Protagonist: When we meet Alexis, she is doing what many seniors in high school do so close to graduation, she's blowing off her homework. Whi...more Review:
Protagonist: When we meet Alexis, she is doing what many seniors in high school do so close to graduation, she's blowing off her homework. While we won't get to see too much development from Alexis in this novella, it being only the first third of a full fledged book, her initial introduction is a comforting one. It's one that's easily relatable, and while I probably could have done with less of the pining and modesty routine from her when it came to Cohen, it was still a real and almost palpable emotion to feel as I was reading. I'm expecting great thing from this narrator.
Romance: I realized while I was reading this novella, that the romance that Cohen and Alexis share, however small it may be for now, has a lot of the same indicators as an insta-love. Except, in this case these characters have a deep history between them, even some hurting on both parts. It was nice to get all those insta-love feelings that I love without the overriding rage I get from the fact that in the usual case the two lovers have barely just met, and at times barely even hold a full conversation.
World-Building: Dark. That's the easiest way I can describe this world, both literally and figuratively. This world is so creepy and I would hate to even spend one second in the utter hell these characters have to go through. This world starts off normal enough, in fact it started to seem like a nice little contemporary, though I knew the inevitable was about to happen. So it did, and the sheer amount of beautifully worded description blew me away. By the end of this thing, which I can only describe as an invasion, I had a real sense of what Alexis went through and the terror that she felt.
Predictability: This novella begins with a prologue, and this prologue practically summarizes the first three-fourths of this novella. Since I am well aware that this was more the prologue to a novel instead of this shorter novella, I'm letting it slide. Well, that and the fact that the novella was such an enjoyable read and there's a lot more mystery hidden behind the text of the story. I'm creating many theories and I can't wait to see what I was able to call and what will absolutely blow me away.
Ending: The ending works to really drive home Alexis's predicament. It sets a list of rules that she has to follow and she sees what happens to those who break those rules. The ending was full of suspense and a great intensity that set me off speeding to the finish. It's a great start to what I'm assuming will be a fantastic series.
I have to say I was a bit bummed when Rebecca announced that she would be splitting this series up into smaller novellas; but I have to say that so far it's a brilliant plan. If each one is like this than they are going to be nice little bundles of darkness and awesome that I can devour in an entire sitting.(less)
To kick off the second and last week of my Through the Ever Night Giveaway I thought I'd review Under the Never Sky. This book has some of the best wo...moreTo kick off the second and last week of my Through the Ever Night Giveaway I thought I'd review Under the Never Sky. This book has some of the best world-building elements I've ever read in a YA novel, it's elements make the reader feel like they can fraction into this amazing world. For my full review check out my blog Zach's YA Reviews (zachsyareviews.blogspot.com)and enter for your chance to win Through the Ever Night the thrilling next installment in this amazing trilogy.(less)
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Protagonist: Kira is my favorite type of heroine. She's wild, dangerous, ho...moreOriginally posted on my blog, Zach's YA Reviews (zachsyareviews.com)
Protagonist: Kira is my favorite type of heroine. She's wild, dangerous, hot-headed, quick to act, and at times very sarcastic. She reminds me a lot of another one of my favorite heroines Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Due to her strange appearance and unladylike ways she's forced into the role of an outcast and has a lot of trouble trusting people. I loved seeing her grow into herself as she interacted with those around her and slowly but surely grew to accept her destiny. Because she is a woman living in a sexist world she's subjected to constant ridicule by powerful men who deem her unfit to be a soldier, which I found very ironic as she could do her job better than most men.
Romance: There is very little romance in this book, which of course I loved. It's not that I don't enjoy a good romance, but in this story, with this heroine, any more romance than the small one it's building toward would probably have taken away from the greatness of this book. When I first read the synopsis I thought that Kira's love interest would be the crown prince, boy was I wrong, not only is the kid 12 but he's her cousin. In fact at the beginning of the book Kira wants nothing to do with men or marriage, despite her aunt, the queen's, insistence she get married to a young lord who has asked for her hand in marriage. This lord, Shin Bo Hyun, seemed like a good guy at first, a bit cocky and teasing, but a good guy nonetheless. However there's a twist, a bit of a love triangle a midst the minuscule amount of romance. I'm not going to spoil what happens but I will say that it was handled very well, and I like how the romance turned out in the end... so far.
World-Building: Even though this world, based around Oriental culture, more specifically Korean I believe, isn't set in our universe, the mythology of it is nearly as entrancing as even the Greek or Norse mythology of our world. I'm not sure if any of the mythology was taken or based off of any Oriental mythologies but th way it was done seemed very... for lack of a better word realistic. I hope to see more about the mythology of this world in future books. My only problem with this book, and it's very small and was more or less explained in the very end, is how everyone was so positive that Taejo, the crown prince, is this mystical savior from the prophecy, just because of his blood and station, oh, and that he's male. I'm just saying compared to Kira, who is also eligible to be the savior, he would stand a chance if it were up to me, I'd put all my money on the girl who has spiritual gits that allow her to identify and fight demons over the prince of two kingdoms just saying
Predictability: For most of this book I had no idea what was going to happen next, however I was never really surprised by what did happen. It was a very different experience for me sort of following this story blind, knowing a few eventualities but other than that nothing was concrete. I really enjoyed this numbing of foresight as it really allowed me to fully immerse myself in this story and this world without theories constantly whirring around in my head.
Ending: The ending is very much the ending of a smaller story taking place inside a much larger adventure. While many things wrap up there is still much to accomplish as this book comes to a close. It was a wonderful ending full of action and suspense, that nicely plateaus out into a satisfying ending that makes the time in between the release of this and the next installment in the series seem less agonizing than if it had ended in a terrifying or even heartbreaking cliffhanger.
This story gripped me from the very beginning and took me on a wild and crazy ride. Comparing this book to an emotional rollercoaster is putting it very lightly, this is the first book that has every really made me tear up within the first 1/4 of the first book in a series. This book is simply amazing, I can give it no higher praise.(less)
Characters: This novella is told from the third person perspectives of both Morpheus and Jeb, Morpheus having the first and final chapters and...moreReview:
Characters: This novella is told from the third person perspectives of both Morpheus and Jeb, Morpheus having the first and final chapters and the middle three being the accounts of Jeb's time without Alyssa in Wonderland. Now, I didn't think it was possible for me to despise Morpheus more than I already do, but after reading this novella I do. I got to see first hand how manipulative and diabolical he really is and while he does have feelings for Alyssa, the way he goes about wanting to win her affections is just sick. Jeb, on the other hand is shown to really love Al and will and does do anything in his power to help her. He's shown to show genuine feelings for her without a bunch of crazy, I need to get rid of the competition nonsense. After reading this novella it's hard for me to believe that there are people who root for Morpheus and Alyssa, though if you are could you please explain it to me in the comments, I won't judge just curious.
World-Building: There isn't too much world-building present in this novella, it's rather short and all it really adds is a few new characters and tells what Morpheus is up to after Splintered. That being said, let's see if I can expand on this. The new characters introduced are "The Dodo" and his wife, who are captured shortly after Jeb is. They are interesting characters and I do hope we get to see more of them in the next installment, as they could add a great comic relief, being from Jeb's forgotten memories and all. Seeing what Morpheus was up to after Alyssa left Wonderland was almost disturbing, as I said before, Morpheus delving into Jeb's memories to learn his weaknesses in hopes of tricking Alyssa into losing faith in her "Elvin Knight" was just despicable, it only made his creep factor grow and made me hate him more.
Ending: In the last chapter I could see that I was supposed to gain a greater understanding of where Morpheus is coming from and while I did understand, and for a moment even sympathize, the way he handled himself and his plans easily cut through that understanding and sympathy and made me realize that Morpheus either needs to see a shrink, or at the very least a good friend who will help him see what a psychotic lunatic he's being and help him see what's right, then and only then could I see him as a viable love interest for Alyssa.
Yeah, this may seem a bit weird after all the complaining I did, but regardless for how I think Morpheus needs a slight personality adjustment, the novella was great. It gave a bit of a fresh reminder for what happened in Splintered to help prepare me for Unhinged coming out in January.(less)
Protagonist: Allison Sekemoto is an interesting character, because instead of the typical heroine who comes in fighting against all she despise...moreReview:
Protagonist: Allison Sekemoto is an interesting character, because instead of the typical heroine who comes in fighting against all she despises, Allie inadvertently joins their ranks. Now, as the thing she hates most, a vampire, Allie must learn to control her inner-demon and her Hunger for the blood of humans. I loved Allie's character development, because even though the situation is paranormal, her growth seems so real and natural. Another thing I loved was the struggle within her to stay as human as possible, but with her demons staring her right in the face and her self doubt it's hard for her to think of herself that way and it's easier to give in to the temptation...
Romance: Another thing that was fairly weird was the romance. Not in terms of it's progression, but more of its starting point. Only about 1/3 of the way through or more does the love interest even show up and then it's a long hard road for their feelings to fully emerge which is always a welcome change from all the insta-loves or nearly insta-loves I seem to be reading recently. I loved the romance and since it has yet to develop into a love triangle, which I sincerely hope it doesn't, there's no pressure to choose a side to back and since the love interest is a genuinely good guy to his core it's easy to fall in love with their romance.
World-Building: I'm obsessed with vampire dystopian stories and this one takes the cake. While there are vampires and they do control many major cities, it's more of a dystopian tale, that just so happens to include blood-sucking demons like our beloved heroine and narrator. The big pandemic of this series seems to be a disease called "Red Lung" which paved the road to creatures called "rabids" who are zombie-like spawn of lesser vampires and who seek human blood to sustain themselves. Due to this many vampires have erected walled cities to keep the humans, their "food," safe from the rabid humans and animals outside. However, there's legend of a city called Eden run only by humans and safe from both the rabids and vampires.
Predictability: Once again, this part struck me as odd, as for most of the book the unpredictable part are what didn't happen. While there were a lot of moments I could practically predict, there were moments when I thought a twist would present itself, and then, it wouldn't and I would wait and wait for it to be revealed only for it to never come. So I'm hoping that a few thing will happen in the next book to quell my curiosity.
Ending: Wow, this book is full of oddities, as even the ending seemed a bit off. I thought that the end was just around the corner only to find out that there was quote a bit left to the story. There were a few more twists and some rather tense moments that made me very scared for the well being of these characters I've grown attached to. The very end was one that was a bit more plateaued, it provides about half a cliffhanger, just enough to know that the wait would be pretty agonizing between these books but it wasn't something so crazy that I would have done anything to get a copy of book 2 as soon as possible.
It may come as no surprise that I would give this book a 5 crest rating, it was so different and unique, it made me guess as to what would come next because I really didn't know. After reading The Iron Fey series I was a bit skeptical to read this, not because I disliked The Iron Fey series, but because I didn't know if this could live up to it, which it totally does! (less)
Protagonist: Samantha Day is slowly adjusting to life as a gray, but her hunger is growing stronger. There are trials and hoops that Sam has to jump t...moreProtagonist: Samantha Day is slowly adjusting to life as a gray, but her hunger is growing stronger. There are trials and hoops that Sam has to jump through to not only feel like a normal girl, but also feel like she isn't a hindrance on the team sent from Heaven and Hell to eradicate the city of Trinity from the grays. She knows that the clock is ticking on not only her life but on the time when she must inevitably give in to her hunger, she's strong willed and will do anything to protect those she loves.
Romance: The romance in this installment definitely gets kicked into high gear as Sam is drawn to two two very different brothers Bishop and Kraven. While Bishop pushes her away due to her attraction to his soul, Kraven seems to be the only one to quell her hunger for souls. Sam struggles to find out just what she means to these two brothers and if she could ever truly be around Bishop again without wanting to steal his soul, and thus his existence.
Predictability: Much like the previous installment there were many moments when I was sure of what was come, only to be completely blown away at the actual outcome. That's not to say that there weren't predictable moments, in fact there were a few, but for the most part the foreshadowing seems to indicate one thing and then from out of no where it indicates something else. It was a great feeling to have my theories twisted and thrown back at me better than before.
Protagonist: Ruby is a character that grows on you after a time. While I liked her from the start my love for her only grew as she did. She sta...moreReview:
Protagonist: Ruby is a character that grows on you after a time. While I liked her from the start my love for her only grew as she did. She starts off as a character that is afraid to stand up for herself but as the book progresses she starts to take control of her life and how she can help those around her. While this isn't a development that is blatantly seen, she also becomes more selfless and puts the good of others over even her own safety. In terms of protagonists she is phenomenal, she may not be a kick ass and take names heroine that I prefer, I can tell she's well on her way to getting there.
Romance: The romance that happens in this book is low, but ever present for most of the book. The romantic tension between Liam and Ruby is so thick you could cut it with a knife, but barely anything actually happens in the book because Ruby is afraid of hurting him in some way. The tension between them isn't immediate and actually forms through their friendship and while it begins a bit fast for my taste, but since it doesn't move on very quickly at all I was really happy with it. Later on in the book it looks as if a love triangle would form but luckily it turns out that the possible other love interest turns out to be a complete jerk and one of the creepiest guys in YA literature.
World Building: The world that is author has created is beautiful. It's a mix between many popular YA genres and contains elements of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and a bit sci-fi. The abilites she describes are just amazing and how she assigns each ability group a color that seems to fit the corresponding powers is amazing. The only thing I wish I'd learned is what those belonging to the least hostile color, purple, can do. We have a basic idea of what the other colors can do but purple is never really explained, so hopefully in the next books we'll find out.
Predictability: The amount of foreshadowing this book had was crazy, it was hard to not know what would happen. The surprise came from when certain things happened and in what circumstances they happened. That was a huge shocker and made for moments that left me speechless. While it was hard to be surprised by the events that happened, or really be surprised that they were going to happen, there were a few things, big things, that seemed to come completely out of the blue and really threw me off about how this novel would turn out and where it was going.
Ending: The ending is absolutely heartbreaking and I found myself yelling at the main character for the choices she made. Granted in hindsight I can see why she made them and that given her circumstances I may have even made the same choices but it still doesn't make them any less depressing to the reader. I absolutely cannot wait to continue this series and see what else this world has to show me.
This book is amazing I can completely see why people love this world and can see why it's so hyped up. I would highly reccomend this for any fans of the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi as they deal with similar issues and both remind me a bit of X-Men.(less)
An amazing sequel to Divergent, full of twists turns and an ending that will "change everything" and I do mean everything. Be ready to go on an emotio...moreAn amazing sequel to Divergent, full of twists turns and an ending that will "change everything" and I do mean everything. Be ready to go on an emotional thrill ride. Read my full review on my blog Zach's YA Reviews (zachsyareviews.blogspot.com) on October 27th 2012(less)
I've always loved this series ever since I first started reading it and after reading it again, that never change. I love when I have to tell people t...moreI've always loved this series ever since I first started reading it and after reading it again, that never change. I love when I have to tell people that it's nothing like Twilight, and they usually give it a chance and fall just as much in love with it.(less)
A great look into the mind of Winter Prince Ash, as well as his past and his present predicament in trying to earn his soul and return to his love Meg...moreA great look into the mind of Winter Prince Ash, as well as his past and his present predicament in trying to earn his soul and return to his love Meghan. For my full and more detailed review check out my blog Zach's YA Reviews (http://www.zachsyareviews.com/2013/01...)(less)