Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cloak and Dagger / Nenia Campbell

Cloak and Dagger by Nenia Campbell
Published October 24th 2012

The five-star review is purely my recognition of how much I enjoyed this book. It's got some problems. There are a few errors, nothing too terrible. A word was missing in a sentence, a couple times. There are some spots I got confused. Yep, I thought the two pages of thoughts while they were escaping the prison was a little out of place. It's definitely not for the lighthearted, and its got a lot of questionable, dark subjects and situations going on here (including, at best, dubious consent). But I am fascinated. 

The characterization of Michael is really one to applaud at. His character is kept consistent throughout, and he really is a bad boy. To the core. This doesn't really change too much through the novel. Its just something you have to accept from the get-go. He's a criminal after all, there's no other way to slice it. 

Christina is okay. She gets a 3 star from me. Mostly I just feel bad for her. She was a little too hysterical for my liking, but whenever I felt myself getting annoyed I'd step back a little and think about exactly what was happening to her. The answer? A lot. I think we can afford to cut her some slack to be a little hysterical and, yeah, a little stupid. I'm really not sure I'd have done half as well.

I like what we get to see of the workings of IMA. Its scary and a little creepy to think about, an organization being that powerful and that dangerous existing, especially with people like Michael and Adrian. 

Adrian was written very well. The characters were all written very well, they were just so real. And I think that's what I really love about this book, despite all the nastiness abound. It's real, it's raw, and it's unapologetic.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

These Broken Stars / Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This book is spectacular. It reminds me of what I liked about Shadowfell and Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier--I just like survival in YA. Trekking across dangerous terrain, unsure of your safety and survival. Its just excellent. I loved the whole "going mad" part too. Her distress at possibly losing it was palpable. 

The only part I didn't like too much was the part where they first landed on the planet. It seemed as though Lilac was a little more bitchy at this point than she really needed to be to get stubbornness and fear across to the reader, and I don't know, Tarver's reaction to it seemed very much exaggerated in light of their personalities later in the book. But perhaps they can be forgiven under the circumstances, but I still feel like that part didn't fit. I don't know what it is about it, but it just didn't fit with the flow of the rest of the story.

Let's talk about that crash--what a crash. I loved the scene of it crashing, and I loved the scene of the two of them watching it fall to the planet. Her expertise with electrics was refreshing to read. I thought the romance was well done, and not too rushed. There isn't insta-love here, which is always a gem in YA.

In conclusion, if you enjoy survival stories like I do, you will enjoy this one.