REVIEW: When I won an advance copy of Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott I knew I was in for a treat. Victor...more**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: When I won an advance copy of Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott I knew I was in for a treat. Victoria Scott has become one of my favorite YA authors, she has the ability to bring her characters to life while creating a world full of adventure, compassion and love. Fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy Fire & Flood.
Fire & Flood is the first book in the the series of the same name. This time around Scott takes us into the world that is full of deceit, lies, friendship, gain and lose. Though I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started reading this book I knew that I would enjoy it.
Fire & Flood is not exactly set in a post-apocalyptic world/society. The world is revolving and going its “normal” ways without being directly affected by what lies behind this crazy and intense competition created by a man whose loss and pain made him a monster. There will be many who will try to compare Fire & Flood with other books in the same genre but, it is fair to say that they are set to happen in quite different type of societies & times. There is not oppression of the masses, nor there is a government that dictates how you live, however there are things that go beyond the control of those involved.
What readers should Expect from this book…
Amazing settings, where characters must prove their worth, their wits and strength. Wild beats, friendship, crazy competition and challenges that go beyond what any person could withstand. Exotic and lush jungles that makes you want to be there. Action and aggression and strong language. Suffering, pain and all you can think of, these characters go through a lot of hardship. Their future depends on their ability to win. Over the course of the story one gets to see how deep and how human most of the characters are. Their feelings and emotions are nicely explore giving the reader a glimpse into their thoughts and heart. Many of the character will leave a stamp on the readers, other will only be part of the story overall without leaving a print. While I prefer stories with a lot of focus on the character, I think Fire & Flood made its mark by giving us an engaging, thrilling and descriptive story that resonates. Everything about this story/trilogy is addictive. The characters, the plot and the setting which is nicely detailed without focusing too much on the surroundings but giving the reader enough so that they can create an accurate picture of the different locations.
Fire & Flood deserves its merits without comparison. The characters are likeable, the challenges thrilling and the plot engaging. Victoria Scott is on her way to becoming the queen of YA!(less)
REVIEW: When I came across this book I was hypnotized by the beauty of its cover, yes ag...more** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5 **
REVIEW: When I came across this book I was hypnotized by the beauty of its cover, yes again I fell for the cover. What’s better than finding a book with an awesome cover? Finding out that the story is as awesome as the book cover.
Mystic City is a fast paced, Dystopia like, futuristic story that kept me turning page after page. The action happens in Manhattan. New York City has succumb to the climate change & global warming. Water over run the city, while society has moved to a higher grounds leaving behind those less unfortunate and a human like species with great power called the Mystic.
You may ask yourself, what’s so great and different about this book from others of the same genre? Well, this Dystopia take on Romeo & Juliet is a nicely written story that will keep you on the edge of the seat until you have read the last page. Manhattan is now ruled by two dangerous and rich families, each family runs a side east & west respectively. While there isn’t a central government both families have a good hold on their side and are more than able to overcome any obstacle that gets in their way. Though the origin of the Mystic people isn’t well explained they seem to have been part of society for a long time. It is unknown to the reader where they originated, but do not let that little bit of uncertainty fool you, the mystery behind their origin is what I think push me to keep reading.
The conspiracy keeps building as we learn about why the mystic are secluded, their power/energy keeps the city moving and it is that power that becomes the main reason why both families find themselves uniting forces and working together towards total Mystic elimination. The story then goes into showing how divided the city is, telling us and showing how much control each side has and what crimes are done in the name of maintaining control.
We are later introduced to Hunter & Aria, the two characters that will later prove that love has no boundaries and knows no difference. Their romance, interaction and dialog were very sweet and heartfelt. I think of all the Dystopia books I read this year, Hunter & Aria are my favorite couple. Hunter is smart and caring while Aria is sweet and loving. Though separated by conflicts and lies, their love and loyalty is strong. The description of fights and scenery was awesome; Theo Lawrence imaginative and inventive way of storytelling is fantastic. This book put my imagination to work. I am looking forward to reading more about Mystic City. I can’t wait to see what happens with Hunter & Aria and what new fights & conflicts they will have to overcome. Awesome read!(less)
Review: From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked. The story is wonderfully written and the c...more** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
Review: From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked. The story is wonderfully written and the characters are amazingly developed. The Scourge is an amazing story, it brings so many emotions and one can’t help but to get dragged into a world where civilization brought to almost full extinction.
After the destruction of the world, society was divided by those few who survived. The Groundlings or the people forced to live on the ground are the survivors of a post apocalyptic generation forced to live under very strict set a rules. They were to live on the ground and work the land for food and were responsible for the supply of the water. On the other sides of the spectrum were the Lofties who live up in the trees and who provide protection to the groundlings against the flesh-eaters.
The story flows wonderfully, the conflicts between the groundlings and the Lofties keep the reader quite entertained. Their differences bring them together & their traditions protect them from the Scourge. The characters are awesome; one can’t help but feel enthralled by their dialog and interaction.
Fennel is a groundling, whose responsibility is to collect the water for the people when the Scourge comes to their village. As every other water collector Fennel is sightless; and within her people that’s considered a “gift.” As every water collector Fennel is assigned a Keeper. Keepers are Lofties whose only responsibility is to protect the sightless when collecting water. Fennel is devoted to her people and her friends, she knows that without water there is no survival and she is willing to sacrifice herself for her people. Pegrine is a Loftie and it is his responsibility to help and protect Fennel while she collects water. He guides her and help her on her quest to the caves. There is an instant connection between the two. Their connection will help them overcome all the obstacles they will find on their way into the caves.
The Scourge is not only a story of survival; it is also a story of awakening, love, family devotion & amazing revelations. Expect to be blown away by the amazing characters and their quest to survival. I am amazed about A.G. Henley writing style. If you read this book you will have no choice but to become part of the adventure. Be warned, your heart will undeniably fall in-love with the characters.(less)
The Immortal Rules is an awesome mix of The Road & The Passage and I am Legend. No, I am not comparing, that isn’t the case. What I am trying to say is that the world Julie Kagawa has created is one that tests human nature to its limits and brings out the best and worst of humanity.
This story has awesome characters, fantastic plot and an outstanding writing style that will leave you craving for more. This isn’t your typical vampire love story; if you are looking for a Bell/Edward sort of situation, this isn’t the book for you.
This story is set in a post-apocalyptic US where humans have succumb to a virus that have threaten to destroy humanity and vampires alike. The plot is intense, enticing & engaging. It comes all together in a story that will keep you glued to the pages and you will not want to put it down. Mrs. Kagawa is able to create a world in which humans are considered cattle; their importance is that of an animal and a source of food. This is a story of survival, love, change & adaptability. I can safely say that the complexity of this story is what makes it different and amazing. I have yet to read a YA novel with the intensity level of The Immortal Rules. If you think The Passage, The Road & I am legend were amazing stories, then you will love The Immortal Rules.
(view spoiler)[ "It makes no difference who we are, where we come from. Princes, Masters and rabids alike, we are monsters, cut off from humanity. They will never trust us. They will never accept us. We hide in their midst and walk among them, but we are forever separate. Damned. Alone. You don’t understand now, but you will. There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone" (hide spoiler)]
The characters in the story are complex, mature & unique. Their interaction flows easily and their personality makes them intriguing. These characters are emotional, witty and caring. I totally love Allison and Zeke. It is easy to fall in-love with these two characters. Their nature brings them together but their differences push them apart. Mrs. Kagawa did a great job developing these characters; she is able to bring together all these characters that somehow complement one another. Their importance and relevance to the story are unique, each bringing the necessary spark and uniqueness that makes this story fantastic. Great read, I highly recommend it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)