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]]
LOVED IT. This novel is adapted from her comic strips, so each page is a new thing, but most of them continue from the previous page. It's such a funLOVED IT. This novel is adapted from her comic strips, so each page is a new thing, but most of them continue from the previous page. It's such a fun read. Definitely recommended for anyone who loved Scott Pilgrim. ...more
I bought Divergent by Veronica Roth when it was on sale in the Nook store for $2.99 thinking, “Oh, I’ll read this soon!” Which turned into “I’ll read it before the movie.” Which turned into, “I’ll read it when the hype dies down… NEVER.” And before you dangle me over the pit, let me tell you something. I’m really sad that I waited so long to read this book. I’m sad that I judged a book by its hype.
So, what changed my mind? I decided I wanted to read Young Adult fiction with a more critical eye. Read between the lines. Use my film studies and bring it over to the book side of things. I took a class called Women in Film not too long ago. If you ever get a chance to take a film studies course, DO IT. It just really opens your brain. ANYWAY, Divergent was on the tippy top of my list. It was partly sparked by Veronica Roth’s keynote at YallFest last year in which the topic was the “strong female main character.” I saw her again just the other day at Agnes Scott College, and she harped on some of the same things. I think it really boils down to the fact that these fictional heroines being called “strong” is a misnomer. Yes, they do have points of strength. Of course. But while reading Divergent, we’re constantly reminded by Tris of how weak she is, how weak she thinks she is. She does show her strengths in her Capture the Flag tactics. I don’t think Four even points out her other strengths until that point, I think? He might have given her a tiny pointer on fighting before that, but I think it’s important to point that out. She’s not looking to him for validation at all. He’s just really damn good at knowing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, which makes him an exceptional instructor. Basically, he views her as his equal....more