I picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and literally could not stop reading it all day unless I absolutely had to go do something else. Throne of Glass is an amazing, engrossing fantasy that captured me from the early pages.
I’m a huge fantasy fan. I admitted a few days ago that I liked Tamora Pierce’s books more than the Harry Potter books. So Throne of Glass was right up my alley. There’s swordfighting, knives, assassins, princes, soldiers, magic, castles, foreign lands, and more! Everything about the world Sarah J Maas created appealed to me and she built it splendidly. I’ve never seen a castle made out of glass, but it was so easy for me to picture in my mind because she’s definitely a fantastic world builder.
Celaena was ballsy and brave with a biting wit, but she also had a soft, girly side that wanted to look pretty and I can see her appealing to many readers because of how complex of a character she is. I really admired her and a lot of decisions she made throughout Throne of Glass – which is kind of rare cause usually I’m reading a book and shaking it like I can actually shake the protagonist.
Throne of Glass does have a love triangle, but it wasn’t annoying to me. We got bits and pieces of information from the point of view of Dorian and Chaol that kind of showed us how each of the guys felt about Celaena and allowed us to see their developing feelings and that was an added bonus. But the relationship with Dorian just didn’t really work for me – and I was definitely rooting for Chaol from the beginning – so I’m interested to see where the romance subplot goes in the next book.
The story in Throne of Glass was typical enough to remind me of all my favourite fantasy books, but at the same time was an original and engaging – and complex, with all its subplots – story that essentially kept me trapped until I finished the story. I loved the idea of all these assassins competing for the title and a lot of things were hinted at that I think will become very interesting in the next book.
I can definitely see Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas being a series that I reread time and time again, just like I’ve done with all of Tamora Pierce’s books. If you’re looking for a fantasy with a complex characters, not to mention a complex story – and fantastic world-building – do not miss Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.(less)
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose is going to be one of those books that stays with me for a very long time. It was my first experience reading a verse novel all the way through, so that’ll definitely add to the memorableness, but even still.
May B. is a very moving and emotionally draining book, and incredibly beautiful. I loved Caroline Starr Rose’s writing – it was beautiful and lyrical and it was just an amazing experience for my first verse book.
I went into May B. thinking it would be sort of like Little House on the Prairie meets poetry, or something. I was right, to an extent. Because May B. tells its own heartfelt story of a girl living alone, living inside her head, abandoned. It’s just absolutely heartbreaking at times and I found myself crying several times.
And she is strong. She is so, so strong. There are parts where she’s utterly broken and yet still so determined to live, to get home and I just absolutely loved this protagonist. And the memories she shared with us, of her family and of that terrible teacher…so much love.
If you love verse novels – or find yourself wanting to try one, I absolutely recommend May B. by Caroline Starr Rose. Also for fans of historical fiction, particularly of the log cabin/mud hut type a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Because May B. was utterly stunning.(less)
I bawled in some parts of Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. I mean, Something Like Normal is heartbreaking and inspiring and hopeful but heartbreaking and I just have trouble putting into words all the emotions I felt while reading it.
Because on one hand, I was like YAY TRAVIS AND HARPER and then on the other hand I was like, wow Travis really has some issues he really needs to focus on himself, and I was also like GO TRAVIS STAND UP TO YO DADDY and just so many different things. That’s how awesome Something Like Normal was – I felt EVERYTHING.
And how refreshing is it to have a male protagonist and also a romance that’s heavily featured? I thought Trish Doller’s male protagonist storytelling abilities were very realistic, at least as far as I can tell.
Ugh, and the ending of Something Like Normal was just PERFECT. What a brilliant, moving, emotional contemp. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller is relevant and beautiful and you just need to pick it up. Like now.(less)
Review will be published on my blog closer to release date.
Everneath is kind of…wow. I mean, it’s hard for me to form words to describe what reading E...moreReview will be published on my blog closer to release date.
Everneath is kind of…wow. I mean, it’s hard for me to form words to describe what reading Everneath was like. It was mythology and paranormal and romance and all sorts of different stuff combined into one book. SUCH an original story. The entire time I was reading it I was just like, “Oh my god, how does someone come up with this?”
Okay, and the characters. I LOVED Jack. He was amazing and interesting and seriously an awesome love interest. Of course I basically hated the evil guy, but I think I was supposed to, so that worked out well. Although I will admit he intrigued me just the tiniest bit...will be interested to see where book two takes him.
And let's not forget the protagonist, Nikki. Still not sure how I feel about her. She was strong willed at some points and weak willed at others. I understood her and I felt for her, which was good, but she did annoy me at several points. I loved the romance between Nikki and Jack, as delicate as it was. I thought Brodi Ashton created some lovely tension and "what if" moments and really made us feel how badly Nikki regretted the past.
But for real. Although it had flaws (but very few books don’t), Everneath is an awesome debut and a seriously interesting start to a new series. After that ending, I will seriously be reading book two when it comes out.(less)
Excuse me while I fangirl over how freaking awesome Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock is! I mean, Hemlock is LEGIT. I thought I was kind of over werewolves and what not, but Kathleen Peacock sucked me right back in with Hemlock!
I mean, okay, first of all – the plot in Hemlock is EPIC. It’s werewolves, but it’s not your typical always hiding from people werewolves. Because everyone knows the werewolves are there and there’s organizations to get rid of them and organizations that support werewolf rights and basically Kathleen Peacock creates a world and storyline of epic in Hemlock.
OH AND OKAY, I’m jumping ahead here, but THE ENDING. I didn’t see the end of Hemlock coming at all. I legit had NO IDEA that’s who the killer would be and I was so happy with it.
Loved the characters. Cue lots of swooning over Kyle. I do mean a lot. And I thought Mac was such a teenager, and I loved it. Her best friend died and she blamed herself and she felt guilty and sad and I LOVED it. Because it felt so real, even though she’s surrounded by werewolves. She was also determined and loyal and normal. I mean, she got scared when she had a huge werewolf coming after her. She didn’t try to pet it or anything, she was terrified. NORMAL. LOVE IT.
To sum it all up – Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock is not to be ignored. Hemlock is an epic debut with awesome characters and a unique plot that is sure to suck you in. Even if you’re not into werewolves – even if you’re totally over werewolves, check Hemlock out.(less)
I loved The Cabinet of Earths by for SO MANY REASONS. It’s a beautifully written, gripping and enchanting tale in a beautiful setting.
Cause, come on, Paris. I LOVE Paris and I thought Paris as the background added so much to the story – it was almost like another character, which I absolutely loved. I loved seeing Paris through Maya and James’ new and innocent eyes – reading about cafes and new schools and the moment they saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
I loved Maya. She’s probably one of my favourite protagonists I’ve read in a middle grade so far. Given her family’s situation, especially with her mother’s illness, I thought she was a wonderfully brave protagonist and a realistic one at that. She had this sense of responsibility to take care of her family even when it wasn’t necessarily her job, and I thought that was very realistic given the situation. I loved her little brother James and the rest of the characters – especially her cousin Louise and Valko.
The storyline was so fantastical – I loved the concept of The Cabinet of Earths. The idea of jars holding sands from people and anbar and just, gah! There were so many intricate details that went into the story that I really loved. I thought The Cabinet of Earths was paced excellently and rife with exciting twists.
The Cabinet of Earths is enchanting and exciting and so original. Anne Nesbet’s writing style is sure to appeal to middle grade and older readers alike. Trust me, if you’re a fan of fantasy, be sure to check out The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet.(less)
Guys, I have been dying for Katana by Cole Gibsen ever since I read the “Buffy meets Kill Bill” comparison. And while I have never seen Kill Bill (*ducks and runs*), Katana was all kinds of awesome. It did take me a little while to get into, but once I was hooked, I was hooked!
For one thing, something crazy is happening to the main character, Rileigh, and she doesn’t just lay down and accept it when the mysterious boy tells her what’s up. THAT IS SO RARE. She fights what he’s telling her and tries to prove him wrong and goes through all sorts of denial before finally admitting he might be right. If a guy told me I was a samurai reincarnated, I’d laugh, and all kinds of props go to Cole Gibsen for making Rileigh realistic like that.
But also, the story of Katana was awesome. There was so much going on – you’re literally dropped right into the action, no drawn-out back story necessary because you learn it as you go along, and yet it all flows very nicely. And the twists! There were a couple of twists that I was kind of mind-blown by and I was like what, did that just happen?!
And, you know, Rileigh and her new samurai pals are kind of bad ass. I’m not usually a big reincarnation fan, but I thought the whole idea why they were reincarnated, and the way Cole Gibsen explained their reincarnation, was really interesting and worked well for Katana.
And this one kissing scene that was awesome. I spent the first 250 pages thinking “Just make out already!” and then I was happy, haha.
Overall, Katana by Cole Gibsen was an exciting book with Samurais and cute Japanese boys and reincarnation and I had a lot of fun reading it. I was swept away by the action. Definitely check it out if you think you might be interested!(less)
Processing my thoughts on The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg is difficult. It was just totally not what I expected based on the description. I really enjoyed most of it, but bits of it left me going wait, what.
Because there is a twist. A HUGE MONUMENTAL TWIST that I never saw coming and that left me reeling and going wait, WHAT. And I can’t honestly tell you guys if I think that’s a good thing or not. Because I’m still reeling from the craziness of it all.
Other than the crazy twist I still can’t decide if I liked (or even really understood), I really enjoyed The Catastrophic History of You and Me. I thought it was an inventive and fun book, although, you know – heartbreaking (hahahahaha I love my puns). Because Brie was such an awesome protagonist – seriously so relatable and I just wanted to cry and put her heart back together and tell her boys aren’t worth it. ESPECIALLY given what she learns after the fact.
And Patrick. I loved Patrick. He was snarky and mysterious and full of tough love. He can totally be my afterlife guide – although not any time soon, please and thank you. AND HAMLOAF. Hamloaf broke me.
I love the way Jess Rothenberg integrated the five stages of grief into The Catastrophic History of You and Me. It helped to break the novel up into different parts, but also worked really well with the actual telling of the story.
Basically – The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg was totally different from what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the concept and the characters, and the writing was fluid, but the twist definitely through me for a loop. It’s very much about the afterlife, so I recommend it to those with an open mind.(less)
I am only slightly ashamed to admit that I watch reality TV show competitions, like Big Brother, Project Runway, and basically all the cooking reality TV shows. So The Selection by Kiera Cass immediately sounded appealing to me just based on the summary.
Initially, I was a little put off by the writing in The Selection. There were a couple of instances where I thought there was more telling that showing and I wanted the showing.
But honestly? At some point, fairly quickly into The Selection, the writing didn’t even matter to me. I loved the story in The Selection so much. It was just a ton of fun – and dystopians aren’t usually fun, per say. I liked idea of the caste system a lot and the idea of competing for the Prince’s attention. It was a combination of The Bachelor and Cinderella. And bonus heaviness with the war going on and what not.
As for the characters in The Selection – I’m usually team original boy, but I honestly really only liked Aspen in the beginning. When Prince Maxon entered the picture, I was like Aspen who? As for America herself, I was rooting for her the whole time and I liked her, but she wasn’t the most memorable protagonist. I liked her independence and determination, and I think she’ll become more memorable with the second book.
And the ending is just kind of wait, what, there needs to be more! Because it wasn’t necessarily a GASP DID THAT JUST HAPPEN cliff-hanger, but it was definitely not an end point in the story and I wanted to know what happened next.
If you like your dystopians a little bit lighter (you know, minus all the sobs and heartbreak and with bonus giggles) and a good dose of reality competitions, definitely check out The Selection by Kiera Cass.(less)
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu was a book I had very mixed feelings about. I did like the sci-fi/dystopian aspects of it, but the characters and romance, and the dialogue, were very lackluster for me.
The set of characters in Glitch all seemed to annoy the hell out of me. The protagonist, Zoe, was definitely on the mopey side and it bugged me how easily manipulated she was. Max was a raging jerkface and I wanted Zoe to stand up for herself and slap him, dump him, yell at him, SOMETHING every time he was on the page. And Adrien. Okay, he bothered me the least – I was actually interested in his backstory (but we weren’t really given it and so he kind of fell flat), but his dialogue – with all the crackings and the shunts – kind of drove me crazy.
But the romance. If you’re not a fan of instant love, Glitch is probably not the book for you because Glitch had it in spades. And also a creepy side-romance, if you will. I mean super creepy. Like “Can I look at your genitalia?” creepy. I was rooting for Zoe and Adrien, but I almost felt like I didn’t need to because there weren’t any real challenges posed against them.
Like I said, I did like the sci-fi/dystopian aspects of Glitch, but I also felt like the world was very under developed. We weren’t given a lot of information in the beginning and it was hard for me to follow along with why all this craziness was happening. And the reason for their powers wasn’t given until much later on in the book (and I’m not sure I really accept the reasoning we were given). But I did get invested in the story – I’m a sucker for dystopian – which definitely made me feel like I had to finish Glitch. Although I’m not sure I’ll be reading the sequel.
Basically, Glitch by Heather Anastasiu was not a book for me. I had no interest in the characters and while I’m a sucker for dystopian books, Glitch didn’t really stand out to me against all the other awesome dystopian books I’ve read. (less)
My brain is still processing all the crazyness that occurred in The Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen.
Where do I even begin? When the Sea is Rising Red is like a crazy combination of fantasy and paranormal. There are VAMPIRES but they’re totally different than the Twilight kind of vampire because these vampires are looked down on as basically social climbing scum. Which was kind of awesome. We weren’t supposed to like them, which is kind of rare in YA these days.
And the magic! I loved what Cat Hellisen did with magic, with different classes of power and what each class needs to perform their magic.
The writing I thought was pretty brilliant. Very, very descriptive and flow-y.
I think my favourite part was all the different legends and rumors and tales passed down among the lower classes. Each one had a different story and explanation for why things happened and it was humorous but also totally real because it was like a game of telephone but played over hundreds of years.
The love triangle was weird. I actually don’t even know what to say about the characters. Felicita was brave and determined, and I really admired that. Especially towards the end. Dash? Jannik? I just. I can’t. Those of you who’ve read it need to tell me how you feel because none of them ended up where I thought they would, hah!
The story itself in When the Sea is Rising Red hurt my brain. I mean, I was flipping the page and going what what what they did what he did what HE SAID WHAT and WAIT WHO DIED?
Is my review of When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen coherent at all? I didn’t think so. Let me try to sum it up – When the Sea is Rising Red is crazy. The magic elements were awesome, although I’m still unsure where I land on some of the characters, namely the males. But I enjoyed it for the most part and managed to read it in one day. If you’re up for a paranormal/fantasy roller coaster, do check out When the Sea is Rising Red. And let me know what you think!(less)
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth is one of those books that you just know is super creepy and wrong, but at the same time you can’t stop reading. I was fascinated and sickened by Through to You. It was beautiful and haunting and just…wrong.
I loved Cam and I felt for him in Through to You. His pain over the loss of Viv broke my heart and gah, I just loved Emily Hainsworth’s portrayal of Cam. I thought his heartache and confusion as to whether or not he was going crazy was done so well.
And the storyline. Through to You is legit. Because even though I think it’s super creepy and alternate universe Viv weirded me out, I was so happy to see Cam happy and then I realized I kind of liked Nina better and it’s just kind of a mess. Because Viv is DEAD, you know? And I just wanted Cam to move on and be happy and not stuck in the past.
AND THEN THERE’S THIS TWIST. Which I can’t go into but HOLY SHIT basically sums it up.
I loved the ending of Through to You. After reading all that craziness, I think it was exactly how I wanted it to end.
So, basically, if you’re looking for a crazy, messed up yet enthralling contemporary that’s not really a contemporary, definitely pick up Through to You by Emily Hainsworth. I was sucked in from the moment I started reading Through to You and closed the book with a feeling of satisfaction. (less)
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini blew my freaking mind. Touching the Surface is one of those books where I was going “what the effffff” all the way through and still found myself sobbing at the end.
I’m at a loss to describe my feelings for Touching the Surface. It was just unbelievably beautiful and freaking confusing and just one of those books that is going to stick with me.
I loved that Touching the Surface was a book involving the afterlife, but wasn’t pushing any beliefs down my throat. Kimberly Sabatini creates an amazing world out of the afterlife and what a concept it is. I loved all the different aspects, like delving into memories of their past life. And being able to alter their afterlife with just a thought, whether it’s adding in a lake or just simply changing a phrase on a t-shirt.
Touching the Surface has a lot of heart. The characters all felt so real and their issues were just heartbreaking. Because even though it was such a strange and unfamiliar setting, the issues were so real – loss, fighting with family, with best friends, heartbreak, etc. It was a really relatable story, even though the setting was just so mind-blowingly weird/awesome.
My review of Touching the Surface is a bit strange, but Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini is a strange book – but in amazing way. The writing is beautiful, the story is heartbreaking, and despite my feelings of what in the world, I was just sobbing at the end of it all. It was hard for me to let go of the characters in Touching the Surface. Definitely be sure to pick it up!(less)
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone is such an awesome debut. I was led through all sorts of emotions while reading Time Between Us down and I set it down feeling very satisfied.
I’m not usually a time travel person. It confuses me a little and there’s usually a very sci-fi side to it all and it’s just hard for me to grasp. I like my protagonist and love interest in the same decade. But Time Between Us was a beautiful combination of contemporary romance with a side of time travel and yet still got pretty intense with the time travel stuff towards the end.
And oh boy, I cried while reading Time Between Us. Something about protagonists feeling empty just gets me every time.
I really enjoyed the relationship aspect of Time Between Us. I’m also not usually a romance person – I like my romance on the side of plot, but I thought Time Between Us focused on the romance but had plenty of plot elements to keep me from going ick at the mushy. Not to mention, it was really easy to root for Anna and Bennett. They’re like ultimate star-struck couple torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.
I loved the voice in Time Between Us. I thought Tamara Ireland Stone really nailed the teenage girl and she was sulky at the right moments and loyal and angry and sad and everything just really worked for me. I felt the range of emotions that Anna felt while reading it – Anna could have easily been the girl sitting next to me in English class.
Also, bonus, I love a protagonist with a large dose of wanderlust. I really identified with Anna’s lack of travel and her immense desire to see everything. I even had the same kind of map with pins when I was younger, but I was too depressed by the lack of pins so I just took it down.
Basically, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone rocks. It’s the perfect combination of romance, mystery, time travel, angst and it has such a great ending. Even if you lean solidy towards contemporary only, or even paranormal only, Time Between Us falls in the middle and I can easily see it appealing to readers of both sides.(less)
I’m always pretty wary of reincarnation stories. They’re typically kind of cheesy with insta-romance cause of soul mates and what not. Not Incarnate b...moreI’m always pretty wary of reincarnation stories. They’re typically kind of cheesy with insta-romance cause of soul mates and what not. Not Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. Incarnate comes no where near that generalization.
The whole premise of Incarnate kind of blew my mind. Jodi Meadows seriously knows how to write an awesome reincarnation story. Only a million souls being reborn over and over again – seriously hard to wrap my head around!
There are certainly some logistical issues that popped up while I was reading, but I definitely didn’t focus on those because the story was too awesome for me to care.
The characters, Ana and Sam, were awesome. Ana kind of irritated me at first with her self-pity, but eventually I got over it. And that’s not to say I didn’t understand her point of view – because I totally did. I probably would have been following her through process after the things she went through growing up. It just grated on my nerves at first. I liked Sam a lot and his tortured-musician-soul. His background was interesting and I enjoyed learning more about him as the story went on.
And the story – lots of twisty-turns and DRAGONS, there were DRAGONS, okay?
There was one scene in the book that I kind of just didn’t get it, but it didn’t take away from the reading experience too much. And there were certainly creeptastic aspects to the story, but I kind of block them from my mind because I loved Sam too much to care.
Overall, Incarnate by Jodi Meadows is wonderful debut with DRAGONS and reincarnation with a twist, and I highly recommend picking Incarnate up!(less)
If you’re a love of legit fantasy, go pick up Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. Stormdancer starts off with not one, but TWO maps, and oh yeah, it has a glossary. Some people might be overwhelmed with a book that merits its own glossary, but this just got me really excited for Stormdancer.
And Stormdancer totally lived up to my expectations! I was a little confused for a bit of the beginning because Jay Kristoff doesn’t really baby the reader into anything. The story begins and you’ve got characters left and right with similar names and all kinds of crazy customs, and this is where the glossary really came in handy for me at the beginning. So yes, Stormdancer was a bit overwhelming for me at first and it took me a bit of time to get through the beginning of Stormdancer, but I was hooked anyway.
I loved Yukiko. She is exactly the kind of protagonist a legit fantasy like Stormdancer needs. She’s strong and even though she’s set in feudal Japan, I could easily find myself relating to her.
I freaking loved the storyline of Stormdancer. It was action-y and adventure-y and totally kept me on my toes. The world Jay Kristoff builds up in Stormdancer is astounding. There’s so much culture and customs and all these details and while it takes a bit of time to get used to it, it doesn’t bog down the story at all. Yukiko leads us through an exciting world that I can’t wait to revisit.
Stormdancer is the kind of book I can’t wait to reread to find all the bits I missed the first time around.
Basically, if you are a die-hard fantasy fan, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is a book you cannot miss. Absolutely do not miss it. And if you haven’t read much fantasy before, I still recommend trying Stormdancer, and pushing through any issues you might have at the beginning, because Stormdancer will seriously wow you.(less)
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth is one of those books that had such an intense and crazy storyline that I was left dumbstruck (see what I did there?) after the finish of Struck.
I mean, Struck had everything. It had apocalypses and crazies and cults and cute boys and people getting struck by lightning and it was just seriously such a wild ride of a book.
I loved the protagonist, Mia Price. She is such a badass. I loved her loyalty and determination to keep her family safe, no matter what the cost, even if it did leave her in some pretty terrible and dangerous situations. And the other characters – there was a whole host of them and there were CULTS and craziness.
Struck told the story of the apocalypse as it was happening, which is oh so rare these days. Most books I’ve read are stories that take place in the time after, so reading Struck was definitely a refreshing change of pace.
And there was this moment, this one point in Struck where I literally was like WHAT WAIT WHAT and had to put the book down because I couldn’t believe what just happened. Because AHH what a twist I was so not expecting.
Overally, definitely pick up Struck by Jennifer Bosworth if you’re looking for some apocalypse cult-like action with a side of cute boy and total craziness. I had a lot of fun reading Struck and even though the whole story was totally crazy, I could totally feel myself living it while I was reading it.(less)
Wow, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi was totally not what I thought it would be. I mean, I had heard good things. But it was so much more than what I expected.
Under the Never Sky is awesome and filled with people living in pods with alternate reality vision and people outside living in tribes and all kinds of craziness.
And I was totally confused at first. I will admit that. There was lingo and situations and characters and I was a little overwhelmed. But after a while I picked up context clues and it all came together and I was just absolutely awed by the world building that Veronica Rossi accomplished. The world she built up in Under the Never Sky is seriously intense and awesome.
I mean, the characters, first of all. Aria and Perry were from two totally different sides of the pod (you know, one inside and one outside) and yet they grew up so vastly different and ugh I just loved them. It’s hard to build up secondary characters and have them seem dimensional but I can imagine it’s even harder to have two fully developed protagonists and Veronica Rossi kicked ass at that. They were amazing.
And the storyline was intense and action packed and there were some down moments but they were filled with character development so it was all good. ANDDDDD THE ENDING. Honestly, the ending Under the Never Sky was perfect. It was wrapped enough so I wasn’t going NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO but open ended enough so I can’t wait for the next book!
If you’re looking for a fabulous dystopian, I definitely recommened Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. It is truly an engaging story with wonderfully written characters and a world I could visualize so perfectly. (less)
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons kind of snuck up on me with how freaking good it is. I wasn’t sure I was going to get around to Article 5 for a while, but then I offered to trade it to someone, so I kind of had to pick it up.
And oh my god I am SO GLAD that I did. I originally picked Article 5 up planning to read 10 pages or so before getting started on my homework…and I literally ended up reading 200 pages before I had to pick someone up, and then I immediately picked Article 5 back up again and finished it.
Yeah, talk about an engrossing story. I mean, Article 5 is INTENSE. It’s way more violent than I expected it to be and I was so nervous for the characters half the time – I felt like I was watching an action movie!
Okay, and the characters! Ember! I loved her. She is LOYAL. She loves her mother. She wants to save her mother. I admire her dedication and her strength and even though she does some dumb things, she pushes onwards. And Chase. I have such a thing for the name Chase and I had such a thing for this Chase because even though he was self-sacrificing to the point it made me want to shove him out of a car, I still wanted him to protect me (or Ember, whatever) from all the bad guys in the world.
Okay, back to the story – the moral statues were SO MESSED UP. I can’t even begin to imagine living in the world Ember and Chase lived in, and after reading Article 5, I don’t even want to try!
There are a lot of really excellent dystopian novels with literary goodness and emotional what not. But I thought Article 5 was original in its badass-ness. The characters were real, they were loyal and interesting, the story was engrossing and intense and if I had been watching Article 5 as a movie, I would have had to cover my eyes a few times. It doesn’t have the overly descriptive writing of some dystopians, but the writing inspires imagery just as well.
Seriously, if you guys like awesome protagonists and stories that suck you in (and don’t mind a couple of gun fights), you really ought to go pick up Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. It’s a fabulous debut and I can’t wait for the next book.(less)