Seen at Bookish Antics! We Are The Ants is one of the craziest books I’ve ever read and it manages to be both a brutally honest coming-of-age tale andSeen at Bookish Antics! We Are The Ants is one of the craziest books I’ve ever read and it manages to be both a brutally honest coming-of-age tale and an odd alien invasion tale. Shaun David Hutchinson interweaves the best aspects of contemporary and sci-fi literature to create one of the most satisfying books I’ve read in years. There’s something so undeniably perfect about this book and I found myself reading this book into the early hours of the morning. When I finally finished this book, I wanted to hug Hutchinson and thank him for writing this all-too-important book.
This could be the end of the world. Henry Denton has been abducted by aliens and they have given him the choice whether or not to avert the apocalypse. All he has to do is press a big red button, but Henry isn’t sure he wants life to go on. His boyfriend Jesse has committed suicide, his grandmother has dementia and he’s bullied at school. Maybe it would just be easier to let everything end…
The life-threatening desperation that Henry feels is extremely clear and I felt my heart break for him constantly. It was hard on me emotionally to read about Henry’s mourning of Jesse because it struck a chord within me. At times, I debated whether or not to put the book aside briefly to compose my emotions because I was just verklempt. I loved Henry so much and his character is easily one of the best depictions of an individual struggling with depression.
I really hoped that he would find the strength in himself to live and carry on. I wanted to just jump into the book and be there for Henry, but I’m glad he had Diego. Diego helps Henry find a will to live and I shipped them so hard because they were adorable together. In some YA books, the romance becomes a cure-all for the character’s depression or mental illness, but that’s not the case. Diego does not fix Henry, but allows him to confront his inner demons and seek the proper help that he needs.
As a work of science fiction, We Are The Ants is a superb, high-stakes adventure. Even though the abductions are frequent, each one manages to be engaging and entertaining. The stakes get higher with each and every abduction and so, readers constantly have an impetus to keep on reading. Not only that, but these aliens are the weirdest, most effed up creatures I’ve seen in YA.
We Are The Ants is Shaun Hutchinson’s best book yet: it’s brilliant, subversive and oh my god, you all need it. If you loved Challenger Deep or Grasshopper Jungle, this novel will totally be up your alley. I will never stop praising We Are The Ants and with good reason, it’s epic in scope and absolutely extraordinary....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! I wasn’t such a huge fan of the previous book in the series, Pawn, but I hoped that Captive would improve on its predecessor’sSeen at Bookish Antics! I wasn’t such a huge fan of the previous book in the series, Pawn, but I hoped that Captive would improve on its predecessor’s faults. Captive is a slow-paced novel with little action and a romance that was pretty lifeless. Any enthusiasm I had for this series has been depleted by Captive and I found it hard to get through this novel.
I really don’t like Kitty and I’m not sure why everyone seems to be so enamored with her. She’s extremely plain and uninteresting, it’s shocking that anyone thought she was capable enough of managing a rebellion. I still don’t understand why she has two guys lusting after her when she acts about as mature as an elementary schooler. Kitty is extremely irritating and I found following her adventures to be extremely cumbersome. Anything redeemable about her character in book one was dispelled in Captive.
Though Captive doesn’t formally introduce a love triangle, it’s implied that she has feelings for both Knox and Benji. I really don’t like either individual and found Knox to be extremely rude and possessive, while Benji is too soft and is so plain. There is no need for there to be a love triangle in this series and it’s a bit disturbing that Kitty has feelings for Knox: a man who’s essentially her captor. The romance is beyond dull and there is little chemistry between Kitty and her love interests.
I never found myself interested in the plot and there is too much sitting around and discussing things. Kitty spends so much time complaining that she’s not in on the Blackcoat Rebellion and not doing anything productive. Instead of actually being a rebel, she just talks and talks about how nobody wants to let her in on anything. I truly missed the tension and suspense that was rampant in Pawn and I found Captive to be bland.
I think the narration of this one was very dry and I found myself getting easily distracted from this audio. I really found Lameece Isaq’s voice to be quite boring and her voices for each of the characters weren’t engaging enough. I can’t see myself listening to any other audiobooks she narrates.
Captive is a mediocre installment in the Blackcoat Rebellion series with a lackluster romance and main character....more
Duplicity seems to be apart of a growing trend of cyberpunk books, a trend that I’m extremely excited about. Though I’m a fan of cyberpunk, Duplicity truly didn’t cut it and I was so disappointed by the plot and characters in this one. This novel is filled with lackluster sci-fi and romantic elements, plus it has a horrible representation of GLBTQAI+ and female characters.
Brandon can hack banks or any computer in the world, so when he finds his computer invaded by an unknown source he is confused. When he starts seeing a mirror version of himself that moves around on its own, he begins to think he’s going crazy. The other Brandon starts to mess with Brandon and is trying to change him and his relationship with Emma.
I actually liked this novel at first, it was so strange and wonderful that I couldn’t stop reading it. I was intrigued by Brandon and the other Brandon, as well as the idea of a digital purgatory. The problem is that this novel really went anywhere beyond that and the explanations (scientific and technological) given were beyond ridiculous. I wasn’t a fan of the world-building nor it did really make any sense and I just couldn’t suspend my belief at all due to my lack of interest in the book.
I’m sorry but if you’re going to write a gay character, you have an important responsibility. So few books feature GLBT characters, so that when a book does have one I hope that the book displays this figure in a proper light. Not only is the gay character in Duplicity written using only stereotypes, but this character was beyond irritating. Please don’t write a GLBT character, if you’re just going to perpetuate stereotypes.
The female characters in this book lack any purpose at all, they’re only there to serve as motivation for Brandon. I love seeing female characters being treated as objects and as plot devices in YA, it’s so refreshing and progressive. Not only that, but Emma and Brandon’s ex lack development besides the fact that they’re both into him and each is a caricature that’s poorly drawn out. If the female characters had been removed, the plot would’ve been virtually the same because they have little to no purpose.
Duplicity is a disappointing, illogical sci-fi novel that really missed the mark. It lacked the flare that I expected from a novel about hacking and virtual reality and I’m definitely not reading the sequel....more
Seen at Bookish Antics! I couldn’t tell you the last time I had this much fun reading a novel, I needed to read a book like Loop. Karen Akins’s debut tSeen at Bookish Antics! I couldn’t tell you the last time I had this much fun reading a novel, I needed to read a book like Loop. Karen Akins’s debut tackles time travel in a manner that is not only engaging and light-hearted, but still complex and intriguing. Akins fills Loop with snarky humor and dialogue without sacrificing any of the gritty, intricate details that are commonly associated with sci-fi novels. I devoured this book with a huge smile on my face and it totally made my day that much better.
Bree goes to a school for Shifters (time-travelers) and Transporters (they help time travelers coordinate their destinations). Her school assignments include time traveling to the past and delivering goods to the past, but she doesn’t have the ability to change the past. When Bree accidentally kidnaps a boy named Finn, she gets entangled in the past and violates the shifter rules she’s sworn to obey. Nothing is turning out like Bree expected and she is not endangering herself, but the lives of Finn and her mother.
I absolutely loved Bree, she was such a hilarious and brave main character who refused to let people push her around. When Finn storms into her life, acting like the sun revolves around him, Bree doesn’t take his garbage and she refuses his request to protect her. Bree doesn’t need a guy to protect her — heck , she saves Finn a few times throughout the book and still has time to tell him off. Did I mention that she wolfs down french fries and has an irrational fear of squirrels? Bree is such a wonderful heroine and I loved watching her unravel the mysteries surrounding her mother.
The romance in Loop was one of my favorite aspects of the book because it had such a magical vibe to it. I loved the strange way that Akins brought our two characters together and how she defied typical romantic conventions when constructing Bree and Finn’s romance. I was so happy that Akins didn’t make Finn the perfect god-like love interest, she made him flawed and so damn likeable. It doesn’t matter how infuriating or clingy Finn is, readers will absolutely love his character (even when they find out that he isn’t the best kisser).
Loop introduces some extremely epic technology and time-travel concepts that aren’t difficult to comprehend. There were so many cool devices in this novel that I just needed in my life and someone needs to get on making the Pods from these books ASAP. The tech here is extremely futuristic and imaginative — these gadgets aren’t the ones you remember from watching The Jetsons. Usually time-travel books are filled with so much timey-wimey concepts that my head starts to spin and everything seems so convoluted, but not in Loop. Sure, Akins does introduce a plethora of explanations to explain time-travel, but they’re excellent in that they explain some features of it and leave the rest to the imagination. Explaining something completely just helps take all of the mystery and wonder out of it, plus it makes everything 1000x more complicated and mundane (a computer doesn’t seem quite as amazing when you just think of it as wires and circuits).
I really had such a pleasant experience reading this novel from start to finish (despite the fact that the villain is slightly cartoonish). If you’ve already finished the Tempest trilogy, Loop is a perfect book to read as a follow-up because this book also has an irresistible mix of sci-fi and romance elements. I wish I could time-travel into the future so I could read the sequel now, where’s a TARDIS when you need one?...more
Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! The Vault Of Dreamers was one of my anticipated books of fall 2014 and yet, it’s also o Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! The Vault Of Dreamers was one of my anticipated books of fall 2014 and yet, it’s also one of the most disappointing books of the year for me. This book has an amazing premise that involves a dystopian game show, but this book is poorly executed with a deadly slow-paced plot and characters that are terribly bland. I felt so tempted to abandon this book several times while reading because I never felt any connection to any of the characters.
Welcome to the Forge School where students are monitored for 12 hours a day and their every move is displayed on TV in a Big Brother-esque show. After a long 12 hour day, students are forced to take sleeping pills and into a 12 hour slumber, but things aren’t quite that simple as Rosie discovers. All it takes is a simple act of resistance and suddenly Rosie’s world turns upside down.
I’m not sure why anyone would want to watch The Forge Show for 12 hours, let alone for more than 5 minutes. The characters on this show aren’t interesting at all and are very bland to the point where their character arcs are virtually non-existent. For a reality show, these characters don’t have large personalities and this show doesn’t really have much drama. I don’t quite get why hundreds of thousands of people watch this show for hours on end, if it were me I’d probably flip to a different channel.
The Vault Of Dreamers features a love triangle, one that is flimsily constructed and unmemorable. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles because they’re over done and Vault has such an unnecessary one. The two love interests are Linus and Burnham, both of which lack development and were characters I couldn’t care about. This love triangle doesn’t really add much to the story and merely added cliche moments to the plot.
Vault is a so-so start to a new series and I had very little interest in Rosie’s adventures to the point where I struggled to finish this book. I was really put off by the romance and the incredibly slow-pace of this nove, I know that I’ll be skipping the sequel. ...more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Zodiac was easily one of my most anticipated books of the year because I absolutely loved the description and am fascinated bySeen at Bookish Antics! Zodiac was easily one of my most anticipated books of the year because I absolutely loved the description and am fascinated by space. The problem with Zodiac is that the plot is extremely slow-paced and that the entire novel consists of our crew running away from danger. Russell is definitely a talented author and her descriptions of planets are absolutely memorizing, but the plot in this book definitely needed some retooling.
Rho has always been apart of the planet Cancer where others’ needs are always put before your own. When a mysterious attack ends up killing many of Cancer’s citizens (including the planet’s leader) without any explanation. Due to Rho’s superior ability to read the stars, she is chosen as the leader of her planet and makes it her mission to warn the rest of the planets. Soon Rho finds out that there was a 13th planet that doesn’t exist anymore and their leader was called Ochus. It appears that Ochus is behind the attacks…
Though there is a decent amount of info-dumping, I found the astrological system in this book to be fascinating. I was extremely intrigued by the techniques used to read the stars and how the various planets were run. Russell developed an interesting planetary system and I loved learning about each planet. I do think that the world-building explanations could have been streamlined better to make this book flow better and more cohesive.
Romina Russell is clearly a talented author and this series definitely has potential. I loved her descriptions of each of the planets and they helped evoke clear images of this world in my mind.
Despite this I do think that the characters in Zodiac were a bit on the weaker side, which helped disconnect me from the plot. Many of the characters seemed a bit one-sided and are mere caricatures because they seem to follow the personality of the inhabitants of their planets. For example Rho is supposed to be an altruistic person because she is from the planet Cancer and that’s all she ever is. Many of the characters have little personality because they’re doomed to follow the basic characteristics of their planets, making them extremely predictable.
The romance in this one is extremely dull, stemming from the fact that I had little interest in Ro’s two love interests. I’m still not quite sure why a love triangle was necessary in this book and I’m truly tired of the fact that nearly every YA book features one. I truly think that in 2014 we should be done with this publishing craze because the market is over saturated with love triangles.
Zodiac is a decent series opener that I enjoyed and despite my hesitations with the romance and characters, I’m still considering continuing this series. I see so much potential in this series and it’s my hope that book two is a vast improvement over Zodiac....more
We All Looked Up is an excellent coming-of-age novel that evokes John Hughes and is quite simply one of the most compelling contemporary novels I've rWe All Looked Up is an excellent coming-of-age novel that evokes John Hughes and is quite simply one of the most compelling contemporary novels I've read in years. Tommy Wallach writes some of the most realistic, flawed characters out there and he isn't afraid to show what actual teenagers are like. This novel is a beautiful portrait of humanity and it doesn't stray from showing the highs and lows of life. We All Looked Up is an impressive feat of literature that will give readers a glimmer of hope and inspire them to live life to the fullest.
We All Looked Up follows four high school seniors as they try to live with the impending collision of an asteroid called Ardor. No one knows for sure if it will strike the Earth, but what they do know is that life can't go on anymore. Anita is tired of being the perfect child with straight A's, who vies for her father's acceptance. Eliza doesn't want to be the "slut" everyone thinks she is, she doesn't want to be herself. Peter has had the time of his life being a teenager and fears that he'll never experience anything more. Andy doesn't want to be an adult, he just wants to live his life without any sort of responsibility.
This book is extremely character-driven and rides on the emotions and tension that surrounds our cast. WALU reads extremely fast and I couldn't stop reading as Ardor drew closer and closer. Readers will need to find out what happens to each of the four main characters and will love watching them develop and grow all in the matter of a few pages. There's such a sharp difference between who Andy, Eliza, Peter and Anita are at the beginning of this novel and who they are at the end. This novel is an exemplary coming-of-age novel and has pitch-perfect characterization.
WALU follows a group of teens in Seattle and this book features a wide variety of characters with different ethnicities and sexualities. Most of the main characters are Caucasian, but I was pretty happy to see Hispanic, trans* and African American characters in this book. This is a step in the right direction and it was refreshing to see a book where America is shown as the melting pot it truly is. People should see themselves in literature and I think WALU will resonate with countless readers.
I'm usually not a fan of ambiguous endings because I'm a very concrete person who needs to know everything and anything. Tommy Wallach leaves WALU on such a note that is both hopeful and satisfying, I absolutely loved how it ended. This isn't the kind of ending everyone will love, but it's the right ending for this novel; nothing else would've worked so effectively. Wallach lets readers decide for themselves what happens next without giving any hints as to what happens next. It's a ballsy ending for sure and it was a perfect way to wrap up all loose ends in this one.
We All Looked Up is an excellent stand-alone from a promising writer who will enthrall readers from start to finish. Wallach writes excellent prose that hooks readers in like catchy song lyrics so it was no surprise to me that Wallach is also a musician. This novel truly shines and has the most lifelike and flawed characters I've ever read about; We All Looked Up is bound to be a hit with massive cross-over appeal.This review was originally posted on Bookish Antics...more
Seen at Bookish Antics! Endsinger is the third and final book in the Lotus War trilogy and what a ride it’s been. If you thought that the first two booSeen at Bookish Antics! Endsinger is the third and final book in the Lotus War trilogy and what a ride it’s been. If you thought that the first two books in this series were heavy on emotions and feels, Endsinger will destroy you in all the right ways. It’s extremely difficult to write a satisfying ending and it’s even harder to write a fitting ending, but Kristoff has done both seamlessly. Few series conclusions are this masterful, heartbreaking and just plain epic, then again I should have seen this coming especially after Kinslayer. Yukiko has been fighting a war all her life and she has lost so much already, but her journey is not over yet. The line between allies and enemies is so thin in Endsinger that Yukiko doesn’t know who to trust. She’s been betrayed by those she loved the most and such scars don’t fade so easily, not to mention that there is so much she’s in the dark about. Buruu refuses to tell her why he’s hated by his fellow thunder tigers and why he’s called Kinslayer. To win this war, there’s going to be a heavy body count and not everyone Yukiko loves will make it out alive…
Endsinger is absolutely beautifully written and though Kristoff’s prose is sometimes a bit wordy, it’s extremely intricate and a delight to read. In just a few sentences, Kristoff really creates haunting imagery and visions of the future that readers will be equally impressed and horrified by. Thunder tigers and Earthcrushers aren’t impossible because of Kristoff, he made me believe in such things and it’s very easy to suspend your disbelief when he creates such a lucid, well-developed world.
This book is truly a hard book to get through, not because I didn’t enjoy it — I truly loved this book — but because there are just so many poignant moments that will truly hit readers in the feels. I’m convinced that Kristoff feeds off readers’ tears because otherwise why would he put through this torture and expose this to such brutality. The body count reaches an all-time high for the Lotus War series in Endsinger and each death feels meaningful, a difficult feat when the deaths are so numerous and follow each other so quickly. Goddamn it, Kristoff! I knew this book would be difficult to read, but I could never have even prepared myself for this stamping out of my heart. Even as I write this review, tears are pinpricking my eyes and it takes a truly gifted author to make readers feel so emotional, to develop such a connection with their characters that it hurts this much when they run into trouble.
The ending. I don’t know how Kristoff managed to end such an expansive story in such a way that was completely fulfilling and necessary. It’s rare to close a book and think that the author ended it in the best way possible, but that’s how I felt when I turned the final pages. The ending is painful and my heart just hurts thinking about it, but this is how it needed to end and I thank Kristoff for not holding back. This is the true ending that the Lotus War needed and I can’t see it ending any other way.
I’d highly recommend reading Endsinger (and the Lotus War series in general) and I definitely think you should have tissues on hand while reading because you’ll definitely need them. I’m so very grateful to Kristoff for writing this series, but most of all for creating Buruu who’s definitely on my list of favorite characters of all time. There are just so many memorable Buruu moments in this book and he’s one of the many reasons that I’ll be pushing this series on so many. I’m thrilled that this series ended on such a high note and I’m super excited to read Illuminae which Kristoff co-wrote!...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Calling After The End a dystopia doesn't feel fitting because this book doesn't take in plCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Calling After The End a dystopia doesn't feel fitting because this book doesn't take in place in a futuristic oppressive society. Instead, After The End is about a girl who has lived in a cult that claimed that the world was ravaged by World War Three, but she soon discovers that there wasn't another world war. After The End is an extremely original novel that combines Native American mysticism and romance to create one of the best thrillers I've read this year.
After The End is told from dual alternating perspectives, it was extremely easy to differentiate whether I was reading about Juneau or Miles because of Plum's sharp writing. Both perspectives are extremely realistic and the dual perspective makes it extremely easy to fall in love with these characters and root for them. Dual perspectives was a fantastic writing choice on Plum's part and I really enjoyed reading about both characters!
Juneau is a stranger in a strange land and this feeling of doubt and mystery seeps through the pages. Though she is an extremely clever and dependent person, she just doesn't know anything about modern society and she's completely lost. On the other hand, Miles is no stranger to the contemporary world, but he's lost in a different kind of way and he's looking for a direction in life. It feels like fate that both characters meet and that they are brought together on such a quest; this sense of fate tied in nicely with all of the spiritualism and mysticism in this book.
I loved the relationship that Juneau and Miles have in After The End and their relationship is developed perfectly in an extremely realistic, gradual way. Juneau and Miles don't just instantly in love, their relationship is much more complex than that and each learns so much about the other on their quest. This duo is extremely skeptical of the other: Miles doesn't believe in the Yara (the nature spirit that Juneau worships) and Juneau knows that he knows more than he's letting on. Slowly, but surely these two learn to trust each other and the chemistry between the two is so wonderful. It was amazing to watch these two fall in love and learn to put their differences aside and to open up to each other.
After The End is a wild journey filled with magic, romance and mystery that was so much fun to read. The mysteries unfold in this novel in such surprising ways and I was completely and utterly addicted to After The End. The ending in this book is such a shocking cliffhanger and waiting for the sequel is going to be so painful. The cliffhanger in this book is the king of cliffhangers and I know that the second I get my hands on book 2, I'll start it!...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Though Jessica Brody is known for her contemporary romances, she has joined the league ofCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Though Jessica Brody is known for her contemporary romances, she has joined the league of sci-fi writers with Unremembered. I'm so excited that Brody decided to write sci-fi because this is one of the most addicting books I've read in ages. I read Unremembered at an abnormally fast-pace and I truly fell in love with the story and characters. Though Unremembered features a lot of typical sci-fi elements, Brody does wonders with her relatable characters, sweet romance and intense action scenes.
Seraphina finds herself mysteriously in the wreckage of a plane crash and there's no other survivors but her. No one knows how Seraphina boarded the plane and her whole life is a complete mystery. The only problem is that Seraphina doesn't know who to trust or believe, should she trust the mysterious guy who claims to know her? Seraphina has a new family who has taken her in, but is better to leave the past behind?
Unremembered drew me in right from the start and Jessica Brody's prose is simple yet incredibly engaging. I immediately empathized with our heroine, Seraphina and I desperately wanted to find out what really happened in her past. Unremembered is filled with snarky humor (mostly from Seraphina's "little brother" Cody who is my favorite character in this book), action and sci-fi elements. This book is so fast-paced that I read the majority of it in a few hours and while it isn't the most complex sci-fi novel, I really enjoyed it. I saw what Seraphina was from the start and yet, I still was able to garner interest in the characters and plot.
The romance in Unremembered was well-written and thankfully, there isn't the workings of a love triangle in this novel. Zen was a mysterious, appealing character that I would love to know more about because we all know bits and pieces about his character. I do wish Seraphina had displayed a bit more caution around Zen because she has no recollection of him and he's a complete stranger to her.
I really enjoyed Unremembered and I think that this novel will work best for fans of Jessica Khoury's Origin and Vitro. I'm extremely excited to get my hands on the 2nd book in this series and I have a feeling that it's going to be one entertaining read. I do hope that Brody is planning to write another sci-fi series after the Unremembered trilogy! ...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I really appreciate when authors think outside the box and write something that deviates fCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I really appreciate when authors think outside the box and write something that deviates from the genres that they normally write. Though The Immortal Crown has Richelle Mead's signature literary traits (a kick-ass heroine, an extremely attractive male love interest, lots of sexual tension, heartwarming female friendships, etc.), this series is so different from Mead's previous series and I think she deserves major kudos for diverging from the paranormal genre. The Immortal Crown is a bold, exciting installment in The Age Of X series and it is a fresh take on mythology; this is classic Norse mythology at it's finest.
Unwillingly, Mae and Justin are caught up in political web and are forced to go to Arcadia, a hostile country with radical religious views, with Lucian Darling. Lucian is trying to build up his credibility with his voters in preparation for an upcoming election and he enlisted the help of Mae and Justin. Arcadia is a dangerous place for a strong woman like Mae because in Arcadia, women are devalued and are only desired for intercourse. Mae won't be deterred from her mission and she desperately needs to find her niece before it's too late.
Richelle Mead does an excellent job of reminding readers of what happened in the previous book and for immediately re-immersing readers in the world of the RUNA. All the terms that are associated with the series: plebian, castal, praetorian came back to me swiftly and I had no difficulty remembering the importance of these words (for those who are unsure about the world's vernacular, there's a helpful glossary in the back of the book).
The world-building in this series is extremely strong and Immortal Crown is no exception: Mead expertly has defined this strange, memorable world and I had few questions about the intricacies of this world. The world of the RUNA is no longer confined in this novel and we get to see the world in a whole light with the change in setting.
The Immortal Crown is a character-driven book and I felt a strong emotional connection to Mae, Justin and Tessa. We see so many different sides of Mae and Justin, their characters aren't simply black or white -- there are so many layers to their characters and it was interesting to see how much they've developed since Gameboard. While Mae was a bit robotic in the beginning of this series, slowly she's learning to care for Justin and to display her emotions more clearly. Mae is a bit more reserved than some of Mead's other heroines, but readers will still love her character. I think one of the most fascinating things about Justin is how he's at war with himself and he's constantly being conflicted by feelings of doubt. Justin is constantly surprising himself (and the reader) and though we learn more about his character, he's still an enigma. In addition, in this novel, the reader gets a clearer picture of Tessa's motives and the kind of character she is; Tessa has been transported to a foreign world and she's still adjusting socially and academically.
The romance in The Immortal Crown is complicated, but Justin and Mae's relationship is a fire that can't be extinguished. Even when Mead continued to throw obstacles at our characters, I still had so much faith that they would emerge victorious and closer than ever. I ship Justin and Mae so much and I truly hope that they continue to be such an incredible pair of characters. I really want this duo to get over issues and realize how perfect they are for each other because they are perfect for each other and it's time that they realized it!
The way that Mead tied in religion and mythology in The Immortal Crown was intriguing to me as a reader. The stakes are even higher in this sequel and the gods aren't just going to just sit on the side and watch how everything pan out. There is more intervention from the gods and their presence is becoming stronger in this novel much to my delight. It feels as if Mead is bringing readers closer and closer to a war between the gods and the governments of this post-apocalyptic world, but I could be wrong. Either way, The Immortal Crown handles mythology in an unique way and I loved seeing the Norse gods come to life on the page.
The Immortal Crown is an exciting sequel that really builds on the strengths of it's predecessor and is sure to entice fans of classical mythology. So many of Ganeboard's weaknesses are solved in this novel and this novel is much more cohesive and engaging. I really look forward to the next installment in this series and I hope that the 3rd Age Of X is executed just as expertly. Put The Age Of X series on your to-read list, you don't want to miss out on this excellent series....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