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Saven Deception (The Saven Series Book 1) by [Davis, Siobhan]
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"The X-Files meets Twilight and blows them both away!"

"The heir to the Lux series."

THE TRUTH DOESN'T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I've fallen hard for an alien, but he's harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?


Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person--herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government's new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn't all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan's true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government's real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

Will I enjoy this book?

Saven Deception is Book 1 in a new exciting young adult science fiction fantasy romance series. This series will appeal to readers who love fast-paced plots with plenty of suspense and intrigue and tons of romantic moments. If you have enjoyed any of the following books/series then you will love the Saven series: Kricket, Lux, Broken Skies, The Fifth Wave, Alienated, The Host, Gravity.

"Recommended to fans of The 5th Wave, Insignia, Across the Universe, and Unwind series." Schuyler Central High School Library

Relevant genres: Teen and Young Adult, Science Fiction (soft), Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy.

BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

Saven Deception - Book 1
Saven Disclosure - Book 2
Saven Denial - Novella 2.5^
Saven Defiance - Book 3*
Saven Declaration - Book 4**

^This is an essential read if you intend to continue the series.
*Available to pre-order now.
**Coming December 2016. 

Note from the Author:
This series is written in US English.
Recommended Reading Age: 15+
I write books with lots of romance, and if you only enjoy hard science fiction then this is not the book for you. While there is no major cliff hanger in this book it is not a standalone read.

About the Author

Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

Join the author's mailing list to receive a free copy of Lovestruck, Light of a Thousand Stars, and some bonus short stories: http://eepurl.com/bv8gKz (just copy and paste this link into your browser).

Connect with Siobhan:
Author Website: www.siobhandavis.com
Author Blog: http://myyanabookobsession.com
Twitter: @siobhandavis
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  • Publisher: Siobhan Davis; 1 edition (Dec 15 2015)
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  • Language: English
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I really enjoyed the True Calling series by Siobhan Davis. It followed the elements I love in YA, sci-fi and dystopian books, but there was a strong and original story that kept me captivated. So I was thrilled when I was sent the ARC of Davis’ new book, Saven Deception. I’ve fallen in love with her writing and her character development and I had high expectations for this series, so I’m a bit disheartened that certain things kept me from enjoying it entirely.

When the earth is overpopulated and people are divided into classes, sterilized to prevent repopulation and forced into factory work they don’t enjoy, “The Experimento” claims to offer a solution: a trial period in an underwater city where you are free to choose what you do with your life and who you have a relationship with in exchange for around the clock monitoring of your symptoms while living underwater and the opportunity to be considered for one of the 100 coveted permanent spots in Thalassic City after the trial period is over. Sounds too good to be true, right?

This was a really great concept, the story was interesting and it was pretty unique for the most part. I really liked a lot of the details and backstory about why and how things were happening. Davis really has a way with coming up with enough originality to keep pumping out stories that don’t just completely recycle other ideas. There were some really interesting concepts in this, great ideas that made me really excited about the book. However there were also some glaring underlying things that really got in the way of me fully enjoying this.

I really, really wish that the description for this book didn’t include so much information and that the prologue didn’t lay out the basis of what was happening in this story.
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Five stars to this new series. Going into it I was ex tactic to be given the opportunity to read and rate this book. I love Siobhan Davis' stories and fell in love with her True calling series.

The plot was amazing. The events flowed perfectly and it didn't feel rushed. Along the way I was emotional and laughing. I love when a books does that. Everything was suspenseful and it made sense. The wording was very good and it wasn't too complicated.

Moving onto the plot and story line. Everything was able to connect to each other. At first I was confused, but then I reread it over and it made perfect sense. The character were very humorous, especially Haydn. He made me laugh.

The character's were easily understandable and able to be distinguish between good and bad.

The setting was okay, but I did get confused on what exactly the setting is (if I commented, could be spoiler so I won't :) ) I didn't quite understand how it tied into the plot.

The cover was pretty and the colors go together very well.

The feels though in this book are simply breathtaking. The ups and downs of romance. It's one of my favorites including the fact that it has science fiction in it as well as some action. I loved it.

If you love aliens, teenage romance, action, and a strong female heroine with funny friends then I highly recommend you start reading this series and also check out her True calling series :)
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I became a fan of Siobhan Davis's when I first read True Calling, her first book. I have since then read everything that she has written and published. I've loved all of them. I was of course, excited, when I heard that she was working on a new series. Ms. Davis does not disappoint. Just as she did in the True Calling series, she creates a completely new world in Saven: Deception.

As always, Ms. Davis's writing pulls you in right away. I'm finding it hard to describe this book without giving lots of spoilers, which I try not to do. I love the new world that she's created. I loved the characters. I loved how most of the plot twists were completely unexpected. (I guessed one of the main ones, but because she wanted her readers to, she laid the groundwork early on.)

I can't wait for the other books in the series to be published, so that I can read them!

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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HHHMMMM lets see what did I love.... The beautifully woven romance, sci-fi, and dystopian themes. The plot was a little slow in the beginning, but the book is well written so it keeps you reading. Action picks up a third of the way in and you really can not put the book down. The conclusion is huge and exciting. I liked the characters that have personalities and agenda that keeps them interesting. I was not sure if i wanted to read another book with a love triangle, but thankfully this on didn't really happen. Unless it will really take shape as the series goes on. I love YA, sci-fi, fantasy, romance books because of stories like this one! I received a free advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for your honest review.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a48078) out of 5 stars Hooked on Siobhan Davis writing.... March 28 2016
By cc - Published on Amazon.com
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Hi began reading this author with her Tru Calling series. I love the young adult romance but not necessarily the sci-fi theme. Siobhan has made me a lover of that now.
I did find it difficult in the very beginning of the book to follow, just because there was world building, character building, but I had no idea why the world was the way it was. However, I feel that that worked in my favor because it allowed me to be surprised as the plot developed. Once that happened, I finished the book in a very short period of time, I just couldn't put it down! The writing is so well-done that it transports you to that world, putting you in place of the characters. It's truly captivating and extremely enjoyable, and leaves you wanting more.

I fell in love with Sadie, and even watched her character developed into somebody stronger during the story, and this is just the first book! While I'm very interested in her and Logan and how the relationship will develop, I also find myself invested in secondary characters, and that doesn't happen often in a book. These characters paid such intricate rolls and woven so well with your main characters that it's almost like a second story within the story.

The romance is sweet, has its own ups and downs, but romance is always my favorite part of the book and I got plenty in Saven Deception. I embraced the Eterno connection. It makes the romance more intense! However, romance isn't all this book is about. There is corrupt governments, aliens living among them without knowing, mystery and intrigue and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next.

I love that Siobhan does not leave her books with huge cliffhangers. I will come back and read any additional books in the series if the series is written well. I'm not a big fan of cliffhangers that leave you waiting with characters hanging in the balance. I also appreciate that I do not have to wait for a year to find out what's going on in the story. This makes to Siobhan one of my favorite writers , not just because her books are wonderful and creative and romantic but also because she respects her readers enough to work hard on getting her books out in a reasonable amount of time.

I'm very excited about seeing what happens in the second book, and how these characters continue to develop and change their world with the surprises, and plot twists I can't begin to imagine what will happen next . I give my highest recommendation, not only the Saven series, but the Tru Calling series. If you haven't read that series yet, I suggest you buy that now and read it while you're waiting on the next book to come out in the series. You won't be disappointed!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9993e8ac) out of 5 stars Recommended read Dec 18 2015
By Dianne M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent read! I'm not really into the alien thing but thought I'd give it a shot. I fell in love with the characters and the story line was REALLY good! It had just the right amount of romance without the lovers triangle to irritate me! : ) Very imaginative without any amateurish feels. Now, Imagine my surprise when I downloaded the next 3 books and after finishing the first, I went to the second and was sorely disappointed when the characters changed on me and shifters were added to the mix. Oh my confused mind. After backing out and checking out my home screen I realized I purchased the seven series and not the Saven series.... Hrmph.... So then I was truly disappointed to find there are not more books out on this series yet. I have to wait.. I'm not the most patient of readers : )~.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99787fd8) out of 5 stars I am hooked! March 1 2016
By D.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of X-Files since it first aired on television, and this book is right along those lines. I also loved Siobhan's True Calling series. It constantly had me guessing and creating ideas (some completely ridiculous) of what was going to happen, and I found myself doing the same thing while reading this. I kept finding myself going back and forth about the aliens, and I hate to admit it, but I am not as big a fan of Logan as I think I am supposed to be. I don't see their relationship being much different than Jen and Dante's. I understand that it is a soul mate thing, but Logan is going to have to build my trust throughout the next book. As with the True Calling series, I find myself rooting for the underdog--Jarod/Watson (not sure of his real name). I find him incredibly charming and endearing. He is so passionate about destroying the corrupt government while being tech savvy and highly intelligent. I would love to meet a guy that has a costume department in his home! Going on undercover missions would be so much fun, and I see him being more compatible with Sadie. However, there was the scene where Jarod says he liked Jenna, but I am not buying it. He saved Sadie first, and I think there is something going on there, or maybe I am just suffering from wishful thinking. Even though I am not on the Logan bandwagon yet, I still absolutely loved the story. I am so excited to see what happens next!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a50fe4) out of 5 stars but this one has me so sucked in and I didn't want to come up for ... April 30 2016
By A. Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know what to say about this book that would do it justice. I thought that Siobhan wowed me with her True Calling series, but this one has me so sucked in and I didn't want to come up for air.

You have suspense, Dystopia, sci-fi, romance, and friendship all wrapped into one. Most books that try to put so much in one book just cannot pull it off, but Siobhan did it with ease. I was able to follow through the book without having to question anything. It all made sense as I was reading. Even all the Alien things that pop up don't have anything to me that didn't make sense. I felt like I was right there with the characters.

As I was reading, I had my own personal movie playing in my head. I was able to swoon and drool over Logan the whole time. I felt a deep pull towards Logan and could stare at him just like Sadie. He has so much mystery to his character yet so much sweetness at the same time. I can't wait to learn more about him and see how his character progresses.

Sadie is a very strong willed character. You know she goes through so much at her old home and you can see her come out into a brand new person once she can get out and breath. She starts to come out of her shell in a wonderful way. Most female leads are annoying and whiny, but she is anything but.

I found myself so connected to each and everyone one of the characters in some way. I felt their emotions just as they did. Even Dante who I couldn't stand seems to be have a hidden personality that I want to get to know.

I don't know how Siobhan can write with such a flow, but she has easily stolen my first place spot for Favorite Author. Her characters have depth, her worlds have such detail, and the ideas just make sense. The length of the book would usually make me worried about the slowness of it, but she doesn't have any of that. From the second you start reading you are drawn into the book and keep going until the last page. I read this book in between moving and I did all that I could to try to even get a page in here or there because I wanted to know what happened next.

This was such a great read and I can't wait to devour the next book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a44dbc) out of 5 stars Deception has the makings of a great Sci-Fi novel – corrupt government Feb. 27 2016
By Donnielle Tyner - Published on Amazon.com
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Saven: Deception has the makings of a great Sci-Fi novel – corrupt government, aliens, abductions, mystery, but all of that is overshadowed by the romance (I know, I can’t believe I just said that either). A romance, I might add that was just too weird, but I’ll get on that more later.

I’m going to start with the world building – fantastic. A good dystopian pulls issues from modern society and exaggerates them to their extremes. In the case of Saven: Deception, Davis takes our modern social-class issues and amplifies them to where the inner circle/ bullion's (upper class) have freedoms and luxuries while the outer circle/ stars (lower class) are oppressed in the most extreme measures bordering on slavery. The underwater city was so creative, but I felt that the story could have been better if Sadie were more keen to discover its secrets before the romance began.

“There are so many things about this new life I don’t understand, except for the acknowledgement that fear goes hand in hand with ignorance.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis
Davis’ pacing was excellent and I enjoyed how we – the reader – are given nuggets of information throughout the story, leaving you begging to know what’s happening beyond the romantic drama between Sadie and Logan.

Throughout the first 1/3 of the book, I was wondering when the aliens who were featured in the prologue going to come into play - I would have known if I had re-read the blurb before reading, but I'm going to consider my mistake a perk. The beginning, was mostly world building and character building for the main character, Sadie. It took a while for the real reason the aliens were among us to come to light (other than hooking up and making the main character fall in love you them). But, when they did show up, it was fare more interesting than I imagined. From what little is known, the Saven are an fascinating race and their reasons/ actions are equally horrendous and logical (for them not us). I’m not sure about certain things and I hope the following books will explain more.
If you read the book, you'll see what I did here. :D
IF YOU READ THE BOOK, YOU'LL SEE WHAT I DID HERE. :D

Sadie, like her romance arc, is a product of two extremes. In the beginning of the story she’s totally reserved and a bit of a doormat, which I totally believe due to her environment and family dynamics. I also believe that a girl like Sadie would jump at any chance to leave her home and experience life and while on this new adventurous path, decide to become a better version of herself. What I didn’t believe about this was the way Sadie’s character arc progressed once she was settle in her new environment, the change was instantaneous. There was no naturally progression of Sadie’s personality evolution (except maybe one or two internal dialogue moments).

I think it was that dramatic change that turned me off to Sadie. Not that I hated who she was before or after the big personality switch-a-roo, but it just didn’t seem real to me. That change coupled with her tendency to be a little dramatic when it came to Logan…

“I was right all along. No one like him would ever be interested in someone like me despite the relaxation of the laws. It was more than naïve to allow myself to wallow in the dream: it was destructive on a massive scale.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis
… and this little nugget that I just couldn’t swallow…

“I’ve never vomited before.” I’m not sure why I felt the need to explain that. “It’s an experience I’d rather not repeat.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis
… added together just made her hard for me to really connect with. I mean, who has NEVER thrown up before? NEVER? In all your 17 years of life? Beyond her faults, Sadie is a strong female heroine who is loyal to her friends. She has strength of mind and character which pushes her to better herself beyond the lot she’s given in life. When she’s not blinded by love/lust, she’s intelligent and clever. I hope those traits are highlighted as her story continues.

Then there is Logan. Let me start off by saying that I feel like he was a very real character to me, especially after his history was revealed and I liked him as a main character – although, I don’t like him as a love interest for Sadie. He started off sweet and a little sappy and then drama happens and he’s a jerk. More drama and he’s sweet. More drama and he’s a jerk again. Then surprise, surprise he’s sweet again.

“I’ve never let any guy in. You’re the first one I even dared to like. But you play with my feelings like they aren’t real.” – Saven: Deception, Siobhan Davis

I get his reasons. They’re good ones, I suppose, but he just comes off as domineering and disrespectful to Sadie. IE: boxing her in, grabbing her and forcing her to talk to him. That’s taking the alpha male romantic trope too far and tip-toeing into creepsville, but it’s all cool in Sadie’s mind because he smells good and their connection is too irresistible.

Which brings me to the romance… I adore first loves. ADORE THEM. Especially the ones with major chemistry - they are always wild, unpredictable, and all-encompassing. One never forgets them. That is why I totally believe Sadie’s emotional roller-coaster when it comes to Logan. Honestly, everything about how she reacts to Logan is spot on until they’re in close proximity. That is when she completely loses her mind, becoming a slave to an aggressive physical and emotional attraction that takes away her free-will and I find it a little appalling.

**** SPOILERS AHEAD ****

Davis explains this attraction as them being Eterno or soulmates and although I’m a firm believer in soul mates myself – I don’t approve of the notion that having one automatically makes you so attractive and irresistible that you can ignore negative personality traits or for the attraction to be so over powerful that you feel compelled to do whatever the other says. That is my BIG issue with the romance in Saven: Deception.

**** SPOILERS ENDED ****

Anyway...

The side characters are great from what little is learned about them. The only one I felt any real connection to was Jarod who - as a result - was my favorite, but I think he would have been even if the others were more developed. He had a complex story that was far more interesting than any of the others. I hope in the coming books, there will be more backstory and depth to the others.

Going back and re-reading my review, it kind of sounds like I hated it, but I really didn’t. The story has a great concept with great writing and pacing. There were plenty of twists to keep me interested beyond the love story and a cliffhanger ending that made me say “What the crap?” in a good way. I will have to read the next one because I don’t like when there are BIG loose ends to a story – especially when the poo hits the fan.