When I first finished Zenn Scarlett, I rated it in at 3 stars. The book was good, don't get me wrong, but it didn't really stand out to me at all. It was very typical for my tastes. But here I am, 3 days later, and every time I've tried to pick my next book to read, I can't find anything that peaks my interest. Apparently, Zenn Scarlett had a stronger effect on me than I thought.
It's one of those books where you get so involved in the story that you forget you are reading a book.
Zenn Scarlett starts out with Zenn, a hardcore teenage girl, if not a bit anti-social. She is an exoveterinarian novice, meaning she's training to become an veterinarian for alien species. She lives on a compound, or cloister, with her uncle and a few workers where they take care of the animals.
I don't know what I was expecting, Zenn to go on some crazy adventure to save the cloister? Zenn to get kidnapped away, and have to fight her way back? The entire book took place at the cloister and it was incredibly refreshing. It's not an adventure book, it's a creative look into a futuristic veterinarian life (with, of course, some exciting conflict).
Zenn is a refreshing and bold character. She's smart and knows it, but also has her faults. She's got passion and will do anything to be what she wants in life.
The cloister was very fun to read about, along with all of it's alien inhabitants. It was hard to picture some of the creatures at times, but as Zenn continued to work with them, the images slowly came to mind.
I would recommend this book for the younger crowd, it's a bit juvenile in that there's not much romantically going on. It's a really easy read, and I think anyone on the younger side of YA fantasy will really enjoy it....more
The blurb for this book is a bit misleading, not so much in a bad way. Don't expect a book from the point of view of an android, that's not what this is about. This book is about a young girl's growth from adolescence to adulthood. It follows Cat in her journey to find herself and figure out who she is in the midst of normalcy.
Catarina Novak is a tangled woman cursed with the burden of beauty and an icy heart. Living a life of denial and empiness, she struggles between being happy and doing what society demands of her. She acts out to make herself feel human in a world running rampant with robots.
She's the daughter of two scientists, raised so that she discovers herself instead of having someone else discover who she is for her. She is tutored from age six by Finn, an android her father has attained. Finn is more realistic than any other androids, and has the ability to think and feel. Cat spends her life as if floating through a dream, she conforms for the sake of conforming. She considers the opinions of her parents before her own, and it ultimately leads her into situations that knows she will regret. It isn't until Cat is almost 30 that she discovers what it is that she really wants, and decides to pursue happiness.
I do not like romance books. If I had known before I read this that it was mostly a romance novel, I never would have requested the ARC. I can't believe how close-minded I can be sometimes. This book was amazing, it was better than most science fiction, dystopian, or romance novels put together. It had me pulling my hair out, crying, and laughing with joy.
There are two things I want to point out before you pick up this novel that accounts for the half a star less than perfect on my rating.
1. This book is very slow. It takes a long time for anything to happen, but that in no way means that it is boring. I enjoyed every minute of it, but it can get frustrating waiting for the obvious to happen. 2. Catarina is frustratingly selfless. To the point where it was hard to believe she would sacrifice so much of her happiness to make her parents and society happy.
I loved Cat's character. She was ballsy, and she stood up for those she loved. She is impulsive and stubborn, but she never really knew what she wanted. As the reader, of course I knew what she wanted, but we had to watch Cat figure it out, and she also had to figure out that it was okay to be different in order to be happy.
This novel is a beautifully written, incomparably powerful love story. I loved and hated it for how it made me feel. My heart broke (along with Cat's) multiple times. The perspective throughout the book as Cat ages is impeccable. In the beginning, I felt like I was reading through a five year old's thoughts, in her teenage years, I felt exactly as I did as a troubled young girl, and in her older years, I felt her passion and contempt for the life she had chosen more powerfully than anything I've ever felt about my own life.
This books contains sexual situations, I don't recommend you let your 9 year old read it, but it's a great Science Fiction novel (though lacking a bit in the actual sci-fi department, it doesn't take away from the story at all). If you love romance novels, and want romance with a twist, it's a must read....more
I picked this one up because I had read the amazing reviews about it and I needed a goodThis review can also be found at The Title Page
Rating: 5 Stars
I picked this one up because I had read the amazing reviews about it and I needed a good audiobook to keep me awake during the traffic I sit into on the way to work. Most of the audiobooks I'd listened to did nothing more than give me a migraine before I got into the office, and I was about ready to give up on the idea all-together, when I got Code Name Verity.
I'm a big science fiction fan. If it doesn't have an aspect of fantasy in it, I'm probably not going to read it.
But I'll be damned if I wasn't enthralled for every word of Code Name Verity. This book is my enemy. It is my best friend. It made me laugh, cry, and hate myself. I have never been so touched by a story until I read this book. I can't stop thinking about it.
I even listened to the author's note in the end of the audiobook and, if I hadn't, I would have believed every detail in Code Name Verity happened exactly as it was stated. This book is fiction, but it doesn't feel like fiction. If it's not true, why do I feel so torn up by it?
Elizabeth Wein has an amazing talent. She brought the characters in her novel to life so vividly that I'm still having a hard time believing they never actually existed.
My heart broke 100 times over while listening to this book. I believe having the audio made it that much more powerful.
Please don't pass up an opportunity to read this book. Please give it plenty of your time and attention. It deserves nothing less....more
A Conspiracy of Alchemists follows air-pilot, Elle, and her warlock companion, Hugh on a quest to find her kidnapped father. Elle discovers that she holds powers she never even imagined in this adventure that takes place in a magical, historical, alternate universe.
This book starts out interestingly enough, pushing us straight into this universe with no explanation. I was able to pick up enough from the setting and character description to figure out some of the mythology going on throughout the book, but it took a while for me to fully understand what was going on. I ended up googling different mythology just to get an image in my head of certain characters.
The characters were very in-depth, I enjoyed the people I was reading about. Consistency could have been better. In the beginning of the novel, Hugh was a hardened gentleman with a snarky attitude but by the end of the book he had turned into a useless boy pining for a girl's love.
Everything seemed to move slower in this world too. Elle is determined to find her father (who she fears may be dead), but only after she's had her breakfast. Hugh and Elle travel to Venice to speak to the only people who can help them, but the first thing they do is check into a hotel. Once Elle is kidnapped, Hugh visits a few friends and checks into a hotel for a few days before finally freeing her. They just seem really calm in the situations they're in. Panic should be their first reaction.
And then, of course, in the end we have the inevitable 'bad guy reveals entire plan because, hey "you're going to die anyways"' cliche, that I did not enjoy from such an original novel. And we wouldn't miss the Prologue designed only to set up for the next novel. (which I really think it could have done without. This book would have been a great standalone novel, I fear the sequels will only bring it down.)
I was not overly impressed with the novel, but I didn't hate it. The world building was fascinating, if not a bit overwhelming. It's a good read, but not the top of my list....more
I wanted to review A Shimmer of Angels while it was still fresh in my mind. I finished the book yesterday and have mixed feelings about the title.
I have to admit, I went into this book expecting it to be just another high school novel, I feared it would be on par with Marked and I would be putting it down before I let too many of my brain cells rot.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.
Ray is a refreshing take on the teenage girl. Having lived three years of her life in a mental hospital, she isn't the standard high school teen queen. Of course, there is the typical love triangle, which seems to be standard among YA novels these days. (let me tell you now girls, you'll be lucky to ever have one perfect guy falling head over heels for you, the chances of two would be slim to none.)
The writing leaves much to be improved on, I got the feeling that the author was trying too hard to sound like a teenage girl. The dialogue Ray used did not match her thoughts. She was emotionally more mature than a normal 16 year old would be because she had gone through so much more than most teens. It should reflect in the way she speaks along with the way she processes information.
I love Ray's 'descent into madness' throughout the beginning of the books. I put this in quotes because it's not so much a descent into madness as an ascent from madness. The best part of the novel is the section where Ray comes to terms with the fact that she is not crazy.
The author would use filler sentences that didn't make too much sense, which gave me the feeling that she was trying too hard. She'd use words like...
"Have a seat," the waitress invited, her voice sharp with sarcasm."
He might look my age, but sometimes, when he said weird things like that, I couldn't shake the feeling he was much older.
The first qualm I had with these was trying to figure out how one would sarcastically tell someone to take a seat for a job interview. I spent a few minutes trying to figure that one out. As for the second quote, you'll probably need some context. She says this about Cam, a person she's known for approximately 2.5 minutes and said 3 words to.
This is what I'm talking about, a good editing and this would be a really great book.
I like the topic, fallen angels, guardian angels, angels from hell. This all interests me, but I'd have to say I haven't read many novels on the subject. This is because I'm writing my own angel-based novel and don't want to be influenced by any other work.
I took a chance with A Shimmer of Angels and I'm glad I did. I'm not sure I'll read the following 2 novels, but that is to be discovered.
Favorite character: Kade Least Favorite Character: Cam Recommended for: Young readers, readers interested in angel/demon work....more
When books end in a way that makes me hate myself for being alive... I normally hate them in return. I hate the writing, I hate the author, I hate the plot, the characters, the dialogue. Basically, I wish the book had never been written and in that, I had never read it.
I simply cannot bring myself to hate this book. In fact, I can't do anything but love it. It is simply amazing, and I don't think I've ever read such an original, creative, lovely piece of work.
Pantomime has a little bit of magic, a little bit of steampunk, a little bit of kick-ass, and a whole lot of secrets.
The book follows both Micah Grey, a runaway in search of a new life in the circus, and Gene Laurus, a noble young girl who has yet to find her place in the world. The two come together in the most unexpected of ways, and must hide the fact that they are not what they appear. The novel is set in Ellada, an alternate society in which magical things can and have happened. Traces of magic are left behind in the cities in the form of Artifacts and giant domes of Penglass, a mysterious material that cannot be removed nor broken.
The world building in this novel is, in the simplest of words, perfect. There is not an overwhelming amount of time spent on describing the setting, but not a lax enough description that we are left completely to our own imaginations. Lam has captured the world that was created in her imagination and presented it to us with such descreet detail and vigor that we do not even notice that we have been transported to another world until we are there entirely.
Micah and Gene's story's are intertwined in a way that you would never expect. The author is brave and original in the way that secrets are revealed to us. I never would have guessed when I began reading that these plot points would unveil so seamlessly in the novel.
Once you really become a part of the book, it is difficult to put it down. I got to the last few chapters right when I ran out of time to read, and I couldn't properly focus on anything the rest of the night and into the next morning until I was able to pick the book up once more and let it engulf me.
The way the novel is written is completely original and invigorating. It inspires you to think outside of the box, and come up with creative new ways to tell your own stories.
Yet, throughout the entire novel, we are nagged with reminders that all of this is part of something bigger yet to come. By the end of the book, plot lines are left open to be elaborated on in the future of the series. There is so much left open and, while you have a small inkling of where this story may be headed, there is a plethora of ways it could be taken. I eagerly await the upcoming sequels and strongly urge new readers to take on this book. You'll learn so much about yourself and open bits of your imagination that you never even knew you had.
I applaud Laura Lam for such an amazing debut novel.
I recommend this book for: People who enjoy any or all of the following: Steampunk, science fiction, mystery, circus's, great novels. Favorite character: Aenea and Micah Least favorite character: Bil
P.S. The memory of the last solid copy book I purchased doesn't even grace my mind, but (even though I've read it already) I guarantee that this one will be the next....more
The Burn starts off quickly with an introduction to Tessa, and the colony she livesCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
The Burn starts off quickly with an introduction to Tessa, and the colony she lives in with her sister, father, and grandmother. The underwater world Oldham has created is intriguing and extremely detailed. Her character and setting descriptions help pull the reader into the world she has created. She does an amazing job setting up the plot, and you can easily see the turmoil Tessa has brewing in her head. She is unhappy in the colony and decides to adventure to the surface, a desolate land nicknamed The Burn.
Sadly, this is where the story plummets. It feels like the author assumed the reader would know what The Burn looked and felt like because, naturally, we live in that present day setting. The world building completely plummets, I found myself confused and questioning what exactly was going on in the book. Unlike in the colony, I was not able to picture what was going on in my head.
The price that Tessa paid to get to the surface was steep. (view spoiler)[ She was forced to cut out her tongue so as to not give away the fact that the colonies existed. (hide spoiler)] I was confused, shocked, and appalled at this. I get the reference to The Little Mermaid, where the protagonist was forced to give up her voice in exchange for her freedom, but that seems to be where the similarities stop.
She goes to the surface and immediately falls in love with a boy named Dave. Dave was previously engaged to Mary and they both still harbor feelings for each other. Throughout the novel, Tessa states how head over heels she is for this boy, and how amazing it is that she has found love in such a short time. When she first arrives, Dave seems to feel the same way, he barely leaves her side. However, when their first kiss comes, his feelings are confused and he doesn't speak to Tessa for days afterwards. I'm not sure what the author was trying to do here, either Dave is mighty bipolar, or he is an asshole toying with Tessa's heart. Ignoring her for days after kissing her is an extremely sadistic approach. My main issue with the romance in this story is that (view spoiler)[when Dave and Mary get back together, Tessa simply states she never loved him. She doesn't explain why or what her feelings meant. How are we supposed to believe this from just a statement? (hide spoiler)]
I feel the novel redeemed itself by the end, however abrupt it was. (view spoiler)[It does not have a happy ending, and maybe that's why I loved it so much, I see too many happy endings, they get old, and this novel seemed like it would be one to end that way. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this book started and ended great, but is weighed down by a lot of pointless back story. (view spoiler)[And I was really hoping in the end that Tessa and Jack would be together romantically. There is a sequel, and it looks like from the cover summary that Jack does harbor feelings for her. I will be reading it, although the story fell short of amazing, I would like to find out what happens to Tessa and Jack. (hide spoiler)]
Recommended for: Newer YA readers Favorite Character: Jack Least Favorite Character: None of the characters really got to me that way. Since the antagonist was an entire group (the Government), there was no one person we were supposed to hate. I think that was another unique charm of this novel. No, I don't hate Mary, and I don't think we are supposed to....more
Jonathan Maberry is a conundrum. He has an amazing imagination, and beautiful wriCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Jonathan Maberry is a conundrum. He has an amazing imagination, and beautiful writing style, but he has a tendancy to draw his ideas out too long. Stretch them too thin. He seems like he is a very tenacious person.
After reading Rot & Ruin, I was beyond excited to dive into the rest of the series. I immediately purchased the next two novels.
How I wish I hadn't.
By the time I was halfway through Dust and Decay, I no longer held any interest in the collection. Where the first novel was thrilling and galvanizing, the second lacked any excitement. The only word I could attach to this novel is droning.
******** Dust and Decay follows Benny and his friends on their trip to find the mysterious jumbo jet they witnessed doing a fly-by in the previous novel. They train with Tom for months, and (after a harrowing incident in their town) are finally ready to set out. As soon as they leave the town, they run into trouble in the form of roaving gangs run by White Bear, none other than (view spoiler)[Charlie Pink-eye's elder brother (hide spoiler)]. They get separated, and end up at Gameland, the notorious zombie-pit arcade that was heavily mentioned in the first novel. A war ensues, and we see the fate of Gameland, as well as Benny, Nix, Tom, Chong, and Lilah. ********
Issue #1: This book was so incredibly slow. It takes until we are 20% into it for them to leave the town. The last seven months of their training was summed up in a couple of chapters with a few choice flashbacks later on. It feels like we are reading a newspaper article on what Obama had for breakfast yesterday. It was hard to push through because the characters are so bland. But we'll get to that in a bit.
Issue #2:As soon as they leave, they run into a (view spoiler)[Rhinocerous (hide spoiler)]. Okay, that is a bit of a stretch, even in California.
I have studied animals for almost my entire life, and I want to point out that zoo's are perfectly conditioned to habitat each specific animal. Even if 4 zoos in a specific area had suddenly released all of their animals into the wild at the beginning of the apocalypse, most (if not all) of said animals would perish within years. Animals are adaptable, yes, but that is over generations. I wouldn't expect a specific (view spoiler)[rhinocerous (hide spoiler)] to survive very long in the California wasteland, much less be able to find a compatible male to mate with. This is just not reasonable.
Issue #3: Once they are in the Rot and Ruin, Chong (who has always been a very smart person) becomes a complete moron. He runs off in the wrong direction and it messes everything up somehow. The other characters spend the rest of the novel blaming him for everything that happened with the (view spoiler)[ rhinoceros (hide spoiler)]. As if he could have predicted where zombies were lying, and where the animal planned to go. This seemed unfair to me, like Maberry was looking for a way to make Chong seem worthless in Lilah's eyes.
Issue #4: Tom, the Mary-Sue. As always, Tom saves the day. Tom, who is perfect in every way, can take down 3 giant bounty hunters in the blink of an eye, who never seems to get a scratch on him.(view spoiler)[Who dies from a gunshot wound shot from far away, oh the irony.
It's like in Harry Potter, how everyone spent so long running from Voldemort, and no one thought to put a bullet through his head. (hide spoiler)]
Issue #5 (and then I'll shut up): All of the characters are completely different people than they were in the first book. Yeah, I know they went through so much with Charlie Pink-Eye, blah, blah, blah, but there isn't even a shred of the people we came to know and love in Rot and Ruin.
Benny used to be fun loving, funny, and playful, yet serious at times. Now he has no wit, he's not interesting, he is just a boy who waves a wooden sword around.
Nix is a hollow shell of a person. There is nothing in the novel to even hint that she ever had feelings for Benny, in the beginning of the novel, I wasn't even sure they were still together. She's cold-hearted, and not likeable at all to the reader. Where I was rooting for her in the last novel, I just kind of wished she would get eaten by zombies in this one.
Chong was supposed to be so super smart (I mean, come on, he's asian, of course he's smart -.- stereotype much?) and now he's a blundering idiot. He runs away for no reason other than the girl who he has a super-mega crush on scorned him. Fooey.
Lilah was so mysterious and dark and weird. I loved her character, having been cut off from other human life for so long, she was so interesting. Now, all of a sudden, she is completely conditioned to living with people. It is mentioned how she never had anyone to care about before, but there is nothing more than that. She talks, she has comprehendible sentences, and feelings. It's so not right.
Tom is the only one of the original cast who I actually still like. He's the only one with personality and, even though he's a huge Mary-Sue, he's the only one remotely interesting.
(view spoiler)[If Tom was still alive, I would consider finishing the series for my own interest, but now the only reason I'll read the next book is because I've already paid for it. (hide spoiler)]
Now, I'm not saying this was a bad book, it just wasn't on par with any of Maberry's previous work that I've read. If you want to find out more about the jet, don't bother. There's nothing about it in this novel.
I recommend this book for: People who can't resist continuing the series. My advice: Buyer beware: this novel kind of ruined the series for me. Favorite character: Tom Least favorite character: Benny and Nix...more
I just finished this book. I had resolved to write my review in a few days, I like to let the book sink in for a bit before reviewing, butRating: 4.5
I just finished this book. I had resolved to write my review in a few days, I like to let the book sink in for a bit before reviewing, but this goddamn book won't get out of my head.
Admittedly, this book was not as good as Unwind. But I read Unwind and then dove right into this one without a break.
I loved the way Shusterman alternated between, not only storylines, but different characters within the storyline. Most authors will give us a shocking discovery and then jump to a completely different plotline in the next chapter, but Shusterman jumps between different characters in one interaction. Absolutely genius.
I spend my work days reading, since I don't usually have enough "real work" to do. This book took 2 full days to read and I barely noticed the time flying by.
The way the author captures the personality of each individual, without letting them merge, without losing the story to senseless babble is amazing.
And then the moments... the big moments where something completely life-altering happens. He frames those so perfectly.
Then there are the deaths. (view spoiler)[ Each character that dies is given their own individual accounts of the incident. We follow Trace through his drowning, which is said to be the most horrible way to die, and we know his feelings, his experiences, his coming to terms with the way in which he is about to die. (hide spoiler)]
This book is commendable. I can't wait for the next....more
Closed Hearts is the sequel to Open Minds, a novel set in a world where everyone normal is aCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Closed Hearts is the sequel to Open Minds, a novel set in a world where everyone normal is a mind reader. Kira, however, is not normal. She's a jacker. Jacking is a special skillset in which the Jacker can enter and ultimately control a Reader's mind.
In this novel, Kira has exposed the jackers to the public, and is set on a mission to free the trapped jackers and protect the ones she loves.
I found this novel to be slightly disappointing compared to it's predecessor. Kira has completely changed in terms of her attitude and determination. In Open Minds, she would stop at nothing to bring Kessler down, and in this one she gives up two separate opportunities to do just that.
Her regard for those she loves is pushed until the end of the novel, only then does it occur to her that the best thing she could do to protect her loved ones is to leave them behind.
Her powers which were considered so remarkable in the first book seem weak and useless in this one. At times she can defeat extremely skilled jackers and at others she can't even get in the heads of weakly protected readers. The inconsistinsies in her skill make me think the author got worried that Kira might become a Mary-Sue type character. Her attempts to correct this leave Kira a weak, unimpresive protagonist and one I'd much rather see replaced.
Honestly, I would much rather the story continue on in Julian's perspective, he is the stronger character and while mysterious, much more developed.
Another large red flag to me in this novel is that so many of the Mages' enemies are jackers. Being a jacker, wouldn't you want to help a group that is fighting solely for jacker rights? Or at least do not stand in their way. The anti-jacker readers would be completely powerless without their jacking body guards. This is like saying gay people would fight against gay rights. It makes absolutely no sense.
One of the biggest disappointments I think is the scene set up. The big climax of the book takes place a good amount of time before the ending, almost at the halfway point. If I was an editor, the beginning and end of this book would not interest me enough to back it.
All over, this book is an obvious read if you enjoyed the first book. I would suggest reading it only in hopes that the third one will be much better, and you'll need it to fill in the space between the two novels....more
Before the opening page, there is a quote from a zombie novel I read a while back. I instantCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Before the opening page, there is a quote from a zombie novel I read a while back. I instantly knew I had read it before even before I arrived at the credit.
“This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.” — T.S. Eliot, Hollowmen
Do you know how many post-apocalyptic books have copied this exact quote? Either stolen it and put it in the novel as works of their own, or quoting it at the beginning of the novel or a chapter. Can we be a bit more original please? Way overdone.
Right off I get the feeling that this author is attempting to write way above her skill level. The sentences are overly cryptic and forced.
“They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids”
Umm… what? I don’t even…
First grammar mistake? *ding, ding, ding!*
Second page; author uses 'its' as possessive.
Even Microsoft Word will tell you that’s wrong.
Looking past the author’s blatant disregard for common grammar laws, we move on the the main character being ‘noticed’. Oh how swell, this would be a boring story otherwise.
“His eyes, green, like two exclamation marks, meet mine.”
“The strange color of my eyes is the first thing anyone ever notices”
Screaming; “LOOK, I’M SPECIAL!”
Apart from the grammar mistakes in this quote, it’s obvious the author wants us to know just how Mary Sue her character is. HER EYES, HER EYES, OMG HER EYES!
I get to the part where Rhine is ‘chosen’ with two other girls. The guards then shoot all of the girls who were not chose. Tell me this… in a post-apocolyptic world where women don’t live past age 20 (don’t even get me started on this idea) what good could it possibly do to kill a dozen or so sixteen year olds? The only thing I see them doing is killing off potential breeders.
I just died. Might stop reading this sad excuse for a novel, all it is doing is pissing me off and boring me.
We move on and Rhine (along with the other pretty-but-not-as-gorgeous-as-Rhine) brides get married to their mysterious gold-teethed fiancé (and that is supposed to sound attractive? Eew)
This whole (what, 10%?) of the book is useless and boring. I had to stop myself from putting it down. It’s filled with “I went upstairs”’s “she led me down the hall”’s and “yet another”’s. I’m bored.
“The other brides are dressed in black and yellow versions of my outfit, respectively.”
Ok… does the author not know how to use the term ‘respectively’? You can’t put it at the end of a description without previously determining who was listed first. And of course, little miss “I have pretty eyes” get’s the only good color dress… red.
I find the author goes off on these tangents. A secondary character will say one sentence and Rhine will bloom into thought about how she used to eat bananas before taking her evening dump. Very obtrusive. Every time I happen upon one of these, all I can think is “Here we go again”
She is also contradictory to the point of confusion, for example; Rhine mentions she didn’t know much geography at all when asked if she knew what Japan was. Then, not even 3 paragraphs later, she is explaining about how her father was a “world enthusiast.” and had an atlas, where Japan was a favorite of hers. (Why Japan? Just cause? Oissh, of course, the Geisha’s, the only thing anyone in the US seems to know about Japan.)
Another time, she says Linden did not come into her bedroom. Next sentence; “But in the early hours of the morning, I’m awakened by the turn of the doorknob.” Umm.. ok, who could it be? Linden…
Get your story straight.
How about this… these girls are stuck up in this mansion for a year with all the food they can imagine, sucking on candies all day long… wouldn’t they get fat? I know I would.
And Rhine whines and whines about wanting to leave, but she never actually makes an attempt at it. What does she have to go back to? I’m sure her brother would be fine without her, and it’s not like she had a job or friends. And I’m sure, with Linden head over heels for her, he would be fine with her sending a letter to her brother telling him where she is and that she is fine. Maybe he could even live with them and work in the house, I don’t know, cause she never tries it!
As much as other reviews say that Gabriel is practically nonexistent, he does seem to be around a lot in the first half of the book. And he does seem to have an awful lot of ‘rare’ smiles…
The author goes on and on throughout the novel about how Vaughn is dissecting the bodies in the basement. She assumes this because she saw them wheeling Rose’s body down the hall on a gurney… Her body was being taken down the hall… God forbid…
And she is always saying how one day they will all be corpses lined up for his experiments. Excuse me, but how long do you think a body will last? Bodies need to be dissected within weeks of death. By her math, it will be at least 6 years before all four of the sister-wives are dead, I don’t think anyone would want to keep a rotting corpse in their basement for 6 years for study, even someone mad as Vaughn.
I feel I have overdone the face-palm GIFs on this one…
Overall though, the book tied together really well. The polygamy was so farfetched with where we are in today’s society, I wanted to punch the author for even having such a ridiculous plot idea. And I’m sorry, but girls getting some sort of ‘virus’ right after their 20th birthdays, and men doing the same at 25? That’s just fucking stupid. You can’t be healthy your whole life and then BOOM, as soon as you turn 20 you get TB. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
If this took place in a parallel universe, or in the past, where polygamy was common, I would have enjoyed it much more. And it wouldn’t have taken away from the novel much at all because they don’t seem to have computers in this story at all... or phones… or surveillance cameras (don’t you think someone like Vaughn would put up cameras in his basement/laboratory?)
After I got past the boring parts, I enjoyed the book, albeit the massive amount of “OMG, WTF?!”’s.
However, if you care about believability, I wouldn’t bother with it. If you are one who can just brush off a pile of super-important-plot-related-crap that makes absolutely no sense, enjoy yourself. :)...more
First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this booCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
What can I say about Partials?
First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and while there were certain aspects of it that annoyed me, I don’t regret one minute spent on this novel and have to mention that it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time.
Kira is a sixteen year old nursing intern who has grown up an a post-apocalyptic safe-zone. The leaders of their community have passed the “Hope Act”, a pregnancy requirement for woman of 18 years and older, in hopes of regenerating the population. The only thing is, all of the babies keep dying.
Mankind was wiped out by a specialized virus, created by “Partials”, robotic super-soldiers that took over the world in a bid for their freedon. This virus lies stagnant in the air, but kills all newborns within days of their birth. Kira and her community are the last surviving humans, immune to the virus.
When Kira’s best friend becomes pregnant, she is forced to action in hopes to find a cure for the virus and save her friend’s unborn child. Partials is a tale of Kira’s journey into Partial territory on her mission to cure this murderous disease. On the way, she makes unlikely friends and discovers things about herself that she never would have guessed.
I had read nothing of Partials when I began the book, I didn’t even read a review. I saw the description and in my post-apocalyptic fandome, had to give it a shot.
My first thought is: Wow.
This book is well thought out and researched, and while there were some things that wouldn’t make sense to most readers, I enjoyed the experience that came from reading this book.
Going into it, red flags instantly went up when Jayden entered the novel. I worried that it would turn into some sort of love triangle between him, Kira, and Marcus, but as I continued reading, nothing developed so my worries were shushued.
I had a hard time picturing the characters because any sort of physical discriptions were only hinted later in the book. It took until 14% into the book for us to find out that Kira was of Indian descent.
A few things bothered me about the time setting as well. We were never actually told what time this book takes place in, and at one point, a memory was described as the ‘40’s, but did not fit the description of the 1940’s at all. This makes me think that maybe it took place after the 2040’s, but I feel like the world would have changed more than it does in the novel by that time.
The giant twist we find out about four fifths of the way into the book was easily discernable early in the story. I guessed it at 25%. Some giant events will happen within paragraphs which also got on my nervs. The scientific aspect of this book interested me greatly. I am not a scientific person, I tend to get lot easily in those type of things, but the scientific explainations in the novel were specific, yet easy to understand. It definitely showed how well researched the book is, and made easy to understand. I have to thank the author for that.
One thing that I feel is super important to point out is if you don’t like reading Kudzu every seven chapters, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you can handle the repetitive nature of this (out of place) plant, then go ahead :)
A lot of things go unexplained in the novel, but I see this as leaving plots open for the following books.
Overall, I would suggest this book for anyone interested in any sort of post-apocalyptic setting or dystopian future. It was also a really good break from the normal dystopian-running-from-the-government plots we see all the time, this one had more of a political POV.
Please don’t take my review to be negative. Sometimes when I take notes on a novel, I nitpick, but I have to say, this book summed up really nicely and I recommend it completely.