Top Ten Tuesday 5/28/13

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Hey!

May 28: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie (Anything you want! Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Creatures! Top Ten Books Set in Paris! Top Ten Books I Wish I Never Read! etc. etc.)

I choose: Top Ten All Time Favorite Books


Just TEN BOOKS? THAT'S ALL I CAN PICK? Oh god. These are in no particular order! 

1. The Mortal Instruments series. When you first join Goodreads, they give you a list of popular books for each genre that you said was your favorite. For young adult, City of Bones was at the tippity-top of the list, by Twilight. I read the description, and was like Meh, this isn't my kind of read. May I plead guilty due to insanity? This series is just ASDFGHJKL; and:


If I don't stop now I will fangirl for all eternity.

2. The Hunger Games trilogy. These books will always have a special place in my heart, because they were the very first Dystopian books I'd read, and my first fandom. Sure I've encountered books that may have been better than this, but still. It's THE HUNGER GAMES for goodness sake. And this was the first book to make me feel super emotional and made me fangirl.

3. Delirium trilogy. These books are just so beautiful. Lauren Oliver is a brilliant author and so of course, this is a brilliant trilogy. The plot is so original and such a good idea, and ALEX. What else do I need to say?

4. Divergent trilogy. AHHHH. These books blew my mind! The whole concept and the writing and the characters and the action and the... the... the... EVERYTHING. When my mom got me Insurgent, she said she figured it would take me 2 weeks to finish since it's fairly long. TWO DAYS MOM! :)

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society series. Out of all the books on this list, I read these books the earliest. I think I read the first book in maybe 3rd grade, and was immediately captivated by it. The author has such a sophisticated voice, but it's not boring sounding! The action in this book is simply great, and I remember being terrified of the minute-men, or ten-men. *Shudders*. It was frightening, my duckies! (You'll get it if you've read the series, which I just realized needs a re-read!)

6. Matched trilogy. So the Matched trilogy is one that people are VERY opinionated about. It's one of those trilogies where you either hate the books, or you love them. I stand firmly at love. In a lot of YA novels, you'll see a lot of detail in the writing, which is great but can get to feel a bit annoying at times. This book gives you a breather with it's simplistic, yet powerful writing style. 

7. The Fault in Our Stars. I...I...I don't know what to say. This book shattered my heart whilst making me laugh, making me think, and making me have an existentialist crisis. It was my first John Green book and is DEFINITELY not going to be my last.

8. Confessions of a Shopaholic series. This is my favorite chick-lit series. Whenever I'm in the mood for a light, fluffy, yet adorable and romantic read, I immediately go for these books. 

9. Graceling. Okay, right of the bat, I LOVE PO. I love Katsa being so kick-butt and the whole idea of this world. I love the action, and I love love love how funny this book is at the same time.

10. The Book Thief. I'm not even gonna say anything because if you haven't read this book then you need to RIGHT NOW and then you'll know why this is one of my all-time favorite books. Have I mentioned how I think that authors are sadists?

That's my top ten list! What are your favorite books? Do we share any? Do you disagree? Comment!

This book meme is hosted over here!

Bye! :)




Book Sacrifice!

Thursday, May 23, 2013
I discovered a new youtuber today by the username of PolandbananasBOOKS and man, she is awesome! Like her book reviews are AMAZING. Check them out.

She got this idea of a book sacrifice from Ariel Bissett who is another great youtube book reviewer, and it basically gives you the chance to rant about books you hate.

**Disclaimer: These are books I hate. If you like them, sorry, I mean no offense. These are all my own opinions.**

Here's the video.

So basically, she gives you a bunch of scenarios and you have to choose a book to sacrifice. I'll write down the scenarios and my response!

Scenario 1: OH NO!!!! It's a zombie apocalypse! You are trapped in a bookstore as zombies start coming in acting like their creepy undead selves, and the only way to kill them is by hitting them on the head with an overhyped book. Which book do you pick?

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky. Oh. My. God. When you go on Goodreads, so many people are like, this book is SOOO good and amazing and wonderful! So I decided to pick it up. Can I have my time back please? Katie Kacvinsky took an AMAZING idea of a not-so-unrealistic world where everything is done through  a computer screen and KILLED IT. KILLED IT. How? She inserted crazily annoying insta-love in, and made that the main plot instead of any kind of action. MY GOD THE MAIN CHARACTER MEETS THE GUY ONCE AND DECIDES SHE'S TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH HIM. STOP IT. NO. He is literally almost all she thinks about. For god's sake. This book is way overhyped.

Scenario 2: You just got a brand new, $50 dollar haircut, and then realize it's raining out. You have to choose a sequel to a book to sacrifice for the sake of your beautiful new haircut. What sequel do you choose?

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I didn't hate this book, but I thought it was a huge step down from Uglies. I wasn't feeling it as much as Uglies, so SURE! I would sacrifice this book! :)


Scenario 3: Your teacher is droning on and on about some classic novel and how it is the epitome of greatness, and you're thinking, I HATED THIS BOOK. What book are you and your teacher talking about?

The Pearl by John Steinbeck. If you want a break down of all the reasons I absolutely could NOT STAND this book, then please, be my guest and read my review. I just... how is this book a classic? How could people ever like this book? Why? Why do people think it's so great? EVERYTHING about this book aggravated me, especially the characters. Forgive me, but I wanted to throw a brick at Kino. And shake some sense into Juana. UGHHHH.

Scenario 4: (This one is ridiculous and makes no sense) You are in the library when global warming EXPLODES! You need to stay inside where you are the library, and burn what books you can to stay warm because the global warming makes everything cold(?). What is the first book you  run to burn, knowing you hate it so much you won't regret burning it?

The Clique by Lisi Harrison. Was I in my right mind when I gave this book 5 STARS??? REALLY SARU? REALLY? God this book is SO unbelievably BAD. The characters are all names too rude to type, the "plot" does not exist, the lesson is also non-exist, the whole idea is unrealistic and encourages girls to be cruel. NO. NO. You know what, forget just the first one, burn THE ENTIRE SERIES. I read the first 3 or 4 and they were absolutely NOT worth the time I spent on them. I'm very glad I quit while I was ahead. BURN BOOKS BURN!!!!!

Scenario 5: You are backstage before a stand-up comedy routine, and all you have with you are your favorite book series. Right before you go onstage, you realize you FORGOT to spit out your gum. There are no trash cans around, and you can't go on stage with gum in your mouth. You realize all you can do is tear the last page out of a book in one of your favorite series. What books last page do you tear out?

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Now this one is different from all the others, because I actually loved this book. The only reason I want to tear out the last page is because IT IS A CLIFFHANGER AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS. WHAT IS THIS???? WHY DO AUTHORS ACT SO SADISTIC AND TAKE PLEASURE IN THEIR DOTING FANS' PAIN????

Those are the books I'd sacrifice. How about you? Post in the comments what books you would sacrifice for each scenario!

Bye y'all!

Top Ten Tuesday 5/21/13

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Yes, I missed the last one. But I'm back!


May 21: Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read

Well, this one isn't that bad!
1. Matched:
2. Anything by Carl Hiaasen:

 




3. Wonderstruck:


4. Divergent:

5. Awaken



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Only because of Jace :)

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City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Review

Sunday, May 19, 2013
I feel like any review won't do this book justice, but I'll try. Oh, and the fact that I saw this book my FIRST DAY on Goodreads but wasn't interested? I am KICKING myself.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Rating: ***** JAW-DROPPING stars.
Initial Reaction After Finishing This Book:




Yeah, plot twists? I HATE YOU SO. You EVIL, EVIL, EVIL THINGS. HOW DARE YOU EXIST? DIE. DIE. DIE. DIE. DIE.

I felt like this:


And also, I felt like this:


Reading this book was quite an emotional ride to say the least. In fact, reading this book is probably the most emotional reading experience I've had in my entire life. It was INSANE. 

The Good:

EVERYTHING. Fine. You want me to be more specific? This is gonna be a LONG review.

1. The Characters. Let's meet them all, shall we?

Clary:



Clary is a headstrong, independent, stubborn as hell girl who does not have a taste for listening to people. Her mother tells her not to come home. What does she do? Runs straight home of course! When someone tells her to stay put, what does she do? She wanders off somewhere, obviously! That's just one of the qualities I love about her, how she doesn't listen to ANYBODY but herself. Oh, and also, her short temper. It shows she IS flawed. She's an artist, and in the later books, there turns out to be some reason why that's significant. She is described as being short and having red hair and green eyes. The last quality I love about Clary is that she will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING for the people she loves.

Jace:

I want to say right off the bat something I forgot to mention. I am IN LOVE with the casting for the City of Bones movies. I think Jamie Campbell Bower, pictured above and Lily Collins are the perfect Jace and Clary. All the casting is excellent. I can NOT imagine Alex Pettyfer as Jace, and I know saying that I'm the minority but I DON'T CARE. Look at Jamie. LOOK AT HIM! He is the epitome of Jace! And plus since Lily and Jace are ACTUALLY a couple, the Clace chemistry should be fabulous! But back to Jace. He is basically a blunt, sarcastic, strong, and arrogant, jerk, but is EXTREMELY attractive, and his gorgeousness makes all the aforementioned qualities positive. He works them well! And then as you read more into the book, you realize what a deep, caring, vulnerable, and protective character he is. Plus he loves to read. He can quote SO many books. Oh, also he never understands a SINGLE pop culture reference. Ebay? He's never heard of it. 


Simon:














Oh Simon. My poor, poor Simon. He had been hopelessly in love with Clary for 10 years. 10 whole years. And then Clary meets Jace, and after a few weeks she falls in love with Jace. Ouch. Simon is the type of guy every girl wants to be their best friend, kind, smart, funny, caring, understanding, and someone who always has and will be there for you. To be honest with you, I think I'm more of Simon's type, the geeky and misunderstood chick :) But I don't know... it's just that Jace is... Okay, moving on.

Isabelle:

















Izzy! I love her! She is so tough and just is such an an amazing fighter! And man, you gotta love her golden whip! Her relationship with Simon is this book was...weird. Development please! I just wish there was more of her in this book! Oh, and her cooking. EGAD! Or actually, I should say since we ARE talking about The Mortal Instruments, BY THE ANGEL! ;)

Alec:












This guy right here. Well, he's another one I want to know more about. He's a bit  lot of a jerk in this book, but hopefully in the other books, it changes. Also, the thing between him and Magnus? OOH LA LA! Give me MORE! I thought it was interesting how even though ever since he was born he's been a Shadowhunter, he has still never killed a demon. Maybe that'll change!

And last, but DEFINITELY not least,

Magnus:










Magnus is a warlock, or as Izzy describes him in book two, a sexy, sexy warlock. He's also a diva, and holds the title, "High Warlock of Brooklyn." He likes holding lavish parties for no particular reason, and is fond of glitter. He has cat eyes, and some kind of a relationship with Alec. I swear though, the things he wears? He should have his own TV show!

Secondary characters:

Luke. I love him so much. SO MUCH. He is a confusing character at first, with you thinking he's not good, but TRUST ME. He is beautiful and wonderful and amazing and AMAZING. The way he loves Clary... it's just beautiful. He... *hugs Luke tightly* That's all I have to say.
Hodge. I can't say anything without spoiling what happens about Hodge, so highlight the text below if you want to see.

So Hodge basically, BETRAYS EVERYONE. I was so hurt because I had taken such an instant liking to him, and his love of books. But, nope. He helps Valentine. I was filled with a mix of rage and sadness, and wanted to simultaneously sob and throw a cup of acid in Hodge's face. I just felt so... lied to. It hurt man. It hurt.

Valentine. He... I...just...it's... actions speak louder than words, correct? *Strangles Valentine and throws his dead body of the top of a 100-story building where it falls in an ocean full of hungry sharks, and... okay that's enough. For now.*

So that's most of the characters! As you can see, I have strong emotions about all of them, whether good or bad.

2. The Humor. You have no clue HOW HARD this book made me laugh. Like a maniac. Really. Read these passages.

Funny quote montage:

"'Meanwhile,' Simon added, 'I wanted to tell you that lately I've been cross-dressing. Also, I'm sleeping with your mom. I thought you should know."

"'Jesus!' Luke exclaimed. 'Actually, it's just me,' Said Simon. 'Although I've been told the resemblance is startling.'"

"'I don't want tea,' Said Clary with muffled force. 'I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them.'
'Unfortunately,' said Hodge, 'We're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing.'"
Isabelle: Dinnertime!
Jace: Dear god, the dread hour is nigh.
"1234 Nephilim: Facilis Descensus Averni."
Literal Translation: The Descent into Hell is easy.
Jace's translation: Shadowhunters: Looking better in black than the widows of our enemies since 1234.

I'll write more at the end :).

But my point is, that this book had great humor. Great humor. Usually when I say a book is funny, and that it had me laughing out loud, that's a lie. I am about as expressionless in those books as Kristen Stewart. But this book had me laughing so hard, my family probably thought I was a maniac and honestly, I don't blame them.

3. The Romance. Spoiler ahead, but not really.



Clary falls in love with Jace, completely ignoring her friend Simon who has been in love with her for 10 years.


But, I'm not surprised, and I doubt any of you will be either. From the moment you meet Jace, you know it's going to happen, and that it's just a matter of time. Now you might think that,

1. Why do I want to read a book that's predictable?
2. Love triangle? Ew, I'm out.

But hold it right there.

As far as predictability goes, sure the romance as predictable, but what happens soon after is absolutely NOT.

And the love triangle? Puh-leeze, it's barely a triangle. There is no possible way Clary and Simon could end up together, the way she and Jace are in love. It's so sweet really. Plus, even though you know that Simon will never get Clary, you still find yourself shipping Clary with both of them.

A conversation between both sides of my brain:

Side one: Who do you like better, Simon or Jace?
Side two: Simon, how about you?
Side one: Jace.
Side two: Simon.
Side one: Jace.
Side two: Simon

And so on to infinity.

But anyway, as I was saying, another great aspect of this book's romance is what it lacks: Insta-love!

Believe it or not, Jace and Clary do not meet and immediately start making out! No, there is insta-attraction, and their attraction grows as the become closer until they fall in love! It was a well-developed romance! For real!

And have I mentioned how adorable the romance is? Like how Jace tells Clary a bedtime story? Or how about how protective he is? Or that he gets her a gift for her birthday? And how he calls her beautiful?

But yet, Cassie Clare balances the sap we are all suckers for with some of Jace's sarcasm and wit, mixing it in with flirtiness, like this:

Jace (To Clary): "Do you remember back at the hotel, you promised that if we lived, you'd get dressed up in a nurse's outfit and give me a sponge bath?"

The romance with Simon was more heartbreaking than anything else. Because he's so helplessly in love with Clary. It's so sad. :(

4. The writing. With Cassandra Clare's writing, there are two things you can expect: Magnificent detail and figurative language. As in loads of it. The best part is that her figurative language is so unique, and her detail transports you straight to the setting: New York. And also, she writes from 3rd person omniscient, and while some people found the several viewpoints annoying, I personally enjoyed it immensely. So yeah, her writing is beautiful.

5. The plot. Obviously, I have to address this. The world Cassandra weaves is so startlingly unique, and so wonderful, and even though obviously fake, you feel like some element has GOT to be true. Also, she displays all kinds of creatures in the plot, vampires, warlocks, werewolves, faeries, the whole shebang. The basic plot is that this girl Clary, finds out she can see people no one else can, and that they are Shadowhunters, a group of half-angel, half-human beings who's purpose is to keep humans, or mundanes as they are called, safe from demons in their various forms. Clary finds out that she is also a Shadowhunter, but that her mother has tried to keep her away from this world for reasons you will find out soon enough! Oh, also, her mom gets kidnapped by her psycho husband who she hates since he's um... evil, but he still loves her, and Clary has to save her. It sounds kind of confusing, but actually, it's really wonderful and not confusing at all. Another part of the plot I need to address are those goddamn plot twists Cassie Clare loves so much. They stab you through the heart, but they're so GOOD! The twists combined with the boatloads of action make for a lot of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat-moments. Plus, the whole glamour concept is really unique.

6. The ending. My god. My good god. Can you say PLOT TWIST? I am almost, no, actually, I did die at the end of this book. Like really. Really. It's so heartwrenching and horrible and evil, and WOW it REALLY makes you want to read the next book. I wanted to scream and cry and kill everybody within a ten mile radius, and...



To Read or Not To Read?

What do you think? YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK OR I WILL FIND YOU. And read it to you! :D

Oh yeah, quotes? Sigh, nah. Sorry. Maybe I'll write a new post or something for quotes. Yeah, let's do that.

See ya!

Book Haul 5/15/13

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I don't know if this technically counts as a book haul since these books are all from the library, but I don't care! I just want to share why I'm so excited!

My Book Haul!

From the top, these books are:
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini
Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young
Wicked Jealous by Robin Palmer
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of her own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

I was supposed to get Requiem by Lauren Oliver, but some mix-up occurred and now to get it I have to wait another two weeks :( But I'm still SO excited for all these books! It's time to get my reading face on!


Bye guys! I have some serious reading (and homework) to do!

That Summer by Sarah Dessen: Mini-Review

Saturday, May 11, 2013

That Summer by Sarah Dessen
I started reading this book then got side-tracked with City of Bones so I never finished this, but I'm still going to read it later, because it is interesting and all. I will get back to this book. I will.

Movie News!

Friday, May 10, 2013
Hey people!

So, we have some disappointing and exciting news!

1. Delirium pilot. I'm gonna make it short and simple. It got rejected. *Sobs*.

2. Augustus Waters and Hazel Lancaster. The main characters in TFiOS have been cast!

**UPDATE** So I knew Shailene was also portraying Tris in the Divergent movie, but get this: Ansel is playing her brother, Caleb. This is not how I pictured Caleb either. :(

Shailene Woodley as Hazel:

I think the casting for Hazel is pretty good, but I wish someone else was cast because Shailene also plays Tris, and I don't know...


Ansel Elgort as Augustus:

This is not at all how I pictured Augustus Waters :(


3.  City of Ashes. They are making a second movie! And it is being touted to buyers, I am SO EXCITED! :0

That's the movie news! :D

Top Ten Tuesday #4!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hello! You know what time it is!

May 7: Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun

Oooh, that's a toughie one. (If you watch The Voice, you'll get the joke) :).

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic. I LOVE these books. Sure, they could be taken as deep because they kind of talk about addiction, but to SHOPPING, which makes it about a million times more fun. On this list, you'll probably see a ton of chick lit, since that's what I tend to read after a deep, depressing book. This book is the epitome of fun. Fashion, parties, shopping, and humor make it a book to pick up when you're looking for a fluffy and glossy, but still good read.

2. Nancy Drew. I have been OBSESSED with Nancy Drew, since what, 2nd, 3rd grade? I was never able to outgrow these books, so now I embrace my love for them! Though not necessarily light, I find these books very fun and engaging, and just a great series about a butt-kicking heroine. They're the kind of books I like curling up with in a blanket with some hot cocoa during the winter, and on my porch swing during summer.

3. The Babysitters Club. SHH. Don't make fun of me. Please? PLEASE? I KNOW ALREADY. I'm WAYY too old for these books. But I still love to read them. I don't know why, they're just so adorable and fun and LIGHT, so when I don't have anything to read, I read these books. Don't laugh at me. :p

4. The Clique. I did recently just abandon this series, because I feel like I don't have time for really annoying, yet entertaining books like this one. I have 1,863 books I'd rather read. But these books are still really light and fun, kind of like a Confessions of a Shopaholic for a younger audience, except for Confessions of a Shopaholic has a plot and The Clique is about a group of girls who shop a lot and act like a word I'm not going to type to one another.

5. Comedy books. Books like The Customer is Not Always Right or Autocowrecks! Are quick books I love to read because there's not a really a plot, and it probably only takes about 10-15 minutes to read. 

6. The Secret Series. These books aren't short, but are SERIOUSLY fun to read, and very humorous and action-packed. They were really captivating, but light-hearted!

7. The Princess Diaries. Yeah, more of the fluffy chick lit stuff. :D

8. Smile. Graphic novels are always fun and light reading, and this book is no exception!

9. Flipped. Young love makes for pretty light reading!

10. Geek Charming. Again with the chick lit! :D

Top Ten Tuesday was created by these lovely individuals.

BYE!

My life in a nutshell...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Crossed by Ally Condie: Review

Monday, May 6, 2013

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
 Rating: **** stars

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever. 
Initial Reaction After Finishing This Book:

  Do you wanna know why I was so happy when I finished Crossed? It didn't end on a cliffhanger. I kid not. A Dystopian teenage novel that is part of a trilogy did not end on a cliffhanger.

It was shocking. It still made you want to read Reached, but without a cliffhanger. Or at least, I"m pretty sure it wasn't a cliffhanger. But anyway, my  review.

The Good:

1. The POV. This part of the book was great! In Matched, I really wanted to read more about Ky and his thoughts because he's pretty, well, quiet in the first book. And Crossed provided more about Ky, by switching the POV between him and Cassia, so you could get inside both of their heads. And also, the POV made for a TON of angst. Cassia and Ky are looking for each other, and the reader knows they're right by each other, but they don't, so it makes for a lot of me screaming "Go in the other direction Ky, that's where Cassia is! No, not that way, the other way!" 

2. The Setting. The setting of this book mainly takes in a canyon, and it was GORGEOUS. The way that Condie describes it, simply yet powerfully, really helped create an image in my mind.

3. The Cover. I'm sorry. I have to include this. I LOVE these covers. They are BEAUTIFUL. I like how through the three covers she breaks out of the bubble she's caught in, and the colors green, blue, and red, for the three tablets? And the outfits? GAHHH. Although compared to the Matched cover, I liked Matched's cover more, 'cuz the dress was so dang pretty! Any way, moving on.

4. The Writing. I know I mentioned it before, but I actually enjoy Ally Condie's simple writing style. It doesn't take away the power with the clutter of details. It's a break from all the details, she keeps her writing simple, concise, and to the point.

5. The Characters. I love all the characters, truly I do. Except um, Cassia, but I'll talk about that later. Ky and Xander, and Indie. Xander was much more lovable in this book, at least for me. And I loved the addition of tough-on-the-inside-but-actually-sensitive Indie. One thing I've noticed that is common in all writing geared towards a teenage audience, or at least several books, is that authors know how book-obsessed we all are, so to make the characters more lovable, they make them love reading. It happened in this book, Delirium, and City of Bones, and probably more books that aren't coming to mind right now.

6. The Romance. Obviously. The romance in this book made me smile SO MUCH! The following quotes are super sweet, but may be a mild spoiler, so READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

"'You're here,' he (Ky) says, breathing hard and hungry. Sweat and dirt cover his face, and he looks at me (Cassia) as though I'm the only thing he ever needed to see. I open my mouth to say  yes, but I only have time to breathe in before he closes the last of the distance. All I know is the kiss."
AWWW :)

And this:

"Cassia and I  (Ky) sit as near to each other as we can. She leans into me and I keep my arms around her. I don't fool myself that I hold her together-she does that on her own. But holding her keeps me from flying apart."

Again, AWWW.

6. The ending. One, the shockers were pretty good, but she didn't end the book with some crazy twist ending but still makes you want to keep reading the trilogy. I applaud you Ally Condie.

But, this book came with the bad as well :(

1. The Characters. As aforementioned, my only problem was Cassia, and I actually realized this right now while I type my review. I was thinking of why I love the characters so much: Ky for his undying love, Xander for his sacrifice, Indie for being headstrong. But then I thought of Cassia, and I realized, I don't have an opinion about her. I didn't think she was a particularly annoying character, but I didn't love her either. I was indifferent to her. The main character. And that's not really a good thing at all. She seems so one-dimensional to me. I don't feel any emotion about her, because she doesn't... I don't even know.I realized that the only reason I want Ky or Xander, mostly Ky, to end up with Cassia, is because they love her. Honestly, I can't imagine why, but whatever makes my babies happy. :) But my personal opinion is that Ky and Xander are too good for Cassia. These emotions, or more like lack of emotions, is so strange. I've almost always had an opinion on the main character.

2. Confusion. M'kay. What the hell is a decoy? Who the hell is the Enemy? What the... who the... why the... I didn't understand WHAT was going on for Ky's side of the story whenever they talked about the decoys, or the Enemy, or anything related to where they took Ky. MERGH.

So I gave this book 4 stars because all though I loved almost everything about it, some parts confused me, and I feel no emotion towards the main character whatsoever.

To Read or Not To Read?

I still recommend this trilogy! If you haven't read Matched, read it, then Crossed, and if you have read Matched, read Crossed. Just... read it. :D


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