Oh my gosh. That is literally all I can summon up right now. This book...just blew me away and tore me apart in the best ways possible. First of all, let me just get this out there, I LOVE this book and I am so happy that I read it, because if I didn't, I would be missing out on something wonderful. Second, I would like to thank Victoria Aveyard. You are the one of the people that have made it possible for me to read your book. Obviously, your publishers and editors have made it possible too, but if you hadn't written this book, nobody on this planet would have been able to read it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, let's get to the good stuff. What I liked about this book.
The first thing I loved about this book was how vividly Victoria Aveyard painted a picture of the setting and the world where Mare (the girl protagonist) lives in. I could imagine all of the places in my head perfectly and it even felt like I was there with Mare, everywhere she went. Victoria Aveyard added a lot of details when she described the setting and I am really glad that she did.
The next thing that I liked (excuse me, I mean "loved") about this book was that the characters were wonderful. Just downright wonderful. And I don't mean that their personalaties were wonderful. I mean, the way Victoria Aveyard developed them was wonderful. In a book, I am always looking for well developed characters, and in Red Queen, I found that all of the characters were well developed, even a character that was only there for one page was well developed. And, you're probably thinking, how is that possible? A really minor character being well developed. Well, here's my answer. Read the book and see for yourself. You will totally agree with me. I got really connected to Mare and some other main characters, so that when the big twist came, my heart nearly broke into pieces and I feel like someone had smashed my heart with a hammer. I got so connected to the characters, that after the big twist, I felt.....broken.
Another thing that I liked about this book was that there were so many plots twists and turns. Right off the bat, there are twists. Everytime I encountered a twist, I nearly jumped out of my seat, because I was so surprised. Victoria Aveyard designed this plot so well and at the end, she gave one final yank on the plot threads and wrapped it up neatly, setting up the end of Red Queen perfectly for the beginning of Red Queen 2.
There are so many more things I LOVED about this book. There's a love triangle in there as well. And you're probably like, "Ugh, another love triangle?". No. Everyone will love this love triangle, because it is that good. There are a lot of things that I absolutely loved about this book, but I don't want this review to be too long! So until next time....Keep calm and read your butt off:)
I really, really liked this book! There are so many things I loved about this book, but unfortunately, there is one thing I did not like about this book. Let me start off with the thing that I did not like so that I can end this review with the things I liked!
I did not like how the author would change points of view in the middle of the chapter. At one second, it would be in the point of view of Han, and then the next it would be in the point of view of Raisa. And the change of POV's were not in any set order. It would get confusing at some times and it was hard to keep up with. Now, let's move on to the good things.
I really liked how much action the author put in this book. At one point in every chapter, something was happening and somebody was fighting somebody else. The first page was made up of....well, I don't want to give away anything, so I am just going to say that it was made up of action from the very first page. Literally. If you like action, then read this book.
The next thing I liked about this book was how when a character was feeling an emotion, the author described it really well. For example, the author didn't say, "Han was feeling sad.". She said, "Grief ripped through my body, leaving a trail of remorse in its wake. My mind was dizzy and I was in denial of the events that I had just witnessed." Doesn't that sound interesting? Those are not the exact words, but they are similar.
Another thing I liked about this book was that the characters had good problems. They weren't like, "Oh, my makeup is messed up." They had problems that affected a whole country. The author really explained the problems well and how the character reacted to it.
I loved so many more things about this book, but I don't want this review to get too long. If you haven't read this book, PLEASE read it and comment below whether you liked it or not and why. Thanks for reading this review!
Goodreads Description: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
My Review: I am going to start off by saying that this book was pure action. There was action on every page and I was so happy because I love action! This book was truly amazing. Before I read it, I wasn't expecting anything, but the second I started reading it, I knew that I would love it. It wasn't slow at all and the romance was really good.
The main character, Juliet, felt like a real person to me. She had her good things, but she also had her faults, which made her real to me because no one is perfect. I flew through this book (literally, because I finished it in a day!) and I was so surprised by the ending! Megan Shepherd developed the characters so well and I love her writing style in this book. Juliet has a love interest in this book and Megan Shepherd developed his character so well, that I fell in love with him as well!
Family relationships are important in this book, because Juliet has a rocky relationship with her father in this book and some parts of the book focus on Juliet trying to figure out her relationship with her father and trying to find a way to make the relationship better.
I feel like Megan Shepherd put a lot of thought into the setting because it felt like I was actually there. She described the setting so well and I could picture it clearly in my mind. Megan Shepherd also described the characters really well. I could clearly see the characters in my mind and it felt like they were standing right next to me when I read this book.
This book ended on a cliffhanger and I wanted to get the next book immediately. This book went way above my expectations and I am so glad that I decided to read it! I recommend that everyone read this book and if you like a lot of action, then you should definitely read this book!
Goodreads Description: Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
My Review: Wow. That is what I am going to start my review with. While I was reading If I Stay, I was on the verge of tears. This book was good in so many ways. It had well developed characters, it had a deep plot, it had a good romance, and the message in the book is a good one. When I was reading If I Stay, I was in Mia's world. I wasn't in Chicago, in my home. I was there in Orgeon, right alongside Mia. I really want to applaud on Mia's bravery in this book. After some things happen, she stays brave and she stays strong. The romance was a good one, it wsn't like those cheesy romances. The romance actually meant something.
Music was an important thing in this book. It would be mentioned every page or so. I feel like music is a big part of Mia's decision at the end of the book. All through the book, I was holding my breath, waiting to see what would happen next. There were immense acts of bravery and courage in this book, not just from Mia, but from other characters as well. The grandfather was also a big part in this book. He influenced some of Mia's decision making.
I also like how in the book, bits of the past were thrown in there and Mia would retell some stories from her past of the characters in this book. I am not sure if I like this or not, but the book was one big whole chapter. There were no chapters. Gayle Forman only seperated everything by time. At the end of some pages, she would begin a new paragraph and put the time above it.
Overall, I really liked this book and I can't wait to see the movie so that I know if the movie lives up to the book's greatness. I recommend that everyone take the time to read this book because this is a book that you can't stop midway and go do something else. You have to finish this book in one sitting, because it's that kind of book. Go read this book!
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Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness
Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness