Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Beyond The Fence (The Dartmoor Chronicles #1) by Jen Minkman


"People turn their heads when I walk past them. They know where I’m going. My feet almost stumble on the uneven pavement of the cobblestoned street when I sense Mark’s gaze on me. This is the only time he takes notice of me, and it’s for a reason I wish didn’t exist. All the other times I want him to see me, his eyes skip right over me. I’m a wolf in sheep’s clothes to these people. A potential threat.

I already know what will happen once I get to the Clinic. I’ll have to talk to that clueless psychiatrist so he can measure my possibly violent tendencies. Because that stigma has been on me ever since I turned twelve and the person I loved most in the whole wide world was Purged from this city.

My name is Sarah, and my father was a violence offender."

Return to the world of the Island series and meet Sarah, resident of Dartmoor City. She's bitter, she feels trapped, and she wants nothing more than to venture beyond the fence that's keeping her in. She just has no idea how to. But when she discovers a secret that President Jacob would rather keep under wraps, Sarah is forced to make a move for freedom - because she meets a guy who is evenmore of a prisoner than she is, and he desperately needs her help.

~Book Links~

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~My 5* Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Sarah is a red stamp living in Dartmoor City. She lives with her mother, her father was purged from the city because he was a violence offender. It is because of her Father's actions that Sarah is a red stamp.

Red stamp's are people who have been deemed to be a risk to Dartmoor's peace. They are monitored at the clinic and given medication to help them control any violent thoughts or behaviour.

Sarah longs to be free of Dartmoor and the red stamp labelling. She feels trapped and longs to explore the world outside the fence. Sarah becomes determined to do this after she meets Jinn at the clinic. Jinn is being held prisoner at the clinic by President Jacob. Jinn is being used as a medical research subject.

Kian on the other hand isn't a red stamp and is free to come and go as he pleases. That said Kian is searching for answers regarding his Uncle Tony. Tony embarked on a pilgrimage to Exeter and supposedly died but no one has seen his body and the requests to return Tony's remains to his family are constantly being denied. Kian doesn't believe that this is the truth and he is determined to find out what really happened.

Sarah and Kian meet when they both break into the clinic. Kian is there searching for information and Sarah is breaking Jinn out. As it turns out Jinn knew Kian's uncle Tony. So the 3 of them set out to leave Dartmoor and head off to find Jinn's home.

Beyond the Fence has been well thought out and the detail is fantastic. The characters all link together so well and their personalities compliment each other and cause friction too; just as real people do. The mystery and secrets keep you guessing until the very end. The way that Jen has written this draws you in and makes you feel a part of the story, learning everything alongside the characters.

The characters are full of emotion and depth, there is clear development in each of them. Even the smaller characters; such as Michelle; have key parts and show personality too.

There is no arguing that Beyond The Fence is full of twists and turns that have created an intricate web in which to snare the reader and keep them captive until the very last page.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Beyond The Fence and I'm more than happy to give it a 5 star rating. I'm incredibly grateful to Jen for allowing me a free ecopy to review. I'm definitely hooked and looking forward to book #2 in this series.

~About The Author~

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).'

~Places To Find The Author~

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