Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bookanista Review: Invasion, by Jon S. Lewis--AND A GIVEAWAY!

Phew--it's been a busy week in Bookanista-Land. New members have been added. LOTS of emails were exchanged. And I have another awesome book to feature and give away. Good times all around! So let's get on with the review, shall we?

Today I'm featuring a book I was very excited to get my hands on: INVASION, by Jon S. Lewis.


Not only is he seriously one of the nicest, funniest authors I've met, he's the co-writer of one of my favorite middle-grade series: The Grey Griffins. INVASION is his first solo effort, and his first step into the YA age range, so I was DYING to see what he did with it. Cue much squealing when his publicist offered me a copy (which I will be giving away to one of you at the end of this post--but we'll get to that.)

Here's the official blurb from the publisher:

Colt McAllister is drawn into a war against things he thought only existed in comic books.
After a car wreck takes the lives of his parents, Colt moves to Arizona to stay with his grandfather. There, an informant tells him that his parents were actually murdered because his mom, a journalist, was getting ready to write a story exposing Trident Industries.

Along with Oz and Danielle, his new comrades at Chandler High, Colt vows to uncover the truth. But the more they learn, the more bizarre reality becomes. Mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles only scratch the surface of what they discover.

Colt is recruited by a secret organization called the Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural. But the battle isn't just against an out-of-control giant corporation. A gateway to another world is opening, and the invasion has already begun.


Jet packs, mind control and the secret organization of C.H.A.O.S.? Um...yes please.

There were many things I loved about this book, like Jon's hilarious sense of humor, or the way he peppered in so many specific details about his settings that he totally nailed the feel of SoCal and Arizona (and as someone very familiar with both of those areas, I'm picky about that. Well done Jon!) But I think what I liked better than anything is that INVASION fills a gap in the market, a gap I often get asked for recommendations for and have so few books to recommend.

It's YA, but I'd say it ranges more toward the lower end of YA, the 13, 14, and 15-year-olds. Bonus: it's a boy book. Don't get me wrong--as a supremely girly-girl I still found plenty to enjoy (and remember, I don't even like Sci-fi as a general rule)--but boys will LOVE this. I mean, it has Aliens. Sasquatch. Jet Packs. Training sessions that are like giant, virtual reality video games. Comic Books. Plasma blaster guns. Do I need to keep going? Cause I could. There is SO much good stuff. 

There really aren't enough boy books, especially in the YA realm, and so many of them fall more into the John Green, deep, meaningful, intellectual realm. So where are boys who want to read something light and fun and don't want to read a sappy love story between some average girl and insert-supernatural-creature-X-here supposed to turn? Well, now they can read INVASION. And I have no doubt they'll love it.

I also can't review a Jon Lewis book without giving his website a shout out. Not sure how he does it, but he gets the COOLEST art done for each of his books. Check out the INVASION artwork HERE. If you needed more motivation to read the book, those pictures will do it. So many cool creatures and characters. Love it!

But don't just take my word for it--see for yourself. I'm giving my precious copy away to one lucky commenter on today's post. To enter, just follow my blog and leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, February 12th. I'll post the winner on February 13th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome recommendations, check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are talking about: 

49 comments:

  1. This sounds awesome.

    And man, there is no way I can keep up with all these Bookanistas. Oh well.

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  2. This does sound interesting. I'm writing a boy book and would love to see how Jon S. Lewis handled things, plus mind control, jet packs and flying motorcycles, now that's awesome.

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  3. I loved The Grey Griffins (that you turned me onto and I won here BTW & thanks), so I know I'd like this too. Thanks for sharing all these cool books I didn't know about. I just got more of The Grey Griffins series from the library too.

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  4. Sounds fun. And I love the cover. It reminds me of Roswell, the '90s TV show.

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  5. YES YES YES!!! I'm always looking for "boy books" Every time I've told my students about a "boy" book I"ve read, at least three guys come running up to me and tell me they've started reading it and two girls tell me about a week later. This sounds PERFECT for my 8th graders. WOOT! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. ooh sign me up! This book sounds great. I get so many good recommendations from you bookanistas

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  7. Excellent acronym in CHAOS!! Wonderful!!!!

    Oooh I like the drawing of the guy version of a bookanista!!! Take care
    x

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  8. I am a gfc follower. I think my son would really like this book.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  9. Sounds cool! I love the C.H.A.O.S. thing.

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  10. DUDE. I may be a girl, but this is totes up my alley. Must. Read.

    I mean, you said PLASMA GUNS.

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  11. Aw, sounds super cool! A book everyone in my family would love (except for Little Bean who only pretends she can read). Seriously, you had me at jet packs. Great review!

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  12. I remember a movie in the 80's that had flying motorcycles. I must have been 4 or 5, but that movie stuck with me. This book sounds 50 times better! Maybe 51.
    Funny Stuff I Write

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  13. Yay! Great choice, #1. I actually have a copy of this already--can you believe it?--so I won't enter this one. Gotta love Jon Lewis! :-)

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  14. +JMJ+

    It sounds great, Shannon! =D

    Other "youngish" YA novels for boys that I can recommend are by Neal Shusterman, one of my favourite authors of all time. =)

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  15. A book very different from the usual books I read, but that's what I enjoy in the bookish world: you got so many different things worth trying! I'll be happy to give it a try and I'm pretty sure my brother would love it (if I ever got him to read a book.)

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  16. Please enter me in contest. I really want to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  17. this sounds like a very fun book. boy books are great!

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  18. Looks like a great book! I love sci-fi!
    I'm a GFC follower (Lexie@BookBug)
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  19. This book sounds really interesting. I'd love to read it. And, as a side note, I'm a little jealous of all those writers you've met. Okay, I'm a lot jealous.

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  20. So you know I check your blog all the time. But, I saw the link on another Bookanista's blog (yours wasn't posted yet) and had to see what this book was about. Invasion? Screams sci-fi to me, and I am here.

    I would absolutely love to win this book! Who cares if it appeals to boys. All those things interest me too.

    P.S. Your blog will be mentioned on my blog tomorrow. :)

    jessicasubject.writer[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. Well, I have a boy at home on the younger end of teendom that would absolutely LOVE this book as you described it. If I don't win, I'll definitely be purchasing for him (and myself...shhh).

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  22. This book sounds so interesting. I'll have to add this to my TBR book list.

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  23. This sounds awesome--and that cover is incredible. I love having new books to recommend--especially "boy" books!

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  24. Cool! Boy books rock! So does your review!

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  25. Good to see early YA, and bonus for boy-friendly. I look forward to reading that, and reviewing on my blog, of course.

    Another book for the TBR pile! I love a giant, swaying TBR pile next to my chair (even if it is only virtual).

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  26. I'm never going to get through the list I have of books I want to read! Oh well, I'll have fun trying.lol This sounds awesome!

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  27. Very cool! I will recommend this to my son. He likes to read, but kissing? Um, no.

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  28. Sounds awesome! Im always for trying different things:)

    holz_twilight@msn.com

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  29. Thanks for the book giveaway.
    I am a new gfc follower.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  30. Interesting! Book! :)


    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  31. Sounds like a great read!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  32. i wanna try this book. coz it sounds good :)

    - A follower

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  33. Wow, jet packs, aliens, and sasquatch? That sounds awesome! Great review, I hadn't heard of this book before!

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  34. This book looks freaking amazing. Plus, that cover? Totally gorgous.

    jennapomme[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  35. This sounds really great. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  36. O boy, o boy, o boy! Can you tell I'm excited? Can you tell I'm salivating? (Well, perhaps not. That's just disgusting.)

    But this sounds just up my alley. If I am ever to win one of your give-aways, let this be the one, o great gods of random number generation.

    (That publisher's blurb is magnifico, too. Someone writes good copy.)

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  37. I'd love to play please.

    Following your blog.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. What I've read so far is really good! Net Galley has an E ARC available as well, which is what I was reading. Definitely think I'll be buying this one for my library.

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  39. Another great review. This book sounds terrific!

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  40. So excited for this book and taking it into my book club kids. LOVE (love love love) the Grey Griffins, too!

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  41. Count me in please!
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  42. There's definitely a part of me that's a thirteen year old boy, inappropriate sense of humour and all. Invasion sounds awesome!

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  43. I've seen this book around the web and it looks interesting! Nice review!

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  44. Thank you, Bookanistas! On my way to the library tomorrow to get books for my almost-3-year-old, and now I have a shopping list for me, too. WEEEET!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  45. this book sounds awesome! and by a writer i've never heard of before. i'm definitely going to have to look into the stuff you recommended.
    thanks as always!!
    i always consider it a major treat when i hear about new material. yum. :)

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  46. Sounds like another book that would be fun the share as a family read! Thanks for parting with your precious copy! :) I know it's hard!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  47. Sound interesting.
    Stephanie
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  48. This sounds like something I'd really enjoy! Thanks for the giveaway Shannon! :D

    I'm a follower. :D

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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