Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: Perception (The Tigers' Eye Trilogy, Book 1) by Heather Cashman

Perception (The Tigers' Eye Trilogy, Book 1) by Heather Cashman

Published: June 29th 2011
Publisher: Heather Cashman
Page Count: Paperback, 294
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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Your perception will sharpen once you see through a tiger's eyes. More than five hundred years after the apocalypse, the survivors of off-grid genetic experimentation have refined their mixed DNA to the point that humans and their animal counterparts share physical and mental links. Varying species have divided into districts, living in a tenuous peace under the President of Calem. Ardana and her tiger ingenium Rijan leave their life of exile and abuse in the Outskirts, setting out with their twin brothers to redeem themselves and become citizens of the Center. But shedding their past isn't as easy as they had hoped. When the system that shunned them becomes embroiled in political conflict and treachery, their unique abilities and experiences from the Outskirts make them invaluable to every faction. The runaways become pawns to friends as well as enemies, and with every step it becomes more difficult to tell which is which. - Good Reads

Oh my God. This was an AMAZING read! Thank you so much to the author for gifting this to me through Random Acts of Kindness! I am in freakin' love with this book! Seriously, this has to be hands down one of the best books I've read this year. I was a little skeptical about whether or not I'd like Perception to be completely honest. I wasn't sure it was something that I'd like, but after reading BJ's review at Dark Side of the Covers, I was sure I had to at least try it, because I trusted her good review on it and I'm so happy I did.

The Good Reads summary summarizes the basic premise of this novel well. Perception did start out a little confusing for me, but I caught on rather quickly. This novel is a mix of science fiction, dystopian and like another reviewer said, did feel a little like high fantasy.

The idea of ingeniums was very fascinating - to be able to communicate telepathically with an animal companion - the advantages and disadvantages it involved. The link between a person and their ingenium is very strong and ties them together for life. Ardana's tiger ingenium Rijan was such a beautiful character. She's wise and loving and their emotional connection made the book that much better.

The main character Ardana was the perfectly flawed heroine. I always get annoyed with main characters at one point or another, but I didn't once feel that with Ardana. She made mistakes, she wasn't perfect, but she grew on me very quickly and I rooted for her throughout the book. She's truly a kick-ass girl. 

The love story was wonderful. It wasn't rushed, it was slow-moving, but it felt much more real for it. Ardana has some major issues to contend with and Kliax is patient and caring. He's also a total stud. 

And I'm honestly just speechless! I really, really, really, really recommend this book. If I could give this book 5967856739874739872985 stars, I would. And it's only $2.99 for the kindle (and nook) edition! Definitely a must read!


  1. Yay, you liked it! :) Perception is on my list of fav books from 2011. So much goodness! Characters, world, plotting, it all totally worked for me. Cashman can WRITE!

    (I make notes on my e-reader while reading for review, to keep track of things. Normally, I'll end up with 4-6 items. By the end of Perception, I had nearly 15 - all good things! LOL So many great quotes or scenes. *happy sigh*)

  2. I really need to get a proper eReader so I can enjoy ebooks properly. Perception is top of my list when that happens. I have always had a weak spot for books with animal companions and the whole Siberian tiger things is just freaking awesome.

  3. Liza,
    I never expected a review for the gift--it was my random act. But I suppose that kharma thing might be true after all. It's always a special treat when people really love it. Thanks so much!

  4. Wow... By the cover, I wouldn't have thought "amazing"... I know! DON'T judge a book by it's cover... BLAH, BLAH! :) Checking it out!

  5. I'm glad you liked it so much! I've heard it's supposed to be great and cannot wait to get a copy myself to give it a try! I agree with Bookish Brunette about the cover (lol!), but it sounds so good I definitely need to check it out! :) Great review!

    Kindle Fever

  6. @BJ I LOVED IT! Really exceeded my expectations! She's a wonderful writer! I rarely make notes and I actually made some while reading this! :) Thank you for reading and writing a review about this, because I would have probably never read it without you!

    @Lan It's a great book, really! There is a paperback version, but it's about $11 - but it really is worth it! It sucks to read ebooks on the computer though, I know. I get a headache. Love my kindle!

    @Heather I believe in karma for sure! Well, you deserve tons of praise! Perception was amazing! Thank you for writing it!

    @Bookish Brunette I had similar feelings! The cover isn't exactly mind blowing by any means and I am one of those girls that sometimes does judge a book by it's cover... This is definitely a reminder not to! It was fabulous!

    @Rebecca It is really great! You definitely should read it! This is one of those books that makes me want to spread the love! I'm going to be posting a giveaway! :)

    Thank you all for commenting! <3

  7. Wow, what an enthusiastic review! And I did just get a Kindle...I think you've convinced me to try this one!

  8. @TG Yes, it's a really good book! :] Maybe you'll win a copy in my giveaway!