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Book Review – Glitches, The Little Android, & The Queens Army

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Title: Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army [The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 29 Av.

Rating: 5, 2, 4 Star

Series Review: Novela’s, 1, 23, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

glitchesCinders is no memory further back than a few days – since her operation . And then came the endless journey to her new family. But it is anything but welcoming, her new stepmother would most like to get rid of her as quickly as possible. Then Cinder’s stepfather, Garan catches the Blue Plague, and she loses her main advocate … good thing she has her friend Iko , an android who sometimes forgets that she is not human.

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The Little AndroidWhen android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

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the queens armyIt is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Glitches

I LOVED this. For anyone who is planning on reading this series I strongly suggest you read this first! I agree with the comments of others, I don’t see why this was not added to the start of Cinder. This little story is the perfect opening into the series. It captured my attention and left me wanting more and many answers by the time I came to the end of its 32 page story. It introduces you to all the people who are important in Cinder’s world in the beginning. You find out who to love and who to hate pretty quickly. You also get more information about Garan which is sparse in the rest of the series. I really felt for poor Cinder the entire time, things just don’t go her way and she is just too young to understand that most the people she is with are just vile and there is nothing she can do to change that. Iko is one of my favourite creatures ever.

I have a glitch, too. Sometimes I forget that I’m not human. I don’t think that happens to most androids.

The Little Android

This one did not fill me up with such love. We get like a two second glimpse of Cinder in this book and that is it. This story has nothing at all to do with the rest of the series. I have no idea why this book is in here. The more I read about Mech6.0, the less I liked her. What started off with me thinking another Iko ended is me getting something selfish and violent. Yes, in the end Mech6.0 let those things go for the man she rescued and loved, but I found this ending to be messily written and I did not enjoy it.

The Queen’s Army

I did not read this book in the order that is said to in the goodreads list encase it was another little android type thing that didn’t really have much relevance. Luckily for me though I liked this one! I went in already knowing the characters within and I found it really interesting to see how they started on their journey that landed them in the path of Cinder. I think you could read this one at any time. If you read it in the order on goodreads, its not going to spoil anything about the characters you meet in Scarlet until you are a fair bit in, but if you read it later like I did you will just get some great backstory about people you know and love.

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Book Review – Creed

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Title: Creed

Author: Trisha Leaver

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Horror

Length: 264

Rating: 2

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Description/Synopsis:

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I was really in the mood for a good little horror story, and this fell far below what I was expecting. I what I got instead was a lot like watching a really bad, cheap horror movie. The kind where you can see the strings attached to the bats and the tins of paint they have used for the blood.

The writing style is what fell short for me the most. I was enjoying myself to start off with, I was hopeful and eager for a good read. It didn’t last long. There was an over emphasis on certain things to try make things more dramatic and ‘meaningful’ I think. The effect didn’t work the way I think it was intended. The result was me feeling like someone was forcing these things down my throat, begging me to believe the words but it just ended up making me gag. Two glowing examples of this would be the love Luke and Dee have for each other, its was more powerful than the sun guys. The next was Dee’s horrible past and how no one but Luke and Joseph can even begin to understand.

The characters were also the most stupid people you will ever find. It follows the standard car breaks down and they wonder into a freaky town where all the houses look exactly the same and no people can be found. In their searching for petrol they find signs that the towns number is decreasing rapidly. The boys decide that it would be a great idea the stay the night. Dee seems to be there only one with a brain here. Her brains don’t seem to last long though because then they find this guy Joseph that tells them the town in basically a cult and its run by his father. Then they all choose to follow him! Nothing could go wrong. Nothing. It will be fine mate.

Safe to say its not.

The boys and Dee get separated and she gets tortured but its nothing new to her because of her deep dark past. This past which has been shoved down my throat so much now I actively think the book is lying to me and is just trying make herself seem more interesting or something. Then we also have Elijah, Joseph’s father, who is just so evil it becomes just silly. He is all magical and controls everything. He is basically god. If he says you weren’t born then you were not and you will believe it!

The ending of this book was just a huge downer for me. I was looking forward to at least getting a bit of revenge but that does not happen. God strikes again. I also found great issue with:

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

How do we know that? Once we leave the town we never hear from one of them again. You can say two are not the same, but the third literally just vanishes (which annoyed me greatly), so how on earth do we know how they are?

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Its not worth the frustration. That being aid though I think Leaver’s book that is coming out next year sounds really interesting and I want to pick it up.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – The Last Changeling

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Title: The Last Changeling [Faerie Revolutions 1]

Author: Chelsea Pitcher

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 360

Rating: 2

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Description/Synopsis:

A Kingdom at War . . .

Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”

A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .

To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from the publishers in exchanged for an honest review.

I… Just…. Bah!

I feel like I am on a streak of things I really really want to read more of, but they just aren’t what I wanted.

This plot though not the most original thing in all the world, could have been good. Two warring faerie clan’s, the daughter of one just wanting to set all the faeries free must venture out into the human world to try and accomplish that wish.

I wanted actual fae action in a story that was about fae! We however didn’t get anything until the final kind of battle at the end of the book. We spend virtually zero time in faerie land. We even start off the book in the mortal world. I did not pick up this book because I wanted to read about the mortal world. We get lots of glimpses and back story about the faeries Through Elora telling Taylor a story about them, but I did not care at all. I was not attached or really interested in anything that was being said because it was about a place that I wanted to be in but wasn’t.

Another point that greatly annoyed me was the fact that the actual storyline was not really what I was promised. I was hoping for great fae plot and warring with the romance splashed in to make things spicier. Nope. Pretty much zero fae plot (which didn’t really make sense most the time) and was all insta love. 80% of the book was Elora and Taylor struggling with their love for each other but never doing anything about it.

All the side characters are one dimensional and cliche. The mortal villain is the school bully, there is a vegan goth who is head of the LGB club at school, and the gay guy hates everyone and is the school outcast. We also have the super bitchy girl who mocks the LGB club but is actually gay herself. Taylor and Elora were better, but I still didn’t give any of a damn about them.

I will not be recommending this book to anyone.

 

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