One of the best aspects about this blog is finding so many new wonderful authors. Kimberly Afe was a fantastic find. I signed up to help with her cover reveal last year. When I saw it I knew I had to read it.
But first, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn’t commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn’t so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.
With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they’re not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she’s trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.
Like I said, when I saw the cover, I knew I had to read the book. The cover is intriguing and pulled me in. And I’m so happy to report that the book didn’t disappoint. Right from the start I was hooked. Avene is one of those characters who I cheered for, but I also wanted to lecture her. She has some serious trust issues. I understood why, but I still wanted to shout, “Knock it off and learn to trust!”
There are so many twists and turns in this book that I bet I couldn’t name them all right now if put on the spot. I devoured the book in less than two days. I’ll admit, I stayed up late two nights in a row since I could not put this book down. I hope Afe does not make us wait too long for her next book. I want more right now.
About the Author:
Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog’s best friend. She works for a software company by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
Kimberly has been so kind to let me offer one ebook copy of her book. If you would like to enter the contest, please leave a comment below and let me know if you would like an epub, mobi, or PDF file. One random winner will be selected next Tuesday, January 21st.