31 December, 2015

REVIEW: SPARKED by Sheena Snow

Title: Sparked
Author: Sheena Snow
Series: Metal Bones #1
Genres: YA, Fiction
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: Kindle ARC
Pages: 317

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SYNOPSIS: They weren't supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distant future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for hire to humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

I received a copy thanks to Kathy at Ebooks for Review in an exchange for an honest review. The summary sounded interesting and I like the futuristic version of humans and human-like robots living together.

THE WORLD: In the near future the Government (of US of course) has been working on producing human-like robots without public knowledge. However, one day robots escape and the Government is forced to recognise what they've done but because they won't recognize they've done wrong they start selling the robots to families as "helpers"... they have cooking robots, cleaning robots, etc.

CHARACTERS: The main character is Vienna Avery, 18 year old girl with mommy issues and very sneaky friends who set blind dates on her behalf. The story starts with Vienna coming home one day and finding out that her mom has bought an Italian Chef robot, not the small machines, but an actual humanoid robot without even telling her. At first Vienna doesn't trust or care for Robotatuille (her mother chose the name haha) since she is actually quite anti-robot but it changes when she discovers that robots have emotions and think "on their own". We soon meet Robotauille's squad when Vienna is attacked by an evil robot and the leader of the squad saves her and explains that Vienna must come with him and the rest of the robots so they can protect her. Surprisingly, her parents agree easily and Vienna goes with the robot squad. Now, robots don't have names so Vienna gives them some: the  hot leader with green eyes is named Alec, the giant and muscly one gets the name Bear, the bitter girl with dyed hair is Peach, and Vienna's new bff is named Bonnie. From then on the whole novel consists on driving from place to place so that the evil robots don't find them (do you think they manage to stay safe in the end?) and Alec-Vienna's relationship issues, both good and bad.

LOVE: There is definitely romance and it's the insta-love type. Not a big fan.

PLUS: I was really enjoying it up until the first half more or less. It was very interesting and looked like it was going to have a lot of action since Vienna is being chased by evil robots but it didn't exactly go as expected...

MINUS: The second half consisted on Vienna trying to convince Alec that he was good and awesome while Alec thought he was a monster, all very Twilight-like right? There was one part where Vienna and Alec were separated as well and all she could think of was "omg no, how am I going to survive? save me! please come!" ugh, it was annoying and it really took off points from the book quickly. More mystery and less romance would've been great.

OVERALL: 3.5 stars. It wasn't that bad either because like I said the first half was enjoyable and the story has potential so I will probably read the sequel as well once it comes out but the second half... erase and move on. It never happened.

What do you guys think about SPARKED?