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August 2014

Book Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano- 5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Lex, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.

Welcome to Internment. A world above a world, a floating city in the sky, cut off from the ground and whatever is over The Edge. In Internment, pretty much everything is decided for you, where you live, whom you marry, except the fact that you can chose to be whoever you want…an artist, a doctor, as long as you don’t approach The Edge. Once you do, life as you knew it is ruined.

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The main character in Perfect Ruin is Morgan Stockhour. Morgan has her parents, stubborn Jumper brother Lex and his wife Alice, her best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. I loved the chemistry between Morgan and Basil. In a world where your birth, marriages, and deaths are determined, Morgan and Basil seemed truly in love, so much that they would still choose each other even if it hadn’t already been predetermined. I LOVED Basil! He was so sweet and loving to Morgan, standing by her even when she thought she’d lost it all. Parents enter the queue when they want to have a child, and usually the betrothed’s parents have their child at the same time. At school, students read from history books such as The History of Internment, and are forbidden to talk of such things like the ground or the Edge. I really enjoyed Morgan’s character. She starts off as someone who is unsure how to feel and what to think, since she is judged for being the sister of a Jumper, one who tried to go off the Edge. Morgan thinks she might be crazy for having dreams and thoughts about the ground, and she’s afraid of what might happen. Once she starts to understand the reality of this place she thought was her home, she turns into this strong, fearless, girl who will fight for love and truth.This novel had me transported to Internment, just the way the author described the city and the different rules they must follow. The people of Internment believe in the Sky God, who supposedly saved them when the God of the Ground wanted to destroy them and start all over, but some people, including Morgan, start to question the Sky God, the king, and all that Internment stands for when murders start occurring in their little city. The only issue I have with this book is that the first half was a slow buildup, lots of background, description, and history which I enjoyed reading, but I felt the last part of the book was rushed and I didn’t feel some things really worked with the flow of the novel. Otherwise, this was an awesome book and I can’t wait to read the others in this series!

Book Review: No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay- 3 Stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1225261.No_Time_for_Goodbye?ac=1

 

I don’t usually read thriller type “normal” (read: non fantasy/paranormal) books, but I decided to give this one a go. No Time for Goodbye tells the story of how 14 year old Cynthia wakes up to find her family gone, without a trace. Flash forward 20 years and she’s still wondering what happened to them, and why would they just leave her behind? This was a very quick read; I finished it in a few hours. While it was good in the sense that it kept me guessing all the way to the end, I wasn’t blown away by it, nor find it completely plausible. Also, some sentences had the “f” word in them multiple times, and I felt that the dialogue could have done without that much cussing. The novel could stand on it’s own without it. I also felt that several pages of description and such could have been removed because I found a lot of the pages pointless and adding no value to the novel as a whole. As for the description of this book being a thriller, I completely disagree. A mystery at best, but no keep-you-up-all-night thriller. I do give the author props on the development of Cynthia and her husband Terry because there were times I started to side with Terry and think Cynthia was just plain crazy.

Book Review: Unhinged by A. G. Howard- 5 Stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17449197-unhinged?from_search=true

Unhinged is the second book in the Splintered trilogy. It is so good! Alyssa has returned from Wonderland and is trying to figure out what the heck is going on in her life, and how she can just continue on with high school and such. Secrets are revealed…like major major crazy secrets. The descriptions of Morpheus and Alyssa when they transform to Netherlings is freaking incredible!! A.G. Howard is amazing at setting the scene in these books. I could totally envision Wonderland and it’s inhabitants.  I also was into the love triangle in this one. In Splintered  I was pulling for Jeb mostly, but in Unhinged I was really diggin’ the  romantic interaction between Alyssa and Morpheus and was pulling for them as a couple! I did like how Jeb’s character was fleshed out in the sense of his artwork. I got a tad annoyed with Alyssa in this book because she kept trying to pretend like if she didn’t pay attention to Wonderland, nothing was happening. Uh, girl, focus. You were so freaking set on traveling to Wonderland to see what your family was all about, and now you don’t want anything to do with the place? Seriously, stop. I just wanted to shake her sometimes and be like, WAKE UP! This is what you are here for!

Also, while this cover is seriously gorgeous, I pictured Morpheus to be a bit more dark lord/evil/sexy looking….meh.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book, Ensnared! I don’t know if I can wait til 2015 though! 🙂

Top 5 Favorite Books So Far of 2014!

Today’s blog is going to be a little different! I’m not actually reviewing a book but rather sharing my top 5 very most favorite books that I’ve read and loved thus far in 2014. Also, these are books that I strictly read this year, not necessarily ones that were published this year. I debated between top 2 favorite books, top 5, top 10…I didn’t want it to be too lengthy so I decided on top 5!

1- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- I’m sure by now everyone knows the premise of this book. A tale of love no matter the odds that must be overcome and what it truly means to live. It is SO well written and the story is just beautiful. You can read my full review here: https://wordswisdomwhitney.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-fault-in-our-stars-5-stars/.

2-Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam- This book captured my interest from the start. A virtual world within a dystopian society that starts to fall apart…full review here: https://wordswisdomwhitney.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/book-review-elusion-by-claudia-gabel-cheryl-klam-5-stars/

3- Splintered by A.G. Howard- A twisted retelling of the Wonderland you thought you knew from Lewis Carroll… https://wordswisdomwhitney.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/book-review-splintered-by-a-g-howard-5-stars/

4-Divergent by Veronica Roth- Like TFIOS, everyone has heard about this book by now! Out of the trilogy, this one is my favorite. I love it! A society divided into factions based on how you view the world… https://wordswisdomwhitney.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/divergent-5-billion-stars/

5-Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd- I read book 1 of this trilogy last year and eagerly anticipated the release of book two, Her Dark Curiosity. Twisted and creepy, Her Dark Curiosity takes readers on an adventure through a world where science and medicine meet evil… https://wordswisdomwhitney.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/her-dark-curiosity-the-madmans-daughter-trilogy-book-2-spoiler-free/

 

So these are my top 5 absolute favorites thus far in 2014! Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are your favorites from the year so far? 🙂

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