Every now and then, I read a book--a book that opens my eyes to the world and helps me see the world in a different way. Gated is that book, the kind of book that's eye opening and just absolutely wonderful. Amy Christine Parker absolutely blew me away with Gated. Gated is an incredible, important novel that I think everyone needs to read at least once in their life because it's life-changing. Read Gated and your view of the world will forever be changed for the better.
Gated hits the reader hard with a story that is extremely poignant and thought-provoking. Most books, in my opinion, don't portray good or evil in the correct way at all. So many books show good and evil in a black and white way where a person is all good or all evil. Not only is that not realistic, it's extremely irritating to read. Amy Christine Parker expresses in Gated how thin the blurred line is between good and evil; how we all have a little both of good and evil in us.
The characters in Gated are extremely realistic and they are just the type of conflicted characters that I seem to love. Pioneer is the kind of character that you will never quite be able to decipher because there are just so many layers to him. Does he actually believe he's following divine orders? Does he truly believe what he's doing is right? He's one of the best characters I've ever seen written and there is just so much to his character. Lyla is also a character that was executed perfectly throughout the novel. Her transition from being a naive person to someone who is strong-headed and strong. Lyla's character really made me question whether "Ignorance is bliss"or if the old adage is a bunch of drivel. Is hiding from the evil in the world any good? Is there evil everywhere? There was just so much to ponder over while reading Gated because it was such a thought-provoking novel.
I have never been in a cult and I will never join one, but I feel as if Parker hit the nail on the head with recreating what being in a cult is like. All of the little intricacies of Mandrodage Meadows were brilliant and well-done. I felt the looming danger that the outside world posed to this cult and the danger everyone felt. There is a perfect sense of urgency and tension throughout the novel like the world was actually ending.
The plot of Gated was incredible and was extremely fast-paced right from the first few pages. Gated is without a doubt, an intense, memorable thriller that engrossed me right away. There is never a moment where the plot is at a stalemate and the plot is always being progressed by even the smallest details. This is one of those books where I think that the romance was absolutely necessary to add to the entire picture. The ending leaves no loose ends unattended to and this makes me as if this is a stand-alone.
Gated is an incredible, fast-paced thriller that is sure to wow readers of all ages. I can honestly say that Gated has changed me as a person and how I perceive things. Just everything about Gated was enticing to me. I can't express how brilliantly this novel was executed and how everything just seemed to fall into place perfectly. I know for sure that I will be reading Amy Christine Parker's sophomore novel and I hope it's as picture-perfect. Gated is a book that will linger in your mind long after you read the final sentence, it's truly unforgettable!(less)
Pivot Point is one of the most surprising books that I've read all year. I can't think of a more original and refreshing novel that I've read recently. I definitely wasn't expecting to be blown away with Pivot Point, even the superb reviews couldn't have prepared me for this. All I can just say is wow!
Pivot Point breaks the sci-fi mold with an interesting plot unlike any I've seen before. Apparently this book has a "Sliding Doors" feel to it, but I haven't seen the movie so I can't attest to that. Addie has a sort of superpower where she can see the outcomes of two decisions. When Addie's parents get divorced, she decided to "Search" and see what would happen if she picked her mom or her dad. I loved the way this book for split into dual narratives and that part of the book was executed seamlessly. I was extremely fascinated by the contrasting lifestyles Addie would live and how they compared. We need more original and remarkable books like Pivot Point on the market!
Pivot Point is a different kind of sci-fi book--it's lighthearted, fun, and extremely simple to read. There are no fancy sci-fi concepts that will make you go "huh" and or will confuse the bejeezus out of you. Usually I hate books that are basically almost entirely romance, but in Pivot Point, it worked extremely well. In a way Pivot Point is a love triangle, but not the kind I usually hate. I actually wouldn't mind reading love triangles if they were all this well done.
Kasie West does an excellent job in balancing humor and romance in Pivot. I can admit that I was extremely amused by the banter between the MC and the other characters. The romance in Pivot Point is expertly done and is so wonderfully fluffy and sweet. I really can't wait to see what direction West heads in the sequel and I am eagerly anticipating it! This is definitely a book you'll want to read! (less)
Sometimes book blurbs reveal way too little to the reader and the reader really has no idea what to expect from the book. Then there are books like After Eden, where you read the description and you have the entire plot mapped out clearly for the reader. I really feel as if the blurb for After Eden revealed way too much and that it should have been more ambiguous and enigmatic. There's really no fun in reading a book where the reader knows almost every plot element and there is little to be revealed.
After Eden is a quick, light read that I was immediately drawn into because of it's easy, accessible plot. Though it's about time travel, After Eden isn't overly scientific, complicated, and difficult to comprehend. After Eden is fun and fluffy, but I really don't think it's for science fiction aficionados because everything is extremely simplistic and pretty basic. There's truly nothing new in After Eden and it basically follows the basic plot outlines of most YA books.
We have the mysterious bad boy who comes to town and of course rumors circulate in this small town. Everyone wants to know who he is, why is he here, and if he'll go out with them. Obviously, this guy is drop dead handsome and insanely attractive because what YA male character isn't. Since this is a YA book, there are clearly more popular and attractive characters than our protagonist who are all vying for the attention of Ryan.
I really don't understand the significance of the love triangle in After Eden at all, it clearly doesn't work and it feels forced. The only legitimate reason that the love triangle was there was to challenge Eden because the girl who breaks Connor's heart will help usher in the destruction of Earth. Having a love triangle could have been ingenious if it had actually created some tension between Ryan and Eden. It seems like Eden has zero remorse that she could destroy Earth by having a crush on Ryan because the lives of 7 billion people isn't more important than some ridiculous infatuation! I would have expected that Eden to be slightly conflicted that she could cause an apocalypse.
After Eden lacks a bit of believability and I found it hard to put credence in Eden and Ryan's story. One of the clues that leads Eden to come to the conclusion that Ryan is not from modern times is that he has never heard of pizza and Adolf Hitler. What. I found it hard to believe that someone around a 100 or so years in the future will have never heard of Hitler, especially when the aforementioned person is supposed to be some genius. Adolf Hitler killed over 6 million people and yet, in the future, our protagonist knows nothing of the most evil man in history. Consider that in school, I have studied ancient history that's 1000s of years old, I find it hard to believe that Ryan has never heard of Hitler. There were plenty of other clues that made it evident that Ryan wasn't from modern times and so including the whole name dropping of Hitler felt extraneous.
After Eden has one of the most predictable story lines I've read recently and I figured out the plot without even reading the spoilery blurb. I hoped that the ending would be mindblowing or something worth while to interest me in the sequel, but the ending is just as bland as the rest of the book. Despite my ambivalent feelings toward this book, it was refreshing to read something that was light and extremely easy to read. (less)
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a book that I was looking forward to ever since I first heard of it. I absolutely loved the cover and I was convinced that MA,SK was going to become one of my favorite books of 2013. Once I start MA,SK I realized this is not the book I was looking forward to at all, this book was nothing like I imagined. I expected a mix of historical fiction and mystery, but instead I read a mediocre contemporary romance set in Paris. I believe if I had picked this one up on a whim, instead of longing for it for months; I probably would have enjoyed it more.
Katie Alender never really takes advantage of everything Paris has to offer. Paris is a beautiful, magical city filled with so many hidden secrets and mysteries. Based on the description, I felt that I would get a sample of what Paris has to offer. I never read about the intrigue of Paris that the description seems to describe and I desperately felt like the story was missing out on it. I never really felt like I was reading about Paris, I felt like reading a Sparknotes about Paris because MA,SK was missing the essence and spirit of the city. Sure, Alender described beignets, stores, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, but it never really felt like Paris at all.
The plot of MA, SK is weak and lacks any tension that a murder mystery should possess. People are being murdered and the author decides to have the protagonists to go on a date.Why does it seem like no one is concerned with the murders? The police aren't mentioned regarding the murders and it seems as if the murders are accepted by everyone. Colette and her classmates never seem to be perturbed by the fact that innocent people are being murdered. "Who cares there's a hot guy who is obsessed with me" was Collete's attitude throughout the entire book. It wasn't really until the murders started to concern her, then Colette start doing some sleuthing. Anyway it takes Colette way too long to figure out MA is behind all of the murders because all of the clues would lead even the most oblivious person to the correct conclusion. Also, for god's sakes it's in the title, I personally don't like reading a mystery when I already know the murderer from the get-go. There are exceptions to that rule, but MA, SK is definitely not one of them.
I love historical fiction, but the backstory on Marie Antoinette was feeble at best and poorly thought out. It felt extremely transparent and fake to me, as if the author rushed through this segment of the book. The historical fiction aspects of this book were subpar at best and lacked proper execution.
The characters in MA,SK are merely cardboard reincarnations of stereotypical YA characters. Colette is extremely naïve and is extremely selfish and obnoxious. Her mother isn't in the best financial conditions and had to work hard for her to go to Paris. Colette never really seems to appreciate her mother and irked me so much. The woman is busting her back so you can go to Paris and you don't even have the decency to appreciate it. Instead Colette practically ignores her mother at the airport; this girl really needs to learn some manners and the value of $. Another thing that annoyed me immensely was Colette's supposed "transformation". MA,SK is one of those morality tales where the heroine becomes a better person because of her adventure. The transformation is almost instantaneously done near the end of the book and I really wanted to see Colette developed more throughout the book.
The only noteworthy segment of the book is the first couple of scenes done where Marie Antoinette is murdering people. These scenes were something to look forward to at first, but eventually I got tired of reading the same story slightly altered. I really think the author should have mixed up these scenes by introducing some different elements.
MA, SK is one of the biggest let-downs this year because this book had so much potential. I really wanted something much more than Alender delivered. I can't really fathom recommending this book because of how bitterly disappointed I am. I really wanted to love Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, and it breaks my heart to say that I loathed it. (less)
Seen at Scott Reads It! For 3 months I waited on my library's waiting list for Rebel Heart and you're probably wondering if the wait was worth it. I'...moreSeen at Scott Reads It! For 3 months I waited on my library's waiting list for Rebel Heart and you're probably wondering if the wait was worth it. I'm happy to say that Rebel Heart is a great sequel that was definitely worth waiting for.
I truly love the world Moira Young created in her Dust Lands series. It's definitely not your typical dystopian setting. For one "The Dustlands" remind me of Tatooine for some reason and I couldn't stop comparing the two.
The Star Wars geek in me kept on trying to find similarities between Dustlands and Star Wars. Every single time I read about the tonton, I instantly thought of the Tusken Raider (natives of the planet Tatooine). From watching the Star Wars films, you get the impression that the Tusken Raiders are some sort of evil desert inhabiting nomads, I always think of them as ruthless bandits. For some reason I really think that the tonton were inspired by the Tuskens because they both wear those white robes, are raiders, live in the desert, pray on the weak, and are just straight up evil. Either I am 100% correct or I am definitely just trying to connect the two series using meaningless mumbo jumbo. [image error]
Saba, why do you do this to me? In Blood Red Road I loved Saba so much because she was fierce, loyal, and 100% kick-ass. During Rebel Heart Saba acted so reckless and she never bothered thinking before she took action. People you always have to think things through before you act otherwise you are just going to get yourself stuck in a bind. In Rebel Heart Saba not thinking through her actions gets Saba into so much trouble. You would think that after a couple of times of acting reckless Saba would try to be more responsible but she doesn't. Saba continues to act reckless despite all of the repercussions.
Rebel Heart was a bit slow paced at first and it took me a while to get into. Rebel Heart definitely has a more relaxed pace than Blood Red Road, RH didn't catch my attention as much as BRR did. Rebel Heart is more character oriented than BRR and it spends a decent amount of time on relationships. You would think that Young would spend a ton of time exploring Jack and Saba's relationship but this is not the case. Young spends a decent amount of time trying to set up a love triangle. The love triangle in my opinion doesn't really work at all and it was a bit on the disturbing side. I would never have even thought Saba would even like the love interest in RH not to mention sleep with him. Correct me if I am wrong but Saba and Jack have never slept together yet Saba sleeps with the most disgusting character. I was really disappointed with the idea that there is only one Jack and Saba scene. One can only hope that the 3rd Dustlands has lots of Jack and Saba moments to compensate for the lack of them in RH.
There were a couple of times in RH where I felt like there were loose ends that were never fully resolved. A couple of times Young mentions something that feels very significant but within a few pages, it feels like that element was never even a part of the book. For example in the beginning where Saba is being treated for seeing dead people and hallucinating pops up in the beginning of the book but it never seems to resurge. The shaman-like character warns that something terrible will happen if she doesn't complete the ritual properly, yet nothing seems to happen.
Despite it's flaws Rebel Heart is definitely a must read for fans of Blood Red Road. I really hope that there is more Jabba (Jack and Saba) in the next book. (Jabba is also the name of a villain in Star Wars and that was my lame attempt at making a Star Wars reference). I really enjoyed reading Rebel Heart and I look forward to reading the next installment of the Dustlands series. (less)
"Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books."
The Archived is one of those books that you know you'll love from the first page. I am so glad that I went with my instincts and picked up this book up. From the first few pages I realized that this book is one of the most original and best paranormal books I have ever read. The Archived immediately caught my attention and I just couldn't stop reading. I got just what I was looking for, a creepy paranormal book that really left me speechless.
Mackenzie is a Keeper, someone who is charged with stopping Histories (dead people who remain in the Archive). Histories rest on shelves like books and librarians can read their stories. Mackenzie has lost her granddad and brother recently so dealing with Histories provides a distraction. Soon she realizes that everything isn't what it seems in the Archive and someone seems to be tampering with the Histories. The Archive is on the verge of collapse unless Mackenzie can solve this mystery before it's too late.
In The Archived everything is just brilliantly executed as evidenced by the fact that this review will probably have endless compliments. Victoria Schwab's writing is superb and it complements The Archived's creepy and engaging plot line. Schwab's prose was simply engaging and I felt immersed in the hauntingly strange world of the Archive.
The plot of The Archived is complex and developed in an interesting way with a bunch of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'll admit it in the beginning of The Archived I was a bit disinterested because I felt like there was a bit of info dumping. The explanation of the Archived was too much too handle in such few pages and I was a bit perplexed. All it took was a few more pages and all of my confusion was cleared and I was completely engaged in the Archived. The plot moved at a brisk pace and I was
Mackenzie was our female protagonist and she was just beyond awesome. I loved reading about Mackenzie's relationship with Da and it was just so moving. I really connected with the characters that Victoria Schwab created and I really empathized with them. All of the characters were extremely developed in a realistic and emotional way. Mackenzie is not just strong physically but her mental strength is really admirable. I also liked how Schwab's characters are flawed (I know it sounds like a weird thing to say!). I truly hate when a book's characters are just drop dead perfect because I just can't connect or really like the characters because they are just unrealistic.
In The Archived characters are realistically done and the relationships between the characters are really touching. Wesley was one of my favorite characters because he was just so different from a lot of male love interests. He wasn't one of those typical creepy stalkerish male characters that I loathe. Wesley was a charming protagonist with a great sense of humor and he wore lots of guy-liner. Never have I ever read a book where a male character wears guy-liner but Wesley totally owned it. I wasn't a huge fan of Owen at all from the first second we met him and I totally disapproved of his short fling with Mackenzie. I really felt like their fling was kind of unnecessary and ridiculous because it really was beyond creepy (like a necrophiliac kind of creepy). The romance with Owen was my least favorite of The Archived because it was kind of pointless and it just added a love triangle.
The Archived features one of the creepiest and most peculiar settings I have read. The world building in The Archived is simply strange but it adds a perfectly chilling atmosphere. I have never ever read a book with a setting like this and I just can't stop thinking about the Archives and the Narrows. Of all dystopian settings I have read about the Archives takes the cake for being the most original one. The only dystopian setting that is comparable to the Archives is Level 2. It's really hard to explain how I loved the Archives and how creepy it was.
Basically The Archived is one of the best dystopian books ever written. I would highly recommend due to it's fantastic characters, setting, and plot. I am so excited for the next book in The Archived series and I can't wait to read The Near Witch soon. Victoria Schwab has some of the best prose I have ever read because it was just so addicting. After reading The Archived I will read anything Victoria Schwab writes because The Archived was that good. To all you reading this review right now, I urge you to pick up The Archived immediately. (less)
Seen at Scott Reads It If you thought high school was horrible, you're in for a wake up call. As bad as high school was for you, I bet you didn't have...moreSeen at Scott Reads It If you thought high school was horrible, you're in for a wake up call. As bad as high school was for you, I bet you didn't have it as bad as David and Will. Quarantine is unlike anything I have ever read and it just blew me away. Lex Thomas's debut was an extraordinary vision of what would happen if a high school got quarantined. The scariest thing about Quarantine is that it could actually happen.
Imagine if Divergent and Lord Of The Flies were put in a blender and mixed into one fantastic book. Quarantine takes everything that worked in Lord Of The Flies and Divergent and expands on it fabulously. The Students of McKinley High are quarantined in a High School after a virus get loose in the school and all the adults die. The kids of McKinley High split into factions: Sluts, Varsity, Geeks, and Skaters. Some of the kids are "faction-less" like siblings, David and Will who are just trying to survive.
From the first few pages I was immersed in the world of McKinley High and I just couldn't stop reading. Quarantine had a really realistic feel throughout the entire novel and I am truly scared of getting quarantined in my own high school now. I truly love how Lex Thomas took the High School experience and morphed into a living nightmare. If you think Panem was brutal, you're in for a wake up call with Quarantine.
The narration of Quarantine was truly something spectacular because it was honest and genuine. David and Will didn't feel like fictional characters they felt 100% real people. The complex brotherly relationship between David and Will was a true and honest portrayal of the way brothers are. Of the two brothers I liked David better but I don't want to discredit Will at all. Will was just so misunderstood by everyone and I really hope he opens up more to the reader in the next book.
Of all the characters in the book Sam was the most horrifying person. What happens when the high school football varsity star gets locked in a high school? Let's just say it isn't pretty and it gets pretty gory. Sam was one of the most terrifying villains I have ever read about because Sam was beyond evil. For some odd reason I find teenage villains more despicable than adults, I am not sure why but I do. Drake Caine from Gone seemed like a lamb compared to Sam in Quarantine. Sam was a well developed character and in my opinion he was one of the best written characters in Quarantine.
Quarantine was a book that I really enjoyed because of it's fast pace, compelling writing, interesting characters and fascinating plotline. I would recommend this for older YA readers because there's alot of sexual content, explicit language, and gory scenes. Quarantine: The Loners was a haunting and fun book that I just couldn't stop reading. I really look forward to the next book and I hope I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Quarantine. (less)
The Madman's Daughter starts with a bang and immediately immerses the reader in Juliet's strange world. From the first couple of pages, I knew that I immediately liked her from the moment she said: “Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn't bother me. I was my father’s daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things.” Juliet isn't your typical YA heroine, she's has a lot more skeletons in her closet than most characters. Juliet never ceased to surprise me throughout the entire novel and she is truly a fascinating character.
Once Juliet arrived on the island, I'll admit that my attention started to waver. I just wasn't that interested in Juliet's romantic escapades with Montgomery and Edward. Don't get me wrong, the romance in this book isn't terrible but I think the author should have focused more on other things. There was too much of a focus on romance in the middle segment of this book.
Just as I thought that I was done with reading Madman's Daughter and that I should DNF, the story really picked up. From that moment on, I couldn't peel myself from this book and I just had to read more. Shepherd threw in so many plot twists that I didn't see coming and I just couldn't stop reading. All of the plot twists were things I probably should have seen coming but didn't. The plot twists were definitely brilliantly executed and compelled me to continue reading.
The ending was so unexpected that I just need to discuss it once again. Never in a billion years would I have predicted that it would end like this. I'm not even sure what the sequel will be about considering the ending and the way it was executed. I'm debating whether to call it a cliffhanger but it was still such a cruel, yet superb way to end this book. If I had any doubt in my mind about reading the sequel (which I didn't), now there's no way I'll miss out on it!
The Madman's Daughter was such a creepy, gothic delight! I can't remember the last time I read an ending that fantastic. Honestly, I don't know how I will be able to wait till January 2014 for the sequel. I haven't read The Island Of Dr. Moreau but now I desperately need to. The Madman's Daughter is one strange novel that is as compelling as it is unique. (less)
When I got an ARC of Unspoken in the mail I was ecstatic because I had wanted to read it for a while. I really expected a lot...moreSeen At Scott Reads It
When I got an ARC of Unspoken in the mail I was ecstatic because I had wanted to read it for a while. I really expected a lot from Unspoken given all the glowing 5 stars reviews and all the hype that came with it. My main reason that I wanted to read Unspoken besides the reviews was that Unspoken is considered a Gothic mystery. I really loved Gothic books such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Beautiful Creatures so I expected to love Unspoken.
Unspoken takes place in a small English town called Sorry-In-The-Vale. (The last time I read a book about a small English town it didn't even too well *cough cough Pagford*). Kami Glass has been in love with her imaginary friend, and she is the editor of her school's newspaper. She has been labeled as strange due to the fact that she has an imaginary friend and she is in High School. Suddenly when the Lynburns arrive in Sorry-In-The-Vale everything changes. Her personal life has taken a real change and a bunch of animal sacrifices rituals have been found in the woods. Then to make things even worse Sorry-In-The-Vale appears to be chock full of secrets and her mother appears to be have some skeletons in her closet.
I'll be honest I appear to be one of the few reviewers who have a bit of mixed feelings about Unspoken. I really enjoyed the Gothic nature of Unspoken and the humor. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times during Unspoken and people were giving me looks that asked "What's wrong with you?". I didn't care because the humorous dialogue in Unspoken is spot-on perfect. This book has some of the best dialogue I have read to date because never have I ever laughed this much while reading a book. The closest I ever came to laughing this much while reading was reading The Mortal Instruments.
I really liked Kami's character because she was everything I usually look for in a protagonist. She is funny, smart, and almost all business. Kami is the type of girl that when she wants something, she gets it done her way/ She is just that type of take charge person that we all would love to be. I loved how focused Kami was on exposing Sorry-In-The-Vale's secrets until the Lynburns came into town. As soon as Kami locked eyes with Ash and Jared, she wasn't as take charge or professional anymore. She was completely head over heels for Jared and she lost sight of what's important. There is a murderer on the loose and you're giving each other googly eyes and thinking of canoodling. C'mon let's save the sappy romance stuff until after everything's all safe and down.
Romance can make or break a novel for me. Unspoken's love triangle is an interesting and complex plotline but I felt like it took up too much of the story. Instead of all the snooping and detective work, Kami spent an awful lot of time just flirting with Jared and Ash. Kami just didn't seem like the girl to be ogling with boys at all. She even kind of mentioned something along the lines that boys never seemed to like her. Once guys started to like her she metamorphosed into a lovelorn girl. Unspoken is one of those romantically centered novels (similar to Matched, Delirium, and Beta) and it suffers the same problem all three suffered from. When romance seems to be the main aspect of a novel, the plot often is slowly paced. Unspoken isn't as slowly paced as those titles I mentioned previously but the plot definitely could have moved a bit faster. I guess if like most readers of Unspoken you probably won't mind this. I was probably annoyed by the pace because unlike most readers I wasn't swooning over Jared and Ash. Both were well developed and interesting characters but I felt like they weren't too like-able. They both seemed controlling at times and their constant bickering with each annoyed the bejesus out of me.
Plotwise Unspoken is a delight with it's various twists and turns that kept me reading. At times around the middle of Unspoken I wish it was a bit more creepy. Something that I definitely noticed in my ARC of Unspoken was that there were many awkward transitions. Usually when a book fast forwards in time or changes POV there is an indication such as a symbol or something. A couple times I flipped back a page to see if maybe I skipped over a sentence or something but I didn't. These awkward transitions didn't really affect my opinion of Unspoken much but it was a nuisance. I really loved the scenes towards the end of the book because they really caught my attention. The ending was a bit ridiculous because I felt like nothing felt resolved and that it ended too quickly.
Unspoken was a real treat to read with it's fantastic setting, superb protagonist, awesome writing, and Gothic qualities. I wish Unspoken was a bit more creepy and faster paced. I did enjoy the romance but I felt like it slowed down the plot. The dialogue in Unspoken is truly astoundingly funny to the point where I laughed like a lunatic. I really enjoyed how original Unspoken was and I do look forward to reading the sequel. I hope that I enjoy the sequel and I'm really glad that a talented author like Brennan will be a co-author of the Bane Chronicles. I really look forward to reading Team Human and the Devil's Lexicon.(less)
Find this at Scott Reads It Imagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" that makes you "pretty". This is the world of the Uglies where beauty is everything. The Uglies is told from the point of view of Tally Youngblood. The Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel spin off of the Uglies series and is told from the persepective of Tally's best friend Shay.
I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than Uglies because I find Shay more interesting than Tally. Shay's view of the "Surge" and the world was very thought provoking. Shay believed that a surgery couldn't make anyone beautiful and that natural beauty is real beauty. Shay faces a choice should she become pretty or should she flee society?
I really love the theme of this series, that beauty is natural. Scott Westerfield believes that cosmetics don't make a person beautiful and I believe that's very important. So many people starve themselves, and do horrible things to make themselves feel beautiful. People need to realize that internal beauty is true beauty. Beauty isn't everything and it isn't the key to happiness. This graphic novel has really made me want to pick up Pretties and Levithan even more. If you enjoyed Uglies then you must read this to see Shay in a way you never saw her before. The art is fantastic, this fast paced story is engaging, what more could you want? Must Read!(less)
Find this review at Scott Reads It I love a good fairy tale retelling and so when I heard of Splintered, I immediately requested an ARC. Splintered s...moreFind this review at Scott Reads It I love a good fairy tale retelling and so when I heard of Splintered, I immediately requested an ARC. Splintered sounded very promising but I was really let down. Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite novels and I am obsessed with Tim Burton and the original Disney film. The problem with Splintered is that it doesn't feel like Alice in Wonderland at all. Alice in Wonderland is a fun children's book about discovering who you are and growing up. Splintered lacks the charm that made Alice in Wonderland, possibly one of the best books ever. Splintered had potential to be a great retelling of Alice in Wonderland like The Looking Glass Wars was.
Splintered is nothing like Alice in Wonderland at all which in my opinion isn't a great thing. Splintered takes all of the characters from Wonderland and complete alters the characters until they are unrecognizable. It's fine to change characters in a fairy-tale retelling but shouldn't the characters feel a little tiny bit similar? I simply couldn't connect to any of the characters at all because they weren't like able. Morpheus was very irritating in my opinion because he was too self-centered and just straight out rude. My problem with Jeb is that he was too generic with his whole "child-hood friend" attitude. The whole love triangle in Splintered in my opinion was unnecessary and really ruined Splintered.
The plot was extremely slow and reading Splintered felt like a chore. The whole idea of Alice Liddell being mad is nothing new at all and was the subject of American McGee's Alice.
Much of the book seemed like it was trying to mimic Tim Burton's wonderful 2010 remake of Alice. This book is a mishmash/medley of American McGee and Tim Burton's Alices which really was disappointing. Splintered doesn't feel original at all, it feels like a washed up book. Splintered tries hard to differentiate itself from all other Alice retellings and as a result this book felt lacking. Action scenes in Splintered just weren't fun to read at all because they felt anticlimactic. I really wanted to like this book but I can't overlook it's overwhelming faults.
Splintered wasn't for me, maybe you will like it. I have seen phenomenal reviews for this book and so many readers loved this book. Am I mad that I didn't like this book??
Something that really bothered me is that the Mad Hatter isn't MAD and the Cheshire Cat is absent for the majority of the book. That is utter madness that an Alice in Wonderland retelling would be lack a true Mad Hatter and a Cheshire Cat for the majority of the book. I had a similar experience reading Splintered as I had reading Alice in Zombieland. If you're looking for a fun Alice in Wonderland retelling pick up The Looking Glass Wars instead. Splintered was a slowpaced read that lacked in character development and plot. Splintered was definitely not the book for me but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don't recommend it now excuse me while I cry an ocean. (less)
I read Nightshade back in August but for some reason I never had much of an impetus to continue reading the series....moreSeen at Scott Reads It! 2.5 Stars
I read Nightshade back in August but for some reason I never had much of an impetus to continue reading the series. 6 months later I finally decided to start Wolfsbane and I am pretty disappointed. Wolfsbane had so much potential & it didn't definitely live up to it.
Wolfsbane isn't as action-packed as I would have liked. It's mostly Searcher-Guardian mythology, and romance. Instead of giving us the back story on the Guardians, Searchers, and Keepers in small dosages, Cremer quickly dumps all of the stories on us. I feel like the myths should have been spaced out better because it would have made it more interesting to read. Reading myth after myth became a bit tedious but the myths were still mostly interesting and original.
There isn't a lot of character development in Wolfsbane at all. We are introduced to so many new characters yet the reader barely knows any of the characters from a hole in a wall. I had no clue what any of the characters even looked like or anything about them. A majority of the characters seemed to a lack a purpose other than "to be there". I would have liked to learn more about the new characters. Our beloved characters weren't so likeable in Wolfsbane. I remember really liking Calla during Nightshade but during Wolfsbane I was rather indifferent to her.Calla kept on acting reckless and I didn't think she used her brain too much during Wolfsbane. She didn't bother to think before acting which had so many consequences. I was not a big fan of Shay during this book and all he seemed to want to do was "do the deed" with Calla. Shay kept on trying to have sex with Calla even when she refused which was so unlike the Shay from Nightshade.
The romance wasn't cringe worthy but it definitely was on the irritating spectrum. Calla and Shay talk about Ren's enagement to Calla, about a minute before they undress and attempt to make love. Trashy much? You're engaged to someone, you keep their ring, you act as if you're in a relationship with another guy but you still have feelings for your ex-fiance. It really annoyed me how one second she claimed she loved Ren and the next moment she was practically nude with Shay. Make up your mind Calla!
I'm not sure why but despite my numerous complaints about Wolfsbane I kept on reading. There's something addictive about Andrea Cremer's writing style that compelled me to read on. Normally when the characters and romance annoy me this much, I usually have a strong urge to quit. This wasn't the case with Wolfsbane despite my irritation with it. Wolfsbane was far from perfect and yet I still enjoyed it enough to keep on reading.
Wolfsbane was definitely lacking in a bunch of departments. Andrea Cremer's compelling writing style is really what saves Wolfsbane and makes it an enjoyable read. I will read Bloodrose eventually but it's definitely not on the top of my TBR list.(less)
**Thank you to Greenwillow Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Breathe had a lot of promise in my opinion but it really disappointed me. Imagine a world where people live inside a dome and outside is pretty much ruins (Under The Never Sky) then imagine that inside the dome people need oxygen masks to survive (Masque of the Red Death). Breathe takes in place in a dome ruled by a government called Breathe.
This book is told from the POV of three different characters (1 male, and 2 females). The POV was a bit of a problem for me because Alina and Bea sounded pretty similar and I had to flip back to see who was talking. I like books where the characters have distinct voices but this wasn't the case with Breathe.
All the characters in Breathe weren't too likeable in my opinion. Be warned there is a cliche and typical love triangle! Quinn is in love with Alina even though he doesn't really know her. Alina doesn't really love anybody and Bea is obsessed with Quinn. Why is Quinn too blind to see that Bea has liked him since they were little? I'll tell you why! It's a stereotypical generic love triangle that we have seen so often in media. The male best friend always falls in love with someone new and foreign to him. He never opens his eyes and sees that his best friend loves him more than a friend.
I am not a big fan of Breathe but it was a decent read. It had action and adventure along with romance. It was in my opinion, a typical dystopia even though the plot sounded original. Breathe in my opinion was pretty cliche and was very predictable!! I don't recommend this book at all but I'm clearly the minority here. I definitely won't be reading the sequel to Breathe. If you're in the mood for a great dystopian read Under The Never Sky instead!!!(less)
Looking back on Unbreakable, I'm overcome with a sense of disappointment at both myself and the book itself. I had been looking forward to this book for ages and it was one of my most anticipated books of 2013. I am a huge fan of the Beautiful Creatures series and so I had astronomically high expectations for Unbreakable. In other words, I was 100% convinced that I would love this book to no end. I was so convinced that it would become one of my favorite YA novels, that is until I actually started to read Unbreakable.
I enjoyed Unbreakable right from the start due to Garcia's compelling writing skills and her ability to create such a creepy atmosphere. Kami Garcia is talented and there's no denying that, but I really don't think Unbreakable really showcases all of her writing abilities to their utmost capabilities. The beginning of the novel gave me an idea that the characters would be well-developed, but as the novel went on, it seemed that some of the characters morphed into personality-less husks.
Kennedy Waters is really unsure of herself at the beginning of Unbreakable and she is saved by Jared and Lukas Lockhart. I really liked Kennedy, but I kept waiting for that moment when Kennedy would accept who she is and take action. When her mother dies, Kennedy really doesn't seem to be affected all too much by this death until later. I understand that Kennedy is blinded by her loss to see that she is a member of the Legion, but it was all too much. The fact that Kennedy had to kept denying that she was apart of Legion and acted immature when the matter was brought up, really irked me. I expected a little bit of denial, but for her to keep shooting down the idea so often really didn't work for me. I expected to see Kennedy more comfortable in her skin and more comfortable in Unbreakable, but the reader doesn't see much of a character progression on her part.
When it comes to the brothers, Lukas and Jared Lockhart, I can only express statements of disappointment. I love the way Garcia (and Stohl) portrayed Ethan in Beautiful Creatures, but Lukas and Jared really lacked the believability that Ethan wore like a cloak. Lukas and Jared's characters are never fully scoped out through the novel and I felt like I never really understood either character at all. Unless a name was mentioned, I couldn't really differentiate between Lukas and Jared too much because both characters just felt incomplete like they were missing something so essential. Not to mention the fact that the brothers are constantly fighting like juveniles when there are bigger problems like demons and vengeance spirits. I understand that the brothers have an irreconcilable backstory, but the brothers attacked more like elementary school than mature teenagers.
The plot of Unbreakable is full of enough mysterious and creepy happenings to sate my macabre cravings. Garcia really knows how to weave a paranormal novel, making each encounter with a supernatural being exciting and intense. This book is insanely creepy, like leave your lights on at night kind of creepy and I appreciate all of the horror elements that went into this book. Garcia never truly holds back when it comes to the horror and Unbreakable isn't for the faint at heart.
I'm really not sure where the whole romance angle of this book is going at all. There are only romantic tinges that really didn't stick out much in my mind. I'm not sure if there's going to be in future installments because the romance in this book doesn't really go anywhere. I won't mind reading a love triangle in this series, as long as it's executed well.
Unbreakable really had promise and it's really a shame that I didn't enjoy it more. I really loved the plot and the horror aspects, but the characters and the romance really fell short for me. I will be continuing this series because I know this series has tons of potential and I just love Garcia's writing. I know I didn't enjoy Unbreakable as I would have liked, but I have a feeling that fans of horror novels will absolutely love it. (less)
If you haven't read Born at Midnight what are you waiting for? Check out my review Not too long ago I read Born At Midnight and I really liked it. I...moreIf you haven't read Born at Midnight what are you waiting for? Check out my review Not too long ago I read Born At Midnight and I really liked it. It was natural that I would read Awake at Dawn and I'm glad I did. Kylie has a spirit visiting her, saying that she has to save someone but the ghost won't tell her who. Lucas ran away with Fredericka but visits her in her dreams. Derek wants Kylie to forget Lucas but how can she? Shadow Falls is a series that is very addicting! C.C. Hunter created a world that is so interesting to read about. I feel like I really know Kylie and her Shadow Falls campmates because C.C. Hunter writes in a way that's just so realistic, and developed. Just when you think something is going to happen C.C. throws in a plot twist. The love triangle in this book is really great. Lately I have been tired of love triangles with the surge of love triangles in the YA Market. Shadow Falls is a love triangle like no other because you won't be able to decide who you like better! Lucas and Derek may not be human but they still aren't perfect. Awake at Dawn ended on a real cliffhanger and I must read the next book. If you're looking for a fast paced contemporary and paranormal romantic adventure you're in for a treat. Fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Mortal Instruments will love this well written story that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Also check out 10 Things you'll learn from Whispers at Moonrise! 4/5 Stars (less)
Find this review and more at Scott Reads It The Dead-Tossed Waves was a book that was mind-blowing and I just didn't want to end ever! If you read an...moreFind this review and more at Scott Reads It The Dead-Tossed Waves was a book that was mind-blowing and I just didn't want to end ever! If you read any Carrie Ryan books you'll know what I mean because her books are just fantastic. The Dead-Tossed Waves isn't a sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, the last time I read the 2nd companion book in a series it wasn't a very good experience (ie. Fire). The Dead-Tossed Waves took everything I loved about it's companion and added so many original and new concepts.
Our main character of TD-TW is Gabry, the daughter of Mary who was the protagonist of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. All Gabry has ever known is the fenced in city of Vista and the ocean adjacent to the city. Gabry makes a decision that she can't take back and her life is forever changed. Soon she faces the unexpected like a zombie worshiping cult, tremendous secrets, and a terrifying forest.
Gabry wasn't a fighter like her mother but Gabry still was a well-written and awesome character. What Gabry lacked really was self-confidence because she kept putting herself down. Gabry was way braver than she took credit for. The love interests were very diverse on many aspects yet they didn't make me cringe as in most love triangles. I think the romance aspects were well-written and really enhanced the emotional depth of this novel.
The Dead Tossed Waves isn't a direct sequel but it still continues The Forest of Hands and Teeth's story in an interesting way. I really like how both stores were intertwined and how some questions I had in the previous novel were finally answered. The Dead-Tossed Waves wasn't as gory as The Forest of Hands and Teeth but it had alot more heart and emotional depth than it's predecessor. The Dead-Tossed Waves is an emotional zombies like Warm Bodies that I really enjoyed.
I really recommend TD-TW because it really exceed all of my expectations. It really gave me a different view of zombies than just mindless brain eaters. Zombies were humanized in this book because zombies were people too you know! The Dead Tossed Waves is a thriller that is so action packed that you won't be able to put it down!! I highly recommend it for fans of Zombies books and books with great love triangles. I need The Dark and Hollow Places more than Zombies crave brains!(less)
Find this review at Scott Reads It Why did I read this book? First of all I am an Alice in Wonderland aficionado and I have read the book and seen the...more Find this review at Scott Reads It Why did I read this book? First of all I am an Alice in Wonderland aficionado and I have read the book and seen the Disney movies several times. I also love mashups and retellings, and I expected this book to be reminiscent of Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I also read Gena Showalter's Intertwined series and I enjoyed the action, adventure, romance and originality of the series. Zombies are one of my favorite creatures to read about ever since The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I started Alice in Zombieland with such high hopes and maybe that's why I am so disappointed.
I really felt like I was deceived into reading this book because it is marketed as an Alice in Wonderland retelling yet it really isn't one. Besides that the character's name is Alice and that she sees white rabbits there is nothing else Wonderland related. Occasionally Showalter added references to Carroll's masterpiece but all these references felt extraneous and pretty pointless.
Instead of getting an Alice in Wonderland retelling we get a pretty generic romance with mediocre action scenes. Alice in Zombieland is the story of Alice Bell who gets into a car crash and her parents die. The police thinks her parents died from wild dogs but Alice think it's zombies. Alice's father always preached that there were invisible monsters or zombies and that the family had to be careful. Alice also thought he was crazy until the day the car crashed and she saw zombies. Now Alice is caught in the struggle against Zombies and 2 lovers.
Alice in Zombieland felt like a chore to read. Showalter brought a new concept of Zombies in Alice in Zombieland but I found that the idea wasn't executed very well. All the "action" scenes were difficult to read but I kept on reading and reading. I really had hope that it would get better but it didn't really get better at all. The love triangle was very unoriginal and uninteresting. We had the bad boy, Cole and good guy Justin of course! Cole was a controlling jerk and Justin seemed really nice but he turned out to be a jerk also! Both Cole and Justin were not memorable at all and I really had difficulty even remembering their names! At least in Intertwined Showalter created memorable characters and plot but this was not the case in this book.
Gena Showalter's latest YA novel is nothing new with it's unoriginal love triangle, and slow pace. This book felt dreadful to read and in the last 50 pages or so I found myself skimming the ending. Besides lacking an exciting plot, and characters this really is not an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I really felt like I wasted my time reading this book and I can't understand all the 5 Stars this book received! 1 Star!(less)
Find this review at Scott Reads It Ashes was a book that I had a pretty high expectations for. I didn't really know anything about the book before I...moreFind this review at Scott Reads It Ashes was a book that I had a pretty high expectations for. I didn't really know anything about the book before I picked it up except it had good reviews. Ashes was a huge letdown, and I was very disappointed what I got.
Ashes is a zombie dystopian book. It's sounds to good to be true! Zombies and dystopia are two of my favorite genres and this book had both. Ashes started off decent but the rest of the book couldn't redeem itself. This is the story of Alex who is hiking through the woods trying to escape her life and her tumor. An Electromagnetic pulse wipes out technology, kills people, and turns other people into zombies. Sounds promising? She thens meets Tom, a former soldier, and Ellie, a little troubled girl.
One of my main complaints about the book was the pacing. The pacing was ridiculously slow and really ruined the book for me. There were alot of scenes in the book that I felt were unnecessary and frivolous.
Early on I realized that I didn't really like any of the characters. The only character who I did like a tiny bit was only in part of the book. The rest of the characters were very generic and just nothing special. Ashes was a pretty generic zombie in my opinion. It did nothing to set it self apart from other books. People become zombies, and others try to survive. The dystopian element was very basic and was similar to many other societies.
The idea of the EMPs (Electromagnetic pulses)was very cool along with the beginning of the book. Also the last couple of pages were very good compared to the rest of the book. Ashes ended on a pretty good cliffhanger that actually made me want to read the 2nd book. I will read Shadows but I am not expecting anything and who knows I might like it!
If you are looking for a good zombie read go read The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I really expected to love Ashes like I loved TFoHaT but my judgement was off. If I hadn't read so many good zombie books maybe I would have liked it more. 1.5/5 Stars(less)
The Lineup: Cassandra Clare , Holly Black , Kate Milford , Diana Peterfreund, Sara Ryan , Scott Tracey,Robin Wasserman, Kendare Blake,Gwenda Bond, Sarah Rees Brennan,Rachel Caine, Sarah Cross, Kami Garcia, Michelle Hodkin, and Kelly Link.
The Review: It took a lot of talented and amazing people to make Shadowhunters and Downworlders great. I'm really impressed how great this book was and that's all because of the awesome lineup. Shadowhunters and Downworlders is definitely the best anthology ever, no questions asked.
I didn't expect to like Shadowhunters and Downworlders at all because I expected boring and voluminous essays. I am happy to say that I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Shadowhunters and Downworlders is nothing short of spectacular. You get a great analytical look at the Mortal Instruments series which really helps you understand Clare's series in a new way. I saw a completely different view of the series that was groundbreaking.
All of the essays in this Mortal Instruments Reader are very easy to read but very informative. Particularly my favorite essay was by far: "Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero. My favorite character from MI was definitely Simon and Michelle Hodkin's input on Simon was very interesting. This essay has so much to learn from it such as about Judaism, the history of Vampires, and what it means to be a hero.
Shadowhunters and Downworlders is an essential for all fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments. This anthology really proves again and again why MI is a phenomenal series. Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a spectacular insight into the universe we all love. If you're a fan of Cassandra Clare you must have Shadowhunters and Downworlders on your bookshelf. Read Shadowhunters and Downworlders you definitely won't regret it. This book really made me even more excited (and I didn't think it was possible) for the City of Bones movie, and the release of Clockwork Princess. (less)
Find this review at Scott Reads It Enclave was a book unlike anything I have ever read before. Imagine a world where you do not have a name until you...moreFind this review at Scott Reads It Enclave was a book unlike anything I have ever read before. Imagine a world where you do not have a name until your 15th birthday and everyone under 15 is called a brat. Deuce always wanted to be a hunter and she is finally getting her wish. The Enclave is an odd dystopian society where people are divided into 3 classes: breeders, hunters, and builders (shown based on how many scars you have). I loved the quick pacing of the book and the intense action scenes but I had a few problems.
The characters were all flipping fantastic except for one creepy character. Deuce was one of the most awesome female characters in YA literature and she made the book very enjoyable to read. Fade was simply awesome and I thought him and Deuce were perfect. My happiness was ruined when Deuce and Fade met a rapist named Stalker. Deuce how can you like a man named Stalker who rapes little girls? The second Ann Aguirre introduced a love triangle I got very pissed off.
Sheldon you tell the nice people! Seriously Deuce you better get rid of him in Outpost because any man who takes advantage of people isn't the right man for you.
I loved the first half of Enclave so much. It had great action, characters, romance, and zombies. Also the 1st half of the book was so fast paced and I just couldn't stop reading. Let's just say the second half of the book was definitely not as great as the first half. We got introduced to an annoying rapist (Grumbles...) Stalker. I really wish Aguirre had not included a love triangle because it really slowed down the 2nd half of the book. The action scenes didn't disappoint at all and I was really into it. I really salute Aguirre for making the Freaks (zombies) terrifyingly awesome and for creating such an unique book.
The world building of Enclave was unique and original. The way Aguirre created underground societies were fascinating and if there ever was a apocalypse I bet this how it all would go down. Topside was a terrifyingly world even more terrifying than Topside in my opinion. The vivid descriptions of Topside and underground really compelled me to read more and more.
Even though I hated (hated is an understatement) Stalker and his rapist friends I really enjoyed Enclave. Enclave had a fast-paced plot with a world building that really interested me. This wasn't the best zombie book I have read but it certainly was an interesting read. I will read definitely read Outpost but I hope there isn't any controversial rapists in it. I have a theory why I love zombie books maybe there's a little bit of zombie killer in all of us.
Dead Reckoning is the 11th book in Charlaine Harris's bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series. It's not necessarily a bad book but I had difficulty getting through the first half of the book. I hate leaving books unfinished but I just couldn't read any more. I had started reading in August and didn't finish until this week (nearly 5 months later). I was in the mood for something light on New Year's Eve so I decided to pick up where I left off.
The Sookie Stackhouse series started off in 2001 with Dead Until Dark. In 12 years Sookie Stackhouse has really going through alot including murder plots, a bombing, an affair with a weretiger, being attacked by various supernatural creatures and so much more. She has fallen in and out of love multiple times with different men. There is something addictive about this series but the series started to lose steam with Dead In The Family. Dead In The Family was ridiculously slow paced and nothing seemed to happen as I recall. (I even went back on wikipedia and read the plot summary yesterday. I didn't miss anything by the way and I could tell why I hated it.)
Dead Reckoning was very mediocre for the majority of the book. Much of the book follows our protagonist Sookie Stackhouse following errands and talking to Eric about a murder plot on Victor. Sookie got on my nerves several times during Dead Reckoning and I hated how helpless she kept acting. In the first nine books Sookie would always be brave and couragous but lately she has been so helpless. When danger arrives at her home Sookie just runs to Bill's house, strips down, and jumps on naked Bill. Yes, you heard me right.
"Sookie" he murmered. "Bill, thank God you're awake." "You're unclothed." Trust a man to mention that first.
Sookie what is wrong with you? You come to Bill's house in the nude and you have the gall to think Bill is hitting on you. Personally Bill is one of my favorite characters but I wanted to cringe during this scene. It felt unnecessarily awkward and so unlike Sookie. I think Harris was trying to make it seem like Sookie isn't completely head over hells for Eric but it just made me feel disgusted. Then Harris being the writer she was, added some unnecessarily added a peculiar Alcide scene.
There was someone in my bed. "Excuse me?" I said. Alcide Herveaux sat up. He was bare-chested. The rest of him I couldn't see under the sheet.
Alcide decided to takes his chances now that Sookie and Eric broke the bond. Do you really think showing up naked in Sookie's bed will make her love you? I seriously couldn't stand many of the characters in this Sookie Stackhouse novel because they weren't the characters I loved in the first 9 books. All the characters were complete repulsive strangers to me that lacked common sense. The two characters I didn't mind in this book were Pam and Bill. I felt really bad for Pam with the whole Miriam and Victor situation. It wasn't Bill's fault that Sookie ended up naked in his house. So many of the scenes in Dead Reckoning were frivolous and were complete drivel. I don't understand why Harris added all these scenes that were unnecessary and as a result Dead Reckoning's plot didn't flow well. Literally half the book was scenes like this one:
Just in case, I stopped at the Piggly Wiggly and got some. Grabbed up some milk, too. And some bacon. I hadn't had a bacon sandwich in ages.."
I don't know about you but I don't like reading about a character doing errands. I wanted to see some awesome vampire action scenes or maybe a little bit of mystery. The name of this series is Southern Vampire Mysteries yet there is no actual mystery in this book. Besides the fact that Dead Reckoning lacked mystery and conflict for the majority of the novel, the novel also had some terrible dialogue. "What?" "You heard me. I am so angry with you." He really mean it. "Come here," I said. "No.." Where's the humor and the witty dialogue that I loved in previous books.
The last 1/3 of Dead Reckoning deserves it's own paragraph because it's the best part of the book. I actually enjoyed the ending so this book because there was finally some action! The ending was the most well written part of the book and it lacked the cringe-worthy dialogue that made the first half intolerable. I really liked the way this book ended and I will be reading the sequel. The ending reminded me of the previous Southern Vampire Mysteries books and it was phenomenal (compared to the rest of the book).
What made Dead Reckoning so difficult to read? It might have been the fact that nothing happened for most of the book. Dead Reckoning felt like a collection of random meaningless scenes, & the characters weren't acting like themselves. The writing didn't have the addictive quality that previous books had. I had to take a 5 month break from Dead Reckoning because it was that irritating. I feel like the series has been dragged out too long and that Charlaine Harris is in it just for the money. Harris's previous books were well-written and I felt like she put alot of effort creating the plot. I felt like Harris is burnt out and just wrote this book to get it over with. Whatever the reason that Dead Reckoning was a mediocre book, I will be reading this book only to find out who Sookie ends up with.(less)
I have read all of Heather Brewer's books and really enjoyed them all. When I found out she had a new series called Legacy of Tril I was elated. I ha...more I have read all of Heather Brewer's books and really enjoyed them all. When I found out she had a new series called Legacy of Tril I was elated. I had to get my hands on Soulbound and really was excited to read it. Soulbound is a very different book than all of Heather's other books. Soulbound is a fantasy romance while Vlad Tod and Slayer Chronicles are paranormal fiction. To really understand Soulbound you need to understand the original world of Tril Barrons and Healers are Soulbound. Barrons have a job to protect their Healer with their fighting skill and kill Graplars. Graplars are creatures that have sharp teeth and will kill. Healers heal their Barrons in battle with a single touch. Tril is a world run by Protocol which is guidelines for Barrons and Healers. Protocol states that a Healer must be bound to a Barron. Kaya's parents lost their Soulbound (soulmate) Healers in a battle and have fallen in love. This is against protocol since they are both healers. Kaya has grown up away from all the Protocol drama but one day receives a letter from Shadow Academy. Basically she has to go and learn to become a healer or her parents die. Kaya goes and is Soulbound to a Barron but Kaya wants to learn to fight and Healers aren't supposed to fight because they are subservient to their Barron. I liked the world Heather Brewer created because it really was unique. The plot wasn't so unique, girl goes to boarding school, girl makes enemies with teachers, girl falls in love with two guys, etc. I did enjoy the book and the pages flew by. The love triangle was okay, one of the guys was kind of irritating. Both of Kaya's lovers were pretty stereo typical guys in YA fiction. I did like how Kaya was strong and wanted to be able to protect herself. Though the book was pretty predictable I did enjoy Soulbound and I am going to read Soulbroken (which I hope will be less cliche). 3/5 Stars (less)