Matched (Matched #1)

Matched

Author: Ally Condle
Published: November 30, 2010
Pages: 369

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

Review:

This story is a mix between George Orwell’s 1984 and the Giver. It’s a story about idealism from a young girl that turns into a drive to fight/rebel. I have always been a fan of the poem- Do not go gentile into that good night. I liked how this poem was a driving force for the main character. What brought this story down for me was the romance. I felt like it was ridiculous and was to much of an adolescent make believe love story. I think if the author would have focused more on the big brother aspect, the story would have flowed smoother. The relationship seemed forced instead of letting it develop naturally.

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty #1)

Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published: January 28, 2014
Pages: 352

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Review:

I’m not sure how to rate this book. When I started reading it, I was disappointed and upset wih myself for buying the book. This book is based off various mythological legends. The beginning of the book is saturated with them and I found it difficult to read. I don’t remember how many times I put down the book, not wanting to pick it up again. I’m surprised I actually finished reading it. The book finally became interesting half way to a third of the way threw the book. But unless you are a mythology buff/extremist/obsessed, then I’m not sure you will enjoy the book to the extent the author wanted.

The plot held enormous potential but was disappointed with the actual outcome of the story. The main character is strong, cruel, and is always fighting what she feels she should be like/do with how she actually is. I guess I wasn’t able to relate, connect, or really get lost in the story.

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)

Sweet Evil

Author: Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1, 2012
Pages: 447

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Review:

The main character, Anna, is what one would label a goody-to-shoe. She doesn’t lie, do drugs, and even reminds the teacher to collect homework. It’s almost sickening how good she is. If it wasn’t for her darker urges, I think I would have put the book down because reading about a perfect girl who is ungodly good is just disgusting and not at all appealing in a character.

Anna is able to see other peoples emotions or auras in color ever since she was an infant. She also has extended senses. She always thought she was unique and alone in her gifts. That is until she met Kaiden. Kaiden is the tall dark and sexy type who is as mysterious and he is alluring. Come to find out he is the offspring of a demon while Anna is the offspring of a demon and angel.

The emotions behind this book are complicated. The romance reminds me of the high school forever love- not always practical but strong non the less. I don’t really go for angel books. This book was borderline to churchy. I didn’t always get the infatuation between Anna and Kaiden. And then the possible love triangle with Kopano. Overall, I was captivated by the plot.

Written in Red (The Others #1)

Written in Red

Author: Anne Bishop
Published: March 5, 2013
Pages: 433

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Review:

This book is interesting in how society was created and the status quo is maintained. Written in red is a book where paranormal creatures, or Others as they are referred to, run the town and very possibly the world. Humans are given the slang name and referee to as Hairless gibbering monkeys and are hardly tolerated. The book switches character perspective throughout each chapter. At first I found this annoying but most of the perspectives were from Meg or Simon and that wasn’t bad. Meg is a unique character because she is able to tell the future when she cuts her skin. Simon is the leader of lakeside courtyard and hires Meg. I’m still not sure what kind of relationship Meg and Simon develop, but nonetheless, its intriguing.

The book is interesting in how it’s not a typical romantic viewpoint on paranormals. I’m not sure I would consider this book a mystery, romance, or suspense. I’m not actually sure what category this book would fall under. It was entertaining, the plot was well created, but wished something more came from Simon and Meg.