The Jewel was one of those typical cases for me where I can scream, “THE COVER MADE ME DO IT!” Seriously, much shiny, very want. But I knew before I got into this that it most likely would not end up going very well for me – for one thing, the book is blurbed in comparison to The Selection, and we generally know about the quality of that series. In the end, though, The Jewel had both moments where it surprisingly impressed me and moments where it was worse than I expected. First of all, I gotta hand it to the author, because for a […]
At the beginning of the year, I made it one of my resolutions for 2014 to give audiobooks a shot. After discovering that Ready Player One – which I’d already heard plenty of GREAT things about – was narrated by Wil Freaking Wheaton, I decided this would be a great place for me to start. And it was. Great story + great performance = hours of great entertainment. Ready Player One has been raved about, and for good reason. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys gaming and 80’s pop culture. Basically, it tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenage boy, who participates […]
You know, I’m one of those people who has a love-hate affair with the dystopian genre. I love the possibilities, and the nostalgia about all the good series there have been in the past. So even when I’m disappointed, I keep coming back and giving it more chances. However, the more I read, the harder and harder it is to impress me. And sadly, Extraction failed to impress me on any front. Let’s break down the premise of Extraction and look at its influences. Extraction takes place in a world where the moon is poisonous. It’s dripping acid onto the planet, which makes it unsafe […]
*sigh* *whimpers* Elusion, I wanted to love you so badly. I put you on my most anticipated reads list for 2014 and… it didn’t work out. It just didn’t. I did not get along with this book.
How on earth can one review this book? Seriously. How do you review when the feels are one billion but the story itself was a biiit meh? *sigh* I’m conflicted, but overall, I was very pleased with this series ending. The series will forever be dear to my heart, and Tahereh remains on my auto-buy list. I’m going to attempt to keep this spoiler free, but it’s kind of hard. Obviously this series hinges a lot on the resolution of the love triangle of doooooom. What I love about this love triangle, and what Tahereh executed very well, is that it’s totally integrated in Juliette’s […]
This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here. Today I thought I’d give my own little twist to this topic. Because – worlds I wouldn’t want to live in? That’s obviously going to be dystopias. But while there are some truly fearsome dystopias out there that I would never want to be stuck in, there are also some that I think I would thrive in. *flips hair* Obviously. Top 5 Dystopias I Couldn’t Handle 1. Dualed by Elsie Chapman Everyone in this world is a murderer. EVERYONE. I don’t want to kill people plzkthnx. […]
While it may seem like the young adult dystopian genre is being inundated, I still keep reading them, hoping to find something fresh. And Uninvited definitely delivered on that front. It was a chilling and thrilling world, a future I could see the realism of, and it even put a ship on my ship list. With stories like this, there is still hope left for the genre. What got me hooked on this book is precisely the premise: a world where they have found a “kill” gene, Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (or HTS). People are tested for this gene, and if they test positive, they’re basically […]
After I met Samantha Shannon back in September, I was stoked to read this book. I mean, she is so sweet. So sweet. And she’s (just barely) younger than me, got a seven book deal, and is being called the new J.K. Rowling (which is completely unfair and incorrect, but I’ve covered that already). So then we decided to read this for book club, and man am I glad I did. The end result, for me? I will go ahead and agree with most reviews that the first quarter is slow. The world building is quite elaborate — and I absolutely love it; I mean, […]