Sunday, January 13, 2013

Delta Project: Hide by Jessica Jaster

Publisher: Unsure (I believe the novel is self published and available through Amazon, but I am not sure. There is no official word from me.)
Age: Young Adult
Interest: Requested Review/ Interesting Plot
Source: Copy from Author

D005 has been a part of a secret government program known as the Delta Project her entire life. She has been genetically modified to be stronger, faster, smarter and to heal faster. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and battle tactics, she has been worked to physical and mental exhaustion every day of her life. Raised without love or care of any kind, she has no idea what it means to be happy – to be free. And now she has run away. But then she wakes up on the rocky shore of the Missouri River with no memory of how she got there, or why there are bullet wounds, scratches and bruises riddling her body. Her entire past has become a blank sheet except for a recurring nightmare of her running through the woods with dogs chasing her and voices shouting at her that she can never hide. As she struggles to understand the kind of life she has never had, emotions she has never felt before, and the mystery of her past, she is helped by Brianna Hartman and Reid Phelps – the two teenagers who discover her. When she goes to live with Brianna at the Hartman Ranch, she must also learn to deal with Bri’s brother, the gruff Cormac Hartman, who is running from his own past. He seems to hate her from the word go, but when she discovers his crude attitude is just his way of dealing with the hurt he is feeling, she decides to make it her mission to draw him back into life. Then a mysterious stranger comes to the ranch and her new world comes crashing down around her as her past comes back to haunt her. (Summary from Goodreads.com)

I was given a copy of The Delta Project: Hide by Jessica Jaster in exchange for an honest review.

The Delta Project was a good book I was able to read in just a few hours. D005 (AKA Weston) was a sweet and endearing character. I loved the more naive aspects of her personality, all that she had to learn. She wasn't child-like, although her enthusiasm and humor translated into an adorable kid-ish excitement. Her intelligence and special skills were interesting to see out as they popped up. Girl power all the way! For a thriller-sounding novel, the book was extremely light and made me happy.

I almost wish there had been a little bit more danger or suspense in the book, but I loved it just as it was. More might have actually caused me to not like The Delta Project as much. It was a perfectly light read and I loved it that way.

Of Weston's friends, Bri, Reid, Cormac, etc. only one really stood out. Former solider, hot cowboy, tough exterior with gooey marshmallow insides and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility Cormac Hartman come on down. *Sigh* what a dreamy, steamy guy. The only issues I had with him were his past, which seemed a little bit too much to pile on his shoulders and the quick way he jumped into kissy face after being distant for so long.

I wanted more information about the Delta project behind the scenes, like why these kids were being trained, who started the project etc. There has to be a very interesting story behind all of the fuss. I'm looking forward to hopefully meeting more Deltas in the next book, like Weston's brother, D006.

A few problems with The Delta Project took me out of the story. There were two or three minor spelling errors. I didn't like how Weston lost something very early on and suddenly regained it in the nick of time. The story didn't seem to have a set pace. It felt similar to scenes which were casually connected given the time gaps that happened. For instance, two weeks would pass, but only one or two scenes would be shown of it. Not every second has to be accounted for but, large gaps of time with barely any explanation rub me the wrong way.

The Delta Project: Hide was a great novel that I sincerely enjoyed. It would be perfect for young teens or anyone with a free afternoon. The pages simply fly by. It is a simple but adorable story of one extraordinary girl learning how to live an ordinary life. Those who enjoy contemporary, but wouldn't mind a little light action/genetic breeding would love this book. Also, HOT COWBOYS. That has always been a wonderful motivator.

Teaser Lines: "If she were to die, it would be out here. Not that she wanted to die. She really didn’t. She just felt suddenly like she needed, wanted more. There had to be more to life besides the constant training, orders, the rules, having every move you ever made watched and recorded. There had to be more. More what she didn’t know, but she wanted it."

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Happy Reading, 

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