Book Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

17934493Book Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: April 8, 2014

Pages: 373 (Hardcover)

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 Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 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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I am so sick of romance in Young Adult novels. It’s all insta-love or something close to it. Romances more often than not take over the story but in Plus One there’s barely any romance until about 70%! I’m not kidding! It’s flipping amazing! The build-up, the relationship, perfection! Okay, except that D’Arcy totally insta-loved Sol at the beginning, but it didn’t bother me. My biggest problem with this has to do with the world building and the flashbacks. The whole night and day thing is awesome but flawed.  I also hated that the flashbacks felt more like ways dump info on readers. But as a whole, Plus One is awesome and just what I needed! And yeah, the ending is cheesy and shit but whatever.

Despite how much I really liked Plus One, there are a lot of holes and weak spots in it. One of the weak spots is the world building. Not much of this is explained which is sad because I really enjoyed the aspect of the whole Day/Night divide, all there is on it is that the division started sometime during the Spanish flu.There’s some talk about a rebellion but it’s so small that it feels like it’s put in there just to end ties with some things. I also didn’t like the flashbacks because, although they’re a nice way for readers to know more about the characters, there’s just too much info in those few pages that it feels more like an info-dump than anything else.

I’ve never read a book with such a slow burn romance but now that I have, I want to read more of them! They’re just so realistic in this aspect and they actually focus on the plot! It shows that the plot doesn’t need a romance to get stuff done. Although it’s obvious that D’Arcy is in love with Sol almost instantly because he’s constantly risking his life for her, I enjoyed that Fama doesn’t let Sol take too much advantage of this nor does she let Sol get her feelings for him in the way of her mission. The characters are really strong and well done. They’re all mysterious and I loved reading about them, especially Sol and Jean because they’re both flawed but really do try their best. Another thing that I loved is the French, it’s amazing. It’s not too much that people who don’t understand French will get confused and well done that the French feels right to be woven into the story and I enjoyed that Fama told the meaning of the words/phrases in English so that readers could fully understand it.

Overall, Plus One is a fun novel that has great characters, tons of actions, and a bit of romance. Even though the world building is flippy-floppy and close to nothing about the division is explained, I liked it a lot. I recommend this one to anyone who’s also sick of all that insta-love/too much romance stuff that seems to be taking over YA books now.

3.5 Interesting Clouds
3.5 Interesting Clouds

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Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#52

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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!

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

18048731Favourite quotes:

1. There are things you cannot share with friends. Even best ones. Some secrets that are kinder just to keep.

2.That’s real life. Things don’t always work out the way you think they will. They’re not so neat and tidy. But people come into your life with a purpose–I see that now. Claire likes to say that people cross your paths for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Astor was a reason. Hayley, though? Hayley is a lifetime.

3. “You needed the secret kept for you more than I needed the truth to come out.”

4. I understand, now, that your own identity, your past, has nothing to do with the way others see you. Being a hero isn’t about someone else’s definition. Not Abigail’s and not Constance’s. Not the Post’s. Not even Claire’s. Being a hero is about one thing: the way you see yourself.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

18053148Favourite quotes:

1. Sometimes love is so intense that it turns into this gray area that borders on hate. That’s what happens when the people you love have that type of power of you.

2. I’d heard people say that being pregnant during the summer was miserable, but that shit had nothing on cancer.

Cold Calls by  Charles Benoit 

cold callsFavourite quote: Say something cheesy now and that was it, you were the class suck-up, say something clever and you were the smart-ass, say something stupid and you were forever stupid.

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

17586458Favourite quotes:

1. The truth was, I had never felt sad about being gay. It was just another part of who I was, no different from my size seven feet or 20/20 vision. The part I hated was the hiding; the pretending to be someone I wasn’t; the steady, tormenting harassment that came in the form of Bible scripture and church sermons, the constant fear that if people found out, they would hate me, ridicule me, possibly even hurt me. That stuff sucked.

2. If New Horizons is, like Kaylee said, the tool God gave me to create a better life, I’m pretty sure I’m using it wrong.

3. See, that’s the problem with getting hit by lightning. You get burned.

Skin and Bones by  Sherry Shahan

18378832Favourite quote: “It’s hard to watch our kids make mistakes and not want to fix them,” Dr. Chu said

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

17934493Favourite quotes:

1. The thing is, when you’re with someone like Poppu– Someone who sees straight through your battered façade and loves every bit of you, someone who makes you laugh until you pee your pants, someone who grabs you in a hug exactly when you need it– you don’t crave any kind of approval from strangers. You don’t need to ‘matter’ in the world, because you already matter to the only person who counts.

2. Wishes were stupid and pointless. They were self-inflicted injuries–open wounds that you had to tend for the rest of your life just to contain them, to keep them from festering and consuming you.