Going into this book I honestly didn't know what to expect. The first thing it reminded me of was The Bachelor ...and this is not a good thing. HoweveGoing into this book I honestly didn't know what to expect. The first thing it reminded me of was The Bachelor ...and this is not a good thing. However, The Selection by Kiera Cass pleasantly surprised me. America has grown up in a world divided by the caste system where she has to constantly work to help feed her family. This is a character that most readers will be able to connect to. America has strong ties and feelings about family, but at the same time she wants to be able to do something for herself. I won't say she grew as a character throughout the book, but more of her personality was revealed and a person was introduced. She isn't "good" all of the time. Sometimes she is petulant and "forgets her place", and I liked that. Her heart broken love affair with Aspen isn't something I understand. I just don't like the guy. Prince Maxon on the other hand is a true prince, if a little naive. This is a different twist on the story from normally having the girl be the naive one and I appreciated it. The machinations and personalities of the other contestants really made me think. Half of them were there because they wanted the crown and the other half were there because they were "in love" with the prince. It got me to thinking which is better, to want something in hopes of advancing your way of life or to be infatuated with someone you don't know and think it is love. I can't wait to see how this story progresses and how the rebels will come into play. The only "negative" was the ending of the story. It wasn't what I expected. In fact, I had to rewind it to see if I had skipped a chapter or if it had quit working. The ending wasn't the best in the world, but the rest of the story has left me wanting to read the next book. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.
The audio in The Selection was good. None of the voices were over the top, but it did take me a little bit to be able to distinguish some of the girl voices in the beginning.
Shatter Me...Oh, Shatter Me! This book has me so confused! First off, I love this book. I love the world, the characters, and the writing. Anna is anShatter Me...Oh, Shatter Me! This book has me so confused! First off, I love this book. I love the world, the characters, and the writing. Anna is an amazing heroine. She is tough, caring, quiet, and yet you can tell there is something dark in her at times. Readers can really connect with her story and get the sense of just how alone she has been in the world all of her life. In regards to Anna, I thought I would find the cross out words annoying or distracting. They were the exact opposite. They offered the reader another way to connect to Anna's character; expressing not only her feelings, but her eventual transformation. Adam is also a likeable character. He is sweet, caring, and protective. However, there was another man that pushed his way into the spotlight, stole the show, and made me feel all together uncomfortable. Warner ...never have I ever liked such an absolutely despicable villain so much in my entire life. He is right up there with the king of literary villains, but something about him is so compelling. I must admit that I had to go online and google to see if I was the only "freak" who felt this way. Thankfully on Ms. Mafi's website she explains that this doesn't make me weird. The last character that really stood out to me is Kai. There is something about his shameless flirting that is highly appealing and I hope to see much more of him in the sequel.
When writing a post-apocolyptic/ dystopian novel world building is one of the most important things a writer must get right. If readers can't picture the world, they can't connect to the book. The world that Shatter Me takes place in is absolutely brilliant! My only complaint is that I found this world so intriguing that I wish there had been much more background information on how it got that way and what is going on now. My last gushing point that Shatter Me does absolutely fabulous on is the violence! I love a book that gets down and dirty with the fighting. Shatter Me's violence and darkness is what turns a good book into a great one!. The second installment can't come soon enough for me. ...more
Charlie has grown up hiding a heavy burden. In the country of Ludania each social class has their own language and one common language. Citizens are oCharlie has grown up hiding a heavy burden. In the country of Ludania each social class has their own language and one common language. Citizens are only allowed to know or speak the language belonging to their class. Charlie is special. She understands all of them. Her country is in a state of revolution with harsh laws, and this is a crime punishable by death. The Revolutionaries are tired of living under the harsh laws of Queen Sabara and are ready for a new regime change. When the revolution reaches her town everyone’s lives are at stake. The Queen demands complete control, loyalty, and is on the hunt for a replacement queen. Charlie’s life is turned upside down when a young soldier, Max, enters her life. He makes her wish for things that could lead to her death. That’s not all, keeping her secret has become harder and Max seems to be keeping secrets of his own. Ludania is about to see a revolution centuries in the making. Will Charlie survive long enough to see what happens? Will she have the courage to embrace her destiny?
I really liked The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. I was a little leery at first, because The Body Finder wasn’t really my type of book. I am so glad that I decided to give this author a second try. I read The Pledge in one day! I ignored my thesis paper, read between classes, in class, and waiting for a ride. I just couldn’t put it down. I am a sucker for a tough, selfless, and compassionate heroine. Charlie fit my ideal character perfectly. I didn’t really like Brook at first, but she grew on me as the story went along and more insight on her character was revealed. I wish that Aron’s character had been developed more. He seemed interesting and I thought he would have had a bigger role, but the story just didn’t go there. As far as Max and Xander; I really liked them. Max at times got on my nerves. I couldn’t always understand his level of devotion/love he felt for Charlie so soon. Finally I get to Angelina. She was so precious and I absolutely loved her. She was my favorite character after Charlie. She might even give her a run for favorite. I also have to complement on the simplicity and beauty of this cover. I love how understated it is and actually fits the character. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a follow up....more
Aria has grown up in the virtual world of the realms in Reverie. Anything can happen, you can be at a beach one moment and singing on an opera stage Aria has grown up in the virtual world of the realms in Reverie. Anything can happen, you can be at a beach one moment and singing on an opera stage the next. Her mother, a geneticist, left on a trip and Aria hasn’t heard from her. She is desperate for word of her mother and will do anything she can to get to her. One night changes everything. A tragedy and betrayal come full force and Aria is forced to leave the pods and finds herself in the world of the Outsiders. This is a place she has always been told savages roam and brings certain death to her people. Here she meets Perry, a strange and surly young man she is forced to place her trust in and her life. Perry is brother to the Blood Lord and a born leader. He can’t sit by anymore while his brother grieves and his people starve. While attempting to break into Reverie for food he comes across a Dweller. For some inexplicable reason he saves her life and leaves her behind only to meet her again a short while later when she is the last person he wants to see. She needs him to survive and find her mother and he needs her to rescue someone close to him. Each has something the other can provide and along the way a strange understanding grows between them. They will fight to survive the swirling burning aether, cannibals, wolves, and obstacles they’ve never dreamed of. On their journey, they will discover who they were meant to be Under the Never Sky. I was going to save this book for 2012 and use it as part of my Debut Author 2012 Challenge. I just couldn’t resist. I started this book one morning after pulling an all-nighter and I just couldn’t stop. I found myself reading in the car, in the halls at school, putting my Kindle behind my purse so I could read in class; I was even tempted to read it at work (I refrained). The YA genre has grown so much I find it hard to come across a book that is completely original. Ms. Rossi delivered this to me and I am so thankful. The thing that made the book so wonderful was the fact that the characters were imperfect. They weren’t the bravest, the smartest, the most powerful; they were their own unique people. There was one particular passage in the story when Aria sings a song to Perry and explains its meaning. Ms. Rossi’s writing at this point simply touched me. I found myself hoping one day that I can experience something like that. Under the Never Sky is full of action, adventure, survival, and a deeper look at oneself and the sacrifices we are called on to make. Do we choose our own desires or do what is right for the greater good. This book was simply beautiful and I don’t know how to describe how amazing it was. Please read this, it’s one you don’t want to miss. This book gets a 5 STAR rating. ...more
Imagine waking up in the same place you went to sleep, but 62 years in the future. Everyone you ever knew and everyone you ever loved are dead. The woImagine waking up in the same place you went to sleep, but 62 years in the future. Everyone you ever knew and everyone you ever loved are dead. The world you knew is gone replaced by people who never knew you even existed. You have missed technological advances, outbreaks of the plague, and famine. This sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of, but it’s not. This is the world that Rosalinda Fitzroy awakens to. She finds herself the heir to an intergalactic planetary empire. She will have to learn what it’s like to live all over again. She has to learn to connect to people, something she has never had the chance to do. She finds these connections in Bren the boy who discovered her and Otto the boy her company made. As she tries to adjust to this new world she will discover devastating secrets a century old while trying to stay ahead of the monster set on killing her.
A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is a book that I very much enjoyed. This isn’t a book that grips you right away. A Long Long Sleep is much more subtle than that. It lulls you in with a beautiful gentility that creeps through you. I was slowly, but completely drawn into this new world. Rose’s life and feelings introduce a whole new heartbreak I had never thought imaginable. Rose’s character progression in the story is one that I admire. The parallels to the tale of Sleeping Beauty were done just right. There are so many retellings of fairy tales these days, but A Long Long Sleep is different. There is a subtle amount of similarities while maintaining its own unique story. The characters were beautiful and this book was beautiful. ...more