TBR >> Katie’s February Reads

Standard


Here is a list of what I’m reading this month.  A bit long, for such a short month, but I’m already flying through them.  Look for reviews soon.  But we’ve been a tad busy lately working on a new look.  You might have noticed the blog change.  We are looking forward to releasing something much bigger soon!  Look for a preview soon!

In the meantime, if you’ve read any of these, leave a comment below!

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) Book Review

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer YA book review

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Across The Universe Book Review

Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) book review

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

Readdicted Review of Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Readdicted Reviewers Fuse book review Julianna Baggott

Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott

Readdicted book review of Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

Readdicted book review of Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

Advertisements

Readdicted Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Standard

Title: Article 5

Author: Kristen Simmons

Genre: YA Dystopian Fiction

Goodreads Book Summary:

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Rating:  4 Stars

REVIEW

This is yet another dystopian fiction young adult book, destined to be a series.  Probably a trilogy.  But you know what?  I am TOTALLY okay with that.  The world the author creates is not the same, despite definitely following the rules for a dystopian society.  Ember and Chase are the two main characters.  The story is told from Ember’s point of view.  The story gets going right away, without giving the reader a chance to get to know the characters.  Because of this, I didn’t feel like I understood what was going on with Chase in this opening scene, and why it was important.  There were other characters that seemed like they might come up again, but too many to keep track of because I still didn’t know my main characters yet.  However, I loved how the author unfolded the love story between the two, going between their past and the present.  She started the series right in the middle of their story.

The layout of the book is different, both in how and when action occurs, and how often.  What happens is a surprise and you end up having no idea what will happen next because of this.  Also, the author jumps right in to the story, as though she is skipping a lot of boring stuff that she can detail later throughout the book.  I liked that a lot.  It takes place all over the eastern part of a future U.S. right after a World War III.

Mostly I really liked this book.  But I never became emotionally connected with it, unlike Connie (read her review here), and so for me the book was just okay.  I’m not sure how much I love the characters or what happens.  It all just seemed to go by in a blur.  It is a quick paced book, which is really good.  The setting changed so much that the reader doesn’t really get that stability.  Which is ok, because they characters are traveling.  While the backstory is wonderful and the characters did seem real to me, I still felt like they could have used more work and that the dialogue could have drawn me in better.  All in all, this is a great read and I definitely recommend it.  Especially for lovers of: The Matched Trilogy; The Hunger Games Trilogy; and Delirium and Pandemonium.

COVER

I really like this cover.  Totally head over heals in like with it.  It’s not pretty, but it’s not supposed to be.  So it works.  And HELLO FLANNEL!  I love flannel.  That’s seriously the first thing that drew me to this book.  And at least 72% of why I read it.  The other 28% was Connie not leaving me alone until I read it because she loved it oh so much.

FUN STUFF

Book #2, Breaking Point, will be released on Feb. 2, 2013.  Check out the synopsis on Goodreads here, and make sure you check out Connie’s review which links to the Moral Statutes from the book.  And of course, here’s a link to a book trailer.  Gotta love those!

Book Hauls >> Katie’s August Reads

Standard

For August, I want a little of everything.  I’ve thrown in some dystopian, apocalyptic, contemporary, mythology, etc. etc.  Maybe that’s what I always do.  I tend to be scatterbrained.  I also like having a different type of book to read when I finish whatever I was just reading…for two reasons.  One to give my massive brain a break, and two, so I don’t compare too critically with what I just read.  If I read Article 5 right after I read Delirium, right after I read Matched, right after I read The Hunger Games…well it would all just blend together, and I wouldn’t see the uniqueness each book brings.  Instead I would get all hissy, pissy, and I would nitpick.  You don’t want that.  So here are my August reads.  Let me know what you think!

readdicted reviewers book reviews

Pure by Julianna Baggott

readdicted reviewers book reviews

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

readdicted reviewers book review

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

readdicted reviewers

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

readdicted reviewers

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

readdicted reviewers

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

readdicted reviewers

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

readdicted reviewers

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

readdicted reviewers

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Both Starcrossed and Article 5 have been reviewed by Connie here on the Readdicted Reviewers blog already, and as I have already finished one of these, I can tell you right now our tastes are definitely different.  So don’t worry, they won’t be the same.  I know you were worried there for a minute.

Readdicted Revew: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Article 5, by Kristen Simmons

Tagline: “Compliance is Mandatory”

Genre: YA Dystopian Apocalyptic Fiction

Goodreads Book Summary:

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Who were the Characters?

The two main characters in this story are Ember and Chase. My favorite character in the story was Chase, although I did like being in Ember’s head and not his. Ember is a tough girl with a fragile heart. Her mother was outspoken, and seemed to pass that trait onto Ember. She is a great herione for the story with her mixture of bad ass and vunerablitity. When she stands up for herself I couldn’t help but cheer her on in my head. The author did a good job of not overloading us with feelings and thoughts from inside her head, which most authors do. Chase is the most intriguing character in the story. In some ways, I feel like the REAL mystery of the story is him. What is his story? Why is he so damaged? What happened to him? Throughout the book you slowly peel of layers of him, like an onion. Each one wanting to make you cry. He was such a damaged character, which is great to see such honesty in a YA book. Along with being a damaged, broken guy, he was also strong and calculating, action-movie sexy, and when you finally got through his SUPER tough exterior, there was a soft heart. I can’t wait to see more of his transformation in the next book.

What was different?

What was different about this story is that Chase is not a typical YA hero. As said before, he is broken and throughout the story Ember and the reader must deal with the consequences of that. It is often tough to watch and heartbreaking. This story also is an a great dystopian, post apocalyptic world where everyone must follow the moral statutes. Men must be strong men who are loyal to their military and woman must be perfect wives who are ever so obedient. Needless to say, this pissed me off.

What was similar?

I honestly haven’t read much YA post apocalyptic fiction, so to me this book was very different. I imagine that because most of the book is Ember and Chase on the run, that could be similar to other YA books of this type. Typical things do happen like running into bad guys on the way, but honestly I didn’t think it was too similar.

Where was the setting?

As said already, the setting was in a post apocalyptic United States, where many cities have been destroyed or evacuated with no one left. Areas of the country are clearly marked off as to where citizens are and are not allowed. Everyone seems afraid, if not of the military and the moral statutes, then of starving. The moral statutes are so harsh, even a pre-war fashion magazine is seen as immoral and having a baby out of wedlock equals death. As you travel with the characters you see a lot of the world, which is intriguing, yet very sad and scary.

When did this story take place?

Sometime in the future, after a war takes places that destroys much of the US. I don’t remember if the author gave an exact date or not.

Why did I like/dislike it?

I gave this book 4.5 stars because the character progression of Chase was SO well done. It was honest and gritty. Most YA novels get me all wrapped up in the romance, which this one did a little bit, but I was more wrapped up in the characters and how they were written so well. Not to say that I wasn’t swooning for Chase. Every time he saved or protected her I melted. The romance builds EVERY SO SLOWLY, which drove me crazy, in a good way. I didn’t give it 5 stars completely because the romantic in me wanted just a touch more on that side. Great book, I recommend it and am looking forward to the next one!  Another thing I loved so much about the book is how extensive the world build up is.  I just love how I could picture it in my head so clearly.  Everything goes by in such a rush, but you still feel like you can picture the book as is it was a movie.  Which, by the way it would make a great one.  To add to the story, the author includes some cool info about it on her webpage.  She includes a completely real looking document of all of the “Moral Statutes” that are included in the book.  Here’s a link:  LINK!