I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS What really drew me into this book was, yes, I admit it, the cover. I have an attraction to covers featuring space, and while this book was not exactly what I was expecting, I was not disappointed!
This book takes place on Planet Novo, which is a man-made planet in the atmosphere of Earth to protect people from the dangers currently going on Earth. Not everyone is on Earth, though, only the smartest and the healthiest got to live on Novo. Ari's family is among them and life is just fine, except for these strange, realistic dreams she has of a person named Zane, whom she has never met. Then, the Novo government places The Calling, in which all 17 year olds will basically be in forced marriages, in order to increase the low population.
At first, I was doubtful about this book, as I felt like it was beginning to sound very similar to Matched. Then, as the book went on, I begin to ignore the similarities and began to really enjoy this book. What really made it was the romance! I'm usually annoyed by the romance in books, but I adored this one! Cal and Ari are just perfect for one another and you can tell that they love each other! Sure, the romance was a bit cheesy, but what's romance without some cheesiness?
I was fully expecting this book to be all about The Calling, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. There actually ended up being a Part II (there's more than 2 parts by the way) which is from Zane's perspective, yes, the same Zane that Ari has dreams about. Zane is on Earth, where things are not the best, and is in a resistance that is against both the government on Earth and Novo. At first, I wasn't really into Zane's perspective, I was really interesting in what was going on with Ari, but I quickly grew into his perspective. Zane's perspective gave an insight as to what the government was doing, and what was going on in general. There are so many things that we found out thanks to his perspective! There was speak of rebellion in Ari's perspective, but it wasn't until Zane's perspective that we get to see that this book is about so much more than The Calling.
Now, onto the sad part: What did I not like? I love this book and I had hardly any problems with it, but, I hate saying this, I did have a few. One problem is that I was confused by how Ari and her family seem to have some memories of Earth, when those memories were supposedly erased. For example: Ari mentions forests where she grew up. There is also mention of an uncle that committed suicide on Earth, but how do they know these things? My other issue is the psychic abilities. I felt like it wasn't explained enough as to why people have them. And that's it. Those are my only problems, and they're really minor and pretty easy to ignore.
IN CONCLUSION This is a really great dystopian that took me by surprise! Sure, it has similar ideas to other books, at points, but this book has so many new, unique ideas as well! This book is exciting, with a great collection of characters, and I had a very hard time putting it down! I definitely recommend it to sci-fi and dystopian fans! Am I going to continue the series! Yes! Especially after the way this book ended!(less)
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This book was not what I expected. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but based on the synopsis and the comparison to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, I was expecting a more magical read, maybe with time travel. This book felt more like a historical book with contemporary elements.
This book is told from two different perspectives: Liz and Sisi. Liz lives in present day and struggles with OCD. Sisi lives in the 1800's and has her own struggles. We get alternating chapters between the two, but there's hardly any relation between the two. Liz shows and interest in Sisi, who eventually becomes Empress Elisabeth of Austria, but Sisi has no knowledge of Liz. While this did bother me, I did like hearing their stories and I found the way this book was told to be unique. First of all, it's very unique to have a main character with OCD. The way this story was told in two different time periods was also very unique.
I also have to give the author props. She must've done a lot of research in order to create this book and to make the story believable. I had no knowledge at all of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and while this book is not an entirely accurate account, the author obviously did her research on both the time period and the Empress's life. There was also probably research involved in Liz's OCD.
Now, onto what I didn't like. While I did like hearing the girls' stories, this book was very slow paced and hardly anything happened at all. This usually is not a big problem for me, but when major events actually end up taking place, the book ends abruptly. It's not a cliffhanger, I just felt like I was in the middle of a story and it just ended. When I read the book, though, was upset as I thought this was a standalone, but I now know this is a series so I feel better about it, but I do feel like there should be some kind of ending.
I was also not a fan of the magical elements. I'm usually all for magic in books, but it just felt odd in this book. A majority of the book is very realistic and magical elements are not added until the very end, which made the story a bit awkward and unbelievable.
IN CONCLUSION I did like the uniqueness in the storytelling and I did enjoy hearing the stories of the two girls, but this book was very slow and addition of magic was very odd. Overall, don't go into this book expecting magic or a historical fiction, but a little bit of both. If you are interested in Empress Elisabeth of Austria or just want to read a book with a OCD main character, you may want to give this book a try. As far as reading the sequel, maybe. I did find this book interesting and I do want to know more, but the ending was so abrupt and awkward that I just don't feel too inclined to continue.(less)
MY THOUGHTS I felt as if I was on a teeter-totter the whole time I was reading this book. Whe...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I felt as if I was on a teeter-totter the whole time I was reading this book. Whenever I began to enjoy reading this book, I would be high up on the teeter-totter until something would happen in the book and bring me back to the ground. This would happen over and over again throughout the book, which makes me so sad! I wanted to enjoy this book! In fact, there were occasions that I was really close to enjoying it! But there was always something that would prevent that.
The Writing The writing was one of those somethings and it's what really makes me so sad about not liking this book. Lanie Bross is obviously a great writer! I could clearly picture what was happening and she has such a great imagination! But, oddly enough, I am not a fan of her writing style. The book is written in 3rd person which is not my favorite point-of-view. I can deal with it if it follows only one person or it alternating every chapter (with the character's name before the chapter). But this book did not follow one character and while it did alternate every chapter, there would occasionally be chapters where more than one chapter was followed. This just made it very hard for me to connect with the characters or even care about them. What made it worse, though, was the fact that the antagonist was a character that was followed and we would hear the thought of. This erased a lot of mystery in the book.
No Explanation This isn't a big one, but there were words used that were never explained. Same thing with people. Names were brought up but it was never told who they were. It got very confusing at times.
The Romance The romance was what really drove me mad! I can deal with the writing, I can deal with no explanations, but the romance was constantly dragging me back down to the ground. I could be enjoying a scene and BOOM, here comes insta-love. Yes, there was insta-love. "Corinthe shook her head. She must have hit her head in the accident: he was human, and she could hardly even tell the difference between humans. But something about this boy seemed different." -Page 8 "He stared hard at her month and fought the intense desire to hear her whisper his name instead." -Page 65 Both of these quotes are from when they don't even know eachother! But it gets worse: "But he wanted to kiss her more than anything right that second. Press his lips against the soft curve of her neck." -Page 100 To set the scene: Corinthe is trying to kill him. This chick has a knife at this guy's throat and instead of think "Woah, this chick is trying to kill me! I need to fight back!" He's thinking about kissing her. And these ridiculous emotions cross the character's minds all throughout the book. Even more ridiculous, there wasn't even really a romance until the very very end.
But, as I said, there were parts that I actually enjoyed.
The Ideas I loved the premise to the story and all the imagination involved in the creation of it. The idea of fate in this book was enormously fascinating!
Fantasy Elements I can't go into full detail about this, because of spoilers, but there are other worlds in this story and made me super happy! This kind of thing in books is one of my favorite plot-like aspects to be found in books! The middle portion of this book, where this was, was my absolute favorite and I was really enjoying myself throughout it! Sucks that the romance ruined it.
The Ending I HATED the romance aspect to the ending, but other than that, I really liked the way things ended. It sounds really bad, though, if you know what happens. (view spoiler)[Corinthe basically sacrifices herself. She dies instead of Luc. It's really odd that I like this, but it shows how much Corinthe changes as a character. In the beginning, all she cared about was getting back home, enough so that she planned on killing the guy that she kind of liked. She was also very emotionless and inhuman in the beginning. But she ended up giving her home to let Luc's sister live and to save Luc. It also says a lot about fate in the fact that Luc killing Corinthe actually ended up happening in the end. (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION I have a weird relationship with this book. I enjoyed some parts--like the premise, the fantasy elements, and the ending--but was not a fan of the writing style or lack of explanations. But the romance was particularly irritating. I would like to think that the middle portion of the book would redeem it, but I can't get myself to give this book a higher rating. To be honest, the book isn't really that memorable. Maybe it's because of the fact that I never could connect with the characters, but I don't like I'll remember this story in the long-run. As for the next book, I won't read it. 1. I liked the ending of this book. 2. I have a feeling that book 2 might have more romance. But Lanie Bross is talented and if she ever writes anything else, I'll probably look into it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
MY THOUGHTS I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about a road trip, but that's it. I was in the mood for a summer read and this looked like the perfect summer read! This was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a fun road trip book and I got this. This beautiful, unique monster that made me laugh but cry in the span of only a few hours. This book was much more than a road trip.
Reading this book, is like reading five short stories. This book is separated into five different parts: Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila. Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia are each going through their own problems. Each of them have never met each other and never do. But Leila meets every single one of them and changes each of their lives. You see, that's how this book feels like a collection of short stories. Each story is an adventure that Leila has with that particular character. Now, Leila... I'll get to her later. But I loved the unique way that this book's story was told. And I loved all of the characters. Yes, they had their flaws, but that's part of the reason way I loved them. The characters were REAL. They weren't perfect and they were facing problems that many people face.
This did not feel like a serious book for the most part. The adventures that all of the characters have with Leila are oftentimes fun, ridiculous, and absolutely hilarious. Sure, the characters change after the adventure and while that gets more serious, the adventures in the book are more of the fun variety.
Now that I talked about the first four characters, I can talk about Leila. Leila is probably my favorite character, but it's really hard to talk about her without spoiling things. I loved what she did for these complete strangers that she meets on her road trip to the Northern Lights. These strangers don't want to face their problems or change, but Leila won't take that and helps them out in these crazy adventures and I just love her for that. Throughout the book you will become curious about Leila. You will notice that she never gives any information about herself and when she does, it will change in every part. So, by the end, you will really want to hear Leila's story and I have to start talking here...
IN CONCLUSION This is a uniquely told story. I loved the separate little adventures and all of the characters that went with them. This book will make you laugh. Not only are the characters funny, but the situations they get into are hilarious. But this book will also break your heart. I definitely recommend this book!(less)
I admit it, I picked up this book because of the hype. When I picked up this book all I knew...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I admit it, I picked up this book because of the hype. When I picked up this book all I knew about it was that it was historical, had high ratings, and made a lot of people cry.
To be honest, it took me awhile to get into this book. The main reason why is that this book includes a lot of pilot talk that I just don't understand (as I am not a pilot), it was also very slow going. But once I got used to it, I found a beautiful and heartbreaking story about friendship. Although it was sad, I did not cry (since I was fully expecting it), but this was a really good book.
As far as reading Rose Under Fire, probably not. This was a really great book, but I really did have trouble with all the pilot talk and I don't really feel like going into another book like that. But maybe some day.(less)
This was such a cute, fun book! I hardly every laugh-out-loud while reading a book and this wa...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
This was such a cute, fun book! I hardly every laugh-out-loud while reading a book and this was one of those book that you could hear me laughing constantly! If you want to read a book that's unique, funny, and just a cute contemporary I highly recommend this book! It will put a smile on your face and you won't want to stop reading!
And, by the way, you don't have to read the first book before this one. This book is technically a sequel, but it'[s a companion book and you won't be confused. I didn't read the first book and I was perfectly fine!(less)
I'm kind of disappointed in this book. I read The Demon King not too long before this book, and absolutely adored it, but this book? Not that much. I didn't hate this book, but it's basically just "okay" to me. My biggest issue was that I had difficult being interested in the book. This sucks because the premise of this book is so interesting, but everything just fell flat. I didn't particularly care about any of the characters, the writing didn't really work for me, and I was all-around uninterested in the book. And I really hate saying this, but I was falling asleep. Closer to the end the book got a bit more interesting, but not enough. I know that the author is a great writer and I get the feeling that her writing gets better over time (this is her first book), so I will read the companion books, but this one just wasn't for me (less)
MY THOUGHTS It's The Winner's Curse all over again. The Winner's Curse was an over-hyped book...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS It's The Winner's Curse all over again. The Winner's Curse was an over-hyped book all over the blog world before it even came out! The Kiss of Deception had the same thing happen. ALL THE BLOGS were raving about this book! So I, of course, had extremely high expectations for this book! But having high expectations is a bad thing because it's very hard to reach those expectations, so you generally end up at least a little bit disappointed. I was disappointed. I don't know, I enjoyed this book, but I thought this would become a new favorite, but it didn't. I can't rave and gush about this book because, while I enjoyed it, that's basically it.
I did find this book extremely original, though, and for the first half, I thought I was going to be in the same boat as those other bloggers. The story has a majority point-of-view following Lia, but their are two other points-of-view. Two strangers meet her, at the same time, one of whom is The Prince, the other is The Assassin. You get their points-of-view from time to time, but you don't know who is who! I loved this part! It made me suspicious and screwed up my mind a bit, but I love it when authors do that! It's such a original idea and it flowed together! But, when the mystery is all figured out, I began to lose interest.
I don't know why. Maybe it's because my favorite aspect was done with, but I just wasn't as into the book. My main issue was just that I couldn't connect to any of the characters. They felt flat for some reason. Again, I don't know why. And I still liked the book, but I just wasn't enjoying it as much anymore.
IN CONCLUSION This book is original and very unique, but beware of the hype-monster! My expectations for this book were much much higher than possible, so I was a bit disappointed. I do recommend this book, as I did enoy iy. It's great for fantasy fans and those who just want something different.