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I feel better for saying the words. But I want to go for Kora and her family. They were the first to befriend Peree and me when we washed up in Koolkuna, helpless as babies. I want to go for Thrush, Moon, and Petrel. I know all too well how it feels to lose a brother. I want to go for Frost. I want to go for Nerang, who saved our lives, and for the anuna, who took us in, even if some might unfairly blame us for this tragedy now. And… I want to go for Eland. I can still save these children. Everyone has done so much for us.

How can I sit here, enjoying the protection and comforts they secured for us, hoping someone else will help? Neither of which she minds. So we're stuck, with the Lofties, with the Scourge. The flesh-eaters don't come in Sometimes even a week or more. The elders didn't speak of those times. They say they can't leave the caves until the Scourge has left, but yet the arrows that Peree shot them with kills them, so why the fuck don't the groundlings make some fucking weapons!!!

Or, better yet, why haven't they made some fucking boats and taken to living on the lake since the Scourge can't swim?! Furthermore, this bit about Fennel's protection from them made no sense to me. I will be soon. I had assumed they'd captured one and would see if it shrunk away from her or something, but no, it was 'hey girl, it's your duty now to provide water to the whole tribe, so get going, and I hope you don't die.

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Then I start wondering, well I wonder all over again, why she would be the only one to get water as a Sightless other than Aloe, who is her foster mother, and just stepped down from water duties to become a member of the council I guess , and they clearly have no qualms about her safety.

In fact, they decide to punish her having given the Lofties their water rations against their wishes, by possibly condemning her to die outside the caves while the Scourge is there?! In fact, the whole issue of them not wanting to give the Lofties their water that day was stupid. Why in the name of gawd would they want to antagonize the people they admit gives them protection from the zombies?! Fennel does ask this, which was good, but still.

It didn't make sense. To sum up my feelings in pictures View all 14 comments. May 14, Leann rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , didn-t-want-to-put-it-down , dystopian-or-post-apocolyptic. The Scourge is a very well-written YA post-apocolyptic dysptopian novel written in first person POV with a great romance, and you won't want to put it down until you finish it.

Do I even need to say anything else? I mean, that's like my list of all of my favorite things in a book. So if you don't want to go read it based on that sentence, then Actually, I do have two more things to say. It gave the story a depth and a perspective that is sometimes lacking in YA. Here they are: When the protagonist is afraid: "My heart is a desperate animal, smashing against my rib cage. When the protagonist is embarrassed: "I wonder if I've just thrust my face into a wall of fire, or if it only feels that way.

Love it! OK, now go get this book and read it. The author says on her website that a sequel is underway but, if there never was a sequel, this is wrapped up enough at the end that you wouldn't live with a grudge against the author for the rest of your life. So, A. Henley, if you're reading this, please stop and get back to work on it. Thank you. Jan 09, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: , book-series , earc. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It has a great deal of action and suspense throughout. And I am seriously enjoying books that involved people, MCs with a disability!

Fennel, or Fenn to her friends is blind, or Sightless as she is called. She lives in the forest with her people, the Groundlings. As the names suggests, her people live on the ground, and there are other people who live up in the trees, the Loftys. The Groundlings and Loftys have a uneasy history between them, they tolerate each oth I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The Groundlings and Loftys have a uneasy history between them, they tolerate each other most days, but there is still tensions between them. But the time when they come together is when fearsome creatures, Fleash-eaters, attack them and forces them to hide.

The Groundlings take to the caves and the Loftys to the trees. And in the forest there is only one water hole where they can collect their water. But it is told a Sightless is protected from fleshies flesh-eaters , thus it is there job to collect water and bring it back to the Groundlings and the Loftys. But the Sightless has a Lofty protector, a Keeper, that protects them during their journey. And this is where Fenn meets Peree, her Keeper. And he watches over her every time. But the fleshies become reckless and are not willing to leave.

Which makes Fenn decide to venture beyond the caves and seek for the legendary waters that is said to be cleaner than their own and protected by the fleshies. With no other choice she goes with her Keeper to find and help save their people. But during this journey, they will face many dangers, and not from fleshies or animals but by infections and dehydrations. Yet as they continue on, they will both discover secrets that will change how they see their perspective and who they can trust.

This was a wonderful start to a series, I can see how this series can keep going stronger as the story progresses. Will Fenn and Peree be the ones to prove that Groundlings and Loftys can live together, can be friendly and have harmony amongst each other? You'll have to read to find out! Received a copy from the author herself in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Aug 21, Meghan rated it really liked it. I'll be the first to admit, I never read independently published books. For one thing, I'm one of those grammar Nazis who can't handle a few errors per page.

So imagine my surprise when I started reading this book on a whim, more because of its stellar reviews than because of its plot, cover, or price tag. For the record, this book was nothing like I'll be the first to admit, I never read independently published books. For the record, this book was nothing like Twilight or the Hunger Games--and I mean that in the best way possible. I don't want to give anything away, so for a synopsis read the blurb or other reviews that's what I did. I'm writing this in case someone else like me happens along.

And because, as a hopefully budding author myself, I felt a bit obligated to encourage readers to pick up this hidden bit of literary beauty. The plot is original and creative--I loved the idea behind the Scourge and being sightless, although parts were slightly unbelievable even in the context of the story. That's probably why I took away a star although if it were a perfect world, I'd only have taken away half a star.

Fennel is an extraordinary character--she is strong, witty, funny, imperfect in all the right ways meaning she isn't an obnoxiously and unrealistically perfect person , and she grows. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a character remains static throughout the story, like some famous ones I could name.

She is afraid and doubts herself at times, but what teenager wouldn't? The supporting cast was nearly as fantastic, but Fenn is the real treasure here. Error-wise: I found one or two errors and a few things I'd fix, but all in all this book is very clean. It feels a bit unfinished--doesn't have that nice, squeaky polish that big publishing companies add--but it passes muster and should be priced much higher if you ask me. The story brought me out of my own editing mode which is hard to turn off once it's on , and had me longing for more.

The story is fantastic as a stand-alone and I DON'T think there should be a sequel , but I will be keeping my eye out for more of Henley's work regardless. Cute story, a bit cheesy at times I've always had a soft spot for cheese , a tiny bit predictable, but overall a fantastic read and well worth the metaphorical leap into independent territory. View all 5 comments. I really enjoyed this book and the different outlook on the zombies. Definitely a unique storyline and the characters were compelling.

I ate this book up quickly since I couldn't put it down. Aug 05, Feminista rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , ya-and-new-adult , dystopian-apocalyptic-futuristic. Rating: 5 out of 5. This novel was brilliant. Loved the plot, setting and characters. I also enjoyed reading the author's afterword. Great use and research of Australia's Dreamtime stories.

View 2 comments. May 17, Joana rated it really liked it Shelves: dystopia , read , adorable-couple , arc-or-egalley , kick-ass-heroine. Fenn is Sightless. And in her world means that she is mysteriously protected from the Scourge. So when her mother Aloe become a member of the Three, is now Fenn's responsibility to be the water carrier to her community the Groundlings and to the Lofties. What are exactly the Scourge? The sighted say the creatures bodies are open in patches, weeping pus and thick, dark blood.

Their deformed faces are masks of horror. They roam the forests, reeking of festering flesh, consuming anything living. They're the reason why the Groundlings and the Lofties, have to be constantly on guard, in order to survive. To hear the agony of their hunger, smell their disease, feel their hot breath on my skin Groundlings and Lofties used to be one community. They all lived in the trees where they would be safe from any Scourge raiding.

But although they were safe they still have to gather food and protect their resources. So the dark haired were forced to live by the ground, while the fair-haired remained above. By then once a year, the Exchange happened, if a baby was born in the ground fair-haired he must go to live with a Loftie family and vice-versa.

So you can imagine, that besides the truce this two have, the tension was palpable. Now the Scourge are closing in, and so Fenn must bring water for her community that hides in the caves and to the Lofties. For that she will have the help of a keeper, Peree, a Loftie that will be there for her protection. Although Fenn should mistrust him, she finds herself liking his companion. He is kind, protective and thoughtful. He is there for her, every step of the way, he is there to comfort her, to entertain her with his stories.

In the midst of an eminent war, Fenn and Peree go in a crusade to find another source of water. Does it exist that pure water or is just a myth? Now Fenn and Peree must rely in each other, fighting for their survival and ultimately uncovered many truths about them all. A rich and complex new world, that makes us question, how humanity got to that point? What caused it all? And gosh, the twist and turns of this story, just knocked me out!! And did I mentioned how action packed it is? Not an insta-love, it was great to see how everything unfold They both stand for ehat they believe and what's right.

So if you're fan of dystopian stories, this one is for you!! View all 6 comments. Shelves: dystopian-utopian , kindle , fiction.

LITTLE PAPER ROSE: Review: The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness #1) by A.G Henley

What a surprise! It has been a long time ago since I really liked a YA Dystopian book. So many authors nowadays try to be the new Suzanne Collins, or Stephanie Meyer. The only thing that differs is the circumstances and the dystopian world they create but they all copy the 3 persons relationship.

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One girl who loves 2 boys. Two boys love that girl. So I have read a lot of disappointing YA books because of that. This time I was not disappointed though. Yes it is maybe in some eyes not the same genr What a surprise! Yes it is maybe in some eyes not the same genre because of zombies but I disagree, it is set after our world nearly died so I consider it the same genre. This has a lot of surprises though and to be honest, although I liked it, I think this should have stayed just the one book and not be a part of a series, but apparently this is book 1.

Yes I do not mean I do not want to read more by this author but I worry that book 2 will be what I described in the first part of my review, cause there is indeed a second boy in this book who loves the main character, only difference so far is she does not love him back. But I can see it coming, in book 2 boy 1 surprisingly disappears, she thinks he died but he did not, and she hooks up with boy 2.

Then boy 1 will come back blablabla. So please author of this very enjoyable first book, with great twists and very exiting new world, do not do that. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was refreshing so I hope that you do not go there. I enjoyed this book very much so not sure what to give. I think this explains why I tend to stay away from Zombie novels.

I get freaked out easily and do not like to be scared. I am so glad I got over my fears and read The Scourge though, because it is now one of my favorite reads of ! The novel follows Fennel, a Groundling, who because she is blind is tasked with gathering water for both The Lofties, who live in the trees and her people during attacks of the Scourge.

Because Fennel is sightless she is immune to the Scourge. To protect her during water gathering Fennel has a Lofty protector, Peree, who she begins to trust despite all of the terrible things that have been said about his people. The plot twists in The Scourge kept me on my toes at all times. Just when I was starting to get used to the world Henley pulled the rug out from under me. I was forced to reevaluate everything I thought to be true about the society. The characters in The Scourge immediate sucked me in to the story and instantly had me rooting for them.

I have never read a book written from the perspective of someone who is blind. It was refreshing to read about how Fennel perceived the world without ever being able to see it. Peree was incredibly likable. I loved listening to the stories he told and his strength. His dedication to Fennel felt completely natural and melted my heart. The romance was one of my favorite things about this story. The romance complemented the story and was believable.

The Lofties and Groundlings have spent generations resenting each other, Fennel and Peree are not going to instantly put that behind them. Overall, I loved this novel. If you are nervous about picking up The Scourge because it is self-published do not hesitate! I mean it run to your e-reader and download this novel. It was amazingly well written and completely addictive. I could not stop reading until I was finished and even now I am eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel!

View 1 comment. Oct 25, Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing Shelves: must-reads. I just want to give a huge Thank You to Kismet Touring for allowing me to be a part of this awesome tour. I have never ever read a book that has taken me by surprise like The Scourge did. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I look forward t reading more from A.

The Scourge is a story that has so many twists and turns and lies and secrets that each page you read leaves you breathless and wanting more. The Scourge is a story about a girl who is blind yes you heard me sh I just want to give a huge Thank You to Kismet Touring for allowing me to be a part of this awesome tour.

The Scourge is a story about a girl who is blind yes you heard me she is blind and she is a groundling who has to rely on her senses to help her people out. Being blind is not that bad but being the groundling that has to face the scourge alone does not scare her. Fenn knows her people need fresh water and she knows that she will have to face the scourge to get that water. But Fenn has a protector Peree who is a Lofty Keeper and he has vowed to keep her safe. Peree is determined to keep Fenn safe and sound from the scourge and make sure nothing happens to her. What he did not bank on was falling in love with her.

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But the two of them start to get closer and as time goes on they develop feelings for each other and can not deny them. Fenn knows she is in danger every time she has to get water for her people and the lofty keepers but she also knows that a job is a job and a lot of people are relying on her. Then Fenn and Peree uncover a huge secret and Fenn is not sure who she can trust. She questions everything she has been taught and with this secret looming she and Peree will have to figure out who to trust and who to stay away from. What will happen to Fenn? Will she be able to get past the secret or will it destroy her?


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WIll she and Fenn become a couple or will the secret destroy everything she knows? Come along and read this great story because it is one that will stay with you for a long time after you are done reading it! Apr 26, Jessie rated it really liked it Shelves: cutesy , beyondstars , awesome-booksstar , favorites. Damn, I can only imagine the stress and struggle the sighless go through in their everyday life.

But without a doubt, they are fearless and brave like Fennel. I could only imagine how difficult it would have been like to be blind in an apocalyptic world. The writing was easy to follow. The storyline had me thirsty for more. Book 2, here I come! Nov 10, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: blog-tours , reviewed.

The Scourge is an amazing dystopian novel that you really can't miss to read. I usually give at least 3 hearts to the books I review even if sometimes maybe they're not worth them, but I try to be positive but this book is absolutely a 5 hearts, and I'm not the type who gives five hearts very easily. From the first chapter of the book I've been completely caught up by the plot and I was so curious to discover about the Scourge, that I kept reading until the first hours of the morning, sometimes. Overall, I think that the world the author created is simply brilliant and absolutely interesting but then, the strong point of the book is certainly how the society is ruled.

Honestly, it's quite a common post-apocalyptic society, but then the twists and the secrets that will be revealed at the end, contribute to make the whole situation special. The society in which Fennel, the protagonist, lives is organized in Groundlings, those who live on the ground, in direct contact with the dangerous Scourge, and provide water for all the people, and Lofties, those who live on the trees, far away from the horror and fear of staying on the ground, where the beasts can find you; the only duty of the Lofties is to protect from the trees the Water Bearer, a blind person like Fennel who is protected from the Scourge, who has the task to provide water for others.

I found this whole situation really fascinating becuase it shows us how desperate and cruel human beings can be, in order to assure themselves security and survival. It's useless to say that in this case, Groundlings and Lofties were not in good relationship, since the Lofties benefited of the resources the Groundlings had to die to achieve. The point that turns the book completely is when Fennel decides to find the famous Hidden Waters a source that is hidden in the caves, far away from the Scourge, who didn't seem to like darkness , accompained by Peere, her Lofty Keeper: this journey will led the two of them toward incredible adventures and difficulties but, above all, they will discover a shocking truth that will once for all expose the cruelty and injustice of the society they live in.

I really loved how full of adventures this book was but the end was just shocking! There were so many revelations I didn't absolutely see coming and you know how much I love surprises!! Moreover I think the author's choice of speaking from Fennel's point of view was an amazing choice, because her blindness contribute to make the book more vivid and real; not being able to see things, she always describes the world around her with all 4 senses, so that you can perfectly see what she can't see instead. Nov 25, Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves: indie , indie-love , netgalley. Zombies are my bread and butter.

I have read so many zombie books and graphic novels, not to mention watching movies and shows. I had started to believe that I had seen it all. Then, along comes A. A Zombies are my bread and butter. All I will say is that these are not your typical, run-of-the-mill, walking corpses! Fennel, Fen, is such an interesting character to me. She is forced to use her ears and sense of smell to maneuver around the living dead good things those things moan and stink, right? It can also create an interesting scenario for the author, who is now forced to describe scents, sounds and how everything feels to the touch, as opposed to what they actually look like.

It is her job to bring water for her own people, the Groundlings, and for the group of people who live in the trees, the Lofties. While this seems like a symbiotic relationship, of sorts, it is quite political. Normally, politics grate on me, but in this case, it adds a complex level of tension to the story line. As Fen and Peree are forced to work together, they inevitably grow closer. They have a great dialogue, and I can sense their need to lean on, as well as protect, each other. I have a very bad feeling, though, that there is a love triangle looming in the sequel.

Do you ever read a book as slowly as possible, dreading every page turn? I kept one eye on the progression bar, wondering how everything could possibly turn out alright. There was going to be cliffhanger, for sure, and I hate cliffhangers! Now, how long will it be before I break down and get the sequel?? I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 4 comments.


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  5. Jun 25, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: dystopia , kindle-books , young-adult-fiction. I found "The Scourge" through an Amazon recommendation and after seeing all of the great reviews for it, I decided to pick it up. I'm very glad that I did! Is there anything that the great Amazon computer doesn't know? She belongs to a community called the Groundlings.

    They live on the forest floor and spend their lives in fear of "the scourge," a pack of I found "The Scourge" through an Amazon recommendation and after seeing all of the great reviews for it, I decided to pick it up. They live on the forest floor and spend their lives in fear of "the scourge," a pack of roaming zombie-like creatures. Above the Groundlings live the Lofties, in the tree tops. They are safer from the scourge due to their height. They won't let the Groundlings up into the safety of their trees, which creates a ton of bad blood, as you can imagine.

    Whenever the scourge appears, the Groundlings have to retreat to caves, which the creatures won't enter, and wait until they move on again. Fennel is sightless i. Since the sightless are for some reason immune to the scourge, she is tasked with taking daily trips to the nearby lake to bring back water to her community while they hide in the caves.

    A Lofty named Peree is assigned to be her keeper. He stays up in the trees, acts as her eyes and shoots any of the scourge who get too close with his arrows in exchange for half of Fennel's water, which he is able to take to his community. When the latest scourge visitation starts dragging out too long, Fennel volunteers to venture deep into the caves and try to find a fabled, protected water source for her people. What she finds changes everything she knows about her community.

    This is the first book I have read in which the protagonist is blind. It was very interesting to read a novel from that perspective. Henley does a really good job conveying how a person who can't see interprets the world. You don't feel like you're missing anything while reading, and it actually adds to the suspense in several situations. The characters are well written and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

    This is one of those books you don't want to put down because you're anxious to see what happens next. I think that both kids and adults will find something to enjoy in this novel. As a teacher, I'm already thinking of several students I want to recommend this to when I get back to school. This was a good one! Sep 24, Cherish rated it it was amazing. After reading the reviews for this book, I had to give it a try.

    I was lucky enough to get to read it for free even though it is very inexpensive on amazon because I am a Prime member. This was one of those digital page turners that I thought about all day until I could finish it. At first the writing seemed similar to my first creative writing c After reading the reviews for this book, I had to give it a try.

    At first the writing seemed similar to my first creative writing class submissions, and I found myself mentally correcting things my own professors mentioned and counted off in my writings that I saw within the first few chapters, but after the plot gets going, I suddenly forgot all about the minor details and was sucked in.

    Fennel is similar to other dystopian heroines, and the story line is similar to other dystopian tales I've read, but the characters are so well developed, and genuine that I fell in love within 3 chapters. The story telling within the book is one thing that enchanted me, and I cannot wait for the second book in this series! Feb 14, Jenny rated it it was amazing. This story had me hooked from the very beginning. Fenn is a strong willed young girl that isn't afraid to test traditions yet shows the vulnerable side of being a seventeen year old girl.

    She fully accepts her responsibilities to her community, putting others needs before her own. I love the way her relationship with Peree is explored when the two end up on a dangerous but necessary journey. This book is full of drama, suspense and a little romance. It was an intense read that I couldn't put dow This story had me hooked from the very beginning. It was an intense read that I couldn't put down and recommend for young adults and those not so young adults that love a great adventure.

    Sep 12, Brandi rated it really liked it.

    Between stars! I enjoyed it but some reminded me of similar genre books which is fine because I know it's hard to have a completely original story. There were twists that were unexpected that I enjoyed as well as a nice ending that was NOT a cliff hanger to be continued. Thank God because frankly I'm getting sick of those. It's nice to enjoy a solo novel. Sep 29, Sydnie McMahan rated it really liked it. This book was amazing! I loved the perspective of the character being blind and Peree is absolutely swoon worthy.

    I love how the author incorporated so many different stories about the different animals "of the past". There are so many different twists in turns in the storyline, so many of which I didn't see coming. The romance was a bit underplayed but I still adored the characters. Fennel is so relatable even though she can't see and her struggle is enchanting to read about. The conflict betwe This book was amazing! The conflict between the groundlings and lofties isn't all consuming which I liked because it left room for other developments.

    The whole world is well thought out and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one. Dec 30, Heather T rated it it was amazing. And take notice is exactly what happened when I read this book. Had I judged The Scourge by that association, I would have missed out on an incredibly unique twist — the main character is blind!

    I was so curious to see how the author would handle this. Would I be able to sympathize with her struggles? The heroine is Fennel, or Fenn for short. Only the Sightless can survive walking among the Scourge, who are zombies created by a world gone wrong. Groundlings live on the ground appropriately named! I bet they have some awesome treehouses! When the Scourge terrorize the small community, the Groundlings are forced to retreat into nearby caves. Peree is the assigned Loftie who protects her using his bow and arrows when the Scourge get too close while she gathers water.

    To say any more than this would reveal too much, yet, oh how I wish I could talk more about it! Silly, silly Heather. That was so shortsighted of me. You see what I did there? I loved how others describe colors for Fenn in terms of activities or feelings; it really helped with picturing the world she lives in. It helped me to understand why things were the way they are and allowed me to create a better picture of this world and how things work. Even some of the vocabulary is different, which showed how separate the two communities are despite the Lofties pretty much living directly above the Groundlings!

    I loved the action and pace of this book! Speak up if you want credit! The book is about the two societies and an amazing Sightless woman finding out how deep her strength and courage truly run. Bottom Line It took me 7 months to move this book from having purchased it to the top of my TBR list, but immediately after finishing The Scourge, I got the second book and have already read it. That should speak for itself. Dec 13, Yoonji rated it really liked it.

    I guess they think, if a publishing house rejects a manuscript, it's probably not good enough. The truth is that sometimes, the story isn't what they're looking for at the time, or they've already signed a similar story. Whatever the case is, just because a book is self-published, it doesn't mean that it's bad! When I picked up "The Scourge", I didn't even know that it wasn't published by Random House or Penguin or what have you, and it didn't come through at all when I actually read the book either--in fact, it's one you should check out.

    Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless, but she knows how to survive in the dangerous forest. When she's called by her people to begin her lifelong task of braving the Scourge--flesh-eating creatures that haunt humans--to collect water for both the Groundlings and the Lofties, Fennel is anything but fearless.

    But she won't be alone. Fenn's Lofty Keeper, Peree, a boy who smells like summer, protects her from the trees. When the unlikely pair uncovers a secret that shatters the truths they thought they knew, Fenn must decide who and what to protect--her people, her growing love for a boy she thought she'd never fall for, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.