Friday, November 29, 2013

Cracked / Eliza Crewe

Cracked by Eliza Crewe
[Published November 5th 2013 by Strange Chemistry]
★★★★.5

Yes.

That.

Give me some more of that kind of young adult. Meda has a completely unique voice and its consistent throughout. She's just got the best inner dialogue and it hooked on it from page one with a deliciously dark opening scene that just promised this was going to be a good one.

Oh. And it was.

The supporting characters are likable too, I didn't find myself overly annoyed with anyone (though I did brace myself, I thought initially when Jo was introduced it was going to be another love triangle with the book constantly bashing the "other girl". But no such thing occurred and I am grateful.) Actually, the fact that there is no element of romance for the main character made me like it more (though if there was a sequel, I would not mind some Meda/Armand, for suuuuure. Sign me up).

It is a bit predictable though, once things get going. Because... you know what she's going to choose. What else would she choose? You just know. So I would not call this book surprising, but come on, it's enjoyable, well written, and its not following the same trampled path of every YA author out there.

Give it a go!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Through the Ever Night / Veronica Rossi

 Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
[
Published January 8th 2013 by HarperCollins]
★★.5


Well. That was a disappointment.
My copy of the book is 341 pages long, and I feel like nothing much happened. This book felt like filler. It felt like omg this has to be a trilogy because trilogies are all the rage. That's what this book felt like.

This book could have been summed up in much less pages, and without trying to introduce all the romance drama which I found myself more annoyed with than anything. Though I must say it would have been far more interesting if Liv had fallen in love with Sable, for real instead of just pretending for the sake of the Tides. I don't know. I would have been more impressed if it actually hadn't been a farce all along.

And the introduction of Kirra, just to stir up drama on the Tides end and make it more interesting? Ugh. Basically to make the filler happen.

I am so, so disappointed. I loved the first book. Loved it. And now I find myself questioning even that--would I like that book as much if I read it now?

So, I still have Into the Still Blue to read and I think I'm going to put it off for awhile. :/

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lesser Creatures / Peter Giglio

Lesser Creatures by Peter Giglio
[Expected publication: December 3, 2013 by Dark Fuse] 
★★★

 Lesser Creatures has an interesting take on the whole zombie lore. Without spoiling too much, essentially the zombies, or as they call them "second-lifers" are not vicious, just mindless. They really like whiskey and fast food. But for some reason, whomever kills these second lifers, dies themselves. They call it "the curse". And this curse has some interesting side effects for the second-lifers as well.

 I really like the descriptions of the second-lifers. Like when Eric goes to see his grandparents, and in first part where Monika is standing in line for fast food. The main downside to this book is at the end, I was still asking, "but why?" There just isn't much closure. Stuff happens, but there's little to no explanation for it. What's up with Glory? What's up with Steven? Is Steven actually magical? If so, how? Why did Eric forgive Monika instantly for what she did?

 I mean, a big part of this book uses love as a motivation and an explanation, but being left with so many questions... I guess its supposed to be an "open ending" but in the end, I'm just confused and a bit disappointed.

 I received a free copy via netgalley in exchange for a review. Thank you!