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Review: Eve by Anna Carey

I had this on my to-read list for a few months and saw that my school’s library had it so I picked it up despite the fact that I was going to be late for class. A book is definitely worth being late, but I’m good at not getting in trouble.

Eve is now my 6th favorite book and the start of my 3rd favorite series.

 

Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 4.25

Overall: Epic

Characters: Awesome

Plot: Different

Page Turner: Yes!

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Caleb

My review for Eve:
I give Eve 5 stars. The setting is a futuristic United States, called New America, in 2032 after a plague (happened in 2016) that killed many adults and children. Some survived and in the end became orphans. Girls were sent to Schools where they were isolated from the outside world. The girls are told that after they finish their 12th year of school (basically high school) and 4 years of a trade (college) then they’ll have a life to live for. The girls are told that men are animals and only bad comes from them. Eve is an extraordinary scholar at her School. She’s an 18 year old valedictorian of her 12th year and it’s the day before her graduation. She is praised so highly that the King has a promising job for her after she completes her trade. But everything changes because of an outcast student in Eve’s same year named Arden. Arden has always been different and Eve always let her know that through her cruelty, but Eve sees that Arden has left the School. Eve wonders why and she goes out herself. She finds something about what happens to the girls after they complete School and their trades, and it repulses her. What is the King doing? She is caught by one of the teachers and told to go to Califia (I’m guessing it’s supposed to be futuristic California) where it is safe since she saw too much and would be punished for it. Eve does what she is told, but has to be careful so that she doesn’t get caught. While on the journey, she meets an older boy named Caleb, and Eve becomes uneasy because of all the things she’s been taught about how dangerous men are and what they’re capable of.  He offers to help her get to Califia, but Eve is unsure whether to trust him or not. Will she be able to trust him? Will she be able to get to Califia safely? Caleb also tells her what happens to the orphan boys, while the girls at the Schools. What’s happening to the boys? But the worst isn’t over! The King knows that Eve has escaped and there is a reward for her, but she must be alive. Why would the King want her so badly that she’s the only girl wanted and not others who have escaped?

One of the main reasons why I liked Eve a lot is because there were several references to popular literature read today and from the couple past centuries.

For the Goodreads page, go to:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9297774-eve

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Review: The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

Even though it’s only spring, I decided to read a book about summer. The Last Summer would be a good beach read (for any of you book-reading beach lovers).

Cover: Pretty

Rating: PG -13?

Thumbs Up: 3.5

Overall: Ok

Characters: Ok

Plot: Typical

Page Turner: Somewhat

Series Cont: No

Recommend: It’s a good beach read

Book Boyfriend: Paul

My review for The Last Summer:
I give The Last Summer 3.5 stars. It is hard to get into, but after a few chapters it picks up a bit. The story takes place in the 21st century in Fire Island, NY, and also in New York City. The main characters’ names are Alice, Riley and Paul. Alice and Riley are sisters in their twenties and Paul, who is also in his twenties, have grown up together at their beach houses. Alice and Paul figure out that they have feelings for each other, but try to hide it because they don’t want to make it seem like the both of them are betraying Riley. Paul inherited his family’s beach house and has to decide whether to keep or not. Will he keep the house or sell it? When Riley was 3, she had been sick and caused some damage to her health. During the summer, Riley becomes sick again, but she takes a turn for the worse. What is her illness? Is it fatal or will it become more difficult to live with? Alice won’t tell Paul because it’s not in her place to tell him so things go down badly by the end of the summer. Will things work out or will their friendship be ruined?

I would suggest this book for anyone 17 or up.

For the Goodreads page, go to:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/296302.The_Last_Summer

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Review: Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie

I read Crossed in 3 days about 2 weeks after I finished Matched, which I read on the only days that I was home and not on vacation/adventure stuff. Crossed is my 18th favorite book and part of my 4th favorite series (currently). If you haven’t read Matched, do not read this sequel, Crossed, review because there are spoilers from Matched in this review to make things easier to understand.

For the Matched review, go to:

Cover: Cool

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 4.5

Overall: Great

Characters: Good

Plot: Interesting

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Ky, Xander

Review for Crossed:
I give Crossed 4.5 stars. The setting is different from Matched because after Ky is sent to a boys camp filled with other anomalies (he’s sent because he’s an anomaly). Cassia sent to a similar camp, but filled with girls. They’re both in the Outer Provinces, and once you’re in the Outer Province you are most likely doomed to die. One of Cassia’s goal is to find Ky, while one of Ky’s goals is to find to find the Pilot that is written in so many of the illegal poems he has heard and/or carries. Ky befriends another teenager named Vick and a younger named Eli and they escape the camp. Cassia also befriends a girl named Indie and they escape their camp together. While on the run, Vick tells Ky that he originally wasn’t an anomaly by birth. So why is he an anomaly now and why was he sent to the camp? Cassia, while on the run, has the blue tablets that Xander gave as a gift, but she has no idea what they do. What are they and will they hurt her or help her? Indie knows that Xander has a secret/message that he’s trying to get across, but she won’t tell Cassia. What is this secret? As all the teenagers try to find each other, they uncover what the Society is doing behind the citizens’ backs. What are they doing and will they figure out how to foil the plan?
Unlike Matched, Crossed is written in 2 different people’s points of view: Cassia and Ky. It gives you more of an idea what both of their emotions are while everything is happening.
As you see the cover, it shows the second orb or tablet, which is used in the book. Cassia has finally found a way to crack the orb/tablet and will have to continue to find a way out.
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Review: Matched by Ally Condie

I read this over the summer around my 17th birthday and loved it. Matched would be 17th as one of my favorite books. I found it odd that it was about a girl who just turned 17, too.

Cover: Cool

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 5

Overall: Great

Characters: Good

Plot: Interesting

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Ky, Xander

My review for Matched:
I give Matched 5 stars. In my opinion, it’s very unique. The setting is a futuristic world where the society controls everything. The Officials in the society decides everyone’s spouses, jobs, how many children to have, and even when you die. There are 2 banquets: one for your 17th birthday and one for your 80th (which is your death banquet). At the age of 17, citizens are sent to a banquet called a Match Banquet where the society tells them their match and gives each of them an information card. Cassia Reyes turned 17 and is anxious for her match and banquet. She decides to wear a beautiful green dress. When she goes to her banquet with her best friend, Xander Carrow, she finds out that their matched together and they both know they were meant for each other. Who can argue with that since they get along so well? But one thing changed everything. When she gets home, she watches the information card, but it glitches out and an anomaly’s, named Ky Markham, face shows up with information about him. Ky is adopted by his aunt and uncle. What happened to his parents, and why is he an anomaly and not his ant nor his uncle? Cassia is told by the Officials that it was an extremely rare mistake and that Xander is still meant for her. Unfortunately, she feels that that wasn’t an accident. Cassia and Xander know a little bit about Ky, but as the story progresses Cassia gets to know Ky more. Ky and Cassia pass around poems that are illegal and aren’t one of the Hundred Poems that are the only poems allowed in the Society. What does Ky teach Cassia that she can use throughout her life? Will they get caught, and if they do what will they do? Before Cassia’s grandfather dies at his final banquet, he gives her advice that makes her ponder everything. What is this advice that would cause so much thought?
This does have a love triangle, but it doesn’t have too much lovey dovey crap in it that bothers me.
If you see the cover of the book, the orb is supposed to be one the three tablets: green, blue, and red. These tablets/orbs and titles are very important and symbolic throughout the whole series. As you see the cover below, Cassia is dressed in her green dress that she wore to her Match Banquet and she looks like she is struggling to get out. You find out what the green tablet does in Matched.
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Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 3

Overall: Ok

Characters: Ok

Plot: Weird

Page Turner: Eh

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Sure

Book Boyfriend: Zenn, Jag

My review for Possession:
I give this 3 stars. It’s one of those books that are hard to get into at first. Possession is a futuristic book in the 1st person point of view. The main character is a teenage girl named Violet, but often referred to as Vi. She is a rebellious girl who skirts around the Rules. Rules are no spending time with boys period, and don’t even think about kissing them. Vi spends time with her chosen match, Zenn, and both get caught in the process. After she gets arrested, she meets Jag Barque and he’s in jail for being a rebel (the most wanted). They get away, but it’ll be difficult to stay in hiding. The society is brainwashing the people, and neither Vi nor Jag want to be brainwashed. Will they get caught or not? Vi has to save Zenn from being brainwashed too, but in the process she falls for Jag. Vi has a special power that can be dangerous for the wrong use. She can read minds and she has the potential to be able to enter thoughts into other people’s minds. She doesn’t want to use her to control others. Vi’s sister, Ty, has died a few years before and Vi thinks of her often. What happened to Ty? Vi’s father is also out of the picture. What happened to him? Find out what happens by reading Possession.
 
Be warned that this does have a love triangle in it. I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but this love triangle is more of a toned down love triangle (in my opinion).
 
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Review: Surrender (Possession #2) by Elana Johnson

As a warning, I want to let you know that this is a 2nd book to the Possession series so if you have not read Possession then don’t read this post yet.

For the Possession review, go to:

Possession Review

Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 3.5

Overall: Ok

Characters: Ok

Plot: Weird

Page Turner: Eh

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Sure

Book Boyfriend: Gunner


My review for Surrender:
The cover is probably what I give this 3.5 stars. I thought Surrender was better than the 1st book, Possession. Surrender is a futuristic book in 1st point of view. Unlike Possession, the 1st person point of view book flip flops between two characters: Raine and Gunner. Raine lives in Freedom (I find the name of the land ironic) and she has great power that is dangerous, but only a few people know about it. What’s this dangerous power of hers? Her father is extremely powerful and makes her use her power and he’s the Director so she has to follow all the rules or things will go down badly. Raine has a roommate whose name is Vi, short for Violet, and Raine is forced by her father to spy on her because of Violet’s rebellion in Possession. What secrets does Violet have that she’s keeping that Raine’s father is forcing Raine to make reports for him? Gunner also lives in Freedom and he has power, but it isn’t as dangerous as Raine. What’s his power? His roommate is Zenn, Vi’s boyfriend, and he also finds out what is going on from both Zenn and Raine about what Violet and Jag’s rebellion was all about. Unfortunately Violet is so brainwashed she doesn’t even realize what she did. So Raine makes herself a goal that she will make Violet remember what she did with the help of Zenn and Gunner. Raine also falls for Gunner, but because of her father’s rules that’ll be impossible for them to be together. Will they be together? Raine realizes that the wanted and jailed Jag Barque is connected through all this too? How will Raine, Gunner, Zenn, Vi, and Jag get away and live the way with real freedom, not synthetic freedom? And will they be able to pull it off with everyone escaped safely?

For the Goodreads page, go to:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11700071-surrender

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Review: The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

I had some books on hold at the library, but they weren’t available yet so I decided to read one of my own that is on my to read list. I read the Guardian because I am running low on books to read at home since I read a lot more now, but winter is almost over and then I’ll be able to ride my bike to the library more often.

Cover: Pretty

Rating: PG-13?

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Great

Characters: Great

Plot: Interesting

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: No

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Mike

My review for The Guardian:
I give The Guardian 4 stars. The Guardian reminded me a lot about Safe Haven with the plot, but somethings make The Guardian different. As you may notice all the Nicholas Sparks’ books are in North Carolina (since he lives there). The Guardian takes place in Swansboro, North Carolina. Julie Barenson is a 29 year old widow whose husband died when she was 25. Julie was given 2 gifts right before her husband died: a Great Dane puppy and the promise that he’ll be watching over her. Along with the puppy and a promise, Julie’s husband wrote her a letter saying that she should find someone to love so she can be happy. Julie names her Great Dane Singer because when he whines he sounds like he’s trying to sing. Singer is an extremely protective dog (and spoiled too) and growls at most men, except for Julie’s husband’s best friend, Mike Harris. Mike is a mechanic who is interested in Julie, but can’t get the courage to ask her out. Julie feels that if she dates Mike it’ll be a betrayal of her dead husband since they were best friend. After 4 years, Julie is finally ready to date again so she goes out a couple times with a man named Richard Franklin, who is an engineer that travels a lot. After their second date, he acts extremely weird and Julie doesn’t know what to think so she decides it would be best to stay away from him. Why is Richard acting this way? Will Mike get the nerve to ask Julie out? Is Singer or Mike Julie’s guardian, or even both?

For the Goodreads page, go to:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15925.The_Guardian

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