Book Review: The Walled City | I’M BACK!

Sooo…I haven’t posted in a while…

Yup. Just wanted to say that I’m sorry for not posting anything. I’ve been drowning in school work and any free time I had, I just jumped right into bed (story of my life). But I’m back now and ready to drown YOU in reviews! *evil smile*

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The Walled City

Author: Ryan Graudin

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Romance

Main Characters: Dai, Jin, Mei Yee

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.

18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

 

So at first when I started reading the book, I was slightly taken back by having three main characters in the book. Each chapter alternated between them and allowed you to read from each one of their viewpoints. The reason that I disliked the idea was because I thought that the story would just get too confusing and not allow me to get engaged into the story as much as I liked.

But after reading a chapter from each of the characters’ viewpoints and got familiar with them, I could NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN! Each character had its own voice and the world that was created was just so interesting and immersing. The idea behind the book was clever and well executed and the fact that it was based on a real location added that element of reality to the story. (I was so shocked when I found out that Walled Cities actually existed)

Each chapter was its own little adventure. I kept having mini heart attacks in each chapter because it seemed very realistic and being in that situation is just SO TERRIFYING. I was able to connect with each character and sympathise with them.

Even though there were some tiny parts that dragged on, I absolutely loved The Walled City! Each little character that showed up in the book seemed so alive and had their own personality which was refreshing. I often find books with multiple viewpoints really disappointing when you can’t even tell the difference between the characters (I’m talking to you Allegiant. Yes. You.)

I’m actually craving to pick up this book again which rarely happens because I never really reread any books unless I absolutely love them. So obviously I recommend this to everybody! Just beware there were some parts that were harsh (as much as I can remember). Other than that, go pick it up! I definitely think more people need to be talking about this book 🙂

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Please share your thoughts if you’ve read this, I would love to hear them!

Book Review: Torn True Love & Tore Divided Love

First of all I wanted to thank the author for kindly giving me the chance to read her book!

Torn True Love & Tore Divided Love are the first two books in a series written by K.D. Ferguson. I just finished reading both of them so I decided to do a review of the first book and then briefly talk about the second one mostly because I don’t want to spoil you on what happens in Tore Divided Love.

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Author: K.D. Ferguson

Main Characters: Krissa, Braiden, Chance

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Everyone has a choice.

Abide by the government’s rules and regulations and you may live the average life. Or you can become a Sweeper. Krissa Channing’s destination was clear until Braiden entered her life and clouded her future.

Krissa’s future, which once seemed so promising, is compromised when her relationship with Braiden is forced by the hands of the government. The pressure of an automatic pairing pushes them both down a path they never dreamed they’d travel.

While Krissa accepts the change, Braiden revolts against the government leaving Krissa alone, her heart torn. Should she follow the rules and regulations and continue down the road mapped out for her?

Or should she go against everything she’s been taught and follow after her true love?

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I’m kind of having a love-hate relationship with this book and let me explain why. First of all the main character really made me mad at some points where I just wanted to go in and shout WAKEUP GURL! WAKEUP!! And as the book went on, I also started to really dislike Braiden for some obvious reasons (I won’t spoil it!) which shows how well written these characters were because man, I haven’t hated a character so much haha

The only problem I had with Torn True Love was that I feel like everything escalated too quickly. I would’ve loved if it was 500 pages with more details with the characters surroundings because the idea behind the government was so interesting! I feel like it was heavily based on their relationship. And the transition between the scenes were too sudden, you were suddenly in a car then in someone else’s house.

I know I’m sounding like I didn’t enjoy this book but you’re wrong. After saying all of that there was something about the story that pulled me in and made me read it in one day.

Stars: 🌟🌟.7

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22772408Name: Tore Divided Love

As I said, I will briefly talk about this one because those of you who haven’t read any of these books will be spoiled which is not nice.

Tore Divided Love was very different from the first book in a very good way! I just love the idea behind this world, it’s not just like any ‘government-controlled’ story. It felt very real. Again, I wish it was longer because everything just happened too quickly.

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Overall, I recommend you reading these books if you love dystopia. I think those who loved the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie will enjoy this one for sure. It isn’t one of my favourite books but go watch the trailer and see other reviews because who knows, you might absolutely love it.

Please share your thoughts if you have read these! 🙂

Book Review: The Winner’s Curse

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HI THERE!

The Winner’s Curse is written by Marie Rutkoski and it is the first book in the Winner’s trilogy. The main characters are Kestrel, Arin, Jess, Ronin and Cheat. Genre: fantasy, historical fiction, war, dystopia and romance.

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arjun’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him – with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

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This book kind of dissapointed me. It was one of those books that was overhyped and didn’t turn out to be THAT amazing. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked this book, I just didn’t love it.

I think the idea behind this book was really interesting but the world-building felt unfinished, I would have loved to read more about the past and the relationship between the Valorians and Herranis. It was too vague for me.  Overall, I think is was a slow read and the story was dragged on.

When I read the synopsis, I kind of imagined a forbbiden love between a mistress and her slave and yes, it was like that but then again some parts really annoyed me. I couldn’t actually feel the love between Arin and Kestrel until some parts. The idea that Kestrel buys Arin as her slave but then falls in love with him was REALLY INTERESTING but I didn’t get enough Arin-Kestrel scenes.

This is really hard to explain *shakes head*

The thing that was really beautiful to me was the use of music in the book. This reminded me of ‘Matched’ by Allie Condie, those of you who have read it will know that art and music was completely banned and gone in their world and The Winner’s Curse was kind of smilar to that. The fact that people actually couldn’t play any instruments themselves and that it was a slave’s job was really frustrating. Amd I just loved the way music connected Arin and Kestrel started off their relationship because she bought him partly because she found out that he sang.

He had almost regained his senses, had almost turned back, when a few low notes stole into the air. The music now came in slow strokes, in a different key. A nocturne. Arin moved toward the garden. Past it, ground-floor glass doors burned with light.

I did enjoy reading this book and I can see it getting more interesting. Even though I didn’t love this one, I still look forward to the second book because I’m really dying to see what happens haha

I do recommend it to you if you find the synopsis interesting because you might love the book. It is really interesting and I can see it getting better. Hopefully. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟.5

Book Review: Take Back the Skies

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HELLOOO!

Take Back the Skies is written by Lucy Saxon and the main characters are Cat, Fox, James, Harry, Matt, Ben and Alice. Genre: science-fiction, fantasy and young adult.

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

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So first of all can we just have a round of applause for the amazing Lucy Saxon?

I am just so amazed by her talent and the fact that she wrote this book at the age of 16 just shocks me. I don’t know why I’m so surprised by it but to be honest it is an amazing thing. I never thought I would read a book written by a young adult in the young adult genre….I’m not making any sense…

BUT ANYWAY

I really enjoyed this book! I loved the whole idea of it and the characters and just everything!

It does start a bit slow at the start but you just have to push through it and get to the good parts. I was really interested in the world that Cat was living in and her situation BUT I have to say that reading through her point of view annoyed me. She’s supposed to be 14 when the book starts and then she turns 15 a few pages in.

She definitely DID NOT sound 15. I mean, come on, does a teenager actually do that? I swear sometimes she just sounded like a 5 year old and I wanted to go in there and slap her across the face and shout GROW UP! And to be honest, Fox was just as annoying. I get it, you don’t trust her but seriously? Their ‘mini fights’ were just so stupid. I think they should’ve just gotten over it after spending that much time with each other.

The other thing that annoyed me was that I felt like things were flowing almost too easily…  I hate it when authors just keep going on and on about stuff that are not relevant but in this case, things were just happening too easily.

When a 15 year old wants to start a rebellion against the government, sure, she can’t do it on her own so she asks the adults but I was so shocked that they just agreed so quickly. I mean:

“Hey mum, I don’t like what the government doing, wanna go kill ’em?”

“Sure honey! Let me just finish washing this plate!”

I mean please, just stop. That’s just too easy. (damn this is hard to explain)

I probably sound like I hate this book but that is not true. I actually did enjoy reading it even though those things annoyed me. It’s kind of hard to explain but there is something that makes you want to read more. The synopsis definitely caught my attention and the ending just killed me. I was like…what?

HOW THE HELL DID WE GET HERE?!

I think its one of those books that you need to read without knowing much about it. And there might be another one coming out so I’m not sure if It’s going to be a series or a trilogy. I would definitely give the second book a try because as I said, I really loved the whole idea behind it. I am still amazed that she wrote this at the age of 16…

SOOO…

I would recommend giving this a try because it might be your cup of tea. The synopsis is very interesting and I might go on to the next book if it comes out because you never know, it might get better.

So I’m thinking that this might be for younger readers, I’m not sure because some things were just too childish to be honest. It didn’t sound like a YA book. It was a nice read but not one of my favourites. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

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