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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Persistance of Vision by Liesel K Hill a review

Persistence of Vision 

                        --by Liesel K Hill

            Synopsis on Goodreads:

In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

*New Adult futuristic dystopian fantasy(less)

My Review:

I was captivated with this novel beginning with page one and I had no clue where it was heading.   It was one of the most intriguing books I have ever read.   Sci-Fi and dystopian are not my forte', but Liesel's book was very much the exception to the rule!

The characters were very well developed,endearing and lovable.   Maggie Harper, the main character was strong, brave and comfortable in her own skin.   She needed to be all that and more for the journey she was about to take with Marcus.    Marcus was strong, protective and possessed great mind capabilities!   I was very drawn to him.    Karl was a traveler and also quite the comedic relief.    And Doc reminded me of Ducky on NCIS, although he wasn't really described as Ducky.    But I loved him!   I LOVED THEM ALL!

As far as storybuilding,I think book one was an educational background for both Maggie and the reader and as I say it was intriguing.   It was thorough and interesting and amazing.   Yes,  Interchron was the future, but it was believable and home!   I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish!    If you like Sci-Fi, this is an excellent book to read.    If you like Dystopian, you won't be disappointed.   And if you like adventure, this book certainly has it.

The only disappointing thing about this book is there is a book two and we have to wait for it....dang nab it!
I am amazed with how much I enjoyed Liesel's writing.   Well done my friend, well done!

Author Biography from Amazon:

Liesel Kay Hill was born in Utah on February 6, 1984 to working class parents. She loved to read and write at a young age, and her earliest memories consist of her father sitting in the doorway of her room at night, relating stories of Frodo, Gandalf, and the One Ring of Power. Her mother also read to her every afternoon as a child, sometimes for several hours a day.
Today she is an award-winning author and writes across three genres: fantasy, historical fiction, and crime drama. Her awards include several from The League of Utah Writer's annual Roundup competition, and several other contests she's entered over the years.
She has a short Thanksgiving story published in Brian Jaffe's Thanksgiving Tales anthology. Her first full length novel, a dystopian fantasy, will be available courtesy of Tate Publishing January, 2013.

I will hosting an interview with Liesel on the 26th of January.   Stop back by and learn about this awesome author!!

For additional perspectives, please follow Liesel's tour below:


1/13--Guest post at Never Ending Stories
1/14--Guest post as Maggie (MC) at Itching For Books
1/15--Character Interview with Karl at Bound by Words
1/16--Email from Maggie (MC) at A Thought Grows  1/17--Book Spotlight at Far From Reality
1/18--Character Interview with Marcus at Bookworm Brandee
1/19--Character Interview with Clay at In This World of Books.
1/20--Guest Post at Unedited
       --Guest post at New, Borrowed, Used
1/21--Review at Heather's Book Chatter
       --Guest post on Here's the Story
1/22--Review at A Bookish Whimsy 
       --Author Interview at Downright Dystopian
1/23--Character Interview with David at All in One Place
1/24--Review at Deviantly Defiant
1/25--Author Interview at Lite-Rate-Ture
1/26--Author Interview at Beth Art From the Heart
       --Interview at Auntie Spinelli Reads
1/27--Review and Guest post at The Book Twins
       --Review and Spotlight at Reese's Reviews
1/28--Guest Post at Alex J. Cavanaugh
       --Character Interview with Joan at Strands of the Pattern
       --Guest Post on The Howling Turtle
       --Author Interview on Second Book to the Right
1/30--Review and Author interview on Megz Madd Reads
       --Promo Spotlight & Interview at Jeanz Book Read n Review
1/31--Guest Post at Ginger-Read Reviews


2/1--Author Interview at Read It. Reviewed It.
2/2--Guest Post at The Readdicts
     --Guest Post at Nicki J Markus
     --Guest Post and Spotlight at Enticed by Books
2/3--Guest Post at Pink Fluffy Hearts
2/4--Excerpt on Doodle's Book Blog    
     --Spotlight on Jean Book Nerd
2/5--Guest Post at Sinnful Books
     --Guest Post at Lost in Fictional Worlds
2/6--Review and Guest Post at Reading Until Dawn
     --Review at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog
2/7--Character Interview with Maggie at Love, Literature, Art & Reason
     --Review at Ladybug Storytime
2/8--Guest Post at Young Adult SciFi and Fantasy Blog
2/9--Review at Realms of an Open Mind
     --Review and Guest Post (??) at Kate's Book Life
2/10--Review at Young Adult SciFi and Fantasy Blog
2/11--Guest Post at Doodle's Book Blog      
       --Guest Post at Y.A. Storyteller
2/12--Guest Post at Racing to Read
       --Interview at My Book Musings
2/13--Review and Guest Post at Wonderland's Reader
       --Review and Interview at My Book Musings
2/14--Valentine's Day Guest Post at The YA Bookworm Blogger
2/15--Guest Post on Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
       --Review and Author Interview on Reading...Dreaming
2/16--Review and Interview on Book Club Sisters
2/17--Review(s) and Character Interview with Doc at Rally the Readers
2/18--Review and ?? at Words Fueled by Love
2/19--Review and ?? at Page Girl's Page
2/20--Review at The Cuckoo's Nest
       --Spotlight and Giveaway at For the Love of Film and Novels
       --Guest Post at Reading Between the Wines
2/21--Guest Post at Take Me Away
2/22--Review at The Cosy Dragon
       --Guest Post and Review at Shhh...Not While I'm Reading
       --Review at Beth Art From the Heart
2/23--Author Interview at Mad Hatter Reads
       --Review and Author Interview at Project Read and Review
2/24--Guest Post at The Book Babe
       --Guest Post at Viviana Enchantress of Books
2/25--Review at Dab of Darkness
       --Guest Post at Tumbling in Books
2/26--Review at The Secret Life of a Bookworm
       --Character Interview with Maggie at Manhattan Reader
2/27--Review at Think's Books
2/28--Review and Excerpt at My Library in the Making


3/1--Review at Oops I Read a Book Again
3/2--Review and Interview at Vicariously!
3/3--Spotlight and Guest Post at Lost in Literature...
3/4--Interview at Dab of Darkness
3/5--Review and Author Interview at Picture Me Reading
3/6--Guest Post (?) at Late Nights With Good Books
     --Guest post at Literary Rambles
3/7--Review at On Starships and Dragonwings
     --Post at Pause Time
3/8--Review and Interview at The Soul Sisters
3/9--Review at The Book Asylum
3/10--Review at The Sisters' Tale
3/11--Interview at These Flying Pages
3/13--Interview at Lehua Parker
3/15--Guest Post at A Universe in Words

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.


Liesel K. Hill said...

Thanks so much for the review, Beth and for your kind words. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it! :D

Maurice Mitchell said...

An intriguing book Beth! Nice review.