Pretty dang solid book, y'all. The character of Jackaby is definitely inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock, but has an Eleventh DoPretty dang solid book, y'all. The character of Jackaby is definitely inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock, but has an Eleventh Doctor childlike quality to him. I don't know how realistic Abigail's character is... I mean, going to a different country by herself in those days? With parents who seem pretty fancy pants? Hmmm... But I did like her stance on how she chose to work with Jackaby and her choices henceforth. The paranormal and fantasy aspects were pretty good. I was glad to see a newer piece of media (aside from Teen Wolf) talking about banshees. The lore surrounding the paranormal creatures was well explained without being info-dump-y. ...more
The first book (Divergent) had such a great premise. Such an interesting idea for a world. Sure, there were some holes here and there, but there wereThe first book (Divergent) had such a great premise. Such an interesting idea for a world. Sure, there were some holes here and there, but there were some really great parts. But then this book comes along and just leaves me with more questions than answers. I felt like not a lot happened and all they did was visit other factions and hate on the Erudite. Not that the Erudite didn't deserve it. I learned a little bit more about the factions and factionless, but not really about the overall world. The twist at the end was just... WHAT. I get why people were freaking out over that cliffhanger.
I thought it was neat that Tris was all "no, I'm not the hero" even though-- for whatever reason-- she was the only Divergent willing to sacrifice herself. Also, for someone who's supposed to be a tactical thinker, she wasn't always so tactical in this book. She went quite a few places blind and with no plans. Thank goodness for Peter, right?! right. I feel like Peter is the character that gets the MOST hate (for being a shitty human in book1) but dude saves some actual human being lives in this book. Sure, dude is super selfish, but is he all that selfish for saving people when it put him more at risk than it benefitted him? Just sayin'. Okay yes, I know it was about him owing her for things, but still. I felt like there was an inkling of character growth for him there. Maybe? Am I stretching it?!
I get that Tris was mostly acting out of her depression and grief. That isn't really explained other than her perseverating on the death of her parents and Will. I just wanted more from her character, but I can't quite pinpoint what...
I feel like sooner or later, someone's going to say, "We're all Divergent!" because people in the real world wouldn't test so severely into the factions laid out in the world of... Well, does the world of Divergent have a name? Is there a name for the community that holds these four factions and the factionless? It just seems like there's "In The Fence" and "Outside of the Fence" (where supposedly there's nothing/unknown).
I think this book might have worked a bit better if the twist at the end was moved to the beginning. I mean, finding that out would have propelled the story a bit better and I maybe wouldn't dislike Tris so much?! Oh goodness. And maybe she wouldn't have had to stink-eye Marcus quite as much.
I'm trying to remember some good things about this book, but it's so hard when you feel so let down by a book that has been hailed as one of the better books in the series?! Anyway, I'm glad that there are different kinds of women in this book as far as the way they act. Most of them seem to be described as white, BUUUUUT female characters like Tori, Tris, Evelyn, Christina, Cara, Lynn, etc... They are quite different and the only times I'd confuse the names/people was if their names were similar.
TL;DR - This series has a really interesting premise, but the execution (so far) leaves a LOT to be desired. And answered. ...more
Disclaimer: I received this book for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And an honest review it shall be!
Marie Lu does it agaDisclaimer: I received this book for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And an honest review it shall be!
Marie Lu does it again in The Young Elites! Fascinating story, characters, and more wrapped up in 355 glorious pages.
Now, Fantasy isn’t always my jam. Well, I like Urban Fantasy, but sometimes the more Fantasy-set-in-another-world is confusing to me. I got confused to who the Daggers were. I know it’s supposed to be questionable as to if they have Adelina’s best interest at heart, but I wasn’t sure if they were Elites or a part of the Inquisitor’s army-of-sorts. I mean, I learned closer to the end.
Speaking of questioning who is good and who is bad, I loved that Adelina had this Elsa vibe to her. I know her dad tried coaxing her powers out of her when she was younger, but when she actually is allowed to use her powers without manipulation, it’s the big KABOOM. Or something. Sometimes it was confusing as to what she was illusion-ing and what was actually happening, but it gives the story more complexity than just “Oh here’s this girl fighting the mean inquisitor! Sigh.” And speaking of the inquisitor, he was pretty complex with his malfetto-ness while fighting other malfettos.
Violetta is my favorite character. You’ll have to read to find out why! I mean, yes, THINGS. But THIIIINGS. Also Enzo. I think Enzo was the best. I mean, not that characters need to be upstanding citizens to be well-written. Do they? What do you think?
Oh and the epilogue was one to end all epilogues. It introduces us to a character that I am super excited about. ...more
First thoughts after finishing this novel: I feel like even though it's the last book in the series, it definitely**spoiler alert** FULL REVIEW TO COME
First thoughts after finishing this novel: I feel like even though it's the last book in the series, it definitely left it open for more stories for every character. Each of them had promise for more.
I felt like after so many books and pages about how Gaea was going to destroy the world and all that, that the battle against her once she had arisen should have been more. It was over in a flash. I get that she was using a lot of other people to do her biding, but you'd think that she wouldn't be so easily defeated.
Reyna is so good foreverrrr. I loved that even though she's a "Strong female character" she also has times when she cracks and times when she admits that she isn't the best of the best praetor.
I'm glad that Nico didn't end up alone, per se. Disney movies (Froze, for instance) tend to keep their gay characters (or characters personified as gay) single. It was nice to see a promise of a relationship between him and Will. Also, I'm glad to see so much growth from Nico in this book, being able to trust people, etc.
Also, WHAT WAS THAT ENDING WITH LEO. You can't just rip my heart out and then shove it back in, Uncle Rick. I'm not actually that mad. That last chapter makes SOOOO much sense and again, leaves it open-ended and possible for more stories. ...more
I personally like magic mixed with real world things, so this was right up my alley. It's a fictional setting, but the reader gets the sense that it'sI personally like magic mixed with real world things, so this was right up my alley. It's a fictional setting, but the reader gets the sense that it's during Colonial times. Jessamin is from an island that has been sought after and studied by a more privileged society. She moves onto the mainland when she finds out and basically bribes her father to let her go to the school he teaches at. Privilege as far as race and money are huuuuge since the people who are of royal blood have magic and those who aren't, don't.
Another aspect Jessamin focused on was her own paths. She could have stayed on the island. She could have hidden in Finn's summer home. She knows that the choice is ultimately hers, especially when she reminds herself that she is from Melei and doesn't have to play by Albion's society's rules and norms.
One of my favorite characters is Eleanor. She is written off as like a squib from Harry Potter, but she has a little bit of magic. She uses it to learn gossip mostly, but it becomes very useful! She's the friend you really want in a bind. She's been under minded her whole life until Jessamin steps in to tell her that she is enough and she does have useful powers. :)
The twist near the end was a total surprise to me that I was so close to being so mad about it! But when I thought about it, it was all of the pieces of the puzzle coming together. Okay, I'm still a little mad about it. Haha!
The romance between Jessamin and Finn was adorable! I liked that she called him out on his stuff and that she wasn't about to do it his way before she thought of a better alternative. ...more
This is one of those books that I have no idea how I feel about it because there were a lot of feels, flashbacks, and things. I liked the moments withThis is one of those books that I have no idea how I feel about it because there were a lot of feels, flashbacks, and things. I liked the moments with her grandparents and her flashing back to her childhood (pre-boyfriend). Boyfriend was cute, don't get me wrong. They're just very, very different, and her uncomfortableness in his "punk-rocker" world just... idk. It doesn't scream "Let's stay together 5ever!" Y'know?
The family feels, though. Those were the best....more
A bit cliche, but overall a fun book. I was a bit picky because of the YouTube aspects, but I appreciated her talking about how popularity is a doubleA bit cliche, but overall a fun book. I was a bit picky because of the YouTube aspects, but I appreciated her talking about how popularity is a double-edged sword. It can hurt to get some mean comments. It's awesome to hear the good stuff. And although they fought in the flashbacks, I loved the sister relationship and showing that although it wasn't perfect, they were good....more
Every lover of YA, publishing nerd, and... okay, EVERYONE needs to read this book. It's fantastic and cute and smart and wonderful and thought-provokiEvery lover of YA, publishing nerd, and... okay, EVERYONE needs to read this book. It's fantastic and cute and smart and wonderful and thought-provoking. I've only read one other Scott Westerfield book (one in the Midnighters series), but I've heard great things about his writing. I went into this book with that level of expectations and it was met with two wonderful stories.
Also, I'm pretty sure Guinness beer represents wanting to look like you know your beer when you have no idea. At least in this book. HA! Also, I loved Darcy and I'm pretty sure if she were real, we'd be friends. Heck, I'd be friends with all of these characters. ...more
Have you ever picked up a book and pretty much only put it down to eat and go to the bathroom (hey, i’m a real person here)?! That’s The Unbecoming ofHave you ever picked up a book and pretty much only put it down to eat and go to the bathroom (hey, i’m a real person here)?! That’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for me! Seriously, this book is one of those “unputdownables” and Michelle Hodkin wrote this book just for me. Even if I read it 3 years after it was published. She wrote it for meeeee. Just kidding. But it was really good. REALLY. GOOD. [[Read the full review here]]