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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Review

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Title: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Format: Hardback  ( HarperCollins | Borrowed)

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Summary (Goodreads):

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive. 

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

My thoughts:

The Plot:

The whole Aether storm/ sky part just makes this book so much better. After reading I don’t know how many dystopia books, I kind of felt that this one stood out. Or I could be because I’m starting to appreciate dystopian books. I really liked how the plot went and with the alternating character’s POV, I got to know more about mainly Perry and Aria instead of just what Aria thought and her perceptions. There was friction between them at first when Perry decided to help Aria. Aria’s the one doing most of the talking and Perry seems annoyed that she kept yakking despite having a long way ahead of them. I found that few chapters really funny. And when Roar came into the picture, their relationship got better and with Roar in it, it sort of indirectly showed us Perry’s life before Aria came in. Overall, great plot and it kept me sitting still and made me want to read more.  Such a page-turner.

The Characters:

OMG I cant ask for better characters, each have their own personality and they seem like actual living people.  I really felt for the characters especially Aria, Perry and Roar. I love Aria. She’s independent and she puts others before her. She grew from someone who had prejudice against Perry and his kind to someone who saw the whole clear picture that she’s actually no different from Perry and Roar. As for Perry, he’s a family / tribe oriented guy and even though Talon being kidnapped by the Dwellers was Vale’s fault he still felt that he was partly responsible for it. That makes Aria and him so alike. They both put others before themselves.

The writing:

I don’t have problems with Veronica Rossi’s writing style. It was such a breeze to read. I prefer clear cut sentences to poetic ones. I felt that sometimes things need not to be complicated to make it stand out. The clear cut sentences, allowed me to breeze through the pages and I seldom have to read twice or thrice to get the meaning behind the sentences and that’s another reason why reading this book is so enjoyable.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars. I need the sequel like now!

Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Review

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Title: Masque of the Red Death (asque of the Red Death #1)

Author: Bethany Griffin

Format: Paperback (Greenwillow Books | Owned)

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Summary (Goodreads):

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club�in the depths of her own despair�Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for�no matter what it costs her.

My Thoughts: I’ve not read the original written by Edgar Ellen Poe so I’m not sure if there’s any similarities between this book and the original. The factor that drew me to read this book was the title and the summary. It seems so interesting and sounds like my type of book. But I was wrong. This book didnt even catch my attention at all. I tried giving it chances, but no it did not improve. It was boring and I felt that there were unnecessary parts which could be removed. It seems like a small book but it took me like forever to read it. Yes I finished it pretty quickly cause I skipped lots of parts and when I finally gave up I jumped to the last chapter and it was a mild as the rest of the story. I found some parts rather repetitive. I totally have no idea what this book is about. Maybe this book is just not my cup of tea. I could not relate to Araby or the other characters. I felt that there was something missing in this book and I would not continue with this series since I had a bad experience with this one. I really don’t wish to give this book a one but there’s nothing redeeming about it or I just could not see it.

Rating: 1/5 stars

Review: Annabel by Lauren Oliver

Title: Annabel (Delirium #0.5) Author: Lauren Oliver Format: Paperback (HarperCollins | Borrowed) Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository Summary (Goodreads): Lena’s mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena’s past. Until now. Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver’s … Continue reading