Monday, February 27, 2012

Crossed- Ally Condie

I did not like this book as the first one, Matched.  Matched had this certain quality that eluded Crossed.  In Matched, Cassia has to think about who she loves based on who shows up as her perfect match, chosen by society.  It was not a fast paced book, but it was incredibly readable as you try to piece together what is happening and watch Cassia develop as a character.

In Crossed, Cassia runs off to find one match, abandoning the other.  She still doesn't know how Ky (Match #2, who she is chasing) showed up on her screen when it was supposed to be her good friend Xander (Match #1).  But she doesn't think about it.  She doesn't much want to think about anything except Ky, and then she gets caught up in the idea of The Rising, which is what the rebels of Society call themselves.  She thinks Ky is also set off to join The Rising, though what exactly The Rising does is kind of unknown. 

At first, I could not figure out why Xander was a-okay with HIS match running off with someone else.  You only get one, so that would leave him alone for the rest of his life because Cassia had abandoned him.  And most teenage boys would not stand for that.  Towards the end of the book, you do find out more about Xander which helps to make sense of some things.

There was a lot of vagueness about this book.  There are apparently three forces in their world-- The Society, The Enemy, and The Rising.  Nobody seems to be particularly interested in The Enemy.  It's never really touched upon who The Enemy is.  The Rising is important because they are against The Society, yet The Enemy is also against The Society, but NO ONE cares.

One big issue explored in this book is about the right to choose your life.  Supposedly, with The Society, they choose everything for you.  But that's not exactly true, because everyone is making choices all the time.  Cassia was supposed to be good at 'sorting,' but all sorting is is thinking about things and making decisions about them.  Meaning you're CHOOSING things.  The characters in Crossed are constantly choosing to lie, to keep secrets, to tell certain people certain things, choosing which way to go, who they want to be with, and so on.

I honestly liked Cassia more in Matched.  It seems that she got stupider in Crossed.  In Matched, she was trying to uncover the truth and learn about herself and others.  In Crossed, she simply obsesses over certain things and forgets the rest.

The end of the book did leave a lot of room open for the third book.  So I'm hoping that the third in the series gets better, because the second was a bit of a let down.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Dark Song- Gail Giles

This was not what I expected. I thought it would be somewhat supernatural, but it wasn't at all. It was more like a teenage girl losing everything and then distrusting everyone in her messed up family and not knowing what to do or who she was.
This makes her easy to manipulate of course, so when her formerly wealthy family ends up moving to a crappy little place in Florida, a guy shows up and sort of uses all this to make her do what he wants. And he's trouble. Ames, the main character, goes through a hellish period in her life when she finds out her dad is a criminal and everything her life has been has been for show.
Then she meets Marc. Marc says he can protect her. He has a thing for guns and she gets all excited.
This book was a really fast read, but I did wonder what would happen to Ames at the end.
It does have a really cool cover though.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Million Suns- Beth Revis

This was a really good book.
Like, really good.
I didn't know what would happen and there were surprises ALL THE TIME. I never knew WHAT was going to happen.
As a sequel to Across the Universe, A Million Suns held up the spectacular story and then some. Amy is still the 'freak,' and with the other passengers off the Phydus drug which kept them docile, things aren't going too smoothly during Elder's rule.
There's a mystery woven throughout the book, and part of the mystery is what the mystery is, which is so convoluted and awesome you can't help but love it.  Amy has to follow some clues left by the traitorous Orion, but someone has tampered with them.
I really liked how twisty this book was- what you hear at the beginning is completely the opposite of what the truth turns out to be.  Since Godspeed is a spaceship fueled by lies, this is only fitting. 
Lately I really like space, so this was an excellent read for me.  Revis' series is going well and has not let me down.  I read the first chapter of book one way before it came out, and since then, I've been addicted.  This series is fabulous and I can't wait for the third book, Shades of Earth.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spellbound- Cara Lynn Schultz

This book was a fun read, and even though there were plenty of story elements that have been in countless other teen books, Spellbound was still an enjoyable interesting read.  Sure, Emma, the main character is the new girl at a fancy school, and sure, she attracts the attention of the Hot Rich Guy, which we have seen over and over, and sure, they have a history through their reincarnated souls, which also pops up a lot lately, and sure, it looks like things will end badly for their romance, but I still liked it.  I liked that Emma wasn't a wuss and tried to do things herself and protect the people she loved, even if it put her in danger (Like Kaylee Cavanaugh, of Soul Screamers!). 
I found it amusing that the Hot Rich Guy, Brendan, has messy black hair and green eyes, because I wanted to shout, 'Oh hey!  You're dating HARRY POTTER!'
A lot of times with books I find that some legend the main character reads is quite dull, but I thoroughly enjoyed what little we read from the medieval book her witch friend gave her. 
To put it simply, even though books like this have been written before, this one was still quite good.