Monday, May 19, 2014

BOOK TOUR: Transformed

ISBN: 0991283201
Pages: 273
Source: YA Bound
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Since the beginning, two entities have had complete, unquestioned control over Thea: the Earth and God.
But when Thea suddenly figures out that the Earth has  trapped her within a forest, she discovers that the only way to set herself free is to break God's one rule; she must forsake her animal form and become human. 
The result is nothing she could ever have expected. Lost within the torrent of human emotions, Thea starts to lose who she is and even begins to fall in love with the one thing she always hated: a hunter.
As her act against God proves more problematic than anticipated, it is only a matter of time before her punishment may prove to be worse than Earth's entrapment.

Hello everybody!! Welcome to my tour stop for the Transformed Book Tour! As always, check out the tour banner for other amazing tour stops! :)

Thea is somewhat of an Artemis figure. The Earth is her home, she shifts from creature to creature, doing her best to protect nature. Every time she dies, she is relocated to a new place where humans have been destroying her home. But for the first time, she finds herself locked in one forest location. No matter how many times she has died, she still appears in the exact same forest. So Thea does something that has always been forbidden of her, she becomes human. Her goal is to make Brice, the son of the town's notorious hunting family, fall in love with her. And then have him kill her, in the hopes that the heartbreak will change him.

Oh my goodness people, this book was really really good. It takes on a brand new concept of God, Earth, and creation that I haven't read before. It has totally lovable characters as well as ones you'd love to hate. The ending was super satisfying and while we can all pretty much guess how it ends, when you actually read it, it feels like Christmas because you're just so happy and fulfilled. 

Thea is a "mother" of nature. When an animal dies, she releases their "light" which is something like a soul, back into the world. She herself cannot die because of her eternal light. Thea has a brother who is essentially God and throughout the book, my opinion of him only got worse. He was portrayed with a,  "I'm better than the rest of humanity" attitude and similar to a lot of Greek myths, the willingness to sacrifice others for his personal benefit. He did redeem himself a tiny bit in the end, but that's at the end so you pretty much spend a good portion of the book just glaring at him. Compared to him, Thea is like an angel. She might have ulterior motives and we all know that she's not human, but E.V. Fairfall did a really great job in making her seem almost normal. She experienced human emotions and it was really cool to see how she reacted to being human and doing human things.

Now let's go on to Brice. He creeped me out from the very start, but I kept holding on to the hope that Thea would change him and it would all be good. Then enter Chamber, this guy is positively to die for and Thea obviously agrees. And so a love triangle of sorts was formed. What I loved about Thea in this situation was how she was so selfless in putting the forest's needs above her desires. It becomes pretty apparent that Brice is a douchebag, but Thea still puts up with him because the forest needs him to stop killing it. There is quite a lot of romantic drama between Chamber and Thea, but I kind of liked it because it showed Thea struggle to remain different than what her form says. Does that make any sense? Anyway, the romance was definitely heart throb worthy. 

Oh, I almost forgot! CRICKET!! She was such a hilarious side character that you can't help but fall in love with immediately. I want a squirrel that picks out outfits for me, comforts me, and guards my door!! She was positively delightful and if I could definitely best friend material!

Overall, I highly recommend Transformed. It was a pretty refreshing read from what I've experienced and I had a super fun time reading it! Because light is such an important theme in the story, I'll end off with one of my favorite quotes by Elizabeth LaBan: Now, go forth and spread beauty and light. :)


About the Author
About the AuthorI love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn't always work out, but it's the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.
Transformed is my first novel, but it isn't my first publication; I've had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.                                        
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4/5 stars

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