In Matched, we meet Cassia as she is preparing for her Match Banquet, where she will be Matched to her partner for life. The Society has carefully pla...moreIn Matched, we meet Cassia as she is preparing for her Match Banquet, where she will be Matched to her partner for life. The Society has carefully planned everything and controls every element in the world where she lives: the partner they will marry, how many children they will get, where they will life, what their jobs will be and even what and how much they get to eat every day. Running is not allowed outside, nor is having personal belongings.
The first 200 pages of the book are about the world in which Cassia finds herself and her family. The pages mainly talk about everything that is forbidden or discouraged, after we've seen Cassia getting her Match. Her Matching process doesn't go as smoothly as the Officials want it to be: when Cassia uses the microcard on which she finds the information on her Match, she doesn't see the one she's been Matched to on her Match Banquet; she sees a different boy. This makes Cassia curious and we see how Cassia deals with this change in plan.
Everything that is monitored and everything that is forbidden is carefully explained in the books and it makes the book dull and flat. There's not much going on - only minor events that don't really seem important to the plot. The last 150 pages are the pages that actually are interesting. There's something going on, but what? There are things going on that nobody can explain and when the story finally begins to take form, the story ends and we have to wait for Crossed to come out to see what happens next.
To be honest, I was on the verge of giving up multiple times. I feel like I've been reading an incredibly long introduction to the story and I feel left out now that I've found out that the actual story will develop in Crossed, which will not come out until November 2011.
I had difficulty relating to Cassia. She didn't really have a personality until the end of the book and even then she doesn't really show her personality. Cassia obeys the Society and does everything somewhat according to the rules, and even though we follow Cassia around in the story, I couldn't really identify myself with her. This made it even harder to get through the pages filled with endless descriptions of the things that weren't allowed.
Another thing that bothered me was the description of Cassia and Ky. Cassia was clearly developing an obsession for the boy and that does not mean that she's in love with him. I didn't get the feeling that they were in love, I just got the feeling that Cassia was obsessively watching him, posessive, almost stalkerish. The bond between them just didn't seem to transfer to me as the reader while reading the words on the paper.
Overall, I think the storyline is genius. A Society Matches everyone to their perfect partner for life and Cassia struggles to obey the rules the Society created. I found the pace in the book disappointing and I truly believe that the story would have been better if we had 50 pages less of the descriptions. It would have made the book easier to read and more interesting to see the plot develop.
My overall rating: 3/5
Because I found myself bored at several points in the story. I genuinely hope that Crossed will have more pace, more action and more emotion so I can relate to Cassia.
Can I just say 'WOW' and let that be my review? Touch of Power was incredibly addicting, amazingly written and overall just utterly captivating. I'm a...moreCan I just say 'WOW' and let that be my review? Touch of Power was incredibly addicting, amazingly written and overall just utterly captivating. I'm a fan!
After three years on the run, Avry finds herself in a cell, waiting for her execution for being who she is. She gets bailed out by a group of rogues, who need her to heal their leader. Once again she finds herself on the run, but this time she has company - and I couldn't help but fall in love with the group of guys who freed her.
My absolute favorite character was Belen. I loved him so much! He was fully developed, completely fleshed out and just lovely. All of the characters were very well developed and it was easy to distinguish who was talking - although the monkeys were a bit hard to seperate - and I loved that they were all so unique. Even the antagonist, who you need to hate, had his good side and could be charasmatic if he wanted to, which made me completely confused on whether I should like him or not. Eventually, I picked my side; but he was made human, instead of a completely crazy madman like a lot of antagonists seem to be these days.
Avry was a strong female heroine with a mind of her own, determined and not afraid to stand her ground. I loved that! She had her weak spots, which made her human and relatable, and she made for a great main character. I loved to see her bickering with Kerrick, shooting sarcastic remarks at him. She was the only one who didn't do what he ordered her to do, and this immediately made me like her.
To be honest, I have no idea how to express my love for this book. It was very well written, with great characters and I loved the twists. If it wasn't for the fact that I was utterly exhausted, I would have finished it in one sitting - it's that good. I can't recommend this enough. If you like stories with strong and well written characters, a lot of plot twists, an addicting storyline and/or magic, I'm asking you.. What are you waiting for?! Go grab a copy and discover the awesomeness yourself!
After reading This Is Not A Test and not really enjoying it (review), I was weary to start another one of Courtney Summer’s novels, even though I had...moreAfter reading This Is Not A Test and not really enjoying it (review), I was weary to start another one of Courtney Summer’s novels, even though I had two on my shelves. On a whim, I picked up Cracked Up To Be and I’m glad I did, because this book was loads better than my first Summers book.
Cracked Up To Be tells the gritty story of Parker Fadley, once the most popular girl at school. She has fallen from grace – or rather, she jumped. She didn’t want all that anymore. Nobody knows why she suddenly stopped being a cheerleader and why she started drinking in school. As a reader, you are both in and outside Parker’s head. Inside, because you see things from her point of view, but also outside, because you don’t know what’s going on either. And it turns out that Parker has plenty enough reason to close herself off.
But separating herself from everyone else gets hard when Jake, the New Kid, starts poking his nose in her business. He’s curious about her, and even though she doesn’t want to admit it, she’s curious about the guy who dares to ask questions that make her uncomfortable. What follows is the unraveling of Parker’s last couple of months, and there was no way that anybody would have known.
Starting off with Parker, one of the most unlikable main characters I’ve read about, she is a tough cookie to crack. While she is unlikable, she doesn’t need to be liked – her characterization is perfect as it is and I loved her trying to cope with things by being snappy and short tempered. It fits her. She is a complicated character, which made her realistic and I loved that.
There’s not much I can say about the story itself without spoiling it. I can only say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters and the way Summers writes. It has a raw and harsh edge to it, which I love. Cracked Up To Be was everything I want from a contemporary novel and I’m so glad I decided not to give up on Summers after reading her latest.
Recommended for fans of contemporary and raw, realistic stories about teenagers with issues.