Book Review: The Jewel (The Lone City#1) by Amy Ewing

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Pages: 358 (Hardcover)

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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

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

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The Jewel is like a fake diamond, really. At first glance, it’s breathtaking and stunning however, the longer you stare at it, the more cracks and falseness it has.

The world setting is really half-assed, nothing is well explained. Violet, the protagonist is so dull and so naive that I couldn’t care at all what happened to her. Moreover, the insta-love is so forced and awkward that I couldn’t help but laugh. First of all, since the characters are forgettable at best, nothing happens except the usual save the girl crap which only makes the whole story awkward and stiff.

However, like I said, upon first glance, The Jewel is beautiful and intriguing. The writing is stiff yet it fits the story (since everything about the book is stiff as fuck).

Overall, this book is not worth the time. It’s interesting at first but quickly goes south. Even the ending is typical and stupid. I don’t recommend this book at all because there are much better novels to read.

1.5 Odd Clouds

1.5 Odd Clouds

Book Review: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex#1) by Lindsay Cummings

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Pages: 398 (Hardcover)

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Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

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.

 

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Honestly, what is this crap? Because from all the hype, I would have thought this book would be amazing and lively and shit. It’s not, not at all despite the non-stop action. I feel like The author thought that adding a shit ton of action and fighting would make up for the story being shitty but it really doesn’t and never will.

I got bored after the first chapter because of the writing which is so awkward and choppy as well as the characters which are ALL forgettable and as creative and original as a bowl of plain oatmeal. The romance sucks ass since it’s full-blown insta-love. Like, it’s the worst case I’ve ever read which is saying a lot if you check the shelf I have just for book full of insta-love. Moreover, for someone who’s been taught to be smart and survive, Meadow sure is stupid and naive. First, she risks death to save a stranger, and then she tries to negotiate with her killer just because she thinks he’s cute. I really don’t understand how she’s made it this far.

The chapters are really short. That’s always a plus.

The idea for The Murder Complex is really cool but that’s where the coolness ends. I’m so disappointed with this one. There was so much hype and I got really excited too, but don’t let that awesome cover and title fool you. This book is dull, stupid, and forgettable.

One Lonely Cloud

One Lonely Cloud

Book Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

12369550Elusion by  Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

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Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

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

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It boggles my mind just how stupid some people can be over someone they find extremely attractive. People are willing to give up precious secrets for the sake of being ‘cool’ with someone hot. They don’t care about the people they’ve grown up with nor do they care that this whole ‘relationship’ could be a fucking trap and you could get fucking killed for the sake of some fucking hot guy fucking looking at you for two fucking seconds like you’re his everything. Is the risk of death  worth it though?

Regan seems to fucking think so!

The characters are annoying, especially Regan who just met this super hot guy and trusts him with a secret that her dad told her not to tell anyone! This is a typical insta-love and this was the first strike for me.  Just because he tells her something, which could be a lie. Also, she second guesses her best friend because the bad boy tells her some questioning info about him. I’ll admit that Patrick does some sketchy stuff but this doesn’t mean she should outright distrust him without speaking to him about it. She tries to, pathetically near the end of the novel but at that point, I couldn’t care. When writing a dystopian novel, the world should be explained perfectly yet in Elusion the world is so half-assed. The adventurous destinations are flimsy at best and certainly didn’t draw me in.

Although I hated just about everything about this story, I did love staring at the cover! It’s absolutely beautiful and what initially  drew me in.

Elusion goes through what a lot of YA books are currently going through. It’s not sure if it wants to be romance since the romance takes over the plot more than once, it’s not sure if it wants to be a dystopian because of the cool gadgets and world. I wouldn’t recommend this one to anyone because of how horrible the characters are, the sloppily done world, and the predictable ending. After I finishing Elusion, I feel like I should just stop reading Dystopian novels all together.

1 Lonely Cloud

1 Lonely Cloud

Book Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

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Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.

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

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After the whole Night Watchers series, I’ve been skeptical about this novel. I had very little faith that I could enjoy this protagonist as well as the story because the last time I enjoyed a novel by Michelle Rowen was about three years ago. So with that being said, Countdown is everything I thought it would be, it has that annoying main character who is far too naive to even realize it, the love interest who is every type of bad boy, *yawns*, oh and the boring plot. Even at the better parts of this book (there are a few), I couldn’t bring myself to care about them because this novel, as a whole, is just boring and uncreative. And I’m not sure whether or not I should give Rowen any more chances.

Starting with the plot, it’s just so typical and overdone. After reading the first chapter, I knew the end of this novel and who’s behind the whole game. Seriously, it’s so obvious that I can’t even. Kira is not a likeable character because she’s naive, trusting everyone that she comes in contact with. She’s been living on the streets for at least two years so I would have thought that she had gained some street smarts or even common knowledge like “don’t trusts strangers”. But no, from the beginning, she trusts people who she shouldn’t because they look sincere. I can’t stress enough about just how angry she made me with all of her decisions and barely had to pay for them. I also didn’t appreciate the romance, it’s so mainstream and sort of insta-love like after only knowing him for no more than a week. Give me a fucking break, Kira.

The only thing that didn’t annoy me about this novel would have to be Rogan’s sense of humour, especially during the beginning of the story because he just bashed Kira and made me laugh. That’s it. Everything else sucked.

Overall, Countdown is a huge let-down for me and it bothered me that this could have been a fairly mediocre novel if only its execution was done properly. I don’t recommend this novel to anyone because I couldn’t even enjoy more than the sarcastic remarks.

1.5 Odd Clouds

1.5 Odd Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Song of the Week#10-Billy S. by Skye Sweetnam (School Edition-B)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Week except each week there will be for the alphabet/numbers! and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: B!

Skye Alexandra Sweetnam is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and music video director. She has released two albums and has been in many tv shows and films. Billy S. is off of her album, Noise From the Basement.

To be honest, when I was forced to read Romeo and Juliet I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at every page. Of course, for everyone who has read the many novels that I have written reviews on, insta-love is because of Romeo and Juliet. They are the parents of it and it’s only fair to pay my respects to a novel that I will never read nor watch ever again. Thank you, Shakespeare and thank you Skye Sweetnam for expressing just how many teens feel about this play.

My favourite part is:

I don’t need to read Billy Shakespeare,
Meet Juliet or Mavolio,
Feel for once what it’s like to rebel now,
I wanna break out, let’s go!

Teachers treat us all like clones,
Sit up straight, take off your headphones,
I don’t blame them, they get paid,
Money money, woo, lot’s of money money, woo!

You can listen to Billy S. here.

Lyrics are here.

Book Review: The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse

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The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

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Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.

In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive.

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

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Oh, The Uprising is such a mess, it really is. Once I opened the novel, I was hurled into paragraph after paragraph of info-dumping about what happened in the first book. Not a good way to try to impress me, novel. The most important events in this book are very predictable, with only one detail, I knew exactly who was the monk, what would happen with Alenna and her gang, and the ending. Another depressing thing is the writing. I love stories in first person but in The Uprising, the writing is so odd and stiff that I think it would have been better if it were written in third person. I was kind of expecting The Uprising to be a let-down, but I didn’t think it would ever be worse than the first one.

The romance is unbelievable this time around. Alenna and Liam are always touching each other and talking only to each other. They’re together so much that I honestly think Liam wipes Alenna’s ass as well. It’s ridiculous that it’s funny. Yes, it’s funny to read about their romance because it’s unrealistic and stupid. Lisa M. Stasse tries very hard to make Alenna and Liam into likable, caring leaders but it’s obvious that these two only care about each other and no one else. Since all they do is talk to each other. Alenna as a character is boring and annoying, her need to be with Liam and fight for him made me laugh. She’s nothing special, I don’t understand why everyone loves her. Also, Liam is a blank canvas, nothing, nothing is even remotely interesting about him. Not even his, ‘piercing blue eyes’.

I like the cover, it’s so pretty! Yup, that’s about all I liked about this book.

Lisa M. Stasse has created such a boring series. No doubt, there are times that I thought this series could have been great, with action packed scenes and an adorable romance. But instead, everything is contrived and boring, too forceful to even try to enjoy. And the romance is *shudders* I can’t even.  Don’t read this unless you’re willing to lose some brain cells. If I decide to read the third book, I’m sure as hell not doing that sober.

1 Lonely Cloud

1 Lonely Cloud

Book Review: Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

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Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Pages: 416 (Hardcover)

The Bone Season

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

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Let The Sky Fall is a predictable novel. Even with a cool and unique story idea can’t do a lot for it. I knew the outcome (vaguely) after reading the first ten chapters. It’s especially predictable with the betrayal and love/hart relationships that go on throughout it. There’s an okay amount of world building, I wish there was more though. But the truth about Vane’s parents kind of surprised me. I was shocked! Which shocked me because I didn’t think anything in the book was going to shock me. Shannon Messenger definitely has some tricks up her sleeves.

Romance in a book can sometimes ruin it, which is actually the case with Let the Sky Fall. The novel focuses far too much on the romance that I started to lose interest. Vane starts having dreams about a dark-haired girl, which, many times before, has been done and in a much better way than it is here. Shannon Messenger tries too hard getting the point across that Vane is a sarcastic kind of guy who loves to joke around. As a character, he feels very stiff and forced instead of relaxed with a natural humour.

Short chapters instantly makes a book more appealing to me. The book has chapters that mostly consist of four or five maybe even six pages that helps it become an easy read. I also liked that the chapters alternate between Audra’s and Vane’s POVs to show things through both of their eyes instead of just having on main character. They’re also quite different characters and I love Audra’s voice and Vane’s stupidity. Even though he’s not a huge part of the story, I still enjoyed the parts that Gavin, Audra’s bird appears in because he’s caring and totally evil at the same time.

With that being said, I did like the book. Barely, but I liked it. It’s a light novel with a few flaws and has a beautiful cover. Recommended for readers that are looking for a creative story idea with somewhat heavy doses of romance and an entertaining bird. That also don’t mind some things being mediocre and predictable. I’m excited to see what other tricks Messenger has in stored with the next book in the series, Let the Storms Break.

2.5 Clouds

2.5 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.