Short and Simple Review So far this year I've rated two new-to-me books 5 stars and both haThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Short and Simple Review So far this year I've rated two new-to-me books 5 stars and both have been in verse, which is surprising because I don't usually read books in verse, but this was such a fantastic book. I listened to it on audio as well which only made it feel so much more impactful. It is so easy to gloss over words when you're reading them at a fast speed, but having the story read to you the way the author intended it to be read (because the audio is narrated by the author himself) was especially impactful.
The book is about a young man, Will, whose brother has been shot. Will intends to take his brother's gun and shoot the person he believes killed his brother. The entirety of this book takes place within sixty seconds as Will rides an elevator down to the lobby of his building. The entire premise is a unique way to discuss such a hard topic and show the reader how much a person can go through in such a short length of time.
This is a fairly quick read. The audiobook was only about an hour and a half and it included a short discussion with the author which also said a lot about why he wrote this book. I strongly recommend this book. This is a book that deserves the awards it has been given and it is certainly one that will stay in my memory for a while. This is the first book I have read by Jason Reynolds, but I will definitely pick up more books written by him in the future....more
MY THOUGHTS Reviews seemed to be mixed when it comes to this book, either you absolutely loThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Reviews seemed to be mixed when it comes to this book, either you absolutely loved it, or you don't. I, for one, absolutely loved this book! Once I entered this world I didn't want to stop reading it!
This book is divided into two POV's, Tella's and Scarlett's. To be honest, I preferred Tella's viewpoint. This may be because I loved Legendary more than Caraval, but at the beginning of the book there wasn't really a whole lot going on with Scarlett's POV. She was mainly reacting to things and acting upset with Julian in the beginning. As the story progressed, she did actually become a major player, but I was still more interested in Tella's perspective. Tella's chapters oftentimes had more agency, more heart, and I couldn't always guess what she was going to do. Tella is also so much more outspoken and I felt like her emotions were more complex. With Scarlett, I knew that she was going to end up with Julian, with Tella... there was a lot more going on. I will say that with both characters there has been a lot of change and one of my favorite parts about this series is that it is focused on a pair of sisters.
Now, I gotta talk about the romance, because you know there's romance. Again, with Scarlett, there wasn't much of a mystery there. There was kind of a love triangle, but not really. With Tella, there was a lot going on. When it came to the romance in Tella's POV I had no clue where it was going to head. She is still upset with Legend throughout most of the book and Jacks is also hanging around. I wouldn't call this a love triangle because there is a lot more complicated emotions here than a typical love triangle. Jacks, as a Fate, is not exactly a great guy, but he and Tella are connected together in some way. This book really played with my emotions and the Tella and Jacks situation was certainly one such case. I did not want them to be together, but I also was really interested in some of the scenes in which they interacted. A lot of confusing emotions in this book. I like Dante in the last book, but he is more Legend in this book than Dante. He has quite a few flaws and I don't really agree with some of the things he did, but, yeah, still wanted to ship it.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I really loved this book and I didn't want to stop reading it! This was so much different than the last few books, the events were on a grander scale, and I just loved following these characters. There is a hint in this book that made me wonder if there will be a spin-off series, and I really hope there is, but whether there is a spin-off series or not, I do want to read more from Stephanie Garber....more