Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Title: Countdown

Author: Michelle Rowen
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin Teen (September 24, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped. 

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game. 

Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis. 

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it. 

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape. 


My Thoughts and Review:
I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this and it simply comes down to this for me, this was a fun read. Plain and simple. No, it isn't mind blowing or deep or even thought provoking but it was action packed, fun and a super fast engaging read and sometimes, that is all that matters.

Kira was brave and kick butt and willing to look past the roughness that was Rogan and see something better in him. Everything that I like in a heroine. 

Rogan was dark, mysterious and even with the cruddy past and messed up childhood, you could tell that he was a good guy. Not really a bad boy but a bad boy of sorts. 

I liked that the idea of this was original even if some of the concepts behind it weren't. Sometimes it is nice to have something down right fun in the dystopian genre instead of something dark and heavy (and sometimes depressing) that is so common in this genre.

Overall if you are looking for something with great characters, lots of action, has a dystopian feel to it as well as a slight paranormal edge that is well written and plotted out then this really is something you should check out. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I have seen this one around and I was really interested in reading it but deep inside I knew that it won't blow my mind. It happens lately with dystopians. I'm glad it was fun and enjoyable read for you. Great review :)

  2. I read the adult version quite awhile ago and have been curious to see how the YA book comes out. I remember it being pretty interesting and exciting.

  3. I would been so interested in reading the adult version Jennifer!

  4. I know a lot of people felt that way about her Dark Kiss books. I ended up liking them and appreciated the complexity. I am actually starting her Bled and Breakfast books this weekend!

  5. I don't think I have heard of those Heidi, I will have to look them up on Goodreads.

  6. I am so glad to read your positive review. I have been on the fence about requesting this, because I have so many books to read already, but it sounded so good. I am going to have to check this out.

  7. I like an easier, faster read if it's engaging so this sounds good to me! I'm glad you enjoyed!

  8. It sounds like it was solid read and if it was fast paced and you enjoyed it, then that is all that matters :)

  9. I read this, and like you, I had fun with it! I wasn't expecting anything terribly deep, and I wasn't disappointed. It was fast paced and exciting. I loved Rogan and Kira. Awesome review! :-)