Title: Sovereign Hope
Author: Frankie Rose
Series: The Hope Series
Publisher: self published at Createspace
Published: July 1, 2012
Pages: 391

From the publisher: Everyone has a soul

Some are just worth more than others

Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was. Since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.

The last thing on her mind is boys. Farley is on break from St. Judes’ when she meets Daniel. It’s not some casual run in at a party, or even a blind date with friends, though. Daniel is the guy following her in his 1970′s Dodge Charger; the guy standing at her window in the LA lunch hour traffic, trying to persuade her to leave everything behind and follow him. And he’s hot as all hell.

The moment Farley lays eyes on Daniel, everything changes. He is cold and withdrawn, but there are cracks in his harsh veneer- cracks that betray the secrets he is trying so hard to hide. Farley is drawn into a world that will shake apart everything she thought she ever knew. There are truths out there that she must learn: that a person’s soul is their only real currency, and there are people who would do anything to take hers; that loving someone can hurt so much more than hating them; but, most importantly, when your future is predestined, there is little you can do to change it.

Farley Hope is prophesied.

Her coming has been awaited for hundreds of years.

She is destined to end the tyranny of the Soul Reavers.

To do so she must die.

The trailer is a great way to start
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  • Celeste and Christina both read it, and we decided to place it on our third shelf.

**This book was given to The Book Hookup by the author, but that did not influence the review in any way.**

Celeste: Oooh, action! But I want to know what is going on. Oooh, romance. Who is the hot guy with all that chemistry with Farley?

Christina: Oooh, pretty cover! (My cover-loving heart rejoices!) Immediately the action began which had me excited because I like fast paced stories, but I ended up feeling a little lost in all the hustle and bustle. I had to keep reading, though, because this hero is rather intriguing- mysterious, dark, handsome… oh yes.

Celeste: We only got bits and pieces as we went along. I always enjoy a little mystery. Farley’s mother disappeared six months ago and now she is being chased down. The police don’t even seem to help or care. Right away I’m intrigued.  It gets even more interesting when a gorgeous dark haired, muscles rippling green-eyed guy with a serious attitude saves her. Before I wanted to know, but now I NEED to know who was after her and why, and more importantly, who is this guy?!

Overall this story it is a steady build up with plenty of action. Although I was anxious for answers we only got information in a trickle…well done by the author because I kept turning the pages wanting more tidbits. In the end I think there were 2 sets of bad guys: the Reavers and the Quorum.

Christina: There’s a world below the one we know as our own, a city divided into four factions and those are all centered around the Tower, the place where the Soul Reavers rule. Reavers are an immortal race that gathers their power through consumption of another individual’s life force- their soul. Greedy and seeking the eternal high the comes with taking another person’s life, they’ll stop at nothing to make sure their bloodline flourishes and that they forever maintain dominance over the other inhabitants. They’re only true concern is an old prophecy that heralds of their demise, the birth of a female Reaver– which seems highly unlikely because for as long as the Reavers have been in existence, they’ve only ever produced male heirs– and a special talisman. Enter Farley Hope. Everything she thought she knew about her life is about to come to a dramatic halt, and it all begins with her mother’s disappearance and a boy named Daniel.

Celeste: Most of the book I was thinking: I love this romance!! The sexual tension is fabulous and the immediate attraction is intense. Daniel is brooding, secretive and cocky. For example: the guitar strap quote. oh my oh my oh my. I really like Daniel. Then, about ¾ of the way through it went a teensy bit flat for me. It went from serious physical chemistry to professing love. I struggled with that in that it didn’t seem realistic. Well, maybe it is for teenagers and maybe because the whole situation was desperate? They went from restraining themselves to letting it all hang out there. However, maybe it’s all just set up for book 2, and while I still like them as a couple, I prefer the cocky Daniel over the sentimental one. Yes, I love the bad boy.

Christina: I wanted so much to like these two together, but their relationship felt a little forced and rushed. They were having these huge declarations of love and I felt like they had only just met. In Daniel’s case, I could almost excuse this because his circumstance was different, he’d watched her secretly for some time, but with Farley, it was a harder love to sell. However, I was a foolish teenager at one point in my life as well, so I understand how quickly we rush to label emotions.

Celeste: It definitely got interesting, while it’s tied up enough to end in a good place, there is so much more to the story. What about Farley’s mom? I have a lot of theories there!

Christina: This is where the story progressed the most for me. I loved the addition of the Whytes, and the lore about how and why they were created. My heart was pounding in the last few pages, curious to how everything would end and in whose favor. I was still left with so many questions, but it also felt like the story was wrapped up neatly enough that I wasn’t left completely hanging.

  • Anything you didn’t love?

Celeste: While sometimes the plot was very clear, for example: the prophecy (it was great that the author repeated it so I didn’t have to go back), but other times I wasn’t sure what was going on and felt confused. Overall the story was good, but I definitely couldn’t always follow.  Maybe it would have been easier if it had been in 1st person and not 3rd. However, I am super biased and just adore 1st person.

Christina: I completely agree. In some cases, mostly during the action sequences, the story was harder for me to follow who was doing what. I, too, was curious to whether the story would have flowed better had it been written in first person, but I didn’t enjoy getting to see snippets from the other characters.

-Tess-
Celeste:  
Is so predictable. A typical bff that you find in many YA books.
Christina:
I actually quite enjoyed her. I think that was mostly because she reminded me of myself.

-Agatha-
Celeste: I liked her! She has been around for a while and seems loyal and honest.
Christina:
I dug her. She could hold on to a secret, and I be damned if that’s not something I could appreciate. Plus, her mad driving skills sounded like fun.

-Oliver-
Celeste: He is dumb and lol.
Christina:
Awww, I liked him, too. Anyone who picks love over duty/family (when they’re evil), wins me over.

-Elliot-
Celeste: Scary and I’m afraid of him!
Christina:
Dude is creepy. *shudders*

-Aldan-
Celeste: Lovely!
Christina:
Breath of fresh air! I want his ability, though. It be nice to (almost) literally travel to anywhere your brain can take you.

-Kayden-
Celeste: Hmmm… I want to know more!
Christina:
I loved the sort of brotherly relationship he had with Daniel. I’m anxious to see how the story will go for him in the next book. So many questions with this one.

Celeste: Yes, still good. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! Ms. Rose has a great series on her hands and I will definitely be reading book 2

Christina: I would. While the beginning dragged a bit for me, it picked up soon and I really enjoyed the last half of the story. I think the author was definitely able to work through some of the kinks I saw in the first portion of the story. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds after this, seeing as several balances appear to have been upset by that climatic ending.

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