I love spies. I love psychics. You’d think, put the two together and they’d be like chocolate and peanut butter. (Mmmm…Reese’s.)
But something about SeI love spies. I love psychics. You’d think, put the two together and they’d be like chocolate and peanut butter. (Mmmm…Reese’s.)
But something about Sekret never quite worked for me. Protagonist Yulia, with her ability to tell past memories with a touch, is just the sort of plucky heroine you’d expect - which maybe works against her (through no fault of the author), simply because that is what’s expected. The love triangle never quite gelled, but the fact that it was there was a little bit sigh-inducing. And aside from Valentin, the supporting characters seemed largely one-dimensional, especially given Yulia’s ability to see beyond the surface.
What did work? Scrubbers. Scrubbers are terrifying, y’all, as is the idea that Yulia might not know her own mind as well as she thinks she does.
And just as the book reaches its crescendo, it just - ends. There’s a big blow-out, and then it’s over.
I know I’ve complained before about books that go on way past the point at which they should have ended, so I was just as surprised as you when I found myself going “…wait, that’s it?”
I’ll almost certainly pick up the next one, if only to find out if Smith can keep up the pace she built up....more
Tell me you don't have the Lana Del Rey song stuck in your head. Go ahead. I won't believe you.
Protagonist Ella finds a way to use her mother's ReveriTell me you don't have the Lana Del Rey song stuck in your head. Go ahead. I won't believe you.
Protagonist Ella finds a way to use her mother's Reverie technology - designed to let people relive a happy memory - to enter and interact with other people's dreams. Her government thinks that's a great idea, and also can she use it to ferret out traitors? Only when Ella takes her first dip into espionage, she finds a boy named Jack who claims he and Ella were in love.
Only Ella's never met him before.
And did she mention she keeps hallucinating her dead father? No big.
The Body Electric will have you questioning what we view as humanity and how the best intentions can turn evil. I definitely recommend it, especially to fans of Robin Wasserman's fabulous Cold Awakening series....more
Time traveling, mystery solving and future changing: if that’s your bag, The Here and Now is for you.
Prenna and a group of other survivors of a pandeTime traveling, mystery solving and future changing: if that’s your bag, The Here and Now is for you.
Prenna and a group of other survivors of a pandemic blood plague travel back in time to try and change their own future history - but are they actually working for change, or just hiding out in a time where they don’t belong? Community leaders strongly discourage questions and seem to have eyes everywhere. Ethan, a boy Prenna’s age who happened to witness Prenna’s arrival years earlier, helps her to extricate herself from the community and find out what’s really going on.
Time travel books are always tricky. So you change the past - what, then, happens to your future? What happens to you? This isn’t a book for sci-fi junkies or history buffs; it’s a fun, energetic romp with a time-travel twist. Ethan and Prenna’s love story works pretty well, as long as you’re willing to believe that teenagers can go from zero to OMG I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER in the space of a few pages. (Spoiler alert: they’re teenagers.)
In fact, the only bit I had trouble swallowing was the end, in which Decisions Are Decided and Sacrifices Are Made in the name of…being a good role model? Please. Tell me those crazy kids wouldn’t have (view spoiler)[just run off together and spend the rest of their lives under assumed names instead of quietly and obediently staying apart (hide spoiler)]. (At least, until they broke up. Ha ha, just kidding, real life has no place in fiction.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I mean, we obviously do, or else the future dystopia of BUT ARE THEY PEOPLE?? would not be such a thing. PerLet us all fear our clone-enhanced future.
I mean, we obviously do, or else the future dystopia of BUT ARE THEY PEOPLE?? would not be such a thing. Personally I cannot wait for clones to happen. Bring on the clones! But let's skip the evil corporate overlords and the strange clone towns when we do it, k?
Imitation is the story of Ven, clone-in-waiting of socialite Raven Rogen. Ven's raised in a secluded, clone-only environment and taught to imitate the real Raven in case she meets with any accidents. (Don't overthink the mechanics or the whole things falls apart.) When Ven is activated and sent out into the real world, she begins to realize things aren't quite as they seem (...are they ever?). Also, she really wants to mac on one of her bodyguards. You know, as you do.
The story's interesting as long as you can keep your disbelief suspended, but it ends abruptly. The author clearly has a sequel in mind, but it makes this book seem like it's just build-up.
*I scored this title from Netgalley in return for a review.*...more