Monday, 30 April 2012

Blog Tour: Book Review - Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle

Aaaand I'm back and with no less than one of my favourite things to talk about! I feel like I've finally got my blogging mojo back and I have a bundle of great stuff to share with you this week...

I was contacted and asked to take part in a blog tour by author Monica Leonelle. I've followed plenty of book tours on some of my favourite book reviewing blogs and so, of course, I was more than excited to be taking part in one.

Monica Leonelle is a well known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.

The book I was offered to read and give an honest review of is called Socialpunk and is the first in a trilogy. Here's the official book blurb:

"Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win."

I'm going to start by saying that I really enjoyed reading this book. I got stuck in not really fully knowing the genre or what it was about, so I didn't know what to expect at first - and the book itself follows that theme, as I found myself constantly surprised by new twists and turns in the plot. I really love Monica's writing style and I fell in love with all of the main characters almost immediately.

From my previous ramblings about books you may know that I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to book genres, but the geek in me especially loves anything futuristic, post-apocalyptic or mildly fantasy based, which is basically everything Socialpunk gave to me. I devoured the first ten or so chapters in just under an hour and it didn't take me much longer to finish off the rest. Socialpunk is relatively short as far as novels go, but it definitely doesn't feel like a too-short or incomplete story at all.

When it comes to books I'm definitely the sort of person who likes to visualise everything - reading is my escape and I like to completely immerse myself in the world of the characters. Socialpunk definitely lives up to my fantasy world creating standards with great descriptive content of the world around them. I also found myself both laughing and tearing up on a few occasions, with a couple of heart-stopping moments thrown in for good measure.

I couldn't help thinking, the whole time that I was reading this book, that it would make a darn good movie. I'm the sort who usually hates when books are adapted to movies because it tends to spoil the magical world I've created for myself but Socialpunk is definitely the exception to the rule - even Tony agreed that it sounded like it would make a fantastic film. It's so fast-paced and exciting!

I definitely think that Socialpunk can appeal to both girls and guys (Tony can vouch for this!), big or small. I think it definitely helps if you're a bit of a nerdy like me and enjoy a good futuristic read, but there's enough mushy romance, action and everything else thrown in too.

I hope I've done enough to convince you that Socialpunk is definitely worth picking up and reading!! But.... just incase that's not enough here's a short excerpt from the book:

Twelve cups of water sat on the table, four for each of them. Next to each cup sat a pill—yellow for fat, red for carbs, blue for protein, and green for vitamins.
Vaughn took the red pill, ripped it in half like a pack of sugar, and poured it into his cup. He set his cup into a contraption on the table and it whirled and hissed. When the machine finished, the cup had a pink, swirly liquid inside.
Nahum looked at the four cups in distaste.
“Not up to your standards?” Vaughn asked, shooting his drink. He swallowed the mixture in one large gulp. “I would get you something else, but we’re rebuilding our hash. We can’t afford real food, plus it’s bad for you anyway. Extremely difficult to maintain a balanced diet.”
“Synthetic food can’t cost that much,” Nahum countered. He grinned. “We had it in our little fake world, at least.”
Vaughn chuckled. “Synthetic food is even worse for you than real food. Shortens your life. We stopped eating that stuff at the turn of the century. It gave people long-term hyperactivity, which can kill you. LTH took out a lot of the population, kind of like cancer in your day, except a bigger deal because the population had dwindled so low already. Plus, people live indefinitely now.”
Nahum’s nose twitched as he laughed. “People don’t live indefinitely.”
But Vaughn looked genuinely surprised. “Of course we do. Have you seen anyone who looks over the age of twenty-five to you?”
“What does that mean, though?” Ima asked out of curiosity. “How could you live indefinitely? You may not look older, but you still age.”
Vaughn grinned. “Like I said before—there’s a lot you don’t understand about this world.”
Socialpunk can be bought on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble - it's available in on-the-go formats like Kindle and Nook too :)

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*This book was sent to me for the purpose of writing an HONEST review as part of a bloggers book tour. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Yay, so glad to see you back! This book sounds great, I love futuristic/dystopian stories too so I'll definitely be adding this to my Amazon wishlist. Thanks for the review, I don't think I would have found this book otherwise. :) xx

    1. Aw thanks :) It really is a great book I enjoyed reading it - you won't regret picking this one up :) x


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