Friday, January 27, 2012

Review for Switched by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.
My review - 4 out of 5
I must say, this is one of the more original books I've read in a long time. The unique story line was so refreshing. I really expected it to be about faires or the fey, but was surprised that it wasn't. Don't get me wrong I love books about the fey, it was just unexpected. I actually had never heard of the Trylle so this book really captured my interest from the first time the word was introduced. Wendy is a protagonist easy to relate to. Who wouldn't be damaged after their mother tried to stab them on their sixth birthday?! Then to find out you might be exactly what she accused you of. Finn reminds me so much of Dimiti from the Vampire Academy series. For those who haven't read that series (I do recommend it), Finn is honorable and the knight in shining armour type. His biggest flaw, of course, is putting duty before love. The other supporting characters in the book enrich the story and I hope to see more of them. I look forward to seeing Tove's character develop and maybe even seeing some positive emotion from Elora. I can't wait to read the next two in the series. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Review for The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

My Review
5 Stars

This book was outstanding! Such an original story in the dystopian genre. I loved Charlie. She was such a pragmatic heroin. Her strength & gentleness were in perfect symmetry. One thing I really appreciated about this book was it's lack of a love triangle. The ever present love triangle in most novels is so over done you can't even stick the proverbial fork in it. The story never lulled and was well paced. The author left enough open for another book but with out leaving you dissatisfied with the ending. I do hope to see a sequel.
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