Hi there everyone, Paul here with my review of YA author Jessica L. Jaster’s book, Delta Project: Hide. Thanks go to Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and The Reader’s Antidote for hosting the Follower Love Giveaway Hop. But, a few things first. There are lots of great things going on here at Sher A. Hart blog. Don’t forget to enter Sunshine Syndicate tour and huge giveaway Be sure to Head on over to the Jack Templar: Monster Hunter Book Blast Giveaway too (again, not the same as the tour giveaway). Then there is the Silver-White Book Blast giveaway offering a generous $100 prize, so make sure to stop by. One last piece of great news, you can also win a Kindle Fire, a $10 Amazon gift card or a great middle grade book by treating yourself and your kids with a special gift this Valentine’s Day! Love Middle Grade Actually is a sample of 14 exciting middle grade stories that you will love, and I am proud to be a part of.Click here to download the book Love Middle Grade Actually. And beginning today it is FREE through the 11th.
Before I get to my review, here’s the Goodreads blurb:
D005 has been a part of a secret government program known as the Delta Project her entire life. She has been genetically modified to be stronger, faster, smarter and to heal faster. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and battle tactics, she has been worked to physical and mental exhaustion every day of her life. Raised without love or care of any kind, she has no idea what it means to be happy – to be free. And now she has run away. But then she wakes up on the rocky shore of the Missouri River with no memory of how she got there, or why there are bullet wounds, scratches and bruises riddling her body. Her entire past has become a blank sheet except for a recurring nightmare of her running through the woods with dogs chasing her and voices shouting at her that she can never hide. As she struggles to understand the kind of life she has never had, emotions she has never felt before, and the mystery of her past, she is helped by Brianna Hartman and Reid Phelps – the two teenagers who discover her. When she goes to live with Brianna at the Hartman Ranch, she must also learn to deal with Bri’s brother, the gruff Cormac Hartman, who is running from his own past. He seems to hate her from the word go, but when she discovers his crude attitude is just his way of dealing with the hurt he is feeling, she decides to make it her mission to draw him back into life. Then a mysterious stranger comes to the ranch and her new world comes crashing down around her as her past comes back to haunt her.
I mentioned in my previous post why I was drawn to Delta Project: Hide to read why, click here.
What I liked most: I loved the main character, D005/Weston. She was such a wonderful, complex character. The author did a great job of developing her. Her naivete in most social matters was fun to see and her growth in this area was also interesting. I really, really connected with her and rooted for her the whole time. I also really enjoyed the way the story flowed. From the tense, action packed beginning, through the development of Weston and her relationships, to the tear-jerking action filled conclusion.
What missed a bit. The one area that really stood out to me was the character dialogue. The wording didn’t always feel natural. Many times characters said things such as ” I do not…” I think most people, especially teenagers, would shorten that to “don’t”. This happened often. I found myself really thinking about this, because I actually think Weston would speak like that. She is super intelligent in a bookish way. I believe she would speak proper English because that is the way she was taught, and without much social interaction she would have no reason to think that’s not how people speak. Bri, on the other hand, wouldn’t talk like that. In my opinion, it didn’t detract from the story at all, just something that I noticed. There were a handful of typos as well, but they didn’t detract from the story either.
Overall: I really enjoyed Delta Project: Hide. I must admit it was an odd journey for me. I’ll explain. I read the “look inside” feature on Amazon and loved it. I wanted to read it based on that. I plunged into the book thinking it would be an action-packed thriller cover to cover. I was wrong. Shortly after the part I read the story turned into more of a slower paced read. It covered Weston’s self-discovery, the budding relationships between her, Mac, Bri, and those around her. I was surprised, but pleasantly so. The author did a great job of this and I found it very interesting. And then, just when I thought the book would continue that way, I was wrong again. The last part of the book made my heart jump into my throat and my pulse race. I read page after page to see what happened. I knew there was more books to come in the series, so I wasn’t shocked to find that there would be another book, but I was pleased that I felt this particular story did end. Those that have followed my posts know I don’t like cliffhangers. I don’t mind a continuation of a story line, but I don’t like being left feeling that I have to read the next book to get some closure. I really, really enjoyed this book. I am so happy to have found Jessica L. Jaster and I look forward to the next book in the Delta Project seriesl.
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