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Initiation by Rebecca Royce review

Initiation by Rebecca Royce (The Warrior-YA #1)

won from Awesome Sauce Book Club


Synopsis from Goodreads
My name is Rachel Clancy. Thirty years before I was born, the world ended. Today is my sixteenth birthday. Today I will go Upwards to fight the monsters and, statistically speaking, I won’t be coming back—at least not still living.

Initiation is the story of sixteen year old Rachel Clancy, born with a specific set of genes that let her fight monsters, she has trained her entire life to kill Vampires and Werewolves. Knowing since birth what her destiny would be has not made the onslaught of emotions she faces as she journey Upwards any easier. It doesn’t help that her father is drunk and her best friend just doesn’t get ‘it.’

Rachel isn’t prepared for the level of deception she faces, and before long she will find herself on a quest she is in no way prepared to handle. What happens next will alter not only Rachel’s life but the lives of everyone she knows. She will learn beyond a shadow of a doubt that sometimes the monsters we know are worse than the ones we don’t and that love can surprise us when it comes from somewhere we never anticipated it.

If she lives, she will be a Warrior. If she doesn’t, no one will ever remember her name.




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First of all, don't get put off by the drab cover. The story is fab.


It took me maximum three hours to read this book, it was flowing so fast on its own. Easy language, likable heroine, engrossing world. Some sort of dystopia with werewolves and vampires against humans huddled up underground.


Rachel Clancy has Warrior genes. It means that she belongs to a small part of the population who at sixteen  go above ground and start fighting monsters in defense of their safe haven and in search of valuable resources.


On the day of her sixteenth birthday she finds out that the head of the Council plotted her first venture above ground in such way that she will inevitably die. She still goes and unexpectedly gets saved by werewolves.


Then all she knows about them as monsters crumbles when they tell her that since Apocalypse the world has changed, and there are too many things that people underground do not know.


She plays along with the pack's plan to show her some important truths and then let her be the messenger for her people, but what she doesn't count for is that she will fall in love with a wolf-boy Jason.


Rachel matures through the book immensely and shows incredible courage, strong survival instincts and ability for leadership. She is smart, has sharp sense of humour and tight grip on reality. She is one of these characters you can't help but admire.


The world described in the book is fascinating, but I could only catch glimpses of it, and it left me with more questions than answers. What happened during the Apocalypse? What was the agenda of the evil guys? Where did Warrior gene come from? Why some werewolves suddenly
came to their senses and some not? What about vampires?

I also liked that Rachel like any normal teenager didn't stick to her attraction to only Jason. She was open to other possible love interests. Chad and Deacon were *grinning* really promising characters, and I would like to see more of them in the second book (which is out, by the way).

All in all, great beginning of the series, which with a little more polish and deeper background story, also with a new cover will get a lot of fans. Do read it.

crossposted to Bookworm Society

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Книга оказалась очень приятным сюрпризом, и по мне так гораздо лучше Nightshade, хотя это чисто моё мнение.

Это некий сплав дистопии и паранормального YA, с вампирами и вервульфами противостоящими людям, что вот уже 46 лет живут в подземных катакомбах и прячутся от монстров.

Что за Апокалипсис случился - особо не объясняется, только то, что вампиры и вервульфы вышли из подполья и внезапно стали убивать людей.

Рэйчел Кланси только что исполнилось 16. Она одна из немногих людей, обладающих генами Воина  -суперскоростной реакцией, повышенной чувствительностью к сверхъестественному и силой. Всю свою жизнь она готовилась к выходу из под земли и борьбе с монстрами, что бы защитить свой дом и ценные ресурсы, которые помогают людям выжить. 

В день своего 16-летия она узнаёт, что глава Совета подставил её, что бы отомстить её отцу за смерть своей дочери. Свой первый выход наружу она совершит одна и по заданию, которое почти на 100%  окончится её смертью.

Так и выходит, только Рэйчел не умирает. её спасают вервульфы, от которых она с удивлением узнаёт, что правила игры изменились. Стая хочет показать ей что-то, и отослать ей обратно к людям, чтобы она рассказала об увиденном. Рэйчел соглашается с планом, только совершенно вопреки себе по пути к тому месту, что стая хочет ей показать, она влюбляется в молодого вервульфа Джейсона.

Рэйчел оказалась очень симпатичным персонажем - через книгу её характер меняется очень сильно, она растёт и становится сильнее в своей борьбе за существование. Она умна, у неё очень хорошее сухое чувство юмора и совершенно нет розовых очков. Всё, что она испытывает помогает ей выработать качества лидера, и когда она возвращается домой, вот именно эти качества дают ей возможность выжить и настоять на своём.

Очень хотелось, чтобы книга объяснила то, что происходит подробнее, так как по её окончании у меня осталось больше вопросов, чем ответов. Слава богу, что книга номер два уже вышла.

Читается легко, я потратила на книжку максимум три часа, и рекомендую её всем. Изменить бы неприглядную обложку и потратить бы больше времени на строительство мира, книга была бы бестселлером.

8.5/10
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