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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

The sequel to Neal Shusterman’s thrilling Unwind, UnWholly follows Connor, Risa, and Lev as they take on new enemies and events. They live in a world in which teenagers are able to be literally taken apart once they reach the age of thirteen (the process is called “unwinding”), and their separated body parts are sold to others. After the trio escaped Happy Jack Harvest Camp, unwinding has garnered some negative media attention, but not enough to do anything except lower the safety age from 18 to 17. Connor and Risa struggle to stay together and afloat while Connor takes charge of the Graveyard, a safe haven for AWOL unwinds. Lev leaves the spotlight and after some unfortunate occurrences strikes out on his own. And there are some newcomers to the game – Starkey, Miracolina, and Cam – who change things up for our three original protagonists. All six will encounter danger and will be forced to fight for what they believe in, if they can even figure out what they believe in at all. Continue reading

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

“Oh my gosh,” I sighed in frustration,” why can’t he just shoot him already? Just shoot him!”

My younger cousin, who had never heard a pacifist like me say such a violent thing, looked up from her Etch-a-Sketch. I remember thinking – dang, if only all sequels were this good.

The Ask and the Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, and continues from the last line of The Knife of Never Letting Go. I won’t post a plot synopsis in fear of spoiling it for people who haven’t read the first book – if interested (which I hope you will be by the end of this review), here’s the link to the Goodreads page.

Let’s just say that the plot is crazy. Continue reading

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

Men are Noisy creachers.

In the small community of Prentisstown everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. There are no women, and Todd Hewitt eagerly awaits the day he turns thirteen and becomes a man. Luckily, he only has about a month left. But Todd’s luck turns against him when he is forced to flee the town after uncovering something shocking. While on the run, he realizes that Prentisstown is far from the relatively pristine and peaceful place he thought it was.

The Knife of Never Letting Go was the seventh book I completed on my nine-night cruise, and the first out of those that I gave five stars. Continue reading

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

There are two reasons why I am jealous of Cinder. One, she is a cyborg. Two, her love interest is a super attractive Asian prince. Some girls get all the luck…

However, I’m not really jealous of the fact that she’s a cyborg. In her world, cyborgs are castigated and seen as inferior – which is why Cinder remains subservient to her stepmother, Adri. But when Kai, the Prince of the Eastern Commonwealth, comes to visit Cinder while she is working, that may all change – for better or for worse. Continue reading

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Fever by Lauren DeStefano

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

The beginning of Fever immediately follows the ending of Wither. Now with her much cherished freedom, Rhine runs away with Gabriel in order to find her brother, Rowan. On the way she encounters dreadful enemies she did not dare to expect, including the crazed leader of a creepy circus, and a force from her past she had once purged herself from. Continue reading

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

I like books that make me feel. I felt pretty anguished and surprised when I read about babies being electrocuted on page 20. Why would anyone electrocute innocent babies, you ask?

‘They’ll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an ‘instinctive’ hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned. They’ll be safe from books and botany all their lives.’

No! Not books! Condition them to detest Doritos or cottage cheese – anything but books!

I also like books that make me think. Here is a quote that made me think (I sent it to a friend via text, too): Continue reading

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

My thought process two days ago: Now that I’m back from Governor’s School, I’m going to work diligently and complete my summer homework before my cruise next week!

My thought process yesterday, after beginning Insurgent: Okay, whatever. Sorry, homework. *throws AP Calculus packet aside* Tobias/Four, stop changing your name!

I’m kidding. The Tobias/Four phenomenon did not bother me as much as I think it did other people. The only slight issue I had with Insurgent was the disconnect between Tris and me in the middle of the book.

In fact, I loved the rocky relationship between Tris and Tobias/Four. Continue reading

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Rating: 3/5 stars.

I encountered my first issue on page four. It was intense enmity at first sight.

“He thought the month was October but he wasnt sure. He hadnt kept a calendar for years.”

Apostrophes!? What happened to those magical things? Then, on page five… Continue reading

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Blackout by Mira Grant

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

“Sometimes the hardest thing about the truth is putting down the misassumptions, falsehoods, and half-truths that stand between it and you. Sometimes that’s the last thing that anybody wants to do. And sometimes it’s the only thing we can do.” – Georgia Mason.

When I write book reviews, I usually save my recommendation of the book until the end. But Blackout, and the Newsflesh trilogy itself, should not be put off until the end. Feed, the first book in the series, is a novel that I would recommend to almost anybody – the book and the entire series encompasses zombies, blogging, politics, and a gamut of themes and morals. It’s absolutely amazing. So, before I get into Blackout, I highly recommend that you check out Feed, if you haven’t already. It will blow your mind.

Mira Grant does not lose any steam in this final installment of the Newsflesh trilogy. Continue reading

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Fear by Michael Grant

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

There are certain books that, if turned into movies, I would never watch. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which is a movie, actually) is one of them. Rape and torture? Not something I would like to see on the big screen. Fear by Michael Grant is another one of those books. People having their minds ripped apart and their bodies broken and bent and twisted in various ways? Yeah, throwing up is not that high on my list of priorities.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Gone series by Michael Grant. Like I’ve stated in almost all of my reviews of the previous books, they are not superbly well-written. They are not books that make me think about the meaning of life or make me want to grab a friend and discuss philosophy at my local Barnes and Noble. But they are fierce, addictive, and possess an overarching quality that commands a five-star rating. Continue reading

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