Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Reread of Wither by Lauren Destefano

Just getting ready for Fever the second book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy.

Here is my review of Wither from last year:
In a world where the females live to the age of 20 and males the age of 25 life is dangerous. Especially for young females where there next turn on a street could lead to a group of gatherers ready to kidnap and either murder, sell them into prostitution, or make them a bride. Rhine has just been kidnapped and now she is to become one of Linden Ashby's wives.

At a glance, the estate that Rhine has been sold to as a wife seem safe, maybe even better than the outside world. One of the other wives, Cecily, was an orphan and the outcome of being married off is way better than where is was. The wives get whatever they ask for and are treated as good as can be expected being locked inside of a mansion...but if you dig deeper you will see it isn't exactly as it seems to be. All Rhine wants is to escape back to her old life back with her twin brother, but if she isn't careful she could become one of housemaster Vaughns science projects.

I have been reading so many books lately of the main characters that fall in love in a day and will then do anything for this person. This book is not like that, and I find it refreshing. The love story is subtly taking form in this book and doesn't even really reach a solid form even at the end of the book. I like that, it seems more realistic in a way. And, it gives you more to look forward to in the next book of the trilogy.

Another thing wonderful about this book is each character is completely different and have unique personalities that are described well. You really get a sense of who Rhine, Jenna and Cecily are. All three completely different from each other. As well as the other characters, each shine in their own way. I am looking forward to the next one!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

I have read all of Maria V. Snyder books, so when I heard she had another series coming out I instantly wanted to read it. If you have read her Study Series and Glass Series this one has the same kind of feel to it. It is a completely new world but there is still Magic involved.

The book starts off with action right away. Avry has been on the run for three years. Being a Healer is like being a criminal after the plague ran rampant and healers were accused of starting the plague. But, Avry has a soft spot for children, and when she heals a sick child, the parents report her to the authorities and unable to escape them this time she is imprisoned. But she isn't there for long. Being the only healer left makes Arvy a very high commodity.

Great story, lots of action. I must say though some of the characters do remind me of the characters in the Study series and the storyline does follow a bit like Poison Study especially the romance I believe. Avry is a lot like Yelena and Kerrick is a lot like Valek. And even Loren and Quain are a lot like Janco and Ari. But the story still has it's unique spots and unique aspects like the death and peace lily.

Even though it is 400 pages it is a very easy read and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters. I loved Belen who is nicknamed Poppa bear. Every character has their own personalities and also hardships. With a plague, everyone has lost someone and you really get to feel for them. Sometimes I knew what was coming, other times I was surprised.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

3 out of 5 stars

After finishing this book, I am not sure how I feel about it. Like others have said, the book does start out pretty slow, and not until you are halfway through the book you really get to finding out exactly what this book is about. The book does have a lot of good Al Capone references, which is interesting.

The book is about a girl who is in High School. She gets excellent grades, but at the same time pretty invisible to the rest of her class. Then, one day she is given the chance, and two other of her class mates Lance and Dante, to take the rest of the year off of school and intern at a luxurious hotel that is about to reopen to the public. She is told an internship like that could help her be seen and get into any college she wants, so she dutiful accepts the position.

Once she is at the hotel, not everything is what it seems. The people who work there are mysteriously beautiful but at the same time a little different. There is a mysterious book, and mysterious task. Everything slowly comes together as Haven and Lance try to figure out what exactly is happening in this hotel.

At times the dialogue can be a bit cheesy, but the adventures in the end keep the book entertaining. The end leaves you hanging for a second book.

This is very much a young adult book. There is a romance in this book, very slow going and cute. It is very unlike other books I have read recently. The romance, and the storyline is very fresh and interesting. I didn't love or hate this book it was an okay read.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is a very different look at Cinderella then movie I used to watch as a kid. Much darker tale with plague, Cyborgs, Androids and people living on the moon called lunars. Cinderella, or in this book Cinder is 36.28% not human, she is a cyborg. A second class citizen in the town of New Beijing. Cyborgs are not treated like humans, and in a time of plague, cyborgs are drafted into being guinea pigs for the plague cure. Since they already been given a second chance at life by scientist therefore they owe their existence to those who created them. Something like this happens to Cinder!

But, not to get too in depth into this great book. Cinder must make the money for her stepmother and stepsisters by being a mechanic. And, she is good at it too, the best in New Beijing in fact. But things start to take a turn when the plague enters into her personal life.

Of course, just like the regular fairy tale, there is a prince. And, a somewhat sort of fairy godmother. I see the doctor as Cinders fairy godmother. Instead of her mice to talk to she has Iko the Android. There is also the Stepmother, and two stepsisters. There isn't a glass slipper, but there is a pesky foot!

Really great story with really great characters. Even the Androids have bundles of personality that just oozes from the story. Cinder's android Iko reminds me of Rosey from the Jetsons with her funny personality. Although, the twist in the book can be seen miles away, the storyline itself is so unique that it makes up for it.