Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

breatheBreathe by Sarah Crossan
Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
Series: Resist (#2)
Rating: ★★★.5

I’ll admit it here and now, this was a bit of a cover buy. After reading Under the Never Sky and eventually really liking it, I thought I would give this series a try, since it seemed pretty similar! In a world where there are no longer any trees, your oxygen is controlled by Breathe and unless you’re Privileges, you lead a very restricted life. Quinn is Privileged and Bea is not, but they’re not about to let their caste dictate their friendships, together they leave the Pod and get caught up in RATS, the rebellion that wants to expose Breathe and forge a new world where everyone has the right to breathe.

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Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

1These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Published by: ?
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★.5
Where to Find: Goodreads | Authors | Amazon

With this review, I’m just going to dive right in with my feelings.

Normally, I’m down for a good love-hate relationship. Good example: Bea and Ben from Much Ado. Unfortunately, I could probably use Lilac and Tarver as my bad example. In the first chapter, I thought all was well. They were both instantly attracted to each other, and I was looking forward to a no-nonsense romance. The next chapter was just full of social prejudice and judgements based on class, I couldn’t handle it. Neither character could admit to liking one another because they either thought they weren’t good enough, or it would be unacceptable in their social circle. Gah, I just could NOT put up with it. If they’d communicated their internal issues, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Having to read half a book with sentences like ‘I wanted to slap her. I wanted to kiss her,’ and ‘I know what we could do in one bed’, made me feel extremely uncomfortable.
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Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

fairestFairest by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Sci-fi, Fairytale Retelling
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 220
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Author | Amazon

Let me be the first to say I LOVE ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ and that they embody everything good and righteous in this world. BUT, I’m a little tied up over ‘Fairest’, the prequel to the series, giving you a look into Levana, the wicked queen’s backstory. *cue rippling harp music*  It was interesting to find the root of Levana’s wickedness, however, Levana’s actions throughout the book made me feel very uncomfortable, leading me to give this a quite low rating. As she is the villain, I guess the book was doing its job, and so deserves a high rating…I don’t know, though I do know Marissa Meyer is an excellent story teller, which warrants at least a star alone.  Continue reading “Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer”

Review: Imposter by Susanne Winnacker

16135109Imposter by Susanne Winnacker
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★.5
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I picked this book up at my local library mostly because the main character Tessa had a vaguely similar power to Rogue from the X-Men (which I love!), considering I read this book on a whim, I was pleasantly surprised! However, I didn’t feel like the story was necessarily anything I hadn’t read before. Definitely a book for fan of Starters by Lissa Price.

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(Mild Spoiler) Review: Homecoming by Kass Morgan

23264825Homecoming by Kass Morgan
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance
Published by: Little, Brown Books
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Series: The 100 (#1) | Day 21 (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Homecoming is the final book in The 100 trilogy – or at least, I assume it’s a trilogy. I was interested to see how this series wrapped up, but I wasn’t very invested in any of the characters’ stories to really care about what happened to them. The relationships that these characters have are basically all built on lies, but thank goodness, because everyone is just so forgiving. *rolls eyes* This book wrapped up everyone’s story lines in a cute pink bow, but what I really want to know if what happens next! I guess I’ll just have to watch the TV show and see what changes are made.

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

cressCress by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Romance
Published by: Puffin
Pages: 550
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Series: Cinder (#1) | Scarlet (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I was expecting a lot for Cress. 550 pages? I could do this! Except…I couldn’t. Cress put me in one of the longest reading slumps. It took me over a week to read, which is strange since I normally manage to finish a book every two or three days. I think I struggled with this story because Maddie had hyped it up so much (it’s one of her favourite books of all time!) so of course I was under quite a bit of pressure to enjoy the story. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it! But the middle was rather slow and I was sad that the characters didn’t become a proper team until the very end! Cress was an adorable character, and I loved that we got more Thorne, but I think the book could’ve been at least 100 pages shorter. Continue reading “Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer”

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

13206760Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Romance
Published by: Puffin
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Series: Cinder (#1) | Cress (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I read Cinder quite a while ago, and Maddie had been encouraging me to continue the series for ages, so I thought it was about time I did! She’s always said that Scarlet and Wolf were her least favourite pairing, but let me tell you they were my FAVOURITE. They have all the elements that I love in a good YA romance, so yay! Although I didn’t enjoy Scarlet as much as I did the first book in the series, it was still a page-turner and definitely worth a read! Continue reading “Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer”

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

15797745Starters by Lissa Price
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Corgi
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Starters is incredibly fast paced, and if I’m honest, rather confusing to begin with. We’re thrown straight into the world and the story picks up with Callie, the protagonist, visiting a ‘body bank.’ I thought this book was going to be a lot more sci-fi than it actually was. Starters focussed more on character relationships, which meant it took quite a while for the plot to pick up.

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Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

18071739Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Genre: Sc-fi, Fantasy, Romance
Published by: Atom
Pages: 389
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★.5
Under the Never Sky (#1) | Through the Ever Night (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

The final book in this series seems to be taking itself more seriously as a sci-fi fantasy novel. We’re no longer in the throes of ‘does-he-like-me?’ but instead dealing with the threat of tyrants and the honour of self-sacrifice.

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Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Day 21

Day 21 by Kass Morgan
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance
Published by:
Little, Brown Books
Format: Paperback
Series: The 100 (#1)
Where to Find:
Goodreads | Amazon

‘Day 21’, like ‘The 100’, had a lot going for it. Sarah, the super-fan if you remember, was of the opinion that the two books should have been combined into one. On that note, I agree with her. As I read the books so quickly one after the other, like with the ‘Shatter Me’ series by Tahereh Mafi, I found it hard to separate what happened in each book. Neither stands out to me as a showstopper, more of a signature bake. (Excuse my profound love for The Great British Bake-Off)

So the ending of ‘The 100’ set us up for a wild ride in ‘Day 21’. Unfortunately it felt like the ride was closed for repairs. The concept of other humans, on an Earth that was strongly believed to have been uninhabited, was not played up to its full potential. Sure, the humans were a threat, but we all saw that coming. OK, they didn’t have to kill someone to prove that they were dangerous but I certainly expected the other humans to play less of a background role.

Instead, we were focusing on the cyclic romances of the now 95 or so human delinquents. Excellent?

For this book, the 95 have kidnapped one of the human born. Sasha. I’d say it’s pretty convenient that she’s a girl so that Wells, our heartbroken leader, can have a love interest now that Clarke has up and left him for the allure of Bellamy. I saw their romantic involvement coming a mile off, though that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. When you’re in a kingdom of isolation, it’s better to have a soul mate.

However, the kidnapping works both ways. Octavia was also kidnapped by the Earthborns, although not many were mourning her loss after the scandal surrounding her within ‘The 100’. Of course, Bellamy gets his bravado on and has to be the hero. Clarke follows. Together they try and find Bellamy’s lost sister as well as work on trusting one another in their relationship.

When will they learn its better just to tell the truth straight away? It would lead to a lot less break-ups and inevitable make-ups.

Meanwhile, on a spaceship far, far away, Glass is encountering a lot of problems, you know, like not being able to breathe. She chooses to stay with Luke, which was cute, but then has to do something risky to get them both back to the safe side of the ship…the part with the high levels of oxygen in it. It turns out that lack of oxygen means the ship is failing (whose fault is that, eh chancellor’s son?!) and the spaceship colony is being shipped down to Earth. There’s a bit of a Titanic situation, in that there’s not enough escape pods for everyone. Glass said she’d never let go of Luke, but we all know what happens to Leo…I mean Luke.

It’s another cycle of I-love-you-now-I-don’t-love-you-oh-wait-I-love-you-again. Not great.

Now, there’s another big reveal at the end of this book to do with the connection between the characters. If you read too much into the flashbacks, then you will figure this out in about a minute. I wasn’t at all surprised by what was revealed and, therefore, it didn’t deliver the shock factor that was promised.

Overall, I’d give ‘Day 21’ 3 stars. I enjoyed it more than ‘The 100’ because at least each character’s plot line varied slightly. Maybe it’s because I read them one after the other that I became more involved in the second book? That said, if this series continues, then I would be very interested to see if it gets better and where Kass Morgan takes the 95 delinquents next.