Recently while reviewing The Almost Girl I talked about dystopian books becoming realistic and how that scares m...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Recently while reviewing The Almost Girl I talked about dystopian books becoming realistic and how that scares me. Well, let me tell you this one was truly easy to believe in. You might not think the same but who knows what's happening in those wild parts of the world.
Anyhow back to start. So this book is about Edanton, a place in South American jungle where people are supposed to experience "Garden of Eden" and by that they are given set of strict rules which they must follow. The work for the community and have strictly enclosed space they are kept in. Mia, a girl who's been part of this program since age of ten is starting the question the system and the idea of it. When a mysterious boy Gabriel shows up he finds that the truth is far from what they've been presented. When she sees what in reality they're there to do she cannot do anything different but fight and try to find a way out.
All that with greatly pictured idea of people who are used basically as slaves with the shocking ways of controlling the minds. It was hard not to imagine this all in the wilds of Amazon forest and the whole corruption which seems too real.
What I really liked in this story are unexpected twist which moved the story the right way and which kept the pace and you never knew what's happening next. That and the romance was enough to make me love this story with the addition of realty of the story.
All in all, it's just everything I could ask for in dystopian story.
Recently almost all dystopian novels that I've read had something in common. That is the reality of the story whi...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Recently almost all dystopian novels that I've read had something in common. That is the reality of the story which at the same time thrills me because of all the ideas and scares the hell out of me because of the possibility of these ideas coming true. This one is no exception.
Parallel universes have been something that's been fairly popular nowadays and the story here is based on that. Parallel with out world is another world called Neospes, but that universe is way ahead of us when it comes to technology. Their is so advanced that androids are part of the human world and after the android war this universe is in troubles. The only way to save it to secure the monarchy and the only way to do it to go into our world and find Caden. That mission is one that Riven's assigned to and as the best fighter in her world she is not familiar with failure. For the first time she is thrown into unknown and she must fight something she is not familiar with.
The whole idea of a world where technology is so advanced fascinated me so much, the way the technology became a part of people and with everything going on today it's something that doesn't seem that unbelievable. Riven, our main character here is neatly characterized. She is trained fighter and with some other things about her it's so interesting to see how she adopts to our world and most of all to emotions. Not only those towards Caden, but other people as well. Then there is Caden, a boy that's easy to fall for. Basically this has got everything I could ask for.
Probably the only thing that I wished was more developed was the past of Neospes. I'm still really curious about it. Was it once as ours is now? I hope I'll find my answers in the next book.
It's not a secret that I love fantasy, but another thing is that I like that old kind of fantasy. Where you have...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's not a secret that I love fantasy, but another thing is that I like that old kind of fantasy. Where you have old books and good old mystery around. This book has all of that and what's even more interesting it's dystopia at the same time.
This book is divided into two stories basically and they're intertwined. We have a story about a young boy Dephon who lives in a future world. The world as we know it has been destroyed and now the Treptonian government runs what's left of it. Only he doesn't know that he has a power, a power he inherited from his mother and father, but father is ready to face the truth and help him. Until one day one person from the past shows up and gives him The Exemeus. His mother's Exemeus to help him figure things out and what's more important to meet her better as he never had a chance to. As soon as he opened the book he meets someone who is there to lead him through it and become a friend he never had. With a little time left he must learn all there is about his magic and the way to save the world.
While reading his mother's Exemeus we travel into the past and other world - Haylee's world. Where we get to know how did it started and what happened. I can say that Dephon was a sweet boy and was a good narrator, but Haylee was easier for me to connect with. It was easy to flow from one story to another and to connect the dots. While meeting Haylee and Singelton and their love story and then comparing that to the past in which Dephon lives you can see the changes that happened not only in the world but in people.
It's really hard to balance while writing this review. It is confusing when you start the book but the magic starts when you become able to connect the stories and to see the bigger picture, or better said the whole picture. All in all, I can say that I enjoyed in this story that has a wonderful magic in it, with coming of age and a bit of romance. With this I can't wait to see more and hopefully I'll get to see more of outside world (which is probably the only thing I missed here).(less)
Few months ago I was lucky enough to host this author and share his guest post on my blog. You can check it here...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Few months ago I was lucky enough to host this author and share his guest post on my blog. You can check it here and if you do you'll laugh so hard. I realized that this author can be really hilariously witty and the best part of it he transferred that into Nomad or better said Raven which made this reading experience pleasurable.
This story starts in the middle of everything. We met Raven walking on the road without previous memories. She is completely lost in place and time and slowly she discovers that some people are after her so she knows that she must defend which is like breathing to her as she is a soldier. With all advanced technology from future she realizes that she is on a mission to fix things and save future. She came back to kill a future dictator while he is still young and powerless. Of course, things are never as easy as they seem.
Beside a really kick-but character, which I enjoyed being, Nomad has a great idea which is nicely developed. The world building was great and it was so easy to picture the destroyed future in which Raven grew up. There is also romance here, so it wasn't put aside. Add great pacing to all that, and you realize it's a nicely balanced book for all lovers of dystopia and those who are yet to become that.
Only thing is that I wish there was more Jabbie here. I was so curious about his character so I only wish he had been more developed. But nonetheless you won't be able to put this book down and you'll turn pages frantically just to see what happens next. It's addictive.(less)
It really took me a while to sit down and write this review, but this is one of the series that everyone has rea...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It really took me a while to sit down and write this review, but this is one of the series that everyone has read and reviewed so I'm afraid that I have noting more to add. Still I'll need my review for later when I decide to continue with this series so here it is.
This first thing that captivated me here was the idea itself. In times when beauty means more than it should and where you get judged just by your look this book played with that phenomena marvelously and it critiques it wonderfully. Not so long ago I have seen a documentary about little girls whose mothers do everything to make them the prettiest girls in the world. No matter what you say, no one can persuade me that it's not sick. Irony is that kids are the only ones who see the real beauty and never judge by the outside and then they are thought to do just that. It's like taking a childhood from the child. I know it's off topic but the beauty of this book is that it shows the real priorities and beauty. Not the outside one but the one inside. It shows in the descriptions of characters who went from ugly to pretty and the change it created in their actions and behaviors. With the transition we see changes made not only outside but inside.
While this series had a great idea and great world-building with really interesting characters and action, still I struggled with the start of the story. It was so slow that I thought I'd give up. Luckily I didn't. Now I hope I'll enjoy the Pretties more.(less)
How far you'll get with this book depends mostly on how long you can tolerate some linguistic errors, regardless if they're grammatical, syntactic or structural or any other. As you can see I can tolerate it but then again my grammar sucks sometimes so I'm in no position to judge anyone. But also the story is really gripping and I wanted to see what will happen. I'm really happy cause of that.
When I say happy for that I mostly mean that I've got to read the ending of this book. Yes this is a series and everything but then again this ending was the only right thing to do. But besides that this is also a story about angels and considering that they're my favorite creatures I always expect much more. That mistake is mine and mine alone so maybe some people will love this story more. The main problem for me was the characterization of angels. When you create them as villains it creates some bad feelings inside me. I don't have such a problem with Nephilim but then about archangels I do.
To tell you more about the book. We have a girl named Rosa as a pretty good kick-ass character. After some events in her past she decided to become a hunter and with her determination she became one of the best. While living in the world where the world as we know it has been invaded the two tabors are created. Some cities are the cities of hunters while other are the cities of angels. The problems for Rose starts when all of the sudden two angels are in her city. Yes they have glamour but they can't fool Rose. Even though all her instincts tell her to kill them as it's her job she is curious to see why are they there. Something is off. Jason one of the angles is on a quest and searching for someone very important to him.
Besides all the things I mentioned above which were problems for me this book also has some good sides. First one is the whole idea for the story is good. Maybe I'd change some things but this is not my book. The idea is good and I do see potential in it. The author also managed to create something that some author's never do - feelings. But most of the bad things could be fixed with a good editor. Towards the end of the book this became such an amazing thing. I'm really happy that I've had the opportunity to read it.
Rating: 2.5 stars.
***NOTE: Copy of this book is kindly provided by the author Rose J. Bell - Thank you. I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions in this review are personal.(less)
I can freely say that 2014 is a year of great expectations when it comes to YA lit. So many new authors and not...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I can freely say that 2014 is a year of great expectations when it comes to YA lit. So many new authors and not to mention the sequels that we're waiting for. Alienated was one on my list and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book.
Because as usual I don't read blurbs I expected this book to be about parallel universes or better said I had movie titled Upside Down in my head, but as soon as I cracked open this book I knew that we'd go the different way and we did. Surprisingly I haven't read that many books about aliens considering how mainstream they are, but I can tell you that this one promises a lot.
So as usual we have a girl, Cara who is from Earth. She is highly intelligent and outgoing girl. Then there is a boy, Aelyx. He is alien, inhumanly intelligent but cold, because of DNA modifications. Basically on L'eihr the planted he is coming from the normal reproduction is banished and they all get genetically superior features, in almost all sectors, but one - emotional. For them intelligence is main aspect of their society where emotions are leveled to minimum. Once the whole exchange program starts the two of them have to find a way around each other, because they both have greater goals. Cara has to get the money because of their financial situation and Aelyx must go on with the plan he is sent to do.
But fear not my friends, this book is much more than girl meats boy and she falls for the boy and after quite some time boy also falls for her. The great thing about this book is the whole world building. The author nicely created the L'eihr and not giving all information at once but piece by piece she manages to keep your attention and makes you turn pages as fast as you can. One thing that surprised me a lot in this book is humor. I laughed a lot and honestly I didn't expect that.
Only aspect of the story that I was missing, was the whole situation that happened when the first interaction with Earth and L'eihr occurred. Not only out of curiosity but also because it'd help us understand the whole human despise towards the other planted. I do get the reasons, but not the reason they started the exchange program if people were so against it.
Anyhow I cannot wait for the next book and our trip to L'eihr. (less)
Honestly I wasn't planing on reading this series at first cause it sounded like any other dystopian but then they...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Honestly I wasn't planing on reading this series at first cause it sounded like any other dystopian but then they needed more bloggers for the tour and I decided to give it a try. I can gladly say that that was a good decision. This book has similar idea like other dystopian novels but still it's not typical.
Here we meet our main character Rena who lives in a world where everyone must obey the Overlord's laws. She must be as everyone else and people who are different aren't welcoming. People's lives became dull and monotonous as they live within the borders that are set for them. Rena is sick and tired of that life and she decides to do anything possible to get away from her factory job, gets rich and gains better life. So she starts wondering. Starts searching out of the borders for the things that are left and yet undiscovered as you can sell them for really good price. Only the problems start when her best friend is taken because of her. She must find a way to help her and surprisingly Nevan joins her. They have to pass many dangerous places on their quest.
Edge of Truth was a really thrilling and interesting read. It's action-packed and you can't wait to see what happens next. But, yes there is but, I had some issues with this series. They are mostly because many things are left unanswered here and I had to ask myself why plenty of times. Starting with their hair-styles. They wear dreadlocks and I had no idea why. Also what happened to the world as we know it. I mean I guess something are left in secret for the sequel but I needed some little details to understand this book better.
All in all I look forward reading the second book in this series.(less)
Apart from all the sequels that are coming out this year for me this one was one of the most expected title. I re...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Apart from all the sequels that are coming out this year for me this one was one of the most expected title. I really, but really wanted to get that purple sky. But for real, when you leave me hanging with a cliffhanger it drives me crazy and when you add a new planet into all that I go insane.
Gravity, the first novel in this series, was one of those that caught my attention and like I said in my review it wasn't flawless but it was enjoyable. But for me the most interesting thing is that where Gravity had flaws Hover was flawless and vice versa. While I enjoyed the picture of destroyed Earth in Gravity I expected to get the same from Loge. Unfortunately it didn't happen, or I might have expected too much. That's the problem when you promise me a totally new planted (with purple sky) I'll expect too much. Period. At the same time the first book was really action packed, same as Hover but I have got a feeling that the plot here was static. It's hard to explain, but whit all the action in this book the plot didn't move much forward. At the other hand the relationship between Ari and Jackson here bought me. It was so sweet and intimidating that I couldn't help but enjoy. Same is for Jackson. He was an interesting character in the Gravity, but here I saw his good, as well as bad days and that helped me connect with him more. Logically, Ari changed too and they grew together and they fulfill each other perfectly.
Honestly, I can't say that I'm disappointed with this book as I'm not. It had its ups and downs, but for one thing I really expect a lot from the next book. I might have turned blind-eye to some things here and I won't do it again. It means that I want to see Loge in its beauty and ugliness, and not to mention one real fight. Melissa you owe us that.
Needless to say, I got my purple sky at the end of the day.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by publisher - Entangled. Thank you. I'm not paid for writing this review, I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions are personal. (less)
Why everyone thing this is a contemporary story? I have no idea why cause when I saw it for the first time I knew...morereview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Why everyone thing this is a contemporary story? I have no idea why cause when I saw it for the first time I knew it was a dystopian story. Now when we've settled that let's move to the story.
Dystopian genre is really blooming and I've read a different stories and concepts but this one is also new for me. The story here is about souls. Technically about two souls. The story has it that since the birth everyone has a two souls in their body and during the years one becomes dominant and the other one disappears and that's called settling. Only our main characters Eva and Addie are still two persons in one body or how they call it - hybrids. The thing here is that only Addie knows that Eva exists for all the others there is only Addie...until one day when they make new friendship. Soon enough their lives completely change and they need to get out of the mess they got themselves into.
While What's Left Of Me is a story with a different concept still many events are well-known. The beginning of this book was really great and enjoyable. I easily got into the story. But I can't say the same for the last part of the story, cause then it fell into the pattern that was not so unknown. Still the book left a lot of unanswered questions and can't wait to read the sequel. (less)
I was thinking about writing the whole review about this one but come think about it, there is no need. My friend Keertana already did that and my sen...moreI was thinking about writing the whole review about this one but come think about it, there is no need. My friend Keertana already did that and my sentences will never sound grammatically and syntactically perfect as hers do.
It's been a while since I've read this book and quite honestly this wasn't an easy review to write. After reading...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's been a while since I've read this book and quite honestly this wasn't an easy review to write. After reading this book my emotions were all over the place. Few times I though about giving up but I still left it here and hoped that my emotions will settle.
This story started in Incarnate. It was an interesting story for me to read. It was dystopian and somehow it had some new elements in it. I was eager to read Asunder cause I wanted to see more about the world and creatures and Anna and Sam and everyone else. Yes of course I got some new details but I must say that I might have expected too much. Being a newsoul was something that Anna had to carry on her shoulders alone. She was a mistake in some people's eyes and yet she was something new. They're mostly afraid. She had to go through everything for the first time while most of the souls around her forgot about their first lives. In the sequel Anna has some secrets to reveal and maybe she is on the way to discover the truth about their existence and about herself.
My emotions are still over the place for this one. This book was interesting and brought some new discoveries about the world - something I expected of it, but also it was quite boring as well. I felt like I was reading this book for years and I was reading it for quite a long time - for my standards. My attention keep flying around and it was hard to concentrate on the book. Of course some parts were really interesting but still not majority of them. Still I'll be waiting for the next book.
With all middle books or second books in series I've noticed some pattern, but mostly this happens in dystopians...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With all middle books or second books in series I've noticed some pattern, but mostly this happens in dystopians. While in the first book the whole idea is presented and you need to wrap your mind around something, second books leaves you to connect all the smaller things and mostly to get to know the main character and other characters too. This one follows that patter.
While in the first book you get the whole idea of Slated was nicely presented in the first book and what I mostly like about this series is that's really believable. We got to meet Kyla better here and we get to meet not only her present but her past as well. After being Slated she got a new opportunity to get a new life and start all over. With appearance of some new characters, meaning Nico something changed inside of her. She started to remember, but at the same time she is not supposed to. That brings memory of another self Lucy and that past life and another person she once were - a fighter Rain. Kyla has to be all three and she has to balance herself not to be suspicious. It might sound complicated but it really isn't as the author managed to pull out that idea nicely so that you don't get confused. With all that, the whole idea of fighting back, she has another burden to carry - Ben. It still hurts not to know what happened but she is determinate to find out. Only the things is that the truth might hurt her even more.
At the time when a lot of series suffer from middle-book syndrome Fractured continued with the same light it started in Slated. You'll enjoy while discovering the bigger picture and the inner characters. Now it's time to get the final show in Shattered and whit that title I can't wait to see more.(less)
After I've heard that Julie Kagawa was writing a dystopian series I was so in. I really liked The Iron Fey series...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After I've heard that Julie Kagawa was writing a dystopian series I was so in. I really liked The Iron Fey series and so I got The Immortal Rules for the review. I was thrilled. I had some issues with it though. Starting with pacing. I wanted to press forward few times in the book cause it was too slow. But at the end I liked the idea of the book so I couldn't wait to get this one too.
Herlequin being as awesome as always gave me the arc of this book. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Everything that I didn't like in the first book was great here. Starting with pacing. I had problem with it in The Immortal Rules but here it was just right. This book has around 400 pages and I think I've read it in one sitting. It was so captivating. Then with Allie. I liked her in the first book too but she became a really dear to me here. Also I've got to see Kanin more. His character in the first book was so mysterious and bad-ass and here I could meet him better. Honestly I'm one of rare persons who is not a big fan of Zeke but who asks me. Anyhow this book was much better than the first for me.
Allie is a girl living in the new world After the Red Lung human population almost disappeared. It was a time for vampires to rise and rule. They needed food so they had to keep humans safe or what's left of them whatsoever. Allie has been turned into a vampire by Kanin but she still had a feelings for human life and in the first book she decided to help Zeke and his little tribe. After that she vowed to do another thing - help Kanin. She could feel he was in danger and it was time to complete the task in this sequel. In the process she meets some other members of her family and realized that the connections between vampires is not so week.
Like I said this series is becoming better and better for me therefore I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
***NOTE: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley from Herlequin. Thank you. I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a lover of written word. (less)
My traveling with this book stared a while ago. I was so happy after I've gotten Water for review and even more a...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
My traveling with this book stared a while ago. I was so happy after I've gotten Water for review and even more after I've enjoyed it so much. So after that I continued receiving these for review and I was really glad for that. Now this traveling has come to and end. As always it's not easy to say goodbye.
It'll be hard to tell you much about the story as I don't want to spoil anything for you. It started like a story about elements and akasha in the process it hosed some great battles and then it ended in chaos. I mean wold was in chaos but the story has gotten the ending. Kaitlyn was someone I connected to in the first book. I hated what some people have done to her and it was hard to read about it. Later she became different and with that we somehow grow apart. I couldn't support some of her decisions and for the right reasons. I was never in her shoes. For the other characters Micah was a perfect guy in many situations and I really liked Alex and Susan. For the record Shawn will always stay on my black-list.
Now after everything that happened before and mostly after the chaos in Fire it's time to end things once for all. Earth started a bit slow for me and it took me time to get to fully enjoy the book. All the search for Micah had it's ups and downs but after that it was on the road I wanted it to be. I liked the conclusion that the story has gotten.(less)
I have no idea why it took me so much to write this review. I have read this book a while ago and it really was...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I have no idea why it took me so much to write this review. I have read this book a while ago and it really was a great read I just needed some time to put my words together so here we go.
Article 5 was one of the books that I really enjoyed. Last year was time of dystopia explosion and with all new concepts and stories I was in heaven but now with sequels I can divide those that were really amazing and those that were forgettable. This one goes into the first category.
But it didn't seem like that at the start. When I started reading this I was really afraid as the story was slow and while things happened nothing happened in general. But soon enough I realized that it was only building it up until everything exploded because after that I started reading as fast as I could. We got to see the awful picture of society and the way the people were treated and sometimes it was hard to go on. Ember and Chase tried to work as hard as they could and with everything going on the things between them were sometimes hard, not to mention the past and burden they carried on their backs. We saw Ember grow here and while I might not agree with some of here moments still in the situation she was in I can't but admire her and her strong will. Chase at the other hand was still the boy I fell for and after this I fell even more. Being so strong was admirable considering the circumstances.
That made this book real as it wasn't all pink and fluffy at the end of the day, every day was a struggle they had to endure and some days were bad but some were good. But they had each other at the end of the day. I really loved how this story developed and the relationship itself. Now I can't wait to see how this all will end.
But one thing is sure Chase I'd treat you better, honey!
Yes it took me too long to read this book. I feel bad for that cause I really enjoyed this read but also I'm hap...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Yes it took me too long to read this book. I feel bad for that cause I really enjoyed this read but also I'm happy cause I don't have to wait long till the sequel. But one thing is sure this was a really enjoyable book.
As you may have noticed this is a dystopian book and as such it has we can say slow and not fully understood beginning. It took me some time to get into the story and catch all the info but once I did everything went on easily. This is a story about Emeber the girl who one day suddenly got separated from her mother and that's when she sees that she must grow and take care of herself and then help her mother. Only problem is that the boy she has ever loved was is now a soldier and part of the whole system. There is a long way ahead and Ember has to survive.
It's hard to get all the details cause I don't want to spoil anything for you but I really liked Ember. She is young but still mature and she has that something that made me cheer for her and hope the best. On the other side Chase is that one boy you always fall for. I have no idea how authors do this but the boys can be so greatly crated that you have to love them. Besides them I loved other characters as well and the story too.
Recently I talked with my friend Maida and we agreed that we can't wait for the sequel but also hoped that love-triangles would be left out of this story. I know it's the most intimidating way to make story more - well more, it's not the only way. I just hope to get more of the story and society and the whole structure and also to see our characters grow. All in all I'll be expecting the sequel impatiently.(less)
First I should say that this is the debut novel by Nickie Anderson and I wish her all the luck with the publishin...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
First I should say that this is the debut novel by Nickie Anderson and I wish her all the luck with the publishing. I'm always happy to help the indie authors by posting reviews or promoting the book in any way. But regardless on that my reviews are always honest.
This is a story about Sadira. The girl who grew up with her father as she doesn't remember her mother. Her mother, as she was told, died when she was very young. Sadira now only has her father but when one day after he had disappeared she was left alone. I should now say that this is actually a dystopian book and that really took me by surprise. I didn't expect it. Soon enough she found out about the society and possibility that somewhere behind the walls her father could be alive. Baruj is also searching for his brother cause he also disappeared on the same ship. Both Sadira and Buruj feel that they're alive and so they decide to go and find them. Soon they travel far and discover all the things they couldn't dream of.
As I already said the best part for me ware those surprising parts. I really haven't expected some things to happen so it was really good. But unfortunately they were rare. The biggest problem I had with the books were characters and relationships between them. Characters weren't so developed so I couldn't feel them and because of that I couldn't feel their emotions. The story was interesting and good but only rear parts woke my emotions.(less)
This is one of the books that has been sitting on my shelf for a long time and it was really a high time to read it. I probably didn't expect this cause I've have read the book sooner.
As in other dystopia the world and society as we know it is goon. Some things had happened and most of the things changed. Well not so much here. The world as we know it is still there but society is not. UK is gone and Central Coalition is here. That brought some advances in people's lives. First there is no criminals as new government found a way to deal with them. The simply get Slated or their memory get's wiped and they start all over in the new city and new family. Kyla is one of them. She starts her life all over again but the problem is she gets flash backs of her life. They cause that her LEVO level gets low. LEVO is around her wrist all the time and it regulates and monitors the level of her emotions. It can't get too low or the slated person will collapse or die. Soon enough she meets Ben another slated boy who gets under her skin. People start disappearing and Kyla discovers some unusual things around her.
This book is really one of these that you'll read in one sitting. It's not small but it gets under your skin and soon enough you can't stop reading it. I really liked the story and some parts were really scary for me. I can't wait to find out more about this world and whatever will happen with Ben in Fractured.(less)
It's not a big secret that I'm fan of dystopian stories. Somehow I enjoy them a lot and I always gladly read them...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's not a big secret that I'm fan of dystopian stories. Somehow I enjoy them a lot and I always gladly read them, mostly cause they bring something new. This one really was something new. I've read few dystopian books but this one was creepy in a good way.
Zombies aren't something I often read about and even when I do that's nothing special. Somehow I always end up with description of zombies and reading only about them. Here the story is really different cause zombies aren't in the focus. Our focus is the girl, Sloane, who with other five students is trying to survive in Cortege High but that's not so easy when you have dead who are always around. It follows their story and their attempts to escape and find the refuge cause world collapsed. The things are even harder for Sloane cause she lost only person she ever needed, her sister. She left her and that broke her. But she hasn't lost her hope that one day her sister would come back to her. That's why she has to make a really hard decision when she suddenly discovers something. How will others react? They all did things they're not proud off and guilt follows their every step. Some decisions they have to make even though they're too young for that. I won't even start talking about the end of the book.
I loved this book, mostly cause it focused on psychological aspect of those who survived. Seeing them growing up too early and facing the end of world without someone to guide them was touching. I couldn't help but wonder what would I do, how would I act. Would I let the guilt to eat me alive or would I stand and fight. I really don't know but I'd try to do the best, same as Sloane.
I'm still trying to find a reason for not writing this review earlier. I left it for later after reading this boo...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I'm still trying to find a reason for not writing this review earlier. I left it for later after reading this book as I need to get my thoughts sorted out. It was a while ago and all my thoughts are now at the right place when it comes to this book.
Shatter Me was on my to-read for long even though other girls and readers told me that it was a must read I somehow always picked another book to read instead of this one. It turned out to be a good decision as after reading it Destroy Me came out and I didn't have to wait for this book as now I have to wait for the next book in this series.
Destroy Me helped me a lot to understand Warren's character and some of his decisions but Adam was still my little sweetheart. He still is don't get me wrong but with Unravel Me and that famous scene with a puppy helped me and Warren somehow got under my skin while reading this book.
Unravel Me also helped me to understand the world that Tehereh Mafi created. I was able to see the whole picture and understand the Omega Ponit but by that I also get to see the real picture of The Reestablishment. The author created this book in some order that really fits me. First book helped me understand Juliette and her life which will later help me understand her actions and ideas. It also showed Adam to some points, later with Destroy Me it was Warren's turn to show his character but he mostly opened up here in this novel. But mostly this novel served me to see the whole picture and most of all to show some action, but this time it was a much bigger fight than those in Shatter Me.
I won't even mention that also well-known chapter 62 that melted so many hearts including mine. But for one thing Shatter Me was a really great read and I haven't enjoyed some dystopian novel that much in a long time, but boy Unravel Me got whole this to the new level. I run away from any sorts of love triangles but her I didn't mind any moment of it 'cause there is another thing I didn't give up on Adam and it would be hard to do so but I believe that with every book it'll get harder and harder to decide which side I'll pick. It only tells you how much I enjoyed this book and honestly I'm dying to read more.(less)
Winter Omens continues where Whispers in Autumn stopped. After all those complications Althea is left alone to figure th...moreReview also at Ja čitam, a ti?
Winter Omens continues where Whispers in Autumn stopped. After all those complications Althea is left alone to figure things out. She has to find the way to survive in one place she always run away from - wilds.
But soon enough she meets someone new. His name is Pax and he is just like her. He doesn't fit in those two types of people. He is not an Other but he is also not like everybody else. Together they have to find a way to discover what lays behind. They travel and discover the world how it used to be, before Others came and took control. But are their golds the same and how would they sort their priorities is another thing.
I really like this book, more than Whispers in Autumn. This relationship between Pax and Althea was more dynamic and more interesting to follow. Her relationship with Lucas was sweet and nice, but slow and at some point boring. Pax is different therefore the relationship is too.
To rate this one was hard. It's actually 4.5 stars.
Regardless on the ratings I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and somehow I believe that it'll blow my mind. We'll see in December.(less)
First I should tell you that this is dystopian book (yes later I saw that 2015 in blurb - me being me). In case you're l...moreReview also at Ja čitam, a ti?
First I should tell you that this is dystopian book (yes later I saw that 2015 in blurb - me being me). In case you're lame like me and don't check the book genre now you know. I was so surprised when I actually realized that cause I though this will be contemporary story and I have no idea why.
So after realizing where I was this story became so interesting. I was so pulled into it that I couldn't stop reading. This book was something new cause the thematic was new. I cannot tell you much cause you should figure it out all by yourself. But the whole mixture of elements and seasons and this story was so good.
Althea is young sixteen-year-old girl, who lives in a world that's normal for her. Her days are mostly routine. Getting up, breakfast, cell, going back home, homework, sleep and then all over again. Of course she does it all with a smile on her face. It all seems perfectly normal for her cause that's the only way of living. Only thing is that she knows she is different. She knows she is not like others and it's not hard to figure that out. Besides she has never seen summer in her life. If you wonder how's that possible you'd be surprised.
All that made me like this book. Even that relationship between her and Lucas I could understand. I'd for sure love this book and gave it trillion stars but there is one problem. It reminded me too much of another series. So even things here were new and appealing I couldn't stop myself. Mostly I could guess what would happen. Still I don't mind that and I'd give this book 3.5 stars. (less)
Tanja: You know that moment when you are reading the last installment in series and you have like 100 pages or so...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Tanja: You know that moment when you are reading the last installment in series and you have like 100 pages or so left and then you start to remember how your journey with the book started. I remembered everything - fractions and their ideas, the choosing ceremony, The Ferris Wheel, etc. Gosh, so many memories. Glass: And you do not want to read that last 100 pages because it will mean it is finally the end and it is bittersweet feeling - you love everything, but still try to make it last just a little bit longer. Especially when it comes to epic stories like this. Do you know what I remember? How I refused to read it because I thought it would be nothing special. How foolish of me! Allegiant was perfect, the best book in the series for me, but I do understand now why so many readers were disappointed. Tanja: Exactly. You want to keep it just for a bit longer, because you know that no matter how many times you re-read it the magic of reading these words for the first time end when you read the rest of it. Yes! Me too. I though that I'd end up disappointed as many have, but I made the mistake with Mockingjay and it though me a great lesson when it comes to my feelings. But gladly we were both blown away by this one. Glass: What I liked the most is how serious this book turned out to be - it is about politic, moral, science, education. I even quoted Slavoj Žižek in one of my status updates: "The function of ideology is not to offer us a point of escape from our reality but to offer us the social reality itself as an escape." Allegiant is a book about ideology and fantasies of control. How far humans are willing to go and what to do in the name of something that is bigger than us. It is not just a story about group of kids fighting for their place in futuristic version of high school drama. Tanja: Right and what society is willing to sacrifice - it's own people as rat mice in order to create idea about their perfect care for its people, which is contradictory when you look at it, but at the same time in some lesser or greater degree we all are living in such societies. That's why I love this idea and the whole story so much. On the surface it tells you about teenagers and their coming of age but when you scratch under that surface you see that it's actually a book about society and mainly about human nature. It remains me of all great classics I've been discussing about at my classes. Glass: But lets talk about that ending. I know you want to. I still can't believe that Veronica Roth decided to finish trilogy with that "bang". It was a risky move, as you can see by all the reactions, but I think it was perfect. Especially because of the way Trish was portrait from the very beginning. Tanja: Honestly I didn't expect it at all. Not in my wildest dreams. Of course I had some ideas about how it all could end, but that was one I wasn't even aware of it, until it happened. It was a really brave move on her side, but after you go back and remember certain things it makes perfect sense. What do you say about Four and his portrayal at the end? Glass: I loved it - she didn't try to romanticize him or give us two years later epilogue were everything is rainbows, butterflies and unicorns. World is not perfect, so their lives aren't perfect too. He is different person than the one you placed in your fictional harem, isn't he? But we love him even more. I just have to say that I can't wait to see what will Veronica Roth write next. Tanja: He is, both Trish and Four were different people in this book, or after they discovered the background of the fractions. I cannot wait to see what she plans next and wherever she does I hope she will tackle something related to human psychology as she does it perfectly. I guess we should wait and see. At the end what are your thoughts about upcoming movie? I truly believe it would be as good as books at least. Glass: I really hope it will be good - I am so sick of movies that make my favorite book look bad. We are so going to watch it together. Plan your holidays around that date, you are coming to visit me. Tanja: I guess you prepared your whip so I don't have much choice, do I? Kidding girl, we'll make it happen.
I've received this book a while ago via NetGalley, but I've been waiting until the publishing date gets...moreReview also posted on my blog - Ja čitam, a ti?
I've received this book a while ago via NetGalley, but I've been waiting until the publishing date gets closer so I can do my review. In the meantime I saw plenty of reviews, good and bad - if you're asking where I'm, I'll say in the middle. While reading the summary, this book might remind you of some other dystopian book. It reminded me, but regardless I wanted to read this book, cause as I've said many time before I like dystopian books. So few days ago I picked up this book and started. After 50 pages I stopped. If you wonder why - the main character kept talking and talking and describing. I was tired after 50 pages without proper dialogue. Then I decided that I'll read this book no matter what. Another 50 pages or describing and then finally something is happening. So basically if you survive first part of this book you'll be able to enjoy later. After Zoe described you her life and community you come to the very interesting part - glitching. I mean it was talking about it before but not until Adrien explained all that you couldn't understand it completely. Adrien is also one of the "glitchers" as well as some other faces that you'll meet later. The middle of the book was the most interesting and I started liking this book very much. But last part was totally opposite of the first part. Some decisions were, let's say more than stupid and I wanted to scream so loud. Maybe some balance between those parts wouldn't be bad thing. This book has good and bad parts, but I won't go into details (that would include spoilers and I don't want to do that). Hopefully sequel Override will be better.
***NOTE: Copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher, St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley. I'm not paid to write a review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions in this review are personal. (less)