There was so much talk about this book. A friend of mine loved it so much that it convinced me to buy i...moreThis review has been x posted at The Book Twins
There was so much talk about this book. A friend of mine loved it so much that it convinced me to buy it. Normally I would wait for a paperback, but I took the risk that I could like it enough to buy the paperback which was the only format available.
The moment I started reading it, I knew this was definitely my kind of book. I thought at first that it was a contemporary book, but when I read it, it was something else. I think it was probably half contemporary and half fantasy with special elements included.
This story, we are introduced to Addison has grown up in a world where everyone has a different ability. For Addison, her ability is to be able to search through different futures depending on what she or someone may or may not take. After her parents drop a bomb shell upon her that threatens to tear her family apart, she has to decide who she would rather live with, her Mom in the place she has grown up in, or venture to somewhere new with her Dad, the human world where everything will be so unfamilar to her. Deciding to search through her possible futures, Addie finds out what would happen if she stays or if she happens to leave. In one possible future, Addie stays with her Mom and ends up dating the school's quarterback, and finds herself in a position and relationship she never wanted ton be in, but other than that, she couldn't be happier. In the other future, Addie sees herself setting to her new surroundings, and for the first time, falls in love with a human boy. But things become complicated when she gets involved in one of her mother's murder cases, and Addie finds herself in a position where not everything is what she thought it would be.
This novel battles many decisions. From what you think you should do, and what your heart is telling you. From dating someone who everyone wants you to date to someone who fall in love with against your own judgment. From a world full of supernatural elements to one that has none of that.
Addison was someone who I adored right off the bat. She was a character I think many people could relate on, especially when it comes to when she was dealing with her family and personal issues, even her issues when it comes to her lovelife. She was a great character. She has to make decisions based on what she felt in her heart, and what was best for her and in the long run, no matter what consequences may occur.
At first, I enjoyed both love interests, but as the story went on... my perspective changed and I definitely leaned more towards one than the other when information came to light about one of them and things started to change with particular actions taken.
I even loved the supernatural elements to this story. I can't wait for the sequel to see what will happen with Addie next.
I originally reviewed this when I receieved an arc for it, but a few months ago, I decided to buy the b...moreThis review has been x posted at The Book Twins
I originally reviewed this when I receieved an arc for it, but a few months ago, I decided to buy the book and give it another shot thinking that maybe I was a little hasty with when I first read it. I'm glad I did because I ended up liking it a lot more than I first did. Funny how those things can happen, right?
We're quickly introduced to Mae, who after the death of a friend (and maybe more than that?), one of the members of the miltary's most elite, gets sent to pick up someone who has been exiled because they need the experience and his talents for a case that only he can solve. Mae doesn't know who he is or what it's concerning, doesn't know what he looks like either, so when she meets Justin at a party who saves her from a group of thugs, the two of them hit it off instantly...
Justin... I loved him. He isn't your normal hero, but then again, Richelle never does things the easy way, and so he has a complicated past, invisible friends and a prophecy if it ever comes to pass, it would spell no good things for him, and he would do anything he can to stop that from coming true. But sometimes... not everything will go the way you wish or want it to... Justin knows this first hand.
Mae, I came to like her. She was strong with also a complicated past with a complicated family life she doesn't like to speak of. I felt she and Justin connected because of their common interests, their lonliness and their sad souls. I bet they never expected to meet again after their first encounter, but sometimes things are meant to be whether or not you want them to be. I really adored the relationship between them. It's not an easy one, and I have a feeling it's gonna be one that is a work-in-progress for the series. They may have had some moments, but I wouldn't say they have a romance in this book. It's more like a beginning, but it can only envolve and progress from here on out.
The world-building was fascinating. The first time Richelle has done dystopia/sci fi, and I think I like it. It's certainly different, but I can't wait to see how the series folds and pans out in the next book, because the end certain sets things up nicely, especially where it comes Justin+Mae, plus Justin's little prophecy he needs to be concerned with.
If you haven't given this a shot, then go ahead, you may end up being surprised.
You live in a world where everyone is tested by their DNA. To determine whether you will get sick, which would pass onto to potential children. They are separated into Pures and the Crazies.
After living her whole life thinking she was a Pure, Ana discovers a shocking secret her father had been keeping her from. A mistake he had made, but it is also one that could change Ana's entire life in her community. Ana was meant to be joined with fellow Pure, Jasper, but when suddenly he goes missing and nowhere to be seen, people start to suspect the worse: He has been kidnapped.
Ana takes it upon herself to try track down her missing mate-to-be, unable to handle not knowing what has happened to him, but to do this, she knows she has to leave the safe and guarded community she has known almost her entire life. She has to go into the unknown.... the place where the 'Crazies' are known to live. Sure its a risk, but what other choice she does have?
This journey takes her on something so completely unexpected. New friends and relationships starts t form, and Ana realizes the true meaning of true love. Its the kind that will get her in trouble, but also one she can't live without. Can Ana locate Jasper and discover the truth of what really happened? Or is he, and she also, lost to everyone forever?
I was captivated by this book. I absolutely loved the world that Claire built. Just when I think I have read them all, something comes along and changes my whole perspective. The characters in this book all add something unique to the setting and to Ada. Whether its love, or friendship, or family. They are all tied together and brings out something special.
The relationship between Ana and Cole was fascinating to watch. But I also liked her relationship with Jasper. I kinda shipped them both I think, but story-wise and character, going through the book, you know which relationship will last and which one. Both boys have their own qualities about themselves, but I think, I wish we had seen more of Jasper, because its like he wasn't given a chance in terms of Ana's feelings. Its like.. when things started to begin, he gets kidnapped... and end of story.
The end is sure of a cliffhanger, and I look forward to the conclusion to this duet, and see how everything starts to unfold.
It's 1996. Most teenagers don't even have internet, I certainly didn't back then. Facebook hasn't been invented or any other social networking websites. But when Josh and Emma, best friends... well, they were until a moment changed things between them, discover that Emma gets to try an AOL CD she got, they soon discover a shocking discovery.
When Emma logs onto this new thing that pops up on her screen called facebook, she discovers herself fifteen years into the future. She finds out who she is with, does she have kids, what kind of job she does. It's such a mind blowing experience for Emma to see that it's hard to even take it seriously. But Emma soon learns a lesson about it's better not to think too much of the future, but rather let it happen in it's own way. You can't shape your own future how you want it to perfect standards, because everything you do will change how it's meant to end up.
Emma and Josh both learn vitial lessons as they trail down a lane in which they shouldn't have tampered with, but not only that, but they soon discover what they mean to each other and what exactly happened that changed their friendship.
This was an amazing book. Maybe it was because I remember when it was 1996 and I had a computer, but not the internet. I didn't even get the internet until I was 17, in my senior year of high school. There was no social networking back then.. I don't even think even myspace, but I am not sure.
This book makes you think about facebook in particular, and the kind of time and effort you put into it. How much you interact or what personal information you put on there. It's definitely an eyeopener and It was an interesting topic for a story.
But seriously, who wants to know how their lives are going to turn out? The joy of it is experiencing those things for yourself.(less)
It has been two weeks since Adam, Juliette and Kenji arrived at santuary. A place that does not agree w...more This review has been x posted at The Book Twins
It has been two weeks since Adam, Juliette and Kenji arrived at santuary. A place that does not agree with the re-establishment. Juliette soon begins training to make herself stronger, and while Adam is there, she doesn't get to spend much time with him since he is off doing things and keeping his own secrets. Those secrets are too heartbreaking with such consequences attached to them once the truth becomes revealed.
I fell in love with this story in Shatter Me, and the relationship between Adam and Juliette. This book does make my stance on Team Adam even stronger, but the things they have to deal with and overcome that has caused a rift between them. There is one major point in this book that I was disappointed with. Warner. I really detested that Tahereh made him become a kind of potential love interest. I just do not think that was needed at all. I was perfectly fine with him being a villian, or a love to hate character. But even in this book, I feel he is just someone coming in between the main otp: Adam and Juliette. He is still too obsessive for my liking, and I just don't like that in guys. I may understand him a little more, but doesn't make me like him at all. This does not need to be a triangle, okay, Tahereh? mmktnks
One of the things I did love about this was Kenji. While we didn't see a lot of him in Shatter Me, things changed and he is such a breath of fresh hair. Not only is he funny, but his friendship with Adam and Juliette is such a fun thing to see. He is flirty, but he currently isn't the settling down sort right now. I do wish he would find someone to love, but maybe he was hurt in the past? I also adore Adam's little brother.
Things get revealed in this book that were speculated by fans before the release, and while it made me sense.. I wasn't sure if it would happen at all. There is much character progression during the course of this book. And I liked that Juliette became someone so strong and powerful that anyone that gets in her way should watch out. She is protective toward those she loves and cares about. She will also do anything to those that harm her, and she is sick of pretending that her ability is evil.
I really liked how the fight against the re-establishment started in this book, and I expect that to progress into the final book, coming out next year.
I have some hopes for the last book, which I hope come true... but you just never know with some unknown authors if you have no prior knowledge of any of their other work, and since this is Tahereh's first book series.. I can be a little worried at times.
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where...moreThis review has been posted at The Book Twins
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her. This statement in the blurb was what got me hooked on this book. It's the very sentence that made me want to read this book, and boy was I thankful that I did.
This is not the story of a beautiful and popular girl... This is the story of Alison.. the girl who killed her, but she can't remember a thing. She doesn't know why or even how it happened, she just knows it did.
Sixteen year old Alison was torn away from her family and taken to a mental institute where she wakes up and discovers that she had confessed to killing a classmate, Tori. She doesn't remember how, because all she does remember is her and Tori having an argument outside school and then suddenly Tori then starts disintegrating right in front of her. So of course Alison thinks she must have done something to her.. that she has some kind of powers.
Alison has always been a little different than anyone else around her. She can see and taste colours. She can taste lies that people tell. When she tells people what she did they obviously think she is crazy, which is how she ended up where she did.
In this institution nobody seems to understand or even relate to her, except one person. A new psychiatrist who came into the hospital to do some research. The two of them start to spend time together, and Alison feels herself drawn to him. He seems to understand her, and believe in what she says. She can't understand why he of all people would believe her story, but he does. But what she doesn't realize is that Dr. Faraday himself has secrets he isn't saying, and once the truth comes out it won't be about whether or not he believes her story, but rather whether or not she will believe him.
I was so blown away by this story. It was unlike anything I had ever read before, and certainly it was not something I expected it to be. I loved the twists and revelations that came with this book. It might not be what people wished it to be, but I felt it was an interesting turn of events.
This story brings real life, with of sci fi. It really makes you think about certain things and real life experiences. I was excited to learn there will be a 2nd book, because the way it ends it just leaves room for more story to be explored.