Meyer has created such a unique blend of genres with her Lunar Chronicles series. It's truly amazing that everything works seamlessly together. The QuMeyer has created such a unique blend of genres with her Lunar Chronicles series. It's truly amazing that everything works seamlessly together. The Queen's Army was a wonderful example of this genre blend.
His breathing was becoming more and more difficult to soothe. “What’s going to happen to me? In the next . . . eight to twelve months?” She flashed a braggart’s smile. “You’ll become a soldier, of course.” She held up the small device again. With a tap, a holograph emerged, showing two rotating images. One, a young male, perhaps in his late teens. The other, a white wolf.
I was disappointed that The Queen's Army didn't return to Cinder as the narrator since the next novel, Scarlet, also focuses on another character and I'm not quite ready to give up Cinder's view point. The Queen's Army was quite interesting though and I really enjoyed a direct view of what the lunar queen was up to.
Z was an interesting mind to get in to. I couldn't help but feel for him and his plight. The one thing he wants is to never become a monster and yet... I really enjoyed the ending of the short story and I'm even more pumped to begin Scarlet.
A woman appeared inside the doorway, belting a quilted robe around her waist. “Girls, don’t suffocate your father. He’s had a long trip.” “Don’t listenA woman appeared inside the doorway, belting a quilted robe around her waist. “Girls, don’t suffocate your father. He’s had a long trip.” “Don’t listen to your mother, just this once. You can suffocate me all you like.” He kissed his daughters on the tops of their heads, then stood, keeping a firm grip on their hands. “Would you like to meet your new sister?” he asked, turning back to face the hover. He seemed surprised at the empty pathway behind him. “Come on out, Cinder.”
Having already read Cinder, Glitches was quite the treat. I absolutely adore Peony and was glad to see that she was always a sweetheart to Cinder. It's amazing how much these characters tore at my heart within only a few pages. It has been about a year since I read Cinder but they've all stuck with me. Just seeing Iko's name (the adorably personable android) made me grin.
“You won’t have to worry about me, then. I don’t think I can cry anymore.” She hesitated. “Maybe I never could.” “Is that so? How peculiar. Perhaps it’s a programming glitch.” She stared down into Iko’s single sensor. “A programming glitch.”
...Wow, simply wow. I was completely taken by surprise by Glitches. I was expecting a short read with nothing much going on. Glitches was... intense and contained so much of everything. To be honest I think Meyer broke my heart again from sadness and pure joy.
Intense... addictive... aliens! Obsidian quickly turned my brain into mush from sheer awesomeness. All I wanted to do was sit and read. Feeling thirstIntense... addictive... aliens! Obsidian quickly turned my brain into mush from sheer awesomeness. All I wanted to do was sit and read. Feeling thirsty? Psh thirst is for sissies. Must. Read. Faster!
Daemon glanced over at me, his lip curling. If I still held the spade, I might've chucked it at his head. “They're your friends, Dee. They’re like you. You don’t need to be friends with someone…someone like her.” I’d kept quiet up to that point, because I had no idea what was going on and I didn’t want to say anything that might upset Dee. Dickhead was her brother, after all, but that— that was way too much. “What do you mean, someone like me?” He tilted his head to the side and let out a long breath.
I absolutely adored Dee. I hate it when the main character's friends end up as stereotypes or live to serve the main character and have no lives of their own. Dee was so full of life. She was a blast to watch in action and I loved reading about the reactions and emotion she pulled from Daemon. Daemon made quite the initial impressions. To be honest I love it when relationships start off with 'hate' or annoyance (as long as it doesn't last too long and isn't deep seated). I found him to be amusing the majority of the time but further into the book there were a few instances where Daemon's hot and cold actions bothered me (couch scene, anyone?). I understand that he has stunted boy feelings (ha!) as well as emotional alien and family reasonings but some of what he did was bordering on cruel.
Within a second, his hands wrapped around my throat and he squeezed. Before I had a chance, the last breath that I’d taken for granted was cut off. Panic clawed through my chest as I tried prying his fingers off my neck, my legs kicking out in a vain attempt at freedom. His grip dug into my fragile windpipe.
So... what can't Armentrout do? I'm madly in love with her characters and writing style. I can't get enough of the premise and story itself. How about the action scenes? I was on the edge of my seat and holding my breathe for each and every one of them.
I wanted to shrug off the nagging feeling that they were hiding something. I hadn’t forgotten Dee’s weird aversion to me going to the library. Or the strange light I’d seen outside the library that reminded me so much of the light in the woods, when I’d seen the bear and passed out, something that I’d never done before in my life.
I really enjoyed the mysterious quality to the start of Obsidian. I'll admit that I can be impatient and prefer it when authors jump right into letting their characters know 'the good stuff' but Katy's suspicions and deductions were really well done and fun to read about. I also think that keeping the mystery to Dee and Daemon allowed them to be more than just their 'species'. We were able to learn their personalities instead of just what they can do.
YA and I have a love/hate relationship. I was never a 'teen girl'; I never participated in drama, cattiness or any shenanigans like it. So many YA books with amazing stories are ruined for me because I hate the angst and headaches that come with their characters. I keep on giving them a chance though because there are some seriously amazing YA novels out there, in fact many of my favorite books are YA. I will be eternally grateful to Armentrout for Katy. We saw some drama with the secondary characters but Katy handles everything so well that I just wanted to maul her with hugs. I loved that when she felt hurt by something Dee did she just talked to her about it. Plus one for maturity!!
The plot for Obsidian was fabulous. I really don't want to write much about it since specifics aren't revealed until much later in the book but I did was to say that the story definitely wasn't neglected. It was amazing, stand out, intense... all those good things and more.
Cinder had one of the most exciting, interesting and unique opening lines, chapter... everyReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
Cinder had one of the most exciting, interesting and unique opening lines, chapter... everything that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. If the first chapter didn't suck you in and swallow you whole, maybe you were reading an imposter because I was utterly powerless to resist. And I actually did try to resist. I bought Cinder but planned on reading another book first. I only wanted to take a peek into Cinder... annndd instead I ended up reading the whole thing as soon as humanly possibly.
I loved all of the new twists and turns that aren't in the Cinderella I'm familiar with (Disney, anyone?) but also loved the hints at the original story. Iko as Cinder's 'helper mice' was my favorite. The plague was an especially interesting addition and gave the story an even grittier feel than it already had as a cyborg living in a post-war world. I also liked the cyborg draft that came with that and Cinder's conflicting emotions because of her sister. It definitely made the reader have to step back and consider that gray area between right and wrong. The draft was horrifying, especially the public's reasoning behind it, but at the same time we are left with the question 'does the end justify the means if it saves the lives of so many dying people'.
I fell madly in love with all of the characters especially Cinder, Iko and Kai. I liked how strong and distinctive they were. They were actually real; they had fears and doubts and wishes. I really enjoyed how were we never told 'who' these characters were explicitly, but by the end of the book 'knew' them completely. Cinder is one of the best female heroines I have ever read about. Her 'making' her own magic was especially important to me, as was the fact that she relied on herself rather than sit and cry like the Disney version.
I loved the ending. Normally I hate cliffhangers but I found Cinder to be tied up just enough to satisfy me yet make me long desperately for Scarlet. Don't pick up the book and expect and quick, fun read. I loved the book to pieces but certain parts destroyed me. I cried several times, I got so angry and was ready to bite off the heads of anyone who dared interrupt my reading etc. Cinder was a very powerful book. I enjoyed it immensely but I don't think I could ever call it a 'just for fun' read....more
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
On their own, Rhine and her twin brother must take any chance at making money that they caReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
On their own, Rhine and her twin brother must take any chance at making money that they can. Rhine, however, faces the very real threat of the Gatherers, men who kidnap teen girls to sell to rich young men as wives. The Gatherers exist because science and genetic perfection have brought disastrous consequences, men dying at twenty-five and woman dying at twenty. Rhine finds herself taken by the Gatherers and sold along with two other sister wives to Linden. Her fate is marriage to a man she hates and her sole purpose in life is now producing children and entertaining Linden. As terrible as that is, the women who weren't selected as wives faced a much worse fate, being shot to death and then discarded like trash. Rhine cannot accept her new life even if Linden treats her well and seems to love her. She needs to escape, she needs to return to her brother.
Rhine was a wonderfully unique narrator. Her voice was very odd but after a little adjusting, I loved it. It did slow down my reading, however, not that I minded. The way Rhine thought and spoke was just so distinctive, it's one of the things that really stuck out to me while I read the book. When so many YA books are replicas of others, a fresh voice is something to truly appreciate.
It's been a while since a book totally wrecked havoc on my emotions. One moment I was loathing someone or something then a few paragraphs later I was suddenly questioning what I'd previously felt. It was like a tilt-a-whirl ride, I never knew how I felt or what was going to happen and even when the ride ended, I was still experiencing the emotional confusion. Good confusion though. I loved that DeStefano was able to draw those emotions and reactions from me. Usually I'm set in my opinions and feelings about characters at at least the halfway point of the book but while reading Wither, I was constantly adapting and changing my perceptions.
Wither was so much more creepy than I'd expected. It was creepy as hell at certain points. I enjoyed the creepiness but there were a few things that I honestly found just a little too disturbing for my tastes (mainly the young pregnancy/polygamy, so just personal preference aspects not anything gore/violent/etc related). I did think that everything worked very nicely with the dystopian world created though. That said, I wouldn't recommend Wither as a starting place for people looking to try dystopian. I think it's a wonderful representation of the genre and a fantastic book but for readers unaccustomed to the genre, I think they might not enjoy Wither as much.
Wither isn't just about the story and Rhine's struggle to be set free. It's about relationships and that little gray area between right and wrong. Wither draws you so far into the book that you'll be left feeling the aftershock of the experience days later....more
Trella, a scrub and Queen of the Pipes, has agreed to humor her only friend another time anReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
Trella, a scrub and Queen of the Pipes, has agreed to humor her only friend another time and listen to a new prophet babble on about Gateway in hopes that she can prevent Cogon from getting into trouble. Only this time the prophet doesn't seem to be a Pop Cop ploy or completely delusional man. The prophet asks Trella to break rules restricting the scrubs to the lower levels and steal back important computer files, files that possibly prove Gateway's existence. If Trella gets caught or it turns out to be a trap, she faces death but hope in the lower levels is something worth fighting for.
If you like Maria V. Snyder, read this book. If you like dystopians, read this book. If you like young adult, read this book. Hell, if you even sorta kinda find reading a little bit fun, read this book! If I hadn't already been a fan of Snyder's Glass series, there is no way you would have been able to convince me that she hadn't been writing YA dystopians her entire career and this was simply the pièce de résistance. As soon as I finished Inside Out I checked to make sure my local bookstore had the sequel in stock for pickup later that day.
I don't want to say much in this review as I don't want to spoil anything for future readers. I will say that this reading this book has resulted in dystopia being my favorite genre and in having a new book that I plan on irritating all my friends until they read. Often times I love a story for either their characters or the story, I fell in love with both of those in Inside Out. I fell in love with the cleverness of the writing, the emotional response each page drew from me and the sheer pleasure of reading. Inside Out will be something I reread every chance I get....more
Let me start off this by saying that I don't like science fiction in general (tv, movies, bReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
Let me start off this by saying that I don't like science fiction in general (tv, movies, books... yuck), it just doesn't hold my interest and more often than not it makes me think 'what complete trash.' That said, I adore X-Men. I only picked up this book after seeing the trailer for it on TV which made me compare it to my favorite superheroes. I'm really glad that I did buy and read the book. And I'm even more excited to go see the movie now.
The beginning of the book started off rough for me. The writing was awkward and robotic. Four was sorta lame and the book clearly has an environmental agenda (not a bad thing but I don't think it was well done in the beginning). I kept trucking along though because I hate not finishing books. Then suddenly, a little less than halfway in, the book became intense and a million times better, I couldn't put it down. I read over 300 pages in one sitting.
The ending... I'm not sure what to say about that and the preview for the next book really worries me. I don't want the next book to be from the POV of another character. There were many loose ends left with Four, I want to see those tied up first....more