Book Review: Sugar Coated by Shannen Crane Camp

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Title: Sugar Coated
Author: Shannen Crane Camp
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Release Date: September 2013
Series: The Sugar Coated Trilogy #1
4 Stars: I Really Liked It

An unhealthy addiction to sugar cubes, a deep-seated fear of water, and universal luxury—these are the simple things that make up 18-year-old Brynn’s Utopian existence. Why, then, is her perfect life also plagued with unanswered questions?

Like every other resident of the planet Halcyon, Brynn’s home provides everything she needs, money is unheard of, and life is perfect. But unlike the rest of Seaside’s residents, Brynn has questions. Why can’t people leave the city? Why does the ocean fill everyone with terror? Who are the Workers? Not only is Brynn curious where others are compliant, but she suffers from chronic nightmares of an angelic woman torturing her for information she doesn’t possess. But these are more than just figments of her imagination; they’re memories of things that never happened.

When Brynn meets Jonah, a brilliant, library-dwelling boy who shares her questions and her curiosity, they formulate a plan to find answers. Somewhere, the perfect veneer of Halcyon’s instant gratification hides a city that only Brynn knows about—a city she and Jonah are determined to find. But will finding the city give them answers, or simply uncover the horrific truth behind the perfection?

My Thoughts:
Every time I read one of Shannen’s books I get swept away with the characters. I love her characters! This book had the added treat to see a new world built. Her other books are contemporary, but this “Utopian” society was so different and interesting.

Along with being given anything they want the people of this society are taught to be afraid of water! It was such an intriguing and different idea. Even though I love water, I was terrified for them. I related to Brynn’s pull to the water even though she new she shouldn’t want to be near it and was afraid.

With all the world and character building the first half of the book started to feel a little slow. BUT then things picked up and got really exciting!

Jonah and Ty are both great guys! Their banter with Brynn was always entertaining, either hilarious or flirty. Ty was so sweet and deserves a great girl, but I’m Team Jonah. We’ll see if that changes during the next book.

Sugar Coated pulled me into a new world with characters I had to root for. If you like utopian/dystopian reads then you’ll love this one! Prepare yourself for a big cliff hanger at the end!

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: very mild ( kiss )
Language: none
Violence: mild ( torture, injuries, suspense )

I received the book from Shannen Crane Camp. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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