Release Day: Redux

Release Day Blast: Redux by A.L. Davroe


Title: Redux (Tricksters #2)
Author: A.L. Davroe
Pages: 428
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Publish Date: March 21, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Synopsis: The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.
To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.
But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.
But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.
Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.
Or die trying.
I am so excited that Redux is finally here! I loved Nexis, and I could not wait to read the next book in the series. I've had an ARC for Redux, but I'm not done with it yet so stay tuned for a review. I'm going on spring break soon so I expect to finish it then.

Honestly, I'm a really big fan of this series and I think Davroe is a fantastic author! You should definitely check this series out! If interested, you can check out my review of Nexis (book 1) by clicking here.

Look below for an excerpt graciously sent to me by the author :)

Excerpt

I sag to the floor, a shaking mess.
           Slowly, Quentin gathers the rope up once more, coiling it around his arm. Then he’s still for a long minute. I can tell he’s staring at me, waiting. “Elle?”
           I shake my head. “I-I can’t.”
           He crouches down in front of me, meets my haunted eyes. I feel him take up my hands, hold them against his chest. “You’re shaking.”
           Of course I am. I don’t want to die.
           “You can do this,” he whispers.
           Mute now, I shake my head again.
           “Hey.” Shifting both my hands to one of his, he reaches out with the other, stills my head with a palm to my cheek. “Look at me.”
           I do, only because I don’t have a choice. He has me trapped.
           His expression is calm. Serene, like the boy who shot my uncle in the head. I wish I could turn off like that, become cool and calculated and unfeeling. “I will not let you fall. You need to trust me. You need to trust yourself. Stand up.”
           Swallowing hard, I get to shaking legs. I don’t know how I’m going to go down on such unstable things. One is injured as it is.
           “Shoes,” he prompts.
           I slip out of my heels, let the cold stone touch my synthetic skin. It feels strange being on flat feet. I’ve grown up on heels. Without them he seems like a giant as he bends and comes around to my back, putting them into my pack as I stand like an idiot. Seeing that I’m being useless and silly, he bends at my hip and I feel him tugging my skirts. I wince as I hear the tearing noise of him splitting my beautiful dress from hem to seam.
           Four times, like Violet did with hers.
           And then he’s winding the strips around my thighs, his fingers passing in and out like butterfly wings. My legs go from shaking to jelly and I have to hold the wall to keep myself upright.
           When he’s done, he stands in front of me, stares at me, and frowns. After a thought, he unbuttons his jacket and slides it off his shoulders.
           I blink at him, confused.
           “Put it on.”
           I do as I’m told. It’s big on me, stiff in the shoulder from all the dried blood. It smells like him and the weight of it makes me feel like I’m being held. My fingers fumble on the buttons and he steps into my space to help, his knuckles grazing my hitching chest. The warm certainty of his presence disappears for an instant as he bends to retrieve the rope and then he’s back, tying it under my arms.
           When he finishes with the knot, he just sort of goes still, his body close to mine and me wavering against the solid weight of him. His fingers slide from the knot, inch up, flutter along my clavicle, against my neck. One hand slips back behind my neck and into my hair, tugging just slightly, as the other tips up my jaw.
           His breath is warm and minty as he breathes something that seems like relief, and if it’s possible, something about him—his expression, his body—eases me. He stares down, his eyes clear and true, and that melts me into his body and his touch.
           And then he’s kissing me again. And I’m kissing him. It’s just like it was in the aerovator during our escape. That heat, that familiarity. That instant awakening and settling inside of me—like a flock of birds and a lazy pool of molten heat exploding through my veins and muscles at the same time. That feeling like it’s perfect and sound. It’s everything I ever wanted of a kiss from Quentin Cyr before…before…Gus.
           I shove at him, step away from him, gasping. “What are you doing?” I demand. “You can’t keep kissing me, you’re-you’re in love with someone. I heard you tell Carsai.”
           Unapologetic, he grins at me. “Hmm, that’s something to think about, isn’t it?”
           “You’re a cad.”
           He shrugs. “You’re not scared anymore, though, are you?”
           Heaving in confusion, glaring in heat, I growl as I have to admit that no, I’m not scared anymore.
           “I’m not sorry,” he says, voice quiet. “I like kissing you.”
           Gritting my teeth, I march over to the ropes and pass them around myself as I saw Violet and Bastian do before. I shore up my grip on both ends of the rope and I don’t look down. To look down would be to see where I’m going and right now, I don’t want to.
           “Hey,” Quentin calls to me from where he’s standing, lifting the security rope around him as he backs his weight against it. I feel it tug a little against my chest, like he’s drawing me back to him.
           I pause, look at him even though I don’t want to make eye contact.
           “Go easy,” he says, voice like honey. “Just breathe.”

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