I can't even begin to explain all of the feelings that I experienced while reading Unw...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I can't even begin to explain all of the feelings that I experienced while reading Unwind. The reality of this desolate world grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn't let go. Neal Shusterman has created an intense story about the horrors of humanity and the lengths people go to in order to survive. I'm still amazed by how real Shusterman's world was to me; I felt as if I was the one being sentenced to unwinding. The idea of unwinding is something I can't even fathom. That someone would sign their child's life away just for causing a bit of trouble astounds me. Unwind approaches the ideas od pro-life and pro-choice with a refreshing and horrifying outlook that will most assuredly have you laughing, crying, and cringing.
The characters were all incredibly real, and they immediately appealed to my emotions. Connor is a leader who has never been given the chance to lead and is sentenced to being unwound by a family who never truly loved him. Risa is a ward of the state who's talented and brilliant, but never had anyone to love her. And Lev has known he was going to be unwound from birth as a sacred sacrifice to God. Even if no one shared their love with these kids, I grew to love all of them. Despite their flaws they were born to be great. We all know what it feels like to have our parents disappointed in us, but to have someone believe so little in you that they choose to let you die is just unnerving. All children in Shusterman's world have to carry the weight of being perfect, or else.
Shusterman's writing is just perfection. I found myself bookmarking several quotes that just tore at my emotions. He understands how to weave the elegance of poetry into prose in order to pull emotions out of the reader. I could barely put this book down because there was always something happening that held my attention until I could barely keep my eyes open. It's no surprise that UnWholly has been so many years in the making, especially when it has to follow something as gorgeous as this. Even the most gruesome parts were beautifully executed. By the end I was left completely satisfied and blubbering like a baby. Even in a world so overly dominated by dystopian novels, Unwind is still refreshing and original.
If you're like me and you still haven't picked up a copy of Unwind after all these years, make sure you get on it. Unwind will have your pulse racing and your heart breaking, but you won't be able to put it down. Even after all these years it still remains original and utterly brilliant. Shusterman's ability to pull you into a story so completely is amazing. Fans of Uglies and The Hunger Games won't be able to resist Unwind. (less)
Holy wow. UnWholly opens up a whole new can of worms, shedding light on the more compl...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Holy wow. UnWholly opens up a whole new can of worms, shedding light on the more complicated aspects of unwinding and creating a shady grey area between both sides. There were characters I wanted to hate just because of what they were or how they thought, but I knew that there was more to it. There were characters I wanted to slap because their choices disregarded their feelings and opinions on unwinding. As much as I loved this book, I struggled to look at things from all perspectives. Shusterman's world has begun to change, as do our beloved characters and the way they view it. While Unwind was a heartbreaking story, one that I loved to no end, UnWholly provides more story lines, more characters, and a complexity that will challenge the way you think.
Connor, Lev, and Risa are still the same amazing characters I grew to love in Unwind, but they're struggling with new issues now. Risa can no longer walk, Connor must rule the graveyard, and Lev has to live with the consequences of becoming the clapper who didn't clap. In addition, we meet Cam, who has been built rather than born, Starkey, the stork who wants to rule, and Miracolina, the tithe who will stop at nothing to be unwound. Each new character adds another layer to Shusterman's story that will make you stop and think about this society that allows teens to become unwound. I had a hard time accepting Cam and I'm not even sure if I do yet. He's been built from the best parts of 99 unwinds, but is that his fault? He's an abomination, but is he really alive? I just couldn't wrap my head around the idea that he was okay. Even being compared to Frankenstein's monster paints a picture of death and something unnatural, something that should never have been allowed to live.
The inclusion of propaganda advertisements that discusse the benefits of unwinding is included throughout the story which really messed with my mind. Maybe I'm just gullible or easily persuaded into things, but I started to second guess myself and personal feelings towards unwinding, which I'm sure is exactly what Shusterman had in mind. The writing style is still spectacular, gorgeous, elegant, beautiful, thought-provoking, and all the other gushing things I tend to say about Shusterman. His world-building is amazing, adding levels of complexity in UnWholly that left me unsure about who was right and who was wrong. And by the end, I couldn't hold the emotions in anymore. Shusterman's ability to tug at my heartstrings unwound my feelings and left me an emotional wreck.
If you haven't already picked up Unwind you definitely need to. This series of stories is unlike anything I've ever read. Shusterman's ability to create a world so horrifying, yet so complicated is remarkable. After finishing this one I cannot wait to get my hands on whatever is coming next! Be warned, this book will have you second guessing yourself and our beloved characters. I loved the inclusion of advertisements because it makes the world all the more real and makes the ideas of unwinding, and why people fell for them, so much easier to understand. If you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games and Uglies this is definitely one you're not going to want to miss!!(less)
Oh. My. God. As well all know, after Starling by Lesley Livingston and now Valkyrie Ri...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Oh. My. God. As well all know, after Starling by Lesley Livingston and now Valkyrie Rising, Norse mythology is on the rise in YA fiction. Say goodbye to the Greeks and say hello to those tall, blond Norse hotties! Alexander Skarsgard anyone? Valkyrie Rising definitely kept me on my toes and the characters were all incredibly real. I loved the lush setting of Norway and Paulson's amazing descriptions that had me feeling like I was right there. If you haven't already picked up a copy of Valkyrie Rising you need to get on that RIGHT NOW. Valkyrie Rising will have you on the edge of your seat and the ending will leave you begging for more!
Ellie is an amazing character. She's kind of weak and helpless at the beginning of the novel, but she really grows into her own by the end. I loved seeing her become such a strong and independent female. Ellie really developed as a character which was amazing to see. And Tucker, oh my God Tucker. He was so delicious and such an amazing love interest. There are so many scenes in which Ellie describes Tuck and how appetizing he is and I loved every minute! Even Graham, Ellie's brother, grows throughout the story. I loved all of the different characters for different reasons, but they were all so life-like that it was easy for me to fall in love with each of them.
The story itself is fantastic. I have a huge love for Norse mythology now that it's become so popular in YA fiction. I've even begun doing my own research on the topic just to understand the origins of some of the characters, and I can't wait to see what else is coming out. Paulson's take on the Valkyries was wonderful. I loved reading about these strong women who could easily take on anything and were so connected to each other that it physically hurt to be away from the rest of their kind. And there were so many plot twists and turns! I found myself gasping out loud on more than one occasion! As I said before, Paulson's writing is just fantastic and beautiful. She's incredibly descriptive to the point where you actually feel like you're in Norway, or even Valhalla, and I was completely immersed in the story.
Overall, I absolutely loved Valkyrie Rising. It's an amazing story about learning who you are and where you come from while staying strong and protecting those you love. The characters are fantastic and the writing style is gorgeous. I loved every minute of the story and it's hard to believe that this is Paulson's debut novel. The ending is definitely a bit of a cliff-hanger; some things weren't wrapped up so I'm really hoping there will be a second one! I just can't wait to see what she's coming out with next! If you're a fan of mythology and need something different and refreshing, Valkyrie Rising is one you won't want to miss out on!(less)
Going into this book I had a lot of doubts. I had heard from a number of people that i...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Going into this book I had a lot of doubts. I had heard from a number of people that it didn't live up to expectations, but I had heard from others that it was absolutely amazing. As you can imagine, I was quite skeptical about what I would be feeling by the time I finished it. I managed to pick up an ARC of Eve and Adam at Comic-Con over the summer and had it signed by the awesome Michael Grant, so I was really excited to finally dig into it. While there were some flaws that I found with the book, overall it was a really great story! It's incredibly fast paced, a super quick read, and has great characters who collectively made the book shine for me.
Eve is a strong and intelligent girl who I liked from the very beginning. She's funny, witty, brave, and loyal to no end. When she's hit by a car in the very opening of the book it's amazing how calm she is about everything, and even throughout her experience in the hospital she's making sarcastic remarks about everything going on. Asilin, her bff is HILARIOUS. I'm not going to lie, I would love a book just about her. I'm not going to lie, I didn't like Solo at the beginning of the book. He reminded me of a younger version of Dr. Cooper from Nurse Jackie. He was always making comments about how into him Eve was and I just wanted to be like, "Get over yourself dude!" He redeemed himself in the end, though :)
The story itself is really unique. It's essentially a rewrite of the Bible, only woman creates man. Along with some help from genetics and science experiments. The plot is very quick, and I would say the entire book is definitely plot driven (at least it was for me). There are so many twists and turns throughout the story, you'll be surprised by a lot of what happens. Also, I'm usually not much of a fan of alternating POVs unless they're done really well, which this one was. I could easily tell the difference between Eve and Solo without even reading the names at the beginning of the chapters. Grant and Appelgate did a fantastic job collaborating on this one.
Overall, Eve and Adam is definitely a book you're going to want to get your hands on. It's a quick, fun read with plenty of plot twists and great characters. I definitely didn't care for Adam once I met him, but the idea that someone can create a human being is amazing. You'll definitely have a lot of questions by the end, but it'll be worth it! For a great, philosophical read that has an intense plot and fantastic characters pick up Eve and Adam!(less)
When I first found out about Time Between Us I was so excited. Not only is the main ch...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
When I first found out about Time Between Us I was so excited. Not only is the main character's name, Anna (like me!!), but time travel?! Yes please! I've even had the pleasure of meeting Tamara at a few local events, since she's a local author, so I was incredibly excited to dive in. Not only are the characters amazingly real, but the story itself is breathtaking. It definitely reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife which is one of my most favorite books ever, and a little bit of The Lake House. Yes, two amazing stories that also involve romance and time travel. If you're a big fan of romance and time travel then you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Time Between Us!!
I absolutely loved the characters in this story. Anna is strong, independent, intelligent, and driven. There is definitely a point where Bennett and Anna are struggling to hold on to each other, but I loved how Anna didn't curl up into a ball in the woods and cry about it for months. She really shows how strong she's become throughout the story. And Bennett... oh my God Bennett... If there was every a swoon-tastic boy in a YA story it's Bennett. He's so caring and romantic and I loved getting to know all of his secrets at the same time as Anna. Their relationship is definitely not normal, considering he travels through time, but it's romantic and easy to relate to. We can all remember out first loves :)
The story itself is just fantastic. There are so many details that make this story so wonderful. Tamara's writing style is just gorgeous. She has a way with words that really helped paint a picture of certain settings. When Anna and Bennett go rock climbing, I seriously felt like I was scaling the mountain myself. Even the dialogue is great and so true to teenagers and the way they speak. There are even a couple plot twists that I had no idea were coming! By the end I was laughing and crying!
Overall, I absolutely loved Time Between Us. It's an amazing story of love, loss, and friendship and I loved every minute of it. The characters are all amazing and easy to relate to, and I loved their growth throughout the book. If you haven't already added Time Between Us to your TBR do so NOW. I'm not sure if this book is a standalone, but I'm really hoping Tamara will write more of Anna and Bennett's story because I just couldn't get enough!!(less)
Although it took me awhile to finally sit down and read Fracture, I was not disappoint...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Although it took me awhile to finally sit down and read Fracture, I was not disappointed. Fracture is definitely a pretty quick read, at only 264 pages, but each page is filled with so much emotion it was hard to put it down for long periods of time. I especially loved the relationship between Delaney and all of the most important people in her life and how everyone is so affected by her drowning. Fracture was an amazing read that had me wanting more and more until the very end when I was finally satisfied.
Miranda’s character development was fantastic, despite the fact that I have never had a near death experience I connected with Delaney immediately. Delaney is an incredibly damaged character who just wants to understand herself as well as the people around her. Once she comes out of the coma, she discovers that she has a strong pull toward the dying and thinks she’s going crazy. She eventually meets Troy who has the same abilities as her, and who manages to get in between Delaney and Decker, Delaney’s childhood best friend. I really flip-flopped between who I wanted Delaney to end up with because Troy is just as damaged as Delaney and really seems to understand her, but Decker is such a sweet heart who just wants Delaney to be happy and constantly blames himself for her accident.
Reading Fracture by Megan Miranda is like listening to one of Beethoven’s symphonies. At first, the story starts slowly, building up to an amazing crescendo and cascading into a perfect finale. Miranda’s writing is just beautiful, she managed to keep me interested enough in the story without feeding me too much information all at once. When Delaney felt happy, I felt happy for her. When Delaney cried, I cried with her. When Troy kissed Delaney in his kitchen, I got butterflies and I could feel my face lighting up. When I finally finished Fracture I was a blubbering mess of emotions. Even remembering how things ended makes me teary-eyed.
Fracture is one of those books that you really need to dedicate your time to, because you won’t want to put it down once you start. Miranda takes you into the world of a damaged girl who’s just trying to figure out her life in the wake of a terrible accident. By the end of the book you’ll be laughing, crying, and cheering while still trying to comprehend what happened. I definitely recommend Fracture to lovers of mysteries, thrillers, paranormal, and romances. (less)
When I first read the synopsis for this book I was so excited I couldn't contain mysel...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
When I first read the synopsis for this book I was so excited I couldn't contain myself. Sadly, I have really mixed feelings about it now. The beginning was really slow, I didn't feel like much was happening, or a lot of stuff was happening but it was overly described which just served to bore me. Enough was happening to keep me interested, and about 250 pages in things finally started to pick up! The ending was a complete cliff-hanger and now I'm just dying for the next one!
Kira is a great protagonist; she's strong, independent, smart, and sassy. I really liked how she took initiative to basically save the human race, despite the fact that she's only 16. She never took "no" for an answer, which definitely reminded me of me :). Her friends are all really fantastic people who completely support her no matter what kind of crazy thing she wants to do next. Although her boyfriend, Marcus, tries to tell her what to do a lot, he has good intentions and he was definitely a sweet-heart. I do wish there was a little more romance between the two, since I'm a big YA romance junkie, but at least there wasn't some stupid love-triangle.
The writing is really in depth, and there is a lot of thorough world-building going on, but sometimes I felt like it was too much. I tended to skip over a lot of paragraphs, simply because I was getting bored with whatever was happening. The story is also really medical, since Kira is trying to find a cure for RM, and I had a hard time following what was happening with that most of the time. Science and I do not mix, so it was hard for me to focus on all the medical jargon and testing and what not. The story really picks up in the last 200 pages though and a lot of stuff starts happening and things are revealed and people DIE! By then, I was screaming and reading furiously and I just had to know what was going to happen!!!
Overall, I liked Partials enough to continue reading and eventually I was really into it. I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get into the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The ending is definitely an incredible cliff-hanger and I can't wait to find out what Dan Wells has up his sleeve for the next book! Fans of dystopian and sci fi will like this one, but if you need romance in your novels you won't really find it here!(less)
I am really in awe of this book. Beth Revis transported me to an incredibly fascinat...moreThis review was originally posted on my blog: Literary Exploration
I am really in awe of this book. Beth Revis transported me to an incredibly fascinating and dark place in less than 400 pages. I'm already drooling over A Million Suns. Like, I am literally staring at the cover on Goodreads right now. Although the book was kind of slow in the beginning, there was enough intrigue to keep me reading and I'm so glad I did. Across the Universe is written from alternating perspectives, between Amy the girl born on earth and frozen to travel 300 years on the ship, and Elder, the boy born on the ship and raised to be the next leader in space. We all know how much I love alternating POVs and I was NOT disappointed!
Amy is such an awesome character, she's so strong and she doesn't let anyone take advantage of her. She's really brave and so confident, being the only red-haired-light-skinned person on the ship and having everyone think she's a freak, she deals with it a lot better than I would have. Amy definitely grows a lot in only a few days on the ship, and I really admire her abilities and smarts. Elder is still a lot like a child, he just believes what Eldest is teaching him without questioning, but he definitely grows a lot throughout the story and ends up becoming a really strong character.
There are a lot of plot twists and turns throughout the story so it's really hard to write this review without giving anything away! I loved the world-building; a whole community living on a space ship 300 years in the future and heading towards a completely unknown planet to start a new "earth". I was amazed with the writing, which is so elegant and beautiful. I felt like I was almost on the ship myself! The way Amy talks about the air tasting recycled, and the dirt not feeling exactly like dirt, I felt like I knew what she was talking about and could feel the fake dirt on my hands. Revis is definitely a skilled writer and story teller.
I'm literally counting down the days to A Million Suns's release and I'll be the first in line to buy this one. I can't wait to find out what happens to Elder and Amy, and of course the ship! This is a really great read for anyone who enjoys Dystopian, Sci Fi, Mystery, Romance, it's got a bit of everything! If you haven't read this one yet, definitely get your hands on it!(less)
O. M. G. This book was too amazing! So many twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it! I cannot WAIT for Prettie...moreO. M. G. This book was too amazing! So many twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it! I cannot WAIT for Pretties!! (less)