As much as I wanted to enjoy The Unquiet, it just didn’t play out that way. That isn’t to say the book wasn’t unique, because there are aspects of MikAs much as I wanted to enjoy The Unquiet, it just didn’t play out that way. That isn’t to say the book wasn’t unique, because there are aspects of Mikaela’s writing that I was pretty impressed with, but that wasn’t enough to pull me out of the slump I found myself in when trying to get through this book.
The Unquiet actually starts off half way decently. This was where I really found myself interested in the unique writing style, but I quickly found that starting to fade once I got deeper into the book. It’s hard to explain exactly what sparked this for me, but I just felt a major disconnect from everything and it was very sudden, and honestly pretty surprising. I’ve seen the whole parallel-universe scenario play out many different ways in YA books over the years, and sadly this was one of those times I just couldn’t enjoy it.
The story itself was very bland, unlike the writing. It’s hard for me to write this review, because if I were writing it strictly based around Mikaela’s way with words, it would be a much different story. But I just can’t get over how unimpressed I felt with the take she had on parallel universes. It wasn’t unique enough for me compared to the multiple books I have read over the past few years featuring the concept.
Lira was interesting, for what she was meant to accomplish as a main character. When it comes to Lira, I feel like this is one of the stronger moments of the book where you really get to see just how great Mikaela is able to write, but I pretty much had to disconnect Lira from the story in order to really see how great of a character Lira was, without the issues in the story taking away from that.
Overall, I was just expecting a lot more out of this one. I wasn’t a fan of the idea behind what Lira had to do, and just the overall atmosphere of the book. It was grim, which is often nice, but I just didn’t like how it played out for The Unquiet. I was originally intrigued by some of the shows that are linked up to the book in the synopsis and I can see where the comparisons are made, but there was just so much I didn’t like about the book that no matter how much I tried to wrap my head around why certain things were happening.
Sadly, I can’t say that I would recommend reading this one. I am interested to see what Mikaela can do in the future. She has a lot of potential as a writer, but fell short with the plot in The Unquiet. It wasn’t memorable enough for me, as even now writing this review, I am struggling at times to remember some of the smaller details of the book. I wish I would have enjoyed it more than I did, but I am hoping that Mikaela’s next venture will turn out better than this one. I am definitely not opposed to reading any future books, just based on her writing style. It just needs backed up with a much better story next time. ...more
Okay, so when it comes to fantasy, The Young Elites isn’t one of my top favorites but it still has a lot going for it. The Young Elites felt very diffOkay, so when it comes to fantasy, The Young Elites isn’t one of my top favorites but it still has a lot going for it. The Young Elites felt very different to me than most fantasy books that I read. Not in the sense that it’s not fantasy, but it really has something about it (that I still can’t completely wrap my head around), which makes it read in a much different way. I will try my best to explain why I feel this way throughout the review. But for those of you that read it, maybe you will understand what I mean.
Fantasy is one of those genres that is very populated. With that being said, it tends to make it a lot more difficult for books to stand out. When reading through The Young Elites, I really wanted to try and focus on what would make this book stand out. Marie is able to accomplish this in a few ways. While all of the things Marie does to make the book stand out aren’t exactly “unique” she utilizes them in a way to help leave a lasting impression on the reader.
One of the things that really stood out to me about The Young Elites was the very dark atmosphere that you get to experience throughout the entirety of the book. The way that Marie approaches the idea of darkness in the book is very different than what I am use to seeing. We have a very dark main character, which is portrayed as dark for many reasons. As a reader, you can establish early on in the book the reasoning as to why she is portrayed as this really dark protagonist throughout the book. Now, just having Adelina being such a dark character isn’t the only thing in the book that is helping to add to the dark atmosphere there is so much about this book which helps add to the very dark atmosphere, and it would take a ton of time to really go through it all and discuss it.
Aside from Adelina being such a dark character, there are many other aspects surrounding how she was written that make her a really compelling character. When you’re reading the book, you really find yourself feeling connected to her as she struggles with throughout the book. I know this seems like a really basic thing, and frankly it tends to happen a lot with fantasy characters, due to the massive amount of detail that tends to go into fantasy. But there is something different about Adelina, and this is one of those situations that I really can’t explain. Part of me sees her as this average character in a fantasy novel, but the other part of me sees something in her that really stands out, and helps to build a slightly stronger connection with the reader. This is something I wish I could explain better, but maybe you will feel the same way once you have had the opportunity to read the book and experience her journey.
All in all, I would say The Young Elites was above average when it comes to fantasy novels. I can’t see it competing with my favorites (plus I am very, very pick with fantasy due to it being my favorite genre..) but I can respect the fact that it was written very well. Marie’s writing is something I find myself really intrigued by. I feel like a lot of it is the fact that there were some major things about this book that I can’t quite explain my reactions to. They are awesome parts of the book, but the way it was written and handled just seems oddly unique although the concepts really aren’t. I am looking forward to seeing what Marie was able to with the second book in the series. If The Young Elites is a good precursor for what I can expect to see, I am pretty excited. ...more
You guys, this series is going to be intense. Blood and Salt is easily one of the creepiest books I have ever read. I am usually not a fan of creepy bYou guys, this series is going to be intense. Blood and Salt is easily one of the creepiest books I have ever read. I am usually not a fan of creepy books, not that I can't appreciate when it is done well, it's just something that never really appeals to me. Blood and Salt is a fairly unique case. I won't go as far as saying it was incredible, because there were a lot of things I found myself getting frustrated with, but overall I would say that the book was pretty good. It takes a lot for me to get drawn into a horror book, and I feel like Kim delivered on most of the things I look for, which I will discuss further later in the review.
The main thing that really hooked me with this book was the atmosphere. I mean seriously, who wants to read a horror book that doesn't create a creepy atmosphere? I know I don't, so I was really happy to see just how well the atmosphere that Kim created played into her story. There is so much I can discuss as far as the background of the plot, etc. But I just want to focus on Quivira. In young adult books, it's not often that we see authors take such a dark look at the idea of cults. One could argue that we see a lot of cult like behavior in young adult books but I feel like we don't really see the kind of approach to it all that Kim takes with Blood and Salt. It's something that I have very little knowledge on, but it still helped to make the book very interesting. It was such a big part of the story, and really helped to add a lot of the creepier elements to Blood and Salt.
The characters in Blood and Salt are decent. Personally, this is where a few of the issues came up for me. In a way, Ash seemed very unique. I mean that in the sense that out of all the books I have read this year, something about her makes her stand out strongly. The thing is, it's caused by a mix of both positive and negative attributes. It was very interesting following Ash, but there were a lot of times where I just didn't agree with how she went about things. I can't discuss that in detail in my review, but I just wish certain things didn't happen the way they did. I also wasn't a huge fan of the romantic relationship in the book. I can understand the reasoning behind it, but it just didn't add enough to the story for me to deem it something that was absolutely needed. Which honestly is kind of disappointing considering how much the romance is played on in the description of the book. But hey, you can't expect to have everything turn out perfectly. At least there were a lot of things about the book that made up for it!
Overall, I was pretty impressed with Blood and Salt. This is another one of those books that would be perfect to add to your reading lists for October, leading up to Halloween. Again, what impressed me the most was the atmosphere. Kim did an incredible job writing the book in a way that captures you and quite frankly, will creep you out if you really let yourself get immersed in the book as you're reading. Blood and Salt might not be one of my favorite books of the year, but it was definitely something I enjoyed reading. If you're looking for a creepy book to add to your collection, I would suggest that you look into picking up a copy of Blood and Salt.
Aaron has written a very unique book. It’s interesting to me that he decided to base this story around real events, especially because the subject matAaron has written a very unique book. It’s interesting to me that he decided to base this story around real events, especially because the subject matter is literally heartbreaking. I feel like it is important to note that this book deal with subject matter that can be difficult to read for some (Rape) I just feel like this is a very important book, that needs to be read by as many people as possible. I will explain this further throughout the review, but I wanted to get that warning out of the way.
While this book deals with really though subject matter, it also a very powerful book. I love that Aaron very blatantly calls out the fact that in our society, the victims of rape are often looked at in a negative light. He shows this in many ways, be it comments from characters in the book or other outlets. It’s a shame that when something like this happens (more often to females) that people get this mentality that she must have done something to provoke the action of those that assaulted her. To me, that is disgusting, and I think it was great of Aaron to bring light to that in this book and to show that people actually do that. I understand this book is fiction, but with it being based on real events it’s important for people to see that things like this happen.
What We Saw is arguably going to be one of the most powerful books of 2015. Aaron does an amazing job at informing readers through a beautifully (although very heartbreaking…) written story and shows how important it is for people to know what often happens in these types of situations. This book is based in a small town, which would make things even worse. If you read up on the details surrounding the case this book is based on, you will see just how horrible people treated the girl who was assaulted. We see the same things happening to Stacey, and Aaron doesn’t hold back with his writing. He clearly wants people to see the reality of situations like we see in the book, and I think that is one of the things that makes What We Saw such an important book.
It’s really difficult for me to form thoughts surrounding this book. It’s one of those books where you just feel completely crushed after reading it. But it speaks so loudly to real life events, not only because it is based on one, but because it is something that we as a society needs to work on changing. We can’t allow for victims of rape to be the ones that are looked down upon. If these people speak up, they should never hear comments like “Well, you ruined those peoples lives” it is disgusting to think that someone could say that to a victim of rape. Aaron is taking a very important step with his debut book, and I really hope that people will stand behind this book and see how incredibly important it is for everyone to read.
I understand that some people might struggle with reading books dealing with issues such as rape. If you feel like you absolutely couldn’t read this book due to the issues involved, that is fine. But I can’t stress enough how important this book is for people to read. It is eye opening, and it shows just how horrible our society can be surrounding these issues. This is not only limited to the story we see play in the book, or the real event that the book is based on. The negativity and harmful backlash towards victims of rape happens everywhere, and a lot more often than you might think. I applaud Aaron for writing this book. It is heartbreaking yes, but it is very powerful and will open your eyes. ...more
The Dead House is a great book for this time of year, especially with Halloween around the corner. Everything about this book is insane. When for firsThe Dead House is a great book for this time of year, especially with Halloween around the corner. Everything about this book is insane. When for first start the book, you will be hooked very quickly. It’s interesting to see the issue that the character(s) face and how it impacts their lives.
One of my favorite parts of this book was the interaction between the main character and the doctor. It’s so hard not to give things away… You piece together early on what is going on with the character (although to main plot of the story is a lot more difficult to piece together..) there is just a lot going on and with the way the book is written, you really need to pay attention to all of the details you are provided with throughout the book.
The book is listed as a horror. I personally didn’t find much of it to be scary. To me it was much more of a psychological thriller. Dawn does a really good job at playing with your mind as you read this book, and honestly, that makes this book a ton of fun to read. As I mentioned before, there is so much I could discuss about this book but it’s also so easy to give things away that are crucial to piecing everything together so I am trying my best to not do that..
If you are looking for one book to definitely read in the coming weeks, I would highly suggest The Dead House. If you wait until closer to Halloween to read the book, I feel like it would make it even more enjoyable than it already is. This is one of those books that is just written in a really unique way (it’s not your typical book. It’s like reading over a ton reports/documents surrounding something that happened..)
I loved the overall style, and I would love to see more books take this approach to writing a story. It’s fun and it really keeps your attention. It’s nice to have the breaks in the story as it jumps around between different aspects of the story overall. It’s really hard to explain, but I can assure you that it is a lot of fun and definitely work taking the time to read. ...more
It took me quite awhile to make it through Everything, Everything. Not only due to the fact that I have been incredibly busy, but also because it realIt took me quite awhile to make it through Everything, Everything. Not only due to the fact that I have been incredibly busy, but also because it really slowed down for me towards the end. It’s hard to wrap my head around this book, in order to give a coherent review, but I’m going to try my best.
The story doesn’t start off in a spectacular way, but it is a decent start. We are introduced to the characters, and are given the chance to try and understand what Madeleine is going through. While her condition is an important part of the book, it is clear early on that there is a lot more going on than just that. And once you get deeper into the book, there are some pretty huge revelations that I found to be quite shocking, to say the least.
It’s not that I didn’t like the direction of Everything, Everything. There is a lot about it that I did enjoy. I just don’t know if it was enough to make the book stand out amongst a lot of the similar books out there. It has it’s own voice, sure.. And it has some pretty intense plot lines and twists, but it wasn’t something I found to be incredibly gripping after the first half of the book.
The first half of the book was much more engaging than the second, and I flew through it. But once I hit the second half, I felt like I was starting to hit a wall. I was still interested in the story and what was going on but I never felt an urgency to actually finish the book.
As I have mentioned above, you will find that the book takes some surprising turns. That is one thing that does help to keep the story interesting, but I just felt as though it was somewhat disconnected. I really can’t go into detail, but when you read the book you will find out what I am referring too. I can understand the reasoning behind it to an extent, but it’s just difficult to wrap my head around.
If you’re looking to get this book, then I would say to go ahead and pick it up. If it’s something you’re looking forward to, I can see it being enjoyable for you. If you have been hesitant about reading it then I would say hold off. I was really excited for it, and that is part of the reason I feel I enjoyed some aspects of it, but it really didn’t hold my interest through the end. ...more