☄ Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa (Sophia is Highly Disappointed and Hollywood Must Be Royally Screwed)

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Talon Saga #1
Author:
Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Reviewer: Sophia

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

You know, when I first heard the movie rights to Talon had been bought before the book had even come out, I thought Talon would be as amazing and fantabulous as Kagawa's other books. Perhaps even the best book I would read in 2015, even better than Who R U Really, who currently reigns the top of the top books of 2015. (That probably sounds weird.)

Right now, Talon reigns as the worst dragon book I've read – and I mean worse than Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon, which at least had an idea extraordinary enough that I would give Cannon a second chance with the sequel. Normally I'm excited when it comes to Julie Kagawa's writing. Fangirling. Anything you would do when you get a book written by one of your favorite authors. But with Talon though....

I feel cold. Unsatisfied. A little bored.

And certainly not a happy camper. Those are never a good sign that a book is going to go well. Plus, when I dislike a book... you're not a favorite author anymore. You're a former favorite author. Don't worry, it happens a lot.

Talon, as Jeann from Happy Indulgence has said, is your typical paranormal romance. And as I once said, I hate it when an eclipse happens in a book – where the romance overshadows the plot. Ember and Garret's romance so overshadows the plot, a whopping 77% – that's more than a bleeping three-fourths of the book – is focused on Ember Hill's developing romance with Garret Xavier Sebastien (what a mouthful), Ember's training, Ember beginning to question Talon and its motives, Ember and Riley feeling very attracted to each other yet they don't want to be attracted to each other, and the characters walking on water with each other while figuring each other out and where each of their loyalties lie, before something actually happens. It's pretty much halfway through the book when an epiphany happens (perhaps earlier), and you realize there is nothing much happening aside from what I listed earlier (and I'm not listing it again because that's a mouthful to write).

I basically spent the next unknown percent of the book trying to look for where and when and how – all those fabulous question starters (to which I can say with lightning speed and I enjoy spinning some people's heads around with that) – the fun actually begins. And by fun, I don't mean my definition of fun is screwed (like someone I know, who's definition of fun is crushing an opponent in chess and literally grinning slyly throughout the entire game, among other "fun" things). By fun, I mean something happens. Explosions! Ambushes! Running from an evil emperor (or anyone hunting said characters)! Brink of death by talking equations (only time that'll happen is science if you're not careful when experimenting with hazardous chemicals)! A mind-blowing epiphany!

Let's face it: It's great if you're all going undercover and trying to figure out who's on whose side, but seriously. Blaring alarms. Signs. Symptoms. Does anyone feel the pain? Yes? No? Then I can't help you, dear character. You are hopeless. I can merely dial 911 if you're bleeding profusely and try to staunch it.

And let's also face this fact: Hollywood is a little screwed. No offense, but they're obviously just looking for another franchise to replace Twilight, and turn everyone's minds away from the brightly burning embers of The Hunger Games and Divergent. Besides... 5 books right? That'll last 6 years before they need to go on another Twilight hunt if Talon is a blockbuster (considering the fact the last book is divided into Parts 1 and 2, of course).

2.5 Owls
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☄ Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ARC Review: The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi (How Do You Feel About Amnesia?)

The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

The Forgetting
Author:
Nicole Maggi
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Reviewer: Sophia

Georgie's new heart saved her life...but now she's losing her mind.

Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she's been allergic for years? Why can't she remember last Christmas?

Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth - before she loses herself completely.
Advanced review copy provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for review – thanks!

Here's a terrible way to approach a review: have almost nothing to say but few words (and here I thought I finally got over that little reviewing brain freeze I got early last year. This is going to become a bad habit, yes?). Nothing really negative, as I enjoyed reading The Forgetting, but saying, "I enjoyed the book" and leaving it at that just doesn't qualify. Someone would then most likely ask, "But why did you enjoy the book?"

I am, by no means, a fan of books that involve sex trafficking. It's a terrible thing and I really don't want to bother reading about the subject (if book club chooses a certain book from the Gateway Readers Award Nominees that's related to trafficking, I'm tucking my tail between my legs and running away).

Then again, I figured Nicole Maggi's The Forgetting would be something pretty different from other thrillers, seeing as a girl goes through a heart transplant and then suddenly starts losing some of her memories while gaining some memories of the heart's original owner. In order for Georgie to actually return back to her normal life from what she calls the "Catch" though, Georgie has to unravel how her new heart's owner really died before she loses all of her memories.
How could I have memories that didn’t belong to me? But they were there, as crystal clear as other memories I knew were mine.
The Forgetting faintly reminds me of a mystery show I once watched every Sunday on CBS (to which I forgot the name of, but it was always before the 10pm news), only this is just a one time thing and everything is back to normal completely (plus, I don't think that detective actually went through a transplant. More like a gut feeling. Either that, or he's a genius). It also reminded me a little of If I Stay and Where She Went, as Georgie spends a good part of the book panicking about not making into Julliard because its been her dream to go Julliard since she was a kid.
Would I graduate on time? Ace my Juilliard audition and start there in the fall?
But while Georgie seems to emphasize stressing and eventually questioning her decision to play the oboe for a lifetime after going (IF) to Julliard, it's very evenly balanced out and doesn't overshadow the overall plot of the book. (Though suddenly doing all the good stuff and whatnot is really odd unless Georgie does this on a daily basis... before the transplant.)

It is, however, pretty obvious that "Jane Doe" has unfinished business from early on in the book with the way the story plays out and how it was written (not that I mind). Some of the characters' actions do seem a little questionable – how does one not go after a person that's taking a file... and not leaving a print out? Or at least go on the hunt for the file? I mean, it's a government building! Seems a little odd they would actually let a file out and don't even try to get it back, unless it's in the future and therefore not part of the book (because what happens to Georgie after doesn't matter too much after she solves the mystery of Jane Doe's death).

Though The Forgetting is a little on the paranormal side (I haven't actually heard anything similar to Georgie's situation in real life), Maggi does convey the realities and horrors of trafficking through her latest book.

4.5 Owls
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☄ Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter (Twisted Chess)

Pawn by Aimee Carter

The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Author:
Aimee Carter
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Reviewer: Sophia

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

In another lifetime, I may just say, "Pawn by Aimee Carter is FANTASTIC! You should totally read it!" (read: sarcasm) and then just go on with life from there.

In reality, Aimee Carter's first book in her newest series is well... okay. Better than The Goddess Test novels if you ask me, but in reading Pawn, I felt as though I was reading The Lying Game again (read: watched the TV show for a while, then stopped). The entire book is about a future America where everyone is tested at seventeen to prove their worth. I's suck and they go to "Elsewhere," II's and III's get a sucky life and job, IV's get a pretty decent life (certainly no short life), V's get a pretty wealthy lifestyle but not as much as VI's, and VII's are the Harts, the "fabulous" rulers and makers of the America of the future.

Has anyone noticed it's almost the exact backwards of how the castes of The Selection trilogy work, only it's not a "caste" that you're born into and stuck in forever? It's a great way to tell some people they're useless without actually hurting their feelings. I think I'd rather stick with being born as a Five or lower and never take the test. My self-confidence wouldn't be deflated.

Kitty Doe is just one of those people. She recently turns seventeen, takes a test, and ends up with a III.

Psychiatrist: So, Kitty Doe, how does it feel to be so close to a IV and decent life? *pauses as Kitty Doe gives answer* Oh, but wait. You don't have to be a III and have a sucky life and job like the other III's. You can be a VII – join the Harts, be a Hart. Doesn't that sound great?

Then again, when that offer is laid on the table, no one actually told Kitty Doe that she would be a Hart – she just got offered to be a VII. The end. Who wouldn't want to be a VII like the Harts and live a life in luxury? But Kitty's agreement to the offer pretty much turns her into Lila Hart, the niece of the Prime Minister, and the only thing that's the same between the two before Kitty is "masked" are their eyes. Complete strangers, not twins like The Lying Game, but still the same concept because Kitty has to act like Lila Hart and unravel the things Lila did before her "death."

Yet throughout the entire book, I also feel as though Lila 2.0 is literally a "pawn" to well... a Hart, and I couldn't help but think this entire book is a game of twisted chess (my first round in my first tournament resulted in me getting forked by a person who had a rating of well... over 1000). The Harts are the chessboard; some of the family members are white, some of them are black; Kitty and some other peeps – perhaps the entire country – are happy or sad little pawns that could potentially become powerful if they're not getting "captured" by the Harts.

Or in another scenario, the country and the people are the chessboard; the Harts are white, the rebels are black; anyone who's questioning the system and aren't sure of what side they're on are pawns. Gray pawns, but are there ever three sides to chess? Ha. Nope.

In terms that probably makes more sense, Kitty is a doormat for the majority of the book. A puppet with a spunky attitude, if you will, and as much Kitty isn't a doormat by the end of the book, I still feel as though Kitty has been played (read: used) by multiple members of the Hart family for their advantage in this complicated game of chess.

Much as this is all politically intriguing, in the world of books, only one side checkmates the other (no matter how complicated enough it gets that it baffles the referees) and the game is over. You shake hands, say good game, and then go on with life. Or perhaps, the next game/round.

So the million dollar question is, will I even bother with the sequel? Perhaps looking into it is the more accurate answer.

3.5 Owls
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☄ Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi (Who R U Really's Bright Side)

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

Gamer Girl
Author:
Mari Mancusi
Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Reviewer: Sophia

What do you do if your ho-hum real life doesn't live up to your amazing virtual reality?

Maddy's life couldn't get much worse. Her parents split and now she's stuck in a small town and at a new school. Most of the time, she retreats into her manga art, but when she gets into the Fields of Fantasy online computer game, she knows she's found the one place she can be herself.

​In the game world, Maddy can be the beautiful and magical Allora and have a virtually perfect life. And she even finds a little romance. But can Maddy escape her real-life problems altogether, or will she have to find a way to make her real world just as amazing as her virtual one?

I was in the process of getting another book entirely at the library when I noticed Mari Mancusi's Gamer Girl peeking out from its hiding place between two other books. Being the occasional gamer myself (though currently I'm being a little too scholarly to even focus on gaming), I could definitely relate to the title (not so much the synopsis).

There's much to love about Gamer Girl: the synopsis made the book sound like a very happy book – something that I've been on the hunt for awhile. The cover is simplistic and gorgeous – it definitely puts down the entire idea of the book with the drawing of the main character, Maddy, and the avatar she uses in a game (Fields of Fantasy) she gets for her birthday shortly after her parents divorce. The interior is just as gorgeous as the cover – the chapter headings depict Maddy's main emotions she's feeling by the end of the chapter.

Mancusi's writing style and use of Maddy's voice is great as well – Maddy is a very relatable character and she has an attitude that isn't annoying, making the book feel perfectly paced as Maddy gets to know SirLeo in Fields of Fantasy and falls in love with him. For awhile it probably feels as though Maddy will find out SirLeo is really an online predator.

Much as I really loved Gamer Girl and Mancusi's writing style, the book feels as though it's aimed more toward middle grade than a high schooler my age. The book is stereotypical with Maddy being bullied by the "Royal Court" as soon as she starts a new school and Maddy tries to escape from the troubles of her reality by entering the gaming world and playing Fields of Fantasy with an elfin character named Allora, someone she would rather be. It all leads to a very cute and adorable ending with the popular guy falling for the outcast – very happy and light-hearted, and certainly not something you're likely to come across in real life, compared to the realistic drama of Margo Kelly's Who R U Really.

5 Owls
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☄ Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Perfect Escape - Guest Post + Giveaway

Title: Perfect Escape (Family Portrait #4)
Author: Gillian Felix
Links: Excerpt | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

One person’s perfect escape is another’s perfect hell.

In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind?

When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him.

After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?

Creating the Perfect Escape
by Gillian Felix

When I sat down to write Perfect Escape my mind was in a different place. I had it all outlined and took out parts of the scripts to include in the book (The Family Portrait series was originally written as a television series. For more on that check out the fun facts page http://familyportrait.plaintalkbm.com/fun-facts-about-the-series/)

While writing the characters interaction with each other, the story took on a life of its own. I’ve known these characters for years but putting them together in the book was much different than in the television series.

Perfect Escape revolves around the life of singing sensation Leighann DaCosta and the aftermath she faces from walking out on a successful singing career in favor of high school. Leighann experiences her first crush, has her first encounter with mean girls, and gets a glimpse of the politics behind the prestigious Westwood Academy of Higher Learning… I’m glad I’m no longer in high school!

Paring Leighann, Joel and Zax came much later in the television series but I bumped it up to book 4. To do that, I had to make sure that storyline wouldn’t unravel the other stories later on. So I got creative and focused on their relationship. I let them tell me what they wanted to do in this new situation. It took me a longer than usual to write Perfect Escape because the dynamics were different. I also had Leighann interact more with her estranged father. In the past, readers had only heard about him from her mother’s skewed point of view. In Perfect Escape the audience gets to know him the same time Leighann does.

On a personal note this book also helped strengthen my relationship with my own father. When I started the book he was alive and well and by the time the book was ready to be published, he died suddenly. So in more ways than one my world has changed from the beginning to the end of this book. I hope you will give this book a chance and see the bigger picture behind the drama.

Author Bio

Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.

Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.

When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.

When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.
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☄ Sunday, January 18, 2015

ARC Review: Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

Going Down in Flames #2
Author:
Chris Cannon
Publication Date: January 19, 2015
Publisher: EntangledTeen
Reviewer: Sophia

Don't just fight the system…burn it.

Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…

But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn't a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.

Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.
Advanced copy provided by EntangledTeen for review – thanks!

Let's get this little fire out of the way before a bigger fire grows: I was not very fond of Going Down in Flames when I read the ARC back in June. It had a fantastic idea and all, but I just didn't like how the story played out, especially the end and Bryn simply damning the Directorate throughout the entire novel. Oh, and the ending did end with another "Damn Directorate."

So.... why did I even bother reading Bridges Burned – I switched the title around for a good week – if I didn't like book one?

Basically it all goes down to a second chance (a rarity that I bestow to authors): I liked the idea behind Going Down in Flames, and the Dragon culture Cannon wrote about. I couldn't exactly let that go to waste without seeing how the next book would play out, especially when the teeny amount of dragon books is compared to the whopping amount of Contemporaries.

So when I signed up to review Bridges Burned, the book would either a) slowly slip into my good graces, or b) burn. Figuratively. I then vowed to throw the book at the wall and out the window if the sequel ended with "Damn Directorate" again.

This series is surely, yet slowly, falling into my good graces. Throughout book two, Bryn and Jaxon team up to investigate the motives of the actions behind the attack in the end of book one. Cannon eventually plunges Bryn into the world of the Blue dragon clan, where Bryn isn't entirely welcomed and the dragons aren't entirely very friendly with her until Bryn does something that meets their approval.

Cannon also seems to give some of the characters a distinct personality that makes them unique rather than simply a cold personality because Bryn is "abnormal and doesn't fit in dragon society." Bryn's grandparents don't seem like something you'll expect from a statue – cold, stern, icy, etc. Jaxon's meant-to-be-antagonizing comments are beginning to sound adorable and amusing (read: entertaining), and his banters with Bryn seem much more natural rather than a mocking that seems forced.
Bryn: Calm down. I’m talking about your social circle, not your mom in particular. How do you know those women are content to be by themselves? How do you know they aren’t sleeping with their gardeners out of spite?
Jaxon: *glares* Our gardener is a seventy-year-old female. If I have nightmares, I’m going to call you and describe them in detail.
I'm enjoying the dialogue between the characters much to the point where I don't really care too much about the overall plot of the series seeming to be slow in its development. But while I don't care too much about the overall plot development being a little slow (there are future books for more plot development), I really dislike how Bryn jumps from one guy to another throughout the majority of the book and is being a little too obsessed with Zavien, even after huge, gaping cracks are developing in their relationship. It almost makes a little too desperate in the romance department and it's starting to fry my nerves.
Bryn tried not to look for Zavien, but his absence gnawed at her. Where was he?
And...
Over the next few days, Bryn found it harder and harder to contain her jealousy. No matter how irrational it was, she hated that Zavien jumped whenever Nola called.
One does not simply pursue someone continuously after being continuously rejected, unless they're desperate.

Though I currently have mixed feelings about the series overall, I honestly enjoyed Bridges Burned much more than Going Down in Flames – perhaps the sun is finally shining through the vortex.
Jaxon: *sighs irritably* Haven't we spent enough time together?
Bryn: You're such a joy to be around I couldn't stay away.
3 Owls
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☄ Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blog Tour: The Body Electric by Beth Revis - Review + Giveaway

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The Body Electric by Beth Revis

The Body Electric
Author:
Beth Revis
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Publisher: Scripturient Books
Reviewer: Sophia

The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.
Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.
Review copy provided by the publisher for review during the blog tour

It's not my first time reading Beth Revis' works, even though I've technically abandoned her other series subconsciously after I started blogging. I had other books to read, and obviously my "ratings" before blogging were screwed since every – almost (of course there were books that I hated) – book was "fantastic." Across the Universe was a great futuristic read and had a fantastic idea, so when I signed up for The Body Electric's blog tour to review, I knew full well that Revis wouldn't likely let me down with a sucky idea that would utterly disappoint me in the long run.

Revis certainly didn't let me down with the idea behind her latest book – The Body Electric is set in the Mediterranean country of Malta in the far future, where nanobots and cyborgs, reveries and dreamscapes are the norm. Ella Shepherd, the daughter of two well-known scientists in this futuristic world booming with technology and science, finds out that not only can she enter into another person's mind while in a reverie, but she soon finds out that she's missing pieces of her past.

The Body Electric starts out the book with a nightmare of Ella's in the first chapter, and then we are introduced to the world, its history, and some of Ella's family history as well, though all three are brief and the complete details are filled in throughout the book.

It's very clear and interesting for a good part of the book – it's not until about 60% that I feel as though my attention is being strayed. I'm interested in reading the most recent books I got from the library (Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi and Pawn by Aimee Carter at the time). I'm interested in other books that were on my winter break reading pile. Merely speaking, I was not interested in The Body Electric anymore, and I was on the hunt for reasons aplenty on why I would DNF this book (typically I'm on the hunt for those reasons since page 1, but it's bad when that's all I'm looking for. Basically, the book's doomed).

Luckily I didn't have many at the time time. As the book continued on and my thoughts were beginning to wander elsewhere... but let's face it: at this point, my attention hasn't strayed far yet because most of my attention is still toward The Body Electric – because I'm a weird person who can literally zone partially out of American History class and still ace the final.

Oh, and I came all the way past 50% – I would feel a little guilty making it all this way and then throwing it off to the side when the book managed to hold my attention for that long. If I want to DNF a book, it's done quite early – definitely before 50% (No, I don't feel guilty). But back to how the book continued.

The bees – no matter how symbolic they were – were beginning to become annoying. And as the book marched on to the end as Ella and Jack try to escape the malicious clutches of the government, the bees' (almost) constant appearance made the book confusing. And I mean very confusing. The reveries began to become confusing, as Ella tried to separate fact from fiction. Revis may have done it on purpose so us readers could get a very realistic feel of how very confused Ella is by this point of the book, but I hate it when I'm confused, even though everything makes sense by the time Ella makes sense of everything. As I mentioned just moments ago, done on purpose for a realistic feel.

But I'm still a little confused at the ending (it's quite weird, and I'm sure it makes sense, but I'm not going to bother turning it around in my head), despite Revis' extraordinary idea behind The Body Electric.

3.5 Owls

Author Bio

Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.

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