Book Review: Unwind (Unwind Dystology: Book 1)

img_1523Rating: 5/5 stars.

Ahhh!!! I’m still not sure how to put my thoughts into words for this book. It was intense. It was twisted. It was messed up. But it was good, in a way.

There has been a Second American Civil War. Pro-Life against Pro-Choice. The two sides finally reached an agreement known as The Bill of Life. A child’s life may not be aborted or ended in any way… But from ages thirteen to eighteen, the parents of the child may have him or her “unwound”. The process of “unwinding” doesn’t “technically” end his/her life, rather he/she is just living in a new way as his/her organs and body parts are given to people who need them. Connor is a rebel teen who has gotten into too much trouble too many times and now he’s a runaway. Risa is a state ward who is going to be unwound because of budget cuts. Levi is a tithe: part of the ten percent to be given to God. So he is prepared to be unwound.

Let’s start with these characters. I loved them, alright?! They were engaging and unique. Connor has a temper which at leads to him acting before thinking. He’s not a strong and buff kind of guy, but he can still be cruel when he’s lost his temper. He’s also sarcastic. Risa’s smart and inventive. She has a lot of useful skills. She is able to come up with a cover story on the spot. She can defend herself pretty well too. Levi, normally called Lev, makes some very bad decisions. Some because it was the way he was raised, others because his hatred and anger was used against him and he was led astray. But, in the end, I think he’ll turn out alright.

It was very exciting and intense right from the start. How could a runaway story not be intense (Especially when the government is after you.)? Things finally let up for a little bit, but it didn’t last. Let me just say, what an ending! It was shocking, unexpected, but totally fits this kind of story. It is a kind of sad and happy ending that gives you the feeling that better times are ahead.

The writing was not something I’m used to, but really good. It was third person, but in present tense.

This was so thought provoking. Christianity was so twisted as to make Christians see unwinding as good. Some characters struggled with believing in God since He had let all this bad stuff happen. Characters discussed questions that they didn’t necessarily have the answers to. For example: Did they have souls? If they did, when did they get their souls: in the womb, when they born, etc.? Were they alive after being unwound? These and other questions really made me think. Some of these questions could be asked even in our own time.

There was a bit of language, but not a lot. There was a time when this boy almost, almost raped this girl, but it was stopped before anything actually happened. One kid said that he had two dads, but it never went into detail. There was a few intense kisses and it was suggested that the characters wanted it to become something more, but they never went through with that. There’s violence, but I didn’t feel like it was graphic. Some kids blew up themselves to kill other people. The story shifts to a kid’s perspective as he is being unwound, but nothing was actually described because the kid couldn’t see or feel what was happening.

This was such an interesting read, I’m excited to see how the rest of this series turns out. It is not as creepy as you would think. I’d recommend this to older turn just for some of the content. If you want something different, go read this.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen: Book 2)

imageRating: 5/5 stars.

This had a really different setting from the first book. I think I liked the first one a little bit more, but this was still great.

Mare and Cal are on the run. They’re wanted fugitives, framed for murdering the king. But Mare is something special. She is a Red, but she has Silver abilities, abilities to control lightning. She was a weapon once controlled by the royal court, but now part of a rebellion. And she has just learned something that may be key to winning this war: there are more like her. So she and a few others race to find them and ask them to join the rebels, before Maven comes and kills them. But treachery and betrayal have begun to harden her heart. Will she become the monster she fears?

Mare goes through some dark stuff in this book. At times, she seems almost evil and I feel so bad for her. She has learned to not trust anyone, but that is nearly impossible. She is captivating and heartbreaking and maddening all at the same time. I just hope that she doesn’t become the monster that she is starting to believe she is. Cal, I really like. I loved how he developed in this one. He is a soldier, a general, a leader. But now he’s broken and I don’t know where his allegiance lies. I just kept hoping that he’d never betray Mare throughout this book. Maven, oh Maven, where is the man that Mare fell in love with? He has become such and evil and twisted character, but it makes the book all the more intriguing. I’m excited to see how this will end for him. Shade has become a new favorite of mine.  He is much smarter and sneakier than he allows himself to appear to be. Oh, and his ability is so cool. Farley is a lady with a hardened heart, but I think she finally starts to soften up in this one.

This book didn’t have the intrigue that the first one had, but there was still plenty of suspense  and action and thrill. There were more betrayals, which just about killed me. Agh! This really has you always guessing on who to trust. The danger levels were heightened. There were so many moments where I thought: “How can this ever end well?” It scared me. It saddened me. And it was literally electrifying. That ending tore at my heart! Oh no!!!

The writing was just as fantastic as the first one. I love how the author writes first person. It was beautiful.

There were a very few amount of bad words. Some kisses were shared. Two people slept together, but not necessarily out of love, just because. It was implied that two people who had just come from a bedroom together were doing something sexually.

Overall, this was great. It wasn’t as good as the first one, but it was still amazing. Next book come soon!

-G. Paige

Book Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4)

Winter_CoverRating: 5/5 stars.

Oh my word! This was a great conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles! I loved it!!! I want more by this author.

Cinder, Wolfe, Thorne, and Cress have a plan to get on Luna, but things go wrong when they land. Soon they’re split up all over Luna and they must find a way to get to people of Luna to side with Cinder if they’re ever going to have any chance of defeating Levana. Meanwhile Winter, the stepdaughter of Levana, has depised Levana for years. She is in love with Jacin, a palace guard who has been her friend all her life. If she gets the chance, she wants to help Cinder overthrow Levana, but Levana might kill her first.

Winter and Jacin are now like my top favorite characters (just behind Cinder and Kai). Winter was kind, sweet, in love, and had this quiet funniness to her. She was also going crazy and it was so sad and messed up. I just wanted to comfort her. Thank goodness Jacin was there for her. He was so willing to do anything for Winter. I mean anything, even turn against friends to keep Winter safe. He worried about her so much. Cinder kind of stole the spotlight in this book. She developed very much in this one. Kai, oh my, he went through some hard stuff. He had so many burdens to carry and worry about. Scarlet and Wolfe were together for such a small amount of time. Cress and Throne’s relationship developed pretty quickly towards the end. I love each of them and there personalities! Oh, and don’t forget about Iko! She brings so much fun to the book.

This was amazing and a little complex. I loved every moment. It jumped between many points of view, but it never got confusing. It was intense, frightening at times (Oh the worry I go through for fictional characters.), and shocking. The violence was very high at the battle scenes. It got quite bloody and gory in those scenes, but it was beautiful in its own way. The romance got a little intense towards the end but there were only kisses.

Everyone who loves dystopian and science fiction and fantasy needs to read this series! It was amazing and I hope to read everything by this author!

-G. Paige

Book Review: Season of Fire (The Remnants: Book 2)

51sYS+l048LRating: 4/5 stars.

This was pretty good middle book for a trilogy. But there was just something that didn’t grab me as the first one did.

With her power of empathy now seemingly under control, the Remnants continue their mission: to free Kapriel. Andriana and Ronan have shown their love for each other and now must make some hard decisions. But things go array for them when Andriana gets captured by Keallach, Emperor of Pacifica, and his replaced Knight, Sethos. Andriana against all odds believes that Keallach can come back and follow the Maker’s plan. But at some point she might have to choose between escaping from Keallach or falling into Sethos’s trap with him.

The characters were great, again. I wanted more Neiro and it didn’t seem I was going to get that, but the end made up for it. I missed Ronan in this book, badly. Though quiet a few times it switched to Ronan’s point of view and that was awesome. The Remnants kind of faded to the background in this book. It focused mainly on Andriana and Keallach. Oh Keallach. He was one of the most hardest characters to decide on whether I like him or not, though that ending might have made up my mind. I love and hate him at the same time. Then I felt at times he was just a manipulated child.

The plot was intense, but I think it might have been lacking a little bit from something. I’m not sure. It started in the middle of an scene so it took awhile for me to get my bearings. Then it felt rushed at the beginning and at the end. The bad situations felt to easily gotten out of. It was exciting and intense.

Sometimes the romance almost got inappropriate, but it never went farther than intense kissing. It lightly mentioned in conversation a few times some subject matter that isn’t appropriate for younger people. It was a bit violent of course with some fighting scenes.

So I really loved this and I’m recommending it to older teens and up. It is a really good Christian dystopian trilogy and I can’t wait to see how it ends!

-G. Paige 

Book Review: Thunder (Stone Braid Chronicles: Book 1)

7c1167b6e6c057934db12bbc22116706Rating: 3/5 stars.

I’m not sure of my thoughts on this one. I really loved the characters and the premise, but there were some writing inconsistencies with it that bothered me.

Selah Rishon Chavez is almost eighteen and hiding, waiting for a boat to crash ashore with a Lander. These Landers come from across the ocean, no one really knows where. They were sold for a great price, if they kept their markings on their foreheads. Everything falls apart after Selah’s brothers take the Lander she caught. The next morning she find the marking of a Lander on herself. Now she is one of the hunted. She must leave everything she knows behind and go after her brothers who took her Lander. Just maybe the Lander will have the answers to questions about herself.

So the plot was great. It was very intense and exciting. There was plenty of action and fighting scenes. I felt like I flew through this book in no time. It was very fast paced and rushed at a few points. There are still so many secrets to uncover. So much that I still don’t understand.

I liked the characters pretty well. Selah, Bodhi, Glade, Treva, and Cheon were some of my favorites. Selah was a strong character, but she had some very realistic fears that I think I would have if I was in her situation. Kind, protective, and sometimes funny fits Bodhi description. He became caring as time went on. Glade I didn’t see much of, but hopefully the next book will be filled with him. He wasn’t much of an open book. Treva was smart, very smart. I really liked her person. At times she felt like an undercover agent. Cheon seems very nice, I need to read more of him. Dr. Everling I liked at the beginning, but I’m definitely not sure of that now. There were many other characters, but I think these are some of the more prominent ones.

The problems I had with this was there wasn’t enough character development, except for Selah. One decision made by Selah I thought was very dumb and put there just to help the plot. It could have been done another way though. Another reason was a character felt just thrown in and very convenient for a certain predicament, though it ended up working out. The dialogue was at times really choppy. Sometimes I was thinking, “What? That person wasn’t given a very good explanation and now he seems to know all the ends and outs of the situation.” The worst thing was when a group of people were given a ride on a wagon from a kind man. All of the sudden the man is gone and it seems the people own the wagon. What happened? I don’t know.

The religion was interesting. I don’t think I really liked it. It didn’t feel very Christian like I think it was supposed to. God was called “the Presence”. I don’t really understand it now, but it seemed you could somehow lose “the Presence” for wrong deeds. Then there were these humans that were immortal. I’m assuming the later books will explain it more.

All things considered, this was a good book. I hope to read the next one soon and hopefully some of the writing issues will smooth out with the rest of the series.

I’m recommending this to anyone who would love to read an unique dystopian book. It was good and different.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Fairest: Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3.5)

Fairest_CoverRating: 4/5 stars.

This was a very interesting book on some of Queen Levana’s history before you meet her in Cinder. It was not too long, but definitely not too short.

Queen Levana hides her ugliness behind a veil and uses her glamour to look like the most beautiful person in the world. But who is she really? How did she become this evil person? This short story tells of the events that led to Levana becoming Queen and later trying to kill Princess. It shows how she became who she is now. It is a story full of love and betrayal and…lies.

First off, this is not one of those villain stories that make you end up liking the villain. For most of the book I did not like Levana. Some points I did pity her and feel sorry for her, but I never liked her. Except for maybe liking her for being such a great evil person.

There were some great characters besides Levana. Evret was amazing and I feel so bad for him. Poor, poor Evret. There was also Sybil in this book. So I got to see a little bit more on her background. Channary, Levana’s sister, was another prominent person. She was so mean. She didn’t care about anything expect for having fun and Selene.

Oh, the horrible things Levana did in this book were so twisted. It will definitely make your heart ache.  She tried so hard to find love where it couldn’t be found. She ended up forcing certain people to get what she wanted. It was terrible.

I will caution younger people reading this because there were a lot of mentioned inappropriate love scenes. It was also very bloody.

This wasn’t a boring story, that’s for sure. And since it isn’t too long, I read it really quick. I’ll recommend this to those who have read the first three books in The Lunar Chronicles. It was very informative.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3)

Cress_CoverRating: 5/5 stars.

This was great…and very exciting and stressful.

Cress has been trapped in a satellite for seven years doing Sybil’s, really Queen Levanna’s, bidding. She is an incredible hacker. But after helping Cinder warn Kai of the danger of marrying Levanna’s, she has been ordered to track down Cinder and her accomplice. Cinder and her friends plan to rescue her, but it all goes wrong. Soon they are separated and some are in need of immediate help. While Queen Levanna makes sure nothing gets in the way of her wedding. Can these unlikely people save the world from going through with this union?

Let me just say…Cress was absolutely adorable! I loved her so much! But I still think Cinder is just a little teeny tiny bit more my favorite character. Thorne played a main part in this one and I enjoyed seeing him, but he does seem to have a problem with women. I think Cress will straighten him out though. They were just so sweet and adorable together! Kai was as great as ever and that last part. Cinder is struggling with all these hard decisions. Oh! It was amazing. And, of course, Scarlet and Wolf! I feel so bad for Wolf. It’ll be alright Wolf, it has to be. Then there is a new character: Jacin. He was so mysterious. I need to know more!

This book has the best plot when considering the two that came before this one. There were so many major turn points. So many important decisions. Cinder made some choices for better or for worse. Thorne might just be learning some important lessons. The action was electrifying. Queen Levanna seems to get just more evil. I know that this is leading to an climatic conclusion. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

I’m recommending this to those who love fairytales, dystopian, and science fiction. It is a beautiful mix.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Red Queen (Red Queen: Book 1)

imageRating: 5/5 stars.

This was great. I loved it so much! I need the next one so badly. The story just can’t be left like that.

Mare Barrow’s world is split into two classes: those with Red blood and those with Silver blood. Reds are commoners and are treated almost as slaves by the Silvers who rule with tyranny over them. Silvers have ruled over them ever since they found that they have superhuman abilities, whereas Reds are normal. Mare is a Red who gets pushed before the king and all the nobles and finds that she has an incredible ability too. To hide that she’s a Red, he proclaims that she’s a lost princess of a dead Silver general and betroths her to one of his sons. While she’s forced to live a lie, she secretly helps a Red rebellion known only as the Scarlet Guard. Only one thing is true: anyone can betray anyone.

This book swept me up into it’s world from the first page. It was a beautiful world to read about. The difference between the Reds lifestyle and the Silvers lifestyle was stark and drastic. It was fantastic world building. I want to know more.

The characters were the best. I loved Mare with all her thieving history and how much she cared for her friends and family. It felt really real. All the men were fun and interesting too. It is hard for me to choose which one I liked best and which one I’d want Mare to be with, but the end of the book kind of made that decision for me. Kilorn was great. I loved his teasing and bickering. Cal was just amazing. He cared, but still put duty first over his feelings and emotions. It was frustrating, but I at times loved him for it. Maven was quiet, but smart and seemed to point his heart in the right direction. There are so many other interesting characters, but I won’t go into talking about everyone.

There was so much intensity in the plot. There was so many jaw dropping plot twists that just kept surprising me. Certainly, this book did not let me go until the end. Though it hurt at points (Oh, the betrayals and secrets!), it was fascinating. I need more! The bit of romance included was sweet, but tough.

I’ll recommend this to older teens who love a beautiful dystopian and fantasy mix. I’m sure you’ll won’t want to miss this!

-G. Paige 

Book Review: Counted Worthy

image.jpegRating: 5/5 stars.

Well, this was certainly not what I was expecting, but it was very very good. Then it made my eyes watery. Let me tell you, ninety-nine percent of the time, I do not cry.

Police trace a illegal Bible to Heather Stone’s house, and her world begins to crumble. Her father is arrested and it’s only a matter of time before he’s killed. Heather has already lost her mother, can she handle losing him too? She doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes. Though if she tries to save him, it could lead her friends into danger and brings about their deaths. Can she evade the police on the lookout for her and win the public’s sympathy to save her dad?

So I wasn’t expecting it to be this way, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was kind of dystopian. The world building was fantastic. It steadily added tidbits of information about the world and the history behind it without dumping a whole load of information at one point.

The characters were great. Heather was really real and I loved everything about her. Then there’s Bryce. I just wanted to give him a hug. He was so sweet and kind and worried so much for Heather. He was like a brother to her, but I think it is going to grow into something more. There were many more characters and I liked how they were introduced. It didn’t feel rushed and you felt like you’ve always known them even if they were only there for a little bit. I do wish that there had been a bit more character development, but it fitted with the pace of the book.

There was a lot of action and suspense with a amazing, and a bit shocking, conclusion. It had such a great message attached to it. I would have liked it at a bit slower pace, but it didn’t feel forced and went smoothly. That ending was just fantastic, I wasn’t expecting it at all. It was realistic, but I didn’t expect it for a fictional book. It made it more enjoyable, if that is the right word for it. Probably not.

I’m recommending this to everyone out there. It was great! Prefect for people who want an easy and fast paced read with a great message. I hope to read more by this author soon!

-G. Paige

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 2)

imageRating: 4/5 stars.

Okay. This was way more creepy than I was expecting. It was great, but not as good as its predecessor.

In France, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. No one believes that it is unusual, but Scarlet knows it is. Wolfe, a street fighter, is hiding something. When she realizes that he may know about her grandmother’s whereabouts and somehow involved, she knows that she shouldn’t trust him. But they get thrust together as he may be her only link to ever finding her grandmother. Meanwhile, Cinder is breaking her way out of prison, with a bit of assistance. But if she does, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

This book was pretty great. It had a pretty interesting start and just got more and more intense as it went along. Close to the end, I was like is this even going to end well? Are all the characters going to make it? Woah… That was a close one. I feel like they barely made it out alive in that book. There was much more violence in this book than the last one. It kind of gave me the shivers at some points. And there was blood. A lot of blood. At least, towards the end.

There were a good amount of new characters. Wolfe and Thorne were my new favorites. Wolfe was so mysterious and serious. Thorne was like the total opposite. He was such a rebel and a flirt. I loved how he annoyed Cinder and his humor. Scarlet was good, but I didn’t like her as much as Cinder. And she fell in love with Wolfe too quickly. It almost got inappropriate. A day or two is really fast to fall in love, but it didn’t feel fast unless you actually thought about it.

I’ll recommend this too a bit older teens because of the creepy and disgusting violence, but it was fantastic. Such a perfect mix of dystopian and fairytales. It’s really unique.

-G. Paige