Friday, April 27, 2012

Across the Universe

For some reason, seeing this book on amazon didn't appeal to me for the longest time. I read the description, but the book cover I think was stopping me from reading it. I know, I know, never judge a book by the cover. But the male and female faces about to kiss made me think of a young adult romance and I just didn't want to read that. But, this book isn't that at all.

It is very much a murder mystery sort of book with a twist. And there are a lot of twists in this book. I thought it was very creative and different from other books. The closest series I can think this book come close to is Inside Out.

The book starts out with Amy and her family getting cryogenically frozen and put in morgue like boxes on a spaceship that will be traveling 300 years to get to a new planet similar to Earth. But then Amy, for some reason, is awoken 50 years to early. She finds herself stuck on the spaceship with people very different than she is used to and one of them is a murderer.

The main characters are very different, and each one has their own personalities and traits. You really get to feel for the characters in the novel and they are not one dimensional at all. The dystopian is like one I haven't ever read before either, it is very new and refreshing.

The ending ends without a cliff hanger and a lot of loose ends at the beginning of the book are mostly tied up. There is a second book and a third coming out next year.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling starts off right where The gathering left off, Maya and Daniel just escaped from a forest fire and are on a helicopter flying out of town with five friends and the mayor. But they are not out of danger when their helicopter crashes and the teens realize someone is chasing after them! They must survive the forest and not get caught before they can find someone they can trust.

Even though it starts off with a lot of action, the story starts to lull as they continuously walk through the forest. You don't get a real feel for the characters when something happens to them. There feels like a huge disconnect the entire story. It was an easy read so I was able to get through it without getting to bored, but the story line didn't really peak my interest.

This book does answer a lot of questions from the first book. But, at the end the characters still have a lot of questions left unanswered continuing on to the next book.

At the end, the book starts to tie in to the authors other series Darkest Powers, so if you haven't read that series it might be good to catch the references. It looks like the two series might collide into one book in the next one.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Re read of The Gathering

Just finished reading The Gathering to get ready for the next book in the series The Calling. Here is my review from last year:

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, April 2, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a good fun read, very predictable and really no suspense but the storyline was an easy read.

The Selection is set in the future in a dystopian age, but it feels a lot like medieval times with Queen, Kings, a castle and even rebels. But, then I would be brought back to the present, with talk of tvs, phones and cameras and then I remember oh yes this is based in the future!

Maxon, the prince of Illea, is looking for a women to marry between the ages of 16 & 20. All girls eligible can enter into the selection where 35 girls are picked, one from each province to become the new princess. These 35 girls will come and live in the palace in a sort of reality show where Maxon will pick one of them to become Princess while the rest get sent home. It is much like a reality show with cameras everywhere. There are tv broadcasts about each girl, there arrivals to the palace, and there makeovers.

America Singer is one of the chosen. But she didn't want to enter. Already loving the life she has and having a boyfriend already it didn't appeal to her. But after her boyfriend asked her to participate and her mother bribed her, she hesitantly went along with it.

At the end it seems to wrap up so quickly after it dragged at the beginning. And, I didn't really like the ending it kind of just wrapped everything up quickly and hastily and then says End of Book One to show another one is coming. It didn't feel like much effort was put into the book. But, the rest of the book, I did really enjoy even thought it was predictable.