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Book Review: Virals

Book: Virals

Author: Kathy Reichs

Recommend: Definitely! Worth a read.

I must admit that I have never read a sing book by this author before but I am a big fan of other characters she has created, namely those for her adult books about Temperance Brennan which was the inspiration for one of my favorite TV shows, Bones. While the Bones books are on my eventual reading list, I was able to get a hold of all three books that are in the YA series thus far and couldn’t help but dive in. I was fairly certain before I cracked the cover that I would enjoy these books.

The plot is refreshingly original, the main character is a lot of fun, if not a bit too much like her Aunt Temperance. This one had a bit more meat to the plot line than many YA books and for once, romance isn’t the main character’s major motivation. For some reason most YA authors feel the need to shove romance down their reader’s throats but this author refreshingly leaves it alone.

The story made a lot of sense and somehow, even though it dealt with superhuman capabilities, it remained within the realm of believability. I can’t wait to see where the author takes it next!

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Book Review: Fragments

Book: Fragments

Author: Dan Wells

Recommend: Definitely worth reading if you’ve checked out Partials.

I was really excited for this one. When I got it in my hands I wanted to race through it immediately. Unfortunately, I had a couple of other books that I needed to get to first and it sat for a few days. However, I didn’t let it become forgotten in my massive to be read pile. I was super excited for this one and it didn’t let me down.

After the end of Partials, I knew it couldn’t be as simple as the author had made it out to be there were some serious issues left to be resolved. It simply couldn’t be that simple and it wasn’t. I can’t wait to see where Dan Wells takes this series next! I honestly hope it’s going to be more than three books at this point. This one had a complex storyline with lots of great twists and turns. There were a few times the author completely had me freaked out. I loved his nod to the hunger games as well with the talking dogs.

The only issue I found with this book was that the idea of finding some unknown perfect society with a massive hidden flaw has become so incredibly cliche that not only did I know it was coming but I knew exactly what they would find where because I’ve simply read this scenario so many times. Authors please do something different. Please.

Other than one rather regrettably predictable section, this book was a great read and I can’t wait to see how things develop for Samm and Kira in the next book of the series.

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Book Review: Every Day

Book: Every Day

Author: David Levithan

Recommend: This one is not for everyone…

I picked up this book because the plot was just too interesting to pass by. What if you changed who you were everyday? What if you woke every morning in a new body but only stayed there for one day and you had lived that way all of your life? How would you deal with the lack of permanence in your life and what would happen if you fell in love? Such an original plot with an intriguing idea. I had to read it.

The book was a good read. The characters were rich and had depth. They were complex and had a lot to consider. Both main characters grew substantially in their quest to somehow be together. I knew that the ending would probably not be a happy one however I loved it. A is so selfless in his love for Rhiannon. However, I had some serious issues with this book as well.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book was it’s obviously pro-homosexuality stance. While the author wasn’t quite shoving it down your throat, it was very clear that it should be thought of as normal. The author is missing something huge. While we should love everyone, not all love is the same and the author seems to think it is. There are other major morality issues as well. The female main character is cheating on her boyfriend and A is forcing each of these people to do things they might not want to do, only stopping at using a body for actual sex because the person was a virgin, but sleeping with someone nude was perfectly okay. While I recognize the difficulty of the main character’s situation, it still isn’t okay to use someone else’s body like that. The author could have written the same story while making different choices and it would have still had the same impact like putting A in male bodies only once he fell in love with Rhiannon or changing his emotional reaction to Rhiannon when A is in a female body. As a Christian, I can’t recommend this one because of this issue.

While it was a good read, it definitely had some morality issues that might make a lot of people avoid this one.

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Book Review: Son

Book: Son

Author: Lois Lowry

Recommend: If you’ve read the rest of the series. This one ties in more than the others.

The release of this book is actually what made me go through and read the whole series. Until I heard about this book, I had no idea that the author had continued the series. I picked this one up from the library along with the rest of the books in the series.

This story centers around Claire, Gabe’s Birthmother. Something goes wrong with Gabe’s birth and she is sent out to work after only being Vessel to one Product instead of the customary three that she was supposed to carry. She leaves her society when Jonas does and for a long time has no idea who she is. Once she remembers, she goes in search of her son. Is there any price too high to pay to get back to someone you love?

This book really does an excellent job of bringing the books together and tying a nice bow around it all. However, I can’t get past the fact that The Giver was in essence science fiction and every other book in this series has had a fantasy feel to it. They just don’t seem to belong together. Lowry’s lack of explanations for things which made the first book more powerful, actually hinders the rest of the quartet. Without explanation for what is happening the whole thing comes off magical instead of a product of time and genetics.

I’m glad I read the series and while The Giver will always be one of my favorites, the rest of the series just doesn’t measure up.

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Book Review: Messenger

Book: Messenger (Giver #3)

Author: Lois Lowry

Recommend: Definitely worth reading if you are a fan of this series.

I was all excited about this book. For extremely lame reasons as well as some good ones. My lame reason was that it was short and would get me one book closer to my 150 books for the year goal and my good reasons had to do with the fact that we were finally going to hear what happened to the half-starved boy at the end of the first book.

While this was a good read, it definitely did not have the feel of the first two books. The author is blurring the lines between speculative fiction and fantasy too far for the world to be completely cohesive. I think that without this sense of the same world really being there, the whole thing loses some integrity for me. Not that the book is bad on its own but as a sequel to the Giver, it just doesn’t completely hold up. I was rather surprised to find this kind of inconsistency from such a celebrated and well-known author.

Not to say that this book was bad because it wasn’t. It was actually very good. I just feel like it needed some more though and a lot less of a mystical feel to it. This time her lack of explanation hindered the story, rather than helped.

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Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

Book: The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Recommend: It is a very powerful read but not for the faint of heart.

Imagine a society where women are not allowed to read, work or drive. Imagine a society where everyone is desperate for a child and women who could bear children were given to childless families in order for children to be conceived. Imagine being one of those women who were shunned by society and had little to no contact with the outside world. They were completely unloved and pulled away from everything they knew.

This makes me think of the poor women in extremist Muslim countries who are going through the same thing right now. They have lost all their liberty. Doctors who can no longer work, let alone be out in public without an escort. Women who have to hide themselves away from the world anytime they step into it.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it is quickly applied to any Christian. They seem to forget that the women’s movement came from Christianity. Christianity was the one originally responsible for it. While I think our society has taken it too far and corrupted it into women are better than men and can do anything a man can do only better, I don’t know a single Christian who doesn’t think that women should have equality and I know some pretty extreme Christians.

I think it was a great book, I just don’t like when a great book gets turned into a weapon. That being said, this one will be joining my shelves as soon as possible.

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Gathering Blue

https://i0.wp.com/img2.imagesbn.com/images/171900000/171909174.JPGBook: Gathering Blue

Author: Lois Lowry

Recommend: Definitely! A powerful novel..

I read the first book in this series when I was a kid but didn’t know that the author had published more books in the series. Another dystopian novel from the same world as The Giver but instead of a society that has advanced, this area has regressed into a more simplistic lifestyle. Kira is a young girl who loses her mother and her future is uncertain due to her twisted leg. However, she is rescued from death because of her gifts with thread and dyes. She is taken in to live in the Council Edifice to continue her mother’s work. However, she doesn’t know that she is not as free as she seems to be.

This was a very powerful book about making a choice to stay or go. When society has gone wrong do you try to change something from the inside or do you leave and find something better? I loved the simple, yet powerful writing. I also love that the author knows that sometimes less is more. YA books have become these long dragged out stories where everything is explained and nothing is left to the imagination. I also love that this book is NOT centered on a romance. It is a nice change. Who knew that YA could be written without romance and still be amazing? It has been a long time since I read something YA without that element.

Definitely worth picking up!

Final Rating:

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