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Gentle Chains
     

Gentle Chains

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by Nazarea Andrews
 
Gentle Chains is a new adult title by Nazarea Andrews and it will be released in March.

When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost.

Juhan is bought by the spoiled

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Gentle Chains is a new adult title by Nazarea Andrews and it will be released in March.

When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost.

Juhan is bought by the spoiled daughter of a political scion. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan is startled to find Sadi playing a long game to change intergalactic politics and Juhan is merely a pawn in her game. But as his vow and Sadi's lies takes them across galaxies, he begins to wonder if his young owner is more than an arrogant rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise—especially when people they both care for begin to die.

A galaxy away, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability, she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training the draken—wild creatures of smoke and fire—for the arena. In the midst of that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she cares for. But when her defiance comes with devastating results, Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget the brother who promised to find her, and even as she welcomes the risk of death, she clings to that promise.

Spun across space and exotic worlds, Juhan and Chosi try to find each other, and home in a stunning story about the lengths love will take you.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151284608
Publisher:
A&A Literary
Publication date:
03/03/2015
Series:
The Eleyi Saga , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
348
File size:
247 KB

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Gentle Chains 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! I took a chance with this book (I had never heard of it, and there were zero ratings or reviews on good reads to inform my decision) and I was not disappointed. Gentle Chains follows the story of one set of psychic Eleyi twins, Chosi and Juhan, as they are kidnapped by slavers, sold, and how they grow into their new lives. The Eleyi are pacifists by nature, and so there is no hope of rescue from their people. Chosi is bought by a jakta, which is a compound that trains gladiators for entertainment purposes (think the Coliseum in Ancient Rome), while Juhan is purchased by the wealthy daughter of an upstanding yet fairly controversial Senator. Their lives take on very different paths, creating two very different, very interesting storylines. Chosi's story was more harsh, more brutal, as she is trained to fight to the death in the arena. I didn't like her story as much as her brothers; it was much darker, grittier, more depressing, and she turned into an annoying character by the end who wants to continue wallowing in her misery. Some of her story was quite interesting though, especially when she starts training with the draken (pretty much awesome, psychic dragons). She soon becomes the most lauded spectacle on Pente (the planet where glads train). She's in a horrible position. No one in any position of power is looking out for her, so bad things are continually happening. She does have friends in her draken (who can communicate with her psychically), and in her mentor-trainer Kristoff. But seeing how she is so popular with the crowds, the rest of the jakta tends to hate her, making life pretty complicated. Of course, those who hate here are preferred to her owner, who is constantly trying to get her into his bed. Juhan on the other hand, gets the better end of the deal. Sadi, his owner, buys him in order to change the Senate's view of Eleyi; the two pretend that he is her consort, and she treats him extremely well. The longer they pretend to be in love, the more true feelings they begin to notice. The only problem is that Juhan has sworn to his sister that he will find her and get her freed. He cares more about his agenda than Sadi's. In other news, Nazarea Andrews is not afraid to kill characters. I really enjoyed the split POV in Gentle Chains; it generally followed each character for a chapter and then switched to the other the next. Both had their own share of conflict, romance, sci-fi action, and terror. The writing is clear, concise (she doesn't linger on unnecessary moments, so the plot moves along at a brisk pace), and there are plenty of interesting (if not terribly likable) characters. I love the world building in sci-fi books like this, because there are endless possibilities for weird worlds out there. I'll be interested to see how the twins' stories move forward in the sequel, especially after the tragedy that struck at the end of Gentle Chains! See this review and others like it in full, fun format over at my blog, Ramblings on Readings!
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this story. I knew it was set in a sci-fi, futuristic, fantasy world with interesting characters, with even more interesting names, but I wasn't quite expecting the beautiful but heartbreaking story that ripped apart two amazing characters, only to see them go from strength to strength as they learned to live in a world full of chaos and violence. I was intrigued to see how both Chosi and Juhan would handle life in the unknown considering they were a gentle, non-violent race, but as they faced many obstacles it was easy to see how it shaped them into the fierce characters they were by the end of this book. Their lives as slaves differed drastically, with Chosi having to step into a warrior role from the get go, and Juhan seeming to have it a little easier. While Chosi played a physical game of survival she also had to dodge the manipulative and deceptive ways of the Ja and his brother. Juhan on the other hand was fully immersed in a mind game of deception and secrets himself. I was most surprised to see the changes in him. Chosi seemed to be a free spirit with plenty of fire from the very beginning, but Juhan slowly emerged into a character who would do just about anything to survive, as well as protecting those he cared about, even if it meant going against his own heritage. This book was all about courage, freedom and sacrifice. It was about making choices, even the more difficult ones, and facing the consequences. It was about stepping up and doing what was right in the face of adversity, and standing up to those who think they can bully you. It was a stunning read filled with emotion, and I look forward to continuing this story in the next book.
Books_She_Reads More than 1 year ago
There is a lot happening in this book, there are stories within stories around stories. Although there is more to be told beyond Juhan and Chosi, it is their POVs that we get. Captured, sold as slaves and then separated Juhan has made it his mission in life to get back to his sister. They live in a world that has multiple planets and space travel is a common occurrence. The possibilities of where Chosi has ended up are limitless, the task of finding her nearly impossible. The siblings have been thrusted into a life of slavery, the both of them dealing with two very different fates. Both longing to be home and to be back together. Ms. Andrews has created a world with paranormal abilities, traveling of galaxies, exploration of planets and introductions to different species. The book is a bit complex with all of the stories within the story. I suggest making sure you have some time to dedicate to this book, just to make sure you have the concentration to keep all the characters organized. Honestly, I kinda wish the two point of views of Juhan and Chosi were their own separate books. It was a bit distracting to be jumping between the two point of views all the time. Even if some of the events would have been overlapping I think it would have been more enjoyable for me. This is simply my own personal preference of reading a book, so while this bothered me, and ultimately led to me giving this a lower heart rating this may not be an issue for you at all. This book explores so many different kinds of love, it reminds us that unconditional love is not just between a parent and a child or two lovers. Love comes in so many forms between many different people and walks of life. They are explored in this book amongst a galaxy of many species and an infinite amount of travel. The search of one sister brings to light many secrets and dangers. The search of finding another reveals the strengths and limits one is willing to achieve to be free.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
So, wow. I was not expecting so much dark, gritty, heartbreak. And who knew that people could fall in love with their captives. I won't lie, this is not your light and easy read. This is serious, completely heartwrenching. You see, if you were stolen, tortured, sold into slavery, across space, you wouldn't get a happy day either. I mean, I LOVED this story, and I can say this is a phenomenally written, fantastic story. And I'm a little devastated with that little cliff hanger. Goodness, I am dying to know what's going to happen after that epic ending.  So we start with the twins. They are happy, carefree, life loving siblings. And then Chosi and Juhan, yes I called them nick names, are Taken. This happens to their people. They are stolen from their home planet, taken into slavery, sold, to different owners. I thought this was going to be the horrible part. I mean it is. It's a terrible thing to live through. But it's  not the worst. You see, on one end, Chosi is beaten and tortured into a kind of submission. She lives in a horrible world where everyone my fight to survive as well as follow the rules of some horrible people. I mean, seriously, I wanted to kill a whole lot of people on her end. But then she finds friends and love and a caring team. Oh she's not out of the woods, because even in the end, she's still in chains, they just aren't visable. I loved her fight. I loved her rebellious nature. She is going to survive, no matter what she has to endure.  The other end has Juhan. He has the more posh life of slavery. He's the consort of a politician's daughter. He gets fancy clothes. But he also gets his fair share of torture. Some physical, but a lot mental and emotional. I won't lie, he gets the lighter side of the book. But he's the one who will have the dark side come the next book after everything that happened in the end. He's the more submissive calmer sibling. It's different, as twins are usually yin and yang. He completes Chosi. It's a wonderful bond they have together.  This is a story that will grab you from the beginning. It will keep you on your seat. It won't let go. It will break you a little and have you in tears. Then it's going to drop your jaw and have you praying for the next book to hurry itself up. I mean, I about lost it with this book. I have read some dark things, but this one, had me so emotionally involved. I am astounded at how well the author conveyed what she needed to get across. I can't tell you things other than you should read this book. And dragons. I freaking love dragons. And awesome sauce. And I can't believe I have to wait. I need book two LIKE NOW!! GIMME!!!!!! 5 DRAGONS PAWS!!