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Review : Eve by Anna Carey

Posted by on March 14, 2013 2:55 am in 2.5 stars reads | 5 comments

eveEve by Anna Carey
Pages : 318
Genre : YA, Speculative fiction, Dystopia
Series : Eve, book 1
My Rating : 2,5/5

What it’s about :

Years ago, a virus cleared out most of the Earth’s population. This is the dangerous, deadly world Eve grew up in. She didn’t get to know the world outside the all-girls school she grew up in, and until the day before graduation, she thought she could hope for a better life.

When Eve learns what really happens to the girls once they step out of school to go learn a “trade”, fear pushes her to do the unthinkable : run away, run until she puts the nightmare behind her and finds safety into a shelter. But the road is hard, and if she wants to make it out alive, Eve might have to face the biggest challenge of her life : learn to trust.

My Thoughts :

In another world, where The Hunger Games and Wither and Bumped have yet to be published, Eve might have had a better chance of standing out and blowing my mind. Unfortunately, Eve is part of THE genre populating the YA shelves right now, and as such, can only be compared to its fellow competitors.

Eve wasn’t a bad novel. The premise of “girls being used as breeding stock” isn’t new to speculative fiction, but it’s still an interesting one that gives me chills all the time. And I admired that once Eve decided to go, she did, even though it broke her heart for many reasons. I wouldn’t have wanted to read about her hesitating and contemplating for fifty pages.

Yet once she runs away, the novel never really commits to a specific style. It’s not action packed like Divergent and Legendit isn’t filled with constant twists like Wither; it isn’t witty and clever like Bumped; it doesn’t have the complexity of The Hunger Games; and it isn’t dark or introspective or super romancy like some other popular dystopian novels have been, either. It’s a little of everything, but in such a quiet way, it makes everything a little forgettable.

The cast of characters is interesting, and the dangers Eve does encounter were realistic enough. While I wished the story had something more distinguishable, I wasn’t bored by it. I found Eve to be an easy and quick novel, and the lack of complexity in the worldbuilding made it very easy to get into its world.

Also, beware : sorta cliffhanger ending! Seriously. It’s like when I watch a movie on Netflix and my connection suddenly fails just as some major plot twist is going on and then I have to wait until the next day to know what happens next. This is the kind of stuff that keeps me awake at night, and it isn’t cool. Seriously. It was all “Hey this is the ending except twist! It’s not! See ya!” Uh.

So, I guess this sounds like a bad review, but overall, Eve was okayish. Will I be reading the sequel? Maybe. Do I recommend it? Well, I do and I don’t. I didn’t hate or love it, but if you are to read a single YA dystopian novel this year, there are more interesting ones to start with, for sure!

Series Reading Order :

  1. Eve
  2. Once
  3. Rise (coming April 2013)

Waiting on Wednesday – 17

Posted by on March 13, 2013 2:59 am in Book talk | 8 comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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This week, my picks were very simple : the first one is because Brandon Sanderson. No more reason needed. As for the second, it’s the long awaited sequel to the entertaining Angelology. Doesn’t it have a gorgeous cover?  Luckily, Angelopolis will soon be available, but the wait to September will be a pain!

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

 

(September 24th, 2013)

 

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

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Angelopolis  by Danielle Trussoni

 

(March 26th, 2013)

 

Hailed by USA Today as “a thrill ride best described as The Da Vinci Code meets Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Danielle Trussoni’s bestselling first novel, Angelology, wove biblical lore, the Orpheus myth, and Milton’s Rebel Angels into a present-day world tinged with the divine supernatural. The novel plunged two endearing isolatoes — art historian V. A. Verlaine and Evangeline, a beautiful young nun–into an ancient battle between a secret society and mankind’s most insidious enemies: angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim.

Now a decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge, the sight of her wings a betrayal that haunts him still. The Nephilim are again on the rise, scheming to construct their own paradise — the Angelopolis — and ruthlessly pursued by Verlaine in his new calling as an angel hunter. But when Evangeline materializes, Verlaine is besieged by doubts that will only grow as forces more powerful than even the Nephilim draw them from Paris to St. Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast. A high-octane tale of abduction and liberation, treasure seeking and divine warfare, Angelopolis plumbs Russia’s imperial past, modern genetics, and the archangel Gabriel’s famous visitations to conceive a fresh tableau of history and myth that will, once again, enthrall readers the world over.

 

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What are you waiting on this week?

Filling the Shelf – 93

Posted by on March 11, 2013 2:09 am in Book talk | 7 comments

Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the two hosts!

 

Happy Monday readers!

How was your reading week? Mine has been quite… unusual. I started reading a galley I had to put aside – not because it was bad, but because it was such a singular experience I knew I had to have my own paper copy before I read it from start to finish. Then, I started reading the French translation of Herman Koch’s The Dinner, and oh! What a book! It’s filled with horrible, horrible characters. I can’t stop reading it, and I sense I’ll probably have to write a review for it both in French and English (which hasn’t happened for a long time!)

But aside from reading, there are also new books on the Curio’s shelves! And even better : these were all  books from my wishlist, three of them found at reduced prices!

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White Horse by Alex Adams (Non-YA post-apocalyptic novel.)

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler  (A young woman playing a huge part as a Horseman in the coming apocalypse. Interesting premise.)

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Graveminder by Melissa Marr (This will be my first book my Melissa Marr, and I am very curious to discover this author so favored my some of my favorite bloggers!)

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (This is dystopia with vampires. This book has made it on and off my wishlist for a while, but reading a few pages of it at the store was all I needed to finally make the jump!)

What did you add to your shelves recently? Have you read one of these books? 

Review : Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Posted by on March 10, 2013 3:28 am in 3.5 stars reads | 3 comments

unrememberedUnremembered by Jessica Brody
Pages : 320
Genre : YA, Speculative fiction
Series : Unremembered, book 1
My Rating : 3,5/5

What it’s about :

The unexpected survivor of a deadly plane crash, Violet has no memory of who she is. She can’t remember the date, her family, or how to use a computer.

When time passes by and no family comes to claim her, Violet is temporarily placed in a foster family. Now she gets to learn everything again, while trying to regain her memory. The more she uncovers, the deeper the mystery gets – and it gets bigger when a mysterious guy, claiming to be from her past, starts following her around…

My Thoughts :

It is really hard to review Unremembered without spoiling anything. And it is even more difficult not to compare it to another well known YA novel with a similar twist – which would instantly tell you all that Unremembered is about. So I’ll do this in two parts, the first one being without spoilers.

Unremembered was a fun and really quick read. It’s entertaining, the author’s writing has a nice flow and the mystery keeps you turning the pages. Amnesia has been a very popular device in the past few years of YA literature, and while Jessica Brody doesn’t renew the genre, the story was about much more than lost memories. It was surprisingly not too predictable, as many elements were not revealed until later in the story. It definitely belongs to the speculative fiction genre, and without spoiling everything, I can say that fans of light science-fiction will have a good chance to enjoy it.

Violet herself was an intriguing character. It wasn’t only the lost memories, but also her reactions to the “new” elements she encountered, the questions she asked, the things she should have known and yet didn’t. I will say that I wasn’t too surprised when her identity was finally revealed, but the circumstances surrounding her memory I couldn’t have foreseen. In retrospect, her reactions and thoughts made much more sense! As for Zen, the guy following her around, I didn’t really connect to him yet, but I think it is due to how little of him we got to see of him at first. I am sure the next books will give us this opportunity.

In the end, I felt that Unremembered was a book filled with action and mystery. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy a bit of technology and romance, a perfect read for when you need to relax a little.

And before I conclude, I’ll go with the second part of this review, which means I have to warn you :

 

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It is, of course, impossible not to compare Unremembered to its predecessor Jenna Fox. And which one you like better will mainly depend on what you are looking for in a book. While Unremembered feels like a fun action movie, Jenna Fox did a better job of raising questions on what makes us humans, the “wrong” or “right” of science, etc. If Jenna Fox made a more long-lasting impression on me, I have no doubt other readers will favor Jessica Brody’s lighter take on the themes.

Thanks to Farrar, Straus & Giroux for generously providing a digital copy of the book for this review.