Wednesday, July 20, 2016

H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright - Book Review & Giveaway


About Natalie Wright


Natalie is the author of adventurous speculative fiction for teens and adults including her award-winning science fiction series, H.A.L.F., and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two young cats.

Natalie spends her time writing, reading, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the high desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with family and friends. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.

Natalie enjoys chatting with readers, so stop by and say hi.

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Book review

Review by Anniek

Erika, Ian, Tex and Dr. Randall have been taken by the Greys. This is how they named the aliens. On earth they were in the fight of their lives. The scientist Dr. Sturgis saw them as a threat and gave the order to kill them all. Now Erika, Ian, Tex and Dr. Randall are in for a new fight. The Greys gave them only one option, serve them or die.

Erika and Ian are teenagers. They wanted to escape earth together with Erika's boyfriend Jack. The Greys left him behind. Erika and Ian don't understand why they did that. What Erika and Ian do know is that they both don't have any interest in serving the Greys for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Randall is a genius scientist. He and Dr. Sturgiss are the only ones who know how to make a hybrid. Tex is one of the hybrids and he is the only one who can communicate with the Greys. If Tex would join the Greys he'll become the robot he actually is. All of his emotions will be shut down. Dr. Randall will stop at nothing to keep that from happening and together with Erika and Ian he is looking for a way out.

Jake was left behind on the battlefield they wanted to escape. Instead of being killed he finds help from an unexpected person. Jake hates Dr. Sturgiss because she ordered their deaths but the only way to be free again has to be through Dr. Sturgiss. Jake is brought to Anna. Anna is Dr. Sturgiss's niece. Together with her Jake has to find a way to get Dr. Sturgiss out of prison. When the walls are closing in from every side, helping someone escape and managing to stay alive has never been this hard.

H.A.L.F.: The Makers begins right in the middle of a battle that has gone wrong. You'll start on the edge of your seat because of that. It's a fast-paced story with a lot of twists and turns. Natalie Wright doesn't shy away from graphic scenes and will fill your head with the images she created for her story. Before you start reading Natalie Wright made a list for you with all the names of the aliens and the places in the story, this way you don't have to figure it out all by yourself. It's really easy to connect to the story because you already know how everything is put together.

I usually don't read books about aliens, but every once in a while a story calls out to me. H.A.L.F.: The Makers made me step out of my comfort zone and I'm really glad that I did. This story makes me interested in the genre again. I loved H.A.L.F.: The Makers from start till finish. To fully comprehend all that has happened and to understand what the main characters are dealing with in the second book I do recommend that you start with book one.

If you subscribe to Natalie Wright's newsletter you'll receive a FREE copy of Natalie's bestselling book, H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath (this is the first book of this series).

Giveaway

Natalie Wright will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner after the tour. Good Luck!

34 comments:

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    1. A story that wouldn't leave me alone! Then another and another. ;-)

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  2. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for the review!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today and I do hope you'll check it out ;-)

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  3. Thank you for hosting and reviewing today,

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  4. The book soumds really interesting, thanks for sharing it and the giveaway!

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  5. I hope you'll check it out. And best wishes in the giveaway!

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  6. I've really enjoyed following the tour for H.A.L.F.: The Makers! The excerpts and posts were lots of fun to read thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed it and thanks for being part of the tour! And I do hope you'll check out the books. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. Love sci-fi books. This one sounds intriguing. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today and I do hope you'll check it out. And best of luck in the giveaway :-)

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  8. I'm glad to read about the list. It sounds like it will be helpful with so many characters.

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    1. It's a complex story but I tried my best to write it in a way that isn't confusing. Thanks for stopping by today and best wishes in the giveaway :-)

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    2. Thanks for replying Natalie.

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  9. This sounds good! Going over to your newsletter to get part one.

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    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it and best wishes in the giveaway :-D

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  10. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and I do hope you'll check out the series. Best of luck in the giveaway :-)

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  11. Gosh Natalie, you live in a desert? I'll swop you rainy old Ireland any day!

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    1. LOL, Kate, I love Ireland! But I love sunshine more so yes, I live in the desert :-)

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    2. And I love the change of the seasons & the feel of soft, gentle rain on my face so I guess we're both staying put!

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    3. And I love the change of the seasons & the feel of soft, gentle rain on my face so I guess we're both staying put!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I hope you'll check the series out and thank you for stopping by the tour :-)

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  13. This sounds interesting . Thank you for the chance .

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the tour Esther and I do hope you'll check the series out :-)

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  14. The entry to "pin this" is a book by a different author and not even the book of the giveaway.

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  15. Sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  16. So when you write about the unknown, how do you go about researching? Is it all from imagination?

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    1. Sue - A great question! My constructions are a combination of research and imagination. When it came to creating a wholly new species and planet (the M'Uktah), their "look" and type of society came from my imagination. But I also researched things such as language construction (con lang) as well as the science of planet formation (to get an idea of what kind of gravity, etc. they may have based on various sizes of planets, distance from sun, etc.). So I guess you could say that it's from my imagination, but informed by research.

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