Across the Universe manages to blend sci-fi and dystopian together beautifully. The first chapter of Across the Universe was one of t...moreOverall 3.5 stars
Across the Universe manages to blend sci-fi and dystopian together beautifully. The first chapter of Across the Universe was one of the strongest I’ve read this year. I admit that after the first chapter of the story was a bit slow and I put it down for awhile but when the story started to pick up in pace I couldn’t put it down.
The setting of ATU is in a spaceship called Godspeed where there are people who have been traveling for hundreds of years, there desination being a new planet NASA identifies as habitable. Everyone on the ship is mono-ethnic. Most of the people on the ship lack any real emotions, and the few that do have emotions are labeled as crazy.
For the most part I really enjoyed Across the Universe. The premise was interesting and the plot unfolded pretty nicely. I mean, how awful would it be to end up stuck on a ship your whole entire life stuck on a ship where you know you'll never see the sun or the moon or the ocean ever again. I loved the characters! I liked how the book swtiched from Amy's perspective to Elder's. The only setback I had was that I felt like the book wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be after reading the amazing first chapter. Not to say that the rest of the book wasn’t good, just that it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Unearthly follows Clara, a girl who’s part angel and part human. She keeps having a vision of saving a boy, Christian, from a forest fire. Th...more3.5 stars
Unearthly follows Clara, a girl who’s part angel and part human. She keeps having a vision of saving a boy, Christian, from a forest fire. That vision is her “purpose”. Clara moves from sunny California to wintery Wyoming to fulfill her vision. But then things start to go awry when she realizes that she’s falling in love with Tucker.
Unearthly was a lot different from the other angel books I’ve read. And by different, I mean different in a good way.
Clara is a great protagonist! She interesting, funny and quirky. In the beginning of the book I didn’t really like the male lead. He was…too perfect, but when another male lead came along I fell head over heels for him instead. My only real complaint was that the ending left me really confused. I didn’t really get any closure from it. For the most part the plot was fast paced and each page made it impossible for me not to turn the next—not to mention the really good writing, and awesome dialogue. I highly recommend that you check out Unearthly.
Release Date: May 10th, 2011 Publisher: HarperTeen Author: Amy Plum
The story starts off with Kate and her sister who moved to Paris after the death of her parents. Kate deals with the pain of loosing her parents by keeping to herself while her sister, Georgia, does the opposite. Her sister’s only way of dealing with her parent’s death is by surrounding herself with people and going to parties all the time. Kate becomes a regular at a café where she goes to read and distract herself. There she meets Vincent, a deathly handsome guy who captures her interest almost immediately. As Kate becomes more involved with Vincent and his eerily beautiful family she starts to notice strange things about them.
All in all I really enjoyed reading Die For Me. The first thought I had while reading this was “Finally something new!” I completely loved the whole concept of revenants a.k.a the undead. As for the characters I have to say that I am a big fan of Vincent. His feelings for Kate felt very sincere to me. Kate’s sister Georgia added a less serious tone to the story so I liked her a lot for that. Vincent’s ‘family’ was also pretty cool. I especially liked his brother Ambrose who really lightened up the atmosphere. I liked Kate a lot even though sometimes I couldn’t quite connect with her in the beginning of the book. The plot was paced nicely so I ended up finishing this in one sitting. I highly recommend you read Die For Me. It’s a must read this May! (less)
Release Date: April 19th, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Author: Aimee Carter
Debut novelist Aimee Carter wrote an enticing novel that revolves around the Greek myth of Persephone. For those of you who don’t know about Persephone the story goes that Hades, the God of the Underworld, abducts Persephone and makes her Queen of the Underworld. But then she eats some seeds so that half the year (during the spring and summer) she stays with her mother, and the other half the year (during the fall and winter) she goes back to the underworld with Hades.
I loved how Kate was always so concerned about her mother, making sure that her last days alive were spent in the best way possible. I loved the tortured soul of Henry, and his grief over Persephone. I also really enjoyed reading about the way Kate and Henry’s romance grew throughout the book. The twists are hard to see coming, so I was surprised at every turn. My only complaint about The Goddess Test was in the character development. I felt like there was something missing in the characters, particularly Henry. Maybe the ‘something’ that was missing will be revealed in the next book in the series.
I really loved the ending of this book. It was shocking and leaves you wanting more. The Goddess Test was the most un-put-downable book I’ve read in awhile so I would definitely recommend that you head to the bookstore when this comes out this April. (less)