{Blog Tour} Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo Review + Giveaway

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sovereign tour

Welcome to my stop in the Sovereign blog tour hosted by Gliterary Girl Media! I had the opportunity to read E.R. Arroyo's book, and today i'll be sharing my review of it with you. There's also a giveaway offering a chance at winning a signed copy of the book. Read on!

Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo
Sovereign (Sovereign #1)
by E.R. Arroyo
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Publisher: E.R. Arroyo
Publication date: May 21st 2013
Pages: 296 (ebook)
Source: copy from publicist for tour
Author's website | GoodReads
Chemical warfare has obliterated most of the world, including America, and the survivors have turned into feral beasts, save one colony, Antius, the last remnant of civilization. 

Seventeen-year-old Cori (aka Citizen 1206) only longs for wide open spaces and freedom. But Antius has no use for such things, just mindless drones to serve in a place with walls, fences, and laws. A lot of laws, which Cori constantly breaks. So she’s spent years plotting her escape, which is the only thing that will save her from the colony’s deranged leader, Nathan. 

She isn’t looking to be a hero, and she certainly isn't looking to fall in love, but she just might do both.
Sovereign opens up right in the middle of the action and keeps the pace balanced throughout, but it still somehow managed to constantly take me by surprise.

The world-building was cruel and dark, but so horrifyingly real. Antius is not a place I would like to live in. Adults are drugged into submission and women are penetrated by high-ranked officials and are forced to bear children out of duty.   The colony was strict before Nathan succeeded his father, but it's even more ruthless ever since. Cori is sick of Antius' corrupt hierarchy, and her friend Dylan convinces her that the only way out is to gain trust on the inside. Cori agrees to train under Nathan and become a soldier, quickly becoming the best of her group and instantly impresses Titus, a well-respected instructor. Being a soldier brings the perks of mush labeled 'chicken' and hot showers, but Cori soon understands that life is even harder on the inside, and the things she sees will change her forever. Sovereign is filled with chapters with graphic violence and the excitement kept me on my toes.

Cori reminded me of a tougher Katniss Everdeen, if that's even possible. She's been trained to fight by the most ruthless person in Antius, and her own enemy, Nathan through sickening exercises that endangered her life every day. A lot of people have died for her sake and her own childhood was a dark one, making her shudder away from the slightest amount of human touch. Cori isn't just tough, she's also fairly smart and knows how to assess her surroundings and situations properly, and I admire her for that. And if that's not enough, there's also something about her that stops Nathan from killing her at first sight. E.R. Arroyo really created a strong and fierce heroine that everyone could easily look up to.

The world that Cori lives in sounds so cold, but as she goes through hell and back, she manages to find warmth in her best friend and in the people she meets throughout the course of the book. Cori's companions were interesting to read about- there was always something lingering behind the words and they each had a definite purpose. That's the problem I had with Sovereign- the lack of character development. Everyone, even Cori, had their own definite and predetermined purpose and it was like they were pidgeonholed into it. I couldn't sense much of a growth in Cori, either. Another thing was the romance. It was sweet and tender, but I felt like some of the romantic scenes were unnecessary and too convenient considering their situation.

Sovereign is kind of like Hunger Games crossed with Divergent, but it still has it's won unique mark. The characters could use a bit more authenticity, but the world-building is absolute perfection. E.R. Arroyo's writing was beautiful, although I spotted a few typographical errors that could use some editing. The story was thrown to the readers punch-by-punch and I was just as surprised as Cori when some unexpected events took place. Fast-paced and filled with terrifying chaos narrated by Cori's strong yet fragile voice, Sovereign is a young adult dystopian novel worth reading.

THE NUB AND GIST: 4 STARS


E.R. Arroyo



E.R. Arroyo is an entertainment junkie, equally passionate about books, movies, and music.  In October 2012 she self-published her debut novel, Sovereign.  She looks forward to the future of her career and connecting with more people in the years to come.  E.R. especially hopes to publish more books, and maybe even land a traditional book deal some day (dream big!).
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12 comments

  1. Dystopian novels have really disappointed me as of late. I think that more and more often, they're straying from the bleak desolation of how they were once defined and being masked in clever love stories and pretty packaging. This, however, sounds fantastic and purely dystopian, which *speaks* to me. Despite the fact that the characters might be lacking a bit, I think I'd read it based solely upon the fantastic world-building. Great review, Ellie! :)

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  2. I just read Tangled. yeah so now I think its Tangled. but i love Slammed Series too by Colleen Hoover :)

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  3. Hi! Is this an international giveaway?

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  4. Oh and my favorite YA novel right now is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! =)

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  5. Ellie, thanks for hosting my tour on your site! Glad you enjoyed the book and I hope your readers do as well. Good luck everyone!

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  6. Hi friends!
    This is an international event only if you have an e-reader. If you win and don't live in the US we can't send you hard copies, but we would love to send you an electronic copy!
    Good Luck,
    Sara O'Connor
    Publicist for E.R. Arroyo (gliterarygirlmedia.com)

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  7. This book sounds too cruel for my taste! I haven't seen it before but I'm not sure would I be able to go through it. Even though the world-building sound great. Great review.

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  8. I can never pass up a good book with a kickass heroine. I also love books with a great world-building and I'm glad that this one has it in spades!

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  9. This cover! It's so pretty, and I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Sovereign sounds really good - I'm always amazed when authors are able to keep their book both action-packed and surprising at the same time. And how can I say no to awesome heroines? Thanks for putting this on my radar, Ellie!

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  10. Oh Sovereign sounds like a great read. I like my MC's kickass, so Cori sounds great! Also this is mix of Divergent and The Hunger Games? Where can I sign up? Great review! :)

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  11. Yay! This sounds really good. You say she resembles Katniss? Then I'm in for it. Great review :)

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  12. I love the cover, the summary, and did you say a stronger Katness Everdeen? I'm in.

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