Review: Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle & GIVEAWAY

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Title: Socialpunk  
Author: Monica Leonelle 
Publisher:   Spaulding House  
Publication date: March 27, 2012 
# Of Pages: 275 ebook
How I got the copy: author 

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Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Review:
þ Characters with depth
þ Strong female lead
þA plot that twists and turns in every chapter

Like every other first installment in a trilogy there was a lot of build up.  Unlike every other first book, Monica Leonelle was actually able to give the reader the back story in pieces while still providing lots of action, a new world setting, and a splash of romance.  The prologue gives us a look into this new world and it's creator.  We learn that he has created a son who he intends to give to one of his creations to make her happy in her last months of life.  Then we meet the that creation, the main character Ima (aka "E").  She's just like any other girl who struggles with abuse and confusing crushes.  She sees herself as weak and an outsider until later when she is forced to acknowledge her strength and finally embraces it.  I loved watching her grow and develop into a powerful female lead.  Since this story was very mature for the YA genre I was glad that despite Ima's abusive father and neglectful "boyfriend" she was still able to channel her strength in the end.  Young girls need a role model like Ima.

The plot took so many twists that I didn't see coming.  It seemed like every other chapter something big happened and I was holding my breath hoping the characters would make it out of whatever bind they were in.  I also liked that this dystopian was very subtle and unlike any other I had ever read.  I didn't even realize it was a dystopian at first.    

I'm excited to read the next book in this trilogy because the first book was left on a cliffhanger and I simply need to know what Ima will face next.  I can't wait to watch her grow even more and see what happens with the few romantic sparks she had in book 1.  I also can't wait to see what happens with Dash and the epic twist Monica laid on us in the very end of the book.  

I will be honest, this wasn't my all time favorite book in the world, but it definitely was a lot more intense and inventive than I had expected it to be.  I liked the actual writing style of the author and the characters so I would definitely suggest it to friends.  Lucky for you guys Monica is hosting a giveaway where you could win a copy of her book or you know...AN IPAD 3 OR KINDLE (where you can then buy her book and read it on your new tablet!)              

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“Dash dragged Ima through the cabin, looking for a seat. One of the men ahead of them had the shadow of his hood covering a portion of his eyes, but Ima could not mistake his inexplicable stare. Ima felt self-conciousness wash over her – his gaze made her uncomfortable, the way her father’s did sometimes.
When she passed by the hood, his sleeve brushed against hers and her heart raced. He did a double-take, and the second time he looked at her, his eyes widened.”-Social Punk 

Read the prologue here 

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