, 2017

Novus - The Cresecren Chronicles

Novus (Book 1)
The Cresecren Chronicles
by Crystal Marcos

About the Book:

Title: Novus, Book 1 in the Cresecren Chronicles | Author: Crystal Marcos | Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing | Pages: 319 | Genre: Dystopian Future, Action-Adventure, Suspense, Romance | Age Group: Young Adult

Book Description:

Ideal for Hunger Games and Divergent fans, Crystal Marcos delivers Novus, a riveting novel set in a dystopian future of action-adventure, suspense, and romance. Intriguing characters and a gripping storyline keep the reader turning page after page.

Being a teenager is hard enough. And what if your life's path is predetermined? On top of that, you aren't even Human?

Cayden was given life as a Cresecren. He expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant Cresecren.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than he ever imagined. Now seventeen, Cayden unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.

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My Review:

Novus is a gripping novel set in the future. Ms. Marcos' description of her dystopian world is quite unique with the humans and non-humans that live there. It also has enough references to things that are familiar in our world to help us understand it well. The main character, Cayden, is not your typical hero, because he has a couple of weaknesses and makes a few mistakes. This makes his character endearing and reminds us that he is young.

Cayden is a Cresecren teenager who was created by the Humans and not fully human himself. All Cresecren were made to serve Humans just like a slave. Cayden, like the rest of his kind, was taught from a young age how to serve and show deference to all Humans. Ms. Marcos' unconventional hero is very believable. I am looking forward to watching him grow up and gain more confidence in future sequels.

The adventure is fast paced. The characters are lively. There is enough romance to be intriguing. I am always happy to find a love story that is clean. There are good twists in the story to keep one guessing. I would have preferred for some of the explanations to be less succinct. I also found some of the violence to be extreme. Overall it is a great book and will be enjoyed by many young adults.

About the Author:
Crystal Marcos

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and infant son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. Novus, her third book and first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.

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Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.

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