I connected with this book more than I think I've ever connected with a book before. I really understood Cath, the mainReview from That One Geek Girl
I connected with this book more than I think I've ever connected with a book before. I really understood Cath, the main character, because we're so much alike. We're both fangirls and we spend a lot of our lives thinking about fanfiction and slash. I've read books with geeky protagonists before, but this was a character that I actually saw myself in, 100 percent. It's not just the fanfiction thing, it because I've also been that girl who ends up in a social situation that I'm not comfortabl in and ends up in the bathroom crying.
This book was also a lot of fun. The dialogue and characters were quirky, but still felt real. It was the type of cool and quirky that doesn't feel forced or like it's trying too hard. I felt that it was coming from a very real place. I have a feeling that Rainbow Rowell herself is a fangirl, and that she is writing from experience, so everything feels genuine where it could have felt fake and forced.
Overall, I loved this book. It was so great to see such a real character who very much reflected my thoughts and feelings, something that I've never really seen in a book before. Eapescially since Cath is a Simon Snow fan, which is clearly supposed to be Harry Potter, my first fandom. In fact, I blame my love of reading and general fangirlishness on J.K. Rowling. I connected with this book on so many levels. If you're a fangirl or love fanfiction (or both!), I highly recommend that you read this book!
I don't really know how I feel about this book. It was beautifully written and was a very different kind of scifi/dystoReview from That One Geek Girl
I don't really know how I feel about this book. It was beautifully written and was a very different kind of scifi/dystopia, but...it was also kind of boring. The characters and the story never fully captured my interest. Which is a shame, because I was so much looking forward to reading this book.
I think my main issue with this book was the pacing. Nothing much seems to happen until about 60% of the way through. The main character, Morgan, has a questioning mind, but doesn't really want to break the rules or test the system. The story tries to make the world seem beautiful, if flawed, but I never really felt anything about Internment. I didn't really hate the King because I really didn't know that much about him. I didn't really hate the system because I didn't see most of its adverse affects until the end. I just didn't care about anything in the book that much.
Overall, this book well written and had an interesting premise but didn't create enough conflict and interest in the world until the very end. The verse was spiritual, poetic, and flowing, but the story felt like it wasn't going anywhere for quite awhile. I would have liked the main character to take more action and have a bit more power in her own story, rather than just let things happen to her. I liked the idea of this dystopia more than I liked reading about it.
I love books where girls disguise themselves as boys, but this book was a bit too superficial to live up to the awesomeReview from That One Geek Girl
I love books where girls disguise themselves as boys, but this book was a bit too superficial to live up to the awesome premise. Bet wants an education and will do anything to get it, which is awesome, but overall this book left me feeling a bit...meh. Part of this feeling was from the ambiguous setting, which is apparently England somethime in the 1800s. I liked the concept and the characters, but overall I felt that this book was just a bit too light. At less than 200 pages, there wasn't a lot of time for the story to develop. Everything seems to happen very quickly, more like a children's/middle-grade book than a YA novel.
There were some great details about Bet disguising herself, though. I love that she actually had to deal with getting her period, something that often gets left out of these type of stories. I would recommend this book to younger readers in their early teens who love a a fun novel with gender-bending hijinx. I have a feeling I would have loved this book when I was about 13-years-old!
Well, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but the main character is just so unlikable! And I was so exciteReview from That One Geek Girl
Well, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but the main character is just so unlikable! And I was so excited to read a book with a bisexual protagonist too... Brett Miller is a bullyying jerk, the type that you normally see as the "bad guy." I guess that makes it a bit more interesting once he starts questioning himself, but he's still just a jerk.
Overall, this book wasn't completely terrible. I can see some people really connecting with this book and this character, but it just wasn't for me. This book was a quick, easy read, though, at less than 200 pages, so I didn't feel like it was a waste of time. I will admit that I would read a sequel in a heartbeat, just to see if Brett gets anymore likable after realizing what a terrible person he's been to the gay kids at his school. That would be interesting to read.
This book was light, fluffy, and cute, which is exactly what I was looking for on a boring day at work. The main charactReview from That One Geek Girl
This book was light, fluffy, and cute, which is exactly what I was looking for on a boring day at work. The main character was easy to connect with, though a bit naive. I liked that both she and Kyler (I hate that name!) had angst about eachother, but they both dealt with the angst in very different ways. Though the story was a bit of a cliche, they writing still made it seem fresh and interesting.
My one problem with this book was the dramatic turn of events towards the end. I read enough romance to know the formula, so I knew something dramatic was going to happen, but still! The amount of crazy in the climax of the story was a bit insane and over-the-top. But even with that, I still enjoyed this book. I read it expecting a bit of fluff, and that's eactly what I got. I enjoyed the characters and the romance, even if the "plot" got a little bit too over-dramatic. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like to read a good romance story.
This book was a fun, original dystopian. In the beginning, I had trouble connecting to Wren because she is so unemotionaReview from That One Geek Girl
This book was a fun, original dystopian. In the beginning, I had trouble connecting to Wren because she is so unemotional, but that's intentional. Once she met Callum, I began to connect with her more as she broke out of her "perfect reboot" shell. She became more human. I also loved Callum, especailly towards the end when he got a bit more snarky. Their romance was really well done, and I was really glad that there was no love triangle. That's two books in a row that have been triangle free! That must be some kind of record! lol.
I also loved the concept of rebooting. It a very different look at Zombies, because that's basically what they are. I felt that the author spent a good amount of time establishing Wren and how the reboots at HARC live. This brings home how corrupt the world has gotten (or, at least, Texas) and how unfairly reboots are treated. You really start to side with the reboots and the rebellion (though the rebellion still seems super shady to me).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likable, the concept is interesting, and the romance is romantic without being over-dramatic and soap-opera like. The only thing that really bugged me about the book was the end, but only because it was so abrupt and left me craving the sequel, which doesn't come out until May of next year.
This book was interesting. I really liked the concept of the dystopian society being divided by abilities, though the teReview from That One Geek Girl
This book was interesting. I really liked the concept of the dystopian society being divided by abilities, though the test aspect reminded me a bit of Legend by Marie Lu. The outcome of the test was different and unique, and I liked that those in charge preached that everyone had an equal chance on the test, which is just a big fat lie.
I also loved that Kitty Doe, the main character, is dyslexic. She is intelligent and capable, but she can't read, which is the real reason she is a III instead of any higher. The only other dyslexic hero in a middle-grade/young adult book that I can think of is Percy Jackson, and that is explained away as part of his godly heritage. Here, dyslexia is just something that Kitty faces in a society that values traditional, book smart intelligence, rather than seeing the value in people who are different.
This book also has No LOVE TRIANGLE! This is rare, and something to be celebrated. The romance is very charming, and I love the depth of feeling between Kitty and Benjy. Though there is no triangle, that's not to say that there aren't romantic complications. When Kitty is forced to take the place of Lila, she finds out that Lila is engaged to the charming and secretive Knox. She becomes friends with him, but there is never any romantic feelings. Yay!
Overall, I really liked this book filled with mystery and secrets. Kitty feels very real, and everything she does is just to survive and help Benjy. I loved how she didn't want to join the rebellion because it is dangerous, which is a very real reaction. The book contained so many twists and turns that I was always interested and didn't want to put the book down. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters and how no one could really trust anyone else.