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Book Review – Special

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Title: Special

Author: Georgia Blain

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I am not Delia Greene. I should not be here. Why haven’t they come for me?

Alone in my room, I log onto the Wastelands, the data dump where anonymity is guaranteed, where people go to throw their unfilled hopes and dreams, their despair, their pain, their loneliness, a great tangle and mess of words that cannot be unravelled, and I start to tell this story. The names are changed. So are the locations. As for the rest? It is up to you to choose what you want to believe . . .

Special is a beautifully crafted and atmospheric YA novel set in the not-too-distant future, where corporations control everyone’s lives from their DNA to their schooling and career. Where a Lotto Girl – designed from before birth to be Special in every way – can escape the slums and be given every opportunity to shine at an exclusive boarding school. Where the future is bright. Until it all goes wrong . . .

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of this book to review!

I don’t really know how I feel about this book.

Part of me really wants to like it. The idea of it is pretty good, and it is totally something I can see our world turning into. Children are altered to become ‘specials’ mostly by rich people, but once a year 4 families from the poor districts win ‘the lotto’ and get to genetically alter their baby girl to be and have her go off and study at the special schools for the specials. These people thrive far above the rest while those who are poor remain their and live each day at a time because they might not have a next one because they don’t get given a chance to even earn enough for the one day.

See, good idea and totally something our meddlesome ways could potentially head towards. This idea combined with the very easy to read and well flowing writing style of Georgia Blain had me charging through this book up until about two thirds of the way through where my enjoyment sort of just stopped.

It was at this point that I realised that I hadn’t really formed any kind of attachment to the characters. They start to go through some stuff and found that I didn’t really care. I actually didn’t like our main character Fern that much she took her whole ‘special’ title way too seriously and was really up herself.

Spoiler – Then when she finds out she is probably isn’t so damn special she totally freaks out which I don’t get. If anything I feel like I would like to find that out, because she was able to keep up with all the other specials even though she was normal. But no, she totally freaks out because she cannot call herself special anymore. – End Spoiler

We don’t get any world building, and nothing in the plot really gets explained or we don’t get any answers to things. I know part of the book is that you are supposed to make your own choice about how things work out or what is the truth, but I don’t think that worked. The story because nothing was really answered seemed pretty pointless to me.

I don’t know if I would recommend this book to anyone. If you have free day to fill I wouldn’t say not to read it, but there are better things. It has made me want to read more from the author though because the style was nice.

 

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Book Review – The Handmaid’s Tale

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Title: The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Genre: Classic, Dystopian

Length: 324

Rating: 5 Star (4.5)

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I love love loved this book.

I thought the plot was great. Dystopian is a genre I feel has sort of been played out a lot. While I still enjoy reading most of them I don’t find that I get anything new from them that often. I feel as of this book actually brought something new to the table.

I loved the plot. While I don’t consider myself a feminist I could nearly feel the spark in me after reading this book. The downfall of rights for women in this book just blew my mind, and we got the perspective of a woman who was considered as one of the ‘lucky’ ones. Just the thought of not being allowed to read killed me. Thats like my main joy in life, I don’t know what I would do with myself if it was illegal for me to read.

I was really absorbed in everything Offred was doing. All her memories of what things were like before really put lots of things in perspective to how she was living now. I both liked and didn’t like Offred. I admired that she could adapt, but some of her choices and thoughts drove me a little crazy. With her memories I don’t know how she doesn’t go crazy and just ruin the small bit of safety she has. I wanted her too.

The writing was beautiful. It only told you as much as you needed too know in a very subtle and very powerful way in which you cannot help but get swept up in.

I will put a warning in for the ending though. Just talking about the ending is really a spoiler so if you don’t want to know anything about it and the previous paragraphs got you interested go read the book and find out yourself. Now onto the ending. There are really two endings to this book. The second ending I don’t think should have been in there at all, it put me out of the feel of the story. The first ending was very open ended and this will annoy some. I am torn about it. I both liked it but I also really want closure.

There we have it folks. This was an amazing book but if you want closure I suggest thinking about it before you take a trip in this book. If you don’t mind pick it up right now, it was stunning.

 

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Book Review – What’s Left Of Me

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Title: What’s Left Of Me [The Hybrid Chronicles 1]

Author: Kat Zhang

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 343

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3

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I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. I got through it in one sitting and was completely ready to jump onto the rest of the books in the series.

I found the plot to be very interesting and an original idea. The only other book that I have come across that comes close to this would be The Host but this one takes it a bit further than that book did. Imagine being born with two separate identities living in the one body. Living together for 4-7ish years, getting to know them, even coming to love them. But in this world one of those souls is gradually becoming weaker, losing control, until one day they are just gone. In this book this is what is supposed to happen. This is the norm. Those who this does not happen to are considered a danger to society and put in facilities to try and ‘cure’ the dominant soul of the weaker one. In comes Addie and Eva.

I am so eager to see where they take this plot. Not only in just plain old development but in terms of emotional stuff too. For those of the people who lose their second soul, whats that like? Becoming to attached to someone who is literally always there with you, hearing your thoughts, and then have them just go away and you will always know that its your fault because you become the dominant soul? We see a moment of this kind of emotion with Eva and Addie’s brother. He suffers from health issues but at one point he was close to dying and he asked them if it meant he would get to see his brother soul again. This moment broke me.

I also really feel for both Addie and Eva. They don’t get any privacy from each other and they live in constant fear of being caught and sent away. They both have bad situations. Addie is scared of giving up any of her control as the dominant but also feels guilty about Eva’s lack of ability to do anything but talk to Addie in her head. Then Eva hates not been able to do anything, but also feels guilty about asking Addie to give up her control and risk them both so that she can do things again. The inner turmoil is great.

Character wise I liked Addie and Eva but I was not 100% attached to them. They were the only characters I really felt I got to know. At the beginning there was a lot of set up and then at the end there were plot advancements that really stopped you from getting to know any of the character that were being presented. One character that I wish I got more of was Devon. He was there being all quiet and… mysterious in the corner. I want more.

Parts at the end of the book seemed a little bit too easy, but I will not go into them anymore because I don’t want to ruin the end of the book for anyway. But can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful and well suited for the story the cover is?

So I think thats where I will leave this review today. I cannot wait to start the next one and I suggest that everyone picks it up. I really had to hold off starting the next one right away.

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Book Review – The Death Cure

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Title: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner 3]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 329

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was right. The overall experience of this series was a dud for me. I just found the whole thing just a tad dumb. The time investment to read this series isn’t worth it to me so I advise people just skip this series and watch the movies instead. There are very few times I suggest that, but here we are. Since this is the case I will not be warning about spoilers in this review. If you care about maybe reading something that happens in the movies stop reading. If you don’t care and don’t plan on reading the books (you shouldn’t) read on.

The plot for this book didn’t grab me at all. I was just kind of zoning in and out while read/listening to it and my brain has glossed over a great chunk of stuff that happened. I couldn’t tell you what happened in those chunks. Some potentially sad moments happened. One I really cared about and the other happened so quickly I didn’t get a chance to care about it much. Tom should have cared about it, but again, he seemed accept it and keep running. Parts of it did feel rushed and not very thought through. We had a new character name dropped a few times in the start because they have a ten second roll at the end. I think this person really should have had more of a roll in this book, if not the last one as well.

Now character development. Tom did none. He is one of the most boring and just stupid people I have ever read about really. He is also just a horrible friend. Newt had some development, but this is mostly because he caught the flare and goes crazy. Its a pretty easy way to develop a character. This was a good place for Tom to develop too but he completely missed the mark. Newt left him a note and said to open is when the time was right, a note that asked him to kill him. Throughout the series Tom has had this stupid and completely unrealistic ability to just KNOW things. Well, of course this is one of the only times he apparently doesn’t posses this gift and it takes him forever to actually kill Newt and by then he has suffered all the things he didn’t want to.

I also feel that he should have gotten over his bloody Teresa issues. We got in shoved in our faces how connected they were for nearly two whole books and the only bad thing he did to him was make him think that she was going to kill him, something that saved his life, and he couldn’t get over it. I would be all over the forgiving. Well Teresa since you didn’t kill me and have therefore saved my life we can go back to being chummy, just don’t jump out and scream book for awhile encase my I try to kill you back. Instead he lets all that ‘connection’ and ‘love’ just go and then when she dies saving his butt again he seems to get over it pretty damn quickly.

There was some action dealing with crazies in this book, and a bit of political dealings with WICKED, so these things kept the story interesting enough to make me read till the end. However, the huge gaping flaw that was this book is just unforgivable. You know that big question I have been pondering with the other two reviews? How sticking some kids in a maze with no memories, making them walk across a desert, face death daily, and test their emotions at every turn can stop people from going crazy pants? Well, that bloody question never gets answered. Not at any point in the book. We just get fed the same “It will help” line. Yes, but HOW?! I don’t know. Can’t tell you. Didn’t get an answer and it really doesn’t make any sense that it would help. They were supposed to chop open Tom and look at his brain at some point, so maybe there could have been an answer there, but there really should have been an idea as to how before they got the mind wiping, maze building, killing and brain playing part of the experiments.

There you have it. My very ranting book reviews are hopefully over now. I was going to read the prequel to the Maze Runner, but I think I should take my own advice and just drop the series here. If you liked this series, or found the answer to the big question, please let me know. Perhaps I missed something in one of those big chunks that are missing from my brain.

 

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Book Review – The Scorch Trials

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Title: The ScorchTrials [The Maze Runner 2]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 359

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Firs off, thank god. I was so not prepared to read another book that was just as down right painful at the first one, but I think the second book was leaps and bounds ahead of he first. While there were some serious things I still had issues with I overall really enjoyed this book.

Lets do the negatives first shall we? I still think the quality of writing could have been improved. The indecision or suspense in this book is still just as forced as in the first book. These things are not ones we should feel like we are being forced to care about. At one point in the book Tom goes through some… lets call it issues with another character and from then on he is pretty much going on and on about how he can’t forgive them. This would be fine if we were not also getting moments of togetherness just pages after the event, and then back to but I cannot forgive them! Things like this should not be treated like an indecisive person would treat ordering off a new menu. I’ll take the steak. No the salad. Yes. No. Yes. *Internal screams*

This was a pivotal in plot, character development and plot progression, a point I should have cared about but instead I wished Tom would just shut up about it.

Plot wise this book was far far better. Things happened! And it wasn’t just pretend things happening, it was real things. I don’t remember many moments in this book where plot progression wasn’t happening. The character are always going through something. I think the only plot issue I had with the book were the fact a love triangle was introduced (a very boring one I might add) and the overall question of how all of this will help stop people from getting a mysterious illness. There is always the next book for that one though.

I found this book to be far more dark and serious than the first one and I think this was one of the main reasons I liked it more than the first. I did panic about a few things that happened, and the overall feel is a lot more haunting and disturbing. I think this is because we finally get to see how the people outside of the maze are living and suffering and we are not in this one little place of relative peacefulness. If you know, forget that some random put them there are took away their memories.

We got some new characters in this book but I really feel no different about any of them. Newt and Minho are still my favourites and everyone is just bland and bare and I have issues finding any depth to them. They all seem to just float through the book. Its a struggling kind of floating, but floating none the less because I didn’t feel anything for them.

In conclusion the plot of this book made it far more enjoyable to the first for me. However, it was still nothing totally amazing and because I didn’t like the first at all really I will not be suggesting that anyone start this series. If it ends on a wow I shall let you know, but with just these two books I don’t think its worth the time investment.

 

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Book Review – The Maze Runner

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Title: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner 1]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 371

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I had heard many mixed reviews about this book and the series in general so I was a bit iffy about going into, and much like some of the books I am iffy with, I found the series on sale for $19 at target or something so I picked it up and thought I might as well give it ago. But then I was looking for something to listen to on my endless drives up and down from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and beyond and then back again so I got my hands on the audio books of it as well. If I had of spend more money on these books I would have been very very angry at the utter waste of money.

The first half, if not 3/4 of the book was so utterly boring that I became filled with rage at the sheer stupidity of it all. The writing style was excruciating. My mind was in pain at certain points because I could think of a hundred different ways that certain parts of the book could have been written that would have made it just so much better and the fact that I got what I did just seemed frankly a bit disrespectful to the readers. Am I not worth some editing? Are we, the buyers of your books, not worth some thought or effort? If I had not of been listening to an audio book of it and were actually reading the books, I don’t think I could have moved past this huge chunk of the book and actually get to the parts I rather enjoyed. The end is what bumped it up from 2 star to 3 star. Upon reading this review before publication, I decided that was way to generous. F you book, you are lucky you didn’t get a 1!

The issues I found with the first part of the book were simple. Nothing happens. Yes, they try to trick us into thinking things happen but it doesn’t. This book tries to be good with the idea that if you don’t know answers to the heaps of questions presented that makes the story interesting, but that doesn’t work so much when actually nothing ever happens. Oh we got a girl for a first time! Too bad she is in a coma for pretty much all the book and does nothing. Oh she can speak to Thomas’s mind? Too bad she does it very randomly, it very rarely makes sense, and Thomas denies it pretty much the entire time she is in the coma. Thomas asks a lot of questions, none of which are ever answered, ever really, throughout the entire book. Not through plot development, and not by any of the characters. “Why can’t I go into the maze at night?” We can’t just tell you there are monsters that will kill come out because that will make you go up and hug them. “Where are we?” No no, you are never going to work out or be able to handle being told we are inside a giant maze! The books tries so hard to be surprise and mysterious that is failed on all levels. You don’t need to shoot down EVERY SINGLE QUESTIONS THAT GETS ASKED EVER! Its called bloody plot development.

I also hated all the stupid nicknames that where given to everything. I think the word shank gets said more than the main characters name. No, that is not a clever made up word. None of them are. You are all so extremely stupid and annoying I wish you get killed off so the book ends I don’t have to keep hearing you talk.

I also felt zero connection or like to any of the characters. I thought they were flat and one dimensional and just so boring. At points they were dying left and right and I just did not give a toss. The only ones I liked where Newt and Minho, and I think this was in part to the life the voice actor was giving to the characters.

I found the Grievers really hard to picture which helped with the not being really afraid of them. So, they are like great bug slugs with metal bits poking out of them? Meh… I am not feeling that imagery.

Now liking the second half of the book was easy because stuff happened and it happened really quickly one after the other. I wont go into it even though lots of you already know what happens, but it kept me on the edge of my seat for the drive and I actually didn’t care if I hit traffic at any point because that meant I got to get more of the story. The end of the book was pretty intense.

I did really like the idea of this huge maze and kids who had no idea who they were and the things they did remember where planted and possibly not even true. I liked the idea of it all being just one great big test the kids had to go through for unknown reasons, and for the ending of the book I will continue with the next book, and because the other movie will be coming out sooner or later.

So yes, as a whole I think this book was a very big flop to say the very least. This book was so bad it actually fills me with rage to think of it. The action at the end and the idea of this test thing are the only parts I really liked about it, and I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone when there are far better books of the genre out there. Also, since there are movies now you can do the whole thing in a much shorter time and that would be a better way for them to deal with it I think. This is not a must read for fans of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are far better, and fans best stay away lest they become sad with the comparison.

 

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Book Review – The Invasion of the Tearling

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Title: The Invasion of the Tearling [The Queen of the Tearling 2]

Author: Erika Johansen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

Length: 480

Rating: 5 Star

Release Date: June 9th, 2015

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to HarperCollins through Edelweiss for allowing me to read this book ahead of the publication in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. While the other one took a very long time to get anywhere and was pretty mush setup for the series, this one I found moved much faster. Yes, the book is still a slow at times, but stuff is pretty much always happening so you barely notice. Also unlike the other story, we are receiving too very different storylines in the book.

In this book Kelsea takes on the ability, an ability that she cannot control, to have visions of the past. In these visions we see the life of Lily, a woman who lived before the crossing that lead to the creation of the Tearling. I found these parts really interesting. This world we are seeing is so different to the one we get with Kelsea, and I am forever questioning why on earth we are getting told this story and how it will all connect back to Kelsea. It was also really interesting to see the effects it was taking on her physically.

The end to Lily’s story. Wow. Did anyone see that coming? Seriously. I hadn’t a clue at all. Totally threw me off. I liked it for that, but I worry about the direction that is going to make the story go in. When I pick up a book like this that is not really the kind of direction I want it to go in, but I suppose I will have to wait and see how the plot develops.

Now with Kelsea we focus more on this impending invasion from the Mort because she cancelled the treaty by stopping the slave trade. This part of the story moves a lot slower than Lily’s, and while I really liked reading about Lily we seemed to focus more on her than Kelsea and thats just wrong. The here and now are really what we should be focussing on, and because of Lily’s constant interruptions we didn’t move very far in this side of the plot at all. The Mort don’t advance on the Keep until the very end of the book. Kelsea herself seemed to take several steps back in terms of development as well. She snaps out of it at the end, but I am with Mace throughout most this book. She acted like an idiot a lot of the time. I totally understand WHY she had a mental, but still. Her ending to this book is something that I am gushing over. Oh my god. Cliff hangers everywhere! Anyone who has read this book should come to me straight away to discuss them.

We had some some questions answered which I wont go into because of the spoilers, but we still have many that were not. Like who the hell her dad is, where on earth the sapphires/magical necklaces came from and just the general sauce of magic and so on. I like stories that have things unfold throughout the book but at this point I kind of feel like these things are getting left out for the wrong reasons.

It may seem like I have done a lot of complaining in a review which I have given 5 stars, but that just goes to show how much I liked it despite the flaws I have mentioned. It was truly an awesome read and I am so excited for the movie. The wait for the next book might literally kill me. I recommend this book to anyone who even remotely enjoyed the first one. It is still slowish, but much more happens and a lot of things you don’t expect. The writing is amazing.

 

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Book Review – Unwanted

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Title: Unwanted

Author: Amanda Holohan

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 318

Rating: 3.5 Star rounded down to 3

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Description/Synopsis:

All her life, eighteen-year-old Bea has wanted nothing more than to become a sniper on the wall and earn the coveted ink of a Dread warrior – a mark of distinction among her people.

She knows that one day the terrifying Erebii might break through the city’s outer defences, and if her people aren’t prepared and the wall is breached then the last human city will fall.

But everything Bea thinks she knows is about to be challenged…

What does the ink really do as it flows underneath their skin and who is the mysterious Unwanted boy that keeps appearing in her life?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like most the books I have been reading lately has been on the same kind of level, ok. Not horrible, but not great either. I think this streak of reading might have added to my hard time actually getting into this book. It started off slow, but I can see the potential for the rest of the series.

Structure wise I there was a few things I found interesting. One of them was the spelling. At first I thought it was because I might have received an ARC and it was just a glitch that had yet to be fixed where the word earth was always spelt wrong. Then later on the book a bunch of city names where also spelt wrong and I realised that it was intentional. I thought it was pretty cool that because it is a dystopian that the language had gotten skewed in the change, but then I thought about how nothing but the city names (that Im aware of) is spelt wrong and I began to think that the idea had not been thought all the way through.

Plot wise the story was a bit lacking. There was action throughout most the book, but in terms of actually moving very far in plot the book was pretty much just build up for things to come. From what I was given I am very excited to see where they take some of these things in the books that are to come. But for this one I saw a lot of the things coming and it wasn’t all that surprising. The Ink idea is very very cool. Moving tattoos that take on part of your personality? Awesome.

The characters in the book were fine I guess, as well done as anything else within the book. I didn’t mind Bea, I liked Red and I hated Gus. If at any point I was actually supposed to like Gus that was a huge fail to the writing. I hated him from the start. He is just a jealous and delusional dickhead. Not at any point did Bea show anything other than friendship, and pretty much every move he made throughout the book stuffed things up and was just him acting out in a petty jealous way to punish Bea for ‘betraying him’ or ‘being with other people.’ I am very interested in seeing how things turn out with her mother, and I Vaugn’s character had gone in a different direction.

That’s it for this review. If I was you, I would read this book to fill in some time. I am really holding judgement on the whole… trilogy until I read the next one and find out where all this build up goes to.

 

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Book Review – Divergent

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Title: Divergent [Divergent 1]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 333

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this book on my kindle, and I made it all the way through the book without making a single note. I know you guys can’t see my note making habits, but I rely on them heavily. I love my notes and highlights, they help so much when writing a review. This book didn’t receive any because I was so engrossed with what I was reading that I didn’t pause long enough to actually make any. I don’t normally buy hardcopies of books but I have now bought all three in hardcopy form cause I want them to last forever.

I loved Tris. I feel she had quite a bit of character development. People have talked about her being a hard and cold character and I didn’t agree at first at all. But when she moves into her new faction you can see it start to come through and there was one moment with her friend Al that I was like I totally see her coldness now. I love her but I dont know if I would want heras a friend. The poor girl is struggling with herself throughout the entire book because her whole life she has been told that she will fit into one place only and she just doesn’t. She isn’t perfect and she doesn’t really pretend to be and its a nice change. Though in the world she lives she should probably do a better job at trying to seem normal.

Four was a good character but I found a flaw with the way he was presented. His true identity is supposed to be like this big mystery but I worked out very quickly when Tris started questing who he was supposed to be. That being said I don’t think that it was super obvious, I just put the dots together, and I really look forward to getting to really know him in the next book.

The love between him and Tris took pretty much the whole book to happen and I was so glad, It was really a nice side thing that you will get more of in the next book.

I loved Tris’ friends most of the time, they lightened things up and gave me some giggles and some really really heartbreaking moments. Im going to say this, I still like Al at the end of the book. Thats all the you get about him. I dont know if I feel that way about some of the other friends though, some of the things they did were very kind of backstabby and I don’t think the friendships will last long. Oh and Will! Omg Will. Ah. I need to read the next one now because of Will. I also really loved and was moved by her parents. Her mum was awesome.

Her enemies I hated all of them with a passion, I wish they would all just die. But they don’t. I will read on the feel the pleasure of their deaths.

I also thought the world building and plot was very very interesting. I love dystopian books and sometimes you run the risk of kind them being the same because every idea in like nearly every genre has been done already at some point, but I didn’t find that here. Some people have said that they think this is just another Hunger Games, and though I kind of see their point, I think that it is also very different. It does have its own flare and creatures an original concept. Couldn’t get enough.

So yes, loved the characters and the world and everything inbetween. I suggest picking up the book before the movie comes out in the next couple of months. I have high hopes for the movie too!

Till next time…

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Book Review – Mockingjay

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Title: Mockingjay [The Hunger Games 3]

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 455

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

“If we burn you burn with us.”

Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – everyone except Katniss.

And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay – the symbol of rebellion – no matter what the personal cost.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Where do I even begin with this book? Well I spose I should start off by saying that I will be talking about spoilers in this review. There is no may about it. Its a bit hard to talk about it without spoilers.

The pace of this book seems to move slowly despite all the stuff that is going on but then it all seems to just collapse at the end when it turns out it wasn’t really all that slow. Sorry I know that doesn’t make much sense, but this book rocked me and I find it hard to think all that clearly. Also, some of the actions that happen in this book are just a tad ridiculous. Though things they have to face and things that happen are believable in the sense that the world they are in is ridiculous so that kind of stuff can happen, but it still seems really over the top and just mad. I kind of don’t think they are going to be able to pull this book off as a movie very well. Sure they can make it all digital and what not but it still might not work. I spose I will see in over a year when the last movie comes out.

Some other plot things that annoyed me were:

  1. I thought the districts were won over a tad too easily before they started taking on the capital.
  2. No one by the end of the book really gives a toss about them winning the war. Its mentioned but there is no emotion in it really.

This book is desperately throughout the entire thing. Its so sad even that I actually hated any happy parts. They were a tease and just made things harder to deal with. Everyone dies in this book. If they didn’t die in a physical way they all die emotionally.

Katniss starts off kind of weak and pathetic and by the end she is basically a shell. This kills me and yet I find believable so is very well done because she was just a strong person and it was heart breaking to see her die that way. I totally hated Peeta for how he was after they saved him. I know it wasn’t all his fault with the torture and how they made it all connect to Katniss so he hated her, but I still hated him. Its not realistic of me to think he could withstand things like that but I did. It took him far too long to come back around and even then he wasn’t the same. I think part of me needed him to stay the way he was before because Katniss just couldn’t. I wanted to like Haymitch. I did. But I couldn’t forgive him for stuff that happened in the other book. I hated Gale too by the end. Parts of his personality that now that I think back through the other books that have always been there but were not dominant are horrible. He was filled with too much hatred. I also hate him for his part in the final events no matter how small.

On a plus side the love triangle is resolved. But this too is depressing. Gale and Katniss don’t end up together because he played a part and designed the trap that killed Prim. Thats right, the whole reason Katniss joined the games to begin with, to keep her sister alive, was totally for nothing because she was killed as a result of her oldest friend’s actions. I was in shock over this for a really long time, and it didn’t really hit me that she was dead until Katniss started screaming at Prim’s cat telling it that she was never coming back. I cried my eyes out at that part.

The author tried to give the book a kind of happy ending, but it felt hollow. I had to go get in the shower once I finished the book. I was so emotionally stuffed up and broken that I felt dirty all over and I had to try and wash it off. So yeah, great book in a really depressing way. I would recommend it.