2-star books

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.24 / 5 stars

You may remember how much I loved the first three books in this series, The Program, The Treatment, and The Remedy. I was prepared to be just as happy with the fourth novel in the series… I was not. This sequel is confusing, wandering, and not nearly as convincing as Young’s other books in the series. The Remedy has been my favorite so far, so I was sad its sequel didn’t live up to my expectations. Continue reading “The Epidemic by Suzanne Young”

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3-star books

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”

2-star books, 4-star Books, Mini Review

Mini Review – The Book Thief and The 100

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 4 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.36 / 5 stars

NatalieI don’t feel as though I have much to add to the discourse on this book. It felt a little bit like a classic in that it wasn’t afraid to take its time. It was slow and winding, and more driven by the characters and setting than by any particular plot. It was also depressing, because I mean, it was the height of Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust. Continue reading “Mini Review – The Book Thief and The 100”

5-star Books

The Remedy by Suzanne Young

My rating: 5 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.24 / 5 stars

After how much I enjoyed the first two novels in Suzanne Young’s Program series , I was very much looking forward to picking up this third novel. (You can find my reviews for The Program and The Treatment here.) To my surprise, though, The Remedy did not deal with the same characters, and it is actually set before the suicide epidemic or the Program even started. I was a little disappointed, but I ended up enjoying this book just as much as I enjoyed The Program, if not more. Continue reading “The Remedy by Suzanne Young”

3-star books, 5-star Books

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”

2-star books

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

Let’s skip all the preamble-y stuff and get right to the heart of this book:

It’s basically a modern version of The Catcher in the Rye. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

1-star Books

Atlantia by Ally Condie

My rating: 1 / 5 stars  | Goodreads: 3.4 / 5 stars

Look at the cover. Just look at it. And the title. Doesn’t it make you think of oceans, and mermaids, and hidden cities under the sea? That’s what I was expecting. I remember reading the Matched series by Ally Condie a few years ago. They probably weren’t the greatest books ever, but I did enjoy them at the time. Atlantia, however, was a let-down (and now I’m worried the Matched books are worse than I remember them).

The story starts at a ceremony where all the 16-year-olds in the city have to decide what to do with the rest of their lives. (Does anyone else smell a trope? *sniff sniff*) The choices: remain in the safe-as-a-city-built-in-a-glass-bubble-underwater can be Atlantia, or go above ground where the polluted air will almost undoubtedly cause disease and where you will have to work hard labor for the rest of your days in order to provide for those living “below.” (We hear that a lot throughout the novel, “above” and “below.”) The main character, Rio, has always longed to escape Atlantia and go above, but her twin sister Bay has made her promise to stay below with her, since their mother was recently killed and Bay doesn’t wish to be alone. But once Rio makes her pledge to stay in Atlantia…Bay pledges to go above, and is gone before Rio can confront her to find out why. Continue reading “Atlantia by Ally Condie”

3-star books, Uncategorized

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”

2-star books, 4-star Books

Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins

Hello, reader friends! Today I bring you the great and wonderful product of my Procrastination Problem™: the “mini review”! “What on earth is a mini review, Natalie?” I’m glad you asked!

This post is where I will share my thoughts about books I have read, but don’t have enough to say about them to write a full review. It seemed like a nice way to share the thoughts I did have without pulling the old English-major trick of saying the same thing over and over in different ways just to reach a word count. Continue reading “Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins”

2-star books

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 2 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.99 / 5 stars

I have heard nothing but good things about Shatter Me, and finally got around to reading it over Thanksgiving. (I’m behind on reviews, okay? Procrastination happens.)

I didn’t really connect with this novel from the very beginning, but I was willing to give it a try because, 1.) I know it is a well-loved novel, and 2.) Mafi’s unique style of crossing out Juliette’s thoughts was incredibly intriguing to me. I’d never come across a method like that and thought it was very creative, and a good way to make the narration feel more like readers are inside the main character’s thoughts. Mafi’s style was probably my favorite part of the book. Continue reading “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”