I was first intrigued by this book long before I saw it on the shelves. I heard about the film, did a little research and decided that this was the I was first intrigued by this book long before I saw it on the shelves. I heard about the film, did a little research and decided that this was the kind of story I was interested in! It reminded me a little of Roswell - the whole 'alien on the run trying to blend in with humans' etc.
I waited a few months for it to come out, searched stores and finally found it. I was very disappointed...
I found the action scenes baffling to say the least. I'd finally wrap my head around what was happening, after many short sentences and lack of character development. Let's just say instead of saying "Kevin ran towards me" we get "another guy ran towards me". It made everything way too confusing to follow. I can only keep tabs on so many another guy's before my brain begins to mush.
That being said, the final action scene was way too long. I just wanted it to be finished already. It wasn't gripping, it wasn't intense, it was tedious. Just when you think 'finally, that's over' oh wait, theres another monster... and not in a good way. The end result could've been much more polished to flow better, but it just didn't.
Now we move on to the very unbelievable relationship between John Smith (I'm not going to comment on how nobody cracked a joke in the slightest about the common-ness of the name) and Sarah. It was all too predictable for my liking. She's the quarterback's ex girlfriend who just happens to be blonde and the prettiest girl in school. I can get past that with as little as a quirked eyebrow, but, then we get elements that keep appearing throughout every other teen drama novel/television show/film known to man.
I'm not going to list them, because they already have been in other reviews here. Just think of anything that is a major stereotype in high-school and you've got it in this.
All the plot points were so easily solved, yet our main 'hero' remains ignorant until the end, where we have this huge realization where everything is explained. We don't need these explanations, especially so late in the novel. We've already figured it out!
Which brings me to the Mogadorians. If they are so hell-bent on killing the Loric Garde, then why did they taunt John so much when they actually had him? There were so many points in which the Mogadorians could've killed him, but instead they threw him around like a rag doll and gave him way too many chances to get help or escape. In no means did I want them to win the battle, but seriously?
I could go on and on about the things that annoyed me in this book, but I won't. I'll let you decide for yourself. This story had so much potential, and quite frankly I was expecting a lot more since the movie was in production before it was even published!
I only recommend this book for people that want a lighthearted escape. It's good enough to finish (although I got bored in many parts and put it down until the next day) but I don't think I'll be following the rest of the series. For once, I'm hoping the movie adaptation is better than the book. ...more
Red Handed is an action packed and highly-enjoyable read. While the first few chapters are a little predictable for some, the story soon develops in Red Handed is an action packed and highly-enjoyable read. While the first few chapters are a little predictable for some, the story soon develops into a incredibly imaginative world where humans and aliens alike battle together for the safety of planet Earth.
I remember reading one of the YA Alien Huntress books a few years ago – and I remember really enjoying it. Mistakenly, I thought it was this one, and decided to re-read to complete the series (it’s only two books so far and I’m not sure if Gena Showalter plans on expanding) but within a few chapters, I realized that I had in fact read Blacklisted (the second book) all those years ago. So, my venture into the YA Alien Huntress series became a new one all over again and I’m pleasantly surprised with what I found.
Gena Showalter has a way of writing YA fiction that isn’t completely dumbed down. We get those steamy scenes without them being ‘full-on’ – like the would be in the adult section – but they’re not vanilla, either. It’s a welcome change.
Red Handed is also incredibly light, but somehow all the action and world-building manages to fit between the pages. It’ll prove to be a quick and speedy read while at the same time being enjoyable. I must admit I’m interested in reading the original Alien Huntress series now that I’m familiar with the characters. I do enjoy Gena Showalter’s writing.
I loved the tense relationship between Phoenix and Ryan, though I am disappointed it wasn’t expanded upon further. I guess that’s what the Epilogue was for though. I know where Blacklisted leads, as I’ve read it so many years ago, and I know that it’s more of a companion novel than a sequel, as it centers around different characters that only had a small role in Red Handed. I think Gena had the potential to spread out this series more, into more books narrated by Phoenix, but instead we get the second novel set a year later after all is said and done. I guess this stops it from being repetative, but still, I would have liked to see more between Ryan and Phoenix.
Another bonus point in Red Handed was the ‘realness’ of the secondary characters. All too often they’re swept under the rug and seemed nothing more than paper cut-outs. Kitten, Emma, Cara and even the instructors made great personalities with a great deal of individuality to them.
I read another person’s goodreads review that said: “Think a younger, sexier Men In Black” I couldn’t agree more with this comment! Gena Showalter has created a great world with this series (and the original adult series I’m guessing) and I really recommend it!
Recommended to: Highly recommend to readers looking for a not so ‘vanilla’ YA series full of action and great characters....more
I initially didn’t jump on the hype-wagon for this one. Sure, it sounded original and great but something just didn’t stick. I picked it up on a whi I initially didn’t jump on the hype-wagon for this one. Sure, it sounded original and great but something just didn’t stick. I picked it up on a whim when I went into Borders whilst on holiday and although the book sat on my nightstand for a week without being touched, the day I got home I finally opened its cover. That was that! Across the Universe will have you furiously reading through the night in order to figure out its secrets!
This was another duel-perspective read. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll know that those often leave an awful taste in my mouth. I’m not a big fan. However, I think it was necessary in Across the Universe‘s case. Although it felt a little jilty switching back and forth between Amy and Elder, it was most definitely needed to tell the story as completely as it did.
I’ll star with Amy – I liked her! She reminded me immensely of Amy Pond from Doctor Who. I had a picture of her firmly in my mind as I was reading although I know she’s much older than seventeen! I think it had to do with her brilliant red hair, feisty attitude and coming to terms with a new world… in space! Although some of her actions were a little over the top, I must admit in her situation I’d be a lot worse. A lot! But I admire her so much for being able to adapt the way she did, have the fight to stand up for things that weren’t right and demand change for the better.
I liked Elder, too. He was unsure of himself but he’s a sixteen year old boy and I thought he did awfully well with what he was given and the life he’d been spoon-fed since birth. I loved the chemistry between Amy and Elder, and was wishing and hoping with all my might for more of the romantic scenes between them. I honestly don’t think there was enough!
I loved Harley! He was my favourite and the three made up a great trio! I also loved the quick friendship Amy and Harley strung together and their dynamic. I probably could’ve shipped them, too, if it weren’t for Harley’s love of Kayleigh.
As for the plot twists (spoilers ahead, beware) there was a lot I saw coming and a lot I didn’t. I’d say it breaks even. I had figured out the Orion/Elder twist a few moments after noticing the scars below the ear. Somehow he just felt shifty from the beginning and my reader intuition was acting like an alarm system whenever he stepped foot on the page.
Things I didn’t expect were the things about the engine, just how far the Phydus went, Elder’s beginnings and a few other bits and pieces.
Something that has really stuck with me from Across the Universe was the opening chapter; where Amy sees her parents being frozen and the choice she has to make. For me, that chapter was so raw and hard hitting I knew instantly this book was going to be a great read. I was so drawn in from those first few pages I knew the rest would be just as good!
I’m not sure what choice I would have made in her position, but most probably I would have turned around and lived my life rather than being frozen… however, it wasn’t clear if the planet Earth was in more trouble than just economy. It seemed like Amy had a pretty normal life before the freezing. If the world was about to end in a month or so, I would have opted for the freezing. I wish Beth Revis had told us a little more about the on-Earth situation to begin with, but it’s not a major irk of mine.
A lot of people are making references to The Beatles in their reviews. Honestly, I didn’t think the title had anything to do with the Beatles to begin with and I think it was a fitting title for a new YA sci-fi novel. My sister saw me pick up the book and asked if it was the book adaptation of the film we saw and I had to tell her it wasn’t – so I suppose there are a lot more people out there who have the same idea! It wasn’t until I saw the first quote in the book that I realized this was Beth Revis’ intention – to have the lyrics from Across the Universe mentioned.
I’ll have to do a little more research – I’m not sure if there is another book to come in this series or not. Anyone know? I’d definitely be interested in picking up the story and seeing how Elder establishes his leadership duties and how his relationship with Amy grows. If not, I think the book ended on a great note and my imagination can come up with some great ideas on how everything eventually unfolded.
Recommended to: Fans of sci-fi readers, mature or YA readers!...more
I drew a lot of comparisons between Glow and Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Though this book has some strong points and good moments, I would re I drew a lot of comparisons between Glow and Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Though this book has some strong points and good moments, I would recommend the latter by Beth Revis if you only had to pick one sci-fi YA series to read. Glow fell short in a lot of ways and apart from one character I felt oddly unattached to anyone or anything during my reading experience.
First of all, I have to say that this is a dual-narrative. We hear from both Waverly and Kieran and their vastly different experiences aboard the Empyrean and the New Horizon. The voice changes about every five or so chapters and I guess it was necessary for the reader to engage in each scenario, but I definitely enjoyed Waverly’s portions of the book moreso than Kieran’s.
I won’t beat around the bush – I really disliked Kieran and found the relationship between him and Waverly to be seriously lacking. The book promotes the romance between the two, even saying on the front cover of my copy: “Her heart will determine the future”, but I found little that actually tied them together. The two had no chemistry and their ‘relationship’ took a backseat to the dangers and adventures described in Glow. I couldn’t help but wonder why a seriously strong character like Waverly saw anything in Kieran. She herself even wondered at times – especially toward the end, and I don’t blame her. I definitely didn’t want the two to end up together.
Let’s talk about Waverly. She was the only character (other than Samantha – I liked her, too) that I felt I connected with in some way. Everyone else annoyed me to no end, or felt like they served no purpose, but Waverly was something special. Perhaps the only reason I enjoyed Glow in the slightest was because of her. I really admired her strength and courage, and her determination not to back down and give-up when she knew something was wrong. I’m not sure I could have even finished the book without her.
I’m not a huge science fiction fan, so when space ships and whacky contraptions and gadgets come into the mix I’m usually wondering whether I should even bother or not. With Glow, I found myself struggling. At the start of the year I read Across the Universe by Beth Revis and was astounded how fun sci-fi could be, and how UN-BORING it could be to read! Unfortunately Glow reminded me of my initial hesitations in delving into the sci-fi.
There wasn’t exactly anything WRONG with the book, it’s just that it wasn’t for ME. I’m sure lots of people will jump in and enjoy it, but personally it felt a little too detached for my liking. There wasn’t any relationships I was cheering on, and things just kept taking a turn for the worst plot-wise… I didn’t see any conceivable solution for the characters, so I almost gave up right then and there. When things happened to people (particularly Kieran) I found myself not caring much, so pages were left unturned until I could pluck up the courage to open the book again.
Glow is the first in a new series, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest. Sure I want to know ‘what happens next’, but I’m not too invested that I’ll stick it out through another book or two. I’ll probably just satisfy my curiosity by reading some reviews or spoilers when the time comes.
Recommended to: People who won’t draw comparisons between Across the Universe and Glow will probably enjoy it more than I did....more
Just as fast-paced and exciting as it’s predecessor, Blacklisted is an excellent addition to Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress YA series. Favourite ch Just as fast-paced and exciting as it’s predecessor, Blacklisted is an excellent addition to Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress YA series. Favourite characters are back and new ones are created, though this time readers will find themselves on the opposite side of the agency known as ‘A.I.R.’
This one features on Erik Trinity – or as he’s now called, Erik Troy – and a young 18 year old girl by the name of Camille Robins, who is now our heroine. Fans of the previous couple, Phoenix and Ryan, will be pleased to see them return, albeit in a very different light. It’s been some time since the events of Red Handed took place and a lot has unfolded since our last visit to the amazing world Gena Showalter has managed to create.
Readers will get a look at what it’s like to be on the other end of A.I.R. – the bad side. Faced with an unstoppable force, will Camille and Erik be able to last? It’s this question that drives the story, as the two struggle to get to know each other (Camille learning that the guy she’s crushed on isn’t exactly what she’d thought initially) while escaping the menacing agents Erik previously trained with.
I had just as much fun reading this one as I did the first – and like it, it was a quick read that I was able to do in very little time. I’m quite disappointed, actually, that Gena Showalter hasn’t continued with the YA Alien Huntress series since this ones release in 2007. I really hope she’ll change her mind and another will come out soon. I would definitely pick it up!
Like Red Handed, this isn’t a ‘vanilla’ story and it explores teen sexual tension and all that other stuff we’ve come to expect in Showalter’s world. Basically, don’t set your expectations any higher or lower than you did with Red Handed, as both are much of the same. I would also recommend reading this one even if you haven’t read the first. Each has it’s own story – but with familiar characters – but the world building is explained enough for fresh eyes to start with Blacklisted. I, actually by mistake, read this one before Red Handed a few years ago and recall thoroughly enjoying it despite not being familiar with the first book.
I’m really happy that those few years haven’t changed my opinion of this short but sweet series!
Recommended to: Fans of Red Handed will like this one, as will new readers not familiar with the first book. If you want action, romance and a dash of sci-fi, all while falling under the canopy of YA, then this is the book for you....more
Initially, Cinder wasn't a book I'd heard a lot about or had placed at the top of my reading pile. After some rave reviews, however, I decided to gi Initially, Cinder wasn't a book I'd heard a lot about or had placed at the top of my reading pile. After some rave reviews, however, I decided to give it a shot! Fast-paced, enjoyable, unique... these are just some of the words I'd use to describe this 2012 debut by Marissa Meyer! Cinder is not a book to be missed!
Yes, Cinder is a new and fresh re-telling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. At first I was hesitant, seeing that I know SO MANY 'new' takes on the story, but this book takes only the best elements of the story and twists them into something new and exciting. The cover of my copy says 'this is not the fairy tale you remember', and that's entirely true. Of course there are familiar aspects - such as the step-mother, Cinder being a 'servant' - but those things are thrown together into a new and futuristic setting.
Cinder is a story of cyborgs, androids, incurable diseases, spaceships and even hosts a civilization that lives on the moon. From the word GO, this book had me interested. Everything flows perfectly and seamlessly and it makes for a very entertaining read. While the story DOES feature a ball, the main plot-driver of this book is the disease that threatens the Earth. Cinder's main motivations are based around that threat, as her step-sister, who she actually cares about, is at risk of never recovering. This determination wars with Cinder's yearning to escape her stifling and cruel stepmother with her best friend - the house android, Iko.
While I did figure out the 'twist' in the story quite early on (perhaps because I read something with a similar twist recently - The Pledge by Kimberly Derting) there was plenty more in Cinder that captured my interest. There's also a whole cast of characters that I happened to enjoy. Cinder, Kai, Peony and Iko were standout favourites, but I also found myself wanting to know more about the villains: the Lunar Queen, Sybil and the mysterious girl behind the D-Comm chip that seems to resemble Rapunzel!
The relationship between Cinder - a cyborg - and Prince Kai - the heir to the throne of New Beijing - was one I loved reading about. Marissa Meyer managed to make their friendship relaxed and easy-going, one formed on mutual respect despite their class differences. I think those two things were integral in having their relationship advance to more later on - and still be believable.
The Lunar Chronicles promises to introduce more fairy tale characters in later books; such as as Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Snow White, and I cannot wait to see how Marissa Meyer re-creates them. The story also finished on SUCH a cliffhanger, and I find myself not knowning HOW I'm going to stand the wait between books.
Recommended to: Anyone who enjoys a dash of sci-fi or dystopian will enjoy this one, as well as readers who are looking for a fresh. new series to get involved with....more
It took a lot for me to eventually warm up to Alienated, but by the end of the book I finally felt that I was at least a little invested in these ch It took a lot for me to eventually warm up to Alienated, but by the end of the book I finally felt that I was at least a little invested in these characters and the relationship between Cara and Aelyx. Despite forgettable supporting characters and an irritatingly slow narrative, there was light at the end of the tunnel - Alienated was at best enjoyable, but nothing awe-inspiring for me.
I had been waiting to read this one for MONTHS. It's eerily similar to the CW's show Star-Crossed, but thankfully our leading lady Cara isn't as cringe-worthy as actress Aimee Teegarden. I actually liked her for a lead character and could relate to her a whole lot on the 'blogging' aspect of things.
Another thing I highly enjoyed about this was the absence of rampant 'insta-love'. It takes a while for Cara and Aelyx to actually warm to each other, but when they do there is actually some fireworks. I wasn't impressed that they were throwing around the 'l' word so soon after hooking up, but what can I say? Two worlds seemed to be at stake. I also couldn't justify Cara's willingness to give up everything she knows for a hot guy so quickly, but then again I'm not the one rolling around the floor with a smoking hot L'eihr exchange student.
Aelyx himself was intriguing. It took me a while to actually 'like' him, but he goes through a pretty huge personality transformation throughout the book which was fun to watch.
The supporting characters in this one just weren't that fantastic, which is a shame because they could've added some great depth to the story. I'm one of those readers who immediately latches on to secondary characters instead of usually-annoying leads, but in this case there weren't any to be found.
I was shocked at a character death near the end of the book (I won't give away anything else) and I think that really amped up the stakes for Cara and Aelyx. It somehow made the human threat more realistic. Before the death, the human protests and threats just really didn't hit home to me.
The 'action' scenes left a lot to be desired and I just couldn't feel the fear when the main offenders were high-school jocks toting firearms and golf clubs. I would have liked Cara and Aelyx to be thrust into some real world danger and be more on the run than they were. I guess we'll see where this goes with Invaded, the second book in the series.
I really enjoyed learning about L'eihr culture and once Cara was immersed in their world (a small percentage of the book, regretfully) I found the story a lot more interesting. I guess there was only so much normal, everyday exchange student activity a book this size could take.
Looking back, it's easy to forget that I was a little bored with the majority of the book. I mean, there were really interesting elements - everything just seemed to drag on and on. I think Melissa Landers has some amazing ideas and her leading characters are likeable enough - I just would love her to step up the game a bit more with the next one.
I will be reading Invaded, because Alienated left off on an interesting note and I am more than curious to know how the relationship between Cara and Aelyx will evolve, as well as the L'eihr alliance with the humans.
Recommended to: An enjoyable read, but nothing mind-blowing. Still, there's a cute little story to discover here in Melissa Landers' debut novel....more