Thursday, April 24, 2014

[Review] Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Description

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 526
Series: Divergent #3
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of Publication: October 22nd, 2013
ISBN13: 9780062287335
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


Divergent-Series
3. Allegiant


My Thoughts

I think we all know that the third book is always the difficult one; it can completely redeem or break a series. While I wouldn't go so far as to say that Allegiant broke the series, it definitely didn't make it any matter but a bit worse in my opinion.

Now, I had extremely high expectations for this one. I enjoyed both the previous books (although Divergent much more than Insurgent) and I was pretty sure that this book was going to disappoint me, which is why I pushed it back... but then I thought, what the hell. It's not going to get any better sitting on my shelf.

The problems started almost immediately. I couldn't get into it, I didn't feel connected to the characters at all. I felt like a spectator, which, ultimately, I am of course, but it's not usually this bad. It dragged on and on, and again only my "at least one chapter a day"-rule kept me going. I was about to give up, but decided that this series really does deserve more. And obviously this book as well, since it got three stars from me in the end. And that is the key word: end. The end redeemed this one for me. I know a lot of people hate the ending and believe me, I can understand why. It's hard to swallow.

But it's not expected, it's not something I would have expected to happen in a million years. And since the rest of the book is pretty damn  expectable, that is a good thing. That doesn't mean that I'm happy about the ending. I'm not. I just think it makes it a good book, one with a round finish. I probably won't re-read it, since the big reveal is just... kind of over. But I'd still recommend to finish the series, either way.

Rating

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Review] Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Description

Title: Thumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Pages: 290
Series: Bumped #2
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: April 1st, 2012
ISBN13: 9780061962769
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series of books are must-read teen dystopian fiction, along with Ally Condie’s Matched series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

Thumped, the sequel to Bumped, manages to be satiric, scary, and romantic at the same time. It continues the story of separated-at-birth twins, Melody and Harmony, girls as engaging as McCafferty’s Jessica Darling. These sisters are the most popular teen girls on the planet. To their fans, they seem to be living ideal lives. Harmony is married to Ram and living in Goodside, the religious community that once meant everything to her. Melody has the genetically flawless Jondoe as her coupling partner, which means money and status—and a bright future.

But both girls are hiding secrets. And they are each pining for the only guys they can’t have…. The biggest risk of all could be to finally tell the truth.


Bumped-Series
2. Thumped

My Thoughts

Why did I ever decide to read this? You have probably checked out Bumped, or at least my review of it. If the latter is the case, then you know that I didn't particularly like it. But the premise of the story interested me so much that I decided to read this (oh, and I may have forgotten to cancel my pre-order so there's that...).

This was such an easy and enjoyable read, I can't even tell you. I started it when I was waiting for my train and it was a breeze. Yes, the characters seem a little one dimensional or shallow sometimes. But it's a short book, so I can excuse that. What bothered me much more was the strange language. I know that this takes place in 2039 so it's very likely that the English language has changed. But things like "I'm going to terminate myself if you don't do XY" or "I wanted to delete myself"... well. It gets the meaning across, alright. But it doesn't seem like there is a deeper meaning behind using these words. Why not use regular words instead?

But I have to say, if this topic had been approached differently, maybe in a longer book with more worldbuilding and simply more time to get to know the characters, I would have liked it much more. As it stands, Ram's confession at the end seems a little forced, Harmony just seems confused and Melody... well. Doesn't seem to have too many brain cells. It's supposed to be different, obviously. She excels academically - and I do believe that. But she seems a bit stunted, socially. 

Still. It's an easy read, it's nothing that you think too much about. If that's what you're looking for - some old fashioned entertainment - and you don't expect a deep examination of the topic "teen pregnancy"... then maybe this book is for you. But you have been warned about its problems. 

Rating

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

[Review] The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Description

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 554
Series: //
Publisher: Black Swan
Date of Publication: September 8th, 2007
ISBN13: 9780552773898
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.



My Thoughts

Man, who didn't recommend this book to me? Seems like almost everyone (who has read this book) told me to read it. Now, I'm not generally someone who enjoys this genre. I don't read books that are set in Nazi-Germany. I don't know, it's just not my cup of tea. 

But this one most certainly was. I admit, I had trouble in the beginning. I had to enforce my "Just one chapter a day and you can put it away"-rule for a while. But boy, am I glad I pulled through. Because pretty soon, I couldn't put it down. I just needed to know what would happen. 

I don't think I can say much of anything concerning my feelings about the ending, without spoiling you all to hell and back again. So I won't say anything about it. But I will say that I really enjoyed all of the characters, but the narrator (I feel weird calling him Death) and the fist fighter (yes, he has a name, but I thought I'd stick to the blurb). 

So like I said, I enjoyed reading this, but it still kind of tore my heart out and made me eat it afterwards. Ugh. Maybe I'll recommend it to everyone now, too, so they can share my torment. Or maybe I just like to recommend good books. In any case, if you haven't yet, you should definitely read this one! And although I haven't seen the movie yet, I'm (like always) recommending to read the book before you watch the movie - which won't be out in Germany until March anyhow (it being January as I'm writing this).

Rating
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