Sophie Jordan's "Uninvited" made me excited to read dystopia again. It was different from all the other "end of the world" scenarios you normally read...moreSophie Jordan's "Uninvited" made me excited to read dystopia again. It was different from all the other "end of the world" scenarios you normally read about in this genre and brings a scientific factor to it I had not expected. This book has been heavily compared to Tom Cruise's Minority Report, and with good reason. It raises a lot of moral questions about nature vs nurture and whether a person should be punished or judged based on what’s in their DNA. Does the fact that you have a gene that predisposes you to commit murder mean that you’re actually going to commit a murder someday?
Davy Hamilton is the girl that has it all. A rich family, a hot boyfriend, musical talent, and a privileged life ahead of her. That is until the preppy school she goes to decides to test all students for HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome) and Davy's test comes back positive. Suddenly Davy's world is turned upside down and everything she has ever loved and had is slowly stripped away from her. No longer is she the most popular girl in school with the boyfriend every girl could want, she is now a pariah that has been "uninvited" from the places she had been welcomed at before.
What really grabbed me the most about this story is how Davy struggles with accepting that her life had changed for good. She even held on to her own prejudice against those in the same situation as her as long as she could, until life had beaten her so hard she finally had to let go of it. At times I wanted to shake her, scream at her to snap out of it. I guess that's why I felt connected to her because isn't that how it sometimes goes that we don't see things how they are until it's too late? I definitely enjoyed this story and can't wait for the sequel to find out what happens to Davy and her friends after the killer cliffhanger at the end of this book. Definitely a great read.(less)
“Into The Still Blue” was, in my opinion, the best one out the “Under The Never Sky” trilogy. Evenly split between Aria and Perry’s POVs, Veronica Ros...more“Into The Still Blue” was, in my opinion, the best one out the “Under The Never Sky” trilogy. Evenly split between Aria and Perry’s POVs, Veronica Rossi gives every one of her characters a starring role. From the romantic times Aria and Perry spent together, to Roar’s struggle with grief and Soren’s growing maturity after having been a sheltered dweller, I liked how everyone got their shot at contributing to the story.
After Cinder’s capture from the Tides’ camp by the Kirra and the Horns, Perry is intent on rescuing him. Meanwhile, Roar is overcome with grief after losing Liv and his growing anger affects his friendship with Perry. Hess and Sable, make their way to the Still Blue, with a key piece missing in order to cross the churching wall of Aether that divides the land, Cinder’s willingness to lift that wall for them. Cinder is the only person known that can control the Aether and make it behave as he wants, a gift he possesses at a great price, as this ability has nearly cost him his life in the past. As Perry, Aria, Roar, and Soren make an attempt to rescue Cinder and fail at it, they fall into imprisonment. Much pain and loss is suffered while Sable (and a reluctant Hess) torture their prisoners in order to gain Cinder’s cooperation and in turn safe passage “Into The Still Blue”.
I was overcome with emotion once I got to the end of the book and this series. I loved the way it ended, full of hope for the future. I am so grateful I got to know all these characters so thoroughly and I could not have asked for more from Veronica Rossi. Thank You for sharing your wonderful characters and story with us.(less)
I was a bit hesitant when I first read the synopsis of Cruel Beauty, seeing as how retellings and fantasy are not really my thing. When I read that th...moreI was a bit hesitant when I first read the synopsis of Cruel Beauty, seeing as how retellings and fantasy are not really my thing. When I read that this book was half Graceling and half Beauty and the Beast, I didn't know what to think. Luckily I didn’t let those doubts get in my way because Cruel Beauty very quickly earned a spot in my favorites shelf.
This book has a balanced mix of greek and demon mythology, which I was very glad to see. The main character, Nyx, is a human whose sole purpose in life has been to marry the Gentle Lord. The Gentle Lord is also known as the prince of demons or Ignifex, a demon that as legend has it, has sundered Nyx’s country for over 900 years. Nyx was offered as a sacrifice by her father in order to pay an old debt, but with the plan that once Nyx was in the Gentle Lord’s home, she would be able to find the way to bring down his castle and therefore his rule over Arcadia. This is what Nyx has been preparing for her whole life, being the daughter of one of the members of the Resurgandi, an organization dedicated to freeing Arcadia from the Gentle Lord’s grasp ever since the night he destroyed the line of kings and split Arcadia from the rest of the world.
This mission of Nyx’s put upon her by her father, creates a lot of hatred in Nyx’s heart, for she did not choose this fate. Being a twin sister, and the one who was chosen to die over the other one, creates a strained relationship between Nyx and her father and an animosity towards her sister that she keeps hidden and growing within her. Once she moves on to her husband’s home and her sure doom, Nyx feels that maybe life, or whatever is left of it, with this demon is exactly what she deserves for holding on to this grudge against her family, but slowly discovers that things are not exactly as they seem or have been told to her.
I loved how the author constantly went into detailed explanations of the legends and lore referenced. This to me was key to ensure I wouldn't get lost with the sheer amount of mythology that was worked in throughout the book. Nyx’s situation and relationship with Ignifex and Shade (yes, there is a love triangle) left me with a deep sense of despair and sadness. I felt for these characters because at every turn I was reminded that they were set up for failure, to end up alone, to spend eternity in an endless void. The love story swept me away, but this being a retelling I kept trying to look for the similarities and thankfully not finding any. Perhaps Cruel Beauty is unique enough in its own right that the parallels with the tales it retells are few and far between, or perhaps I was reading too much into the retelling angle. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology or anyone who simply sees that love can be found in the unlikeliest of places, or within the unlikeliest of people.(less)