Saturday, June 23

Blog Tour: Moon Dwellers by David Estes Double Review + Giveaway


Hey guys, I'm so excited to be on the blog tour for The Moon Dwellers blog tour. I was lucky enough to beta read this book for David and I loved it so much I am so excited to see it now published!

The Moon Dwellers (Dwellers #1)
David Estes

Publication Date: June 30, 2012
Source: Review Copy from David
Format: E-Book

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From Goodreads:
In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. 

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.




Wow! What can I say about this book? It is absolutely awesome. That is definitely the first word that comes to mind when I think of Moon Dwellers.

Adele, a Moon dweller, has been sentenced to life in the Pen. She has come to terms with what her life is going to be like. But then she sees Tristan. Son of the president, he would never notice her right? But when their eyes meet for a split second something happens, they feel a connection. Now with her new found friends in the pen Adele is determined to escape the pen, find her family and bring them back together. But will she be able to succeed and will she be able to find Tristan and see if he feels the same, or will she be doomed to spend life behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit?

I really enjoyed this book. It was fantastic. I was drawn into this new dystopian world from the first chapter and was intrigued as to find out what was going to happen. This was the first book I have read by Davis Estes and I will definitely be reading his other work as well, I was amazed by his ability to completely hook me to the story within a few pages and have me sat on the edge of my seat unable to put the book down as I desperately needed to know what was going to happen. I am definitely a fan now.

I loved the characters in this book and how none of them is how they seem. I loved Adele and I really connected with her and felt through her. I loved how we figured more and more about this world and the other characters through her journey. I felt like everything she was going through I was going through as well and I needed to know what happened to her.
I really loved Tristan as well and how he is definitely not what you would expect from him, being the president’s daughter and I loved how you found more about his good side and how he wanted to see change more as you went through the journey with him.
I really loved that this book is told from a split perspective. I really love books told from multiple perspectives as I feel like you can get two sides of the story and really feel like you are going on two different journeys at the same time. This is definitely the case in this book. You are going on Adele’s journey of putting her family back together as well as going on Tristan’s journey to defy his father and chase after what is right.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book but it definitely was not the amazing new series that I found. I will definitely be following Adele and Tristan’s story right to the end and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. An amazing start to a new series and I can’t wait to read more.

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After all the great reviews I already had read about this book I was really glad when I got an ARC to read for a blog tour. I had high expectation of this book, but it certainly was a great read with an original story.

Let me start with the story, it is a unique dystophia story. I really liked it, but I think there was a bit too much focus "love at first sight". Both characters practically are in love with each other without knowing each other. I am not a fan of insta love, so I didn't like this part of the story. Luckily there where enough great parts to compensate. Although at times it was a bit boring and I felt like there was just missing something that would've made the book awesome.

When I think about the story I also immediately think about world building. I love world building and it is certainly something a good dystophia novel should have. Well let me say the world building was great. I loved the world and it was such an unique world. We even get an explantion for how the world came to be. We get enough world building, but I still would've liked to see more how the different classes live, I hope we get more of that in the next book.

And then the characters, almost from the beginning I loved the characters. There is so much depth to them and they all have their own unique personality. And from the two main characters we get enough background to also understand why they are the way they are. Adele was such a strong female characters, I really recommend this book for those who love strong female characters. She is strong in mind and body, knows how to fight, but never initiates a fight. I also liked Tristan and the fact that he don't wants to be like his father, but clearly thinks for himself. I still think that it is a bit strange he left everything he knew just to chase a girl, but that's my opinion. The side characters where also great, they had this characteristics that made them unique and I liked learning more about them. 
There where a few characters that I didn't like. Like Tristans father and "the evil guy". I just really couldn't understand why they acted like they did. And they both seemed a bit simple characters, I didn't feel like there was much depth to them.

This book uses multiple perspectives. I am a huge fan of multiple perspectives, but I think the author could've used it a bit better. I really like seeing both Tristan and Adele's perspective, it makes the story more complete and we understand them both. We also see two different stories and perspectives. The thing I didn't like about the multiple POV's is that sometimes we get to see events from both their perspectives. First we see one of their POV's and then it stwiches to the other POV and some of the events we already saw we now see from another side. Sometime it works, but most of the times I felt like it disrupted the flow of the story a bit. Also the author uses cliffhangers a bit too  e-often, many chapters end with a small clifhanger and we get the other's POV, while I just wanted to see more from the current POV.

To conclude: a great and original story. I loved the world building and the characters. I do think there was a bit too much focus on the insta love and I think the multiple POV's could've been done better. Overal I really enjoyed the book and am curious what will happen in the next book.

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks Kay and Lolita!! I'm so glad you liked The Moon Dwellers and I can't wait to see what your readers think of the book!!

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  2. I love this title! And the book sounds very unique and interesting! How cool :) I'll have to check it out!

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  3. Kay, I just wanted to let you know: A couple of my entries came up with Tiffany R. instead of Tiffany H. It's because I used Facebook to sign in instead of email. But the email for both is the same :)

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