Tahereh Mafi knows how to write a beautifully compelling story. Each word weighed and measured for that perfect effect. She knows how to make you feelTahereh Mafi knows how to write a beautifully compelling story. Each word weighed and measured for that perfect effect. She knows how to make you feel each emotion clearly and with such conviction that you cannot think of anything else even after you have consumed the very last word. Then your heart and head are overwhelmed, overpowered running to find the proper words to express your myriad of emotions and somehow failing.
My quest for a Dystopian read is ever expanding and when I first became aqainted with STARTERS by Lissa Price I knew that I would be in for a new kindMy quest for a Dystopian read is ever expanding and when I first became aqainted with STARTERS by Lissa Price I knew that I would be in for a new kind of adventure. I also enjoyed the fact their are only going to be two books in this series, STARTERS and ENDERS. A refreshing change from trilogy's.
Callie and her brother are orphaned, after a virus kills their parents and anyone else who is not a child or a senior citizen. With no one to take them in they must live on the streets, but society does not want unsponsored Starters (minors) so they are always on the run and that is difficult considering that Callie's brother is very ill. So, when she is given information on a way to get money she takes a chance, and this is were the story gets interesting. Callie finds an institution that wants to use her body and pay her for her time. Suddenly she is faced with a difficult choice...continue with the status quo and have her brother get worse and possibly perish or rent out her body so that a rich Ender (senior) gets to have some fun for a bit of time. *Shudders* just the thought gives me the chills. It is obvious what choice she makes and what she believes to be a simple temporary transaction soon becomes something deceitfully sinister and she will have to fight with everything she has in order to survive.
STARTERS has a good base and it's world is well delineated. I also found this new Starters/Enders society to be original and the inception of "Prime Destinations" to be wickedly creepy. I could understand Callie's decision at committing an unthinkable act, despite the fact that it seemed like such a violation, and I was curious to see how things would work out when she discovered the truth. This story also had a few plot twists that I totally did not see coming and I really enjoyed being surprised by them and it kept my interest going.
As much as I found STARTERS to grab my interest, I found some situations a bit far fetched and unconvincing. The concept of the Enders having an exceedingly long life span? I thought I was good with numbers but some things just did not add up. I also did not care for the love triangle that came to light at the end of the story because it just seemed a bit odd. Not to mention The Old Man, who is he? and why did he have such an interest in Callie? Uggggg....I hate the suspense but I guess there has to be something to bring you back and read the next installment that is aptly named ENDERS.
In short, I found STARTERS to be a good read and I believe that fans of the Dystopian/Sci-Fi genre will enjoy this debut novel by Lissa Price. It is well paced, creepy and will keep thinking about it long after you have finished reading it....more
When BORN WICKED first caught my attention I was mesmerized by it's stunningly sumptuous book jacket, then as I read the back cover I knew that this wWhen BORN WICKED first caught my attention I was mesmerized by it's stunningly sumptuous book jacket, then as I read the back cover I knew that this was a book that I would adore. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the least.
Jessica Spotswood had created a world of magic, mystery and romance that will keep you entranced and voraciously reading until it's very last word, for she has created a spellbinding and intriguing story that you cannot help but treasure.
BORN WICKED centers on a trio of sisters that are also witches in a time when even breathing the word magic could result in certain banishment and possible death. Cate Cahill is the eldest of this enchanted trio who trying her best to fulfill her mother's wishes by keeping her sisters safe. Then she locates her mother's diary and finds a frightening prophecy that does not allow her to trust anyone. What is Cate going to decide about their futures while trying to understand that she may be the most powerful witch of all time. What is a girl to do?
Wow! what an amazing read. I truly enjoyed BORN WICKED and the world that Jessica Spotswood has created. While the subject of witches is not vogue or original, the storyline that she has penned is captivating and it's characters are appealing. I was thoroughly invested with these sisters and I wanted to see them thrive and succeed. It is also great to witness characters that you can adore and hate in equal measure. It is never easy to be the bad "guy" in a book but if it that character is well written you cannot help but see RED when you think of them. Besides having moments of grrrrr...frustration I also appreciated the romance that was entwined within this storyline and it gives me a whole new appreciation for feathers.
Another aspect that I acknowledge about this story was the element of mystery and slow building suspense that built to a nail biting crescendo. Not knowing whom to trust and what confidences would turn bad made it such a worthy read. I am sure readers teen and adult alike will enjoy this story and be left begging for more. I know I am....more