Carve the Mark
Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—t...more
Let's be honest, I actually liked Divergent for what it was - a fast-paced, exciting YA adventure that demanded very little of me. Sure, a lot of the world made absolutely no sense, and I still find that whole "I'm Dauntless so I jump off moving trains" thing so ridiculously laughable, but I found it really entertaining. In this book, though, I spent the majority of it wondering where the actual plot was.
It's set in space, and I've heard other reviewers tal ...more
I found this book to be SOOO boring and difficult to read, what with the ridiculous character names and dull plot. I had tons of issues with the plot and pacing when I was reading the book, and I really had to force myself to pick it up. The characters were also completely one dimensional and a bore to read abo ...more
The UK publisher asked me to review the book, they sent me a contract to sign for me to sign saying that I would get paid. I declined because I don't rate books well to earn a few coins, I'm the Book Bitch for a reason. When I declined the UK publisher then broke all contact with me and we've not had a working relationship since.
Let's talk about the elephant in the room: Sponsered reviews from booktubers who were paid to give a positive review and ...more
i'm going to review this without giving too much away, which seems to be the publisher's desire, since this is the first time i have ever gotten an arc that had this
across every single page.
text blurred so no one yells at me.
DON'T YELL AT ME!
i am someone who liked the divergent trilogy. i even sort of liked those four stories: Four: A Divergent Story Collection.
but i am SO SO pleased that roth has diverged (ho-H ...more
In regards to advance copies being sent out to reviewers, I've noticed in a lot of Goodread ...more
Racial stereotyping and cultural misappropriations.
Unflagged trigger warnings.
And a romanticised depiction of chronic pain (something that is very personal to me).
But let's begin with the writing. Wow talk about dull! The first half of this book was so incredibly tedious. The pace, the plotting, the world building (what world building?!?!)... It just dragged. It felt uninspired, insipid, unimaginative, take your pick! Was this book set in space??? It didn't feel li ...more
The book is very slow then as soon as something exciting happens it is the end of the chapter and the moment is lost. Worse still in som ...more
But let's give it a chance! Let's read the description:
"in "the vein of 'Star Wars'"
"a boy's "unlikely alliance" with an enemy"
"what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge,"
Okay, okay! I'm in! I'm SO in!!
YOU'VE MADE MY INNER CHEWBACCA ANGRY!!!!
Listen to Solo, Veronica! Listen to him!
this book tries a little too hard to be YA relatable, to be sci-fi intense, and to have the most fantastic world ever built. and i think because there is so much focus on all of these different elements, it neglects one major component - THE PLOT. my goodness. its practically nonexistent. combine that with some slow pacing and you get many bored reade ...more
This book is interesting not because of it's story (which is dull) but because of the circumstances surrounding it's release.
Every now and then a book comes along that presents some toxic ideas which are commonly seen in tons of books. But our GoodReads community turns into a hive mind and decides this one book is the absolute worst.
I can't help but feel that this book got unlucky. The Winner's Curse was gushed about despite it's ...more
1. This book tries to YA too hard
2. This book tries to Sci-fi too hard
3. This book tries to world build too hard
I do give it 3 stars because overall I found it enjoyable, but the the things above distracted me so much. (Note: Lowered to two stars on 10/17/2017 because I thought I already gave it too and I keep thinking back to how much I didn't care for it . . . so, I had to drop it!)
YA - There is a general YA formula, but if you mix it in well with a creative story, it doesn't matt ...more
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Curious (and polite) people kept asking me if I was enjoying CARVE THE MARK while I was reading it. For the flippant response to that question, please refer to the opening of the song "Nobody But Me" by The Human Beinz. Or, you know, check out my star rating. (But my way is more fun, and you get a fun song out of it, too!)
I was one of the few people who did not like DIVERGENT. Part of that was the ...more
Having spent the last hour reading through Review 1, Review 2, Tweets, opinion posts, in addition to the comments threads, there seems to be a whole lot of furore about this book which, I must say, now has me intrigued enough to want to read Carve the Mark.
A few reviewers felt the need to disclaim previous reviews, while some bloggers sought to distance themselves from both the author and HarperTeen, the publishers. My understanding is that one, the book has racial undertones, the aut
Dnf @ page 88
This book is putting Maggie and I in a slump, not to mention extremely boring and slow.
Sana and I are bored and are being put in a reading slump reading this. It's extremely slow and boring and nothing interesting has happened. We encountered some of the issues going on and asked each other if it was triggering for either of us and since it wasn't, we continued. I do agree that this does have issues that can be triggering for people, so I suggest watching out for that before starting it. We also have read like 2 more pages since our last update (pg. 108) and stopped ther ...more
Yey, I finally finished reading this controversial book. Before I even picked it up, I did some extensive research just because so many people were ranting about it. I watched reviews on YouTube, which were rarely positive in tone. Heck, I even saw a video wherein the BookTuber burst into tears because of all the stress this book had been giving her. Of course, I was quite moved by all of the drama surrounding the release of Ca ...more
“Growing up here really has warped you, hasn’t it?”
“Growing up here,” I clarified, “has made me see the truth about people.”
•I feel that a foreword is needed here.
First, I read the Divergent trilogy a ...more
I'll just get this out of the way: I hated Allegiant, but I really liked Divergent and Insurgent. This is a very different kind of book. It's sci-fi. Set in space and on other planets. The people are basically human and look and act the same as us (except for some hard to pronounce names). In this world, there is a current that runs through everything. Some people worship it, some view it in scientific terms. It gives everyone a curren ...more
Uncensored review as always
Oh boy. This is not going to be pretty. I’m sure you have seen all the upchucked Haterade that the “controversy brigade” so generously spewed about this book before and after it’s release. So obviously, I wanted to love this book SO HARD if only to shove a raving review in the face of absurdity! Unfortunately, I can’t do that here.
On the other hand … I honestly did not see ANY of the controversy. Like … where is it? I have no idea. I’m sur ...more
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Book One of the Carve the Mark series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
The cover itself is a re ...more
"I didn't choose the blood that runs in my veins," I replied. "Any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we've become what we were made to become."
I feel like I could throw a dart in a bookstore and hit at least a dozen YA books with practically the same quote and premise.
The nature vs nurture debate is well-trodden ground in fiction, not just in YA. Is there such thing as fate? Are villains born or made? These are all themes that can be reinvigorated and made fresh and unique, but Carve ...more
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Veronica grew up outside o ...more