[456]: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Putnam for Young Readers | Hardcover, 355 pages | Published: October 7th, 2014 | Young Adult | Fantasy | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


A decade after  a deadly illness almost wiped the population, children who survived the epidemic have become rejects of society. The fever left them marked; and some time during their adolescent, they will develop incredible powers. Adelina is one of those survivors. She, with the long silver hair, pale lashes, and one eye. One night after she tried to flee the cruelty of her father, those powers presented itself, killing him in the process.

Charged with murder, she was imprisoned. On the day of her execution, she comes face to face with The Reaper: leader of the band of survivors with great powers known as The Young Elites. He saved her, and brought her into the fold. In the compound along with the other members, she trains to harness and control her power. Adelina couldn’t wait until she’s able to join in the missions, but without proper training, her power becomes a liability that could endanger the lives of everyone around her.

When Teren Santoro found her again, he would force her to choose between betraying the only people that had accepted her for who she is, and saving her sister from torture and imminent death.

Marie Lu’s latest venture into fantasy started off marginally well: a disfigured girl sits in her prison cell about to be hanged for the murder of her own father. In less than a couple of pages, Lu managed to whet the reader’s appetite. Adelina mulls through the short life she’d lived, and goes through a series of guilt-ridden acceptance of her fate. This is the reason why many would find  the first half of this book to be quite an absorbing read. I know I did. I wanted to know exactly what her father did that sealed his fate; I wanted to know what kind of powers Adelina possessed. I was also looking forward to meeting The Reaper; and when I did, the book was almost halfway done.

But things took a turn for the worse. Her life at the compound was another story. It soon became tedious for me. Truthfully, her decision to hide a secret from The Young Elites proved to be this book’s downfall. It became frustrating. I knew, heck, she knew hiding a secret from them would be disastrous, and yet she still made the conscious decision to do so.

Though the more I think about it, the more I realized that these poor decision making happens a lot in YA. Characters almost always would choose to hide a secret. Just once I’d like to read about a character who is one step ahead of the villains of the book. That would be such a good twist, wouldn’t it? But hey, that’s just me.

This, being the first, we have a lot yet to learn from the characters at play. I was under the impression that a love triangle was in the offing; I’m glad that it wasn’t the case. Teren and Enzo are equally interesting characters on their own right. I’m not quite convinced, however, that the ending will be left the way it is. Though, this might be just wishful thinking. I also want to see more of Raphaelle, the painfully beautiful man whose power is to seek out other candidates.

Regardless of my mediocre rating, I’m curious to see where this series would go. This book ended brilliantly, heartbreakingly painful. But. There’s hope. And I hope that [spoiler] they find that malfetto who can resurrect the dead. [/spoiler]. Over all, a promising start, but I wasn’t wow’ed by the second half. 

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare…et al.

16303287 GOODREADS SUMMARY
McElderry Books | ARC, paperback 507 pages
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Young Adult | Fantasy | Short Stories
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


The most beloved warlock in the Shadowhunters’ world shows us a glimpse of what it’s like to be Magnus Bane. Adventures to far-flung places, debauchery, romantic entanglements and most of all, some juicy tidbits on his  relationship with Alexander Lightwood. Much has been talked about an infamous incident that banned him from Peru. It had nagged many of us over the years. In this book, we will finally find out.

What Really Happened in Peru

We find Magnus and his regular cohorts, Catarina and Ragnor traipsing the country in search of adventures. And boy, did they ever. There was an incident with a pirate ship; Magnus obliterated; a flock of lambs forced to migrate; Magnus obliterated; Magnus vs. flying monkey; Magnus obliterated; Magnus with a broken heart rendered by a mortal; Magnus obliterated. And finally, finally. After the last incident with him being obliterated and a life of crimes, the real reason why he was banned from Peru. A little disappointing, but hey.

The Runaway Queen

If there’s anything we know about Magnus Bane, it is that he has a famous weakness for dark-haired, blue-eyed men. This is what made him risk the wrath of St. Claude’s flock of vampires, and perhaps the entire France as well. A Swedish national in the name of Axel von Fersen recruited him in his bid to save the much-hated royal family of France. Pandemonium ensued. Though a bit darker than the Peru story, The Runaway Queen shows us the extent of Magnus Bane’s connections through history.

Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale

Downworlders and Shadowhunters have not always regarded each other with respect. If not for the Accord, these two factions would’ve existed forever hating each other. This short story shows the series of meetings that almost, always, end up in a shouting match and trading volleys of insults. Most importantly, this is where we first meet one Edmund Herondale (Will Herondale’s father), a devil-may-care Shadowhunter who was stripped of his marks for falling in love with a human. We also see the stirrings of romance between Magnus and Camille Belcourt, which, incidentally was the longest love of Magnus’ life.

The Midnight Heir

I’ve always wondered what happened in the last book of The Infernal Devices, but I was not curious enough to read it. Promise of tears just wasn’t enough motivation for me, I guess. In case there are readers out there who hasn’t read the series, I will not go on any further. Just know that James Herondale, Will Herondale’s son continues the legacy of temperamental, badly-behaved boys.

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort coincided with Black Tuesday of 1929. If you’re not familiar with your history, Black Tuesday spurred The Great Depression. How does this relate to Magnus Bane? Well, it’s got something to do with another warlock who simply got tired of his immortality. You’re just going to have to figure out who this was and what Magnus had to do prevent a greater disaster.

Saving Raphael Santiago

This is a story of how Raphael Santiago got turned. Ever the avenger, he went in search of a predator that was snatching little kids in his neighbourhood. He found him all right, and destroyed him. But the price was that he became what his catholic upbringing abhorred the most: a soulless, bloodsucking vampire. Find out how his’ and Magnus’ paths intersect that would eventually lead to a choice in City of Heavenly Fire.

The Fall of  the Hotel Dumort

The year was 1977; disco was in full swing.  Have you ever wondered what happens when vampires drink tainted blood? This story shows the reunion between Camille Belcourt and Magnus Bane after 80 long years. Unfortunately, it was far from happy.

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who has Everything (and Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)

And more importantly, what would someone with the great capacity to do anything, buy anything, give him? To be honest, I was tempted to bypass all the other stories just so I could get to this one first. Seeing Magnus so besotted with Alec that he can hardly stand himself had me grinning like a fool. This one was funny, and it gave us glimpse of exactly what he sees in Alec (besides the black hair, blue eyes thing that he’s so fond of). The little tidbits of their relationship is simply not enough to sate those who have salivated for far too long.

The Last Stand of  The New York Institute

The Circle, a merry band of Shadowhunters, headed by Valentine, terrorized the downworlders in the 90s. They made up false excuses to execute werewolves and vampires in an effort to rid the world of what they called as abominations. This is the story of how the Whitelaws, who headed the New York Institute at the time, sided with the downworlders to defeat Valentine. This was the beginning of the end of Lucian Graymark’s allegiance with the Prince of Darkness himself. This also tells the story of how Jocelyn Fairchild approached Tessa Gray and Magnus Bane to help her blind, daughter Clary to the world they know.

The Course of True Love (And First Dates)

The entire thing was a disaster; it was a comedy of errors. But is was oh so sweet, and there was a lot of kissing and making out involved. A half-naked Alec runed from head to toe was enough reduce Magnus into a staring, drooling warlock . Gawd.

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane

You know the part where Alec obsessively checked his phone for text messages and calls from Magnus? Well, the voicemails weren’t just from him. Hilarious.


There you have it, folks. Insights to our favourite warlock – his centuries of falling in and out of love while never really feeling exhausted with his immortality. He’s helped mundanes with whatever mundane things they desired; he’s helped saved a lot of downworlders’ lives while looking fabulously sexy. I absolutely loved this compilation!

 

 

 

 

 

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BT Review: The Strange Maid [The United States of Asgard, #2] by Tessa Gratton

18301603 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Random House BYR | Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Truth be told, Tessa Gratton is one of those authors whose work I feel is beyond my capable understanding; highly intimidating, to say the least. I’ve always associated her name with the likes of Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff, both brilliant, if I may add. So when I was approached by Random House to join the blog tour, there was a bit of trepidation.

Lost Sun, the first book to this series was freaking amazing. I just knew that I was reading a brilliant reinterpretation of Norse Mythology. If you haven’t read this series, and if you’re a fan of any kind of Mythlogy, you are missing some pretty incredible writing here, ladies and gents.

The Strange Maid pretty much made me feel the same way. I was in awe. The world building was intrinsic; maybe even complicated to some. But it’s the interwoven tales of revamped mythology that will heighten your impatience to devour the book. The research involved was pretty telling as well. It had me googling some gods and goddesses that piqued my interest.

This instalment features a very curious, determined, strong heroine in the person of Signy. She was relentless – fearless in her pursuit to solve a riddle that will make her a Valkyrie. But the determination is fuelled by something else besides the honour of being one of Odin’s soldiers. She also wants to bring back the Valkyrie of the old but better – more fierce. She is a strange one, for sure but no one can deny her strength.

While I was enraptured by the romantic ambiance of The Lost Sun, The Strange Maid veered to a much darker air – sinister, even. It’s more mature than the previous book and I’m happy to say that whatever salacious acts these kids got up to, they weren’t overdone or gratuitous to say the least. So don’t fret.

Over all, this is a fantastic book that can be read alongside The Lost Sun or by itself. As long as you have some pretty basic knowledge of Norse Mythology, you’ll enjoy this retelling. Now that I’ve read two of Tessa’s books, I can’t wait to read her Blood Journals series!

 

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Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

17303139 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Margaret K. Mc Elderry Books | ARC, 317 pages
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Young Adult
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


If I have a Ghost living in the underbelly basement of my house (dear God, I really hope not) who grants wishes provided I give it an offering of sorts, I’d wish that I liked this book as much as everybody did. When a book left you apathetic towards the characters’ plights, you know it wasn’t a good read. Under normal circumstances, and given how this book ended, I would’ve been in a state of furor. All I said when I finally closed the book was, huh. 

Much has been said about how wonderfully original this book is (Phantom of the Opera set in a slaughterhouse). And while I can appreciate that  undertaking, it really came down to how very little I felt for Wen. She has a predisposition to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. Admirable when warranted, irritating in copious amounts. Wen is a puzzling character. She’s shown so much potential to be a strong character, but it’s as if she never got there. She sympathized for the oppressed; sacrificed most of her priceless gowns to buy medicine and pay for the Noor’s debts; and with very little self-preservation, she defended the Noor against the prejudices of her fellowmen. And yet even with all these fine traits, I felt that all were nullified by her constant “woe-is-me” attitude.

The world Wen lived in is predominantly male; and with it comes the constant threat of being sexually assaulted. This is also the part where I thought Wen could’ve used a healthy dose of calcium in her backbones. She kept waiting for someone to save her; and sometimes, she was even expecting it. I understand the desperation of being in somebody else’s mercy, and the fact that she grew up relatively protected from the world she knew now. But I thought that this is where the author squandered the chance to empower her character. Instead, Wen was saved time and again by either Melik, the Ghost, or her father. She saved herself once…by using her feminine wiles and implying that she was another man’s property. Sigh.

In a manner of speaking, there is a love triangle here. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who’d seen/read/heard of The Phantom of the Opera. For me to explain why a love triangle didn’t really exist would be to reveal the identity of the Ghost. So I’m just going to leave it at that. So we come to Melik, the Noor that Wen felt such a strong attraction to since day one. However, I felt impervious towards this pairing. No stirrings of fondness, even. None.

The one thing I felt a strong emotion for were the mechanical spiders; granted, that emotion was abhorrence. I felt as much repugnance for them as I did for the men who treated the women here as objects.

So I’m in a bit of a conundrum. My blogger friends, Alexa and Bethzaida loved this book. Me? Not so much. However, that’s two against one. So I think, you should put this review at the very, very, very back of your mind and give this book a chance anyway.

Also, enter the giveaway HERE. 

 

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Steelheart [Reckoners, #1] by Brandon Sanderson

17182126 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Delacorte Press | Hardcover, 386 pages
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


I’ve always been a fan of superhero books. There is something thrilling about characters who save those who are oppressed; brandishing extraordinary powers that only Stan Lee can write in his sleep. Steelheart features a brand new taste of the extraordinary. From illusionists who can manipulate what you can see, to an indestructible being able to withstand ammunitions of every kind, this book is just the kind of read I look for in a superhero novel.

Ten years ago, an event called Calamity struck; an explosion that gave ordinary humans powers that are unheard of. Those that weren’t affected called them Epics. They are no heroes, however. Humans being the weaker species, were dominated easily, hence creating a new world order where the Epics rule the world. United States of America was divided, ruled by the most dominant Epic who managed to overcome a weaker one. In the place that once was Chicago, Steelheart is the most feared of them all. It is said that he can’t be beat, can’t be harmed. But there’s one person who bore witness to his possible demise; a human with the extraordinary taste for revenge.

David saw his father’s death in the hands of Steelheart. His father, who had false hopes that not all Epics are evil. Ever since then, David made it his lot in life to live, breathe and die of studying the Epics. He knows them like the back of his hand; knows their weaknesses, their triggers. All he needed is to get recruited to the underground fighters whose aim is to rid of the world of Epics. But it won’t be easy as Reckoners are hard to track. When he managed to infiltrate the inexorably covert group, he would be tested over and over again to prove his worth.

This book is relentless action and suspense with a world that was viscerally well imagined. Brandon Sanderson, being known for his epic fantasy novels, managed to create one that is admittedly less daunting than most of his work. But it is no less fantasy-like.

It was such a delight to discover each of his characters’ powers; as much as it was to find their “anti-bodies”, if you will. David, through years of his obsessive study of the enemy, knows each of the Epics’ kryptonite. All except for Steelheart. Much of the novel was dedicated to finding his weakness and David trying to prove his worth to the Reckoners.

Above all things, David is a teen with hormones, and we’ll see him – not so much as obsessing over Megan – but continually being drawn in with her beauty. The flow of his thoughts vacillate between how hot Megan is and what he would do when he gets the chance to be near Steelheart. This is not as annoying as it sounds, however. I thought David was a perfect interpretation of a post pubescent boy governed by hormones and an almost hero-like worship of the Reckoners.

Recommendation:

Buy a copy.

 

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux BYR | Hardcover, 355 pages
Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

“The Winner’s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.”

This book is hardly worth reviewing, to be honest. After all, what else could I say that hasn’t been already said? With a barrage of 5-star ratings on Goodreads, would anything I say persuade another reader to read this book? I think not. My opinion is just going to get lost in the void of awestruck reviewers; those who fumbled awkwardly, aimlessly for the right words to say. Oh well. I’m going to try my best to articulate my reading experience, nonetheless.

I’ve never been a devoted fantasy reader; heck, I’m not even a hobbyist reader of the genre. See, I’m not very adept at reconstructing worlds beyond what my feeble imagination could muster. It tends to bring on bouts of headaches and the odd times, nose bleeds. I think this is why I ADORE this book. I mean, sure, it’s a fantasy novel, but the world building is not complicated that you won’t even miss the requisite map on the inside cover normally found in books from this genre.

I’m also wary of the detailed description the authors go through when they describe the people’s wardrobe of the era. It’s not that I’m not interested in it; I just wish there was a subtle way of doing that without having a page dedicated on the outfits alone.

I think the reason why this world is easy to follow is due to the fact that it’s based on one that we’ve read and seen in films before. That is, if you’re into Greco-Roman war, and the politics of the time, then reading this book would be flawlessly easy. The Herrans staged their bid for liberty the way the Greeks delivered the nails to the Trojans’ coffin: in a very covert fashion. They didn’t see it coming.

“As a General’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.”

I know what you’re thinking: Great. Just another girl forced to marry or suffer the consequences of her choice, whatever that may be. But you would actually be wrong. The easiest way to appease its readers is if:

a. Kestrel does choose marriage, and only if she marries the man of her choosing.

or

b. Kestrel chooses service in military, therefore cementing her name in the YA Hall of Fame in the Female Kick-Assery Category.

But no. This girl only ever wanted to play the piano.

Pretty lame, right?

Uhm no. Kestrel is one of those selfless characters who fights for what she wants, and by using what she’s got. She’s one who sees the lies and frauds that people try to perpetrate. She has a heart for the abused (which is how she ended up buying a slave to begin with), and one who will stand up for them even if it meant taking part in a very lopsided duel. She uses her smarts; she uses what she knows about people in order to manipulate the outcome of a dire situation. This girl kicks ass in a very subtle way.

Now, if there’s one thing that’s troubling me about this book, is the potentially messy romance that’s about to unfold in the coming books: [Spoiler alert] she got engaged to the emperor’s son (to save Arin’s people), she’s in love with Arin (the slave), and Ronan remains imprisoned (and we all know this girl cannot resist rooting for the underdog). [End of spoiler]

In a way, this book instantly reminded me of how much I love Finnikin of the Rock. While the latter ripped my heart into slivers of unrecognizable mess, The Winner’s Curse spells a probable doom that I will suffer the same fate. I’m not one to look forward to an impending torture, but I can say with all honesty that I will gladly lay down my defences, and declare, I volunteer!

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Cress [The Lunar Chronicles, #3] by Marissa Meyer

Cress [The Lunar Chronicles, #3] by Marissa Meyer
Feiwell & Friends | Hardcover, 550 pages
February 4th, 2014
Young Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Once again, Marissa Meyer continues to awe. Cress was the perfect blend of action, romance and a futuristic fairy tale only Meyer could pull off – and in a near flawless fashion at that!

Quick Story:

Cinder, Capt. Thorne, Wolf and Scarlet continue to evade Emperor Kai’s army and Queen Levana’s clutches. With the help of Cress, an exile that has spent her last seven years living in solitary confinement, they’re virtually hidden in plain sight. But when an attempt to rescue Cress goes awry, the group suffers an unfortunate setback.

As the impending wedding of Emperor Kai and Queen Levana looms in the horizon, Cinder had no choice but to seek out the man responsible for her escape in prison. Meanwhile, she will have to use her Lunar powers if they have any hopes of defeating the evil Queen.

My  Thoughts:

Nothing short of brilliant! If you haven’t been on the Lunar train, then you’re missing a fantastic ride. Meyer delivers another perfect installment to what’s quickly becoming a perrenial favorite. Though the wait for each release is painstakingly tortorous, the reward is an absolute bliss. The hazard of loving these books as much as I have been is that I am running the risk of repeating myself. There really is no helping it, though.

In here, we find a new character in Cress, a lonely soul trapped in a satellite whose main purpose of existence is to spy on the Commonwealth. Her fascination with the Earthens, however, had led her to protect Cinder and her crew. It doesn’t help that she’s got some mad love for a dashing Captain in the person of Thorne. Their story did not go too far, so I’m looking forward to the next succeeding books.

This book made  me want to relive Scarlet and Wolf’s story. They had very limited interactions here made even less by the events that happened after Cress’ failed rescue. Wolf’s anguish was very palpable and that’s all I’m going to say about that. You’ll have to read the book to know why.

I have a feeling that I’m probably going to like any pairings that Meyer will offer up, and that’s already obvious in the next book, Winter. I already like the crazy princess and I can’t wait to read more about Jacin Clay.

I’ve become more aware of the magnitude of Levana’s (and the Lunars’ for that matter) powers in this book. The Earthens are simply no match for their mind manipulation. How in the world could Cinder lead a revolt against her will be an insurmountable mountain to climb. One that I look forward to reading in the future, I might add.

Emperor Kai and Cinder finally reunited! Even more awesome? It involved a tranquilizer. Oh how sweet it is!

If the 5-star rating isn’t enough to persuade you, then I don’t know what else I can say. Fantasic, brilliant, wonderful – words that all seem redundant considering I gave it a 5.

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Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Harper Teen | Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Series ender, Into the Still Blue was pretty much everything I’d hope for. The other books in the series set the precedents to this last book. I’m really happy that Ms. Rossi remained consistent throughout the series. Her characters stayed true to themselves, which is something that some authors had problems with *coughsShatterMecoughs*.

Quick Story:

What remained of the Outsiders and Dwellers will have to work together if they have any chance of reaching Still Blue. Hess and Sable’s combined armies has the transports, the map and most important of all, they have Cinder – the only person able to control the wall of Aether that divides the dead world and Nirvana; also known as, Still Blue.

My Thoughts:

There are only a few series that I can truly say I had a hard time saying goodbye. Under the Never Sky is one of them. Through the Ever Night destroyed me. It was heartbreaking and made the wait for the third book even more painful. Here, we see how much of Roar’s pain had changed him. It was hard to watch him be angry all the time, even more so when his anger is directed to Perry. His thirst for revenge made him act stupid, to the point that he almost got Perry killed. I wish he’d gotten a happy ending. I wish what happened to Liv was all but a nightmare. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

The pulse-pounding action is one of the best thing about this series, and I’m glad that didn’t change as well.  This book showed a more mature relationship between Perry and Aria and is also one of the reasons why I hated saying goodbye. I liked that Perry doesn’t have any problems putting their romance on hold because of his responsibilities to the tribe but that doesn’t mean they’d lost that fire. They have an innate connection that borders on ethereal and infinite so when they do get together it got pretty explosive.

I really wish there could’ve been more in terms of epilogue. It simply wasn’t enough, so much so that I thought the ending was a bit anti-climactic. I’ve gotten so immerse in the arid, barren land that I’d hoped we’d gotten more insight to what it’s like to live in their version of paradise.

All in all, Under the Never Sky trilogy is one that I highly recommend. You’ll never be bored reading these books and I guarantee that you would not be able to put it down.

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Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis

Extraordinary abilities and a little more than ordinary writing makes for slightly original read

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Beautiful Decay
 by Sylvia Lewis
Running Press Kids | Paperback, 304 pages

Ellie Miller cannot touch anyone (or anything for that matter); because as soon as her fingers graze an object, mould blooms. She’s learned to live a lonely life and have accepted that being normal is an impossibility – especially when even her parents treat her like she’s got the plague (even if she does). Some say she has the touch of death, but one person believes she gives life. When a newcomer refuse to become a part of the majority that treats her like a freak, Ellie’s isolated world become slightly crowded for her taste – because finding a kindred spirit comes at a hefty price. 
With a comic book-esque characters and the impossibility of a romance between the leads, I’m a little baffled that this book doesn’t have a lot of following on Goodreads. The writing is better than most of the books that I’ve been reading lately. But just when I was ready to give it my stamp of approval, it went and did this

Sigh.

But listen, I think you should give this book a chance. In my reading world,  popping the ‘p’ is one of those unforgivable things an author could write in her novel. I hate it – almost as much as the generous usage of ‘as’ and ‘like’ and that dreadful, awful love triangle. But allow me the chance to try and convince you that this book is an awesome read, regardless.

If you’re a fan of comic books or heroes and heroines with supernatural abilities, then you should read this book.

If you’re a fan of an almost impossible romance between characters, then you should read this book.

If you’re a fan of necromancers and zombies, then you should read this book.

If you’re craving for a new flavour, then this book has your name on it.

Trust me, this book is good. I just can’t get over that thing that irks me.

My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Expertly woven, perfectly twisted plot makes this Sci-Fi/Fantasy one of the best
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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Putnam Juvenile | Hardcover, 480 pages
This book has been the subject of many gushing reviews on Goodreads. I was a little intimidated by it just because I saw myself as another outsider among the legions of fans that were tripping all over themselves. The Sci-Fi thing and the alien invasion thing aren’t really my cup of tea. So that only added to my trepidation to read it. But by the end of chapter two, I’m sunk.

The invasion happened like a masterful thief in the night. Humans didn’t know, wouldn’t have known until they actually made their presence known by unleashing the most brilliantly executed form of invasion. It came in five waves: First – an E.M.P blast strong enough to take out all forms of communications, power and every technological apparatus known to man. Cell phones, electricity, planes, and automobiles instantly died. Second – the big one. An earthquake that took out most of the coastal cities all over the world, therefore drowning almost half of the population. Third – pestilence. An airborne Ebola virus that pretty much guaranteed whoever survived the earthquake wouldn’t survive the epidemic. Fourth – the Silencer. Aliens trained to take out every human they see by putting a bullet to their heads. So the “cleansing” was almost complete until the fifth wave, which was brilliant in such a way that it was a form of psychological warfare. But you’ll have to read the book for you to find out.

It was a strategic plan that the aliens had used against humans because they knew how we think and they were always one step ahead. Rick Yancey made it even more credible via his characters. It was enough to make you think that everything you’ve read was entirely possible. And man,Yancey knew plot twists like he invented the concept. It took me a couple of tries before I wrapped my head around it but by the time I figured it out, I was entranced and completely in awe. It was like an M. Night Shyamaylan movie playing out right before your eyes. And love him or hate him, the guy would be the man for the job to bring this book to life. Sorry (not sorry).

The fact that the aliens aren’t your garden variety cone heads with dark onyx eyes only added to the suspenseful element of the book. The author would have you on tenterhooks along with the characters who were anxiously waiting for the fifth wave of the attack.

Cassie was an incredible force of a character. Her stream of consciousness vacillated between fear, anger and determination beyond any of us could ever muster. If you can even believe it, there is a romance in here that will hit you like a speeding freight train. And it’s so sweet and so impossible but lovely in all the ways I love my romances in a book.

After reading this book, I have concluded that sometimes, the hype machine actually knows what it’s talking about.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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