Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

*TOP 10 OF 2012*

Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

RATING 4 STARS

I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne.  The two books complimented each other.  It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series.  Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past.  He’s on his own and will do anything to survive.  One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code.  Day hasn’t killed anyone.

And that’s what spurs this book.  Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone.  Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother.  The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow.  We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her.  June hunts Day with the intention of killing him.  She’s the Republic’s golden child.  She’s smart, cunning, and merciless.  She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.

I LOVED this book.  It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader.  You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome!  I can’t say enough about this book.  It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover.  Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover.  Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012.  So why’d I give it 4 stars?

Lemme explain.  There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting.  Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need.  Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain.  Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it.  I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book.  Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID.  You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs.  Majorly annoyed about that.

To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.

4 star book review

If you liked DIVERGENT, SHATTER ME, or 7 REALMS SERIES then you’ll like this.  Weird cross over on that last one, but I stand by it.  Han and Day are both awesome.  <3 <3 <3

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Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Marie’s Review

Description: “One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 1, 2012)

4 STARS – YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent triology by Veronica Roth.  You know how middle books can feel like a bridge to get to the final showdown at the end of the third book in a triology?  Insurgent wasn’t like that.  It stood on it’s own, offering the reader more insight into Tris’ world.

This wasn’t a light happy read.  There was a lot of Tris grappling with her parent’s sacrifice that lead her to be suicidal for a good chunk of the book.  It wasn’t just that she was moving through life as a fearless Dauntless/ Divergent, and the author made that very clear.  For a good portion of the book Tris had a death wish.

There is more death, deciete, and trust issues in Insurgent.  Tris’ problems are growing, partly because she can’t let go of what happened to her in the previous book (and honestly, I wouldn’t expect her to).  Her past is haunting her, altering her actions.  That compenent of the book was well executed.

I have mixed feelings about the bad guy and am interested to see what happens in the next book.  It’ll be a kick in the teeth if Jeanine was really a good guy, and no one could tell because she was heartless.  That’s my prediction.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m a little bipolar when it comes to Four and Tris’ relationship.  I don’t want to like it, but I do.  It seems like she’s screwing it up on purpose, but both of them seem to have trust issues.  While it’s annoying, it’s also more believable.  They’ve both been through a lot and I don’t think we know as much about Tobias to really get a good glimpse into his head.  I was surprised Tris allowed him to kiss her at the end.  I think I would have punched him, if he did that to me.  Major Tobias points lost.  And oddly, I’m starting to route for Peter.  I know I’m not supposed to, and I totally hated him in Divergent, but now he’s all rogue and unpredictable.  But Tobias… Tobias, you poor bastard. Tris is becoming a nutcase, and it seems like you already are.

The reason why I gave Insurgent 4 stars was because it felt like the book didn’t have a powerful climax.  We went through a lot to get to the ending, and that scene felt about as intense as the rest.  It was only the last few pages that really started to build, but the book ends.  Major shocker at the end.

Yes, Insurgent ended on a cliffhanger.  Yes, I like cliffhangers and this one was well done.  It made me a Veronica Roth fan and I can’t wait for the next book.

4 star book review

Recommended for: Hunger Games fans, dystopian fans, Shatter Me fans, readers of dystopian lit, YA survival stories.

The kindle edition of INSURGENT (Divergent #2) is on sale for $9.99 right now, which is great.  Go get it!

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Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.”

Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 2012)
Recommended Age: Adult

REVIEW: 3 STARS-IT WAS OKAY

I admit that I read this because I was curious. Everyone was talking about it and said it crossed into Mommy-porn land. I was wondering if that was next to Disneyland or what? Anyway, I found out it was pretty close to Kinky World, and up the street a ways from Bondage-O-Rama.

People kept telling me that you have to read through the end, that it’s like walking away from Pulp Fiction in the last 5 minutes (which I did). So, I plowed through this thing even though it wasn’t my normal read. This is what I have to tell you people: YOU SUCK! 😛 This book ended with a cliffhanger! And it ends on a downer with an unfulfilled ending!

Normally I LOVE cliffhangers, but this one totally pissed me off. Through this whole story, I thought Ana would realize what she does at the end of the book, but she doesn’t. She seems to have the mental aptitude of a brick. I understand she’s new (a virgin), but she did graduate from college and was smart enough to get employed–can she really be this dumb?

Fifty Shades is more a myriad of kinky sex scenes than anything else. I would have liked the book to be about 50% shorter. And please know that it appears that this series is not a series, but three books broken apart in part A, B, and C.  It has three stars because there were things that I did like about it.  Christian appearing perfect but really being rather messed up was interesting.  I liked the dark edge the book had, and that was portrayed mostly through Christian.  I would have liked to learn more about the character in 500+ pages, besides his sexual preferences.  It felt like the footing for a good story, which is why I read the whole thing.

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This book is the first in the Fifty Shades Trilogy.  It is followed by Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

Recommended for adult readers who want spicy sex scenes that are a little different, romance readers, and erotica fans.  If you enjoyed Twilight, this is supposed to be the grown up version where the sexual tension is met.

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Book Review: Valefar Vol. 2 (Collin #2) by H.M. Ward

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Valefar Vol. 2 (Collin #2) [Demon Kissed] by H.M. Ward

Marie’s Review

Description:

“The dangerous and beautiful Collin Smith just made the biggest mistake of his life, and there is no way to fix it. In his quest to restore his soul, he destroyed the only person he truly cared about, Ivy Taylor. Collin tries to deny his love for her, but his desire to protect Ivy drives him to do things Valefar shouldn’t do. If Collin exposes his weakness—his affection for Ivy—he endangers them both and risks the wrath of Kreturus.”

The VALEFAR volumes are meant to read in one sitting, and generally takes about an hour. VALEFAR VOL. 2 is a YA Paranormal Romance and has 13,223 words (90 pages).  VALEFAR VOL. 3 will be released Summer 2012.

Ages: 14 & up
Print Length: 90 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2012)

REVIEW: 5 STARS! NOT TO BE MISSED

This novella picks up right where the last one left off. You’re instantly thrown into Collin’s world as he tries to fight for Ivy, while still trying to remain below the radar. They are written lighter, similar to Demon Kissed (Ivy #1).

I love the way these book go with the main series. Without them, nothing is lacking, but with them – OMG. Is it possible to <3 Collin more? Cuz after reading these I totally do. And at the end of book #5 The 13th Prophecy, I was feeling for Eric.

I can’t wait for the next one. I heard there are going to be several of these. My suggestion is reading Valefar Vol. 1 and Vol 2 AFTER reading Demon Kissed. The great thing about these is that you can read them in any order (Valefar Volumes, then Demon Kissed), but I really like the ah-ha! moments that happen after reading Demon Kissed. And it doen’t spoil anything to read them in that order either.  My understanding is that there is no print edition of this book at this time.  The print edition will appear as Volumes 1-4 when the 4th installment appears.

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This is the second book in the Collin Smith/ Demon Kissed series.  DEMON KISSED is followed by CURSEDTORNSATAN’S STONE, and THE 13th PROPHECY.  Companion DEMON KISSED novellas are THE VALEFAR VOLUMES: VOL. 1. & 2. ASSASSIN: FALL OF THE GOLDEN VALEFAR is Eric’s story and the first book in that related series will be released May 10th, 2012.  Can’t wait!

Recommended for people who like dystopian, paranormal romance, fast pacing, dark YA.  If you liked UNEARTHLY, HOUSE OF NIGHT, and FEVER SERIES, I think you’ll really enjoy the DEMON KISSED series, too.

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FREE Book: Valefar Vol. 1 (Demon Kissed #0.5) by H.M. Ward

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Description: “It’s 369 days before Ivy loses her soul to a demon kiss. And, Collin Smith, the most powerful Valefar this side of Hell, wants his soul back. He thinks he’ll get it too, until a bargain with a powerful demon proves to be more costly than he hoped. As his world shifts, Collin tries to protect Ivy, but he knows he can’t be with her. Torn between his affection for the girl and his loyalty, Collin is forced to be the evil creature he tries so hard to deny – a Valefar.

VALEFAR is the novella prequel to the bestselling YA Paranormal Romance DEMON KISSED. Each VALEFAR volume is meant to read in one sitting. VALEFAR Vol. 1 is a YA Paranormal Romance and has 12,500 words, or 85 pages.”

Ages: 14 & up
Print Length: 85 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press; 2 edition (November 26, 2011)

I haven’t posted my review of this little book yet, but it was awesome!  I read the series in order and so, Valefar Vol. 1 was read after Demon Kissed.  It was like looking at a behind the scenes production.  I got to see exactly what Collin was doing and thinking.  There was lots of action, as well as romantic tension.  This is the Collin that we know and love in Demon Kissed #1, but even more so!  If you love Demon Kissed #1 and the dangerously beautiful Collin Smith, grab this!

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Book Review: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1ST edition (December 6, 2011)

RATING 3–STARS A GOOD READ

Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.  The story takes place in London, England in the mid 1800’s.  There were many elements that drew me to this series.  I enjoy historical fiction and it’s not a dominant theme in YA.  Tying the two together gives the reader a faster HF read, since YA typically moves at a faster pace than adult novels.  I’ll get more to the pacing later.  I enjoy paranormal, and really like books that cross the paranormal worlds and smash them together.  This was that kind of book.

The characters grew in Clockwork Prince.  Tessa, Jem, and Will are all growing and changing.  Tessa is becoming more sure of herself, even though she isn’t sure what she is. I wish there wasn’t a love triangle, but there is.  The triangle doesn’t seem forced, but I think it portrays Tessa as a weaker character.  I like reading about Jem and Will.  They are both opposites, but that plays off of them nicely.  It makes them seem real, which is awesome.  And Will is such a hot mess, who couldn’t love him?

Tessa is the main character, and she doesn’t know what type of creature she is.  As the novel progresses, she gets more clues as to her heritage, while becoming more bold as the plot unfolds.  The Institute is under attack, and another Shadowhunter is trying to take it from Charlotte.  The world itself it beautifully woven together.  There are demons, ghosts, vampires, nephilim, and more mythical creatures that live together under the noses of the human population.

The steampunk thread that runs through these books is also interesting and well done.  It doesn’t feel out of place or shoved in there.  The mechanisms are an integral part of the story-line.  In short, this makes the series a prime candidate as a paranormal smorgasbord of all-time favorite creatures with mass appeal.  I should have loved it.  I really, really wanted to…

But, there was a major flaw with the pacing of this book (and the previous book). I felt bipolar while I was reading it.  Some days I loved it, and others I hated it.  I finally figured out why. The pacing throughout this novel was erratic.  It felt like the story was stuck in second gear.  The book progressed that way through both novels, without a serious climax.  Don’t get me wrong – the book did climax a little bit, but for the size of this 500+ page book, and the depth of the story, well the climax fell short.  Then the story for the third book started.  I don’t have issues with that.  It creates cliffhangers and I love cliffhanger endings.  It’s just that the characters and the world were so awesome, but the story itself seemed lackluster in comparison, which was disappointing.

The other issue that pulled this down to three stars was the fact-checking.  There were three oopsie facts, back to back toward the end of the  book.  One sentence was a string of words that should have described a gown, but meant nothing.  They strung together words that were meant to sound technical, but they were the wrong words.  The sentences immediately following were about cameras with incorrect period info. It may not bother other people, but having several issues in a row jerked me out of the story.

Clockwork Prince is proceeded by Clockwork Angel.

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This book is recommended for YA Paranormal readers, historical fiction fans, and Cassandra Clare fans.  Younger readers should be aware that this novel has a graphic scene about war spoils that some may find upsetting.

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Book Review: Amaretto Flame (Eagleton Coven #1) by Sammie Spencer

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “When Olivia Landry screams, people die. No wonder she’s been shunned by humans her whole life. When Olivia makes a huge mistake, she’s banished for a summer to a human town; forced to live as one of them. She’s out for revenge when she discovers the humans are different than she imagined, especially the rugged, sexy guitarist, Jackson Vance.

Pretending to be human isn’t as hard as she thought it would be…until the witch hunters attack. Now Olivia must somehow protect herself, her family, and her new human friends. There’s a problem with that. When you go around screaming, people are bound to learn your secret. Can love really conquer anything?”

  • Ages: 15 & up
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208

RATING: 4 STARS – YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

AMARETTO FLAME was a pleasant surprise.  One of my favorite author’s loved it, so I thought I’d give it a try and I am so glad I did!

This novel doesn’t fit squarely into the YA genre, because the heroine is older–nearly 20 years old.  But she still has some of the lingering situations of childhood, such as, she is in ‘school.’  Olivia gets tossed out of school (her coven) and starts working at a bar.  Since this novel straddles the YA/ Adult line, I think it will appeal to both groups.

The premise of the story is about a witch who can kill with a scream.  There’s a lot more to it, but that alone was something I found interesting.  The story unfolds at a great pace (slower in the beginning and speeding until the climax), and the story is beautifully told.  The pacing was perfect.  I thought it was a great paranormal novel.

And the romance was just right.  Jackson was an awesome character, and I found myself wanting to read more to see who he really was.  Ms. Spencer doesn’t disappoint.  Witches isn’t a paranormal fav, but this book made it onto my fav’s list.

AMARETTO FLAME was the kind of rewarding read that makes you grin.  And getting a grin out of me, while reading, isn’t easy.

4 star book review

Don’t let the cheap price fool you.  AMARETTO FLAME is on sale for only $0.99, but it’s easily as good, if not better than many of the best sellers currently out there for $10.

Recommended for paranormal romance readers, YA readers, readers wanting something different, or something a little dark with a great guy.

Book Review: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)

REVIEW 4 STARS–YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

In Roth’s dystopian Chicago something interesting happens – people divide into different factions based on ability.  It’s the ultimate need to fit in, but I had issues accepting the factions would occur to begin with.  The background as to why the factions occurred wasn’t compelling enough to pause believablity.  But, I looked past it because the story seemed different than a lot of what’s out there.

The other reason I gave it four stars was the ending.  I refuse to post a spoiler here, but everything lined up to be horribly romantic–but it seemed like the author chickened out at the last second and went for the crowd pleaser/ cheeser.  As an adult, it irked me, but I can see younger teens enjoying the end of the book.

Due to the violent nature of the book, I think this is better suited for older teens.  Izzy (our Pirate Princess Reviews) couldn’t stomach it.  There is some gore in scenes where kids are fighting to the death.  Kids who don’t get into a faction are factionless, and are better off dead.  And Beatrice’s faction only takes the best.  The rest are tossed out.  Or killed while trying to claw their way into the faction.

That was some of the issues I had with the factions.  I had trouble believing that people fit so squarely into one slot for so long, and that parents would willingly sever all ties with their children if they chose a different faction.  So, you know I have issues with the factions…

Looking past that, it was an excellent story.  It was adventure driven with elements of survival, trust, and a tiny bit of romance.  The story moved at a good pace.  I enjoyed Four, even though his name threw me initially.  In some scenes where they were counting (which they seemed to do a lot when jumping onto/ off of stuff) it took me a bit to figure out they were talking about him, especially if Four’s name started the sentence.  The proper name capitalization alone didn’t make it clear that it was Four the person and not four the number.

I liked how Roth wove the world that we know with what it became.  Her dystopia is barren and dry.  The sections of the city are dangerous and deserted.  This book also has bad bad guys.  They aren’t nice guys dressed up as monsters–they were actually bad people doing evil stuff.  I liked that.  It made the story more compelling.

And the heroine was kick-ass.  She stuck her neck out and risked everything.  Stuff goes to hell and she doesn’t cower and wait for someone to save her.  But she still accepts help when she needs it.  Great character.  So, you have a book full of awesomeness with some minor flaws.

INSURGENT is the second book in this trilogy and is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2012.

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This book is recommended for older teens and adults who like survival stories.  Dystopian readers will enjoy Roth’s Chicago.  If you liked the HUNGER GAMES or SHATTER ME, you’ll like this.

PS – The Kindle edition has several formatting/ grammar issues.

Book Review: SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

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Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION:

“Juliette 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.”

Reading level: Ages 14 & up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)

REVIEW: 4 STARS- YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

I absolutely LOVED the beginning.  It was the most crazy-ass awesome thing I’ve seen in a long time in a YA book!  What’d she do that was so cool?  Well, SHATTER ME was written in first person present tense.  The main character Juliette sounds a little crazy, and the sentence structures and the overall writing style lent to the story line beautifully.  Yes, all those cross outs are supposed to be there. I think it made the read feel fast and panicked, like the character. I was totally enthralled with this book until the 70% mark where it changed.  The frantic feeling form early on faded, which is a huge part of what I liked and thought was unique to this book.  The ending of SHATTER ME reminded me of the HUNGER GAMES.  If you liked that trilogy, and want something dystopian and different – try this one.

Overall – awesomeness. Seriously, most of the book had me clicking next on a my kindle like a crazy person to read faster. Can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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Recommended for people looking for something different, teens, and folks who want a bad guy they can love.

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