Friday, May 27, 2011

Outside In - Maria V. Snyder

In the last book Trella managed to pull off the rebellion and take the Travas and the Pop Cops out of charge. But, that didn't mean everything went happily ever after...Not everyone approved of the rebellion and the change of power. Now, Trella is faced with unhappy scrubs, non-agreeable committee members and others that she was not expecting!

Trella has a lot going on, she lost her best friend to outer space, she just found out her long lost mother was a traitor, her relationship with Riley hasn't been on good terms and people are trying to sabotage the Inside. Changing the Inside power all of a sudden doesn't feel like the freedom she thought it would, instead of the Travas it is now the committee and instead of the Pop Cop now there are the Mop Cop. All Trella wanted was for the uppers and scrubs just to get along, but it is turning out to be more difficult than she thought.

Logan might be my favorite character with his goofy personality and his joy of tinkering with gadgets. He even manages to make a couple more new gadgets in this book, and gadgets that we are use to but the characters in the book have never seen before. I just love Logan's giddiness to all things techno!

The title, Outside In, gives you a small clue of what this book will bring. Even with the hint of the title I was still guessing at what might happen next until it actually happened. This book has more of a Hunger Game feel than the last one as they fight for survival.

This is a great page turn that goes from one problem to a next! The twist were great, there are a lot of suspenseful moments, a couple surprises and all around great characters.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder

Trella, a scrub, lives in the lower level of the inside. A huge metal box separated into two levels: the lower two levels where the scrubs live their miserable lives cleaning and working and the two upper level where the uppers live controlling the the scrubs and living a better life. The scrubs and the uppers have no contact with each other except the Pop Cop who enforce the scrubs.

Trella is taught that the upper level inhabitants have comfy lives and to be jealous of them. But when she runs into an upper, she begins to find out that the uppers lifes are not what exactly like how they taught her in school. She begins to find out that maybe they want the same thing as her.

Everything turns for the worst, for Trella, when she tries to prove a prophet wrong that there is no gateway to the Outside. The Outside, where no one has been and everyone wishes to be. The scrub want the outside to be true so they can get away from their miserable lives. So, Trella tries to prove him wrong by finding the prophets hidden CD that show the way to the Gateway. But one small mistake leads Trella into a cat and mouse game in order to find the Gateway before the ones in charge destroy her and her friends.

Great book! I saw some of the twist coming before they came. But the ending wasn't what I expected. Throughout the whole book it leaves you guessing what the Outside really is. Trella is a great character, she is an outsider, with not very many friends. You really get to see her character develop as the story continues on. There are a lot of great characters in this book. I could not put the book down, I kept wanting to read it find out what happened to Trella!

This book reminds me alot of the book The City of Embers by Jeanne DuPrau and the book Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Both books, like Inside out has the characters looking for away out of their isolated world.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong

I just finished the book, and I feel like I am missing something. There didn't seem to be any climax or that the book was going anywhere. There are things that are barely touched on, almost not enough to want to read the next book. This book almost felt like an prologue for the next book, nothing big happens, nothing is solved just bit and pieces of information and storylines.

The book is about a girl named Maya, who best friend dies at the beginning of the book. You would think that adding that to the beginning of the book that it would have some reference as the book goes on. But it doesn't, yeah the main character reminisces about the death of her best friend but it gives no substance to the book. There is hint to the mystery of how she dies but it is followed through thoroughly. Also, the book is about Maya is feeling like something different is happening to her, like she is getting animal instincts, but again this is barely touched on.

One thing I do like about the book is the characters. I really like the Maya character, she is a fresh new character that hasn't been used over and over in other books. I like her personality. I also, like her best friend Daniel, who also has something going on with him but again barely touched on.

This book is a sister book to the series the Darkest Powers and there are a couple references to characters who are in that series so you might want to read that series before this series. It isn't anything major but some character overlap.

I really hope this series fills out more and give more in the next book because I feel like I was given nothing in this book. This feels like it could be the potential for a good series, it just didn't start out that well. The book did have my attention the entire time, it was an easy read but I always kept waiting for a climax or something to happen and it never did.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Throne of Fire, Kane Chronicle - Rick Riordan

I had to reread The Red Pyramid, before I could start this one, so I could remember what was going on!

This time around Sadie and Carter have a 5 day deadline to save the world from Apophis who wants to swallow the sun and destroy the Earth! But, because of the 1st recording of The Red Pyramid they had a couple people answer their called to help them defeat Apophis!

Because they are the Kane's they are always getting in trouble, like lighting Brooklyn on fire and getting bitten by a poison two headed snake. But, they are not alone in their adventures, they have the help from a new God that wasn't in the last book, and this God is full of personality.

You think you learned a lot about Egyptian mythology in the first book of this series, but there is even more in this one. There is a bunch of new Gods in this one, and adventures similar to the ones in the Myths.

Again, sometimes I do get confused about who is narrating whether it is Sadie or Carter. And, Sadie has lost some of British slang living in Brooklyn, so it is even hard to differentiate. There are couple new faces training with Sadie and Carter in the Brooklyn house of night. Some of the ones that stick out the best are Walt who as a secret and Felix who loved summoning up penguins.

Great adventure book, there is always something happening, and the ended leaves you ready for the next one but not really as a cliffhanger. There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book to get you wanting to read the next one right away.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mortal Instruments 1-3, Clockwork Angels and now City of Fallen Angels!

I reread Mortal instruments 1 thru 3 to get ready for Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen angels. I also reread Clockwork Angels. I previously wrote reviews on those 4 books. This review is for City of Fallen Angels.

After finishing this book, I feel like the Mortal Instruments series should have stopped with the third one. The bad guy had died and they were pretty much safe. Clary got Jace, it was a nice ending.

City of Fallen Angels, starts out slow. Clary is learning how to be a shadowhunter, Simon is avoiding learning how to be a vampire and Jace is having strange dreams. There is a new character named Kyle, who is pretty interesting. And, there are some characters from the Clockwork Angel book, but I don't think it is really all that necessary to read that book before this one, because mostly everything that you need to know from Clockwork Angel about those characters is also in City of Fallen Angels.

I didn't think there were any big action scenes at all in this novel. There were a couple very small fight scene that didn't get much description in my opinion. I think this novel was pretty much a intermission book between bad guys. That is all I am going to say about that...

This book, I believe, mainly centers around Simon. He is a very valuable commodity and everyone seems to want him for something. Being a Daylighter and with the mark of Cain on him. Not only that but he has put him self in a risky position, dating two girls at the same time: Isabelle and Maia. Plus, he is having family trouble at the same time as someone is trying to kill him.

I will read the next book, because I think it will pick up in action and storyline in the next one. Just the last couple sentences of this one makes you want to know what happens next in the next one!