Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: Driven by Rebecca Royce

Driven (The Warrior, #2) by Rebecca Royce

Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Heat Rating: 1



My name is Rachel Clancy.

Forty-six years ago, life as humanity understood it ended. Armageddon. Well, that‟s what we call it, anyway. What other term works as well to describe the day the Vampires and Werewolves slaughtered nearly all of humanity?

For me, all of that happened so long ago I almost never think about it. I‟m much more concerned with what just happened and what will be occurring next.

Six months ago, when I turned sixteen, I changed the way life was conducted in the small portion of the planet I called home. I'm not sure exactly how any of it actually took place. When I let myself dwell on that time, which I don't very often, it usually feels like it was something someone else did. Like I wasn't there at all.

But I know that I was.

I have the scars to prove it. One of them on my cheek—long and jagged—out in the open to show the world I survived a Vampire attack. The other is hidden on the inside of my soul—not visible to anyone but me—and it was placed there by a boy, a Werewolf, who betrayed my innocence and will forever hold the title of being the first guy to break my heart.

It's May—we have started keeping track of the months again like they did before Armageddon Day. The weather is beautiful and warm in our tent city; which sits over the remains of Genesis, the habitat that I lived in for my first sixteen years of life.

I can't help but feel that something is coming. Something bad that we can't stop. I haven't told anyone about this sense I have. It's not like I'm psychic or anything. I've never been able to predict the future. I'm not even particularly good at figuring out what's going to happen to me next. But I can't let this go—not this time—and I'm wondering if I'm going to have to let someone know about the dread that is eating away at my stomach lining.

Maybe I'm just being dramatic, but I can feel a black cloud of death on the horizon, and it's going to swallow us all.

Dodie's Review

Oh, Rachel Clancy – how I’ve missed you in the short time since I read your last book. Rebecca Royce is a master at weaving in glimpses of the previous story into the new story, so that each book is a stand alone story. Even though I've read the previous book in this series, Initiation, you don't have to have read it to understand what's going on in Driven.

Driven is the story of Rachel finding her purpose in life. How to live to be more than just a Warrior, a girl, a daughter, a girlfriend, a human hiding from the monsters in the world. As an adolescent, Rachel also has to find her path to the adult woman she is meant to be. But she lives in a dangerous world, where nothing is constant, and she has to constantly learn how to stand on the shifting piles of sand that should be the bedrock foundation of her life. While everything swirls around her, it is the people in her life that are her bedrock foundation.

Rachel is sent on a journey with her boyfriend Chad. It is Chad that helped her find her way in the world again after her experiences in Initiation. Chad that she believes is the link between her past, and her future as an adult in Genesis. Of course, nothing goes as you would want it to be in a perfect world, but none of us live in a perfect world. Rachel takes the responsibility for everything that goes wrong in her life solely on her shoulders. Rachel is a Warrior and is supposed to feel responsible for the non-Warriors in Genesis, the habitat where she lives, but some things are the product of the times she lives in, and not due to her actions.

In Driven, Rachel discovers who her friends are, who she can trust, and what her purpose in life will be. I hope you enjoy Rachel's journey, as much as I did.

5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!

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Rebecca Royce said...

Thank you Dodie. And thank you for keeping up with the series.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful review of Driven. We appreciate your thoughts.

Heather Bennett
Decadent Publishing


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