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Spotlight and Review: Win the Rings by KD Van Brunt

Posted by Sizzling Hot ya Books on April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Win the Rings - KD Van Brunt

Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons.  But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army.

Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free.  Operating on the theory that it takes one to catch one, Jace is send out with a special ops squad to hunt Gray down. But Jace is not the only one pursuing Gray, and the competition is after her too.  What ensues is a desperate chase through city after city as duty and honor collide with love and sacrifice.

 About the author: 

During the eight hours of the day when I’m not writing, reading or sleeping, I’m a lawyer in Washington, DC.  I grew up in Southern California, moved to Seattle before coming east to Boston to go to school.  Now, I live in the great state of Maryland with my wife, my dog—a standard poodle named Buffy (and who do you think named her?), and my hot Camaro.  One of the few things I like better than pizza is driving fast.  So, if you happen be in the DC area and a black Camaro with a red stripe and a rear spoiler roars by and blows your doors off…thaaat could be me.

Website: http://www.kdvanbrunt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KDVANBRUNT

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My Review: 4 hearts

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I started Win the Rings, because this is not my typical go-to genre. Granted I love a hardcore, tough heroine and all. In turn, that’s what gave me the motivation to really dive into this story line, see what made her this way. And boy, am I so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone with this one.

First off, there’s Jace–a teenage girl who has been the part of the United States Army for a very long time. You see, Jace has special abilities where when she touches someone, she’s able to become them–shift into them in a way but still have their own thoughts at the same time. All individuals who are this way need to be brought to one place, somewhere secretive that’s run by the army, where they are supposed to be training and maintaining their abilities safely. Jace isn’t necessarily like the others though, in the sense that she’s tough…to put it mildly. Heck, Jace can beat up anyone and everyone put in her way. And she does…a lot. In turn, she’s chosen to graduate the program early. But before she’s granted the freedom to leave, she must go on a hunt for rogues who never took the test to see if they had these abilities.

Or really one rogue in particular. And his name is Gray.

Gray’s been on the run with his older sister since he was a little kid. But his time is fast running short with the army on his trail. Regardless of his attempts at trying out a normal life, Gray knows he’s different, and also knows his sister has risked a normal life to take care of him. But what’s a guy to do when he has absolutely no idea of the fate that’s waiting for him in the end?

Character wise, I felt a little more attached to Gray. Knowing his background, seeing him in everyday situations, I felt he was a little bit more developed. I truly enjoyed his protectiveness towards his sister. Even not knowing his fate fully, he did everything he could to protect her, as she did him. It’s not often in YA books that you get to see a great brother and sister relationship like this, but I was super excited to explore just that in Win the Rings with this pair.

Jace. Loved her. I did. I just wanted more from her in a way. More emotion, less hardcore. Not that I didn’t like her hardcore, it’s just that I wanted to see her feel a little more. I’m really hoping that’s the case in the next book, because I really did enjoy her character, but maybe seeing a softer side to her will help me love her even more.

If your looking for romance in this book, then you’ve got to know that there is very little. A sad down point for me, but not a deal breaker at all. You do get too see Gray struggle with trying to maintain a relationship with a girl, but it’s short lived. Buuuut, if your looking for a non-stop adventure that never ceases, then Win the Rings is exactly the story for you. Two young people, living through a life with the weight of the world on their shoulders, trying to find out who they are, all while channeling their abilities, is the story you’ll find here. Something fresh, something truly different then than the normal YA book, Win the Rings is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on. Great story line, an  amazing hero, and a tough heroine? Really, that’s what this story is. I loved it. A lot. And will be impatiently waiting to see what’s to come in Jace and Gray’s world now that…well, I’m not going to spill the secrets here, but trust me you’ll want to read Win the Rings to find out the secrets and mysteries alone.

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