Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Title: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Format: Ebook (HarperCollins| Owned)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I read the first book, Shatter Me earlier in April this year and it was the Book of The Month for one of the Goodreads groups which I was in. And I really enjoyed it. Check out my review of Shatter Me here. Since Unravel Me is on my iPhone, i decided to read it and Tahereh Mafi did not disappoint me.

The Plot:

Shatter Me left us with Adam and Juliette in Omega Point where we learn that the people there are like Juliette with powers. So, Juliette is trying to adjust in the new environment but she’s not doing as well as Adam. Juliette took Kenji’s jokes pretty seriously and I kind of felt Juliette was kind of short-tempered back then. So when Juliette was out on her mission to steal supplies, she had an short encounter with Warner and she just stunned there not knowing that she is exposed. And then Kenji realized what was going on and brought Juliette into hiding. I’m not going to spoil you guys so that’s what happen in the first part of the book. The second part gets even better with plot twists and I just cant seem to put the book down then. Its like every minute is crucial and I have this urging need to know what will happen next and after reading this installment, I’m officially Team Warner.

The Characters:

I love how well the characters played their roles in this book. I really feel connected to everyone of them and it was as if I was looking from their POV. I really like how Kenji woke Juliette from her delusions and I felt what he did was really brave of him. And Juliette did not deny what Kenji said cause deep inside she knows that Kenji was spot on. Juliette and Adam’s relationship was really under pressure and I suddenly they don’t seem as compatible with each other as in the first book. Now it seems that Warner is really the one meant for Juliette.

The writing:

Tahereh Mafi’s writing is just beautiful. I love the words used in Juliette’s diary. Its just too beautiful and soo relateable. How I wish I have one book just containing what Juliette wrote in her diary. Its like the writing is flawless and it did not seem too abrupt and it fir perfectly well with the plot.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review of previous book(s):

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

 

 

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Title: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Format: Hardback (Disney Hyperion | Borrowed)

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Blurb (Goodreads):

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I have heard people talking about this series since last year and the reviews I read were mainly positive. I mentioned in previous reviews before that I’m wary of those over-hyped books as I had bad experiences with some of them. I’m glad that this book did not disappoint me mainly because my expectations weren’t that high despite the hype.

The Plot:

The book is set in America and a few years after young children started dying due to a widespread disease however, some children did not die of it. And children who were suspected of carrying the disease were brought to camps to be quarantined. However, we find out that that’s not true as the government were actually afraid of the children who weren’t infected or immune to the disease. So Ruby, she’s was sent to the camp at 10 and she lied to one of the scientists’ that she was a Green. The children were classified according to their abilities. So the greens were the most normal among all the other colors. So in fact Ruby is an Orange meaning she has paranormal powers which was luckily dormant during her stay in the camp. One day, someone from the inside helped her escape and she claims to be against the government and there to help her. They were about to bring Ruby to their place but Ruby escaped from them and decided to join a gang of other kids who were on the run. Although they said that they do not have the resources to keep her with them, the group allowed her to stay and follow them. These kids were on a quest to find the Slip Kid hoping to contact their family and also to find solace. During their search for the Slip Kid, Ruby learnt more about herself and the world outside.

I felt that it was kind of slow-paced but it was essential that the world-building has a stable foundation before moving on. I kind of got bored after a while, but soon enough there was action going on and things started to move pretty quickly. I find the pacing really comfortable as there are breaks in-between fast-paced chapters and I dont feel that the author is rushing through the plot nor is it too slow to bore me. I really want to find out more about the disease and why is the government so afraid of the kids who were immune to it.

The Characters:

We have got great characters in this book and I really love Ruby’s and Liam’s conversations as well as Chubs. Their conversation really brought me closer to them and I felt more connected to them and could relate to them more. Then there’s Zu, she reminds me of Rue from the Hunger Games 9I’m not sure why). When Ruby and Zu were trying out clothes they really look like sisters playing dress-up which was really sweet. Although Zu does not talk, I really admire the special way they communicate with each other.

The writing:

It was pretty easy to get accustomed to and it was a breeze for me while reading. I wished there were alternating POVs as I felt that it would give the story a much more in-depth and fuller plot.

What do I look for in the sequel?

I wish to learn more about the children’s abilities and how is it related to their immunity to the disease. I also wish to know more about what the government is really plotting and why are they afraid of the kids with immunity to the disease.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Prodigy (Legend, #2) Title: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover ( Putnam Juvenile | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

 Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the  Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who  thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for  help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they  trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read Legend back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I saw it was available in the Library and decided to pick it up.

 

The Plot:

It was much more exciting and thrilling than the first. The first already sort of left me “breathless” the second also did the same to me. In this book, I felt more attached to the characters and my reaction towards their actions and people’s actions towards them was stronger. Like the first, it is written in alternating POVs and im Legend the chapter’s on June’s POV was written in gold and this time, it’s Day’s turn and its in blue. I guess that was what made me want to know what’s going to happen next and increased my reading speed. We learn more about the Patriots and their activities as Day is now working with them. As for June, she learns more about the current Elector who is now Anden (son of deceased Elector). She finds out that Anden was not what she and the people of the Republic imagined him as. It ended with a bittersweet ending and that made me want to read Champion soon.

 

The Characters:

June and Day grew a lot in this installment. Their relationship and trust was also put to the test. When June was working undercover and playing her role in front of Anden, she did not have direct communication with Day at all. As she knows he’s watching her through the cameras, she used signals to hint to Day that Anden is not what they think he is. Also the realization Tess has a crush on Day although in Day’s eyes she’s his sister. That was when I was against how Tess’ actions towards Day and her intentions behind them. Then there’s Anden’s interest in June. This is all going to get pretty tangled I guess in the next book.

 

The Writing:

I really loved Marie Lu’s writing. It was short and sweet. I seldom had to reread lines and that was one of the main reasons I enjoyed reading. I don’t really enjoy books that had me to reread lines as it disrupts the flow of my reading. I’ll be looking forward to Marie Lu’s new series The Young Elites which would be published this year. Can’t wait. I’m fangirling over it now and currently following Marie Lu’s Pinterest board for the book.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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descriptionTitle: Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Format: E-book (HarperCollins| Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans on her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

It was mentioned, raved and hyped and I want to see what caused the rave and hype. And since I’m always procrastinating my books and one of the Goodreads groups that I’m in is doing a group read for this book and I signed myself up for it. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the book and I’m so glad I do not have to classify it under “over-rated hyped books” .  So let’s get on with the discussion and my thoughts of the book itself.

The Plot:

Let’s talk about the good stuff. It was action-packed. However, we knew little of the world outside. What was happening with the Reestablishment in control. Since our heroine is locked up in a mental institution, news of the world outside don’t really get to her. Her parents regard her as an abomination. However, she does not seem that bored inside her cell as she has a notebook with her and she pens down her thoughts. And then Adam came in as her cell mate. She avoided him at first but starts explaining how things goes in the mental institution. As days past, she slowly starts to open up as Adam told him more about himself though Juliette was not that interested. One day, guards came in a she was brought out of her cell and she met Warner. Warner explained his intentions to her and said that her powers were a gift and would be of great help for him. During her days there, Warner used all kinds of methods to get Juliette to surrender and join hands with him. Meanwhile, Adam as one of the guards under Warner came into Juliette’s room and talked to her in the bathroom as there were no cameras. At the point on time I was confused whose side should I root for Adam whose nice to Juliette or the power-hungry Warner who turns out not to be a villain somehow. However, one of the problems I had were the intimacy between Juliette and Adam. Yes, it’s okay if you have a few but the amount of such scenes in the book turned out to be unnecessary in my opinion. Their intimacy was like lovers who were separated for a very long time and finally they were together again and they were afraid to loose each other again.

 

The Characters:

Juliette. Juliette. Juliette. I don’t know how to describe her. Her character has two extremes like hot and cold. One moment she’s on one side of the spectrum the next she’s one the other side. I must say her mood swings are major. She was also impulsive in terms of her actions and such actions were self-destructive as well. For example she kissed Warner so that she can take his gun from his pocket and shoot him so that she can save Adam. Though she hates him to the core, she was still willing to kiss him. And I was like this:

 

Then we have Kenji (sounds Japanese or really a Japanese name) he’s a guy who likes to speaks his mind and hence he’s blunt with his words and most of the time it contains “shit”. I find him an interesting character and I like him more than Adam. There’s also James he reminds me of Russell from Up.  Which I have no idea but that’s my image of him in my mind.

 

And there’s Warner the villain for now. He seems to have problems with his father and it looks like he wants to prove something to his father and for that he needs Juliette. What if all this hunt for Juliette was just some father-son who has too much ego in them  to give in.

The Writing: 

The writing was beautiful however, I find it rather exaggerating as such description was not necessary then. One example when Tahereh Mafi described Juliette’s inability to talk at that moment and expressed in a way saying it felt as if there were cotton balls stuck in my throat. There are times I must say the writing was beautiful and appropriate. Like these two instances:

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Yep and the striking out of words/ sentences. It was  very unique and that’s what made me like this book.

 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Would I continue with the series:

Yes, there are so many unanswered questions and one of them is the Reestablishment. Then there is the Omega Point. Is the Omega Point an uprising against the Reestablishment. How did Juliette’s superpowers came about and her immunity to nuclear. And what about the other’s who posses powers like Juliette?

 

 

 

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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Requiem (Delirium, #3)Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)

Author: Lauren Oliver

Format: Hardback (HarperCollins Children’s Books | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read the first and second book one after the other last year and really enjoyed the series. As I did not want to leave the gap between Pandemonium and Requiem too long, I decided to pick up the third soon and finish it. And I’m so glad I did it.\

The Plot:

Like the second book — Pandemonium, Requiem is written in alternating POVs and its between Lena and Hana. Requiem starts off with Lena reuniting with Raven and the rest and Julian is their new add on. He was not really welcomed has his father was part of the DFA (Deliria Free America). It was also partly he is a burden to the group as he do not know how to fight. On their way to Waterbury, they met Coral who was attacked by presumably Savages.  Another older woman came with her but died shortly after. Along the way Lena and her friends met countless obstacles as Regulators are now in the Wilds, and they go around hunting them down. However, as they weren’t really trained Lena and friends manage to escape. As for Hana she is to be wedded to Fred Hargrove who is now Mayor but she soon discover what he really was and does not want to end up like Fred’s ex-wife Cassandra. There weren’t much planning on the Uprising as Invalids were scattered everywhere and I guess it was not Lauren Oliver’s main point. The attack was kind of impromptu for Lena and her friends. I guess its more on character development and uncovering secrets that were kept as there were quite a number of unexpected plot twists. At the end of the book ,we were left with a cliffhanger conclusion. I think its very unique to put such a conclusion at the end of a series.

 

The Characters:

I thought there was going to be a major fight between Alex and Julian over Lena as they both like her but turns out it did not happen. I guess Alex did not want to make things worst for the group as they are on a run and they do not need casualties or wasting time engaging in immature fights. I hated it when Alex gave Lena cold shoulders. As for Lena, she has grown so much since she stepped into the wilds and she met her mother coincidentally. And I also felt Lena’s hurt when her mom did not publicly recognize her daughter. I would feel betrayed to0 as all this while Lena thought she was dead, then she found out her mom is in prison and escaped. Hana also grew when she was Fred’s wife to be and she felt remorse for telling on Lena and Alex, she went to visit Grace and gave her household supplies. I guess since Hana has the procedure done, I kind of don’t really like her as much as before.

 

The writing:

I love Lauren Oliver’s writing as its so beautiful. The way she portrays her ideas is unique and I really love this phrase from the book.

One of the many beautiful quotes

 

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Title: Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)

Author: Susan Ee

Format: Paperback (Amazon Childrens Publishing | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

It was amazing and its my first time reading an Angel Apocalyptic book and there were parts where it was really gory or creepy. Especially the part where Susan Ee mentioned about Scorpion Angels and the cannibal children. It was gory and creepy yet haunting at the same time. And this thought came to me. What if this book were to become a movie I’m pretty sure the above creatures will scare the hell outta me. Other than that, the book was fast paced and I finished it in a few sittings and I did not even notice how much time passed when I read this book. The whole situation is very hazy and it was puzzling that the Angels themselves do not know why they raged war on humans. That’s the big question and I doubt it would be revealed in full to us in the next book as there are 5 books (if I’m not wrong) in this series.

The Characters:

The characters here are so amazing. There’s Obi who I assumed would behave like any gangster boss would like beat their prisoners inhumanly. What surprised me was that yes he questioned them but he did not use any means of torture to get answers from them and he also serves Penryn and Raffe stew. I can’t believe it and I doubt he was that nice but he really is. I guess he’s doing so, because he still need people for his upcoming resistance. There’s Penryn’s mom. I can’t put a word to her. Most of the time she’s speaking in a language only she knows and she’s speaking to God or her actions just show us that she’s not mentally sound. The only time she was sound to me was when she spoke to Penryn before she goes to the basement hoping to find Paige. I really admire the sisterly love Penryn have for Paige. Penryn would do anything to save her and she almost did things rashly until Raffe brought her back to reality. Although Raffe can be a jerk at times but I guess he really cares for her and he’s not as inhumane as the other Angels who goes around destroying Earth. There’s Dee and Dum the twins and their names might suggest that they are really innocent or just pure dumb I don’t know which. Their actions also back at the camp. I guess they play really good spies. I guess people will just laugh at their names and not take them seriously. They were acting as servants at the aerie. Its a hotel where Angels occupy and make it their own. Dee and Dum were trying to get information from the Angels one way or another so that Obi knows what to plan for the day of the resistance.

The Writing:

I’m not used to Susan Ee’s writing style and that placed me at the disadvantage as there were parts I was just skimming through and very little information was registered in me. I had to go back and read again which is kind of painful as I want to know what will happen next. Luckily these parts are the not so important parts. I really tried to read the book without any difficulty and trying to adapt her writing style but its going to take time.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Format: Hardback (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)  | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

I seldom read high fantasy books and I guess I really love this genre. The world that Leigh Bardugo created was just so magical and fairy-tale like. The starting was kind of hazy and I didn’t know my bearings well until we got to the part where Alina was being questioned and when The Darkling has confirmed her powers and she was on her way to the Little Palace. It was then I got to understand Alina’s world and was able to keep up with the pace. Her life was just filled with so much twist and turns and adventure. It was difficult for me to set it down. I’m so hyped to read the second and third book in this series.

The Characters:

I guess we have pretty interesting characters here. We have Alina who’s not really confident of her magical powers and she’s not girly either. She’s also unlike the other Grisha girls mainly cause her powers were noticed recently and was not brought up in the Little Palace. Then we have the Darkling. I find him disgusting and someone who has no sense of shame. I guess. It totally grossed me out when he kissed Alina he’s a hundred more years older than Alina. That part sparked off my hatred for him. Then we have Mal who did not give up on Alina despite her being the Grisha and becoming the Darkling’s favourite. I guess he really knows that deep down the old Alina. I’m rather envious about Alina’s and Mal’s friendship and I guess throughout this series their relationship might take a step further or maybe deepen.

The Writing:

It’s just so descriptive and there were some parts that made me laugh. This book has moments that made me happy and angry at times. I just can’t get enough of this series. I guess that the books that I read recently, I rated them at 4 or 4.5 stars. I wonder if I can keep up with this.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Review: Altered by Gennifer Albin

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Altered (Crewel World, #2)Title: Altered (Crewel World #2)

Author: Gennifer Albin

Format: Hardback (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)  | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

My thoughts:

The Plot:

This book continues from where Crewel left off like almost immediately. So if you have not read the first book then this review will really spoil you. Check out my review of the first book – Crewel here. So as we know Arras is telling its citizens a bunch full of lies, Adelice, Jost and Erik found that there are still inhabitants on Earth but because of Arras, most of Earth’s surface do not receive sunlight.  And in this case sunlight is rationed and we have the Sunrunners, we are recruited to risk their lives to get solar energy though the solar panels. We also found out in Arras, times flies much faster than on Earth. SO a day on Earth is close to a week on Arras. And it is due to this time difference, it really makes the whole situation much more dire and more impactful. I really like the new elements that Gennifer Albin put inside this book and more secrets are uncovered as well. There were plot twists and I myself is shocked by it. I really like this book way more than the first and I can’t wait to get hold of the third and final book Unravelled which is expected to come out on October 7.

The Characters:

In this book we see more character development for Erik and Jost and how they deal with their family issues and stuff. They also cleared misunderstandings they had from young.  As for Adelice she gets to meet her biological father and gets to know him better as well she also saw her mother who was supposedly killed by the Arras government and she was now turned into a Remnant, spies for Cormac.

The Writing:

I guess its pretty much the same as the first book except that the plot was much more fuller and exciting than then first.

Rating:

4.5 /5 stars

Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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Crewel (Crewel World, #1)Title: Crewel (Crewel World #1)

Author: Gennifer Albin

Format: Hardback (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)  | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. 
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. 

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

My thoughts:

The Plot:

I loved the world it was just so unique. It was hard to visualise and understand it at first but once I got through the first few chapters, I was sucked into the book. One of the reasons I picked up this book was because of the beautiful cover. Unfortunately, it underwent some cover changes so we won’t have similar covers for the second and third book. *sobs* The plot is really something I have not read. So basically in this world we have Spinsters these girls have the hands to do such intricate job and they work on looms. And on the looms there are threads and these threads representing almost everything in the Crewel world. SO the city being able to function properly is due to this girls as they kept the order of things for example like the weather. And its just so intriguing and mind provoking. I just can’t stop thinking what else is possible in this world. The plot twists here is just so out of the blue.

The Characters:

So our female lead – Adelice, she’s not the typical Tris or Katniss that we see in almost every dystopian book. They don’t really have the girlish side of them. But Adelice she’s a girl with poise and she fights with words not hands. Her arrogance is both a threat and a treasure for her. Yes on the surface she seems like someone who’s stuck up or don’t know where they stand but she’s actually playing with these people. I’m just so fascinated by the way she speaks and I really want to learn the art of speaking in such a manner. Then came in two guys who somehow fell for Adelice but till now I don’t know what I feel about those characters. When Adelice was two-timing them, didn’t she feel regret or remorse for cheating on them? Or maybe in their perfect world there’s no such thing therefore she don’t feel guilty. And I feel that the two guys are somewhat toned down. Its like they are the background and Adelice is the foreground. I hope I can get to know them better in the next two books.

The Writing:

It was kind of draggy and I felt that maybe she could cut down a little. The world building was well incorporated into the plot and I did not really had questions about why is the world like that. I’m looking forward to reading the second book – Altered. I hope that the second is as good as the first and I hope that the second is not an instalment just to make this series a trilogy.

Rating: 4.5 /5 stars

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Review

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Title: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Format: Hardback  ( HarperCollins | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death. 

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. 

Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? 

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

My thoughts:

The Plot:

OMG the plot is soooo much more exhilarating and exciting than the first book. This series can’t get any better can it. So far it think this book will top as one of the few Dystopia series that gets better and better. I hope the last book don’t disappoint me as Veronica Rossi has ended this book with such a big bang. And like the first it was a total page turner. Though the plot was at times predictable, I kept wanting to know what will happen to them and even though I predicted it, it was just so much fun wanting to know what will happen next. Also we got to see Liv and the Blood Lord of the Horn tribe — Sabel. We also got to know a little more about Cinder’s powers. In this installment, we got to see Perry as a Blood Lord and it was mainly because of this position, he really grew a lot.

The Characters:

Once again Veronica Rossi did not fail to make me love each and everyone of them and feel for them despite them being the protagonist or antagonist. I’m not sure why but I saw a reason for their actions and I myself might also react the same way if I’m in the same situation as them. Its been a while since I has such strong connections to the characters of the series. I really have high hopes for the third and final book.

The Writing:

It was just right for me. There was this quote from the book and its still etched in my mind.

“Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.” – Aria

It was just so beautiful yet meaningful at the same time.

What I did not like:

I felt that the ending was a little rushed but it was still a good one that wants me to read the third soon. I felt that she could have extended it a little and make it much fuller and achieve its full potential.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars