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To-Read Tuesday – Sever by Lauren DeStefano

5 Feb

Sorry I have been such slacker status on To-Read Tuesdays lately. Work kind of took over my life the last few weeks and the BF and I are moving into a new apartment (in a different state). Little frazzled and way overwhelmed buuuuut I buckled down and got to it this week so hopefully you can forgive me.

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Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Series: Chemical Garden Series

Previous Ratings: Wither (1) – Three Stars, Seeds of Wither (1.5) – Four Stars, Fever (2) – Three Stars

Release Date: February 12, 2013

Why I Am Excited: I have really enjoyed this series. No, it’s not the most amazing dystopian book I have ever read (character development and consistency problems), but it’s a crazy cool concept with interesting twists that keep me engaged. Wither, Book One, set up a fascinating world of human life as a ticking time bomb. And hate me for saying it, I actually really enjoyed getting a feel for Linden and grew attached to him, even though he was part bad guy. I connected more with Rhine, the pro-tag, in Wither way more than in Fever (book two). Fever was basically a snore fest until the last couple chapters when it became an action packed twisted coolfest again. And honestly, Gabriel is pathetic and I don’t understand Rhine’s feelings for him. But that bridge book! That was a beauty. Seeds of Wither was a great add-on to the series. I am really looking forward to finding out which way Rhine’s heart and head choose to go and the repercussions of her and Leland’s decisions.

What I Hope to See: *Contains Spoilers* If you haven’t read the previous books, LOOK AWAY! So the cliffhanger at the end of Fever was kind of…. predictable. But no less awesome because of it. I am glad Rhine sees her brother because she was getting a little too woe-is-me and need a spark so she could grow into that backbone she had in Wither. I really want to see her drive come back and kick some creepy father-in-law ass in the conclusion. And Leland, oh please oh please become some kind of great hero. His character is almost swoon status he’s just lacking that internal inquisitiveness that makes men sexy and is waay too passive for my taste. And mostly, I want someone to punch Cecily right in the face. Man I hate that bia.

My Predictions: There is a lot that needs to be resolved in one book. I’m not sure how DeStefano is going to clean it up nicely and cleanly in the third and final segment so I am anticipating an open ending.

  1. Rhine “plays nice” to Leland for awhile. While Leland is royally pissed at her for ditching his ass with Gabrielle, I think Leland will eventually be the key for Rhine and Rowan finding each other, whether Leland knows it or not. Basically, Rhine is going to use and abuse Leland to get her wants while hanging out with *enter new character* Reed? Hmm guess we’ll see how that works out.
  2. Leland will become a hero or… dies. I know that’s a very hot or cold ending, but I feel like he could really swing both way. He’s either going to become crucial to saving their effed up world or he will pass on to be with his true love, Rose. Hopefully he doesn’t end up with Cecily.
  3. This isn’t really a prediction, more of a hope, but I think Father dearest and Cecily need to end up in some wacked out psych ward together. I think Vaughn will end up dying and Cecily will some how redeem herself (basically impossible because she’s messed up so many times) or end up in the same position as her idolized in-law. While the synopsis says Cecily is committed to Rhine’s well-being, I just can buy that with her past. She’s blown that trust too many times.

“Love unrequited is violent. He loves you so much that he’s turned it into hate.”
Lauren DeStefano, Fever

Reached by Ally Condie

4 Feb

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Book Three in the Matched Triology

Rating: One out of Five Stars

Oh Ally… Ally Ally Ally… Please don’t hate me for this review.

I just want to say that I hardly EVER give one star ratings to books. I feel like its cruel because people work their asses off to write books and stories and they have to endure sooo much to get their ideas published. So know that I tried. I REALLY tried to find a saving grace in this book, but I just couldn’t. This whole Matched Trilogy was just not for me.

I can’t count the number of times my eyes glazed over while reading Reached. And with my previous ratings of two stars for Matched and Crossed, I was tempted to not read the finale. But come on, how can you NOT read the last segment of one of the most popular YA books in the last few years?! It would be like.. sacrilegious. And the last chapter of Crossed made me want to find out what the conclusion held for Xander (love), Cassia (twatface) and Ky (blech).

My dislike is rooted in three parts. 1.) Writing Style 2.) World building/concept 3.) Characters.

1.) You could sing my a lullaby after I have been awake for 48 hours and it wouldn’t hold a light to how fast this book would put me to sleep. As much as I love reading it, poetry should not be a novel. Especially not a Young Adult dystopian novel. Give me a book of poems and I will read the shit out of it. But don’t try to write a 500 page book in all that flowery prose and expect me to stay awake. Seriously, even the “action scenes” were in slow motion and made me yawn. I just wanted things to speed the eff up. If Reached had been a 200 page book it would have been much more tolerable. But instead I had to suffer through 300 more pages of meh. Not my style. No thank you.

2.) While I think the idea behind this series was interesting and creative, book one was the only part that made me believe in the world. Book two was a bore and book three just made me go “WTF” the whole time. Listen yo, if you want to write a story about a dystopia and you want the concept to resonate with your readers, the world needs to keep developing over the series. I feel like Condie gave us a decent starting point in Matched but then dropped all world building in Reached. I wanted to learn more about the Society, about the Rising, about what happened to Ky and his family. But the bread crumbs were spaced soo far apart I kept losing interest. And then one character would stumble upon a clue and then “VIOLA!” all the sudden all three characters knew about it too?  Say wha?? How does that even happen?

3.) Um. Hate to sound harsh but… I think Cassia is my least favorite person ever. She was really supposed to be our heroine? She was the epitome of “book smart but not street smart”. She reminded me a lot of Gretchen from Mean Girls… just following the same stupid guy mindlessly when there are much better men right in front of her. Cassia also had the Gretchen tendency of latching onto to stupid shit and trying to make it happen. “Stop trying to make Xander’s love happen, it’s not going to happen!”

And why WHY is KY given credit for finding the cure? He was freaking passed out the whole time! He did NOTHING but act as a guinea pig unknowingly. AHHHHH! STAB MY EYES OUT PLEASE!
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And poor Xander.. poor lovely precious smart wonderful Xander. Every time Cassia turns him down…
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So yeah… Didn’t care for anything about this book or series. And all I have to say to Cassia is:

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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

1 Feb

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Book One in The Arcana Chronicles

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

*Poison Princesssssssss*

This book… oh this wonderful, mentally arousing, exquisite book.

My friend read this book first and she was soo obsessive about it *cough* AMY *cough cough* that I thought she would start sleeping with it at night. I could actually picture her curling her arms around her iPad and caressing it. That’s how stalker-ish she was about PP. And me? I laughed at her. The whole time I was thinking “WTH is wrong with you? That’s like the dumbest title known to man. Re-dic-u-lous.” So when I asked her to collaborate with me on my blog about the Best of 2012 and that book was on it and she became goggle-eyed over it AGAIN, I heaved a heavy sigh and resigned myself to read it. Purely so I could get her off my back about it and find out why she was in love with it.

Holy shit. I have never been so wrong in my life about a book.

It. Was. Fabulous.

I have been spoiled lately because a lot of really amazing books have been dropped into my lap this last month. But PP by far has the best one liners in it. They are one in a million zingers. And I am not typically one to quote books in my reviews, but just to prove my point about how witty this book is, I had to list a few:

“Hey, you’ve still got your endangered hymen. Which means you’ll make it to closing credits – I’m s.o.l.”

“Eves, on the scale from wholesome to whoresome, you’re practically Amish.”

“My mom could be really fierce. A regular Frau Badass.”

“You have two choices, grasshopper. Out-slut Clotile – or go Springer on her ass. I’m down for the assist in both scenarios.”

Oh and the romance… sexy, sultry, feisty and fierce. Man oh man. I need me some Cajun flavor in my life! And to prove my point again… I present you with another quote:

“If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.”

I laughed and giggled and swooned OUT LOUD over these characters. Evie is wonderful and brilliant. Wholesome and moral and such a freaking badass at the end. And Jack… I just want to… want to…mmm…well. Let’s keep this PG and say… he’s… attractive. Yeah….

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Ok. Focusing again. What really is unique about this story is the dysoptia and the Tarot cards aspect. I get so super jealous of people who are this freaking creative. WHAT CAN’T I BE THIS AWESOME?!?! It’s a whole new take on why the world blows up and how to save it and survive. When I finished reading PP, Amy and I literally spent hours on the computer looking up Arcana symbols and Tarot card meanings. It was legit. Poison Princess it the book you read over and over and over again and never get tired of it.

Soo… I guess what I am trying to do is swallow my pride and say “Touche, Amy. I shalt never doubt you again.”

…while I make sure I preorder book number two and tuck book one up nice and cozy….

 

BONUS!!! Check out Amy’s Polyvore set inspired  by Poison Princess! Love love love it!

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