PERCEPTION

PERCEPTION

by Heather Cashman, Villate McKitrick

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BN ID: 2940012925374
Publisher: Heather Cashman
Publication date: 05/26/2011
Series: The Tiger's Eye , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Heather Cashman graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry but has always loved to write, winning her first contest in the second grade. She welcomes opportunities to visit schools, libraries, and book groups in person or via Skype. Born in Tucson, Arizona, Heather currently lives near Wichita, Kansas with her husband and three children.

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Perception 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I liked: 1) The entire plot. It was so fresh and new that I was just completely surprised and drawn in to the story from the very beginning. 2) The descriptions of the settings. I could completely immerse myself in these settings. It was so described that I could almost smell the Passion Vine flowers, or taste the nectar. 3) Kade and Ana's relationship. There's a lot of stuff that you learn about from their past that would lead you to believe their relationship would be strained if existent at all. But they are very close, and seem to balance each other very well. 4) The title - I cannot imagine a more aptly named book than this. The meaning of the title made clear on p. 48 - it's all about our (their) perception of what is good and what is evil - Ana cherishes her ingenium (Rijan's) ability to only perceive things in black and white. There is no gray. 5) There is a love story, in the middle of this action novel. What I didn't like: 1) Post-apocalyptic names are strange. Not really a complaint so much as an observation. 2) I really would have liked to get to know Kade better. I thought he was a very interesting character, and we got to know him from Ana's opinions of him, but I would have liked to understand his choices more. Overall Opinion: I was completely drawn into Perception from the very beginning. One of the things about it that really speaks to Miz Cashman's talent as a writer was her ability to only reveal so much, as to keep you wondering the whole time. Additionally, it was a new and fresh plot, with interesting characters that are very real, without the "boxy" constrains of typecasting that you find in some books. Loved it, and can't wait for book 2!
ljldml on LibraryThing 5 months ago
¿I was immediately drawn to the characters of this book. I love post-apocalyptic stories and this is one of the best I've read. I was slightly confused at first about the relationship between the main characters and their tigers, was it a telepathic link or were the tigers an extension of the characters' souls (as in the Daemons in Golden Compass). Once I understood the relationship, it was much easier to understand. I didn't care for the unorthodox names of the characters, but that is really the only thing I have to complain about this book. The descriptions the author put forth were amazing, I felt I could actually hear and see the Passion Vine. I also loved the words of wisdom from the tiger Rijan: for example, "Worry is fear of the future. It is foolish to fear something unknown because you don't know it". Wow. This is a great book. I give it 5/5 stars and look forward to the second in the trilogy.
KristiBernard on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Books are wonderful for taking readers away to far away lands where the rules are different along with the peoples and culture. Perception gives readers lots to think about and forces us to look inside ourselves on how we view ourselves and how others perceive us to be. None of us can know how strong we are until we are forced to push ourselves to extreme limits. Most of us would do astonishing things we never thought possible unless it was to protect someone we love.Cashman introduces readers to a world where human and animal are tied together through telepathy. This world houses various districts, each with a different perspective on how humans and their animal, ingenium as they are called, communicate, love and protect each other. All are honorable and truth is more precious than any treasure. But of course, like most world's there is always an enemy lurking in the shadows forcing those that are good to make sacrifices and even question their own worth.Ardana and her ingenium tiger named Rijan, show us this tale of self discovery as they search for freedom for themselves, as well as, for their people of the Tiger District. A place that used to be their home until Baelon, a ruthless man who killed her mother and captured her father so that he could become the ruler of the Tiger District. His treachery and her need for revenge drives her and the reader along for an adventure of revenge, a battle for freedom and an understanding and acceptance of love, to find the truth and to set things right.Ardana, along with her twin brother Kade and his tiger ingenium Adamas retreat to the Outskirts where survival is their main objective. Prepared to escape to the ocean, they encounter the Passion Vine Forest where they learn more about their heritage and their past. Ardana and Kade are half breeds. Their father a man from the Tiger District, and their mother a woman of the Passion Vine District fell in love. It was forbidden for districts to intermingle with one another, but love does conquer all. It was this love that started a fury of deceit and betrayal of two men who were once the best of friends. The father, Valdaran and his new enemy Baelon, the now Senator of the Tiger District.As the story unfolds, new characters are introduced and create a complicated mission to save all of the districts. Ardana and Kade along with their ingenium are pushed to the limits of separation, love and determination to find who they are and where they ultimately belong. They need proof of who they are, which is written on papers secured away in a bunker guarded by Baelon. The papers are all they need to secure their future, save their father and bring back justice to the land they once called home.Cashman introduces a world with oversized animals with extreme intelligence. Humanoid creatures with scales for skin, poison for blood, and a connection with trees and vines that can strangle or embrace. This story takes readers on a roller coaster ride that makes you root for good to conquer evil. There is something for everyone, love, bloody battles and descriptive scenery that any reader would long to see.
HWimmer More than 1 year ago
I’m really not into teen\young adult books but I'm so happy I read this book. At first I thought the book reminded me of Hunger Games because both worlds have Districts and Hunger Games had the Games and Perception has the Campaign. The difference is how the heroin finds her freedom or her perception of freedom. It also has the fantasy of Philip Pullman His Dark Materials with the connection between Human and ingenium animal and the unconditional love the human and ingenium have for one another. The first few chapters were a little confusing and I wasn't sure what was going on and how the animals (ingenium) and people worked, to be honest I’m still not sure I completely understand even after I finished reading the book. I have to be honest and tell you I was quite lost at one time and just hope that the author will clarify the connection in her next book. At times I would get lost and have to reread the section because the action of the character didn't seem to fit or work with the scene presented in of the book, but I loved the story. Heather is a fantastic story teller. I loved the idea of ingenium in this case a tiger and being able to telepathically communicate with them at all times. I also loved the fact that ingenium couldn't lie but could only communicate though what they saw as their perception. The love between the human and ingenuim is beautiful and I wish sometimes I could see myself the way others see me. I loved the heroin of the book Ardana and her ingenium Rijan. She was feisty, insecure about herself, strong, doesn't take no for an answer and tries so hard to right wrongs. She has a twin brother Kade and they telepathically communicate with each other and their ingenium. In the begining of the book Kade and Ardana were never allowed to be alone with one another, we see how their relationship changes when they are constantly with one another. Their connection is beautiful and yet a painful bond as they feel each other’s passions, loss and desires. There is romance in the book but it is fun to read and I have to admit when Ardana wasn't sure of her feelings I wanted to yell " How could you NOT love this guy? I love this guy." the romance is made for teenagers so there isn't anything inappropriate. There are several themes that float though the book; What is freedom, What is truth, Unconditional love, Choice and Perception? Ardana explores each of these themes though-out the book and when she finds the answer to the question we learn a little more about her and slowly fall in love with this character. The author had me asking myself the same question of what is freedom and what choices would I make if I was Ardana. I never felt the connection with Hunger Games as I feel with Perception. With all the popularly of young adult books and how many seem to be a knock off of another I find this book refreshing because it is its own story and book. There are sword fights, death match, romance with realistic charm, and amazing characters you will fall in love with. Give this book a try you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for the next one.
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bookhimdanno More than 1 year ago
I'm really not into teen\young adult books but I'm so happy I read this book. At first I thought the book reminded me of Hunger Games because both worlds have Districts and Hunger Games had the Games and Perception has the Campaign. The difference is how the heroin finds her freedom or her perception of freedom. It also has the fantasy of Philip Pullman His Dark Materials with the connection between Human and ingenium animal and the unconditional love the human and ingenium have for one another. The first few chapters were a little confusing and I wasn't sure what was going on and how the animals (ingenium) and people worked, to be honest I'm still not sure I completely understand even after I finished reading the book. I have to be honest and tell you I was quite lost at one time and just hope that the author will clarify the connection in her next book. At times I would get lost and have to reread the section because the action of the character didn't seem to fit or work with the scene presented in of the book, but I loved the story. Heather is a fantastic story teller. I loved the idea of ingenium in this case a tiger and being able to telepathically communicate with them at all times. I also loved the fact that ingenium couldn't lie but could only communicate though what they saw as their perception. The love between the human and ingenuim is beautiful and I wish sometimes I could see myself the way others see me. I loved the heroin of the book Ardana and her ingenium Rijan. She was feisty, insecure about herself, strong, doesn't take no for an answer and tries so hard to right wrongs. She has a twin brother Kade and they telepathically communicate with each other and their ingenium. In the begining of the book Kade and Ardana were never allowed to be alone with one another, we see how their relationship changes when they are constantly with one another. Their connection is beautiful and yet a painful bond as they feel each other's passions, loss and desires. There is romance in the book but it is fun to read and I have to admit when Ardana wasn't sure of her feelings I wanted to yell " How could you NOT love this guy? I love this guy." the romance is made for teenagers so there isn't anything inappropriate. There are several themes that float though the book; What is freedom, What is truth, Unconditional love, Choice and Perception? Ardana explores each of these themes though-out the book and when she finds the answer to the question we learn a little more about her and slowly fall in love with this character. The author had me asking myself the same question of what is freedom and what choices would I make if I was Ardana. I never felt the connection with Hunger Games as I feel with Perception. With all the popularly of young adult books and how many seem to be a knock off of another I find this book refreshing because it is its own story and book. There are sword fights, death match, romance with realistic charm, and amazing characters you will fall in love with. Give this book a try you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for the next one. Thank you Heidi for this review..Heidi is a regular guest reviewer with us.
avalonpriestess More than 1 year ago
"I was immediately drawn to the characters of this book. I love post-apocalyptic stories and this is one of the best I've read. I was slightly confused at first about the relationship between the main characters and their tigers, was it a telepathic link or were the tigers an extension of the characters' souls (as in the Daemons in Golden Compass). Once I understood the relationship, it was much easier to understand. I didn't care for the unorthodox names of the characters, but that is really the only thing I have to complain about this book. The descriptions the author put forth were amazing, I felt I could actually hear and see the Passion Vine. I also loved the words of wisdom from the tiger Rijan: for example, "Worry is fear of the future. It is foolish to fear something unknown because you don't know it". Wow. This is a great book. I give it 5/5 stars and look forward to the second in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago