Category: Sci-Fi


TWO mini reviews: 3.5stars to Maximum Ride #3 by James Patterson & 4stars to The Death Cure by James Dashner

Posted 22 May, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 

In the third installment of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, the time has arrived for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution”, a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them–but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

 

Review:

I have enjoyed the previous two books in this series, but this one has to be my favourite. Funny, full of adventure and kicking ass, there’s plenty to love. Max’s smart-aleck comments always amuse me.

The twists and turns throughout this book, though, they were something to take in. Although some of this is really cheesy, I realise the series is for kids, and I mean, it’s obvious in the writing style and the language, but even so, I’m way older than the demographic, I’m sure, and I loved it.

Not sure about continuing the books, though, as I’ve heard questionable reviews. But as a trilogy, it works for me and I’d be happy to stop now.

Kat


 

 

 

The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.

But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted…

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

 

Review:

I have enjoyed this series completely, even if at times I have been thoroughly grossed out and have taken long breaks because yes the font is small and the context is heavy (for me.) but I have always finished. And this was no exception.

Now that the trials are over, WICKED has plans. Plans that involve Thomas and his friends. But Thomas has other “plans” and this time he means business. On a whirlwind journey across several parts of the USA (mostly Denver), we’re introduced to more of the Cranks, and where they live, and an underground (not literally) rebel group who plot to destroy WICKED.

The ending, as so many people have said, was a little…basic. It felt to me a little rushed, but in the end I just felt glad the torment of their story was over and they could have a somewhat peaceful life.

If the movie producers decide to do the whole trilogy as movies, this one will certainly take a lot of energy and devising. I can’t wait!

Kat

 

 

 

 

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4 stars to What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Posted 2 May, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Imagine that you have two minds, sharing one body. You and your other self are closer than twins, better than friends. You have known each other forever.

Then imagine that people like you are hated and feared. That the government want to hunt you down and tear out your second soul, separating you from the person you love most in the world.

Now meet Eva and Addie.

They don’t have to imagine.

Review:

In a world where everyone is born as twins (2 souls in one body), but come their 7th year one of the souls/twins has to become dominant and the other dies.  When both souls remain, they’re classified as Hybrids. Addie and Eva are Hybrids though they hide away,  scared of what might happen if found out. After coming in contact with another girl (Hally/Lissa, who they find out is also Hybrid), Eva decides she wants go learn to share control of the body again. Unfortunately Hally gets caught and in turn, so do Eva/Addie.

There’s so much going on in this book that it was so hard to put it down, and page to page of drama. I really liked Ryan/Devon, although Ryan more. The two guys (souls) were very different in personality and so it was easy to tell them apart, although it was usually Eva telling us which one it was. With all the different souls, I did, admittedly, get a bit lost on who was who. It seemed to me there were double the amount of characters. Haha.

So yes, I loved this story. As I said, lots going on, which made it hard to process everything sometimes, but that didn’t mean I had time to stop. Oh no. It was a rollercoaster.

On a side note, going through other reviews, why does no one ever mention other characters names? Occasionally I forget the names and have to google, and sometimes I on Goodreads to see reviews and all I see are the main two names but no others. I’m screaming WHY IS NOBODY ELSE MENTIONED?! Sorry, had to mention that. Back to the review.

There’s an aspect of survival’s instincts in this, and certain times when Addie/Eva would do something extreme, it made me want to cry out and hug them.

Honestly, I don’t know what else to say. It’s just so good that I WILL be reading the sequel. I want to know what happened next. I NEED to know. I haven’t read anything this engrossing in such a long time.

Kat

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3 stars to Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Posted 2 May, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you’d been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth’s collapse, the ship’s crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader’s efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don’t know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them…

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren’t all from the outside.


Review:

Glow had an unusual and fairly original premise. There’s a second Earth, but it’s in the form of a spaceship. Our earth is far past the point of inhabiting and now population on New Earth is in trouble. The Empyrean’s sister ship, New Horizon, has found they can’t reproduce. Once partners, the two ships become enemies.

Albeit, the story is revolved around Kieran and Waverly, two teenagers who are supposed to get married and help the population by having children. That is until New Horizon strike an attack on the basis of taking the girls and leaving the boys to die. Both ships fight for survival. This is where it reminds me of the Gone series and then there’s also the Maze Runner, but in space. That’s just me, though. haha.

Both sides have leadership issues, and they each go through such terrible situations that made me cringe and gasp. I’ll admit, i felt more sympathy for Waverly and the other girls because what happened to them was far more serious than the boys. Boys were just…bratty and stupid, where as the girls literally couldn’t help their problem, as they had adult leaders on board who were determined to get what they wanted.

Kieran irritated me with his holier than thou attitude. When the two groups were finally reunited, I was quite happy how the book ended, with the slight impression Waverly was going to change things now she was back. Kieran had turned into a preacher and came across as arrogant and couldn’t understand why Waverly (who isn’t religious) didn’t like it.

I’ll maybe read the sequel, but there were far too many irritations with the characters that I couldn’t rate it higher than 3 stars.

Kat

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4 stars to Shattered (Slated #3) by Teri Terry

Posted 30 April, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.

In this stunning series finale, Kyla finally finds out who she really is, and the road to this discovery, and to deciding who she wants to become, is full of dangerous twists and turns that will keep readers riveted.

 

 

Review:

So this last instalment of the Slated trilogy was a tornado of feelings. First off, how many names does Kyla need? I got so lost. Anyway, I loved this book. Was sad to see the series end, but it tied off loose bits and we find out more about  who Kyla really is. Or rather, we try to.

Having set off with a new identity, Kyla travels to Cumbria to meet her birth mother, Stella. Who well, I’m sure you can guess, has some secrets of her own. Things are never as straight forward as one hopes, and Kyla soon realises that there are more details of her life to unravel, just when she thought things were calming down. Become somewhat normal in a world full or terrors.

Kyla and Aidan, a guy who I actually forgot existed (it’d been a while since Fractured), helps her find the answers. Although there are new people introduced along the way, you still get the same classics like Ben. Oh Ben, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?!

That’s all I can on the matter.

Kyla becomes heavily involved with MIA and helps Mac and Aidan to unleash the truth about the Lorders and the government in order to shut them down. Unfortunately Stella’s mother who happens to be JCO (don’t ask me what that stands for, I just remember reading it a lot. >_<) for the Lorders and ends up sabotaging most of MIA’s effort, until a final revelation is revealed. This ending completely mind bombed me (new phrase, you like?). Page after page I needed to find out what and how this story would be resolved but damn if it didn’t kick me in the gut occasionally.

A dystopia with a twist to the future, this series is by far in my top 3 of series to read.

<3

-Kat

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4 stars to Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Posted 3 March, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission – because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Review:

I had to reread the whole series before I could think of touching this. And I’m happy I did because I would have been stuck otherwise. Sometimes my memory fails me. Grrr!

Perry and Aria have saved the dwellers from Reverie before it completely gets destroyed by the Aether, and they’re save in the new cave Perry and Marron set up with the Tides. But not everyone is settling in well and there’s an obvious rift between the two groups.

Cinder had been taken in book 2, and now it’s up to Roar, Perry and Aria to go save him, but Roar and Perry aren’t getting along so well after Liv was killed and they have a lot of tension to work through. They have to go to Sable and Hess who have teamed up, ready to fly out, to seek the Still Blue.

Roar is angry, and this puts them all in danger, especially when they go to rescue Cinder only for Roar to get them further into trouble and they all end up captured.

I loved the romance and fact Perry and Aria refused to let anything tear them apart, even when they argued, they sorted it out. There was a really sweet moment in a cove (spoiler removed :P) and the ending is just perfect. But Sable finally finds his way to the Still Blue, by using Cinder to control the Aether, and terrible consequences happen.

He has taken control of the Tides.

I REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO GO ON WITHOUT SCREAMING.

I loved loved loved this book, and probably more so than 1 and 2 but hey that’s often the way for me. I can’t believe it’s over. I recommend Under The Never Sky series a thousand times ++++

Kat

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Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5 & #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Posted 3 March, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap betweenUnravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam’s more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

 

 

Review:

I hadn’t read the novellas when they first came out, so I waited patiently for the paperback, and boy was it worth it. Warner, man. He is just too much in Destroy Me. I love him, and he is so wounded that it’s hard not to fall deeper. His anguish with his father, and the fact he has fallen in love with a girl who can’t stand to look at him, is so heartbreaking. He’s just a boy of nineteen, for crying out loud. He doesn’t deserve this.

But the persistence he took, and the fact he obviously cared about Juliette much more than he showed, that just tore me up. I…*chokes* I can’t.

Now, Adam? In Fracture Me, he was a major moron. I get that he loves his brother and that’s a fantastic thing. To have that. But…for all the claiming that he loves Juliette, he obviously didn’t seem to care enough because she left his brain automatically when they found somewhere safe. Kenji was the one who went out of his way to find out where she was. That’s caring. That’s friendship. I won’t go into Ignite Me because I’ve already done that review, but Adam’s attitude does NOT improve.

Sigh.

Well I am sad it’s all over, but I was so glad to read these two tiny books and I was done in a day. I know, that’s quick. haha.

If you haven’t already tried these, go do so. They’re well worth it.

Kat

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5 stars to Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Posted 19 February, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew – about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam – was wrong.

There may be spoilers, so beware.

Review:

You’re all expecting some deep and profound review, I bet.

But all I want to do is cry and sob and heave and cry and stamp my feet and cry. Because this series is over and  I honestly feel so lost.  I reread all the books prior to reading this, because I wanted to put it off as long as possible. Unfortunately, unless I stopped reading it altogether, it was bound to happen. And when it did, I felt shattered into tiny pieces. I really don’t know how I’m going to cope knowing there’s no more Juliette, no more Warner, no more Kenji, and even…no more Adam or James. Despite how irritating I found him in Ignite Me.

What can I say? Tahereh Mafi shoots and she scores. I can’t find a fault. Okay, so If I’m really picky? The ending… If you call that “closure” I think you need a dictionary. That was by far the most open ended ending to a series since Requiem. I’M NOT KIDDING!

I felt like there could have been at least another 100 pages or so, just to tighten it up, to give some hint as to what happens next. No epilogue needed, just some guidance. Now I feel like there needs to be a spin-off series. Hint Hint double Hint triple HINT!

Anyway, *breathes* My love for Warner. Will it ever stop growing? I don’t think I can contain it all in one tiny heart. I liked him in Shatter Me, Loved him in Unravel Me and my god…

Kenji, man, you rule! I felt so bad for him, but also he really brings life to this story. I realise he was trying hard to keep spirits lifted because what happened to Omega Point not only destroyed him, it almost killed Castle, who he considers a father. Or  near enough.

Juliette, she really grew in this. She changed from a shy, unimpressive, scared girl to someone who can become proud of herself, take charge of her powers and not have to answer to anyone. I really, truly wish I had her guts. I found at times her attitude was so inspiring, I was nearly in tears with jealousy. Adam constantly telling her she had changed for the worse, and basically calling her stupid for it, was wrong, and for that I just got so annoyed with him. Yes, so what, she broke up with him, but that doesn’t mean you go around being a dick over it and insulting her. She broke up with him for HIS OWN GOOD, and the fact he couldn’t appreciate that, rather than shoving it in her face, was just beyond a joke. Warner was always going to be the better choice, because as much as he was callous and cruel, he believed in her, he loved her, and he wanted her to become herself,  the truth inside of her. Wow that sounds cheesy, but you know what I mean? He didn’t underestimate her.

For the other characters, Sara and Sonya, Lily, Alia, Brendan, Winston, even Ian, I  mean these people…they made the book. They each brought their own quarter and stopped it from being entirely ‘the Adam and Juliette soap drama’ because that’s what it would have been.

As for Anderson, have fun in hell, you bastard!

There are a couple of…rather steamy chapters that I will not spoil, but just be warned. Oh my. Near the 50’s. Just saying. *winks* and these are beyond anything I ever imagined. Tahereh, you kinky sod! 😛 Love ya.

I am so so so SO deeply sorry to see this series end, and it has by far been one of the best, if not THE best ever in my life and I just can’t deal with the parting. It hurts. I’ve invested so much time and emotion into these beautiful characters, I can only imagine how painful it is for Tahereh to stop, to leave them. Unless there is a spin off in which case….*throws tiny hearts your way*

Good bye my loves, I’ll miss you. *sobs*

Kat

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4.5 stars to Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

Posted 6 February, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Battling against a society in which love has been declared a disease, Lena now finds herself at the centre of a fierce revolution. But the Wilds are no longer the haven they once were as the government seeks to stamp out the rebels. And Lena’s emotions are in turmoil following the dramatic return of someone she thought was lost forever…

Review:

Why WHY WHY did I wait so long to read this? WHY did I let other peoples ridiculous complaints about the ending put me off for a YEAR? I’m stupid. Really damned stupid.

If I’m brutally honest, I loved this more than the first two books. Now, doesn’t it just SUCK when that happens? Not that I didn’t enjoy the first two. I mean, I would have given up if I didn’t. Y’know?

Sadly, everyone who read Requiem did nothing but complain about the ending. How bad it was, blablabla. I don’t know what book they were reading, but i thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish.

The problem is, essentially, that because it wasn’t a neat and tidy, everyone lives happily ever after, lovey dovey ending, people seemed to think the author deserved hate, or that it was a damned awful ending. Eh…what now?

I personally don’t mind endings that don’t wrap up nicely. Some books call for that, right. Some do, and if they’re not, we’re left thinking…what the hell? But dystopians in particular, they have a different kind of…sound, I suppose, about them, and it’s all about the wonder of the future. This left me feeling wistful and thoughtful. It’s definitely philosophical in its tie up.

Okay so the plot: Lena is well and truly deep in the wilds, and guess who’s back? Yeah, Alex. We thought he’d died. So did Lena. But now she’s got Julian, who I didn’t like at first in Pandemonium, but he grew on me and now I’m tied. Alex has changed, a lot. He’s angry at Lena. Apparently she was supposed to, what? Not care about anyone else? Go rescue him? He’s the one that told her to run in the first place! Jeez.

There are a couple of points that irritate me with Lena, she does nothing but believe people, especially those she loves. If Alex says he doesn’t love her anymore, she believes it, right off the hat. She’s all “No, he told me face to face. He doesn’t love me. So it must be true.” bla bla bla. Dude! Boys lie. Even people we love. Everyone lies at some stage, especially if it’s to protect our own feelings.

Poor Julian, though. He’s in love with Lena. And this reminds me a lot of the whole Peeta/Gale/ Katniss problem in yknow, Hunger Games. Both guys love her but she’s too confused, too torn and okay so Katniss had other reasons to be troubled. I’m digressing.

Now there’s a revolution on the horizon, and as the group move from settlement to settlement, they are being hunted by the regulators. The people of Portland (Maine, not Oregon. It took me a while and a search on google maps to figure this out >_<) are on the rampage. They want rid of every Invalid, every uncured who has the disease called L.O.V.E. I mean, it’s beyond ridiculous.

Requiem is split into two POV’s, Lena and Hana. They both share their own experiences, inside the city and outside in the wild. There’s deaths, action, bombs, romance, not much humour, but still…there’s Lena’s sarcasm which I love. It’s rare, but it’s there. It’s interesting to get a view of how Hana lives now because we didn’t see her in book 2. She’s cured, and snobbish like the others, but she’s also paired with Fred Hargrove’s, up and coming Mayor, to replace his father who was killed. He’s a…how do I put this? … a complete bastard. Cruel, manipulative and two faced, and he expects everyone to obey him. Hana starts to crack through the facade of being Cured. Things change, she dreams, and new discoveries make her question her loyalty to Fred.

There was definitely conflict between Julian and Alex, and plenty of other characters that added something. Raven especially was one I liked. Strong and a leader, she inspired. As they gained forces with other groups, there was a sense of unity. Lena meets a familiar face from her past, and struggles to regain a relationship with her.

A weird comment, but I noticed there’s a lot more swearing in this than usual. Which is fine, it shows they’re growing up a lot faster. I just thought I’d point that out. 😛

I’m really sad this is over now, because to be honest I felt like the story was just getting started. Sure, I’d have liked to know what happened to Lena after…stuff, (trying to remain spoiler free. ugh) but obviously the author thought it wasn’t necessary, and we need to respect that. As it is, I thought it ended on a sweet note. It lets you use your imagination. Create your own scenario.

Great work Lauren Oliver. 🙂

Kat

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4 stars to Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers #1) by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West

Posted 30 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

“Do you want me to be dangerous?” he asked, his voice husky and low.
I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. “No. I don’t.”
“Then I’m not dangerous at all,” he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. “You’ve never been safer than you are at this moment.” I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light.

We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

Magic? Check. Romance? Check. A creepy school for the infected mages even if you’re not infected or a mage? Check check.

Wow, I love this. It’s intriguing, fresh, and not as complicated as I’d expected given there are 3 authors. There are 3 main characters: Ana, Sam and Juliette. It’s obvious that each author had their own character, so it wasn’t hard to understand.

The story is told in journal form, which is cool, although at times the tense tended to change from present to past to present, etc etc. I was getting a little confused.

There haven’t been many books about magic other than the obvious that I’ve read, and to say these are regular “wizards” is wrong. In this, they are called Mages and there are certain types of skills each person is better at. Prophecy, Pushing, Temp, Super senses, Healing and Alchemy. It’s very different to lots of other books out there and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

The characters are young, but they don’t necessarily behave it, which can at times be off putting but mostly it’s nice because then you actually see the story and not just how stupid they are.  Although, yeah they can be stupid. Getting into trouble, escaping places and generally being rebels.

Can’t wait for the sequel.

Kat

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About the Authors

Sabrina West, Sheena Boekweg and Melanie Crouse never dreamed they would actually create a book worth publishing when they started writing together. Alchemy was merely supposed to be an exercise in flexibility. And it has been that, but it is so much more. Friendships that span the American continent have been forged, and unforgettable characters have been created.


Writing this first book in the Prophecy Breakers was a fun-filled adventure, and we hope that reading it is just as fun for you.

Visit us at theprosers.blogspot.com or check out Sheena Boekweg’s amazing novel, Funny Tragic, Crazy Magic.

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Schedule: 

January 20th- 
Books Over Reality
Forget About TV, Grab A Book!
Suzy Turner, YA Author

January 22nd- 
Here Is Some Of What I Read
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves
Worlds of Words
Painted Words

January 23rd-
Penny For Them
Our Wolves Den
Wicca 4 Witch Book Blog
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Bound 4 Escape

January 24th- 
The One with the Fairy Tales
Works of Fiction

January 25th-
Once Upon a YA Book
Howling Books and Design

January 26th- 
Books and Their Wordly Realms
In Libris Veritas

January 27th- 
The Girl Bookaholic
The Passionate Bookworms

January 28th-
Hooked in a Book
Discover Words

January 29th-
Dalene’s Book Reviews
Deal Sharing Aunt

January 30th-
Perks of Being A Book Nerd
Mythical Books

January 31st-
Cindy’s Love of Books

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3.5 stars to Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Posted 24 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Review:

When I first read Divergent, I was in awe. Here was one of the first dystopian, futuristic novels I’d ever read, and I loved it. It gave me everything I could possibly want: action, romance, a hot bad boy, drama, and even some light humour. I was all over Four in a heartbeat. Many of my friends were the same way, and we wrote fan fiction and just…embraced the fandom fun.

Insurgent was released and I was so excited. I read it in a matter of a day or two, and was enamoured. I thought it was twice, three times as good as Divergent in terms of quality, action, character development.

Then came the long wait for Allegiant. Of course for months we speculated about the title. Some joked it would be called Detergent. I have to say, that cracked me up every time I saw it!

November 2013, Allegiant is released and the world goes wild. Well, maybe not the world. But Twitter certainly had a lot to say about it. I didn’t actually recieve the book until a couple weeks after the due date (like it’s a baby or something. haha) but I wasn’t that bothered. I could manage. That is, until certain people began posting spoilers on tumblr, twitter and every other social site they could find. Luckily, I managed to avoid these spoilers and I didn’t see what the fuss was about. What did piss me off were the people talking in general about it, and specifically, how bad the ending was.

I’d spent months, a year, looking forward to this book, this conclusion to a beloved series, and all I hear is how bad it is. What a mood killer. It actually tampered down my hunger to read it, so I left it a couple weeks, maybe longer. Finally I pick it up. Because of the gossip, I found I couldn’t get into it as quickly as I’d have liked. The characters weren’t talking to me quite so easily, and I kept on picturing the actors from the movie (which fyi I’m not really a fan of, but that’s another matter entirely.) so it wasn’t as thrilling. I stopped. I put down the book. And I read other things. Took my mind off it.

Two months later, I pick it back up and decide I will finish it. All that time and energy into the series, and having loved books 1 and 2, I can’t just not read it. No matter what people are saying.

And you know what? I actually didn’t find it as bad as I guess I was expecting. Not brilliant by a long shot. In fact in terms of Divergent and Insurgent, it was like an injured puppy following slowly behind. But I didn’t let that bother me.

I’ll start off with what I did enjoy:

The pacing. Well thought out. The action was top notch, and dramatic. I like lots of drama, especially if it feels genuine, not forced. The dilemmas between the factions and the factionless, the wars, and the bureau. The fringe.

These were all new developments, new areas, uncharted waters, as you might say. New characters. I specifically liked Mathew.

Nita, not so much. I saw something ugly in her from the start.

Now, for what I didn’t like: I won’t spare you any feelings. In one name, one name only: TOBIAS!

WHAT THE HELL, DUDE?!

His character was unbelievably, undoubtably THE most whiniest, annoyingly, irritating in all of the main leads I have ever read. Going from book 1 where I fell in love, to book 3 where I now kinda couldn’t care less, is a damned impressive job. Well done, Veronica!

Now, that’s not to say he didn’t have his good bits. All up to chapter 7 or 8 were fine, within reason. Tris tried to steer him onto a sensible, logical path, but he would not listen and for the first time ever I found myself wanting to kill him myself.

Not necessarily something I disliked tremendously, but something that bothered me: the plot that people can be genetically damaged or genetically pure. I guess obviously it was made up, but the characters views on this were very much annoying, and I think that was the point. David was someone very similar to Jeanine in that he didn’t care who he killed in the process of getting what he wanted.

Uriah…well.

Christina…she really showed herself, and I like her more now. The same with Cara.

Caleb I could take or leave. He never really grew on me. Peter…well we won’t even go there.

Tris. Always liked. Maybe more in this than in the first two books. She became stronger, more mature, and I swear she was older than 16 the way she behaves. She’s got a head on her shoulders and no matter the truths or lies they are all told, she decides what to believe, what decision to make and she sticks with it. Brave.

For the ending…well, several chapters before the end in actual fact, something big happens. I won’t say, although I can guess most that are going to read the book, already have done so, and therefore already know what happened. After this revelation, I honestly couldn’t see the point in the rest. I was sick to the teeth of His Whiniest, and I just…became fed up. I did finish it though. I give Allegiant a 3.5 star mostly for its hard effort to be something amazing. It tried, it didn’t conquer, but it also didn’t fail in my opinion. It told the story of a group of kids fighting for their lives, to find a home and keep peace. It told of love and bravery and honesty, of bitterness and anger, of selfishness and selflessness and how sometimes the two together aren’t so bad. I can’t really think of anything else to say, and quite frankly this is almost a story in itself, this review.

I hope many of you found enjoyment in Allegiant even if you didn’t like the outcome. I am glad I read this, and I do recommend it to others. I also wish Veronica Roth the greatest luck in the world for whatever else she may complete in the near future.

Kat

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