From the first second I heard there were ARC's of Victoria Schwab's newest book, The Archived, floating around I was constantly looking for ways to ge...moreFrom the first second I heard there were ARC's of Victoria Schwab's newest book, The Archived, floating around I was constantly looking for ways to get my hands on a copy. The Near Witch was one of my favorite books in 2011 (I read it early) and I loved it so much that I knew I had to get my hands on anything Schwab ever writes. I was ECSTATIC when The Archived arrived in my mailbox from a blog tour site. ECSTATIC. And it did not disappoint. Oh no, my friends, I dare say that The Archived is better than The Near Witch - and that's saying something. I loved everything about it - every little thing. I was so sad when it ended and even sadder to think that I have to wait that. much. longer. for the second one. This is one book that I'm SO happy will be a series because I need more of Mac, the Histories, and the Archive.
It's been a while since I've written a review and this one might be all over the place because I have so many feelings! But.. they are good feelings so here goes..
Let's start with the characters. I absolutely adore Mackenzie. She is tough and can kick some butt - she became a Keeper at 12 when 16 is the age limit! Girl has got to know how to fight, how to use her words to persuade the Histories, and be smart when it comes to keeping the real world and the Archive world separate. And there's even more to her. Her love for Da and her grief over her brother and her relationship with her parents.. You just want to hug her and let her know that eventually things will be easier. But then she would hate that. Schwab could not have written Mac more perfectly and I can not wait to see where her story goes. I love the flashbacks with Mac and Da. Da is one of my favorite characters in the book and he's not even really there - he's just in Mac's memories but he is so smart and full of wisdom and I just wish he could've stayed around more. There is also a couple boys in The Archived that are worth your time and consideration - Wesley and Owen. I know what you're thinking - Oh no, another love triangle. But stop right now.. It's really not. Mac's relationship with the two boys are complex and so much more than "another love triangle." I loved the way Schwab had that aspect of the book play out.
Schwab's world building in The Archived is top notch. There is so much put into the different aspects of the Archive and the world surrounding it - the Narrows, the Outers, the Librarians, the Keepers, the Crew, the keys. And so many rules that go along with each aspect. It truly takes the reader to a whole new world and sucks you into it. I just really loved everything about it.
The mystery that Mac is trying to solve about the Archive and her new home (the Coronado) is so interesting and really had me guessing until the very end. I could not figure out who was on what side and which way it would all go. And I loved it. Schwab gives clues throughout the book of who it might be but then she will add something else that has you second guessing that clue.
Everything about this book is perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better story, better characters, better mystery, better anything. The Archived is (so far) my favorite book of 2012. Love love love. <3(less)
I don't read a lot of contemporary but a survival story? That I will jump on. There were things I enjoyed about The Raft - the suspense, the terror, t...moreI don't read a lot of contemporary but a survival story? That I will jump on. There were things I enjoyed about The Raft - the suspense, the terror, the wondering - and thing I just didn't - some things were just too "easy" the way they happened.
When the plane Robie is on starts to go down, Max (the co-pilot) throws her out, saving her life, and gets her on the raft. After that Robie and Max are left to float around in the warm waters of the Pacific without any food, water, or way to contact land. Like Robie, the thing that would freak me out the most about being stuck on a raft in the middle of the ocean would be the sharks. I am terrified of them - barely go in the water at the beach I'm so scared of them. So, I'm with Robie on this one and I'm not sure I would've been as brave as she was when she HAD to get in the water.
Robie is not someone I would want to be alone on a raft with. She was kinda annoying - even though I should probably remember that she is fifteen years old and being whiny and annoying is required. I just didn't connect with her at all. I would have liked to have gotten to know Max a little more - but he was always unconscious so we don't get much from him either.
When Robie and Max make it to the island is when Bodeen lost me. There were just a few things that happened that I just didn't believe was even possible. (This coming from a girl that loves paranormal/sci fi books.)
I can't really say much more about The Raft. I didn't form a connection with the characters and I just felt like I knew how it was going to end before it got there. There were times that I was freakin' out with Robie - especially with the sharks and being in the water. And there is a twist at the end that made me have a "OH!" moment - didn't really see that coming at all. (less)
I completely loved everything about Rossi's debut novel. From the world she created to the characters to the action and suspense - Rossi crafts a wond...moreI completely loved everything about Rossi's debut novel. From the world she created to the characters to the action and suspense - Rossi crafts a wonderful story that leave the reader wanting so much more.
In Under the Never Sky, the world is being destroyed by the Aether storms - storms that rain down fire and scorch the earth destroying what ever is in it's path. In this world there are two types of people - Dwellers and Outsiders. Dwellers live in pods and have access to other "worlds" through a eyepiece that covers their eye. Outsiders know nothing but hunger and violence - having to fight to survive in the harsh weather conditions. Outsiders do have one advantage though - most of them have special gifts that help them survive in the harsh conditions. And there is just so much more to this world that Rossi created. At the beginning of Under the Never Sky, I will admit I was somewhat confused. I felt like I was thrown into this world and couldn't really find my way around - but once the story got going I understood more about what was going on around me. Not really knowing what was going on kept me interested and wanting more.
I think the strongest part of the story were the characters - Aria and Perry were wonderfully written and full of surprises. I loved that the story was told from both point of views - we would have missed so much if it had only been told from either Aria or Perry's. Aria is one very tough chick - she was determined to find out what happened to her mother (even if it meant breaking the rules), she didn't let anyone push her around, and she fought for her life whenever she had to - even if she wasn't very good at it. I love that she didn't let Perry push her around - even though he could be very mean and intimidating. And Perry - swoon-worthy Perry. I just loved that boy. You see that he has a kind side to him when he is with his nephew but he also has a hard side - one that kills men without thinking twice. And I loved the relationship between Aria and Perry - no instalove going on here. Mostly instahate. It made the story much more enjoyable with a little bit of suspense and wondering.
I need the next book in this series immediately and I know its going to be at least a year before that happens. If you love dystopian I highly recommend this book - full of action and adventure, love and loss, and hope and sadness - Under the Never Sky is a superb debut that will leave the reader wanting more. (less)
My twin tried to get me to read this book MONTHS ago - but did I listen even though she reads everything I recommend to her? Nope. Do I wish I would h...moreMy twin tried to get me to read this book MONTHS ago - but did I listen even though she reads everything I recommend to her? Nope. Do I wish I would have? Yep. Switched by Amanda Hocking got me out of my reading slump and I devoured it in a day. The story is unique and interesting and I enjoyed everything about it.
Wendy has always been different than the rest of the kids her age - more contrary, more demanding, and very distant with other people. When Wendy discovers she has an ability to make people do what she is thinking she really starts to wonder why she is so different. And then Finn shows up and everything in Wendy's life turns upside down.
I wasn't sure how this book was going to be since it was about trolls - but the trolls in Switched are not the trolls you see in other fantasy books. The trolls in Switched are Trylle - a beautiful species that is nearly extinction. Hocking creates a very interesting mythology about the Tyrlle - one that is full of drama that Wendy is completely thrown into without any desire whatsoever.
The characters in Tyrlle are completely enchanting. Wendy is so damaged from her crazy childhood which results into a personality that isn't completely lovely but I adore that about her. At the beginning of Switched she is very standoffish - she doesn't make friends easily and has moved around a lot. As the story progresses, Wendy starts to find her way - I really enjoyed seeing her grown and develop as a character. As for the boys in Switched - well, there are many to choose from. All the boys in Switched are swoon-worthy and the best part is there isn't a love triangle to deal with (at least not yet?).
Hocking's Switched is a fast, fun read. I completely enjoyed it and can not wait to get my hands on the other two books in the series to find out what happens.(less)