Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Evolution: Angel by S.A. Huchton DOUBLE REVIEW, AUTHOR POST and GIVEAWAY

 Title: Evolution: Angel
 Author: S.A. Huchton 
Series: The Evolution Series (#1) 
Genre: Adult Superhero Romance 
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 6 2014 
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print

Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government’s AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she's wanted. Now 18, she's finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment. As though coming to terms with her new ability to manipulate water isn't tough enough, she never expected to be swept off her feet by one of her fellow recruits. With genetic alteration, the threat of physical and mental instability hangs over every superhero like a shadow. When one of their own tumbles over the edge of madness, Candace will have to choose between protecting the world, and saving the one who holds her heart.

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 Top Ten Things Superheroes Miss Out On
by Evolution: Angel Author Starla Huchton

 In writing a series of books about superheroes, it occurred to me that they live very different lives from normal people. While being a superhero sounds great on the surface sometimes, here’s a few things my characters really miss from their time being regular people.

 1. Running errands - Now, if you’re like me, this is a chore. These are things we don’t necessarily want to do. But, for the superhero, these are the things they can’t do on their own. Think about Batman, who has Alfred around to do all those everyday mundane tasks for him. One, who has time for grocery shopping when you’re swamped with world conflicts to diffuse, natural disasters to avert, and invading armies from other planets to defeat? Either that, or you need an alter ego. Clearly Superman can’t just pop down to the mall for a new pair of shoes; he’d be swamped instantly by a bazillion fans or people asking for help, so, he needs a secret identity. And if you’ve ever tried to keep people from finding out a secret about yourself (especially when you have arch-enemies), you’ll know it’s dang near impossible to keep something like that under wraps for long.

2. Dating - How does this even work? Not many superheroes have the luxury of cruising the bars on Saturday nights (see item #1), so how do they meet people? Relying on rescuing people to get a date seems like a quick way to earn a whole passel of stalkers. Even if you meet someone through an online dating site, how would that profile read? “Works constantly at all times of day/night, death on the line at any moment, and potential matches must be willing to live under the threat of violence as my arch-nemesis will target you”? Sorry, Tony Stark, but I’m gonna have to pass on that one.

 3. Intimacy - So, pending a superhero has found a willing party to agree to the girlfriend/boyfriend thing, what happens next? I can think of several superheroes off the top of my head that could potentially kill someone during… well, behind closed doors. Rogue absorbs power/lifeforce through skin-to-skin contact (would kill you as skin to skin is required for certain things), the Thing is literally made of rocks (not exactly soft and cuddly), the Flash would be over before it even started for their partner… Yeah, no thanks. None of that sounds like fun to me.

4. Get a good night’s sleep - between all the crazy that happens after dark, plus the intense emotional scarring superheroes go through on their quests to save the world, how do they ever get any rest? Between evil villains trying to kill them all the time and the nightmares they face from their failures or memories of violence, I’d never sleep again if it was me.

5. Financial stability - Can you imagine the lawsuits a superhero would face from the sheer amount of property damage caused in a rescue attempt? I can’t imagine any one of them (aside from Batman or Iron Man et al that are super wealthy) even have a credit score that would let them lease an apartment, nevermind get a car or student loans.

6. Make selfish choices - Remember that time you decided to call in sick to work that one day because you stayed up too late the night before? The consequences of that were probably pretty minimal. Superheroes can’t do things like that for the simple reason that people DIE when they do. If Spider-Man takes the day off, the entirety of New York City could be turned into lizard people or wiped out altogether by some evil plot hatched by Green Goblin. Being even a little selfish will result in the deaths of people the superhero cares about. They don’t get days off, and they surely don’t get vacations.

7. Trust anyone - pick up any comic book series and you will undoubtedly see the “trusted friend turns betrayer” trope. Whether this is because the superhero failed them in some way, or because of blackmail, the superhero will always face-off against a friend they thought they could trust. Even if it’s not an intentional betrayal, people in comic books are always getting possessed by evil entities or manipulated by telepaths or used as puppets by some unstoppable darkness. This really makes you wonder why any superhero ever bothers even trying to have a friend/significant other, but part of being a superhero is that you just can’t help but be good. And good people trust others. It’s sort of in the job description.

8. Be bored - A bored superhero would probably be a happy superhero, because that would mean there was no one left to save. Unfortunately, a superhero’s job is never done, so boredom is a fleeting, far-off dream.

9. Have kids - Now, granted, some superheroes do, but I think I’d be terrified to consider it. Can you imagine raising a child that could literally disappear at any moment? Or change their appearance? Or run off on you faster than you could blink? Not to mention the whole “arch nemesis is out to find my weakness” thing. As parents, our children are easily our biggest weaknesses as there’s little we wouldn’t do to protect them. Also, how do you come to terms with it if your son/daughter grows up to be a supervillain? I’d never leave therapy. Plus, the teenage years are bad enough without your kids have superpowers.

10. Find a new job - Superheroes can never, ever quit. While typically they won’t have a boss they can’t stand, they’re essentially locked into their career choice for the rest of their lives. In the case of an immortal-type being, that’s a seriously long time to do the same thing every day, all day. Until you die. Although, to be fair, being a superhero can be very hazardous to your health and you might not actually live that long.

So that’s my list. Granted, being a superhero comes with plenty of perks, too, so I guess it’s about weighing your options. What do you think? Would you want to be a superhero?
 Author Information

 A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.
When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.

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*We were given copies of this book in exchange for honest reviews.
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!
This is the Sci-Fi book I have been waiting for.  Evolution: Angel is the first book in the Evolution series and it is SPECTACULAR!  
Candice is just a normal girl who wants to be like the superheroes in her beloved comic books.  Candice gets her wish to join a government program where superheroes are made and she quickly finds out there is more to the life of a superhero than just saving the day.  Candice is the kind of strong heroin I love reading about.  She is the kind of character who learns from her mistakes and embraces her flaws.
This book was so well written and the characters are well developed people who break superhero and Sci-Fi stereotypes wide open.  Evolution: Angel is action packed, emotional, quirky, humorous, romantic, and spicy all at once.  This is by for the best book I have read in a while and checks all of the boxes in my geeky fan girl category!
Happy Reading!

I had trouble sleeping one night, so around 10pm I started Evolution Angel.  At 3am I had finished it and was hurriedly opening the next book in the series. OMGee people! This may be my new favorite in Sci-Fi. I could NOT put it down!
It's exactly as you would imagine having gifts like these would be. Not what you expect, and harder yet more glorious than you could imagine.
Candace is not the normal heroine. She doesn't need saving, she is the strong one, she is the one who leads by example. I love her banter with all the characters, I am telling you I laughed, cried, laughed, snotted some more.... THIS IS A FANTASTIC book, and you simply HAVE to read it!



Starla Huchton said...

Thanks so much for the amazing reviews! I'm so glad you loved my superheroes! <3

Dowie said...

My favorite superhero is Elastagirl!! <3

MikeyB said...

Favorites depend on the medium they're in!

Comics: Spiderman
Movie: Iron Man
Animated: Batman - Batman Beyond version

angel lawson said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite superheros are Batman and Wolverine!

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