Book Review: Meridian (Arclight#2) by Josin L. McQuein

17798031Meridian (Arclight#2) by Josin L. McQuein

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Pages: 458 (Hardcover)

good good

Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all. The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Greenwillow Books for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinionAll I can truly say about this book, is: I really hope that there will be another book and I cannot wait for it. It seems weird that I would even enjoy this series as much as I have considering all of the clichés and annoyances it has. But I just can’t get enough of it and it’s mostly because of one of the love interests. He’s actually perfect and amazing and I love him so, so, so much. But as a whole, I was pretty disappointed with this book and I’m hoping that the next one (hopefully) is done a lot better and leaves all the predictability alone.

I think that McQuein’s biggest struggle with this series apart from how predictable it is, are the character and how lacking most of them seem to be. After I finished reading Arclight, I was expecting the characters to really stand out to me since the awkwardness of being presented a new world was just about over. Yet, they stayed the same, forgettable and not at all moving in any way. The relationship between Marina and Tobin is strained. Whenever they’re together, I felt like McQuein wanted to remind readers that Rue isn’t the only guy in Marina’s life and that she cares about Tobin also (insert extremely awkward and misplaced kissing here). Another horribly done thing in the book is the dual perspective. Some authors can do it, but most can’t and although I could distinctively tell which character’s perspective I was reading from, I didn’t like how useless his voice is. I got close to no information on him or really got inside of his head.

Beside all of that, I did like Meridian. I liked the writing, same as the first one and I love how well McQuein’s attention to detail is. She soothingly puts in a ton of description into things especially the trip to the Cube which I could easily picture in my head. Like I mentioned before, Rue plays a huge part in my rating for this book. His character excels where other do not. I was rooting for him, from cover to cover and I looked forward to his sarcastic-but-not-really manner. His complete devotion to include everyone and respects decisions yet leaves no one behind pulled at my heart and this is why he’s awesome.

Meridian is not as good as it could be but I still liked some things about it. I’m giving it a pretty high rating because of Rue and how much I enjoyed him. It’s like how some people feel about The Real Housewives it’s so dumb but you just love it despite its flaws.

Still, I recommend this book to anyone who has read the first. And if you haven’t read this series yet, but trust my judgement and the fact that I usually don’t take to any love interest, read this series! Rue is too awesome and I love him.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#55

favourite

A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

17460553Favourite quote: Love is a funny thing. […] Eventually, it becomes a matter of scale. When the good outweighs the bad, you stay. When the bad is the only thing you notice anymore, you think about your future, or what’s left of it, consider options.

Meridian (Arclight#2) by Josin L. McQuein:

17798031Favourite quote: A body seems a solitary thing until each cell inside it gains its own voice, and when all shriek in terror at the same time–when they all dim to nothing after that last brilliant flare of emotion–perception of the whole can never be the same again.

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

18852053Favourite quotes:

1. You show me a man who wants more out of life than an easy job that provides unlimited candy, and I’ll show you a greedy bastard.

2. Show your ass, save the world.

3. Maybe falling in love is just about finding someone who is willing to put up with most of your shit if you put up with most of theirs. Making two puzzle pieces fit together, even if they weren’t exactly from the same puzzle. Maybe all of that, “my whole world is on fire” thing is something else.

4. Love is like a maze of mirrors. No map can help you through it because you can never quite tell where you’re going. Also, you’re likely to see sides of yourself that you normally don’t.

5. Love is the feeling that your life is finally about to begin. But that’s one thing when you’re younger and think being an adult will be awesome, and another when you know it’s all about busting your ass to have a stainless steel kitchen and shit.

6. Everyone always says that when you’re a teenager, your highs are higher and your lows are lower. I was still a teenager, but I could see the end in sight.

Weekly Update#7

weeklyupdate

What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Nothing

Tuesday

Book review: Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

Wednesday

Nothing

Thursday

Book review: Ostrich by Matt Greene

Friday

Nothing

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#36

Books Read This Week

Ostrich by Matt Greene

The Pledge (The Pledge#1) by Kimberly Derting

Albums Listened To This Week

Something to Smile About by We Still Dream

Currently Reading

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

City of Bones (For the first time!)

Currently Listening To

Youth by Citizen

Genuine & Counterfeit by William Beckett

Book review: Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

12138494

Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

Publisher:  Greenwillow Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: April 23, 2013

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

good good

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?

opinion

All pain is bad for my Cherish.

Okay, I know that quote is cheesy but holy crap! I fell for Rue so hard! He’s really funny with the way he tries to speak and murder some of the people he hates. It’s just too hilarious. Marina is an okay protagonist because she’s quite easy to understand and to know what she’s about to do before she does. The writing style is okay, in the beginning, it’s very awkward and very stretched out as if Josin L. McQuein was trying to put as many words in to get the point across as possible. But after a while, with everything that`s going on, I didn’t notice the awkwardness too much.

This book is barely a mediocre kind of read for me. It’s glaringly predictable even from the very beginning (page 6 when I realized what would happen between Marina and one of her love interests). Even though I love Rue, most of the characters are lacking in almost every department.  Moreover, they have close to no emotion that sticks out which makes it hard for readers to feel sympathy when it is supposed to be given. Instead, they feel like cardboard–boring and lifeless. The romance is very stiff, and disorganized with no build-up whatsoever especially with the love triangle itself. With Rue, the romance is there because of a strong foundation. But with the other guy, it’s flimsy at best. It seems like McQuein literally picked it (the romance) out of the air and shoved it in here just for the hell of it.

Now, onto the stuff I liked about Arclight. Which mostly was: Rue. Oh, Rue, I love you! He snatched my heart with such unexpected warmth and happiness that even his flaws didn’t bother me. His need to protect Cherish and love her only made me love him more. Some parts of the Colonies and how they interact with each other, becoming a whole and connecting everyone is creative. Instead of using words to express their emotions and the others around them, they use images and emotions and are never alone. Even with it being unoriginal, I liked this part about the book a lot.

Arclight  is a fun story, even with it being unoriginal. With a fun ending that’s open enough to leave room for more improvement for the next installment, I’m excited to read what happens next with Rue (don’t really care about Cherish though).  I recommend this to anyone new or newish to the genre of Dystopia/Dystopian because it’s too predictable to fully enjoy the novel otherwise.

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

2013 Book Challenges: June Edition

I FINALLY HAVE ONE FOR THE SOPHOMORE CHALLENGE! YES!

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 9

Total:53

The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab

Winger by Andrew Smith

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

Archlight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

Kindness For weakness by Shawn Goodman

Taken (Taken#1) by Erin Bowman

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 2

Total: 7

Taken (Taken#1) by Erin Bowman

Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:0

Total: 11

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 4

Total: 9

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

Winger by Andrew Smith

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Kindness For weakness by Shawn Goodman

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 1

Total: 1

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#29

1653

A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Arclight (Arclight#1) by  Josin L. McQuein

12138494Favourite quotes:

1. I wasn’t home. Home wasn’t that bed and that pain. Home didn’t hurt. There were no strangers who hid their faces or their voices from me. Home held no secrets.

2. What sense is there in ending another life when we’re trying to keep the world from dying?

3. “She wants to know why she can’t hear you,” Rue explains. “I told her your voice has been lost, so she’s keeping your hand until it comes back.”

4. All pain is bad for my Cherish.

Confessions Of An Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

15742858Favourite quotes:

1. If you’re not used to compliments, they can really mess you up for a minute.

2. When I was thirteen, I was collecting horse stickers.

3. Sometimes people help each other, and get messed up in each other’s business; sometimes we stay out of it and let people find the way themselves. It’s always right to offer help, but not all help is right.