Friday, March 23, 2012
Posted by Ky at 4:04 PM
Monday, March 12, 2012
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
What the U.S. has become is just as crazy as any other dystopian novel. And yes I said dystopian. You wouldn't think so from the cover would you? Wrong. It's almost as bad as medieval caste systems. People are split into numbers from 1-8, 8 being the lowest. You are born to that number, do the trades associated with that number and that's what you are stuck in for life. Girls can marry up through the caste's but that's about it. If you're in love with a guy below your caste, you will move down, he won't move up. It's all incredibly whacked. There is also no birth control available for the lower classes, so there are more mouths to feed and they're near starving.
America is a 5, the artisan class. She's a music performer, singing and playing many different instruments. When the Selection comes up, the last thing she wants to do is sign up. She's madly in love with Aspen, who is a class below her. But America doesn't care about class and believes that she and Aspen will truly be happy no matter what. They've been secretly dating for two years, and she thinks that Aspen is about to propose. To appease Aspen and her family, she signs up for the Selection. Never did she expect she'd actually be picked.
America is uprooted from her life and put into the biggest round of matchmaking in the country. She's up against 34 other girls for the hand of Prince Maxon. Little do they know that America doesn't want to win anyone's hand and has no intention of actively participating. America however is torn. She doesn't want to compete for Maxon's hand, nor does she want to go home to face Aspen, so America and Maxon settle on a compromise. America will be the friend Maxon never had in this madhouse, and Maxon will keep her in the competition as long as possible so she doesn't have to go home. It's a wonderful plan, until that is, they both start to fall for each other in the process.
I absolutely adored Maxon. Take the cutest most adorable puppy in the world and turn him into a prince, you have Maxon. He's so terribly sheltered, but a complete gentleman. Despite his strict upbringing, he has a good sense of humor and teases America. He is just the nicest guy I have ever come across in a YA book. I loved him to death! And I liked Aspen too! OMG, this is the second review, in one day no less, where I didn't mind the love triangle. *gasp* Aspen seemed like a genuinely good guy too. Despite his douche bag move towards America "to protect them from heartache" blah blah blah, he was not a bad guy. And then when he showed back up in the story I was internally screaming. Nnnoooooo. He ruins the nice budding feelings America is having for Maxon and screws everything up! Totally frustrated.
Despite all the romance, there is actually more to the plot. The Rebels. Oh how I want more of them. I sense big foreboding plot twist that is gonna just rip the carpet right out from under our feet. I am awaiting it with glee. As for the ending I about threw the book in frustration. No, no cliff hanger. I was just so engrossed that when I realized I was on the last chapter I about screamed in frustration. I wanted MORE. That right there is a testament to just how much I liked this novel. I cannot wait for the sequel! And the CW adaption. I freaked when I found out about that too. *evil laughter* So yes, loved it!
Posted by Ky at 7:20 PM
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
I really enjoyed the plot of this story. It was dark and brutal and I loved every second of it. And oh how I loved the Poe influence. Masque of the Red Death! HA! I was fangirling the whole entire time. (Poe fanatic here) I thought it was very well paced and I really enjoyed the little plot twist the author threw in. Didn't see that coming. It was horribly tragic too. It even had a very satisfying ending! Or I was pleased at least. It wasn't a cliff hanger, but it wasn't wrapped up in a bow either.
The only negative thing I really have to say about this book is that I didn't really like Araby all that much. Okay, I take that back. I liked her by the end of the novel. The beginning though...just kind of wanted to slap her. I get it, she lost her brother, she was kind of responsible in a very roundabout way. She has an extremely guilty conscious. However, abstaining from anything that Finn wouldn't be able to experience is just dumb. She was just making herself miserable, and throwing herself into the Debauchery Club to forget was just compounding the issue. She just had a very low senese of self worth and that bothered me. I will say though that despite this, she had a very strong character. She truly stood up for what she believed in and by the end of the novel was fighting desperately just to stay alive.
Oh and the love triangle. I think this is one of those rare exceptions where I don't down right hate it and there is no clear cut winner. Okay, well, in my mind there is. But I sympathize with both guys, so I'm still open. Will, the tattooed hottie bouncer at the Debauchery Club, who is an incredibly sweet guy who looks after his two younger siblings. I really liked him. A lot. I completely supported Araby falling for him. Until I just felt he was too good to be true. I hate being right. Then we have Elliott, the nephew of the King and surprise revolutionary. He's intent on ending his uncle's reign of terror and wants to save the city he loves at any cost. He's manipulative and a bit of a douche but I still loved him. He was completely honest about his intentions though. He upfront told Araby, "Don't trust anyone. Especially me." I gotta respect that. And when he admitted that he thought he was falling in love with Araby it was just heart breaking. A few of his actions are questionable, but all in all he was a good guy. See? This is my problem! I like them both! I just like Elliott just a bit more...
I can't wait for the next one. Shit was flying by the end of the novel, so it will be interesting to see where the author picks back up. I'm definitely intrigued with where this story will go. I have no doubt it will continue to be as exceptional as the first book.
Posted by Ky at 8:49 AM
Friday, March 9, 2012
Posted by Ky at 8:49 AM
Here's an awesome book trailer for Through Her Eyes
Still want some more info on the books? Here's my review to Through Her Eyes and Forgive My Fins.
Posted by Ky at 8:45 AM
Monday, March 5, 2012
Posted by Ky at 6:25 PM
Friday, March 2, 2012
Posted by Ky at 10:47 AM