Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! As of late, I’ve been reading more and more YA books about mental illness and I truly tCheck out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! As of late, I’ve been reading more and more YA books about mental illness and I truly think that this is a subject that isn’t widely publicized enough. Challenger Deep is a beyond heartbreaking novel and I’ll even go as far as saying it’s perfect, a word that I don’t toss around lightly. Neal Shusterman has written numerous fantasy novels, but CD shows that what he really excels at is invoking readers’ emotions and writing books with heart. This is easily one of the most important novels ever written and Challenger Deep just might be Schusterman’s magnum opus.
Caden Bosch is drowning in himself and he’s losing sight of what’s real and what’s just in his head. He thinks classmates are trying to kill him, that nothing makes sense anymore and that the world is going to swallow him whole. Readers are brought aboard a pirate ship on a journey to the Challenger Deep and this is a trip they’ll never forget.
Neal Shusterman expertly balances Caden’s reality and the world he’s created, making readers question what’s really going on. This novel has a healthy dose of the real world and the fantastical one, both of which were finely crafted and imagined. I found myself immersed in both sides of the story and I enjoyed seeing how the two worlds were interwoven into each other.
Schizophrenia is something that’s real and it’s a disease that most of us are clueless about it. Neal Schusterman does an excellent job of shedding light on this terrible disease without unloading a textbook worth of info on readers. Caden Bosch’s character truly captures the fear, the unknowing and the danger that comes with schizophrenia, making Challenger Deep a difficult book to read.
Neal Schusterman’s son, Brendan has schizophrenia and this novel includes drawings his son made during schizophrenic episodes. There is so much depth in this novel and I haven’t seen mental illness captured in a way that has felt so raw and horrifying ever. This novel turns schizophrenia from something alien into a personal demon that’s frighteningly easy to understand.
This is not an “issue” book, it’s a journey of self-discovery and recovery. Challenger Deep shows the struggles that those with mental illness deal with on a daily basis without stigmatizing it. As informative as this book is about schizophrenia, this book is about Caden and not his disease. Caden is not defined by his disease ever and he’s never shown as someone who’s anything lesser because of his mental illness. Though Caden’s family doesn’t quite understand him, I’m truly glad this novel shows how important a support system can be for those in the Challenger Deep.
I’ll admit it, this novel made me bawl. I found myself so involved in this book and in the life of Caden that I couldn’t help but cry and cry for him. I cried for him because no one seemed to understand how he was drowning, not even himself. To say this book is powerful feels like an understatement because every words booms with importance and it should be treated as something sacred. This book could save lives, it could be the lifesaver that readers can cling to as they fight the currents of the world.
Read Challenger Deep and give it to friends, family members and co-workers, you never know who might be in need of help. This book should be in every school and library because it’s a beacon of hope that so many could benefit from. I can’t praise this book enough or stress how necessary of a read it truly is....more
Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! 3.5 stars - NO trivial rating can justify my feelings for this book! Magonia is the mosCheck out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! 3.5 stars - NO trivial rating can justify my feelings for this book! Magonia is the most peculiar book I’ve read all year; I probably should’ve expected this considering it contains birdpeople, flying sharks, feathers galore and sky ships. Weird doesn’t even cover this novel which is like somewhere between a Neil Gaiman novel and a Tim Burton movie, making the song I Am The Walrus seem normal. Maria Dahvana Headley is truly incredibly and is one of the most imaginative authors to ever grace the publishing world.
Aza has always been sick from the day she’s been born with a rare disease that is exclusively hers. Aza has trouble breathing which makes it hard for her to act like a regular teenager and hang out with her friend Jason. Jason has always had a crush on Aza ever since they were little, but before he can confess it Aza is whisked away into the magical land of Magonia. There she is brought on the journey of a lifetime and she can be someone else.
This book is wonderfully written and Neil Gaiman wasn’t exaggerating when he said “[Headley] writes like a dream.” I’m envious of how perfectly clear and surreal Headley’s descriptions are, making the world of Magonia easily visualized in my mind. Everything in this novel is simply lovely, but I especially enjoyed all of the avian and feather imagery as well as the figurative language Headley used. Mark my words, Headley is capable of great things and Magonia is just the tip of the iceberg.
This is one of those novels that is so wonderful and outlandish, heck it makes Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland look normal at times. It was interesting to see Aza become something more than just the victim she’s always been. I wasn’t exactly happy how almost immediately after Aza came to Magonia, she suddenly became gorgeous because it was extremely ridiculous and shallow. It felt unnecessary for Aza to undergo such a dramatic physical transformation and it seemed to discount her emotional journey.
Magonia for the most part is from the point of Aza, but there a few chapters from Jason’s perspective. I absolutely loved Aza’s point of view, but I really found Jason’s chapters lacking and distracting because they averted my attention from the wonders of Magonia. I did find Jason’s relationship and love for Aza incredibly sweet, but I don’t think he deserved his own chapters.
I’m not quite sure if Magonia is part of a series or if it’s a stand-alone, but I know for sure I’d like to read more fantasy from Headley. This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read and was something so odd, yet it was what I needed to read at the moment. I’m so glad I delved into the world of Magonia and I truly hope there’s more coming. I applaud Maria Dahvana Headley and I truly would love to pick her mind because you have to be an incredibly interesting person to write a book like Magonia....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! I’m completely and utterly obsessed with the Shadow Falls series, so I was excited when I heard about Unbreakable, a novella abSeen at Bookish Antics! I’m completely and utterly obsessed with the Shadow Falls series, so I was excited when I heard about Unbreakable, a novella about the mysterious Chase. This ebook gives readers a glimpse into the life of this character and helps show Chase in such a different light. This is an extremely necessary read for fans of C.C. Hunter and one of my only complaints is that it’s too short! I was addicted to this novella and I wanted to read even more about Chase — hopefully he will play an even bigger role in Eternal. ...more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Every Breath is easily one of the most buzzed about books in the book blogging community. It seemed that everyone was talking aSeen at Bookish Antics! Every Breath is easily one of the most buzzed about books in the book blogging community. It seemed that everyone was talking about Mycroft and Watts, so I just had to see what all the hype was about. Ellie Marney’s debut novel is extremely addicting and entertaining, it’s also a well-plotted mystery and romance. This may not be the most original retelling out there, but it is one that I’d highly recommend.
I’m glad I didn’t read the description for this one before starting this book because it reveals way too much. Do yourself a favor and skip it, you’ll thank me later. All you need to know is that this book takes place in Melbourne, Australia and that the duo is investigating the murder of a homeless man. It’s best for you to just discover everything else alongside the characters and it’ll make the big reveal that much better.
I was initially turned off by this book because of Mycroft who is a bit of an antihero. Mycroft is essentially a juvenile delinquent: he smokes, is constantly in trouble at school, resists authority at any given opportunity and doesn’t understand what rules are. After reading about so many bad boys in YA, I was tired of reading about this archetype, but I soon realized that Mycroft is more than a label. Marney manages to make his character complex and troubled without sacrificing emotion and realism for a split-second. Readers will want to understand this enigmatic character and get a peek into his back story to see why he’s like this.
It’s interesting how Watts was the character I liked more at the beginning of this novel, but by the end I was utterly obsessed with Mycroft. Watts is brave, loyal and compassionate; she lets herself be dragged into Mycroft’s investigation not because she has to do it, but because it’s the right thing to do. I have a feeling that readers will love Watts and she’s certainly an interesting take on the classic Sherlock character.
The mystery in this novel is expertly crafted and Marney really channels her inner Arthur Conan Doyle in the writing of this novel. All of the classic mystery elements that are present in Doyle’s novels (and the countless adaptations) are in Every Breath: the red-herrings, the suspense, the deductive reasoning, etc. I do wish that there was a bit more of a connection to the Sherlock Holmes novels aside from the characters’ names and a few references. Though this novel’s plot revolves around the mystery, it’s not really the focus of this novel and it’s overshadowed by the romance, which is both troubling and a plus in my mind.
This is a romance oriented novel and everything takes the backseat to Mycroft and Watt’s relationship. I loved both the friendship and romantic dynamic the two characters have together, but a part of me wanted the mystery to be more prominent. The romance is excellent and the tension between our couple is electrifying, but I love a good mystery and that’s what one expects from a Sherlock-based retelling.
Every Breath wasn’t quite what I expected from a Sherlock retelling, but it was what I needed to read at that given moment in time. EB is a bit on the lighter side, but that doesn’t lessen how much I enjoyed this novel and how ready I am to read the next two books in this series. Those who love BBC’s Sherlock should definitely check out Every Breath while they wait for the next season to arrive!...more
Seen at Bookish Antics! The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley is easily one of the most important novels I’ve read this year. This is a novel about dealingSeen at Bookish Antics! The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley is easily one of the most important novels I’ve read this year. This is a novel about dealing with pain and grief, falling in love and accepting yourself; making this novel universally relatable and poignant. Hutchinson has written an unbelievably important novel that will hit readers hard emotionally and ultimately fill them with hope. We need more books like Andrew Brawley out there — books that are so raw and powerful that they fill readers with zest and the desire to make a difference in the world.
After Andrew Brawley’s parents and sister died in a car crash, he’s felt immeasurably guilty and has confined himself to the hospital. When Andrew meets Rusty at the hospital, he slowly falls for him but the problem is that Rusty has a lot of baggage. Rusty is the victim of a hate crime and was burned alive by a bunch of homophobic teenagers at a party. The only problem is that Death is after the two of them and Andrew thinks he’s destined to bring tragedy.
Though this book revolves around terminally ill teens, this is not an ‘issue book’, this is a novel about love, life and death. Hutchinson doesn’t recycle any of the trite scenarios that we’re familiar with from other novels about cancer patients. Nor are any of the characters the typical caricatures that we’re familiar with from those novels. These characters are real people with personalities so powerful that these kids are forces to be reckoned with despite the fact that they’re “damaged”.
I think one of the most important things about this novel is the relationships Andrew has with the adults in his life. Most YA novels seem to ignore that adults even exist, but in this novel they play a fundamental role and help dictate the flow of the plot. Drew has a beautiful relationship with Arnold who acts as a father figure and provides Drew with the rock he needs. In addition, Drew finds solace in the nurses who are the angels of the hospital spreading joy in such a bleak place.
The Patient F graphic novel was an interesting addition to this story as it helps parallel Drew’s life. Not only was it thematically and important to the plot, but it was also extremely entertaining to read. The illustrations are extremely well-drawn and help complement the story extremely well, bringing life to Drew’s story in a whole new medium.
I’m so glad that I didn’t pass this book off as another TFIOS wannabe and that this one caught my eye because The 5 Stages is a deep, moving novel that will resonate with readers. Hutchinson really surprised me with this one and it’s damn near perfect. Fans of Winger and It’s Kind Of A Funny Story will find Hutchinson’s latest to be something incredible. With a superb romance, touching personal drama and important thematic messages, The 5 Stages should be moved to the top of your to-read pile....more
Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! I didn’t know much about this book when I first requested it, all I saw was the title,Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! I didn’t know much about this book when I first requested it, all I saw was the title, cover and the fact that Andrew Smith (one of my all-time favorite authors) blurbed it. I’m so glad I was impulsive because Simon is easily one of the best YA debuts and contemporary books I’ve ever read. Becky Albertalli has tapped into territory that’s not frequently explored in YA at all: coming out to the world and she does it with humor and unflinching honesty. Just reading Simon has made me realize how refreshing diversity in YA (in terms of sexuality and racial) can be and how necessary diverse books truly are.
Simon Spier is gay, but no one in the world seems to know that besides an online friend whose pen name is Blue. All Simon wants is to be done with hiding who he is and to go out with Blue, but things get complicated when someone gets a hand on one of his emails. Soon Simon is being blackmailed by a guy named Martin into becoming a wingman or else everyone will know he’s gay.
Simon vs. is one of those books that is beyond important, this is the type of book that could change someone’s lives. Even in 2015, life for GLBTAQI+ individuals isn’t easy and it’s important for people to see themselves in literature to know they’re not alone. Many teens are afraid to come out and I think a book like Simon could give people the courage to show the world who they really are. We need more diverse books and I truly hope there are more books like Simon that are going to be published in the future because the world truly needs them.
I was smiling nearly the entire time I was reading Becky Albertalli’s debut because this book is seriously adorable and hilarious. Simon is an incredible character and his voice is extremely distinct and realistic, evoking one of the most realistic depictions I’ve ever seen of a teen. It’s extremely easy to empathize with Simon and almost immediately I fell in love with his character. All it will take is one email to make you obsessed with Simon and Blue and to make you ship them.
This book doesn’t shy away from truly showing all different shades of the high-school experience. This entire book shows the ups and downs of being a teenager in a proper light, without tampering with it at all. From laughing along with Simon’s awesome friend group to dealing with bullies, this book shows the triumphs and struggles teens deal with. Even though Simon does deal with animosity, he has his friends to help him along the way and readers will wish they were apart of Simon’s little crew.
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a remarkable novel, one that will resonate with readers long after they’re finished reading. Also be sure to have a healthy stack of OREOs on hand because you’ll definitely be craving those frequently while reading. This is a book that will hit close to home for many readers and it’s my hope that Albertalli doesn’t ever stop writing. Simon is a gift to the YA world and it’s going to be a hit with so many....more
When I was a child, I was never introduced to Paddington Bear and there was one bear in my life and that was Winnie The Pooh. It wasn't until I saw promotions for the upcoming Paddington movie that I decided I needed to see what I had missed out on as a child. This is the type of book that I would've loved when I was younger -- the type of book that would get reread and reread until all of the pages became frayed and bent out of shape. A Bear Called Paddington is an absolutely adorable book with such superb illustrations and a humorous main character, this is a book that parents and children will enjoy alike.
Paddington Bear is a sweet, harmless anthropomorphic bear who is always getting into shenanigans. From the moment he is found at a British train station, he becomes an integral part of the Brown family and holds a place in the reader's heart. I can definitely see why Paddington has become world-renowned and why countless people have already fallen in love with the bear from Darkest Peru.
A Bear Called Paddington is such a fantastic book that truly transcends it's young age group and is a book that can be enjoy by 3 year olds or 83 year olds. Despite the fact that Paddington is over 50 years old, his story still feels fresh and relevant in this day and age; everyone can relate to those awkward feelings of being new and out of place. I am extremely excited to see how this book translates to the big screen and I hope that the filmmakers have done lil ol' Paddington justice. ...more
Seen at Bookish Antics! I’ve wanted to read Claudia Gray’s Evernight series for ages, so when I heard that Gray was coming out with a science fiction bSeen at Bookish Antics! I’ve wanted to read Claudia Gray’s Evernight series for ages, so when I heard that Gray was coming out with a science fiction book I knew I had to read it. By all counts, A Thousand Pieces Of You shouldn’t work: it deals with alternate dimensions, features a love triangle, tackles Russian history and is slightly based in science. Despite my doubts, A Thousand Pieces Of You is an effective sci-fi book that explains multi-dimensional travel without resorting to convoluted explanations.
Marguerite’s parents have made the impossible a reality by creating the Firebird, a device that makes multi-dimension travel possible. When Paul (one of her parents’ assistants) kills her father and escapes with a Firebird, Marguerite takes it upon herself to seek revenge. With her parent’s other assistant, Theo helps Marguerite travel across dimensions and discover the truth which she so desperately wants.
Multidimensional travel ranks as one of the hardest topics to explore in a fictitious novel, closely followed by time-travel. There’s so much that can wrong in such a novel because the science behind alternate realities is so complex and abstract. This usually leads to books with plots that are all over the place with explanations that are laughably bad. Gray has convinced that multidimensional travel is possible in ATPOY by making the science behind it extremely accessible and intriguing. I’m no physicist, but I was interested by the unique, multi-faceted dimension hopping system that Gray created.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this novel, which is a shame considering it’s such an essential part of this novel. Both of the guys in this novels are largely mysteries to the reader to add an extra layer of uncertainty to the story. The problem is that I felt like I couldn’t trust either guy and so, I couldn’t root for either of them to be with Marguerite. I really would love to see further character development because there’s so much potential within Theo’s and Paul’s character arcs.
One of the most exciting parts of ATPOY was seeing the different dimensions that the characters travel to. Each dimension was a treat to visit and had its own signature feature that set it apart from the rest. One of my favorite dimensions is a Russian one (that’s why Saint Basil’s Cathedral is on the cover) and this setting was so expertly crafted.
ATPOY started off with a decent amount of action, adding much excitement and tension, but the rest of the novel wasn’t nearly as fast-paced. This was definitely an excellent hook, but I just wish some parts of this novel didn’t feel so stagnant. Towards the end of the novel, things become extremely slow-paced as things start to fall together. The ending of this novel didn’t feel like it was very conclusive, I felt like it needed something to tie everything all together. There wasn’t anything to make me want to read book two immediately, this ending felt entirely forgettable.
With strong world-building and explanations for the Firebird, APOTY is a compelling venture into science fiction. I’m truly impressed that Claudia Gray was able to shift from writing paranormal fiction to writing sci-fi and it’s a transition that seems seamless while reading ATOY. Sure, ATPOY has it’s faults, but it’s still an entertaining and worthwhile read....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Every time I finish a Maggie Stiefvater book, I usually finish and want to crawl into a corner of the room and cradle myself inSeen at Bookish Antics! Every time I finish a Maggie Stiefvater book, I usually finish and want to crawl into a corner of the room and cradle myself in a fetal position. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is no different; it has the heartbreaking romance; the beautiful, lyrical prose; the intricately developed characters and highly imaginative plots that are always found in Maggie’s novels. There’s just something special about this series because each book is progressively better and the quality of these books is quite impressive. If Stiefvater’s goal was to manipulate readers’ emotions in BL,LB, she definitely succeeded.
When Maura goes missing, Blue and the Raven Boys are determined to bring her back even if that means putting themselves in harm’s way. Maura did leave a note, but Blue is worried about her mother and thinks that something might have happened to her. Is Maura okay where ever she is or has something actually happened to her?
Only Maggie Stiefvater can write a book with virtually no action and a slow-paced plot and make it extremely palatable. This book is a slow burn and much of this book was build-up for an excellent, heart-pounding conclusion. If any other author had attempted to write a novel with such a structure, there’s no way it would work.
BL, LB is lyrical and beautiful and I devoured each and every word of this genre bending novel. This is one of the most well-written novels I’ve read in ages and it was hard for me not to savor this book because I just wanted to race through it. Maggie’s prose vividly brings Cabeswater and Henrietta to life, filling each page with just enough magic to fill readers with wonder at any given moment.
Some might find the lack of action in this book problematic, but I think it really allowed readers to focus on the characters. Though this series is about finding Glendower, it’s more about the relationships between the characters (both romantic and platonic). The romance in this one is unbelievably amazing and the tension between Blue and the Raven Boys is just unreal. There were just so many feels in this book and I found myself falling for the ships that Maggie has written over and over again. The platonic relationships in this one are just as engrossing as their romantic counterparts and really helped uncover more layers to the characters we love.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is absolutely enchanting and is a nearly perfect installment to The Raven Cycle. The ending of this novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the fourth and final book in the series. No one writes a cliffhanger like Stiefvater and this just might be her best one yet. BL, LB broke my heart and I still can’t keep thinking about this book weeks after finishing....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! What better way to get in the holiday mood than read My True Love Gave To Me? This holiday anthology has something for everyoneSeen at Bookish Antics! What better way to get in the holiday mood than read My True Love Gave To Me? This holiday anthology has something for everyone with adorable New Year’s kisses, a Hannukah catastrophe and lots of Christmas cheer. Overall this novel was just so much fun and this is a perfect novel to read while bundled up in a blanket, drinking hot cocoa as you wait for the holidays to roll around. MTLGTM is one of the best anthologies I’ve read to date, but just like all other anthologies this has short stories of varying qualities. The following stories were my favorites from this anthology:
-Midnights – Rainbow Rowell – Rowell is one of my all-time favorite authors and she always manages to make me all fluffy inside. Midnights is no different and is an absolutely wonderful short-story about two friends, Noel and Mags. I loved the relationship between these two characters and I could really sense the history between them. I’d love to see more of these two characters in one of Rowell’s future novels!
-It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins – Of course, Perkins writes such an adorable romance with such subt, yet important details. This story was nearly perfect and is one of my all-time favorites in the anthology.
-Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan – YAY, a Hanukkah / Christmas story! This story has a gay Jewish main character and is just all kinds of awesome. This story really has all the humor and passion that’s in all of Levithan’s full-length novels.
-Welcome To Christmas, CA by Kiersten White – I’m not a fan of White’s novels, but this one was surprisingly good. The heroine was wonderfully snarky and I became so hungry just reading about the various foods the characters make.
-The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – This story was so lyrical and beautiful in such a way that is unique to Taylor’s books. Everything about this one was exquisite....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I'm far from the demographic that Everyday Angel: New Beginnings is targeted for, but I dCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I'm far from the demographic that Everyday Angel: New Beginnings is targeted for, but I decided to read this book solely because Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors. New Beginnings surprised me in the best of ways and I truly never expected to begin to tear up while reading this middle-grade novel. Schwab's middle-grade debut is a poignant, deep novel that both parents and their children alike can enjoy and this is an important, meaningful novel. This a book that kids will enjoy reading and at the same time, I feel that they will leave this novel with so many important life messages.
Aria is Gabby's "guardian angel" and she has been sent to help Gabby whose brother is ill and has been hospitalized. Gabby's family has been forced to move to a new town and so, Gabby must start a new school this year where she knows no one. Gabby's mother has been so busy, worrying over her son that she hasn't paid much attention to her daughter and Gabby is struggling to be herself. She doesn't want people to pity her and she definitely doesn't want to be the girl whose brother is sick.
This novel really shows that people shouldn't let a disease define them and how devastating illnesses can be to friends and family members. I was touched by Aria and Gabby's friendship and seeing how Gabby was neglected by her mother brought tears to my eyes. Gabby needed Aria and the impact that Aria left on Gabby was absolutely incredible. Though I'm not sure if there are guardian angels in this world, I feel like everyone needs someone needs to have a good friend to watch over them and to be their rock in hard times.
New Beginnings was a heart-breaking book that made me grin and made me tear up in just a few pages. This is a perfect opening to a new series and this is a book that parents can read to their kids without worrying about the novel's content. Victoria Schwab has impressed me once again and has demonstrated why she is such a gifted writer; no matter what genre or topic she tackles she always manages to entertain readers and create memorable characters. ...more
Dark Metropolis immediately surfaced on my radar when I heard that it was being pitched as "perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare". Cassandra Clare ranks as one of my all-time favorite authors and so, Dark Metropolis with it's intriguing, unique premise became one of my must-reads of the year. Dark Metropolis is definitely one of the most ambitious novels I've read this year and it's combination of alternate history and paranormal aspects was extremely well-done.
Jaclyn Dolamore definitely surprised me with the seamless way she combined magic and the '30's into one engrossing novel. The entire spirit of this time period translated well to the pages and readers can tell that Dolamore did a decent amount of research when looking into writing this novel. Though this is an alt-history novel, the setting feels genuine to the point where readers will feel like they're being transported to the past. This is one of the few alternate history novels that I've ever read, but if the rest of the books in this genre are anything like Dark Metropolis, I'll definitely have to check them out.
GLBTQ representation in novels is extremely important in novels and it's such a relief to read a novel that has healthy depictions of GLBTQ individuals. So many authors merely write caricatures when creating these kinds of characters and perpetuate untrue stereotypes in their novels, but Dolamore creates realistic characters who come across as original and special. I also loved how the fact that though some of the characters are gay, it isn't a big deal and everyone treats this as normal. I applaud Dolamore for creating complex, developed G:LBTQ characters and for giving these individuals the proper treatment that they deserve.
Magic is such an essential component of Dark Metropolis and it was intriguing to see how it tied into the world-building of this novel. The parameters of this world were clearly defined as was the quirks of the magic that the plot revolves around; there is such an unique take on magical powers and necromancy in this novel that I really enjoyed. Don't come into this novel expecting zombies because you'll be disappointed because there are none of those brain munching creatures in Dolamore's novels. Instead, in Dark Metropolis the resurrected are more grim, upsetting, and I refuse to say anything more about that.
Dark Metropolis is like a melodious ballad that you simply can't get enough and there's just something about that song that just gets to you. Dark Metropolis is filled with magic, historical background and most significantly, the power of music. Dolamore really recognizes how powerful a few musical notes can be and her appreciation of this art is clearly reflected in this novel. There is something so raw and powerful about music and this motif is clearly evident throughout this novel. Both musical and non-musical people alike will appreciate the focus Dolamore puts on the musical arts.
I really enjoyed Dark Metropolis and this is one of the better paranormal novels that I've read lately. I easily became engrossed in this tale and it was an easy feat to read through this one due to it's compulsively readability. I'm so glad that I was allured to this novel and I will definitely be sticking around to see what happens in the 2nd book because I've become invested in the characters and the world in this novel. Dark Metropolis isn't like Cassandra Clare's novels, which was a definite plus because this book is original in its own right....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! The fact that Blackbird is written in the 2nd person is what initially drew me to this novel. I have only read a few novels wrSeen at Bookish Antics! The fact that Blackbird is written in the 2nd person is what initially drew me to this novel. I have only read a few novels written in this format and while this format always adds an interesting touch, it usually isn’t very effective. The narration in Blackbird follows this trend, by doing so it detaches the reader from the story and the characters. I didn’t have many strong feelings about this novel and I’m large indifferent to it which is a shame considering I wanted to love it.
This is a novel about a girl who wakes up with amnesia and has no idea who she is or why she’s being chased. The only problem is that I’ve seen so many different reincarnations of this story and Blackbird isn’t one of the better versions. There’s not much that really sets this book apart from the countless other thrillers, aside from this novel’s clever cliffhanger.
The writing in Blackbird felt better suited to a Choose Your Adventure book than an actual novel. This is a very short novel and the writing style does make this book read very quickly, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I never had an opportunity to connect with the characters or get engrossed in the story because of it. Telling this story in the 2nd person managed to suck out all of the emotion and life out of Carey’s novel.
The plot of Blackbird is full of moments that feel a bit too convenient and uninspired, why does the main character remember key points the moment it becomes necessary? Someone with amnesia doesn’t suddenly just remember something just because, there has to be something that triggers the memory. Carey tries to bend the plot to make everything suitable to her needs and things always feel a bit too neat and unrealistic. I wish I received answers in this novel because I feel as though the author is intentionally holding all of the info from the reader just so they will read the second novel. It’s fine to hold back some plot points, but to end a book and not tell the reader anything is just unfair.
Blackbird is a mediocre start to a duology and I was largely indifferent to nearly every aspect of this book. I’m still a bit curious about book two because of Blackbird’s cliffhanger and I will probably read it if and only if it’s a short book. I really expected so much more from Anna Carey after reading Eve and I didn’t think Blackbird would be this disappointing. ...more
Though I have never seen The Nutcracker before, I was extremely exciSeen at Bookish Antics! **This review is slightly spoilery. Proceed with caution**
Though I have never seen The Nutcracker before, I was extremely excited to read Winterspell. This retelling was definitely one of my most anticipated books of the season, but it really disappointed me in so many ways. Winterspell is unnecessarily long, has an extremely irritating heroine, promotes problematic messages and is deadly slow-paced. I couldn’t bear to keep reading this book and nearly quit several times because I dreaded reading another page.
When Clara’s father is abducted and brought to Cane, a fairy world, Clara and Prince Nicholas travel to this land to save him. Nicholas was formerly a statue before the curse was lifted from him and so, Clara doesn’t really know much about him. Can Clara trust Nicholas and will they be able to escape Anise, the evil witch? Clara is one extremely irritating character and I constantly wished someone would call her out on her irrational behavior. At the beginning of this novel, Clara is constantly lusting after a statue and imagines herself in the statue’s arms repeatedly. There is even a flashback in which Clara is kissing the statue, which is just wrong on so many levels. Clara didn’t know that Nicholas was an actual person, as far as she knew he was just a statue and yet, she was fantasizing about an inanimate object. Her attraction to a statue is explained, but it still didn’t work for me due to unhealthy relationship dynamics. I couldn’t respect Clara after learning about her fixation with a statue, it doesn’t help that her character arc is inconsistent. One second Clara is the fierce warrior her godfather trained her to be and the next, she acts extremely frail and needs to be saved by Nicholas.
I couldn’t support this couple by any means because I absolutely hated Nicholas as well. It was very obvious to me that Nicholas was bad news from the start and that he was hiding vital info from Clara. Even when Clara rejects Nicholas’s advances in one scene in the book, he continues to try to force himself on her. Though Nicholas is stopped before he actual rapes Clara, he still tried to take advantage of her. I was extremely angry because Clara forgives him one second later and acts as if it’s no big deal; if I hadn’t been reading this on my Kindle, I probably wouldn’t have tossed this book to the side in a fit of rage.
I can’t stress enough how slow-paced Winterspell and dull was for me, I struggled to get through this book. I put down this novel several times and I never really had any interest in continuing this book; I could’ve left it unfinished and it wouldn’t have bothered me. I ended up reading nearly 80% of this book before skimming the ending and I truly was so apathetic towards the resolution. There are just so many sections in this book in which the story just drags on and on.
With irritating characters, a revolting romance and an uninteresting plot, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Winterspell. I’m not sure if this part of a series, but if it is I can’t imagine reading a sequel to this novel. All things considered, Winterspell definitely had potential but it didn’t properly execute its intriguing premise....more
Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! I’ve been a huge fan of Jessica Khoury’s books for a while now and Kalahari has remindeCheck out Bookish Antics for reviews, giveaways and interviews! I’ve been a huge fan of Jessica Khoury’s books for a while now and Kalahari has reminded why I just can’t stop reading these Corpus books. There’s something so real about these novels, you can just feel the heat of the desert while reading Khoury’s atmospheric prose. This is an excellent survival story with sci-fi elements blended in, one that I couldn’t stop reading no matter what. Jessica Khoury can do no wrong in my book because everything I’ve read by her I’ve loved and Kalahari is no exception.
When Sarah’s dad takes on the job of taking a bunch of high-schoolers on a tour of Kalahari, she’s excited to go on an adventure and show off her home. When hunters are spotted in the area, Sarah’s dad rushes off to scare them away instead of calling the police and the group is now left without a chaperone. It’s up to her Sarah to guide her new friends through the Kalahari safely and to use the skills she’s learned from her parents. The only problem is that something strange is going on and it’s a lot bigger than Sarah or her friends ever realized.
Kalahari is a sci-fi thriller novel that fans of Jurassic Park will love (I’m really shocked that it took me 3 books to finally make the association). Khoury takes the classic science gone wrong theme and uses it to create an exciting, thrilling adventure that’s beyond engaging. We have people from Corpus trying to play god once again, but when will these people ever learn? I really love how the villains here aren’t your typical one-dimension mwahaha spouting crackpots, here the villains are just average people who are just trying to make some sort of difference in the world. They are blinded by the idea of power that they don’t see what’s wrong with what they’re doing.
I really love Sarah’s character because even though she’s thrown into this horrible situation, she takes it in with stride. She doesn’t complain that she has to deal with a bunch of teens with no survival skills or that her father could possibly be in trouble. Yes, she does spend a bit of time being emotional but Sarah doesn’t let her feelings overwhelm her and takes charge of the situation.
I’m not sure if this is the last Corpus book or not, but I’d really like to see one novel that blends Origin, Vitro and Kalahari together. Yes, all three books are connected because they involve Corpus and their crazy experiments but I’d like to see a more substantial connection. It’d be interesting to see Pia, Sophie and Sarah all meet in this novel and make a stand against Corpus and their non-sense. I don’t know how such a novel would work without being convoluted, but I have so much faith that Khoury can pull it off.
Kalahari is a top-notch novel from Khoury and I’m beyond pumped to see what she has in store for readers next. I’ll definitely be reading her Aladdin book when I get my hands on it and I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing. If you haven’t read any of the Corpus books, it truly doesn’t matter where you start and Kalahari is a good place to start as any. Jessica Khoury is one of the best YA sci-fi writers out there and I think she’s a modern Michael Crichton....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Meridian is the sequel to Arclight and I truly didn't know what to expect from this book bCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Meridian is the sequel to Arclight and I truly didn't know what to expect from this book by any means. When I had initially read Arclight, I had thought that it was a stand-alone and I was happy to hear that it was the first book in a trilogy. After reading Meridian, I can't help but think that maybe Arclight would've worked better as a stand-alone because Meridian is extremely disappointing. Meridian is way too slow-paced and this book definitely could've been shortened by at least 50 pages.
Marina discovers that Honoria knows more about the Fade than she's letting on and Marina finds out that there's another group of survivors outside the Arclight. The only problem is that danger lurks outside of the Arclight and these creatures are even more dangerous than the Fade themselves.
I had such a hard time getting into Meridian and I definitely think the lack of an Arclight recap hindered my enjoyment of this novel. I read Arclight so long ago and I couldn't remember much what happened in the novel besides a few plot-lines. I was extremely confused for the first 20% or so and slowly I started to remember bits and pieces eventually but the lack of a recap truly was a poor decision.
I think one of the major problems with Meridian is that the summary spoils most of the major plot points of this book which is even more troubling considering those plot points are all that ever seems to occur in this novel. A great deal of this book is spent on Marina attempting to uncover the Fade's secrets and truthfully the "big secrets" aren't all that shocking. The rest of this book covers Marina and her friends attempting to find the group of survivors and that's it. After reading over 450 pages of Meridian, I feel like this book is so extraneous and unnecessary; Meridian feels like it could've been a short story that was unreasonably expanded into a full-length novel. Meridian could easily have been less than 100 pages, but it was filled with so much bland dialogue and character development.
I remember that I used to root for Marina and Tobin's relationship, but in Meridian their relationship quickly went downhill. I can't even fathom why I ever was a fan of the romance in this series because the romance in Meridian is extremely mediocre. Tobin is so irritating and I truly don't think that he deserves to be with Marina anymore.
The Fade are back in Meridian and while they are still frightening, I feel like they have lost their charm. After the incredibly, intense scenes involving the Fade in Arclight, watching the Fade be reduced into unengaging characters in Meridian feels wrong. The Fade aren't the same creatures any more, but I feel as a reader that they aren't appealing to me unless they are scaring the bejeebus out of me. The characters in Meridian are a bit too comfortable with the Fade and for that reason, these creatures seemed to have lost their edge.
Meridian is an extremely weak sequel and it doesn't deliver a thrilling, terrifying adventure like Arclight did. I didn't become interested in the story until I was near the half-way point and this book suffered from pacing problems. While the ending is exciting, by that point I was tired of reading this book and a part of me just wanted it to be over. Those who enjoyed Arclight will likely be irritated with the turn that this series has taken with Meridian....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Snow Like Ashes is easily one of the most hyped YA fantasy novels from the past couple of years. Critics and reviewers alike haSeen at Bookish Antics! Snow Like Ashes is easily one of the most hyped YA fantasy novels from the past couple of years. Critics and reviewers alike have fallen for this novel and countless individuals have compared it to Graceling, which is one of my all-time favorite books. Though Snow Like Ashes does introduce an exciting, magical world, it has a slow opening that’s plagued with info-dumping. This book does have a fair amount of action, but for the most part the plot is romantically driven.
The Kingdom of Winter has been essentially destroyed and the only hope left for it are Meira and 7 other refugees. Meira has fallen in love with Mather, the future King of Winter, even though she knows they can never be together. She is tired of being on the side and waiting for Angra, Winter’s enemy to destroy her little Kingdom, so she decides to try to rescue the locket that could restore magic to Winter. Soon Meira gets entangled with the prince of another kingdom and she has to balance her feelings for both guys.
Snow Like Ashes does introduce a new world with some original concepts regarding magic, but there were too many pages of just plain ole info dumping. I wish Raasch had incorporated this information in a more fluid manner, one that didn’t really interrupt the flow of the story. Despite this all, I really loved the world that Sara Raasch created because it was extremely intriguing and wasn’t your average fantasy world. I liked the idea of a world divided into seasons, but a part of me wished the Winter and Spring Kingdoms had less obvious names. The magic system of this world wasn’t totally new, but it complemented the world perfectly.
It took longer than I expected to get into this book because I didn’t expect it to be quite so romantically driven. There are very few actions scenes in this novel, but they were extremely well-written, thrilling and captivating. Since the romance drives the plot, I was a bit weary at first but I really became engrossed in the love triangle, much to my surprise. Love triangles are usually my kryptonite, but Raasch’s triangle is better than the majority of ones I’ve seen in YA novels. Both guys definitely have their perks and I can definitely see why Meria likes both of them, even though I have a clear favorite.
Snow Like Ashes is a good start to a new fantasy series and I’ll definitely read the sequel because Raasch definitely has potential. I truly hope the pace is fixed in book two because that’s the only major issue I really had with SLA. Snow Like Ashes is one of the better YA fantasy novels of the year and I’d definitely recommend it to those looking to read an excellent romance....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Get Even is the latest novel from Gretchen McNeil and is the first book in an exciting new duology about a secret society thatSeen at Bookish Antics! Get Even is the latest novel from Gretchen McNeil and is the first book in an exciting new duology about a secret society that seeks out revenge for those who’ve been wronged. Though Get Even wades into familiar territory with its tale of vengeance, it manages to make it self distinct with engaging characters, a surprising mystery with a plethora of twists and a private school setting that is all too realistic. McNeil recreates high school with a cast of characters that readers will eagerly follow-along on their journeys and will make them hope that vengeance doesn’t get to their favorite characters’ heads.
Margot, Bree and Olivia are all apart of DGM (Don’t Get Mad) , a secret society that tries to get revenge on cruel bullies at their preppy, private school. When someone is brutally murdered at their school and DGM’s signature card is found on the scene, suddenly a witch hunt emerges to squash the secret society and suddenly everyone is a suspect. Each member of DGM has skeletons in their closet and someone’s trying to bring these secrets to light.
I was beyond addicted to Get Even and I couldn’t stop reading this no matter what; I was up late into the night, my eyes were fixated onto the page and I couldn’t bear to turn away. With extremely snarky, intelligent dialogue and a tense plot that moves at hyper speed, this book was extremely easy to get into and will definitely enrapture readers.
The characters in Get Even are real — they’re not picture perfect people and are far from being dream poster children. Every single character has made mistakes and has more than a few private secrets that linger inside their minds. There’s only so long you can hide from yourself and when the cat’s out of the bag, each character’s secret is more shocking and scandalous than the last’s.
A lot of people complain when a book doesn’t have ‘likeable’ characters, but I always find this statement ridiculous. Many of the characters in Get Even have done terrible things, things that are hard to look past and yet, this had no negative impact on my reading experience. If anything, it probably sucked me into the characters’ lives even more because I just needed to find out what deep, dark secrets each character was shielding from the world. Even though some of the characters aren’t model teenagers and make questionable decisions, McNeil makes it very easy to empathize with them and shows the humanity behind their ugly decisions.
Adults aren’t usually represented well in YA and are often just cardboard characters just there for appearances sake, but not in Get Even. Get Even has two extremely flawed, despicable adults that are unnaturally obsessed with catching DGM and putting an end to their shenanigans. Did you ever have a teacher (or two) that absolutely hated children with all of their might? A teacher that made you wonder why they chose such a field, unless they planned on torturing youth? I know I have and that feeling resurfaced within while reading about Coach and the school’s Principal who were just so irritating and malicious. I loved how lifelike these characters were and they added another degree of danger to the story.
Get Even is definitely the book to read and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel, especially after that wicked cliffhanger of an ending. I truly loved this deliciously thrilling book and I was so wrapped up in the mystery while reading that time seemed to fly by. I’ve read all of McNeil’s books to date and Get Even has just dethroned Ten as my new favorite book that she has written....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! In 2013, Mindy McGinnis shocked me with Not A Drop To Drink, which was easily one of the best books of the year. Though nothinSeen at Bookish Antics! In 2013, Mindy McGinnis shocked me with Not A Drop To Drink, which was easily one of the best books of the year. Though nothing could compare to McGinnis’s debut, In A Handful Of Dust comes very close to topping it. In A Handful Of Dust is a bit slow-moving, but it is filled with shocking plot twists that will envelope readers with feels. I was initially opposed to In A Handful Of Dust because Not A Drop worked so well as a stand-alone, but McGinnis definitely proved me wrong and this book was oh so necessary.
When polio rages through the little community that Lucy and Lynn live in, Lucy and her crush Carter are suspected to be carriers of the disease. Lucy and Carter are forced to go separate ways and Lynn decides to leave her life behind to help Lucy. Lynn and Lucy decide that they will try to go to California where they heard there’s desalination plants and water.
It was a bit weird at first reading about Lynn 10 years later because in my mind she was still the teen from Not A Drop. I loved the sharp transition that Lynn’s character undergoes between Not A Drop and In A Handful Of Dust; in these ten years, Lynn has acted as a mother to Lucy. Despite the fact that In A Handful skims over the 10 year gap, it’s clear that Lynn has grown to love Lucy in a maternal way. The bond between these two characters was absolutely heartwarming and I was so happy that at least this duo had each other. Another interesting thing worth noting was the sharp contrast between Lucy’s relationship with Lynn and Lynn’s relationship with her own mother. There was a decent amount of distinct differences between the two relationships, but inevitably I also drew a few clever parallels between them.
It was nice to get to see Stebbs and some of the other characters from Not A Drop again, even if it was just for a short while. I love how In A Handful Of Dust allowed me to revisit such beloved characters just one more time and to see a glimpse in to their future. Readers will get a taste of what happened after the spectacular finale of Not A Drop and they’ll love this companion to pieces. In A Handful Of Dust is a brutal, raw depiction of a plausible post-apocalyptic scenario and McGinnis doesn’t hold back. Readers will see the scum of society and how poorly some people will react to anarchy, but they will also view beauty in such a desolate world. I don’t know if it’s the idealist in me, but I’d like to believe that when the world goes bezerk some people will continue to be compassionate and righteous individuals. McGinnis must share my belief because she shows the beauty of love in a world where hate is rampant and all consuming. In In A Handful, McGinnis shows her faith in humanity and enables readers to see that morality will carry on.
The romance in this one is bittersweet and incredibly realistic, it’s not the picture perfect romance that novels usually have. Lucy’s relationship with Carter is so sweet and it broke my heart that these two were torn apart by fate. Their romance is incredibly mature and Lucy may not like being apart from Carter, but she eventually understands that this is for the best. I totally shipped this couple and hated how they couldn’t be together; Lucy’s relationship with Carter was extremely well-developed and really stands out in my mind.
The plot twists in this one were so unexpected and truly hit me with so much emotions that I just had to close the book for a few minutes so I could process it all. I didn’t see anything quite as twisted and ingenious like this coming and I was truly shocked. I am in complete awe of McGinnis and her ability to write such powerful, psychologically thrilling novels. In A Handful Of Dust will mess with your mind and will leave you in a fetal position, sobbing your heart out.
In A Handful Of Dust is the perfect bookend to Not A Drop To Drink and it gave me all the closure I needed. Once again I was extremely impressed with Mindy McGinnis and In A Handful is just as harsh and authentic as I expected. Readers who loved Not A Drop will not be disappointed and they’ll be eagerly awaiting McGinnis’s next novel with bated breath....more
It's such a bittersweet feeling when you have to say goodbye to one of your favorite series. I only became a fan of The Ascendance Trilogy recently, but I know this is one of those series that will stay with me for years to come. Jennifer A. Nielsen has written one of the best fantasy I've read in years and I really hate to say goodbye to beloved characters like Jaron and Imogen. Though it saddens me thinking that this trilogy is over, I absolutely loved the way the conclusion unfolds and The Shadow Throne ends with such a bang. The Shadow Throne is a worthy end to a series of this caliber and the finale is absolutely perfect.
Oh Jaron, how I will miss you and your shenanigans. Jaron is one of my all-time favorite male protagonists and he's up there with legends like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Jaron is so clever and I admire how he always manages to outwit even the sharpest adults. He has an endless surplus of courage and determination and his intense loyalty towards his friends is unbelievably incredible. There became a point in TST where I just couldn't handle how Jaron was taking so many risks and putting his life on the line, but I knew that it someone had to take these risks to save Carthya.
The Shadow Throne is an emotional hurricane and readers will absolutely need a plethora of tissues while reading this book. I had so many feelings surging through me while reading TST and all of them while reading. Readers will need to emotionally prepare themselves for this one because there are just so many heartfelt, powerful moments. Nielsen has really created such vibrant characters that readers absolutely love and seeing them face any sort of conflict is truly painful.
The romance in this series has been pretty light and The Shadow Throne adds a bit more of a romantic angle to the plot. The romance between Imogen and Jaron is simple, sweet, and I just love the way Nielsen handles it. Nielsen doesn't move the plot forward using the romance, nor does she make the romance the focus of the story by any means. This is a series about a kingdom in chaos and the romance is a sweet little treat in the midst all of the kingdom politics.
I really love Jaron and Imogen because they truly complement each other and their relationship is an equal healthy one. Jaron accepts that Imogen is a strong-willed, courageous women and that doesn't distort his feelings for her in any way. Imogen is such a clever heroine and literature needs more tough female characters that kids can look up to.
I absolutely loved The Shadow Throne and it's such a fitting end to a brilliant series. The Ascendance Trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series and I'm so excited to read Nielsen's upcoming The Praetor War. I definitely think you should start The False Prince because if you haven't, you're missing out on a superb series! This series isn't really for those looking for romance, but I know that readers looking to be captivated by action and adventure will fall in love with The Ascendance Trilogy. The Shadow Throne is everything I expected and just so much more, I will definitely be rereading this series in the future because it's just that great. ...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Few novels can manage to be both hilarious and philosophical, but The Paradox Of VerticalCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Few novels can manage to be both hilarious and philosophical, but The Paradox Of Vertical Flight accomplishes this feat with grace. Ostrovski manages to make readers ponder their existence, while simultaneously making them laugh uncontrollably. This is a soaring debut that I loved and I found myself falling in love with Jack, Socrates and Jess. The Paradox Of Vertical Flight is a strange adventure that will leave an impact on readers, this is a book unlike anything I've ever read before.
Jack is suicidal and the only thing that possibly saves himself from killing himself is the news that his ex-girlfriend, Jess has given birth to a baby boy. Jess hasn't asked Jack what they should do with the baby and she plans on giving up their son for adoption. Jess wants Jack to be able to meet his son once and on an impulse, Jack decides to kidnap their child and take him on a road-trip to meet Jack's grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer's.
The Paradox Of Vertical Flight is told in an interesting way, Jack is recounting the story to his son, Socrates many years later. I have yet to see this technique in a young adult novel and it was an interesting choice that was extremely effective. Throughout this narrative, Jack really shows paternal love and this sort of relationship isn't explored enough in literature. Even though Jack is a teenager, readers will be able to feel that strong connection he has with his son and that he truly loves him. Kidnapping his child may not have been the best choice, but you truly can't hold this against Jack because he does this out of love. Jack truly wants what's best for his son, Socrates and he wants to make one final memory with him before Socrates is adopted.
Ostrovski's strength in Paradox is creating authentic characters who readers will easily empathize with. Often authors truly misconstrue what it means to be a teenager, but the author captures how confusing and convoluted life feels at this age. Jack, Tommy, and Jess have a shared history and it truly shows throughout the course of this novel. Their relationships felt genuine and it was interesting to watch these characters develop so much in such a short span of time. Their short journey changes these characters for better or worse and it's obvious that these friends aren't the same people we met at the start of this novel.
Since Jack is a philosophy student, it's a no-brainer that Jack's passion will seep into this thoughts and the dialogue. He brings up so many intriguing questions about our existence and our purpose in this world that made me stop and think about my life. Even if readers aren't fans of philosophy, Ostrovski keeps it fresh and interesting by putting in the perspective of a teenage boy.
The Paradox Of Vertical Flight is a soaring debut that fans of Winger and It's Kind Of A Funny Story will love. Ostrovski has a gift for story-telling and I truly look forward to reading more novels by this author in the future. Topics like suicide and teenage pregnancy aren't each to tackle, but The Paradox Of Vertical Flight handles these subjects with humor and still manages to treat them with the utmost respect. Readers looking for a meaningful, humorous read should definitely pick up The Paradox Of Vertical Flight....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Rebel is the final book in the Reboot duology and it is an extremely strong conclusion to oCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Rebel is the final book in the Reboot duology and it is an extremely strong conclusion to one of my favorite dystopian series. Tintera has written such a perfect and fitting end that provided me with complete closure for this series; this is how a series should end. Rebel is action-packed, but it still delivers the amazing humor and romance that I loved in Reboot.
This is could be the end of humanity, a group of Reboot rebels led by the dastardly Micah are threatening to wage a war on mankind. Wren must grapple with the idea of protecting humans, when these are the people that had imprisoned her at HARC. Callum, on the other hand, isn't going to let an entire species be massacred.
I love the way Tintera addresses the theme of what makes us human in Reboot; is it empathy and compassion that separates us from savages? Wren is constantly fighting a war internally and she struggles with her humanity throughout the novel. Just because she's a Reboot, is she no longer human and should she feel emotions? Tintera constantly makes readers question what it means to be humane and it's clear that humanity isn't black and white, you can't just simply define it.
I absolutely love Wren and Callum, they are such a perfect couple even when they're bickering and arguing. Wren and Callum complete each other in so many ways and they enable each other to reach their full potential. I absolutely loved the banter between the two and Callum is absolutely hilarious when he's with Wren. Callum and Wren don't feel like they're just characters because readers have watched them grow so much and they feel like they're more than just a bunch of words on a page. I love these characters as do countless other readers and to me, they're not just fictional characters.
Tintera really knows how to engage readers with her action scenes and each battle is even more exhilarating than the last. I was so happy to see Wren kicking butt in this book and she's such a tough, powerful protagonist. There is always something to look forward to Rebel and I was racing to get to the very end. Rebel has an extremely perfect ending to this series that fans will be obsessing long after they've finished reading. I couldn't be happier with the way Rebel ended and I'm dying to see what Tintera is going to write next.
Rebel is an exciting, action-packed conclusion to the Reboot series and it feels so upsetting to say goodbye to Callum and Wren. The Reboot duology is definitely one of the superior dystopian series out there and isn't just another "Hunger Games" wannabe. This series brings so many original concepts to the table and is a must-read for any sci-fi fans; Tintera deserves a round of applause for creating such an intriguing world and series. ...more