Posts Tagged: dystopia

[Review] House Immortal by Devon Monk

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18 April
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Man, it’s been a tough two months. I didn’t mean to disappear so suddenly. I feel like everyone in my house has been sick since mid-February. They might possibly have been. I couldn’t focus on reading and  couldn’t write reviews and I was just a big ball of useless. I’m actually starting to feel better now, so here’s hoping that everything is looking up from here on out! This is totally my first time reading Devon Monk, which is silly, because she has a huge bibliography already. No matter, I finally got into her books after looking into getting on… Read more »

[Arc Review] Atlantia by Ally Condie

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24 September
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I finished this book the day before yesterday and I’ve already forgotten most of the details. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t spectacular. It was without note and bearing. Just sort of there, I guess. Meh? I tried reading Ally Condie’s other series, Matched, and I got to the third book and while I was curious to see how the story was going to pan out, I wasn’t curious enough to pick the book up and actually read it. I mean, the covers were cool and mirrored the three pills, the world building was interesting enough and I wanted… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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10 September
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This book had so much going for it. I loved the ideas set forth, that these surrogates, with their mental abilities to change and shape living things, could fix  what was essentially an inbreeding issue. I loved that Violet, the main character, actually worried consistently about her bodily autonomy and that of her fellow surrogates. I loved the terrible world they lived in where royalty would treat the young women who would bear their children as cattle or a very expensive pet. It was horrible and refreshing in its lack of boundaries. But then the love interest showed up. It was… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

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23 August
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Thank you, On The Same Page, for sending me this lovely ARC!  I’m going to have an awful hard time reviewing this book because the last chapter went completely pear shaped. I have a vague sense of what happened, which I think is the point, but it was still disorienting and upsetting. If this is a series, the ending is quite bleak, and the next book would have to come from a different POV. If it’s a standalone, damn, that’s one depressing ending. Up until everything goes sideways, the book is pretty interesting –interesting in a train wreck sort of… Read more »

[Review] Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duval

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21 July
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There was this one time Ann Aguirre was giving away books if you signed up for her email newsletter and this was the only book on the list that I hadn’t read or didn’t own. It includes her short story Thistle and Thorn, which I’ve seen her tweet about people demanding more from that universe. I figured it’s about time to see what the fuss is about. Dawn of Eden (4.5 stars) The first novella in the book is by Julie Kagawa, whom, wait for it, I’ve never read a single thing from. Gasp! I know! How did that happen?… Read more »

[Arc Review] Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe

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08 July
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One thing this book taught me? How to spell paradigm. Wow. I’m really surprised that no one else on my Goodreads friend’s list has read this book or even have it on their radar. I’ve been somewhat burnt out on dystopia for the past year or so because nothing can quite live up to the one’s that are attempting to be emulated. Paradigm has a 1984 vibe, where everyone in the community does only useful things and frivolous creativity is no longer allowed and deemed dangerous. Inventing is okay, but art and music and selfish things that detract from the community… Read more »

[ARC Review] Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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23 February
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For me, Fire & Flood is actually 3.5 stars and I rounded it up to 4 stars. I liked Fire & Flood, but I am not in love with this book. I don’t want to shout from the rooftops or start buying copies for all my friends yet. I think the book has potential. The best way I can describe how I feel about Fire & Flood is for me it was like a bland date with a guy you thought would knock your socks off. In the end, you like the guy, might even go on another date, but… Read more »