Contemporary Romance

Review: Saven Disclosure

Saven Disclosure
Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A compelling sci-fi romance with everything from subterfuge, alien invasions, and a love that spans the galaxy.

How many lies can one tell before they start to lose track of them? How many secrets can one person keep before trust is broken? Sadie Owens is in a perilous position. Everyone wants a piece of her. Whether to kill her, exploit her or have her kill someone else because Earth is on the brink of warfare on every front, from civil war to alien conquest.

Above all else though, Sadie will fight to her dying breath to protect those she loves, particularly Logan, heir to the Saven thrown. To Sadie, loving him is both easy as breathing and as hard as believing out planet is flat. Their bond is undeniable but she’s barely seen him because as crown prince to the only alien race that might help human kind he’s been attending to his duties, and it’s taxing on their relationship.

She had been patiently waiting for the powers that be to make things right. But when she finds out her sister has been sent to sector twenty, a place where lower class humans like her lose her free will, she won’t sit by any longer. Can she help her sister and mankind without putting the people she loves in danger, especially Logan since not all humans want extraterrestrials walking the Earth and are determined to remove them at all costs?

“He’s in here” – I smash a hand over my heart – “and no matter how much I wish to evict him, I can’t get this lovesick organ to cooperate. I ache for him. I physically hurt and it feels like I’m dying…”

Siobhán Davis continues the excitement of her series by adding intergalactic politics and travel to the already captivating story of young love amidst conspiracies and alien incursions. This skillfully penned story had my heart stalling with its thrilling plot, epic love and vivid journey to different worlds.

Whereas the first book in this series maintained its setting on Earth and we mostly guessed at aliens from a planet called Saven walking amongst humans, this second book introduces two new alien races, the Tor and the Amaretti. We also travel through the galaxy to visit their planets and I loved every minute of it because it is so richly described. As a Star Wars, Star Trek and all things sci-fi nerd girl who also loves to read romance I would love to see a movie of this series.

I did however want to slap some sense into Sadie a few times in the beginning though. She is still the strong and brave girl we met in the previous book, tougher with all the training she was doing under Haydn’s caring and careful tutelage. But she was way over her head with the rebels and the vice president and all the lies and secrets she was keeping. Eventually she would have to pick a side. It was a time bomb I was just waiting to blow up in her face.

“I’ll be on the side championing freedom.”

Although that is the awesome dichotomy of first young love, while it’s youthfully foolish and sometimes woefully dramatic, it’s also incredibly pure and utterly sweet. And while Logan is no stranger to deception of his own I adored how he didn’t hesitate to do right by his people and humans or express his love to Sadie. Every time these two were together the swoonage went sky high and the inner romantic in me ate it up.

“I won’t exist without you.”

Even though it did pain me to see Logan’s friendship with Haydn go askew due to Haydn’s very real but totally unrequited feelings towards Sadie. I hope he gets to meet his true love.

Along with Haydn, I liked that all the appealing characters from the first book like Neve and Jordan are back and new ones are introduced to move the plot forward. Yes, I’m referring to Princess Dalitza, my namesake! I thought I would be giggling nonstop every time I read about her, but I was completely immersed in the story.

There are a lot of amazing surprises in this book. I could guess at a couple but then there were some plot twist that completely floored me and that cliffhanger had me desperately wishing I could borrow some sci-fi time travel technology so I could fast forward and get my hands on the next book. It’s been several days since I finished this book and I still can’t get over my book hangover. I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.

Saven: Disclosure is the second book in the Saven series by Siobhán Davis which I strongly suggested not be read as a standalone but rather in order. It is a superb Young Adult, fantasy/sci-fi, dystopian romance. Told from the heroine’s point of view that ends with a cliffhanger.

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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