Review Rendezvous: 12/23/17

The One by Kiera Cass
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, dystopian, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 323
Publish date: May 6th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

The OneThe time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the series, you can do so here.

My love for this series stems from the fact that it was one of the first series that I truly enjoyed and got into reading. I read the first two books back to back and then had the wait for the last one. Even though this is technically not the last in the series, I treat books four and five more as a spinoff duology than a part of the original story.

Anyways, my point is that they may not be the best quality (they do get roasted fairly often in the bookish community), I still care for them quite a bit. There’s something about the Cinderella idea of America going from a lowly five to vying for the prince’s heart as one of the last contenders. She’s also developed some great friendships along the way.

The problem that I have with America is that I don’t see too much character growth on her. Sure, she’s a bit more aware of things outside her world at this point, but she still acts brashly and does things without thinking. Case in point: Maxon still has no idea about her and Aspen, and the latter is now a guard in the palace!

This ending also came out of nowhere, at least that’s what I thought when I first read it. Everything is going one way, but then bam! it completely shifts direction and no one was prepared for this. Of course, the second outcome is better, but it was still so shocking that I had to read the scene twice. One thing I must admit is that I wish Cass would have gone into more detail about what happens after the final selection, instead of time-skipping to the next generation. So much drama went down, and then the book kinda just quickly wraps up. No real time to breathe.

I suppose it sounds like I keep pointing out all the flaws, are there are quite a few, but nostalgia keeps me from rating this book any lower. Were I to read it now, it might get a three. But, I do think the series is a great guilty-pleasure read, so I’d still recommend it to those interested 🙂


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The Heir

The next book in the series!


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Review Rendezvous: 12/16/17

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Book stats:
Genre(s): Science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 827
Publish date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

WinterPrincess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

First of all, can we appreciate how behemoth this piece of fiction is? 827 pages?! So much Lunar Chronicles goodness! I always find it funny comparing the length of the first books to the lengths of the last. The last book just always has so much more story to tell, especially in as complicated a world as this one!

I love how Meyer keeps adding on points of view as we moved throughout the series. And they’re all so different and unique too! I’m supremely glad that not everyone is cookie-cutter identical, as that would have made for a boring story.

Honestly, I got so wrapped up in this world and how everything was playing out. I wanted to know so badly if a certain person was going to end up on the throne or not, and Meyer certainly wasn’t making their fight easy! Kidnappings, poison, failed rebellion, outright death. These characters have faced it all, and yet they keep on fighting!

I pretty much completely forgot the fact that this was supposed to be a retelling of Snow White. Meyer created such a beautiful and riveting world, it didn’t even strike me as partial retelling until the actual scene where the girl falls under this form of the sleeping curse. So many feels, I didn’t want this to end! And then Meyer graced us with the short stories in Stars Above, which made me so happy. Especially seeing a certain couple finally together!

If you haven’t read my review of the first in the series, you can do so here. I encourage you to pick up all four books plus the two additional novels set in the Lunar Chronicles world. You won’t be disappointed!


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She can kill you with just a touch. She hasn’t seen the outside world in 264 days.










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Blog Tour: Daughter 4254

Here’s another dystopian, which I know we’ve seen a lot of in recent popular book trends. But, this one definitely stands out, and I’m interested to see where it goes. There’s also another giveaway towards the end of the post!

Daughter 4254 by Leigh Statham
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult
Medium: Paperback
Number of pages: 216
Publish date: November 7th, 2017
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & Noble

D4254Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion. Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope.

Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.

I must really be in a reading slump if I haven’t read a dystopian in a while since it is one of my favorite genres. I’m going to blame it on life circumstances haha. But, beside the point, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There are some very good twists and turns, but I also have to admit it leaves me desiring something more.

The most interesting concept I believe is the basis of this society. They only do things that are “of use”, of course meaning that music, movies, pretty much any form of art and expression, were banned long ago. You can even get an infraction for something as small as an “excessive display of emotion”. And don’t even get me started on how little they value human life. But, that would be going into spoiler territory, so we’ll move on.

Daughter4254 (people also do not have real names, only numbers) is what’s called “neurodeficient”. I.e., she still thinks like we do and hasn’t become a soulless robot like most of society. Normally this would keep her from doing much in life, but as a large change in her home life, she is desperate for something more. And boy, does she make a big splash.

The only real problem that I had with this book was that it seemed much more like the first act of a book. Yes, series are supposed to have an overarching theme, but they also need to have their own self-contained storyline. There was some of that there, but a lot of the book was explaining what had happened to put our protagonist in a certain spot. I’m interested to see where the series goes though, as there is definitely potential.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.


ohp-LeighStathamAbout the Author:
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho but found her heart in New York City. She worked at many interesting jobs before settling in as a mother and writer.

She now resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, eight chickens, a fluffy dog, and two suspected serial killer cats.

Leigh is currently working on an MFA, has written countless short stories, and is the author of lots of mediocre poetry. She is also the winner of the 2016 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Prize for her short story “The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline.”

Giveaway Details:
One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.

Two (2) winners will receive a finished copy of DAUGHTER 4254, US only.

To enter, click here.

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She died, and 178 minutes later returned stronger, faster, and less human than before.












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Review Rendezvous: 9/30/17

Prism by Nina Walker
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, dystopia, romance
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 315
Publish date: August 17th, 2017
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository – Barnes & Noble

PrismWhat if color held the secrets to powerful magic? 

Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

I have had quite a few ARCs and review copies recently, so it’s taken me a bit to get to this book. But boy, am I sad that I waited this long! There are so many good things about this book, I can’t help but love it!

First of all, the entire premise of magic is new to me. There is probably other books out there that have a similar magic system, but I haven’t yet found one. In order to access magic, people must be born with the skill to take it from objects with physical color. They can only take it from organic objects, at least, until Jessa accesses it in the middle of her ballet solo in one of the most prestigious shows in the area. Seeing as untrained magic is highly dangerous and illegal, she’s immediately taken to the palace for training.

I will admit, the first thing that stuck out to me was the romance. It’s a bit insta-lovey and sometime I was wondering why they were focusing on that instead of, I don’t know, surviving? But, Jessa is only sixteen, so it kinda makes sense, especially since she’s been in a normal life up until this point.

There is so many secrets and plans in this palace, I don’t know where to start. I think every dystopian monarchy is bound to have a resistance pop up, it’s practically inevitable. However, one of the people on the inside of the palace may surprise you.

There’s also the character of Lucas. Not entirely sure why he’s ready to protect Jessa so quickly in the book, but at least it’s not his main focus. He’s trying to save his mother, and will do anything to accomplish that.

I really want to read the next book in the series so soon! Jessa and Lucas are both in a prime position for more character development and higher stakes, so I can’t wait to see where this story takes them!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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Review Rendezvous: 9/16/17

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, dystopia, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 338
Publish date: November 15th, 2011
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

ShatterJuliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

I read the first book of this series a bit ago, but I just went back to re-read it because I wanted to get into the rest of the series. There are so many questions and plot lines to explore that start in this book, I can’t wait to explore them all. But, that’s beside the point.

In the debut novel of this series, we meet Juliette. For some reason, she hurts and even kills people with her touch. She accidentally caused the death of a young boy, which is how she got locked up under the ‘care’ of the Reestablishment, which is the government that has now taken over the world. Juliette doesn’t know much of the outside world, since it’s been several months she has been in captivity and is slowly losing her mind.

I did like that Mafi explored the effects of solitude on Juliette’s character. I’ve seen protagonists bounce back from terrible conditions and imprisonment too fast, so it was nice to see a more realistic portrayal.

The inciting moment when Juliette’s situation changes is when she ends up getting a roommate. At first she doesn’t like this person, but then she begins to open up and get to know him a bit. That is, until she realizes that he was sent there as a test for her and the commander really wants to use her as a weapon. Of course, Juliette was scarred by hurting the little boy, so she downright refuses. And that’s when things get ugly.

There is so much potential in this character and her story, so I’m excited to see where Mafi takes it. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the series, and I’m looking forward to seeing if it gets a spot on my favorite books list 🙂


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