Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Oasis by Katya de Becerra

January 2, 2020 Review 4 ★★★★

Book info:

Title: Oasis
Author:  Katya de Becerra
Genre: YA science fiction
Release Date:  January 7th, 2020
Publisher:  Imprint Macmillan
Source:  E-galley from FFBC which did not influence my opinion
My rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

 

The oasis saved them. But who will save
them from the oasis?

 

 

 

 

Alif had exciting summer plans: working
on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends .
. . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

 

 

 

 

With their camp wiped away, Alif and
the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they
find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious
ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they
question what’s real and what’s a mirage.

 

 

 

 

The answers turn Alif and her friends
against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And
while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .

 

 

 

 

Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural
thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to
its terrifying conclusion.

 

 

 

 

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My Review:
 I’ve been intrigued for this one since I first saw it.  And overall I really enjoyed the book.  In the end it had the kind of vague/not definite ending that while can be okay, and I know a lot of people like, I’m not the hugest fan of.  I kind of like my endings tied up in little bows as much as possible.  Or at least to know what happened.  But the whole story up to that point was so good that I could barely put it down.  I loved the dig site parts, and the friendships and tension between the group was well done also.  There were some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and that is something that I do really like in a story.  It was good to get the back stories of some of the characters to understand their motivation, but I do feel like we needed more about one of them, Luke, and maybe also Minh.  The oasis itself was fascinating and how the author described it was very vivid and kept you guessing at what was next.  The possible alien/ancient god aspect was a little iffy for me, I almost needed a little more of that.  I had a hard time deciding what to rate this.  I wavered between a 3.5 and 4 star rating.  In the end I am giving this 4 stars, because what happened at the end may just be a personal issue that I had, and I can see that a lot of other people might enjoy that, and it was very well written, and had a lot that kept me turning pages as fast as I could hoping to find out all the answers.
About the Author:

 

Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived
in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was
going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in
Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is
a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a
lot. What The Woods Keep was her first novel (out now), which is followed by
another standalone Oasis in 2020. She has also authored and co-authored
academic articles, book chapters, guest posts and opinion pieces.

 

 

 

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katyadebecerra/?hl=en

 

GIVEAWAY

 

 

  • Prize: Win finished copy of OASIS by Katya
    de Becerra (US Only)
     
  • Starts: January 1st 2020 
  • Ends: January 15th 2020

 

 

 

 
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4 Responses to “Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Oasis by Katya de Becerra”

    • Lisa Mandina

      It was definitely good, and I could see it as one of those movies that leaves you wondering with the abstract ending. But I just prefer my books to have more clear endings. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Oh yay I am so glad you enjoyed it! I felt… conflicted by it tbh. So I didn't do a full review because I genuinely have NO idea what to rate it- somewhere around 3, probably. Like you, I was quite into it from the start! BUt the ending as a whole just REALLY threw me off, because like, some of the things I had wondered about FROM the start were just… never going to be resolved. I know some people are cool with an open ending, but this was WAY too open, unless there;s to be a sequel. Great review!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I did, but like you was very conflicted. But I know a lot of people will say that's really good, so I had trouble with how to rate it. So glad you had the same issues I did! I don't feel so dumb now.

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