{Effie Reviews} Grounded by G.P. Ching

Posted June 13, 2013 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Grounded by G.P. Ching


by G.P. Ching
Series: The Grounded Trilogy #1
Published on November 1st, 2012
by Carpe Luna Publishing
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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In Hemlock Hollow, life isn't easy, but it is simple. Things in my community haven’t changed much in over three hundred years, since the time my Amish ancestors came to what is now the Green Republic. I milk my cow by hand, make fresh bread every morning, and hope to be courted by Jeremiah, a boy I’ve known since childhood.

When my father falls ill, the English doctor says a hospital outside the wall can heal him. Jeremiah convinces me to go on rumspringa, to experience the outside world as an Englisher in order to be closer to my father during his recovery. Others have gone before me. They claim it’s an adventure. But adventure turns to horror as an ordinary light switch thrusts me into a new world, and revelations about my personal history make me question everything I believe.

All my life I’ve worked to be simple. I can’t pretend anymore. Nothing about me is simple.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Finished reading this (e)book today and I’m completely in love with it! It’s filled with adventure, mystery and a dash of romance and it drew me in from the very first page.

The story is so incredibly well written and it sucked me in from the beginning to the end. I don’t even know how to begin to explain how much I enjoyed reading it. But I’m going to try anyway.

Ching’s world in this book is (hopefully) not probable but very believable. It would makes sense for society to make the decisions they did in order to survive. I won’t spoil things for other readers, but the decisions the ‘government’ made to ensure survival is something that is a possibility (up to a point), given the right circumstances. So it made the story all the more interesting.

That and the fact that the heroine is not your typical girl. She’s Amish, which – for me – was eye opening to read. It’s a completely different kind of heroine I’m used too. Also I was enthralled when I read the pieces about Amish life and such. It’s just so different and it gave the book that little bit of extra that I love in the books I read.

About the characters: I admire Lydia for being able to still stay true to herself despite having to make decisions that go against the Amish ways of life. And then there is Korwin, he’s lived his entire life in a … well I’m calling it a prison, because to me that’s what it was. The guy that raised him, Maxwell Stuart, he wasn’t what I would call loving and supportive either, to me it felt like he raised Korwin just so he could help the ’cause’. But despite all that Korwin is still such a nice and good guy that makes you want to start fangirling. And Jeremiah, well he’s a nice guy but I didn’t feel the butterflies or swoon when I read about him, like I did with Korwin. Jeremiah’s like the boy-next-door that you grew up with and that you love in a sisterly way.

One thing that bothered me though, was that it felt too fast-paced at times. It would have been nice to get some more information about certain things in the book. But other then that, everything was great.

Well I think that’s about all I can say about this book. I would definitely recommend it to other people, because it’s a really good book and absolutely worth your time. I also read somewhere that it’s going to be a trilogy, so I cannot wait to read the second book and see what’s going to happen next!


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