Vengeance (Book 2)
Things aren’t always as they seem. In fact, in a world of secrets and lies almost nothing ever is, but Kaleigh made her choices and now she has to live with the consequences.
Haunted by her guilt, Kaleigh is forced to question everything she thought she knew. From friends and foes, to loyalty and love, she’s quickly losing faith in herself and those around her.
Everyone she cares about has been hurtled to the front lines, but can Kaleigh find the strength within herself to keep fighting? Or, surrounded by loss, deceit, and betrayal, will her fiery spirit finally be extinguished?
Wow!! I thought book 1 was action packed but Vengeance goes above and beyond and right into freaking AMAZING!! I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time. Ms. Canosa kicked up the intrigue and betrayal creating one hell of a follow up to Dissidence. This book has you guessing nonstop and utterly shocked when you find out the truth. There's one twist right after another and even when things seem bleak you can't help but hold onto hope right up until the very end. I loved that Vengeance picks up right where book 1 left off, and doesn't recap half of the story to get you caught up, as some other series tend to do. I wanted to get right back into the story and find out what happened when the bomb went off and my prayers were answered, although it was quite sad. But never fear because Kayleigh has Connor as her support system even though she tries to push him away. Together their crazy do-or-die antics help lead a rebellion as they try to right the wrongs committed against the citizens of the colonies. This story is just as fast paced as the first and flows just as smoothly. You are pulled right into the story and completely captivated as you fight along with the dissidents and feel their wins/losses. I really hope there is a 3rd book because I would love to see the story continued. Ms. Canosa did an amazing job with this series and I highly recommend it!
Dissidence (Book 1)
Nuclear war has ravished the nation, and a century later, the survivors are living in an entirely new world. In a society where everything is decided for you, from where you work to who you marry, dissidence is not taken lightly.
But, even inside the camps, Kaleigh’s fiery spirit refuses to be extinguished. In a single moment of defiance, she manages to spark a riot that ignites into a full-blown rebellion.
With growing numbers counting on her, not just for their freedom, but for their very lives, two different boys vying for her heart, and trouble brewing from within the camp itself, can Kaleigh find a way to step up and become the leader everyone is counting on her to be, or will even the most carefully laid plans come crashing down around her?
I don't even know where to begin, so right off the bat I'll just say that this was one hell of a dystopian YA novel! I was hooked from the very beginning and finished this book the same day I started. I was seriously intrigued reading the synopsis and can say without a doubt that this novel does NOT disappoint. It's action packed from beginning to end and despite the seriousness of its contents, Ms. Canosa offers comedic relief in the form of witty banter between the main characters and a heroine who is as clumsy as she is crafty. It's a nice change of events & ligthens up the mood of an otherwise serious situation/tone, making it perfectly suitable for younger readers. I found the characters to be well developed and the writing style to flow nicely making it so easy and enjoyable to read. I loved the quick pace of the story, nothing was unnecessarily drawn out and at the same time nothing was left out. As far as cliffhangers go, this one was pretty epic and yes, very sad. Thankfully I had the 2nd book, Vengeance, handy and just picked right up reading again. But I was literally left breathless reading the very last pages. If you're in the market for an awesome YA novel that will totally keep you captivated and on the edge of your seat then this is the book for you!
Meet the Author:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Ravena, NY with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit.
Her debut novel, Dissidence, was published in 2012 along with several novellas, including ‘Temptation’, the first in her Heart and Soul mini-series, and her contemporary NA romance, Fight or Flight.
She currently has several projects in the works. Another (spin-off) contemporary NA romance, Sink or Swim, coming in July, the fourth and final installment of the Heart and Soul series coming in August, and the sequel to Fight or Flight, entitled Now or Never due out this fall.