Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Cargo Blog Tour: An interesting new dystopian (+ Giveaway!)

Ladies and gentlemen... THIS IS MY VERY FIRST TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN A BLOG TOUR. AM I EXCITED? DO I LOOK EXCITED?? YES I AM EXCITED. I’m so happy to introduce to you guys Cargo, Jen Castleberry’s debut dystopian novel. But before I start off on my review, here’s some information about the book first:

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TITLE: Cargo (The Reservation Trilogy #1)
AUTHOR: Jen Castleberry
GENRE: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi & Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: January 17th, 2016

The earth has been reduced to a singular continent, governed by extra-terrestrials, collapsed by nuclear weapons residue and wracked with radiation sickness. Only one viable territory remains, and access there is restricted by a mysterious selection process. Everyone hopes to be chosen for transport. Everyone but Cass.

Seventeen year old Cassidy Hartinger has spent the past eleven years living in a government-maintained bunker. She should be thrilled when a handsome transporter arrives to take her to the Reservation. So why does she feel like he's dragging her, kicking and screaming, straight into the anti-paradise?

Faced with gun-wielding survivalists and elemental catastrophes, will Cass make it more than two steps out of the bunker? Will her journey to peace and safety in the Reservation turn out to be the most perilous thing she's encountered so far?

Fast-paced action and a tumultuous teenage romance will keep readers begging for more installments of The Reservation Trilogy!

Book Review (+ my favorite quotes from the book!)

Are there things that people know about me, things I don’t know about myself?
I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the book cover because seriously, just LOOK AT IT. IT’S SO PRETTY AHH. That being said though, I was also intrigued as to why Cassidy wouldn’t want to go to a place where other people in her world would do anything for. So when I got accepted for the book tour, I was really excited to get started on Cargo.

The Writing

I won’t crumple up like yellow paper. Not if I can help it.
One of the things I noticed early on in this book was the writing. It’s very easy to comprehend and isn’t complicated at all, which helps with the pacing of the story and the fact that it’s only nearly 200 pages long. I was a bit weary of it at first, but eventually I became fond of it and got used to it 'till the end of the book.

The World

Eleven years have gone by and death still sits on the continent like a plague.
I was definitely interested in Cassidy’s world, though I have a feeling that there're still a lot of secrets to uncover in the next book (and I 100% want to know them all). Everything is still a bit hazy in Cargo, but in a good way that'd make you want for more.

The Friendship

Will I ever have the chance to run away again? Have I wasted every chance I’ll ever have to be free?
I liked how Cargo gave focus to friendship in the book. I find the reason why Cassidy didn’t want to leave the bunker for the Reservation really sweet. I was just hoping that we got more fun stories with Cassidy, Adrienne and Nars. I’m pretty sure it would have been fun to read. :) (I’m also quite fond of Adrienne. SHE IS SO KIND AND NICE AND FRIENDLY AND OMG I NEED MORE SYNONYMS FOR HER.)

The Romance

Should I put stock in a feeling, or should I rely on my head?
Hm... okay, I didn’t buy the romance at first. Things were going on the cliché route and I wasn’t a fan of Nathan and Cassidy’s relationship. I feel like they needed more scenes together so they'd have more of a reason to love each other (does this mean the romance is insta-love, then? Because it didn’t feel like insta-love for me). Then again, once I reached the end, I was seriously close to shipping them already! Which brings me to...

The Ending

It’s not bravery that keeps me in my own bed. It’s doubt.
ACK. THAT ENDING! I kept fidgeting the moment I reached the end. It was a cliffhanger that I couldn't wait for. BECAUSE HOW ON EARTH CAN I MOVE ON FROM THAT ENDING?!


Cargo was an enjoyable read for me. It’s a light dystopian that gives you an introduction to Cassidy’s world, with an ending that will make you beg for more. If you like a short, Divergent-like dystopian (where there's an MC that suspects that there's more to their world than the government is telling them), then you might want to try this book out.

About The Author

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Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.

When she's not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.

Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.

Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.

At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.

The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.

Don't Miss All The Other Tour Stops!

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May 19th

Taking It One Book at a Time (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Life of a Female Bibliophile (Promotional Post)

May 20th

Mama Reads (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Coffee Books & Art (Promotional Post)

May 21st

Wishful Endings (Guest Post)
Hall Ways Blog (Review)
Fishing for Books (Promotional Post)

May 22nd

A Dream Within A Dream (Guest Post)
YA Obsessed (Review)
Addicted Readers (Promotional Post)

May 23rd

Mara Was Here (Review + Favorite Quotes)
soycazadoradesombrasylibros (Promotional Post)

May 24th

Books, Books and more Books (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Ink of Blood (Review)


Win one (1) copy of Cargo by Jen Castleberry and some fun swag! (US Only)

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Mara @ Mara Was Here

*Pops confetti* Congratulations, you've reached 'till the end of this post! I'm Mara, 15, and I love anything bookish and graphic designing. I also spend 90% of my life fawning over fictional boyfriends and smelling books. Thanks for hanging out at my blog! (And yes, that's me sniffing Six of Crows in our car.)

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