Thursday, 14 March 2013

Blog Tour: The Undesirable (Review + Giveaway)

The Undesirable (Undesirable, #1)
Author: S. Celi
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie?

Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart.

Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters.

As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker.

While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected.

What Charlotte finds out changes everything. 


THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view. It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war.

Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?

Book Trailer:


"Can't you see what's happening? They're killing everyone. They're killing anyone."

This book kept me on edge since the first chapter. It was a page-turner and didn’t felt dragging even in those in between chapters. 

I am not well-versed in history, especially in American history, but I sometimes find myself questioning if all of these were real. Celi had an awesome world-building, and I was eventually lost in Charlotte’s world. The setting and the vibe the author created was engaging. 

Charlotte is a very likable character. She’s definitely a true dystopian lead where girls are brave, strong and doesn’t let their soft spot make them weak. The only thing that bothered me about her is her constant use of the expression, “Oh my god!” It sounds so girly and doesn’t fit in her personality. It may be okay to use it once or twice but as I read, I found myself high lighting every part where she uses that expression. 

Fostino…well, for one he has a very unique name. I didn’t like him that much but I find him okay. I find him really plain in the first part of the book and I wished he was revealed as a traitor in Part Two just for the heck of it and for the author to give him something more about him. 

The thing I liked the most about these two, other than this story is not about their undying love for each other, is that they believe in opposite things. That was one reason why I wanted Fostino to betray Charlotte. The fact that they have conflicting beliefs made it more exciting. Unfortunately, having his father killed wasn’t enough for me to be wow-ed that he finally went to the other side. 

I’m looking forward to the next book. I wish the action is not just in this book. I’m also hoping for more development in Fostino’s character.

About the Author:

New Orleans born Sara Celi has lived all over the United States. She calls the Greater Cincinnati area and the Queen City home. 

She's currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City, and has spent more than a decade working in journalism. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004. 

Celi is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive.

The Undesirable is her debut novel.

In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, write, travel, run long distances, volunteer with the Junior League, and fund raise for Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan kids.

Tour Schedule

March 13th:
Simply Sensational Book Fanatics
Confessions of a Book Addict
Paperback Princess
Just Reading For Fun
Heather's Book Chatter
Italian Brat's Obsessions - Promo
CBL Reviews

March 14th:
Charlie, Coffee and a Good Book
Bookish Treasures

March 15th:
Sincerely Steph
The Fantastical World of Wonders
Mod City Mag
My Secret Book Obsession

March 16th:
Romance Addict Book Blog

March 17th:
Turner's Antics

March 18th:
The Broke Book Bank
The Book Cafe
Lily Pond Reads
Teen Blurb
Magic World Of Books
Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After
The BookWhisperer