Rose Society: A Book Review

Right now, what I want is the throne. Enzo’s power. A perfect revenge. And all the Inquisitors, queens, and Daggers in the world won’t be able to stop me.

Book: Rose Society (Young Elites #2)

Author: Marie Lu

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)

Blurb:

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

My thoughts:

Initially when I read this book, I loved it. I gasped in all the right places, cried when I needed to and I smirked where I was supposed to. I fell in love with one character and out of love with another (fickle, fickle me and fickle, fickle MC) but when I sat down to write this review, I rethought everything.

If Young Elites was supposed to be the birth of a villain, then Rose Society is about the life of a villain. Marie Lu promised!

Don’t get me wrong there was thievery, manipulation, murder; it was all part of Adelina’s routine.  But honestly, it got sort of boring.
Yes Adelina, we know you want power. Yes Adelina, we know you want revenge. Yes Adelina, we understand that somehow your plots make perfect sense inside your head-wait do we?

For once- just once I want to read about a sane villain. Someone in total control of their mental faculties, someone playing with a full deck of cards. Someone who can’t blame their evil, evil deeds on hallucinations and delusions. I want to read about a villain who truly works for the “greater good”. I want  arguments which make perfect logical sense (if not moral sense) and a villain whose deeds become gradually darker over time.
Adelina is not that villain. Rose Society is not that book.

In Rose Society, we explore the depraved and vengeful hot mess that is Adelina’s mind. In Young Elites, Adelina was cynical. In this book, she’s graduated into full-blown paranoia. Everyone hates her. Everyone is plotting against her. She can trust no one. Wah. Wah. Wah.
This book is a study in insanity. But goddamnit, I wanted a study on evil!

Doesn’t mean this book doesn’t have it’s strong points.
Magiano for the win! Yes he’s a kleptomaniac thief who has the compulsion to steal things. Also, he’s good looking, plays a musical instrument and is the perfect mixture of skeptical and happy.
Raffaele has become awesome. I detested him in the last book- he is so freaking perfect (until he’s not). But as he does his share of nefarious things, sacrificing his body and soul for the benefit of his “people”, to my disgust, I found myself admiring him.
Sisterly support is strong in this book, but then I sort of expected it after the last great reveal in the first book.

If you plan to read this book, keep in mind that Adelina is mentally unstable and so she is violent. If you were looking for a book about a sane villain, this is not it.
If she was tried in modern day courts, she’d probably be sent for intense psychiateric treatment instead of a jail.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Books Similar to this: A Court of Thorn and Roses

Quotables:

We are drawn to stories,” he says in a soft voice, “and every scar carries one.”

“When you’re all alone in a world that hates and fears you, you want to find others like yourself. New friends. Elite friends

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Gathering Frost: A Book Review

I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister.A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood – my mother, my life, my very world.
But I’m not.
I’m not the good guy.
I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves.”

Book: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)
Author: Katilyn Davis

Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1)

Blurb:

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care…even to love. Working as a member of the queen’s guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen’s runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Jade is tasked with an unusual mission–to let the Prince capture her, to make him trust her, and then to betray his secrets to the crown. In return, she’ll earn her freedom. But life outside the queen’s realm is more than Jade bargained for. Under Asher’s relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she’s ever known–and, more importantly, whose side she’s really on.

My thoughts:

it’s a rare case when the cover actually reflects the rest of the book. Gathering Frost by Katilyn Davis is one of those few mythical things; the cover’s gorgeous. Really…but somehow it feels insubstantial and cliched.

Throughout the book, this theme seems to express itself over and over again…
That makes this book seem bad, somehow. But that’s not exactly what I meant.

There’s one reason I’m morbidly terrified of writing a full length novel. It only partially has something to do with the amount of time and dedication it would require. My ideas, my inspiration-so if you will- come in the form of images. Scenes like two people angrily arguing, triumphant scenes with someone performing, sad scenes in which someone’s crying or action-packed scenes where there’s a one on one fight. These scenes are the big scenes, the dramatic ones. They are the pivot points around which the events of the book and the characters revolve. This works great when it’s a short-story or a poem; I have to connect two or three scenes,max. But, Oh My God,  it’s a whole different story (no pun intended) when I’m trying to write out a full length novel. Instead of one scene, I have 20, 30, 50. I find myself writing these scenes first and then doing my best to connect them as logically as possible. Obviously as logical as possible isn’t always logical enough. So, my longer pieces sound choppy and are full of inconsistencies and logical fallacies. Individually, they’re beautiful (In my opinion, of course) but when I try to thread them together, they seem like a cheap and tacky soap.

So is there a point to all my rambling? Hold on for a second-I’m getting there. I think Katilyn Davis writes in a way similar to me. I don’t know if all writers write this way but it’s just more obvious in some works or even if Ms. Davis actually writes that way; It only feels this way to me.

Individually the scenes and the characters are beautiful and perfect (I love the way Ms. Davis uses her words so gorgeously and effectively) but together they just seem over-dramatic and cheap. Considering she’s kind of a Wattpad celebrity,  I can see how this style of writing developed but in a book published professionally it looks (and feels) very, very tacky.

I’m not about to accuse without giving examples. Our MC Jade, is a girl who’s been cut off from emotions her whole life (this is kind of sketchy, but I’ll come to this later). As such, I can imagine that feeling new emotions would be…overwheming. But I think Jade takes it a little too far; In about 3/4th the book, she’s either crying, dramatically running away from something or screaming angrily. I found this in turns pathetic and annoying because Jade is marketed as a ice-cold, calculating and skilled bitch. Way to lose the hype, people.

Staying on the topic of main characters, let’s talk love interest. Personally, I don’t get him. Sure he’s cute when he’s making fight club references and joking about the ending of sleeping beauty. But I just don’t get the attraction. He busted the self-sacrificing, self-pitying hero trope going past Harry Potter and even Bella Swan- and I don’t mean this in a good way. Perhaps it’s my character flaw that I can’t understand him, but I prefer to think of it as an elemental flaw in his.

I’m getting lazy now, but I promised to come back to the whole ‘having no feelings is sketchy again’. For someone who’s supposedly a mechanical robot who ‘puts the good-guys in the grave’, she shows a surprising amount of fear, desire, lust, curiosity and remorse.  Without these human qualities in our narrator, I would have left this book after a couple of chapters. I can’t help but quibble- it’s a huge, gaping plothole in front of me.

This makes it sound like the book was bad. It wasn’t. It wasn’t good either but the beautifully metaphoric writing and interesting background made it a decent read instead of a DNF. I think Katilyn Davis has a lot of potential (this is only the first time she’s published something that’s never been  posted on Wattpad or Smashwords before) so she’s practically a debut author. Now that sentence probably looked as pretentious and preachy as hell (Who am I to comment? I’m just a blogger who’s never written a full book in her life) but I don’t mean to be patronizing. Consider that sentence more hopeful than anything else: If Katilyn Davis can improve her writing, I have a pretty good chance too.

Overall Rating: 2/5

Born Wicked: A Book Review

Book: Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author/Authoress: Jennifer Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Cover:3/5

Plot:4/5

Blurb:

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

My Thoughts:

No offense to whoever decided the blurb was a good description of the book but it definitely is not. The discrepancies start in the first line. Contrary to what the blurb suggests, this book is not full of Mary Sue’s who are way too pretty, way too smart and way too mysterious. The sister’s are all pretty relatable; they have their own flaws and foot-in-the-mouth moments.

A large part of the plot relies on the worldbuilding, and Oh My God! What a world! Set in an alternate version of the US, where witchcraft exists and is stifled. The history of the world is confusing at first, but here it’s in a nutshell.  Around 100 years ago, the Brotherhood gained power, killing all the witches and then setting  up a Puritan-like regime under which women have no power and very few rights. They use the witches’ power to justify suppressing  women and making them subservient.

But what I liked most about the book were the sibling dynamics. Favouritism, jealousy, teasing, rivalry- this book had it all. Though the sister’s sometimes go out of the way to get on each other’s nerves, at the end of the day, they’d do anything to keep each other safe and happy.

Characters:4/5

As far as characters go, Cate Cahill is as good as you get. An admirable character despite all her flaws;She’s fiercely protective of her sisters, but at the same time somewhat resentful of them. After all, she has to play disciplinarian to her two contrary, wilder, free-spirited sisters, and it sucks the life out of her to do so. She’s angry with the Brotherhood and the rules of the world, and though she tries concealing it, it shows. She’s distrustful of the world around her and deeply paranoid that someone will figure out the secret of her sisters. As a result she keeps everyone at arm’s length but she tries (she really tries) to help people who are unable to help themselves. She hates her own magic because she hates that it puts them all in danger of being found out.

Maura and Tess have less screen time than Cate does. But Maura is a very interesting character. Sometimes spiteful and petty, she’s jealous of Cate. Unlike Cate, she fully embraces her magic and resents Cate for cautioning her. She’s a true romantic but at the same time, she’s resolved to marry pragmatically. The reason for this becomes clear near the end of the book. Tess is the sweet, bookish younger sister. Precocious, quiet and wise- both of her older sisters adore her. Yet, Tessa seems to be closer to Cate than Maura.

Elena is another fascinating character. She’s a governess sent from the Sisterhood (a convent like organisation). Right from the start she’s unpredictable. The sister’s expected a governess who was old, traditional and stuffy ; instead they got Elena’s pretty, intelligent and fashionable. She pushes the sisters towards entering the Sisterhood instead of the more  conventional marriage route. She’s a manipulative and cunning women who quickly wins Maura’s favour. Cate dislikes her for thoroughly winning Maura over (part of it is jealousy), and distrusts her motives.

Romance:2/5

Yuck! There’s a love triangle. On one side, we have the best friend, Paul-  a successful architect and someone who understands Cate’s thirst for adventure. On the other wee have the bookish, deeply loyal, mostly innocent gardener- who’s thoroughly unsuitable. Oh angst, angst, angst. Who will Cat choose?  That was sarcasm, by the way.

Ending:3/5

Where did that come from? Out of nowhere, that’s where. I can honestly say: I did not see that coming. But if there’s one thing that the ending succeeded in , it was in making me impatient for the next book .

Plotholes:4/5

The blurb is a bit iffy and I’m not on board with all the romance in this book. But I really did love the complicated relationship between the sisters as well as the firendiships developed in the book. I think that more than balances things out. The strong feminist messages in the book also scored the book a couple of points (or more than a couple, really) with me along with all the diversity ( we have Japanese, African-Americans and some lesbian characters in the book- all who play a major role)

Overall Rating:3/5

A fun read, that can get pretty intense at times. Don’t read this book for the romance; read it for the familial relationships.

 

 

5th Wave: Book Review

Book: 5th Wave

Author/Authoress: Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

Cover:4/5

It’ pretty, isn’t it? It also fits the book pretty well. In fact, I can imagine several scenes in which the picture on the cover would be appropriate. 4/5 stars for this cover.

Plot:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up

Contrary to what the blurb suggests, this book is not about zombies. Not even close. It’s about aliens. Evil aliens.

For some reason (which is not revealed in this book but which will probably be revealed later), aliens decide to take over the Earth. Not content with simply being considered superior and having humans completely downtrodden, they want to remove all humans from the face of the Earth. And to do so they will go to extreme lengths. Really extreme. By extreme they mean much more than electromagnetic waves which prevent satellites and electricity from working and diseases for which there is no cure. I can’t tell you much more about the plot without give you spoilers. Just let it be known that it’s spooky, creepy and at points nail-bitingly scary. And more full of twists and turns than a road up a mountain.

Characters: 4/5

Cassie: Cassie is an overly-sarcastic and flawed (she knows it too) heroine who made a promise to her dear and departed Dad to keep her brother safe. Except he gets captured by aliens in the disguise of soldiers. So it’s her job to get him back. As soon as you read the first few pages, it’s obvious that she’s deeply paranoid and missing a few marbles here and there. But we can excuse her for that. After all, she has been through a lot. Fans of Katsa (from Graceling) and Penryn (from Angelfall) will probably love this character.

Evan: He’s the love interest. And is a pretty interesting character if I do say so myself.  Just as insane as Cassie and defintiely more dangerous. He saves Cassie’s life (this is debatable). However I really can’t tell you much without giving major spoilers. But since, I want to talk some more about this awesome character, let me give you 3 words: He’s a traitor. Okay that tells you a lot while telling you absolutely nothing. But hopefully, this hint makes you curious enough to read this book.

Ben Parish: This guy carries a whole lot of emotional burden. Ben Parish is driven by a desire for revenge against the aliens who murdered his sister, and his own guilt because he was unable to stop them. He’s crazily loyal and a pretty fierce protector. He would have made an ideal soldier but then he finds out the evil plot. Good for him, not so much for the aliens. Also, for some reason it is impossible to simply refer to him as Ben. Hence he is always known as either Ben Parish or zombie.

Nugget: He’s Cassie’s little brother and is sometimes stupidly naïve and trusting. But he’s only 5 so I guess it’s pretty much justified. I think one thing I envy him for is his blind faith in Cassie and then in Ben. Despite being so young, he’s pretty much able to hold up his own in the team and I found his POV super interesting.

Besides these gems, we also have side characters who are pretty well rounded. We have the emotionally-stunted, Annie-Oakley like Ringer (three guesses why that’s her nickname in the Army) and the brilliant survivor who used to be Cassie’s dad.

Romance:2/5

Okay, the romance in this was pretty bad. For some reason, Cassie has a huge crush on Ben Parish, a guy who she hasn’t seen since the beginning of the end of the world. …we-ird.

Then, if the romance between Cassie and Evan was a pattern of  footsteps, it would be like: one small step, one small step, a huge leap, another leap, run back as fast as possible, stampede forward (the space of four huge, flying leaps). Definitely weird. But if it’s any consolation, there was some chemistry between the two. And it wasn’t just because both of them were kind of crazy and weird.

Dialogue:4/5

This book is extremely quotable. We have the deep, profound stuff like:

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity

“What doesn’t kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us. You’re beating plowshares into swords, Vosch. You are remaking us. We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo. And we will be your masterpiece.”

And there’s the badass, honest stuff which somehow just makes you proud to be human:

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

“You can only call someone crazy if there’s someone else who’s normal. Like good and evil. If everything was good, then nothing would be good.”

“When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face–the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up–when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can’t get up and you can’t give up either, here’s what you do: Crawl.”

And then there were sentences that were humorous in a dark sort of way. Just what you need when you’re in the middle of a book full of the scary and the serious.

“We’d stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You’d think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn’t.”
“There’s an old saying about truth setting you free. Don’t buy it. Sometimes the truth slams the cell door shut and throws a thousand bolts.”
“What were they thinking? ‘It’s an alien apocalypse! Quick, grab the beer!”
“I would kill for a cheeseburger. Honestly. If I stumbled across someone eating a cheeseburger, I would kill them for it.”
Plotholes:3/5
The romance= Not good. Other than that, I don’t really have any complaints.
Overall Rating:3.5/5
Freakishly scary in some parts, this is what I had hoped what the Ender’s Game would be like. Anyone who’s a fan of aliens, apocalypses, survival and dystopian need to read this book. Falls in the same category as Ashfall by Mike Mullin, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Unwind by Neal Shusterman or Angelfall by Susan Ee.

 

The Darkest Minds:A Book Revew

Book: The Darkest Minds

Author/Authors: Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Cover:2/5

There was nothing wrong with the cover …. But nothing really made it stand out (you would think that the orange on the cover would be like a flashing beacon, but no it actually isn’t). Combined with the fact that Disney was the publisher (I’m not really a Disney princess fan; not when they messed up the fairytales so much) , this book really didn’t look so appealing. So, I passed it up for a long time despite its good rating for other books with better covers (but inferior content). Moral of the story for publishers: Readers judge books by their covers. Moral of the story for readers: Trust your fellow readers and goodreads.com; seriously, they rarely guide you wrong.

Plot:5/5

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

The plot in this book deserves more than 5 stars. It was attention grabbing and I’ve definitely never seen something like this before in this genre. If any such book exists, it’s a cheap knockoff (even if that book was written earlier)

Characters:5/5

The characters in this book were amazing. From Ruby, the main character to Chubs (I guess his designation is the sidekick but he was too smart for me to think of him as one) to Zu, the adorable little girl who was mentally traumatized enough into not speaking. Most books have one character (if they’re lucky) who stands out. But the awesome thing about this book is that there are many such characters.

Ruby: Ruby starts off at the beginning of the book knowing almost nothing about the world she lives in. But she has a good reason for this. Ever since she turned 10, she’s been stuck in a rehabilitiation camp (the concentration variety) because the adults are scared of her awesome super powers. So far this sounds like the plot to a cheesy comic, right? Wrong. Let’s just drive the stakes a little bit higher. Majority of the children in America had succumbed to a mysterious illness and died. The rest…developed super powers. Naturally everyone was scared. So they stuck their kids in camps which were designed to make the powers go away. That’s one brilliant thing about this book: The government and adults acted almost exactly like you would expect them to act in such a situation. However because this is dystopian fiction, the camps are horrible. The children in them are mistreated- the most dangerous ones are killed, the rest are treated brutally, not allowed to talk, forced to do hard menial labour, etc. Disturbingly,there are several parallels between the ‘rehabilitation camps’ and the Jewish concentration camps set up in Nazi Germany during WWII. But this really didn’t set in for me until Ruby tells us how her mom had told she would be allowed to shave when she was 12 but she didn’t actually do so until she was almost 16. In this book, Ruby is special because she is one of the last ‘oranges’ (that’s a code name for her power level and basically means she can mess with people’s minds- literally! ) and also dangerous for that reason. But here’s the catch: She has no idea to control her powers. Right from the beginning we can see how much her powers scare her. With one touch, she erased her best friends memory. <spoiler> somewhere in the middle we learn that she also erased her parent’s memory and in the end she erases Liam’s memory.<okay, relax spoiler’s over>. Ruby’s a good character. She’s nice without being too sugary. Scared enough without being a total coward. Powerful but not invincible and awkward enough without being cringe-worthy.

Liam: If Ruby’s a good character, than Liam is an even better one. Having come from a less notorious camp, he’s less troubled than Ruby and much nicer, sweeter and more naive for it. Liam is the kind of guy who has an actual personality. As soon as he meets her, Liam is all for travelling with Ruby. However this is not because of some twisted love-at-first-sight thing (thank god!) but more a reflection of his personality. He’s not the type of love interest whose life would revolve around his love for the MC. Ahem, Malcahi from Sanctum, I’m looking at you. No, Liam had much more going for him such as his need to help others and his  loyalty to his friend. Definitely a swoon-worthy romantic love interest.

Zu: It’s hard to learn about a character who doesn’t talk. I mean, can’t talk. Although no one ever says what, it’s implied that Zu was tortured and tested upon in the camp and was so affected she stopped speaking. Despite the fact that she doesn’t talk, it wasn’t exactly hard to learn about her. She’s a yellow (that means she can make stuff explode) but more importantly, she’s a loving little girl who’s interested in dressing up, needs a serious dose of self-confidence and fiercely loyal to her family (whether they’re related to her by blood or just bound together by necessity).

Chubs: Chubs is a character I really enjoyed. Annoyingly assured his intelligence was superior, a little bit (okay, actually a lot) distrustful and insecure- he’s the type of character who grows on you. And he didn’t just grow on me as a reader, he grew on Ruby too. As he came to trust her more, they had surprisingly insightful and profound discussions.

Clancy: This is a character who oozes charisma (not surprising, since he is the President’s son). At first I was kind of annoyed with him for appearing because I really didn’t want a love triangle. But there’s a lot going on underneath the polished and charming exterior of this boy. I guess you could call him the villain of the piece but I was never really able to muster up any real hatred for this character (By the way, Ruby wasn’t able to either). Sure he was petty, arrogant and jealous with a strong cruel streak. But that somehow added to his charm (believe me, I know how messed up that sounds) but somehow he managed to make it all up with a short letter to Ruby.

R-

I lied. I would have run.

-C

 

Romance: 5/5

The romance in this book was surprisingly good. It wasn’t too heavy, neither was it too light. It didn’t hurt that the characters involved in it were so brilliant either.

Plotholes: 4/5

 This book was surprisingly realistic. I mean if a virus such as IANN did exist I could imagine the world (or at least America) going to Hell in a handbasket like this. Of course there were some unhealthy messages in here. For example, Ruby’s whole relationship with Clancy but the book made it clear that the relationship was unhealthy.

Overall Rating: 5/5

No, I’m not surprised I gave this book a five star rating and you shouldn’t be either. It was amazing, I promise you and totally deserves this rating. Buy this books as soon as possible so that you can read it over and over and over again.