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The Newstead Project

The Newstead Project - Melanie Schulz [a:Melanie Schulz|6884315|Melanie Schulz|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1367526495p2/6884315.jpg]…thank you for providing me with an ecopy of your book in trade for an honest review, for this blog tour. Honestly, I had read the synopsis some time ago and when it came time to read the book, I had forgotten what it was about and was pleasantly surprised. For those who are fans of [b:Hush, Hush|6339664|Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)|Becca Fitzpatrick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358261334s/6339664.jpg|6525609], [b:Angelology|6691426|Angelology (Angelology, #1)|Danielle Trussoni|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347562444s/6691426.jpg|6886872], The Mortal Instruments, etc., this book will be right up your alley.

Centered on Joel, the story plays out from the time he is offered a place at the private Newstead High School to the time he leaves there. So much goes on in the span of a few months. There is romance, danger, awakening, discovery, treachery, betrayal, anguish and much more. Joel’s life is changed forevermore.

I found this book to be a quick read. It caught my attention and I fell asleep reading it, read it upon waking, dug back in to it during my lunch break and finished when the rest of the family went to bed for the night leaving me to myself and the story. A good YA book about Nephilim and humanity in battle through one person. It is also wrapped up with Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in a way that at first you don’t get, but later on you get the Ah-ha resounding from the pages.

The story grabbed me, but I found some items in it distracting. There were changes of thought that had me rereading it because there was no noticeable break showing a shift in the storyline. I also found that for Joel not knowing who he was, what was going on at the school would have had me looking for answers. Staring down people and just walking away, ok, if it was me and I was being stared down I would be like, “Hey, take a picture” or “What the hell are you looking at?” For a teen, he was actually quite submissive in a lot of ways. But…he does find his mojo, thankfully. Also, I don’t know if it was the ecopy that I had, but there were some grammatical errors that I found a bit awkward, BUT they did not take away from the story.

The author gives us some interesting characters, a setting that is very well described and a story that holds its own. I recommend this to anyone who likes a take on the Nephilim and those that are thrown into their world unwillingly. I also recommend this to anyone who likes a good, well-structured read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, The Bashan Agenda, but not looking forward to waiting until November 1st to read it! I know…get a grip…but I want to know what happens NOW!