Oct 212015
 
Review: Red Rising

This was a brutal book. Violent, but brilliant. I’m very certain the only YA element is that the main character (and most others) are in their teens, but what they go through is definitely an adult hell. What they have to do is horrible, and nothing anyone should have to suffer, let alone a teenager. I’m not convinced this should be listed as a YA book, but regardless, the story is amazing. The plot is divided into three different parts, each with a different focus and feel, but it’s the final section, the Institute ordeal that really stands out. I’ve […]

Jul 212015
 
Review: Agents of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel

I want to like this, but I didn’t. It felt like the story was trying too hard to be funny, and ended up failing. There was too much college frat boy humour for me to enjoy, and once you removed the humour, the story fell apart. I read more than half of the story, but it just didn’t keep me interested enough to continue.

Jun 102015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Queen

I picked up this book because I thought it would be a light, entertaining read that would be engaging, but wouldn’t leave me an emotion wreck or anything. Unfortunately, it just made me mad by how light this thing really was. Red Queen is a mashup of all the YA books that have come before it, without adding any interesting twists. The beginning is very similar to The Hunger Games. The main character is in the middle of doing an illegal activity that she’s been forced to do because Oppressive Society (In Hunger Games Katniss is hunting, in this book […]

Apr 022015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Golden Son

It took me a long, long time to write a review for this book because it left me with such a book hangover. It was very, very good, and it was so easy to get caught up in the story. But the ending was just crushing. Really good. But crushing. Golden Son picks up two years after Red Rising ended. Darrow is just finishing up at the Academy, which is sort of like the Institute from the first book, only with space ships. And like the Institute, the Academy isn’t lessons in class so much as it is war games […]

Feb 202015
 
Review: The Windup Girl

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for a long time, and finally had a chance to pick up the audiobook version. Unfortunately, my experience with it fizzled quite quickly. I found the story very slow and I finally gave it up and DNF’d partway through. The plot seemed to move really slowly, and the characters blended together so that I had a hard time separating their stories. More than once I mixed up who was who. The narration of the audiobook was okay, but I think part of the mix ups came from the fact that there was no […]

Jan 222015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Rising

This is a gritty, dark story. There are no punches pulled in this novel. It makes The Hunger Games look like a sweet, bedtime story. I’ve read quite a few YA dystopian novels, and this one blows them all away. It’s more like Game of Thrones than any young adult novel I’ve read. Red Rising is definitely one of those books that pulled me in and took over my head for a few days. The book is about Darrow, who gets recruited to join a rebellion after the death of a loved one. He’s the strong and silent type, but […]

Jan 152015
 
Review: The Maze Runner

I feel like I’m one of the last people to read this book. That seems to be the case for most really popular YA series that turn into movies. As such, I’m not really sure what I can say that hasn’t already been said. I really liked the book. The action was fast paced, and Thomas didn’t sit around questioning everything, instead, he actively tried to figure things out, and make things better. He had a surprisingly positive attitude considering everything that was happening. I liked how the maze wasn’t just a setting, but it was a character in its […]

Oct 132014
 
Review: The Gods of War

This is a military space story set primarily on Mars that reads like a good action movie. It’s quick and exciting, although very black and white and predictable. Action movie books can be tricky to write as you need to strike a delicate balance between simplicity and entertainment. This book rode that line well and resulted in an enjoyable story that didn’t require a lot of brain power to process. The characters in this story were really black and white. Either they were good or evil, there were no shades of grey. The hero, Captain James Collins, has most of […]

Sep 042014
 
Review: Catching Fire

I am so late to the party on this one. In my defense, I really loved the first book, and didn’t want to have it potentially lessened by a less than stellar second book. I’ve finally cracked and read it because I do want to watch the movie, and I prefer to read the book first. While this book doesn’t stand up to the first one, it’s not a total dud either. I know, that doesn’t sound like a rousing recommendation. This book does have a lot of high points, like the visits to the districts, the scenes with Cinna, […]

Aug 132014
 
Review: Across the Universe

I feel like I’m one of the last people to read this book. I found it to be a interesting dystopian set in an enclosed space ship. There are several layers of mystery that Amy and Elder try to solve. I liked the heavy sci-fi feel of the book. There is space and space travel, cryogenics, genetic manipulation, and lots of technology. It was all presented as integrated into the story, without info dumping or sidebars. I liked the approach, and while I didn’t find it all believable, it was interesting. Since this was a YA story, I was surprised […]