Monday, February 3, 2014

{Blog Tour+Excerpt+Giveaway} Unite: Jamie Campbell

Rating: 6.9 out of 10/3 stars
Series: Project Integrate #1Genre: Urban FantasyPublication Date:  December 3, 2013Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformPage Count: 288Format: Kindle Copy
Blog Tour Company: Oops I Read a Book Again!

Goodreads Synopsis: United They Stand.
Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.Amery Jones is your typical teenager, except for the fact she is an alien and a member of the government’s secret Project Integrate.When Amery’s best friend Lola is kidnapped in order to get to her, there is only one person that can help – the exceedingly annoying and charming Lochie Mercury.Together, Amery and Lochie must put aside their differences and attraction in order to rescue Lola before it’s too late.

About Jamie Campbell
Amazon #1 Bestselling Author Jamie Campbell was born into a big, crazy family of 6 children. Being the youngest, she always got away with anything and would never shut up. Constantly letting her imagination run wild, her teachers were often frustrated when her 'What I did on the weekend' stories contained bunyips and princesses.

Spending quality time with her laptop named Lily, Jamie has written several novels and screenplays. Spanning a number of genres and mediums, Jamie writes whatever inspires her from ghost stories to
teenage love stories to tantalizing murder mysteries. Nothing is off

A self-confessed television addict, dog lover, Taylor Swift fan, and
ghost hunter, Jamie loves nothing more than the thrill of sharing her
*I was given this book for a  blog tour which does not in the slightest affect my honest review of this book*

My Background: I knew nothing about this book except what I had read from the synopsis. I signed up for the blog tour. My background sections are usually longer, but that's honestly all I got.  

Plot 7/10: While I really enjoyed the book, I didn't think it told the story we believed we signed up to read. I expected Amery to be more focused on the integration process and the program. The story I heard was a love-story about a boy and a girl who supposedly hate each other, but bond together while trying to find the girl's best friend after she was kidnapped.  This was not a story about an alien trying to live a normal life while under the threat of people that want her dead. Yes Amery did have to live with near-impossible standards of having to be nice to everyone and leave a good impression. Yes Lola did get kidnapped because they were trying to bait Amery. Yes Amery did have to cut out her microchip with a rusty fishing knife. Yet these details didn't seem like the center of attention in the story. They seemed ike tiny side details, and the urgency of the situation wasn't felt.

Characters 8/10: 

"I hate you."

Lochie leaned down, getting right into my face. "I don't hate you."

"Give it time," I seethed.

I loved the characters of Unite. Although it is somewhat unbelievable that Amery could hate Lochie for absolutely no reason at all, the hatred of him just added to their love story. Lochie was a perfect guy without being a jerk or a football player. He was an independent thinker, star-basketball player, and extremely intelligent. Although he was made attractive to us as readers, I completely understand how he could be annoying because there's a guy at my school that's exactly like him. Amery on the other hand, while she wasn't a strong kick-ass character like the kind I usually think are cool, is still a very loyal, determined, and persistent friend. She defied the Department, and had Lochie cut into her shoulder with a dirty fishing knife, and disobeyed her parents, all for her best friend.

Romance 5/10: The romance was...confusing to say the very least, but thank the heavenly lord that there wasn't any love triangle. Amery's hatred of Lochie didn't have any rhyme or reason. She literally said she hated him because...she hated him. *Spoiler Alert* for the romance. This is the Locamery (Lochie/Amery) love story: Lochie declares that he has loved Amery since the fourth grade. Four percent later, Amery says she loves him back. They become all mushy couple-y, then fall asleep in the same bed. At the end of the book, they make out some more. Even though it wasn't written well, I still liked the romance because the two of them were just such a cute couple. They seemed perfect for each other and I am glad they got together finally after almost a decade  

Cover 5/10: My opinions about the cover of Unite is that it gives a different feel from what the book is about. The cover of Unite makes the readers feel like the story takes place in a future where humans live in outerspace with cutting edge technology. While people will learn that that's not the case when they read the blurb, it is still the idea/message the cover gives you. I'm not saying you should judge a book by the cover, but the cover is still the thing that will hook you in, and I don't think that a girl with planets and the galaxy in the background is the exact hook the story was going for. 
Title 3/10: I'm sorry, but I flat out did not understand the title of this book. There was the theme of all inhabitants of Tucon having to unite so they could inhabit earth, but besides that, I really didn't see why this book is called Unite.
Ending 5/10: The ending of Unite seemed very abrupt to me, like a bunch of action happened, then I was 100% through the book. The ending was a place to end book one, but you could definitely tell, and definitely thought that there needed to be a book two. The ending was merely the moment after you talk really fast, then pause for a moment to take a gulp of air before continuing. Does that make sense? It was a lull, and I am guessing that wihtin the first chapter of the next book, something major happens.
Quotes 4/10: There weren't any mind-blowing quotes, but there were quite a few funny ones that showed the relationship between Amery and Lochie perfectly.
"If being annoying was a crime, you would definitely be sentenced to life." Lochie
"And you would be in the adjoining cell." Amery
Continuation: 65% Unite was a fun book, and because I want to find out what happens next in the Amery and Lochie (How does Locam or Amerchie sound?) love story, and more about the residents of Tucon and if the program will continue. At the same time, I'm not hurriedly clicking my way to Amazon to get the sequel Divide.
Conclusion: Unite has a unique concept, a great romance, and overall was a book I would probably recommend to someone in the middle of a reading slump because of how it will keep your interest throughout the whole book.
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