Book Reviews 1

Crossed

By: Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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After working in camps for months Cassia has finally made it to the Outer Provinces. She knows that Ky has been here….she can feel it. Now, she has to run, escape from the Society. Ky has gone into the Carving, and she is going to after him. Cassia knows Ky heads deeper and deeper into the Carving because she keeps finding clues of where he has been. She keeps going thinking only of him and how to get to him. That she came to the Outer Provinces only for him….right? The Rising has to be real, and when she finds it she must make a decision. To be free or to fight?

When I started this book I was excited. The last book left me hanging when they took Ky and sent him to war. I was ready to see what would happen, but this book started really slow. Which is completely different from the last book. It actually took me a few days to actually want to read more than one chapter at a time. I really started to get more into it once they reached the Carving.

In this second book there are some new characters introduced. I am really happy with the new characters which are Vick, Eli, Hunter, and Indie. I really like all of them, and they bring really great aspects to the book. They even bring out different sides of Cassia and Ky. Some parts of the book really make you think that things are going to take a HUGE turn, but, of course, they keep ya hanging until the next book.

This book, just like the last book, is kind of repetitive. Once they get to the Carving it seems like the same things just keep happening over and over. I know it makes it seem more like that because we are reading form Ky’s perspective and Cassia’s perspective in this book. So, we are reading about Ky climbing over the canyons and then Cassia doing the same thing in the same place.

Overall, it was worth the read. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Mainly because it moved a little slow. For reading a whole book I look back and I’m thinking, “A whole lot didn’t really happen in this book.” Although, there were times I was surprised by what happened, so for that it gets a solid 3 stars. Not my best rating, but I still enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of the book.

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Unravel Me Review

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Juliette has just escaped from The Reestablishment, and found refuge at Omega Point, a place for people just like her, a place where people have all kinds of different gifts. All she wants is to finally be a part of something, to be wanted, to be able to love Adam freely.

But Warner will never give up the search for Juliette. She will never be free of him or her lethal touch, a lethal touch that doesn’t harm Warner. She can’t get him out of her head, and she doesn’t know why. She is confused and needs to figure out what she wants, and she needs to do it fast. A war is starting, and she needs to figure out which side she is on.

Review:

I really loved the first book of this series, Shatter Me. I was so excited to start the second book hoping it would not disappoint because I wasn’t thrilled on how the last book ended. Well, it did not disappoint at all! I loved this book just as much as the first if not more.

At the beginning of the book Juliette did kind of get on my nerves a little. She was all whiney and feeling sorry for herself, blah blah blah. She did snap out of it though, and I really liked how her character grew in the book. I really liked that Kenji played a much bigger part in this book. His character is always very funny and calls people out at the perfect moment. You got to love that.

In this book Adam didn’t play as important of a part as the last book. I really liked him in the 1st book and I was rooting for him and Juliette, but in this book he seemed to change. I just didn’t like him as much, and he just always seemed mad.

I really like that they introduced Warner’s father into the book. I think he will be a very interesting character, and he is even worse than Warner (if that is even possible). He has no filter and he makes a great villain.

The book as a whole seemed longer then the first (which I love). It means I get to live in their world just a little bit longer. One thing I did not like is the amount of times people get interrupted in this book. Every time someone is having a serious conversation or serious moment, someone else comes walking up to interrupt them, and it drove me crazy!!! Just let these them finish their convos people….leave them alone.

I thought this was a great book and it really left me hanging. I did not want it to end. There are some twists in this book that I won’t give away for the people who haven’t read it yet. I will just say they are very interesting, and I cannot wait to see how everything plays out in the next book. I can’t believe I have to wait until February for it to come out L I give Unravel Me 4 out of 5 stars because I could not put the book down. A great read!

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Shatter Me Review

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days. She has been locked up for something that is out of her control. She never asked for this gift curse. All she ever wanted was to be loved…wanted….accepted, but after her parents had her sent away because they thought she was a monster Juliette began to believe it too.  She’s a monster with a lethal touch. Who could love someone that can kill them with one simple touch? The world she lives in now has changed, the people have changed. The Reestablishment wants her for her power. Juliette has a choice: Be a Monster or Be a Hero.

At the beginning of this book I was a little confused at the way Tahereh Mafi had the character, Juliette, narrate. It is a little different than anything I have ever read before, but I got over it pretty quick. I ended up kind of liking the way Juliette said things multiple times and the way she counts certain things. It really made her stand out as a character. She’s not the typical lead female character in the YA books that are popular right now.

I really liked the relationship between Juliette and Adam.  I did think it seemed a little rushed because one minute they had just met and the next they had this super close relationship.  It might also seem that way because the author skipped the 2 weeks they shared together in a cell and just basically touched on that subject.

I also liked the Warner character. I know I know.  He is a villain in this book, but I just liked him and I could feel the tension between him and Juliette….hmmmm.  A twist maybe?? He did seem very heartless in the book, but I feel like we could see more of him in the next book.  I also felt like there could have been more time spent at the compound with Warner in the book. I felt like that part flew by and so many more things could have played out or been elaborated on.

***SPOILERS***

I was very into the book by the time Juliette and Adam escaped the compound, and I could tell the book was coming to an end by the lack of pages left.  I just hate it when that happens 😦  I thought it was a great twist when they arrived at Adam’s “home” and he had a little brother, James, waiting on his return.  Then, almost as soon as they introduced this new character they introduced another one, Kenji. Kenji shows up on their doorstep injured because he was totured by Warner’s men trying to get information about Juliette’s whereabouts. I think he is a great character.  He has a very light and positive presence, and he brings a comical side to things.  I really like this character and can’t wait to read more of the 2nd book with him in it.

The end of the book is probably my least favorite part of the book.  It wasn’t bad, but I found it a little bit like an X-Men movie.  I think it will grow on me, but since certain aspects of the book weren’t introduced until the end of the book I didn’t have time for it to really sink in.  I do think the next book could have great possibilities though. Overall I thought it was a very good book, and I will give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.  Let me know if you guys have read it, and your opinions on the book.  If you haven’t read it you really should go get it now 🙂

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Matched Review

By: Ally Condie

Cassia just turned 17, and she is on her way to City Hall for her Match Banquet. Her and her best friend Xander will be Matched with someone tonight. They will find out who the Society picks as their optimal Match, the person whose genes best match their own so they can eliminate weakness and illness in the world now. You are always perfect for your Match and your Match is always perfect for you, and that is exactly how Cassia felt when she sees Xander’s face on the screen. He is her Match! That is, until she was viewing his microcard on the Port, and another boy’s face showed up instead of Xander’s and then disappeared. Cassia is extremely confused. The Society never makes mistakes, especially when it comes to Matching. Why would this other boy’s face pop up, why would the Society make a mistake, and what does this mean?? Cassia does something that isn’t allowed in the Society – She starts to question everything she has ever known and her Match.

At the beginning of this book I was a little put off. It seemed very juvenile (even for a YA book). There was no building up to the story line. It just kind of jumped right in to the main part of the book. Now, I am not necessarily complaining about that, but I am used to a little build up to most of my books. A little explanation of what is going on first. I was eventually glad it started off so quick though because it gave more time to read about the more juicy parts of the book.

I liked the main idea of the world becoming too spoiled by all the things they had in the past and all of the choices they had. I like how in the book they could only pick 100 things from the past in certain categories to carry on to the future and had to destroy the rest. They could only pick 100 songs, 100 poems, etc. I liked how they monitored their food intake, and they couldn’t decide what to eat for themselves because people over indulged in the past. One complaint I did have about the book was it seemed very repetitive, but I guess that is kind of the point. The Society decides what you do every day, and you have a schedule and you have to keep to that schedule. I get it. It was just a little annoying at times.

It is definitely worth the read. Little things here and there as most books do. I like to rent my books from the library because I read too many for me to buy 2 or 3 every week (Kudos to you who can do that 🙂 So, as soon as I finished this book I went online to reserve the next book and it is checked out!! So, I have to wait until someone returns the book to the library 😦 The point – it was good enough to where I wanted to dive right into the next one. It really leaves you hanging and wanting more at the end. I give it 3 1/2 stars just because it was a little more YA than I’m used to. Please go read it and let me know your thoughts!

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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beautiful Creatures

By: Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

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Beautiful Creatures

By: Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

This book is about a teenage boy named Ethan Wate from a small town called Gatlin, South Carolina.  His father has been emotionally absent since Ethan’s mother’s recent death, and Ethan is being raised by his family’s long-time house keeper, Amma.  Ethan dreams of moving away after he graduates from high school in a few years because everything in Gatlin is familiar and nothing ever changes.  All the families in Gatlin have lived there since their ancestors had lived there, and no one new ever comes to Gatlin because….well, who would?

Then, one day someone new does come to town.  Lena Duchannes .  Ethan finds himself having a connection to her especially since he has been having dreams about a strange girl and hearing a strange song on his iPod that Lena just happens to play in music class.  To top all that off, Lena is the niece of the crazy town shut in, Macon Ravenwood.

Ethan and Lena find themselves getting closer and closer as Ethan discovers secrets about Lena and her family.  Lena has special powers and on her sixteenth birthday she will be Claimed…. Light or Dark?  Lena doesn’t have a choice, and Ethan and Lena are in a race with time to figure out how to make sure Lena will be Claimed Light.  Will they be able to do it in time???

I have to be honest with you. I had  been putting this review off, but I finally decided I just need to sit down and do it. The main reason I didn’t really get into doing this review too much is because I didn’t enjoy this book like I enjoy most of my books. I never really got caught up in it.  I found myself just counting down the pages to the end.  I know some of you might be thinking, “Is she crazy!?!” I know I know, they made it a movie and everybody just loves it, but I am thinking, “why?”.  I didn’t really feel the connection between Ethan and Lena. In a lot of the books I read I feel that draw between the characters that have feelings for one another.  In this book I didn’t really feel like the characters built that connection.

Although, I haven’t read the other books in this series yet so, I might like it a little better when I read the next one.  I am just finding it hard to get excited about it.  I only give it 3 stars for now.  Let me know what you guys think.  Has anyone read the second book?  I f you have encouraging words about the next book let me know please.  I would really like to get excited enough to read it.  Thanks guys!!!

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The Clockwork Prince

By: Cassandra Clare

This book is just as good as the first one, if not better. Tessa Gray finally feels at home at the Institute, has made strong friendships, and even some relationships she wishes were a little stronger. In this second installment of The Infernal Devices books Tessa finds herself falling for a more than emotionally closed off Will, and finding herself getting closer and closer to Jem. Hmmmmmm. 🙂Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices Series #2)

Soon they find out that the Clave is trying to replace Charlotte’s spot as head of the Institute, and is giving her 2 weeks to find the Magister. They all work together to find out what the Magister’s plans are with his creepy automatons, and they find out that Tessa is somehow linked to his plans to take down the race of Shadowhunters for wronging his parents years ago. While struggling to find the answers they are looking for and trying to keep the Clave from taking Charlotte’s position, they face many challenges that continue to bring everyone closer together.

As if that isn’t enough excitement, Will has a secret that no one knows about, and he seeks out Magnus Bane to help him discover the truth. Will hopes the answer to his secret will set him free to love Tessa, and he can finally be happy. Although, you know there is always a juicy twist to those situations!

I will leave you hanging there a little bit, but it is definitely worth reading 🙂 In this second book you have betrayal, spies, steamy situations, action, and the list keeps going. Just typing this up makes me want to go read it all over again!!! I will give it a solid 4 stars just as I gave the first book. I mean, really, is Cassandra Clare ever going to let me down with one of her books? Now go and get this book and enjoy!

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The Clockwork Angel

By: Cassandra Clare

Coming into this book I was a little skeptical because I knew it was a prequel to The Mortal Instruments books. Since I am a huge fan of TMI books I was afraid The Clockwork Angel just couldn’t live up to the standard of its future Shadowhunters. I was, by all means, completely wrong. In some ways this book took the cake when you compare the two. Maybe it is because the characters seem so much more mature, or maybe it is because the book is taking place in a completely different era. I can’t pin point exactly what it is, I just know it is great!

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This book takes place in the late 18oo’s when a 16 year old, Tessa, comes to England to live with her brother, when she finds herself enslaved by two very dark and evil sisters. They force her to discover that she is not what she always thought she was….human. She has the ability to shape shift, and the sisters prepare her for The Magister who she will be forced to marry.

This introduces the second most important character in this book, Will, a Shadowhunter. He finds her enslaved in the dark sisters house and rescues her, and he takes her to the London Institute. There Tessa discovers that there is more to the world than she ever knew. She learns that Shadowhunters fight evil in the mortal world to keep it safe, and things like werewolves, demons, warlocks, and vampires really exist.

She finds herself working with the Shadowhunters to discover who The Magister is, what it is that he wants, and how to stop him. She also has the huge question of WHAT is she? Through all of this she builds strong connections and unlikely friendships that may or may not help her along her journey.

This book just keeps you wanting to read more and more and never put it down. It has the fights, excitement, romance, and comedy all wrapped up in one wonderful package. If you have read TMI books I STRONGLY suggest you also read this series. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series I recommend you read it, and then keep on going until you get to The Infernal Devices series. I loved this book and did not want it to end. I give it a strong 4 stars. Let me know what you guys think if you have read it too!

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