I waited for some time to read this book. I was initially drawn to the beautiful cover, and mostly sold on it based on the synopsis. I was sincerely a...moreI waited for some time to read this book. I was initially drawn to the beautiful cover, and mostly sold on it based on the synopsis. I was sincerely afraid of being severely disappointed if the book turned out to fail my expectations. I read the book in two days. I could not put it down. I am pretty stingy with my stars, but this story earned all five. Let me tell you why:
1. There isn't a love triangle. There might be one developing by the end of the story, but I was able to make it through an entire YA book without a love triangle. Truthfully, I trust that Redwine will be able to pull off a proper love triangle without all of the garbage if she goes that route.
2. Rachel is a strong female lead. She's not strong in an extreme feminist way, but in a balanced way. She understands that she has a need for people that is not discriminatory upon gender. Rachel is strong in her convictions and passionate about the people she loves. Enough so that she is willing to risk her own life. Love her.
3. Logan is an idiot, but in all the right ways. Circumstances, life, and Rachel bring him into full character. I love that he's nerdy AND a warrior.
4. Commander Chase...Let's just say I have a few choice words for the Commander that I won't use here. I definitely hated him right away.
5. The book is beautifully well-written. It expanded my vocabulary by a few words and the story had solid structure.
I recommend this book to anyone old enough to read and comprehend its value. I'm hooked.(less)
Delightfully dark and despairing, this story begins in the future where a plague has devastated the entire city that Araby resides...more*Potential Spoilers*
Delightfully dark and despairing, this story begins in the future where a plague has devastated the entire city that Araby resides in. Her father is a super-scientist who saved the city (as much as he could) by creating porcelain masks that filter the air and keep the wearers from be contaminated.
She crushes on Will, the manager of the Debauchery Club. Due to a vow to her dead twin, she has issues with intimacy on many levels. Enter Elliot, the club owner and her best friend's big brother. He has a lot going on and wants Araby to be a part of things.
This book takes you for a breathtaking ride, never lets up, and sucks you in completely. The emotions of the narrator (Araby) roll off of the pages right into your very soul. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. Is it possible to give a book 6/5 stars?? This book deserves it.(less)
This is a good story. It's sort of a Percy Jackson for Young Adults, only with a female lead who is directly descended from Zeus. It keeps you guessin...moreThis is a good story. It's sort of a Percy Jackson for Young Adults, only with a female lead who is directly descended from Zeus. It keeps you guessing and turning the page. I have to admit that I started having to re-read passages because there seemed to be just too much unimportant detail at times and my mind wandered off. There are also a lot of typos and grammatical errors, which were distracting for me at times, but didn't detract from the story itself.
There was a character that I didn't like very much. Gerald. He's weak, whiney, and not even in the book that much, even though his part is rather significant as a part of a love triangle. If I were asked to make a suggestion to the author, I would suggest that Gerald not be a part of it, unless mainly as a truly innocent friend on both sides and make the love triangle COMPLETELY between Delia, Evan, and Victor.
And truthfully...I'm rooting for Victor. Evan is capable, and they clearly love each other, but there's just something about a guy who goes all wrong and then makes a positive come back - like Victor. Although, I suppose that we have yet to see if he truly makes a positive come back.
Anyway...worth the $.99 I paid for it, and I will likely read the sequel when it comes out in June, 2012. (less)
What a BEAUTIFUL book! Grave Mercy has a nice, thick plot involving the politics of the era and the "gods of old". There is action, romance, and a mys...moreWhat a BEAUTIFUL book! Grave Mercy has a nice, thick plot involving the politics of the era and the "gods of old". There is action, romance, and a mystery that keeps you guessing to the near end. Ismae struggles with her gifts, self worth, and the reality of mankind throughout the story, and fears that she may not know exactly who to trust. I certainly didn't know who to trust throughout the majority of this long book. Yes, it's long, and you feel satisfied enough at the end, and yet you could do with a little more of His fair assassin. I'm looking forward to the companion book regarding Sybella coming in 2013!(less)
This book was beautifully written. The concept is wonderful, the world building is fantastic, and the characters are easy to imagine. Maddie is a comp...moreThis book was beautifully written. The concept is wonderful, the world building is fantastic, and the characters are easy to imagine. Maddie is a computer genius, and the complete opposite of her controlling and manipulative father. The dilemma comes in choosing between a nation's rights, and the preservation of her family as a unit. Maggie's character develops so much during her journey of self discovery, and she's trying to find balance between the drastic ends of the plugged-in/living free spectrum. She meets a guy named Justin who shows her what life could be like when you live "un-plugged". I read this book in two days. I would recommend it to ANYONE who likes Dystopia, and to people in high school. It has a few curse words in it, and some make-out scenes, but the core point (I felt) of the book was that computers and such were meant to enhance life, not to become our way of living, which is a great point of thought for upcoming generations.(less)
**spoiler alert** *I'm reading this book to fill in the space between having just finished Everneath, and waiting for Fever. I hope I like it!*
This bo...more**spoiler alert** *I'm reading this book to fill in the space between having just finished Everneath, and waiting for Fever. I hope I like it!*
This book was cute. It was well worth the $.99 I paid for to read it on my Nook. It has an X-men feel to it (I'm excited to see more of this in YA/Teen literature), but instead of an adult leader (at least so far), they look to the main character for leadership.
The villain is quite dangerous because of his talent, and what makes him more dangerous is his philosophy that the rules don't apply to him. I do feel like Dylan could use some more depth to his character in the writing, but I really, really like Joss. I'm not certain how I feel about Kat. I don't totally trust her yet. I've found that it's very easy to take on Joss' way of thinking. I really don't trust anyone, but there are a couple of people I WANT to trust.
I look forward to reading the second book and watching the kids with talents organize.(less)
This book sucked me in from the beginning (pun fully intended)! The beautiful cover is what got my attention (I'm a sucker for those), but then I read...moreThis book sucked me in from the beginning (pun fully intended)! The beautiful cover is what got my attention (I'm a sucker for those), but then I read some reviews from people I trust and it made it on my 2012 list "To Read".
Pros: Excellent world building Very well written (not any fluff - all of it is meat to the story) Characters you can get attached to (I found myself rooting for the 'bad boy' a few times) Based in common AND not-so-common mythology (this scores extra points from me!) *It's a great example about why we should NOT making rash decisions. (see note below)
Cons: I had a hard time connecting to Jack sometimes. That may have been influenced by Cole. I couldn't put it down, so I inevitably ignored my housework and read till I couldn't stay awake anymore.
*I get that the rash mistakes that we make will not result in being part of the Feeding, or ending up in the tunnels. But, it's nice to see a teenage character take responsibility for a horrible choice that she made (though we understand what drove her to it), and to try to make everything right again.
Anyway - I LOVED this book and I can't wait for the next one! (less)
I've been highly anticipating this book and it did not let me down. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about there being s...more**spoiler alert** *SPOILERS*
I've been highly anticipating this book and it did not let me down. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about there being so much happening with a "circus", when I read the synopsis. She spent less time at the carnival (circus) than I expected, which was great because I was really looking forward to seeing the mansion, Vaughn, Linden, and Cecily again. I had a hard time seeing the necessity of this leg in Rhine's journey, but by the end of the book it all falls together.
Vaughn showed up right around the time I expected, but then it took a little longer than I expected to see Vaughn the second time, which led to seeing the mansion, Linden, and Cecily. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Vaughn. His end goal is admirable, but his means are despicable. I love reading his character. He's SO sinister. Rhine is so much stronger than other reviewers have given her credit for, and it shows most clearly in the final chapters of Fever, particularly when she's conversing with Vaughn.
Rhine is led to believe before she ever arrives at the mansion that Linden knows she's back, but wants nothing to do with her, and has given his father permission to do what he will with Rhine - which of course means experimentation. Cecily, force of nature that she is, makes her way down to the basement to see Rhine, and is, I think, responsible for getting Rhine back out of Vaughn's clutches, and making Linden aware of Rhine being back (his father did not tell him) and what condition she was in.
Linden is PISSED when he finds out what his father has done, and with what he's not said regarding Rhine. Rhine was back for weeks before Linden found out about it. I feel so terrible for Linden in this book. He seems to have matured a lot since Wither and has sort of grown into himself in that way that one only can when they've been put through the wringer. Linden seems to have mixed emotions (naturally) about Rhine. He's discovered things about his father that he never knew - a new betrayal, and even Cecily hasn't been totally honest with him. What's he supposed to do with all of this new information and feelings of hurt and betrayal?
There's no real romance between Rhine and Linden in Fever, but I think their could be a comeback, and he has a chance at winning her heart on his own, without her being forced into anything. I like Gabriel, but he's weak, and a follower. Now that Linden has grown into himself, he's a leader and a strong contender for being the hero.
**spoiler alert** I loved this story. I've seen some rather negative reviews of it for lack of world building, character building, the fact that there...more**spoiler alert** I loved this story. I've seen some rather negative reviews of it for lack of world building, character building, the fact that there is polygamy, etc.
There is one character that could have (possibly) used some more building, and that is Gabriel. I have a hard time buying into the idea that she's fallen in love with Gabriel. There are very little scenes that detail any interaction between Rhine and Gabriel. It leaves me with the impression that she maybe could fall in love with him, but only under the circumstance of freedom. And I think that it's a pretty big maybe.
On world building, during this particular book Rhine's world is entirely confined to her life in the mansion. I believe Ms. DeStefano does an impeccable job of making us feel, and even see in our mind's eye what Rhine is seeing and feeling in Vaughn's creepy but beautiful mansion. The horrors of the basement, the terror of the virus, and the conundrum that Rhine finds herself in when she starts having feelings for her sister wives and, eventually, her non-consummated husband. There is little said about the outside world, and I believe that we'll see more world building in the sequel, since she will be in the world outside of the mansion.
"And it only seems fitting that, in this moment of illusion, the words just come out of me. 'I love you too.'" Rhine clearly develops some feelings for Linden (her husband). They are overridden by her conscience in the form of her brother's voice telling her that she's too emotional. They are also overridden by her desire for freedom. No matter what she feels for Linden, her freedom, and finding the only family she has left is more important than anything.
The polygamy is more of a background feature. Rhine ends up fortunate in the fact that IF she had to be stolen and sold as a bride, she ended up with someone as kind and compassionate as Linden Ashby. He is, incidentally, completely oblivious to the reality of Rhine's situation. And even with his lack of knowledge and intuition, he is kind to Rhine, falls in love with her, and does not force her to do anything she does not want to do. Rhine mentions several times that she's more of a sister wife to Cecily and Jenna than she is a wife to Linden.
The Science has some holes in it, and I'm not a very scientific person. But, I don't think it's bad enough to detract from the story. The main scientific scruple I had with the story is the fact that the thing that causes deaths at 20 and 25 is supposed to be a genetic defect, but it's referred to as "the virus". Not detrimental to the story, just a minor oversight on the author's part.
I found this story compelling and could not put it down. I pretty much read it in one day. I found myself talking to the characters as I read the book, hoping they would do this, or not do that. I found myself wishing that Rhine would trust Linden more. I think if she had been careful and wise about it, she could have told Linden that she still has a living brother, and that she misses him. I have no doubt that Linden would have given her anything she wanted - even her brother.
I have much more that I could say about this book, but I'll end with saying that the polygamy aspect nearly deterred me from reading this book, but I took a risk and read it anyway - several times.(less)