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GROUP REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Evenfall – Director’s Cut, Volume 1” by Santino Hassell & Ais

What happens when you get a group of our reviewers reading one book? What happens when it’s a book FIERCELY loved by 5 of the people doing a reread (or read of the rereleased version)? What happens when 3 new people feel the pressure to read a book that everyone else has adored? Join us as we discuss the book, compare it to the original, explain the power of the series, and defend our Hsin or Boyd love!

 

GIVEAWAY

Brace yourselves for this doozy! The authors, Santino & Ais, are giving away SIGNED PAPERBACK COPIES of Evenfall DC Vols 1 & 2. THIS IS EPIC…because this is NOT RELEASED on paperback! SPECIAL EDITION! Leave a comment on this post by October 7th to enter!

ICOS_evenfallV1  ICOS_evenfallV2

 

ABOUT:

Available at: www.inthecompanyofshadows.com

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

Sin is the Agency’s most efficient killer. His fighting skills and talent at assassination have led to him being described as a living weapon. However, he is also known to go off on unauthorized killing sprees, and his assigned partners have all wound up dead.

Boyd is not afraid to die. When his mother, a high-ranking Agency official, volunteers him to be Sin’s newest partner, he does not refuse. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair that he’d welcome death.

In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the first volume follows these two cast-offs as they go from strangers to partners who can only rely on each other while avoiding death, imprisonment, and dehumanization by the Agency that employs them.

120,000 words.

Warnings: Explicit violence, physical and psychological abuse.

Note: This is the first of the two volumes comprising Evenfall, the first book in the ICoS series.

 

REVIEW:

Thoughts from the first timers – 

Ami: I kinda enjoyed this. Oh, the agency stuff confused the heck out of me, but the characters make up for everything else.  Oh, and guess what, in this volume (and since I don’t the rest and I prefer to wait for the edited version) I don’t get why people seem to be hating Vivienne. At this moment — remember, an ICoS Virgin here and I’m not spoiled with anything — I thought there was more to her story that just black and white villain.

Sara: I have not read the first version and quite honestly never intended too. The page length alone is not attractive, but I started this and am actually liking it. Which for me, it really saying something because this is not my normal read at all. Far from it. Maybe that is good? Maybe not? *shrugs*   I am only 11% in so far and can’t wait to see how these two work together and even like one another let alone have a “romance.” Is there romance of some sort? Hmm.

Sheri: I loved Hsin and Boyd. I loved their broken selves connecting. I loved the fubared agency. I loved their ‘world’. The size had always been intimidating to me….I would much rather have 4 250 page books than a 1000 page book. I don’t have the time to devote to a book of that overwhelming size.

Sara: So I finished this last night. I am IN LOVE with these two! GAH! I don’t know who I love more; Sin or Boyd but they fucking kill me. I loved this and this is not my type of book but I stayed up last night until almost 1am reading because I had to know and then that end? ACK! The UST with them if off the charts and the world building was amazing and vivid and I love France and kitchen talks and these poor lonely and lost souls who have found one another. OMG! The things they do for each other! On my phone, so spoiler tags are hard to do but I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I LOVE THESE BOYS!

 

Thoughts from the rereaders – 

Susan: Gosh…I love them SO MUCH! And this DC version is so much cleaner…I was shocked at how much it flowed. Still a little too much in Boyd’s head at times, but other things really made sense too. I admit, I *hated* Boyd a LOT less in this version. I really could see how young he was and why he did the things he did.

And duh…HSIN!!!! LOVE HIM SO MUCH!

Fuck Thierry. That is all. :)

Rachel: I had the opposite reaction to Boyd, I couldn’t stand him in the new version – I feel that so much of his inner voice was cut out that I couldn’t reconcile his actions with his motives. I finished and had no idea why Hsin would be drawn to him,

Some of the changes work and some were too exaggerated.

Susan: I felt Viv was almost TOO MUCH of a caricature. I mean, I hated her the first time around and I’m not certain how much of her was changed. But damn…was she ALWAYS that awful of a person…with just total hatred towards Boyd?

Xing: I’m just barely 20% into Volume I, so I’m not sure how I feel quite yet. I don’t know if it’s just me, but things are happening quicker than I felt they were. Almost too quick. Was it like that in the original version? *shrugs*

Susan: One thing is for sure…(and I’m not quite certain why this is moreso in this series than others)…after reading this again – I can’t get these characters out of my head! I’ve been thinking about Hsin and Boyd all day…missing them while not reading. What is it about them that does this? I can’t figure it out.

Rachel: In the original you didn’t get much of Hsin’s POV either, so their relationship seemed almost somewhat abrupt – but I preferred it more, because it had soooo much tension building and the awkward lust just hanging in the air – it made for a more powerful UST. Where as I am finding that I feel the relationship in the DC version is feeling very forced to me.

Shelley: I can’t believe how torn I feel. I mean, I LOVE this series, I LOVE being back with Hsin and Boyd and oh man, oh man these guys are like an addiction all over again. I love that Boyds inner monologue was reined in but then I really missed all the inner torment and struggles.

So far, the original is still my favorite. But this works for a quick reread and a Boysin fix.

Xing: It’s difficult to review without making the comparison to the original version of the series. The story definitely moved faster than the equivalent portions of the original version.

While I understand the authors’ decision to tighten up the story, I felt like it ultimately changed the reading experience. While I can’t say exactly what portions were changed, and how exactly it was edited, my impressions of Boyd really differed. In the original portion, he wasn’t my favorite character, but his introspection made me at least understand where he was coming from. Sure, his brain rattled off consistently and for pages on end, but there were moments that drew me into his construct of the people and world around him. In the DC version, he just felt like an emo boy with mother issues once that introspection was stripped/edited down. Needless to say, I wasn’t very thrilled with this new impression, as most of the story is told from Boyd’s POV.

Rachel: I’m struggling with this DC version – I love these characters – I do. I heart Hsin just as much after reading the Director’s Cut as I did the original.  The characters are five star characters, but in need of a professional editor to rescue them from a three star manuscript.  The new version is still flawed, there are some content changes for better or worse, but I can’t stress enough that this series continues to feature my favorite cast of characters.  The story arc, writing and even relationship pacing are not without their flaws – but the characters are so wonderfully flawed they are perfect

Susan: I’d say that I’m glad I read the original and glad to read the DC version as an add-on or as Shelley put it a “Boysin Fix” ha! I’ll chime in that I went ahead and read Vol 2 and I LOVED IT!!!! It was a hot little book there! LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!

 

We had some disagreement and some frustration on our thread.   

Sara: If so much has changed, why bother?

Jenni: Y’all have said so many negative things about it this thread that I sorta don’t have the energy to read it! I know you’re not giving anything away…it’s just hard to get excited about it. :)

Ilhem: Yeah, but they also say that they LOVE the characters. Also, it’s hard for them not to compare because they loved the 1st version so much despite its flaws.

This first time is yours. Read it, love it, hate it, show us what it is like to read it for the first time!

Rachel: Maybe for those of us who have read the original it is kind if like the cinema effect – like when Hollywood makes a book you love into a movie .. That sucks just because you know how good the book is. The DC version is feeling like my Hollywood movie of the original. If it is any consolation, what made the original version of ICoS such a hit and regarded with adoration for so many readers – the characters and their relationship – are inherent to both versions and their development executed as thoroughly. So what made the original version enjoyable also makes the DC version enjoyable.

Sheri: I was SO excited as I devoured the first book and stopped by the thread a few weeks ago and froze. I didn’t know what to say. So I wandered back out with my lips shut tightly. I felt like everything was a comparison to the original and I wasn’t able to chime in and comment, since this was my first read.

Ami: I will still read Volume 2 and again, will try to steer away from the original reactions and the fans of this book. It will give me better head space to enjoy it I guess.

 

All in all, it remains a favorite series for many of us…and I think some new fans were made! Definitely recommend reading on through Vol 2 (you’ll love it!). And…not like we could stop you…but best of luck to everyone who braves Afterimage next. (Susan: The single most emotionally painful book I’ve ever read!) Yay! :D

 

BOOK INFO:

ICOS_evenfallV1Title: Evenfall Directors Cut Vol 1 (In the Company of Shadows #1, part 1)
Authors: Santino Hassell & Ais
Pages: 316
Published Date:  June 2, 2014
Download LInk:  www.inthecompanyofshadows.com

 

 

 

131 comments on “GROUP REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Evenfall – Director’s Cut, Volume 1” by Santino Hassell & Ais

  1. Teodora
    September 30, 2014

    OMG!!!! I want a print edition of Evenfall so badly! Thank you for this awesome giveaway!!!

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  2. Gaby
    September 30, 2014

    I think I just died and came back to life!!! This is SO incredible!!!! :D

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  3. Patrizia
    September 30, 2014

    Wow! This giveaway is wonderful!! 👏 Maybe it’s my lucky one!! 🙏

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  4. Jen
    September 30, 2014

    This is what heaven feels like! All my dreams come true to, actually, hold this in my grubby mitts :)

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  5. Nicoletta
    September 30, 2014

    Into a paperback? That’s amazing!! Awesome giveaway!

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  6. jentay82
    September 30, 2014

    WOOT!! Thanks for the giveaway. :) Maybe I’ll win something for once lmao.

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    • Kristie
      September 30, 2014

      Even I’m crossing my fingers for you! (I’m still crossing all my fingers and toes for me, too) :)

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      • jentay82
        September 30, 2014

        LMAO!! I never win ANYTHING. Everyone at my office has won Saints tickets, $100 radio giveaways, trips to cruises, tickets to shows, and me? <— nada.

        I'll cross my fingers and toes for you too. :)

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        • kish
          October 1, 2014

          Oh my god, we’re the same Jenn! LOL

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  7. Echo
    September 30, 2014

    I would love to have a print copy!!

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  8. Kristie
    September 30, 2014

    I love this! I can really get behind everyone’s comments. It’s funny how everyone makes sense to me, yet I don’t actually feel the same either. Like with Viv, the bitch. I probably hate her even more than ever, but I can see how new readers would not see how horrible she is. Plus, Boyd… it does feel like he’s toned down a lot in the DC, and while I miss all of his internal crazy, I think the DC version is better. Well, sometimes. I guess I’m really on the fence. It’s so fun to see all the opinions, though.

    Also, this is possibly the best giveaway in the history of the giveaway. This is something truly special. Whoever wins this one, cherish them. Pet the books. Love the books. Because, WOW! No matter what, this is still one of my all time favorite series.

    And yes, Susan, Fuck Thierry. #Hsin&Boyd4Ever

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  9. DaisyGirl
    September 30, 2014

    Thank you for the giveaway!!!! :)

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  10. Dreamer
    September 30, 2014

    Wow, a real paper edition, gimme, gimme xx

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  11. Ana
    September 30, 2014

    It would be so awesome to have a print edition of Evenfall!!

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    • Ana
      September 30, 2014

      Btw, after finishing reading the DC I and II, and have read the originals, I agree with Xing and Rachel opinions.

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  12. maarjao
    September 30, 2014

    I’d love to win the signed paperback version of Evenfall! I’ve read (and enjoyed) the whole series and I’m reading part 2 DC right now. Luckily for me, I have a lousy memory, so I don’t notice most of the changes… :-)

    PS. If the contest is only open to US readers, you can disregard my entry.

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  13. giuliabo
    September 30, 2014

    er, did you all just say paperback? Like an actually beautiful copy of these books to hold in my hands and cuddle and occasionally toss against the wall? (not good for the old ereader that last one, I tell you!) Awesome give away you guys! Awesome, incredible books; I’d absolutely love to have them in paper back…I can almost smell the paper already!

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  14. DayDreamer (@DayDreamer45)
    September 30, 2014

    Paperback copy of Evenfall? I’m so in!

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  15. Arwa Hadid
    September 30, 2014

    I can’t believe you actually giving a copy of the books away. oh my god it’s so exciting. you are so right when you said that I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss this. If i actually get them they would probably become my new favorite possession ever.

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  16. Rennie (@Rennieee16)
    September 30, 2014

    Print copy? Signed print copy? Yes, please!!

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  17. Christina
    September 30, 2014

    Oh, these would look so good on my bookshelf. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. marilenalena
    September 30, 2014

    Yes I want a print copy!

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  19. Malin
    September 30, 2014

    I would buy the paperback if it ever got printed, so I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for a miracle. In the Company of Shadows is my favourite series, and has been ever since I discovered it back when Evenfall had just a few chapters.

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  20. wendy
    September 30, 2014

    A print version ? WOW just WOW ! I can understand where everyone’s comments about this are coming from, as a ‘re reader I can say I prefer the original but that could just be that I’m more of a Boyd lover (much to the dismay of my reading gals who range from hating Boyd to just ignoring him to rave over Sin, I’m all on my Boyd loving lonesome and have been from the start) and he just seemed a bit muted in the DC version and missing some of his internal crazy, but it’s fun too see everyone’s opinion on this epic series.
    Thank you for this amazing giveaway and the chance to enter x

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  21. SYLE
    September 30, 2014

    OMG OMG I’m so happy! A printed version <3 Thank you! Best news ever.

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  22. diannakay
    September 30, 2014

    I love the original books – I’ve reread them many times, and I love the directors cut. I will no doubt read both versions many more times! This is a great prize. Please can you put my name into the hat as well. Thanks

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  23. Aimee
    September 30, 2014

    Gahh a print version?!! *___* an excuse for me to reread the series for the gazillion time!! Thank youuuu for doing this!!

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  24. Paula goslin
    September 30, 2014

    This cast of characters is so great, Thank you for the giveaway.

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  25. Dalina Tatooina
    September 30, 2014

    Oh wow, what a perfect giveaway! Love these books so hard!

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  26. calila1988
    September 30, 2014

    A print copy!?!?!?! I want!!!!

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  27. Napsa
    September 30, 2014

    Count me in, I love books (and ICoS of course)! It’s such a different experience when the book has a physical form and you can hold it in your hands :)

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  28. Charity
    September 30, 2014

    Wow! A signed copy? Of course I want one!

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  29. Becki Fujoshi Graves
    September 30, 2014

    I haven’t read the DC version yet, because when I read the original series my life, literally involved little else. I couldn’t tell you what I ate, or did, only what I felt. My best friend was basically the same, when one got ahead of the other we stopped and waited and it killed us to do it. I would spend my day off literally reading in bed or bath all day long. So I’m waiting for the complete series to be finished so I can do it again and its really hard to resist but I know if I started now the wait for the next update would be worse.
    I was sewing when I saw the e-mail and all I read was ‘paperback’, stopped everything and opened the e-mail. I’m a little sad that its only a limited edition release but hopefully they will see the demand and print more because free and signed is amazing but I would lay down money in a heart beat for these books. I want to put them on my shelf next to the novels that have shaped and carried me through life because these books have made a bigger impact than any other I’ve ever read.
    (Sorry its long and wordy, but hopefully it’ll be a testament to how MUCH people want and NEED these books in paper format.

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  30. Ana
    September 30, 2014

    Absolutely LOVE the series and so excited you guys are putting out paperback copies too! :)

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  31. Sonia (@SirPhauxx)
    September 30, 2014

    Oh goodness, I have been waiting for paperback for so long. So much want.

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  32. Barbra
    September 30, 2014

    It would be wonderful to win this! Please count me in. :-)

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  33. Carolina12
    September 30, 2014

    Paperback copy! This is one of my favorite series. I’m in!

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  34. princhesata
    September 30, 2014

    Yes, please and thank you for this giveaway. It’s amazing!

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  35. Sue
    September 30, 2014

    What an amazing giveaway!!! Thanks for the great blog too. 😃

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  36. emilygallant25
    September 30, 2014

    Wow, that is awesome! I read these books a little over a year ago and loved them! I read the entire series(and all of the deleted scenes, back stories, etc.) in a little over a week. I ate, slept and breathed this series. It pretty much ruined me for all other books for a while, I would love to have a copy of it!

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  37. Carla
    September 30, 2014

    I am SO in!! Thank you guys!! :)

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  38. Nastassia
    September 30, 2014

    OMG I would love to get a paperback copy of this awesome series. Thanks for this chance :-)

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  39. Isabelle Tam
    September 30, 2014

    Wow, I really loved the series when I first read it. Amazing characters and plot!! Thanks for running the giveaway!! :D

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  40. Shelley
    September 30, 2014

    Cool beans yo!

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  41. liligator1
    September 30, 2014

    One of my favorite series ever! And the DC is so hot!

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  42. Lenna
    September 30, 2014

    Omg omg I need this in paperback, this is awesome!!!

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  43. Valerie
    September 30, 2014

    Please count me in for this AWESOME giveaway! :-)

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  44. Katie Mc (@KatieMcAtGR)
    September 30, 2014

    Count me in!

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  45. Caelum
    September 30, 2014

    I don’t remember when or where I first found out about ICoS, but I do know that I started reading it almost a year ago on Christmas Eve. I thought, since it was a holiday, I’d indulge myself in a little light reading (ha!)

    I swear, that was the best and worst decision of my life. It took me the span of a month to finish the entire series, but I basically spent every weekend with my eyes glued to my computer screen.

    When I heard about the DC version of Evenfall, I was like ‘heckie yeah’. I’ve only read the first volume so far, but it totally took me back to when I first read the series. I thought there were a lot of internal monologues that were just plain endearing and I was sad to see them go, but overall, the story seems to run a lot smoother in the DC version.

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  46. Moira
    September 30, 2014

    Downloaded the books to read

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  47. Jaymie
    September 30, 2014

    A signed paperback? Yes, please! 😃

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  48. camrythegreat
    September 30, 2014

    OMG, OMG, OMG! Please pick me! :-D This is so exciting!

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  49. CaryLory
    September 30, 2014

    A signed paper book would be terrific—I love all you write and have the ebk of most— thanks for the win please!!

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  50. Trix
    September 30, 2014

    Great roundtable…I’m completely intrigued!

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