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Book Review: Rebel Wing (#1) by Tracy Banghart

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Title: Rebel Wing ( Rebel Wing #1)

Author: Tracy Banghart

Publisher: Alloy entertainment 

Publication Date: July 29th, 2014

Genre: YA, War, Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Romance

Format: eARC

My Rating: 5/5 

 

Blurb:

The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

For fans of DivergentCode Name Verity, and The 100Rebel Wing is an epic sci-fi adventure that explores just how far one girl will go for love and country. 

My Review: 

The beginning of the story itself is a retelling of Mulan. We follow the story of Aris, a girl who loves to fly and can hardly wait to be promised by the love of her life, Calix.

 However things do not go according to plan  when Calix is chosen to join the Military, and leaves Aris unpromised. Getting her heart broken made her lose her love for flying. But, when  she was offered a chance to join the military as flyer, she takes it. 

But women aren’t allowed to enter the Military, and entering means being really fit. Could Aris overcome her fragility and make it in? Will she reunite with Calix? Could she actually fit in, and save people’s lives? Doesn’t that sound really intriguing?!?!?

I  loved the transformation that Aris has gone through. She went from being dependent on everyone, to being strong enough to stand up for what she believes in. The author, Tracy, was able to capture this character development in a very impressive way through out the book.

The story swims in an ocean of emotion, which made me able to connect with how each character was feeling.

 The book was a perfect escape route from my exams. Each reading session left me eager to read more, yet very refreshed to carry on with my studying.

I loved this book, and I believe that it is going to be one of my favorite series. It has this perfect mix of character development, action, and love.

I received an eARC of Rebel Wing in exchange with an honest review.

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About the Author:

Award-winning author, Army wife, and mom Tracy Banghart has an MA in Publishing and an unhealthy affection for cupcakes. Her quiet childhood led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends.

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