Monday, September 7, 2015

[Blog Tour] Review & Giveaway: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs


The Body Institute
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…
For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

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This was actually an interesting story about a heroine who earns her pay by being a reducer. A reducer is basically someone who helps reduce the weight of a person by taking over their body courtesy of a technology while their main body is kind of in animation.

It was actually very interesting actually. Although I admit that their society was harsh to people who's not healthy in their category like those who needs to reduce their weight and they were also fined in their taxes because of it.

Throughout the whole book I felt sorry for Morgan especially after what happened to her. Morgan's character is kind of in between. She has a strong character but her decisions in life has more consequences than the benefits.

There's a bit of romance in this book and not fast pace at all. Besides the slow uptake in the romance, part of the story was a bit too slow for my taste.

The ending felt more of an unfulfilled one. I wouldn't call it exactly a happy ending because I did not feel that vibe. Although it makes me wonder if there is going to be a sequel to this book.
About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member. 

You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 

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