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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Project X by Nephylim

Project X by Nephylim

NEPHYLIM was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean. 

Nephylim has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Nephylim became the storyteller for a re-enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

Later in life, Nephylim became the storyteller for a re-enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Nephylim lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and her two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. The part of her that needs to earn money is a lawyer, but the deepest, and most important part of her is a storyteller and artist, and always will be.

In present times, Nephylim lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and her two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. The part of her that needs to earn money is a lawyer, but the deepest, and most important part of her is a storyteller and artist, and always will be.



Title: Project X
Author: Nephylim
Release Date: 23 September, 2014
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Book Trailer: TBA on 08 September, 2014
Cover Reveal: 07 September, 2014
Retail Price: eBook USD 6.99
Paperback USD 18.99

Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Always was and always will be. At least that’s what Matthew Hopkins thinks. Unfortunately, Morgan is also a brilliant law student, and easily eclipses Matthew, academically and socially.Matthew insists he hates Morgan. According to Matthew’s best friend, Cory, perhaps he doth protest a bit too much. Cory has received the chance of a lifetime in the form of an internship with ITM—Information Technology and Medicine—the prestigious research company where Morgan’s father is the CEO. Too inquisitive for his own good, the naturally curious Cory stumbles on a deadly secret inside of ITM. What he has learned will tip the balance of everything, but for good or bad?Just what is the mysterious Project X?What is Morgan’s involvement?Matthew has to sort fact from fiction, friend from foe, as his world is turned upside down and inside out, and nothing can be the way it was.

Review
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
 For Romantic Science Fiction Lovers

Most of us are aware of human experimentation, the ethical issues that spark debates, the movies that spark terror. These are all true up to a certain extent but most probably what comes to mind are the psychological human experimentation rather than genetic manipulation. The issues that surround this type of experimentation on the animal and plant levels are controversial enough so human DNA experimentation would most likely be labelled: TABOO.

When does a scientist cross the boundaries of ethics and abuse? This is the question that comes to mind when reading Project X. It is told from a romantic point of view and it is a romantic and heart wrenching tale. The science fiction aspect is not romantic, however, for it tells the tale of science crossing the boundaries of ethics and moral conduct.

Morgan is seen by Matthew as a horrible, spoiled brat who had the luck to grow up silver spoon fed and all the money in the world. To rub salt into the already deep injury jealousy carved Morgan is beautiful and has the brains that only parents could dream their child to have. This young man has everything. The icing on the cake is the fact that he is an individual everyone craves to be, including Matthew even if he denies it.

The minute Matthew saw Morgan on campus two years ago, it was war. A war between wills that became a circus to the observer. The hate Matthew did not spare Morgan was legendary. The fact that Matthew could discourse law with Morgan seemingly with ease was the stuff of legends. Only thing is, Matthew comes from a blue collar family so his fame was not as brilliant. When the two are put together for a moot discussion on law, the two brilliant minds collide. Will their hearts be able to handle it?

Cory is Matthew's best friend. His is a brilliant mind that feeds on biochemistry and anything IT. When he stumbles into an experiment he was not meant to even hear about, he sets fire to the already hot relationship between his best friend Matthew and his idol Morgan. Who or What is Project X?

It all goes to a head when Morgan's behavior begins to change and health to spiral down. Cory now finds himself in the middle of a game he never expected to meet outside the realm of science fiction. He now finds himself the key to maybe saving the life of Morgan. Maybe his over-curious mind should not have driven him to hack into the system? Maybe, he should just forget about it? 

This was an astounding tale of human DNA experimentation that crossed boundaries. This is not an action packed book but it has enough suspense and thrill of the unexpected in it to make it impossible to put down. It has enough ethical questions raised to get the mind discussing the pros and the cons silently. It has enough heat between Matthew and Morgan to get the romantic at heart to want for more.  

Starting ordinarily enough, this should have been a simple tale between two academically competetive young men and how their relationship turns from unveiled insults and unhidden sarcasm to that of love and dependence. When the story turns for the race to save Morgan's life and the quest for a solution, then it turns into full blown suspense/thriller/science-fiction. With that turn, then this became an extraordinary tale. It was a wild ride reading this, for the pace set to motion was sometimes too fast and a bit confusing to the unscientific mind. Thankfully this is fiction so whatever I missed out on, I could only skip over as fiction (I hope).

Excerpt

“You know, sometimes you can be all right, Morgan. Why is it that most of the time you’re a complete bastard?”
“What? Is that what you think of me? That I’m a complete bastard? Why? What have I ever done to you to make you think that?”
Uh oh. I should have shut up right then, but of course I didn’t. “It’s not what you do to me, although you’re a jerk to me sometimes—like Saturday night for example, with all the shit about Cory with your Dad—but usually it’s just the way you are with everyone. It’s like you have to have everything, then show how little you value it— things, people, the way you look, your intelligence. You seem to use everything you have, everything you’ve been blessed with, to put other people down.”
“I don’t understand what you mean.”
“Well, take all the Morgan fans, for example. The school is full of them, boys and girls. They follow you around with goofy expressions on their faces. They vie with each other for your attention, and you soak it all up. You bask in it and show off to it. You play to the crowd, then just walk away. You use people to stroke your ego, then just walk away. And you don’t care if you walk all over them to do it.”
“Is that what you think I do?”
“It is what you do, Morgan. I’ve watched you do it over and over and over. You don’t seem to care about anyone but yourself and you use people for what they can give you, then drop them.”
“I...” He looked stunned. Again, I really should have stopped.
“You’re the same with relationships. Do you have any idea how many hearts you’ve broken... and not just broken... trashed? Nothing ever seems to last for you. You don’t seem to value anything you have.”
“That’s enough, Matthew. I get the idea. You should have told me you felt this way about me and I wouldn’t have... I....” He leaned forward and started the car. His voice sounded choked and I suddenly realized what I’d done.
“Look... I didn’t mean it like it sounded. I’m sorry I was so harsh.”
“No, you’re right,” he said, as he pulled out of the parking space. “That’s the thing. You’re absolutely right. I do treat people like shit. It’s the way I am. When I try to reach out to people, it always blows up in my face, so I really don’t know why I bother anymore. I’m not a people person and I suppose... I suppose I’m not a very nice person, certainly not an easy.... I’m not a good…. Never mind.”
I didn’t know what to say to him. His voice sounded as if he was on the verge of tears, but his face was hard and set, his eyes like chips of glass, fixed on the road. I felt as if I’d crossed a line and it had turned into a barrier between us, a barrier I couldn’t hope to cross, so what was the point in trying? 



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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me, and for your fabulous review. I had a lot of fun researching and writing Project X. I'm glad you enjoyed the characters because they really came alive for me, especially Morgan. Phew, he was hot...and cold...and hot...and cold and...well Morgan! :)

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    1. Yay! Absolutely loved this read. Can we have more ? ((Hugs))

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