Friday, November 16, 2012

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: Vala: Agendas by J.F. Jenkins

Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.

All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.
Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.

J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

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My Thoughts:
When I first read the blurb for Vala: Agendas, the thing that struck me was "Her plants start talking to her".... Okay I thought, this should be interesting!! And while this started out as a bit of a slow read, it quickly picked up pace about a third of the way through and turned out to be a really great and engaging story!!!

Cheyenne Loveless was quite a reserved and quiet sixteen year old. She hates being in the spotlight but one night attends a party where she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Denver Collins. He convinces her to go outside with him where he proceeds to bite her and then flees. Its then that the plants and flowers start talking to her and she learns that she is a Nymph. Taken away to the Vala school she finds herself a part of the popular crowd with a social life and friends that she's never had before.

This book is filled with a whole lot of mythical and supernatural beings. It's also a book full of mystery. Almost all of the characters have points of mystery surrounding them. Each character is very different from the next with a whole range of personality traits to set them apart. I would have to say my favourite would be Denver. In the glimpses that we get of him, he seems to be a complete contradiction. He exudes a bad boy image with a who cares attitude but then we get little bits of nice and sweet. I can't wait to see more from him in the next book!!

If there was one negative to the story, for me it was Cheyenne's dismissal of the mother who raised her, nurtured her and loved her for sixteen years. I would have loved to have had a better insight into why she felt the way she did.

Outside of that one issue, Vala: Agendas was a really great and enjoyable book and I'm looking forward to seeing what awaits these characters next!!

4/5 Stars!!

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