Saturday, 17 January 2015

Leaving Tracks by Victoria Escobar

Leaving TracksLeaving Tracks by Victoria Escobar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

North is an optimistic and hopeful skater, with his eyes set on an Olympic medal. The fact that he is pretty much a novice at this and that almost everyone else in the world thinks he can't make it, doesn't really bother him much. All that he is desperately seeking, is a guiding hand and a beacon. Hadley is a girl whose life has pretty much been shaken by destiny. Once a gifted skater, but crippled by a nasty accident, she has absolutely no chance of going back to the Olympics ever. When these two are thrown together by fate, North sees this as a blessing, hoping Hadley will give him the guidance and training needed, while Hadley sees this as an intrusion, embittered by her frostiness about what can never be hers. Will these two leave their shells out and understand each other, is what the book takes us through.

What gripped me the most was the diagonally opposite characterisation for North and Hadley - each so different from the other, and yet so human at the core. As the reader, they both come across as endearing, be it the dreamy-eyed, almost baby-like North, or the hardened and snappy Hadley. The pace of the book was perfect. Escobar has managed to keep the narrative engaging, at the same time not rushing through the emotional elements.

I absolutely loved the book and would recommend it to all book lovers!

My rating: 5 stars

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Leaving Tracks
By-Victoria Escobar
Genre - New Adult Contemporary
Publication: September 16th, 2014

North was on track to go nowhere. According to his brothers, ice skating was a hobby not a career. That didn’t stop him from dreaming of an Olympic Medal. Even if it was an impossible dream without a coach.

Hadley had been on track to the Olympics when a skating accident left her crippled and unable to skate. With no future plan other than skating Hadley returns home tired and broken. She would never be again, an Olympic ranked skater.

When their tracks collide North finds hope and a future in Hadley. She could be everything he needs her to be. She could help him reach that elusive dream.

Hadley’s trying to find her future. That path doesn’t necessarily include North. North is a skater with his eyes set on a medal, and Hadley can never be again. She just wanted peace.

Leaving tracks is for North to do. Hadley has already cut hers into the ice.


Unnatural Selection by Victoria Escobar

Unnatural SelectionUnnatural Selection by Victoria Escobar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around M001/A5, or Charlie, as we later come to know her as, a rebellious teenager brought up in a genetic engineering lab. Craving for a life away from the clutches of her controllers, she is determined to seek her freedom, whatever it takes. Facing dire consequences for her bold pursuits, she needs to gather her wits to keep herself alive in the first case, before she can think about how to live a free life. Does Charlie manage to do that, is what the book takes us through.

I loved the premise of the story. The author's words in the blurb about how something natural is made unnatural, thanks to pesky humans. Charlie's characterisation was adorable - shows how despite all the genetic engineering advancements, the human elements of flawed decisions, fears, insecurities and survival instincts are instilled into her, making her very endearing, and easy to empathise with. I would have loved the pace to have been a tad more brisk, but the narrative is engaging nevertheless.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend this to all sci-fi lovers.

My rating: 4 stars

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Book Info-
Title- Unnatural Selection
By- Victoria Escobar
Genre- YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date- November 4th

I had no name. My assignment was M001/A5. Marpesia Project Test One, Fifth Embryo. I wasn’t considered human. I was a thing to be owned.

I just wanted freedom. I wanted out of the lab and away from being the guinea pig for hundreds of scientists. I wanted to see the world with my eyes not through a computer monitor.

Instead I took two bullets, fell from twenty stories and ran to save my life. From who and what I had no idea and that wasn’t important at the time. Life was important.

I had my freedom but no idea what to do with it. There’s no way to out run the past, and I had to face it. There were too many strings loose and too many people that would be more than happy to lock me in a cage again.

Life was an evolution of natural selection but thanks to human intervention I was Unnatural. I would be deciding who to allow living, and who needed to die.


About the Author-

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but with the ability to claim eight states as home; Victoria Escobar writes fiction from her current home in New York. She writes whatever comes to mind and because of such has a variety of genres written including Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and Contemporary Fiction.

In spare time if not with family, and friends Victoria enjoys curling up with a book from a favorite author with music playing. If not reading or writing she spends time drawing, sketching, crocheting, or some other random art project. She enjoys staying busy, but most of all enjoys staying creative.

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