Saturday, August 11, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Battlefield by J. F. Jenkins

Book Blurb: 
Cadence, JD, and Orlando couldn’t be more different from one another. Under normal circumstances, the three wouldn’t so much as say hi to each other if they could get away with it. Then an alien crashes through the roof of their local mall, and everything changes. Not only do the three teens gain new abilities, but they’re also chosen to help fight in an intergalactic war where the next chosen battlefield is Earth.
Reluctant at first, they change their minds when the fight hits close to home. Teenagers from school start to go missing, and some are dead. Together they must learn to work together and solve the mystery behind these disappearances before more lives are lost.


Okay people. The synopsis sounded cool and had potential. Alien? Intergalactic battle? Mystery? And it didn't mention romance

I have to say I really enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the book and give it a thumbs up to the uniqueness of the book. While reading the synopsis I thought the plot was pretty basic, you know super powers, aliens, recruiting, and fighting. I can definitely see this book targeting younger teens. Even though the synopsis didn't mention romance, there was romance in it.

JD, Orlando, and Candace were okay characters, but man, oh man, Alan was by far my favourite. Okay, it is another Get-to-know-Ashley-time again. So, I really like the awkward non-human characters that tried to interact with human. Okay, I am not explaining myself right. Time for an example!


If the pizza man truly loves this babysitter, why does he keep slapping her rear? 
So basically Alan was your alien who tried hard to learn human interaction type of dude.
JD was the typical dude that accepted everything quickly and wanted to do stuff. Orlando was the character that was "emo" dark, hesitant, and reserved. Oh yes, he was RICH! Candace was just a , well, girl. Haha, I didn't really felt her. I mean each of the characters had differences; they battled different things and just basically different in general. (Great Ashley, you basically didn't say much there.) With the changing POVs, it really reminded me of the changing POVs of 172 Hours on the Moon. I don't know how to explain the connection between the books, it just made me felt the same way.

Actually the book really felt the same way as 172 Hours on the Moon because with both books I thought there will be tons of epic action but it really developed later than I hoped. The book really revolved around the teens lives and not super BAMF fighting. This lead to me thinking how this book was a little too slow paced. Maybe I am shallow but I wanted to book to move along with the plot. I know Battlefield is the first book so I didn't really mind when I didn't get a lot of the sci-fi fighting and such but more character development, but I guess I was a little disappointed. I still don't really know what the battle actually is. I would love to find out.

There were some parts that I puzzled me. Okay, you know how I mentioned Orlando was rich. Well apparently he has this secret section in the mansion (whoa so Batman), and his sister never noticed. I mean come on girl! How can you not notice!

Oh! I reeaalllyy loved how the author mentioned Ikea. Ikea is like my heaven. I can spend my whole life in Ikea if it has a Chapters inside.

Okay, the ending. Let's talk about the ending. I don't think cliffhanger is the right word but I don't think I have a better word for it since the book just ended. It felt like parts of the book was stolen by aliens. I was flipping on my kindle app and thinking "wait, it is over? But what? *flips page but gets stuck because it reached the end*.

Anyway, this book wasn't all that I hoped for. I might read the next one but I might not.

Author Info:
J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis where she spends most of her time creating and plotting world domination – something that has been in the works for roughly 13 years.
In her free time she works as the local coffee wench and dominates the minions of the pixilated world on her PS3.
She’s also got a little man (J Walk) and a little man trapped in a big man’s body (J Dawg) to take care of along with her two fur babies Ushi and Tibu.
She is currently unrepresented by an agency. Email with questions and comments.

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  1. OMG, Is Castel not the best character ever?

    I like the sound of this book.

  2. Well I am definitely curious and would like a chance to read this book :)


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