Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Echo

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Echo is a well written book with a great story that you simply dive into and find hard to put down until you turn the last page. Taking place on Earth-Two, I find it fascinating that humans now are born with a little something extra.

I don't want to give away too much about this book, but I do have to say I love the dynamics between all of the characters and the stress that they go through to save their beloved home. With the end of the world impending, it's a fight to save Earth-Two and everyone they love.

The only issue I had with the book, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of 5, is that the ending seemed to come very abruptly. With all the build up of the final scene, you feel almost like a ride cut short and lacking a little bit of oomph that matched the rest of the book. I honestly felt that a little bit more could have fit in at the end where more could have been explained. Other than that, this was a very excellent book and I highly recommend it!

*This book was given freely by the author for my honest review.*

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Pretties

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We meet up with Tally again in this book to discover that what she ended up fighting against at the end of the last book has come to fruition.

Being Pretty seems to be a wonderful way of life. No anger. No jealousy. No hatred. No freedom of choice... Wonderful? Tally soon comes to realize that this way of life is not what she had originally planned for herself and she needs to find some way to break herself of the mindless daze she's been put under.

In this continuing saga of Tally Youngblood, we go on a journey of fears and struggles that many of us endure whether we realize it or not. To fit in or to stand out?

This book really was an excellent continuation from the first book. You cannot help but cheer for Tally as she pushes through her daze and overcomes so many obstacles. My only complaint is the Pretties' language... it can get rather annoying. But it is the way they speak and we have to understand that from that perspective to understand just how badly their minds are altered to think and act in one way and one way only.

Excellent book.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a post-apocalyptic world, the world has moved on. But for the better or for worse? In this world, you're an Ugly... someone who hasn't gone through the rite of passage of massive surgery and cannot mingle with the others. The Pretties. This book preys upon the idea of being individual. Where everyone is cookie cutter perfect and being different is to be wrong and ugly.

We follow the story of Tally Youngblood and what she goes through, first fighting to be a Pretty... then the discovery of inner beauty and her fight to save people she loves from becoming just another mindless drone.

I loved this story. I loved following Tally on her journey and seeing what the world is like from Scott Westerfeld's mind when the world is ruined. Truly, it's interesting and scary. The idea that to fit in and belong in that society, one must undergo massive cosmetic surgery, changing just about everything in the way we look and think is horrifying! I cannot wait to begin the second book and follow Tally even more.

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