Reading was my first love. Ever since I joined the hype that was Twilight, my nose has always been in a book. I would save up every penny to buy a new book every week and start reading it as soon as I got out of the bookstore. I even bought four books with me on my first out of the country trip since I can’t last without reading anything. E-books weren’t a thing back then so I have this bookshelf that just keeps piling up, I have to get a bigger one.
I was in a little, tiny bubble back before reading. I had this very innocent, pure ideas about how love, family, life, friends, etc. works. No complications at all. Then I got thrust into these worlds where every chapter was surprising. I was hooked. A little obsessed, too. Just in 2013, I finished more than 150 books from my Goodreads reading challenge.
Sad to say that by 2014, I rarely pick up and read a book – not to say I stopped hoarding them, because I didn’t. My to-read list keeps growing, but I can’t do anything about it because of the requirements I need to finish so I can graduate. Then after graduation, I set off to find a job. Then, I found a job. I have very little time to sit down and finish a book series. I think I’ve read only around 20 books this year.
Last month, with work easing up a bit, I started to read again. And man, I was back to being hooked. I finished around 13 books, 5 series. I’ll be writing my thoughts and a short summary of the books I’ve read below. I’ll try to keep it short. 😉
The Young Elites, The Rose SocietyAdelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
“I pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo others to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.”
It’s so hard to be in the head of a “villain-in-training”. It’s like the roles are reserved and suddenly the antagonist is the protagonist. I did get her point, though. I emphasized with her and while not wholly agreeing with how she acts, I know that the other “group” is also not wholly good. This is a change in perspective that is refreshing. I have a feeling this series will not end the way I want it to be, but I’ll still be hopeful. Marie Lu’s works are great. Rating: 4/5 for both books.
Red QueenThis is a world where your whole standing is determined by your blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of different powers. Enter Mare Barrow who discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own – a power that will undermine the standing that Silvers hold dear. Everything’s not silver and red anymore and betrayals and lies are much more common than you think.
“I am the king and you could’ve been my Red Queen. Now, you are nothing.”
I have to admit that I read this because I was intrigued by the cover. Fortunately, I ended up loving the book, as well. Was it completely unique from the other dystopian novels/trilogy? Nope. I don’t think any series is unique anymore because every single idea is almost used. I did, however, not see the ending coming. I thought it will just be one of those love triangle stories, but it’s not. Yay! I’m definitely looking forward the second book (and I hope the cover will be just as good or better.) Rating: 4.5/5.
The Selection SeriesFor thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her.
“No, I’m not choosing him or you. I’m choosing me.”
It started off good enough but as I go on the next book to next book, I like it less. There are times where I want to slap America and Maxon silly because, duh, it’s obvious you like each other. Still, it’s good enough for me to finish the first three books since it was originally a trilogy and their love story is finished. The fourth book, I liked the least because of the main character’s attitude – see, I even forgot how to spell her name. I might read the fifth book if they continue the character development from the last chapters of The Heir. If not, I won’t bother with it anymore. Rating: 3/5. 4/5 for The Selection, 3.5/5 for The Elite, 4/5 for The One, 2.5/5 for The Heir.
Shatter Me TrilogyJuliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
“I tried so hard to fix what I’d ruined. I tried every single day to be what they wanted. I tried all the time to be better but I never really knew how.”
Just like The Selection series, the first book offers so much promise and didn’t deliver it in the end. Don’t get me wrong. The book was still good – I still recommend it, kinda. The storyline was good. It’s just, towards the end, I think the characters are… out of character. That’s my main issue with this series. It’s like they’re suddenly a different person on the third book! Still, I already re-read this series twice so there’s that. I’ll also still watch the movie/series when it gets produced. Rating: 3.75/5. Shatter Me: 5/5. Unravel Me: 4/5. Ignite Me: 3.5/5.
As you noticed, I’m currently on a dystopian spree. Not sure if I’ll continue that towards this month. I’m still currently on the hunt to prioritize which books I’ll be checking off my to-read list for this month. I might also keep this monthly book reads a new series on my blog.