I can't even begin to explain all of the feelings that I experienced while reading UnwMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I can't even begin to explain all of the feelings that I experienced while reading Unwind. The reality of this desolate world grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn't let go. Neal Shusterman has created an intense story about the horrors of humanity and the lengths people go to in order to survive. I'm still amazed by how real Shusterman's world was to me; I felt as if I was the one being sentenced to unwinding. The idea of unwinding is something I can't even fathom. That someone would sign their child's life away just for causing a bit of trouble astounds me. Unwind approaches the ideas od pro-life and pro-choice with a refreshing and horrifying outlook that will most assuredly have you laughing, crying, and cringing.
The characters were all incredibly real, and they immediately appealed to my emotions. Connor is a leader who has never been given the chance to lead and is sentenced to being unwound by a family who never truly loved him. Risa is a ward of the state who's talented and brilliant, but never had anyone to love her. And Lev has known he was going to be unwound from birth as a sacred sacrifice to God. Even if no one shared their love with these kids, I grew to love all of them. Despite their flaws they were born to be great. We all know what it feels like to have our parents disappointed in us, but to have someone believe so little in you that they choose to let you die is just unnerving. All children in Shusterman's world have to carry the weight of being perfect, or else.
Shusterman's writing is just perfection. I found myself bookmarking several quotes that just tore at my emotions. He understands how to weave the elegance of poetry into prose in order to pull emotions out of the reader. I could barely put this book down because there was always something happening that held my attention until I could barely keep my eyes open. It's no surprise that UnWholly has been so many years in the making, especially when it has to follow something as gorgeous as this. Even the most gruesome parts were beautifully executed. By the end I was left completely satisfied and blubbering like a baby. Even in a world so overly dominated by dystopian novels, Unwind is still refreshing and original.
If you're like me and you still haven't picked up a copy of Unwind after all these years, make sure you get on it. Unwind will have your pulse racing and your heart breaking, but you won't be able to put it down. Even after all these years it still remains original and utterly brilliant. Shusterman's ability to pull you into a story so completely is amazing. Fans of Uglies and The Hunger Games won't be able to resist Unwind. ...more
Scorch Trials picks up, literally, where The Maze Runner leaves off and there is no lack ofMore reviews can be found on my blog, Literary Exploration
Scorch Trials picks up, literally, where The Maze Runner leaves off and there is no lack of excitement!!! I've been staring at my computer screen for about an hour now, contemplating what I want to say about Scorch Trials and I still don't have any idea. This book absolutely blew me away! Typically, I don't expect much from sequels. They're usually a little boring and the only purpose they serve is to build a bridge between the first and last books. However, Scorch Trials was like a completely different book!! Also, there was just enough romance to keep my attention on that situation.
The same group of Gladers is on yet another trial in The Scorch, a wasteland completely burned by the sun flares, and there is no lack of adventure!! I honestly felt like I was reading a completely different book! Thomas is his same old self, always jumping in to save his friends and quick on his feet whenever the Gladers are threatened. Minho and Newt provide the same tension and comic relief as can be expected. We also meet some new characters who were a lot of fun to read about as well! Teresa isn't as involved in this story, and I'm honestly still confused by that relationship; I don't really know how I feel about her anymore!
The whole story is incredibly fast-paced and so much happens that I was never bored or even wanted to put the book down! It isn't often that I completely immerse myself in a book so much that I forget everything else around me, but with Scorch Trials I found myself so into the story that hours went by without me even realizing! Everything that happens is just such a "WTF" moment, that I ended up annoying a lot of people with my constant gasping about the situations that occur. I'm still not sure what to think about everything that happened, or what to believe even!!
Dashner continues to amaze me with his fantastic writing style and completely relatable characters. Reading Scorch Trials was another goose bump filled experience, and I'm still thinking about all of the crazy things that happened! I can't wait to get my hands on Death Cure, I need to know what's going to happen to Thomas and the Gladers!!! If you haven't read The Maze Runner yet, you definitely need to. This series is amazing, definitely one of the best dystopian series around!! (If you couldn't tell by the massive amount of exclamation marks, I really loved this book!!!!)...more
I finished Mara Dyer the other day and I'm still reeling over what happened! That book isMy original review is posted on my blog, Literary Exploration
I finished Mara Dyer the other day and I'm still reeling over what happened! That book is a total mind bender! For one, the first page literally says "Mara isn't my real name" WHAT?! WHAT IS YOUR REAL NAME?! This first page sets the tone for the rest of the book. Hodkin did a fabulous job of keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book, having me rethink what was going on and questioning everything. I'm having a hard time finding words to describe just how awesome this book really was. I can honestly say I've never read anything like it, and I'm amazed by the way Hodkin grabbed me right from the beginning.
Mara is really a crazy character. Not because she actually is crazy, although she might be? I just don't know. She just has so much depth to her, there's a lot of character building that goes into Mara which made me connect with her really well. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is from Mara's point of view, so when she's seeing things, all the reader gets is her reaction to these "hallucinations" so you can never really tell what's real and what's not. It's amazing. And then there's Noah Shaw... *sigh*. He's really the best kind of male character I've ever read. His dreaminess far surpasses that of Patch or even Damon. I wanted to jump into the book and have him all to myself! Not only is he the mysterious bad boy, but he's also such a sweetie.
The writing in Mara Dyer is superb. Hodkin does a fantastic job, it's hard to tell this is her first novel. Everything flows really well, the characters are excellently built, there's so much going on but nothing is too confusing. Although things do get confusing, but in a good way. I haven't read a book that's made me scream out loud in a LONG time (if ever). I had a hard time putting Mara Dyer down for long periods of time, because the book moves so fast and I always had to know what was going to happen next.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one of those rare gems that doesn't really compare to anything else. I always like to compare the books I read to those that I've already read, in order to give people a better understanding of what the book will be like, but Mara Dyer seems to be like nothing I've ever read before. Maybe there's something out there to compare it to, but I felt like it was incredibly original. If you haven't read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer yet, you really should. It's probably the best book I've read all year, and I've read some of the greats. Go read this RIGHT NOW....more
As a lover of both Margaret Atwood and dystopian fiction, The Year of the Flood is one of my most favorite books of all time. This is really a true imAs a lover of both Margaret Atwood and dystopian fiction, The Year of the Flood is one of my most favorite books of all time. This is really a true imagining of what our future holds and it's both horrifying and breath-taking. Love it!...more
OMG. Abandon was too amazing! I've never been much of a fan of Meg Cabot but this one truly blew me away! I loved the writing style and every chapterOMG. Abandon was too amazing! I've never been much of a fan of Meg Cabot but this one truly blew me away! I loved the writing style and every chapter seemed to end with a cliff hanger. I was always on the edge of my seat with this one and the major elements really kept my attention. I love Greek mythology so I was definitely drawn to the idea of a re-imagining of the story of Persephone and Hades. Overall, this was a really great read and I can't wait for the next installment!...more
While I loved the first two books in the trilogy, Specials didn't excite me as much as. There were definitely some twists and turns and I read it pretWhile I loved the first two books in the trilogy, Specials didn't excite me as much as. There were definitely some twists and turns and I read it pretty quickly, but there wasn't the same sense of excitement and conspiracy as the first book held. Overall I really enjoyed them as a whole....more
UGH. Want to finish this series NOW. Seriously the character development going on is totally bubbly-making. Tally's growth is so wonderful to watch, aUGH. Want to finish this series NOW. Seriously the character development going on is totally bubbly-making. Tally's growth is so wonderful to watch, and the ending... :O!...more
When a friend asked me if I wanted her extra copy of Hallowed I didn't hesitate to scream "YESMore reviews can be found at www.literaryexploration.com
When a friend asked me if I wanted her extra copy of Hallowed I didn't hesitate to scream "YES" a million times at the computer. I then realized I also had to respond to the email. Either way, I'm SO excited I got a chance to read this one early, it was amazing and much better than Unearthly! Hand did an awesome job continuing Clara's story, I laughed, I cried, I swooned!
Clara ends up being a much more interesting character this time around, and someone I could really relate to. She goes through a lot of struggles trying to figure out her purpose, and Christian becomes a prominent part of her life. We see a lot more of Christian in Hallowed which I actually really liked! Christian is such a sweetheart, I'm definitely conflicted about whose side I'm on! Jeffrey is a huge enigma throughout the story too! I kept wondering where he was during that fire, and his increasingly hot-tempered attitude makes it seem like some dark things are going on inside him.
I actually spoiled myself on a Teaser Tuesday when it came to the person dying, but it was still a ridiculously sad moment for me! I was wiping away tears throughout the last 1/4th of the book or so! Seriously, I was bawling my eyes out! I always love a book that can evoke so much emotion that it makes me cry. The rest of the story was amazing, I really enjoyed everything that happened. Some things are revealed that really had me excited, and a lot of events unfold in a way that has me dying for the third book!
If you haven't read Unearthly yet, you should really go out and get yourself a copy, just so you can read Hallowed. It's not every day that I enjoy a sequel more than the first book, but I really loved this one!! I can't wait to find out what Hand has in store for Clara in the third book, but I really don't want to wait! If you love books about angels and the paranormal with some romance thrown in, you'll definitely love Hallowed....more
Wow! Wither was just so amazing I read it in two days. It was original, interesting, exciting, creepy, heartbreaking and exhilarating all at the sameWow! Wither was just so amazing I read it in two days. It was original, interesting, exciting, creepy, heartbreaking and exhilarating all at the same time! The characters are beautifully crafted, especially Rhine and her sister wives. I fell in love with all three girls at once, relishing in their bond. Linden is someone you just feel sorry for and I think I fell for Gabriel within minutes. Overall this story is something I could read over and over again, never getting bored of the dystopian world created by Lauren DeStefano. I loved it!...more
Amazing story from an amazing point of view. Lovers of "The Giver" and "The Hunger Games" will love "Matched". The story is very similar to a modern dAmazing story from an amazing point of view. Lovers of "The Giver" and "The Hunger Games" will love "Matched". The story is very similar to a modern day "Giver" while including Cassia's rebellious nature and coming of age, much like Katniss. A great story of the importance of individuality and the importance of choice. Wonderful. I finished it in one day!...more
Can someone tell me why it took so long to read this book??? Seriously, I have been missing out!!! The Maze Runner was seriously amazing, and I'm really disappointed in myself for wasting so much time NOT reading it!! The end of every chapter is like a mini-cliff hanger that had me up way too late at night reading so I could find out what was happening!
The characters are all pretty hilarious. Thomas, the protagonist, is definitely a go-getter. Although he doesn't know what's going on, he won't take no for an answer. He breaks all the right rules and doesn't waste time thinking, he just does. Minho and Newt are great characters as well. They're both really sarcastic and pretty funny, but they definitely realize what they have in Thomas.
The story is AWESOME. Seriously, I don't have a single negative thing to say about it!! I couldn't stop reading, and although I was constantly thinking, "WTF is going on here?!" I had permanent goosebumps while I was reading! There are so many things going on, and Dashner is always throwing in different twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat! I'm really impressed with the way he writes, and although it took a little bit to get used to the weird language the Gladers use, like shuck-face and shank, I actually started using the words with my friend who has also read the books!
I definitely recommend The Maze Runner to anyone and everyone!! I think anyone who likes action, adventure, dystopian, mysteries, hell anything! If you like ANYTHING you will like this book!! I have to admit though, I was bawling like a baby by the end! Some seriously sad stuff happens, but I'll leave you with that... I recommend EVERYONE should read this book, literally everyone. Even boys who don't like to read much will love this one!! And yes, I say boys because most of the boys I know don't read. So go pick up a copy of this one NOW!...more
I really loved Delirium. It's a pretty dark read with the idea of people killing themselves over their loved ones before the dreaded operation. ThereI really loved Delirium. It's a pretty dark read with the idea of people killing themselves over their loved ones before the dreaded operation. There are plenty of plot twists and the characters are beautiful. You could almost consider Delirium a modern day Romeo and Juliet because of the deep love Alex and Lena have and everything they go through to hold on to each other. The idea of love as a disease is amazing, and it definitely made me appreciate my loved ones a lot more. I can't wait for the next one :)...more