Thursday, January 8, 2015

Short Reviews - January 2015

Cress by Marissa Meyer

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

2.5 Star Rating - Recommended Age: 13+
The book is interesting because it continues the story of Cinder, but the main character of the book doesn't satisfy like Scarlet did.  The story of Cress is lackluster at best, but the revelation of secrets and the introduction of what I assume will be the next character makes up for it.

Born by Tara Brown

"It's us and them, Em. There are no regular people anymore."  Ten years ago when the world ended she ran for her life.  Five weeks ago the world she'd hidden from came knocking on the door of her secluded cabin.  Ten days ago she found salvation hiding amongst the dead.  Yesterday she went back for the living.  Today she wonders if she will live to see tomorrow.

What do you do when the world you were born to is gone?  Where do you hide when even your own body isn't safe?

Emma ran when her daddy told her to. She hid like he said she should. He was the first person she turned her back on. The first one she let die.  Ten years has gone by and she still lives by the simple rules he taught her when she was nine years old.  "Don't help anyone. Don't go where other people are unless you have to. Trust no one. Always pull the trigger."  Until one night she hears the worst sound in the world, a knock. A simple, timid knock, on the door to her cabin.  Only the voice of the brave little girl, ready to die for her brother, persuades Emma to open the door.  As her fingers turn the lock, she has a terrible feeling she will regret her decision.

But even as regret fills her world, so do love and companionship. Things she never imagined she would ever have again.  Everything comes at a cost; you decide what you'll pay.

3.5 Star Rating - Recommended Age:  15+
Another post-apocalyptic story, written with a very fast pace.  No spending pages reading through scene descriptions and waiting for action.  The storyline is very good and reminds me of the Walking Dead.  The danger isn't only from the infected but the humans that are left as well.  Emma is a strong character and believable in her toughness yet innocence.  The attraction that springs up between Jake and her and she and Will adds some romanticism to a very dark world.

Bound by Kira Saito

Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.

When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.

However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined.

1 Star Rating - Recommended Age:  No One
I tried, I really, really tried.  It started off with promise, and then when I started to get into the story, here comes a rant from the main character on how men only want one thing and rich boys only think about cars, girls and clothes.  Not once, but throughout the book.  It was so distracting, annoying and frustrating that whatever plot the book had was overshadowed.  The revelation of the "mystery"...non-existent.  No suspense, no buildup, no "A-HA" moment, no lead up, not even a "Huh...didn't see that coming."  This could have been a great story, given the plot, but it was just horrible.