Hello everyone, and happy spring! I have been meaning to do this post for a really long time now, and I am finally getting around to it. It is a compilation of mini reviews (aka bullet reviews, because BULLET POINTS) of several books that I have read in the past few months. Hopefully you can find even more books to add to your TBR or discover a new opinion on something you have already read.
Replica by Lauren Oliver
- First, I loved the uniqueness of the two-in-one thing. It really made for a fun reading experience! (I did get tired of flipping it over after a while though)
- I chose to read it in alternating chapters from Gemma and Lyra’s points of view, though I have heard the stories can be read in any order or combination of alternating views.
- I really enjoyed the characters! They were all individual and contributed something unique to the story.
- Things were constantly happening! I was never bored at any point in the book. There was always something going on that kept the story moving forward.
- Also, Lauren Oliver’s writing is generally just really great, and it makes the stories even better!
- There were tons of plot twists and unexpected surprises. (That’s one reason I would suggest reading it in alternating chapters, because they go at the same pace, and reading one may spoil the other perspective for you.)
- The whole concept was great, with the mysterious Haven Institute and its ties to each character.
- Overall, a really great, captivating read! Here is the excerpt if you are interested!
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
- I am a really big fan of Brendan and Kathy Reichs’ Virals series, so I was eager to read this one.
- I maybe had my expectations a little too high, but I still enjoyed the book.
- It had a lot of twists and turns that I did NOT see coming. There was one especially big one (in my opinion), but I will not say any more than that…
- I did not really seem to connect with the characters all that much. Min just seemed very distant and unrelatable, Tack was more like the underappreciated childhood friend, and Noah would change his views constantly.
- THAT SAID, I still liked all of them, I just was not as connected as I would like to be. However, Ethan and Sarah just got on my nerves. I know they are supposed to be like the “bad guys,” but I just didn’t enjoy their presence at all.
- I sometimes would get confused about whose point of view I was reading (Min or Noah), and I would have liked to see more of a difference in their styles.
- As I mentioned earlier, there are a ton of different things going on and many, many twists and turns. It had an interesting plot that kept me waiting to see what was coming next.
- I mentioned a lot of negative aspects, but I really did like the story! It was not similar to anything I have read, and it was enjoyable!
- Check out the description!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
- This has been on my TBR forever, and I finally decided to pick it up.
- I’m super glad that I did, because this book is really light, fun, and creative.
- First, I was surprised by the element of dystopian. I did not know that their world was based upon a caste system and interesting history, fully equipped with rebels and battle scenes.
- The romance was blended nicely with the dystopian, and it made for a unique combination.
- I really liked all of the characters! They were all really fun and enjoyable. Especially May, America’s younger sister. She always made me happy!
- America starts out with this really great, loving, kind boyfriend named Aspen. WELL let’s just say The Selection happens and Aspen is not quite so great anymore.
- Enter the wonderful Prince Maxon!
- He is so adorable! Like, he’s very intelligent and prince-like, but he’s also funny and provides a fresh perspective for America.
- I enjoyed their relationship and America’s relationship with the other girls in the Selection.
- Overall, I’m glad that I started this series, and I hope the rest is just as amazing! It’s such a fun, likable read!
- Here’s the blurb!
- I have also finished The Elite and The One as of right now, and I have the next two ready to go!