TITLE: The Journey of Jimini Renn
AUTHOR(s): April Kelley
PUBLISHING: May 10th -
COVER ARTIST: Nathan Ott
CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Dystopian Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 3
Reviewed by Morningstar
Buy Links: (Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited) http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Jimini-Renn-April-Kelley-ebook/dp/B01ERR9HDM/
BLURB: In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.
As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.
“I will not hurt you, sir,” Jimini said and tried to keep some of the fear out of his voice. He knew he was unsuccessful, though.
He moved the jug of water next to the man and tried to move away as quickly as possible, but the man grabbed his hand in such a tight grip Jimini couldn’t get away from him even if he tried. The man pulled him down and took the jug with his other hand. He held it out to Jimini. Jimini looked at the jug and then at the man, trying to figure out what the man wanted from him.
“Help me,” the man whispered, so lightly Jimini could barely hear it.
Jimini nodded, taking the jug from the man with his free hand. “Let go of my hand and I’ll prop you up so you can drink. In exchange, I ask that you do not shoot the gun again.”
The man still held on to him as if his life depended on it. Jimini sat the jug down beside him. He placed his hand on the man’s gently and tried to pry his fingers away one at a time. It was pointless. His grip tightened even more. Jimini sighed and started working around the restriction.
“Why?” The man croaked out when Jimini moved his body, so he was cradling the man’s head in his lap.
Jimini pushed the weight of the man up as best as he could and wriggled around until they both sat up. “I’m misunderstanding the question.” Jimini handed the jug back to the man. “Drink slowly, not a lot all at once.”
The man tipped the jug up and took a long drink, some spilling out of the corners of his mouth, not listening to Jimini’s words of caution at all. “Do you not understand my words?”
Jimini reached for the jug with one hand, the other bracing them both with a fist in the dirt. He took the jug and set it down beside them. “You need to go slow with it, let your body adjust to the water. Going from nothing to full could make you sick.”
The man was heavy against him, his long dark hair tickled Jimini’s face as it came to rest against his shoulder.
“Why are you helping me?” The man asked. His voice was deep, and he sounded better this time as if the water wetted his throat enough to speak clearly.
“Why wouldn’t I extend help?” Jimini asked.
Jimini and his brother Aurri live in a city within towering walls of metal and concrete where water is rationed and traded in order to survive. These walls keep them safe from the untold dangers that live outside.
To Jimini, Adam City is the perfect place to be. There is enough water, food, shelter for everyone, and of course they have each other. What else could they need? But to Aurri, Jimini’s little brother and a complete bookworm, these walls are a prison sucking the life out of him and his adventurous spirit.
Most people, including Jimini, do not believe in the stories that Aurri reads or that Ester, their neighbor, fills his mind with about cascading waterfalls, flowers, and trees. But Aurri is determined to go in search of these places to prove that they are true. He just can’t imagine that the only life is the life in Adam City. Jimini is a gentle soul that just wants to live his life watering his plants, spending time with Bentee his best friend, and keeping Aurri safe and alive. When Aurri takes off, Jimini has no choice but to follow in order to keep his promise to protect his brother. But what he finds outside the wall is Aaruth, a slaver, in need of saving. Can Jimini chose life outside the city for the love he unexpectedly found or does he crawl back into the safety of the city and leave it all behind?
Being a new reader of this author, but not to the fantasy genre, I was so pleasantly surprised by how well the author wrote this whole new world. The fluidity in her narration was phenomenal and she was able to give each character a clear voice, that I was sucked right in. I loved the going on the journey with Jimini and Aaruth when they were searching for Aurri with the descriptions of the people and cities they encountered were so graphic it was like watching a movie. Aaruth and Jimini’s romance was a slow sweet building relationship, first learning to trust each other, then learning to love each other. I was glad to see that the big, tough, slaver Aaruth wasn't made out to be an unemotional man. He made his feelings for Jimini very clear which I loved since it wasn’t all on Jimini to fight for. If you are like me and are looking for some on page sexy times you will disappointed, but the story flowed so well even without it.
I could probably go on and on about what I loved about this story but I won’t just pick it up to read yourself!
A Day in the Life of Jimini Renn
The title of the book, The Journey of Jimini Renn, says it all, doesn’t it? It says who the main character is and what’s about to happen. What it doesn’t say is what his life is like before he takes this journey, so I’ll tell a little bit about what a typical day is like for Jimini Renn.
Jimini doesn’t like in modern society. Instead, he lives in a time when modern society has passed by, and things have changed. Along with there being no water on the surface of the earth, keeping the water found in the ground is a real problem for everyone. Small societies have found a way to use water as a currency. The city Jimini lives in is a bit different from the others in that huge walls surround it, protecting it from water raiders and the bad elements. At least that’s what the builders of the wall intended when they first erected it, which was long before Jimini was born. The only thing Jimini knows is within the walls of the city.
Jimini has a water cart, which basically is just an old wine barrel turned on its side laying on a wheelbarrow-type of cart. He fills this twice a day. He pulls the cart by hand to the city’s well, which is in the center. Once he gets there, he hands the Well Keeper a card and the Well Keeper punches a hole on the card. The Well Keeper lets him fill his barrel after that.
Jimini needs extra water every day because he has a small garden in his backyard that he tends. He exchanges vegetables and fruits with the city and the other citizens for marks on his water card. His entire garden is completely organic, using composted material and manure he gets from his best friend, Bentee, who has a small herd of goats. He carefully measures out each plant's water and because of this whole process takes him quite a while.
His day isn't spent fetching water and gardening, though. He does have free time which he spends with his little brother, Aurri, or visiting the neighbor lady across the walkway. Aurri loves reading and books, so they are a big part of his life as well and often fills the empty spaces of time with something to read. It’s a book that begins Jimini’s journey actually.
About the Author
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com
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