If you thought Pawn was chock-full of political intrigue...then you haven't seen anything yet!
Plot: First off: WOW. Just WOW. Pawn set up this story wIf you thought Pawn was chock-full of political intrigue...then you haven't seen anything yet!
Plot: First off: WOW. Just WOW. Pawn set up this story with a nice, pretty bow. We got background and we were introduced to the political struggle and were shocked by a volley of plot twists. Captive does not take it slow, instead we were assaulted with even more twists and turns and left guessing who truly had Kitty's best interest at heart. My heart stopped while reading some scene, then it raced after reading other scenes. I haven't felt this engaged in a story in a long time. The pacing was perfect, Aimee would give us a little line, then reel us in, give us a little more line, THEN LETS EVERYTHING HITS THE FAN, the she gives us a little more line. I finished Captive (at 2 in the morning) feeling a bit breathless and exhilarated.
Characters: Kitty Doe is the same feisty Extra that we grew to love in Pawn. My one complaint is her determination to prove that she's not a pawn leads her to make stupid decisions. Then said stupid decisions get her in trouble, and she immediately looks for someone to bail her out. No Kitty, either stop doing stupid things, or learn how to get yourself out of trouble without implicating other people.
Pawn had major hints of a love triangle between Benjy and Nox, Captive had even more hints of a love triangle but it was enjoyable . I liked this love triangle because it was in the background. Kitty would hear whispers of returned emotions, but there was never more than a page dedicated to the romantic drama. For what it's worth, I'm all about Nox.
In Captive we are introduced to a new cast of characters who were either allies of Kitty or using her. Each character was painted so perfectly that I couldn't distinguish friend from foe either.
World Building: The slums of D.C and the Hart Estate were the main landscape of Pawn, we were also introduced to the horrific dead lands known as Elsewhere. A majority of Captive, takes place in Elsewhere and boy let me tell you, Pawn only gave us a snippet of what really goes in there.
Short N Sweet: Aimee Carter truly outdid herself when she penned Captive. Captive is even more exciting, has more twists, and a bigger of array of characters who will keep you guessing until the last page. I can't wait to see how Queen will wrap everything up!
The Body Electric is an imaginative tale told in an equally breath-taking setting. I think I would have appreciated this book more if I had r3.5 stars
The Body Electric is an imaginative tale told in an equally breath-taking setting. I think I would have appreciated this book more if I had read Beth's other book, Across the Universe.
Plot: When I first saw this book, my first reaction was "INCEPTION!" I was wrong, but that's not a bad thing! The Body Electric caught my attention from page one, in which we learn about Ella's family life and the technology that could bring a civilization to its knees. The pacing so slow, but steady with plenty of plot twists along the way. I will admit though, the plot twists began to feel a bit overwhelming, I didn't know what to believe by the end of the book.
Characters: Ella is our narrator and she is what kept me turning pages. We are only given snippets of her past and her life with her family, so I was eager to gobble up any bits of information that she would reveal. There is a love story, but it's not a traditional love story. Jack comes into Ella's life in a whirlwind. He claims that they had dated for over a year, but yet Ella has no memories of him whatsoever, which lends itself to the overall mystery as well. Their relationship was a bit hard to get into because they were both coming from different places: Jack with his assertions of their love and Ella's fear of opening herself up to this would-be stranger. I didn't feel as though they ever met in the middle, and that there were two warring sides for a majority of the book.
Setting: This book has bumped Across the Universe up on my TBR, like a lot. The two books have a shared world and it is intriguing. Nanobots are used to fight infectious diseases, androids do everything from prepare our food to serve as personal caretakers. With the abundance of androids, I was reminded of Cinder. The Body Electric is by no means a copy, but the role of androids is important in both books.
Short N Sweet: The Body Electric is a refreshing novel with a rich and engaging world. The only downfall is that it had more plot twists than a M. Night Shyamalan film.
Illusions of Fate is set in beautiful world based in magic and political gain.
Plot: Illusions of Fate is a nice slow build. We are first introduced tIllusions of Fate is set in beautiful world based in magic and political gain.
Plot: Illusions of Fate is a nice slow build. We are first introduced to Jessamin who travels to the continent from her colonized island in hopes of getting a proper education. She runs into the dashing "Finn" and things get weird from there. I thought that this novel moved at a nice slow pace, Jessa is given information on magic little by little, we discover different aspects of the political system and the history of the world, and the romance takes a back seat to the political intrigue. Once the romance begins to pick up ,I feel like Kiersten got tired of waiting and just hit the reader with every plot twist possible. The pacing was so off that I felt removed from the story.
Characters: Jessamin has left her island of Melei full of sun and love to the dreary London-esque Albion. As Melei was colonized by leaders of Albion, Jessamin is treated significantly differently from the paler Albionians. I loved the social parallels of colonization in Illusions of Fate. Jessamin manages to keep a straight face while people hurl insults at her, remark on her "exotic" dark skin, and make lurid comments about the sexualization of her culture. Finn, her romantic interest, was a fairly nice love interest but he isn't given much personality. From the opening pages, he seems to exist just because Jessamin exists and is ready to confess his undying love. Their love felt lopsided which I think is a result of the confused pacing as well.
World Building: Kiersten White did a fabulous job of creating her world, I could easily picture myself on the rainy streets of Albion, at a fancy gala, or in the parlor of a mad man. It really does have that 20th century London feel that makes me want to go binge watch period pieces on the BBC.
Short N Sweet: Illusions of Fate is an intelligent novel that explores the negative affects of colonization, it fell short due to an inconsistent pacing.
Although I have NO idea what was happening, this book sure did deliver on the scares!
Plot: When I picked up White Space, I had no idea what it was abAlthough I have NO idea what was happening, this book sure did deliver on the scares!
Plot: When I picked up White Space, I had no idea what it was about. I still don't but we won't talk about that right now. The book opens up with Emma who has a head full of metal from a terrible accident involving her druggie father and her body bouncing off a wall. She thinks that all of the metal is responsible for her "blinks" - periods of time where she mentally blacks out and hallucinates. On a snowy road in Wisconsin, she meets a cast of characters who are all connected to her in some way, the fun starts when people start dying though. :) White Spaces is an extremely complex novel, I don't even know where I would start explaining - without spoiling it! Just when I started to understand something, I questioned if I actually understood what was happening and then just get a headache trying to wrap my head around it. I had to go to bed after I read the cliffhanger, I just...couldn't think anymore. While I know it sounds like I'm being really negative about this book, I don't mean to be. One of the strongest points of this novel is that Bick doesn't hold any punches in her horror scenes. They were spooky and creepy, just the way I liked it! I probably would have loved this novel if it were a simple "seven-kids-in-a-spooky-haunted-house" story but...it's not.
Characters: Each chapter is told through the eyes of other characters which can be a little confusing at times. There were times where I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to figure out whose narration I was following. Even though the book follows many characters, I think it's safe to say that Emma is our main character. I don't really know much about Emma, I found some of the other characters a bit more interesting. Rima particularly held my interest only because she had also powers. One of my biggest issues with the novel is the lack of emotion. Early on in the book, a character dies and everyone's reaction is basically "WELP." ...no. That's not the proper response to seeing someone die before you! Scream or cry or SOMETHING.
World Building: Bick writes horror very well, and I this is why I was able to picture myself in any scene. She did an amazing job depicting the landscape and making it feel so...isolated and wonder what was behind every door.
Short N Sweet: Confusing as all hell but the horror element was spot on! ...more
The synopsis promises a survival tale about a young girl whose got nothing to lose. I'm sad so say that the synopsis was this book's stronge1.5 Stars
The synopsis promises a survival tale about a young girl whose got nothing to lose. I'm sad so say that the synopsis was this book's strongest point.
Plot: H20 opens with Ruby at a party at her friend's house doing what teenagers do: drink, dance, make out. Everything changes within 5 minutes and most Ruby's friends and family are dead because of a simple rain shower. Eventually, Ruby has nothing left in her small town and sets off on an adventure to find her father. From the start this book was a mess. The action goes from 0 to 60 without any real emotion connected to the characters so I felt nothing when someone died. For a flesh-destroying bacteria, I expected a lot more focus on the agony and the process of how the rain can kill a person but we aren't privy to that kind of information. What this book lacked was the sense of urgency. Seeing how millions of people just died in 10 minutes, you would expect a survivalist tone from the characters but it's missing. Ruby recounts the events as if everyone has a serious case of the chicken pox, there is no urgency, no despair, no emotion, nothing.The ending of H20 was pretty abrupt, I didn't know that this was first in the series, but I think I would have liked the ending a lot more if it were just a standalone.
Characters: Ruby is one of the most annoying MCs I have ever had the displeasure to read about I swear to God (btw words like God, damn and any other explictives are censored in the novel with a little emoticon thing. That was the second most annoying thing in the book. Just don't curse then)! She's your typical angry teenager who has the whole "You're Not My Real Dad!" attitude towards her stepdad, which is pretty crappy because he spends a good chunk of the novel trying to save her hide. While people are scrambling to get water, turning on each other, and dropping dead left and right, you would think that this girl is blind to all of this. People are looting stores for essentials, what does she buy? Clothes that she has been coveting for months; she evens wears a sequined dress for a duration of the book. She takes the time to perfectly apply her makeup and criticizes others who haven't taken a shower in a day or two. And she still has the time to feel humiliated when she has to talk to the class nerd.
World Building: In short, there is none. Ruby travels from her small town in England and basically drives to London, then end.
Short N Sweet: H20 sounded like something every dystopia lover would love to have on his or her shelves; subtract one annoying main character and add more emotion, and it would have been ...more
I picked up this one high off the adrenalin of Dead To You. Unfortunately Crash was not able to measure up to any other works by Lisa McMann.
Plot: CrI picked up this one high off the adrenalin of Dead To You. Unfortunately Crash was not able to measure up to any other works by Lisa McMann.
Plot: Crash opens in Chicago with Jules and her family trying to live life as normally as possible while her father suffers from depression. They are the laughing stock of their neighborhood and to make matters worse, Jules sees visions of people dying when she looks at advertisements. Which...is not...normal. The main story had my attention for the first half of the book as I was curious as to why Jules had these visions. Slowly the story turned from this mysterious supernatural to a girl who is OBSESSED with a forbidden boy (think Romeo and Juliet but with pizza) and how to save his life (screw everybody else that might die). I got so bored of the two of them and her stalking of him that I just started flipping pages until I got to the end. Yawn.
Characters: Jules' family is quite the cast of characters. As they help her run her family's pizza shop, we get a better view of them than anyone else in the story. I loved the connection that Jules had with her siblings and their struggle with their father's mental illness. I actually really like that they brought up mental illness and how Jules worries over "catching" the mental illness which seems to have impacted the lives of her grandfather and father.
The love story was the weakest for me, mostly because it's infatuation. Jules has been in love with this boy for 8 years and just will not leave him alone. It was stalker level, I swear, and there is NOTHING attractive than someone who won't take no for an answer.
World Building: It's in Chicago so I love it, although I question whereabouts this takes place in Chicago. Jules and her family have a food truck at Museum Campus (downtown), but live in Melrose Park (a suburb) but somehow go to school with Sawyer who lives in Chicago? Yeah, I don't know.
Short N Sweet: Crash had an interesting concept but it was bogged down by mediocre love story. ...more
Not a Drop to Drink was a surprising tale of the importance of both survival and love. It's a quick read with a lot of feelings!
Plot: Not a 3.5 Stars
Not a Drop to Drink was a surprising tale of the importance of both survival and love. It's a quick read with a lot of feelings!
Plot: Not a Drop of Drink learned how to kill from her mother, but that's just about it. There is no compassion, there is no love - just gun shots plunging into a man's head. Brutal, I know, but when there is no water in the world, you've got to take all the precautions you can. The pacing was just right with enough action to keep me glued to the pages. The end of the novel is where most of the action is, and even though it was supposed to be very tense, I found the real to be a cheap attempt to shock the reader. While I wasn't the biggest fan of the "big fight scene," I found the ending to be absolutely beautiful.
Characters: The characters are the absolute strongest in Not a Drop to Drink. I felt as though Lynn flowered before my very eyes and it was a nice feeling to see how she grew so much in such a terrible situation. It tugged at my heart to see her experience a lot of "firsts" and to finally start letting people in. I feel like the synopsis makes this book seem like it's a fight for survival and full of action, when really it's about the characters who are left to keep their humanity while trying to survive in harsh conditions. Most of the characters won me over, especially little Lucy who came to Lynn unexpectedly. Their relationship reminded me a lot of Amy and Baby from In the After, in which a teenage girl has to play mother to a needy child in unpleasant circumstances.
World Building: The first sentence in the book is: "Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off like barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink." If that doesn't set the scene, I don't know what does! The world is desolate, people are scarce, and people no longer have the same priorities. It's a tragic world that sounds pretty plausible for our own world. Which is downright terrifying!
Short N Sweet: Not a Drop to Drink is a beautiful story about survival and the human condition. My only complaint is in regards to the novel's big reveal which seem to serve as shock value rather than the develop of the story. I'm excited to see Lucy and friend in the companion piece, In a Handful of Dust. ...more