So for awhile, I planned to write these reviews. They were on a few of my random lists of books I needed to review. I even wrote them on my calendar (more times than one, I should add). But never did they get reviewed. At least by me, I am sure someone else somewhere has done a lovely job. Then I realized the perks of purchasing a book: No pressure to review! But alas, I still felt like I should give them a mention, so why not?
ebook, 390 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Short version: I know, I am ridiculous for not reading this sooner. I agree! Are you on the fence? Read Val @ The Innocent Smiley’s review of Cress, that is what pushed me over the edge! I liked it, quite a bit actually. The story was fun, I adore Cinder as a character, and it had exactly zero of the typical “fairy tale” stuff I was so worried about. My only (minor) qualm was that I was able to predict what was going to happen next really easily in most cases. Still, a very enjoyable story, and I cannot wait to read Scarlet ASAP!
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Candlewick Press
“Books are often described as ‘mind-blowing,’ but this is one of the few books in which, while reading it, I have exclaimed aloud, ‘Oh. My. God.’ on multiple occasions. I won’t tell you anything else about it. Just read it.” — John Green
Seth drowns, desperate and alone. But then he wakes. Naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. And where is he? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. He remembers dying, his skull bashed against the rocks. Has he woken up in his own personal hell? Is there more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife? From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time.
Short Version: It was good. It was Patrick Ness, of course it was good. It didn’t lure me in the same way the Chaos Walking series did, or even how A Monster Calls did. But it was definitely a solid book that had some twists I certainly did not expect.
ebook, 474 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.
Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Short Version: I liked it, though it was incredibly dark. There is not a lot of hope in this book, it is just one big old bag of depression. Had there been a few more lighter moments, I think it would have helped the pacing as well, and made me like it a bit more. That said, I will definitely be reading Infinite Sea. Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?
Have you flat out not felt like reviewing a book? Do you do it anyway?