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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (Part II)

As promised, here is the second half of my gushing review of the second half of Kiera Cass’s The Selection series, The Heir and The Crown.

The HeirThe Heir
My rating: 4 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.82 / 5 stars
While I was extremely happy to have a sequel to my beloved Selection trilogy, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that The Heir skipped eighteen or nineteen years just to fast forward to the next love story. Of course, I do enjoy fluffy love stories, especially ones that feature princesses and pretty dresses and other general glam, so I can’t complain too much. Continue reading “The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (Part II)”

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Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.67 / 5 stars

This is actually the second time that I have read Matched. I first tried the series a few years ago, and remembered enjoying it. Unfortunately, when I decided to read another novel by Ally Condie, Atlantia (read my review here!), I was very disappointed. I decided I had better re-read the Matched series to make sure they were at least half as enjoyable as I remembered them. (You know, since I’m a little more grown-up now, I can make more insightful observations about my reading material, right? Right…) Continue reading “Matched by Ally Condie”

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The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young

My rating: 5 / 5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.07 / 5 stars

Guys. I loved this book! (I love when I get to say that!)

The Program is set in an alternate, dystopian version of modern America where there has been a massive spike in teen suicide. Nobody knows why or how to stop it. In an attempt to prevent depression and suicide in teenagers, the ominous “Department of Health” has created the Program, a fate feared among the general population almost as much as depression and suicide themselves. Teenagers can be admitted to the Program, against their will, at the slightest sign or suggestion of onsetting depression. Nobody who has not been through the Program is quite sure what happens in its facilities, but those who come back are always different, eerily tranquil, the picture of good citizens. Continue reading “The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young”

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My rating: 3 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.85 / 5 stars

I picked up this book at the suggestion of BookTuber Jesse the Reader.

It was a mistake. This book broke me.

It was also kind of awesome, though. I mean, I had to go for a walk out in the sunshine and listen to overly peppy music for about half an hour so that I wouldn’t spiral into a bleak mood for the rest of the day (or week), but the experience was worth it. Continue reading “We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

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The Syrena Legacy (Trilogy) by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon – My rating: 3 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.04 / 5 stars
Of Triton – My rating: 3 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.00 / 5 stars
Of Neptune – My rating: 2 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.82 / 5 stars

My earliest memory is of playing at the beach with my parents, floating on an inflatable raft, wishing I could be a mermaid. Unfortunately, all these years later, I have not grown a fin or gills, so the next best thing is to read books about mermaids, right? Right.

Anna Banks’s The Syrena Legacy trilogy was just as cheesy as would be expected, but pleasantly well-written and surprisingly engaging. I’m not going to pretend these books are the “Next Big Thing” or that they’re anything beyond a basic easy read, but I greatly enjoyed them. (Fantasy is my favorite, after all.) Continue reading “The Syrena Legacy (Trilogy) by Anna Banks”

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: ⅗ stars | Goodreads rating: 4.10/5 stars
I first wanted to pick up this book after I saw a commercial for the movie. I thought the concept was interesting – a girl who is allergic to, well, everything risking everything in one desperate, grand adventure? It was bound to be dramatic, informative, full of conflict and questions. Continue reading “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon”

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Requiem by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.74/5 stars

Requiem is the third and final installment in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy. (Click here for reviews of Delirium and Pandemonium!) Oliver’s writing is as graceful in this last novel as it is in the previous two. I much prefer prose to poetry, but I do enjoy reading prose that is so carefully crafted that it feels like poetry. The story itself was exciting enough–finally, there is a movement against the governing forces! The majority of my thoughts about this book fall into three major categories: Hanna, the love triangle, and the ending. (Read with caution! Many spoilers ahead!) Continue reading “Requiem by Lauren Oliver”

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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.07/5 stars

Pandemonium is the second book in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy. As I said in a previous review, I greatly enjoyed Delirium, the first novel (that review can be found here!). I thought Oliver could have pushed a little harder at the undercurrents of her topic, but overall, the beautiful language and creative setting made for an excellent read.

I also mentioned in my review of Delirium that I had a list of things I wanted to happen in the next book. Before I get too far, though, let me give a quick recap of what happens in Delirium. (Be warned-there are spoilers ahead!) Continue reading “Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver”

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Compulsion by Martina Boone

My rating: 3/5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.9/5 stars

Compulsion is the first in Martina Boone’s Heirs of Watson Island series, comprised of three novels: Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the first novel. The cover looks warm and content and a little mysterious, with a photo of two people on a tree-lined dirt road, all tinged in a golden honey color. Most of the reviews I skimmed called the book a “Southern Gothic,” which I hadn’t really heard of–at least not in application to books written in the past few decades–so I was anticipating a slow pace, references to sweet iced tea, and maybe some kind of family drama.

I got the family drama part right, anyway. Continue reading “Compulsion by Martina Boone”

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Messenger by Lois Lowry

My rating: 3/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.9/5 stars

I was not introduced to Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel, The Giver, until I was halfway through college. As many other readers will agree, to finish The Giver is to want to know what happens after the ending, so I found out what happens after the ending. As it turns out, Lowry has written three more books in the same universe to create The Giver Quartet (including, in order, The Giver, Messenger, Gathering Blue, and Son). None of the sequels quite measures up to The Giver itself, but Messenger was the sequel that I enjoyed best. Continue reading “Messenger by Lois Lowry”