Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: HIT by Delilah S Dawson

This weekend I attended my first release party at the charming Fox Tale Book Shop here in town. The party was for the quirky-cool Delilah S. Dawson. She’s the author of the Blud series (an interesting twist on vampires, carnies, clockwork, and steamy romance), Servants of the Storm (a dark YA set in Savannah which is totally on my TBR pile), and most recently HIT: a YA story about a teenage assassin.

Delilah spoke for about an hour on world building/craft before signing copies of HIT for each person in attendance. Oh, and there was cake! Yummo!

But enough about the party, what about the book?

Here are the details:

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: April 14, 2015
Audience: YA
Tag line: In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.
Disclosure: I purchased my own copy and was not compensated for this review

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The cover is so perfect for this book:

Here is the blurb:

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

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My thoughts:

HIT is a fast, enthralling read full of gripping and visceral action.

Surprisingly, the violence is the edgiest thing about the book. There isn’t a lot of profanity (if any – nothing jumps out in my memory) and the kissy scenes are lusty without being graphic. In most respects this book is tame….well, except for the killing. And boy there is a LOT of killing. I’m not talking like *bang-fade-to-black* type killing were we assume the MC killed someone. Nope. This killing is right in your face from the first chapter.

The best part about HIT is the action: It’s real without being too gross, It’s fast without seeming rushed, and it’s easy to imagine. HIT unfolds so visually and realistically that you can practically see it as a movie.

I also loved the concept: Bank Owned America. It's a creepy idea that made my skin crawl.

Okay, okay, so we know the concept and action in HIT is awesome, but what about the characters? Well, Patsy is a tough but quirky girl (She yarn bombs stuff – I didn’t even know that was a thing but I’m totally into it) which makes her accessible. And her love interest, Wyatt, is kind and generous and flawed and adorable. *Sigh*. Oh, and the puppy, Matty, is absolutely perfect.

When I finished HIT two things immediately crossed my mind:
1. My hubby would love this book (did I mention my hubby is reading it right now?)

2. I MUST know what happens next *makes grabby hands*

All in All, I give HIT five out of five screaming cats – this book was a fabulous, action-packed adventure. I Loved it.

Want to know more about the Author? Visit her on Twitter or on her website.

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