Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, & more! The Rules was one of the most surprising books that I read in 2013, I honestly didn't expCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, & more! The Rules was one of the most surprising books that I read in 2013, I honestly didn't expect to be so entertained and engrossed by it. I expected to enjoy The Hunt just as much as I enjoyed The Rules, if not more. Ultimately I was extremely disappointed by The Hunt because it's huge shift in tone from book #1. While The Rules was an intense paranormal high-school romance, The Hunt is more bent on being a sci-fi thriller. I did enjoy The Hunt, but it feels like it's worlds away from book one, The Rules and I didn't expect Kade to take such a leap.
Ariane and Zane have escaped from GTX's clutches, but there are still more looming threats in their way. GTX isn't the only company who has created alien-hybrids and there are two other companies who have made hybrids of their own. With GTX and the other companies still active, Ariane and Zane will never be able to be safe and so they try to recruit the help of the other hybrids.
I really loved the intense nature of The Hunt, but at times I felt as if the plot needed to be more fast-paced. A thriller should be extremely fast-paced in my opinion and The Hunt's plot dragged a bit around the middle. I really wish Kade had focused more on the paranormal aspects of the hybrids, instead of relying on thriller cliches. There were so many opportunities for Kade to explore the special powers that the Hybrids have, but instead there's too many sections where Ariane and Zane are trying to "run away' from GTX. It didn't really make sense to me how Ariane and Zane were evading GTX and yet, those two a terrible job of being discreet and covering their tracks. The only way they could have been more obvious unless they had a blinking neon sign that read: "ALIEN HYBRID".
I loved the chemistry between Ariane and Zane, Kade really has developed their relationship into something special. I love how both characters are complete polar opposites and yet they still can find solace in each other. I totally ship Ariane and Zane as a couple, but I really want them to work out all of their personal issues because their bickering in The Hunt became exhausting.
I think Zane and Ariane were characterized well, but I think the other alien hybrids were a bit lacking in development. I am aware that Kade was trying to contrast the difference in between the way Ariane and the other hybrids were created, but I just wanted each hybrid to have their own distinct personality.
I will be reading the 3rd Project Paper Doll book, even though I was disappointed with The Hunt. The Hunt was an action-packed, thrilling read though I do believe that the plot and character development could have been tightened. I am really hoping that all of my qualms with The Hunt are resolved in the 3rd and final book in this series....more
Check out Scott Reads It! Alienated has possibly one of the best covers I've seen this year: it's clever, inventive, and extremely eye-catching. It Check out Scott Reads It! Alienated has possibly one of the best covers I've seen this year: it's clever, inventive, and extremely eye-catching. It was the first thing that enticed me into reading Alienated, this is one of the few cases where the book inside is actually better than the cover suggests. Alienated may appear to be just a simple paranormal romance on the surface, but the book I delved into was much deeper and more meaningful. Alienated is a powerful outlook on how society persecutes individuals and how people are blinded by meaningless hatred. Alienated is a profound and extremely humorous novel that will capture readers' hearts and leave them hungry for more.
This is the 1st novel that I've read where the main character is a blogger, it was interesting to see how Landers portrayed blogging as an outlet for Cara to express her feelings about the L'eihrs. I truly believe Landers truly captures the art of blogging-- all of the good, the bad, and the ugly components of it. All of the reactions to Cara's blog--both good and bad were extremely realistic.
I felt truly bad for Cara because she had no idea what she was getting into when she took in Aelyx (pronounced A-licks). Yet, despite all of the hatred and protests, Cara doesn't ever seem to truly regret her decision. Cara is extremely loyal to Aelyx, even when she had no reason to trust him; I loved how Landers wrote her character with so much depth.
Aelyx and Cara are a couple that seems destined to be with each other, they're both hilarious and so clever. I'm not usually a huge fan of romances in YA because they usually resort to cheesy cliches, but Alienated has one of the hottest romances I've ever read. Yes. I'm slightly embarrassed, but the romance in Alienated is extremely steamy and there's one scene that was so sexy. Melissa Landers writes contemporary romance under the name Macy Beckett and her skill in writing a sexy romance is extremely evident in Alienated.
Alienated is an extremely fun, fast read, despite it's deep and powerful thematic messages. I loved watching Aelyx slowly acclimate to Earth and his reactions to many of our customs were absolutely priceless. Though I loved the direction the plot went, I do feel as if last quarter of the book was extremely predictable. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the ending of this book, I just felt like it was glaringly obvious how this novel would conclude.
Alienated is an extremely realistic, thought-provoking look at would happen if humans made contact with aliens. Alienated is really bound to make a huge splash in the YA market and I have a feeling that readers will fall for Cara and Aelyx's relationship. I absolutely loved Alienated and I'm extremely excited to see where Landers takes Aelyx and Cara next! ...more
Check out Scott Reads It! I really had no idea what to expect from Avalon because it was compared to Firefly and I hadn't seen the show yet. After wa Check out Scott Reads It! I really had no idea what to expect from Avalon because it was compared to Firefly and I hadn't seen the show yet. After watching a few episodes of Firefly, I realized that Avalon's plot is extremely similar to Firefly's and that so many of the characters from Avalon bear an uncanny resemblance to those from Joss Whedon's popular TV show. I definitely think that fans will enjoy this novel, despite the immense similarities to Firefly.
Avalon starts off strong with an extremely memorable beginning that does a perfect job of introducing our main character, Jeth. The 1st half of Avalon is full of action, humor, and a fun plot-line that kept me really entertained and I was so convinced that Avalon would be a 5 star read or very close to it. Then I started to read the 2nd half and then everything went downhill when a romance was added.
The romance in Avalon is poorly done and I wasn't a fan of the whole Sierra-Jeth match up at all. There was zero chemistry between the two and their relationship was an insta-love mess. Mindee Arnett wasn't very subtle in they way she introduced obstacles just to bring the two even closer together. This book would have been so much better if there was no romance at all because the romance just bogged down the plot and made me dread continuing Avalon.
The 2nd half wasn't terrible, but it really was such a disappointment after the spectacular 1st half. The 2nd half is full of non-stop unpredictable plot twists that were really well-done, but I just couldn't make myself care because I was so annoyed with the direction of the romance. Romance can definitely make or break a book and in this case, the romance didn't really fit in with the plot and was extremely awkward.
I'll definitely be reading the sequel to Avalon, in hopes that the romance doesn't overshadow the plot for me. I'm a bit disappointed with Avalon, but it was still entertaining and enjoyable. Avalon wasn't quite what was I expecting, but was it still a pretty good sci-fi space opera! ...more
Check out my blog! After reading tons of positive reviews for The Rules, I decided I should pick it up. It definitely surprised me because it was noCheck out my blog! After reading tons of positive reviews for The Rules, I decided I should pick it up. It definitely surprised me because it was nothing like I expected. I expected a sci-fi government conspiracy novel (à la Mila 2.0) but instead I read a sci-fi book about high school drama. Even though The Rules wasn't what I expected, I really enjoyed reading it!
The Rules is told from the point-of-views of both Zane and Ariane. The alternating point-of-view is a very effective plot device in this book. I really liked reading from Zane's point of view and I loved watching Zane evolve as a character. Zane is truly a very different person by the end of The Rules.
This is a book that is extremely focused on character development. The reader definitely establishes emotional attachments with all of the characters especially Zane. I praise Stacey Kade for making Zane's relationship with his father an extremely realistic portrayal of parent-child relationship. Kade isn't afraid of tackling a controversial topic and she does a stellar job of exploring this topic.
All of the characters in The Rules are accurate interpretations of high school students. I feel like I could find each of the characters in The Rules in my high school even Ariane (There are no aliens in my high school or so I think) . There have been numerous occasions where the teenagers don't act like teenagers at all, so I give Kade kudos for making her teenagers extremely realistic.
The Rules was an extremely entertaining and fun book to read. The plot moved at a fast-pace and was pretty original. My favorite scenes in this book were definitely Ariane's flashbacks. The plot twist at the end of The Rules was fantastically done and it completely caught me off-guard.
The Rules has a huge focus on the romance between Ariane and Zane. I was extremely glad that Ariane and Zane didn't fall in love immediately. I absolutely loathe insta-love because it's so cliche. The romance between Ariane and Zane slowly develops at a realistic pace as opposed to the instant love that's common in YA novels. In case you were wondering there is not a love triangle in this book and the romance isn't cheesy at all! I actually really enjoyed the romance in this book and it was perfectly done.
If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced sci-fi book I'd definitely recommend reading The Rules. I can't wait to read the next book and I hope I enjoy it as much I enjoyed The Rules. Thanks to Disney-Hyperion for providing me with an ARC of The Rules in exchange for a honest review! ...more
The 5th Wave was easily one of most anticipated books of 2013. Penguin seriously caught my interest with their insanely fantaSeen at Scott Reads It!
The 5th Wave was easily one of most anticipated books of 2013. Penguin seriously caught my interest with their insanely fantastic advertising campaign for this book. After several Goodreads members compared this to The Hunger Games, I knew I had to read this. I was going to go to the library to pick up The 5th Wave which I had on hold when the UPS delivered an ARC of the book to my house. I didn't expect Penguin to send me an ARC and it was such a pleasant surprise.
Truthfully, I didn't expect The 5th Wave to take the direction it did. Even though I had read the description and countless reviews, The 5th Wave still completely surprised me. Rick Yancey created a completely original spin on the classic alien invasion tale. I have never read a book quite like The 5th Wave. I didn't think any author could surprise me anymore, to my surprise Rick Yancey proved me wrong.
Cassie is the kick-ass protagonist of The 5th Wave. For the most part, I really liked Cassie and I enjoyed reading from her point of view. I love Cassie's attitude and humor which added some comic relief to this dark sci-fi book. Cassie's determination and dedication towards finding her little brother Sammy. The only negative thing I need to comment regarding Cassie, is her relationship with Evan.
Alot of reviewers seemed to like Evan and his relationship with Cassie. Truthfully for most of the book I found Evan to be a creepy stalker who lacked chemistry with Cassie. Evan undresses and bathes Cassie, he watches her sleep, and is constantly watching her. Doesn't this strike you as creepy and odd? Later on in the book, I started to like him more but I still couldn't get over his strange demeanor.
The romance in The 5th Wave isn't done particularly well and it comes across as superficial. I didn't really believe Cassie and Ben had any chemistry for most of the book. Their romance was extremely fake and it seemed like Cassie and Ben instantly fell in love. The way Cassie spoke about Ben was extremely cheesy and way too melodramatic. Seriously? Thankfully this book didn't have a love triangle but I have a bad feeling that book #2 will feature a love triangle.
The 5th Wave alternates from the POV of a few characters, my favorite POV was definitely Cassie. I really enjoyed the multiple POVs and how Rick Yancey connected their stories into one. Alot of reviewers said that they weren't a fan of Sammy's point-of-view, I actually really enjoyed reading from his POV. Some commented that his POV was repetitive and badly written, but I think Yancey perfectly captured how a little kid would react to an alien invasion.
The 5th Wave definitely started with a bang but the plot definitely became a bit sluggish after the first couple chapters. Luckily Rick Yancey threw in a few plot twists that perked my interest and kept me turning the pages. Keep in mind that The 5th Wave is more focused on humanity than the Others, which are The 5th Wave's aliens. This book is extremely intense and that ending of The 5th Wave was simply epic. I can't believe that the next book comes out in August 2014. I need book #2 immediately, I really hope it's not called The 6th Wave because that would be so cliche.
Is The 5th Wave the next Hunger Games? The 5th Wave could definitely be the next big YA book! I am pretty excited by the fact that Sony has the movie rights because this could be an epic film. I'd highly recommend this book to fans of Sci-Fi books like The Host, and The Knife Of Never Letting Go. The 5th Wave definitely deserves the hype it's receiving! ...more
1.5 Stars Seen At Scott Reads It! Gravity arrived on the market with alot of potential and hype. If you scroll through Goodreads you'll see tons of 51.5 Stars Seen At Scott Reads It! Gravity arrived on the market with alot of potential and hype. If you scroll through Goodreads you'll see tons of 5 Star reviews praising Gravity. I saw an article the other day that talked that there was possible a Gravity movie in the works. Clearly I am the odd man out here because I didn't enjoy Gravity.
Don't. Ever. Peek. In Gravity aliens are "hosting" off of humans at night to get antibodies. The humans are forced to wear some sort of blindfold so they don't see whose hosting off them. Ari peeks and sees Jackson who tells her she has to help him save the Earth. Ari wants to help Jackson but helping him would mean betraying her family and all of humanity.
I came into Gravity expecting to love it because it sounded so original and awesome. I have only read a few alien books (The Host, all 3 I Am Number Four books, Cinder, etc.) but I really enjoyed them all. Gravity has an awesome concept but it never reaches its full potential.
The job of a science fiction writer is to make you believe that even the most preposterous things can happen in their novel. The world building of Gravity is definitely lacking and we barely know anything about the world that exists in the novel.I had a hard time believing that aliens could travel through trees and could take away people's antibodies. I wanted to believe that this could be feasible but Melissa West doesn't explain and describe all of the extraterrestrial aspects of Gravity in enough detail. You would think that a novel revolving around the Taking, would explain it thoroughly? The reader never gets the opportunity to comprehend the Taking truly is.
I had to force myself to keep on reading because I really lacked any motivation to keep on reading. I failed to find anything special about this book. It felt too bland and unoriginal to appeal to me but I refused to quit reading. I convinced myself that there was going to be this spectacular ending and I would be wowed. It turns out I was wrong because the ending was unsatisfactory (like the rest of the novel).
The characters in Gravity were rather undeveloped and a bit on the bland side. Ari is extremely gullible and she trusts Jackson for no apparent reason. Jackson is supposed to be her sworn enemy and she decides to betray her family for Jackson right after meeting him. Girl, you don't even know him and you're choosing him over the Human race and your family! You would think Ari would be smarter considering she's supposed to be the future commander of the army. Not only does she instantly trust Jackson, she's also head over heels for him immediately. Jackson and Ari have a case of insta-love and their romance seems to move at a unrealistically fast rate. I felt like Jackson and Ari seemed to lack any chemistry at all! Their romance felt superficial and completely fake to me. Both Jackson and Ari were pretty generic and they lacked anything unique about them.
I guess it all boils down to the fact that I hard trouble believing in the aliens or anything else in Gravity. All of the science fiction elements of Gravity didn't feel authentic or plausible to me. Jackson and Ari were two extremely unrealistically developed and their relationship didn't feel genuine. I fail to see what is the big deal about this novel and I wouldn't read the sequel. ...more
I'll be honest, I was really expecting to like Midnight City. I love alien books like I Am Number Four, The 5th Wave, and Icons. Aliens books are becoming a popular trend in YA and a ton of them have been released recently. I know it's not fair to compare Midnight City to other alien books that I've read, but Midnight City didn't really measure up to those books. To say I'm disappointed with Midnight City is an understatement, I definitely expected more from this book.
A lot of readers have enjoyed this title and this book has quite high ratings on Goodreads. It pangs me to give Midnight City such a low rating, but this book wasn't for me. There wasn't much character development at all and the whole book is basically scenes where the characters are on the run. There is non-stop action scene, after scene and the reader never gets an opportunity to fully understand who the main characters are.
I have read a bunch of books where the whole "We're being chased by evil" has been done better, and so I just never felt compelled to read more. I think that if I had read this a year or two ago when I was not as familiar with the YA genre, I would have enjoyed this more. There is a whole lot of typical YA tropes that I am all too familiar with and by now, I'm really tired of reading the same-old sci-fi books.
Mitchell does bring a few, original ideas in Midnight City, but they are outweighed by a mediocre plot and uninteresting characters. The whole idea that people could build artifacts that held special abilities was pretty cool, but I didn't really buy it. Could a quarter really have so much power and be used to unlock a powerful weapon? I know a reader's job is to set-aside their beliefs and how impossible things in novels can be, but I couldn't believe this ridiculous concept.
I never really got immersed in the plot of Midnight City and I had to push myself to slog through the entire book. I can't imagine myself continuing this series due to my poor experience reading Midnight City. Midnight City isn't a bad book by any means, it just wasn't the right book for me....more
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"War makes monsters of men"
Patrick Ness's conclusion to Chaos Walking exceeded my expectations entirely. Monsters of Men is chock full of plot twists that kept me cringing and cheering for my favorite characters. When I finished it I was entirely upset not about the ending but how Chaos Walking was over. The ending was satisfyingly dramatic as I expected but I really wish Patrick Ness would announce a new novel or series.
The quote I referenced "War makes monsters of men" is where the title is derive from and it is definitely a fitting title. Monsters of Men is almost entirely a war between the Spackle, the Answer and the Mayor. The action scenes in Monsters of Men were brutally action-packed and I couldn't stop reading. I felt so overcome with emotion during this book and I was tempted to just ignore everything around me while reading. I really enjoyed seeing Todd's metamorphosis change from a little boy in Knife of Never Letting Go to a mature man in Monsters of Men.
Monsters of Men isn't just purely entertaining because it also a powerful and deep novel. Patrick Ness explores topics such as terrorism heroics, colonialism, and so much more. What does being a terrorist mean? Do the needs of the many exceed the needs of the few? What does it mean to be a humane person? Is doing the wrong thing okay in the name of love? Patrick Ness really created a novel that really makes you question what does it mean to be human and your morals. After reading Monsters of Men 3 days ago, it wasn't over for me because I kept thinking about it. Monsters of Men will make shatter all your beliefs and have you questioning what does it mean to be good or evil.
Honestly no review could ever compare to this novel of epic proportions. I kid you not this is one powerful and heart-breaking book that only a Grinch wouldn't like. Patrick Ness's understanding of human nature makes everything I have ever been told look primitive. I really enjoyed how the point of view in Monsters of Men alternates very frequently because it gives you so many different outlooks on the New World.
I really enjoyed 1017's point of view because we saw an entirely new angle of the Spackle unlike we have ever seen. There are not some dumb natives, the Spackle are a people entirely corrupted and destroyed by the settlers. 1017's narration was brutal but unfeigned we see how the Settlers completely destroyed their way of life selfishly and how the Spackle try to defend their culture.
Viola and Todd's perspectives were also fascinating to read because we got to see the war from both opposing sides. Even when Todd or Viola did something horribly wicked, I didn't care because I know they had good intentions. It was very interesting to see how they conquered all obstacles and defied all limits with their relationship. Todd and Viola are definitely my favorite literary couple because they are absolutely perfect for each other. I could honestly blog all day about how much I love the two of them but I'm not going to.
Monsters of Men left me speechless and it's hard to express how much I loved this book. Patrick Ness is a literary god who needs to write more books for the sake of his readers. The writing style of Monsters of Men is compelling enough to make you want to read this whopper of a book in one sitting. There's no review I could ever write that could justify my love for this mind-blowing book. Everything in Monsters of Men is just so perfect: the action, the adventure, the romance, and the plot twists. I don't have anything negative at all to say about this book and I really think Chaos Walking deserves more hype. I'm sorry for rambling and rambling but I just need to unbottle about this genre-bending book. Excuse me while I continue to fanboy and rant about how spectacular this series is.
Find this review at City of Books I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies is an omnibus containing the 3 novellas in the series so far (Six'sFind this review at City of Books I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies is an omnibus containing the 3 novellas in the series so far (Six's Legacy, Nine's Legacy and The Fallen Legacies). I really was excited when they released this omnibus because I didn't want to shell out $3.99 for each novella. The Legacies is an excellent companion to the Lorien Legacies because it helped me understand Number Six, Number Nine and Mogadorians better.
For those of you who haven't read I Am Number Four or seen the awesome movie with Alex Pettyfer, I'll give you a bit of info. A planet called Lorien was destroyed by an evil species of aliens called Mogadorians (Mogs) and Lorien's few survivors have fled to Earth. The survivors of Lorien have powers called legacies and are called Garde. A charm was cast so that the Garde could only be killed in order as long as they stay apart. That was enough info dumping for one review!
Six's Legacy was an interesting novella because Six is one of my favorite characters in the series. We find out alot more about who Six is and how her past affected her. Six is just of one of those characters that is so kick ass that you can't help but like her. Six's Legacy was a really intense and action packed novella that I really enjoyed. It was really interesting to see how different Six's personality was in Six's Legacy compared to in I Am Number Four. Six's Legacy made me realize why I love Number Six so much and I really hope she is a major part of book 4.
Nine's Legacy was as action-packed and emotional as Six's Legacy. I didn't enjoy Nine's Legacy as much as Six's Legacy because frankly Six is a more interesting protagonist. Nine's back story was an intense story that told of Nine's journey before Rise of Nine and it was a pretty remarkable story. I really didn't like Maddy at all and I couldn't feel sorry for her no matter what. Nine wasn't as cold and arrogant in this novella like he was in Rise of Nine and I definitely liked #9 in this novella.
The Fallen Legacies is definitely the most thought-provoking of all 3 novellas. The Fallen Legacies is told from the point of view of a young Mogadorian. Our protagonist of The Fallen Legacies is a young Mogadorian who starts to question everything he has been taught. This novella was my favorite of the three because it was very diverse from the other novels and we were introduced to Numbers 1, 2, and 3. #1 was definitely a fascinating character and I hope somehow she makes an appearance in future novels.
As a whole, The Legacies was a very entertaining and informative read. I really enjoyed how we learned of Six and Nine's backstory which helped the reader understand both characters better. As I expected Lore wrote 3 fast paced novellas that really were engaging. If you have read any of the books in the Lorien Legacies series I recommend you pick up this omnibus. If you haven't read I Am Number Four I suggest that you read it!...more
Check out more of my reviews! I'm a huge fan of Beautiful Creatures and all of the other books in the Caster Chronicles series. When I heard of Icons,Check out more of my reviews! I'm a huge fan of Beautiful Creatures and all of the other books in the Caster Chronicles series. When I heard of Icons, I was extremely excited because I was so excited to see how Margaret Stohl would fare without Kami Garcia. Stohl blew me away with Icons and it exceeded any expectations I had.
It's so hard to express how much I loved Icons in one short review. Margaret Stohl tosses out all of the generic alien stories and creates her own original alien mythology. All of the world building and alien mythology is like nothing I've ever read about! The aliens (or should I say, The Lords) are not your typical aliens at all, they don't say "Take me to your leader" or hyperbeam people into their ships.
Icons is more of a dystopian novel than paranormal book even though it's about aliens. I would have liked to read more about Earth before the Day but otherwise I really enjoyed this book. I love how Stohl used documents, letters, and posters to help advance the story. I definitely didn't expect any of the plot twists and that left me completely shocked. Icons is a fast-paced, fantastic dystopian novel that will leave you desperate for the sequel.
Even though Stohl creates a sort-of love triangle, she doesn't overly emphasis the romance. The romance is definitely a component of Icon's plot but it doesn't slow down the plot in any way. The romance isn't overdone at all and it was done extremely well. (This is coming from someone who usually isn't a huge fan of romance in YA novels.) I just hope that in the sequel, the romance doesn't become too overwhelming. Don't make me choose between Ro and Lucas, seriously I like them both in different ways. Also I don't pick teams in YA books because I just hate all the "Team Edward" or "Team Gale" nonsense.
I really love all of the characters Stohl created, even the evil ones. I have such a strong connection to all the characters and I have such strong feelings for them. Al of the characters are so wonderfully developed that I felt like they are real people. Stohl brought her characters to life so beautifully that they are real and they live on in my mind.
I've said it then and I'll keep on saying it. Stohl is an extremely talented writer and her writing style is absolutely fantastic. I was so engaged by Stohl's beautiful writing and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It The pages flew by while reading Icons and by the end I desperately needed the sequel.
I can't recommend Icons enough! I am seriously in love with the world and characters that Stohl created. It's no surprise to me that Alcon swiftly optioned Icons to become a movie. I think Icons would make a terrific movie and I hope it becomes a movie soon! I am so excited for book #2 of Icons, I am legitimately desperate to find out what happens in book #2. Thank god, this didn't end on a cliffhanger otherwise I probably would have had a heartattack. (I know I'm dramatic but you get my point!). Icons is Margaret Stohl's brilliant solo debut and I look forward to reading more of her upcoming books. Now I have to cross my fingers that I get an ARC of Unbreakable by Kami Garcia....more
"Space may be the final frontier but it's made in a Hollywood basement" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
There will be spoilers for Across The Universe and A Million Suns. In this review there are no spoilers for Shades of Earth at all. You're probably asking yourself: "Why is he quoting the Red Hot Chili Peppers?". I have always wanted to go to space and discover new planets and stars. The likelihood of me going to space is probably is about as likely as me winning the lottery jackpot. Space has never felt so real and tangible until I read the Across The Universe trilogy. I would like to thank Revis for letting me experience the beauty and wonders of space without leaving my sofa. I was dying to read Beth Revis so on January 15th I scrambled to the library to pick up Shades Of Earth.
There's so much I have to say about Shades Of Earth and I don't think any review could do Shades of Earth justice. Shades of Earth leaves off right after that fantastic cliffhanger in A Million Suns. Elder and Amy have finally left Godspeed and are on Centauri-Earth trying to build a new home. The problem is that Centauri Earth is full of secrets and danger that pose a threat to our colonists.
Shades of Earth includes our good ol' favorites like Amy and Elder plus a whole new bunch of people from the military. We finally meet Amy's parents but the meeting isn't as pleasant as I would have hoped. Amy's Dad wants to use any means to colonize Centauri-Earth and I had an immediate distaste for him. He was so way too serious and aggressive even with his own daughter. I understand that a military leader needs to be tough and serious but he doesn't need be that way all the time. We really don't get to know Amy's mom much because Revis really focuses on Amy's Dad instead. There are so many deaths in Shades of Earth and I honestly couldn't care less about the characters who died. A majority of the characters who died in this book lacked characterization and emotional depth so when they died I wasn't affected at all. If you have tons of characters die in a book that's fine as long as affects the reader emotionally but I was rather indifferent.
Even my favorite characters in the book really were frexing annoying in the beginning of the novel. Amy was acting rather childish in the beginning and she evens mentions how childish she was acting a few times. Elder wants to be tried to treated like a leader yet he doesn't act like an adult at all. Elder was constantly whining and moping how everything wasn't working out on Centauri-Earth and how he abandoned his people. I really wanted Elder to take charge and act like a true leader.
There is a love triangle in Shades of Earth and I wasn't a fan of the romance in this book. I really didn't find Chris appealing in anyway and from the start I had a distaste for him. Chris was an integral part of the story but feel like Revis unnecessarily made Chris a love interest. Otherwise Amy and Elder's relationship was really sweet and I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this book.
Shades Of Earth is a great conclusion to Revis's ATU Trilogy. I feel like everything was tied up nicely and the ending of Shades of Earth was just simply incredible. I didn't totally approve of the love triangle in this book and SoE was a little bit slower paced than the other two books. Some of the characters in this book were a bit cliche especially Amy's Dad and Chris. For the most part Shades of Earth had a very original plot with tons of plot twists that really kept me on the edge of my seat. Nevertheless despite it's flaws, I really enjoyed reading Shades of Earth! The mystery in Shades of Earth was simply captivating and engaging. I would definitely recommend reading Shades of Earth and I hope Revis writes a new book soon....more
The Host is one of my all-time favorite books! I didn't like Twilight at all but I loved The Host. Don't let Twilight discourage you from reading TheThe Host is one of my all-time favorite books! I didn't like Twilight at all but I loved The Host. Don't let Twilight discourage you from reading The Host because The Host is nothing like Twilight. I'm so pumped for the movie, here's some awesome gifs! This is only a temporary review, I will be posting a better review once I re-read this book.