Monday, March 24, 2014

THAT COVER THOUGH. (Lux Series: Beginnings)

This is the exhibit.
I don't like change. Especially when I have to look at everyday, staring back at me from my bookshelf mockingly. SO WHY DO BOOK COVER THEMES ALWAYS CHANGE? It's like my ultimate pet peeve when I see these beautiful amazing covers that I worship and then they change to something gross (check out the exhibit).

Now, back to the main issue. I have not hidden my love of the Lux Series on this blog. If anything, I may be a little bit too enthusiastic about how wonderful I believe it is. I will, however, point out that it certainly wasn't the fact that it was about aliens that I picked it up. I saw Pepe Toth's face and I was just like, "I wanna have me some of THAT," so I bought it before finding out it was even about aliens. Yeah, yeah. I judged a book by its cover. Let's be real now - doesn't everyone?

I'm not saying that the Lux Series: Beginnings cover looks bad, because that's not true, but when I put it alongside the old ones, it's not a contest in my mind.

How can I compare this:
With this?
For those of you who don't know, they might be getting rid of all the old Lux covers, so if you want it to be Pepe's face (moonlighting as the magnificent and sexy Daemon Black) staring back at you from your bookshelf, maybe only a little mockingly (since he's so sarcastic), then go out and buy it before they're all gone!

I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I'm really going to miss Pepe and Sztella on this series. I understand the reasoning, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Because I don't. Like, not at all. 

I mean, just look at it. BEAUTIFUL.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

374 pages
Rating: 4.5/5
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Where do I begin? The world building, the characters, the plot, all of it was amazing. It was a mixture of Titanic in space and survival in unfamiliar places, but it was executed in one of the most original ways I've ever experienced. I mean, sure there were your everyday tropes thrown in (girl and boy hate each other and then they fall in love and something bad happens, and then there's a happy ending, etc.), but those only made it better! And the cover looks like everything I dream a book should look like.

Lilac LaRoux, this fabulously wealthy girl with a dad who does bad things to boys who like her, was lovely from beginning to end. Usually, I have a hard time making myself like the protagonist of books because they're selfish or stupid or something along those lines, but Lilac was perfection. She can't wield a bow and arrow like Katniss and she isn't in Dauntless like Tris, but I think she's one of those little known people who deserve to be filed under Amazing Chicks of YA. 

Tarver grew up without a name and rose to fame after becoming a war hero. He filled the role of survival expert wonderfully. I also normally tend to gravitate toward bad boys in books, but he was just so sweet and caring and considerate, I couldn't make myself not adore Tarver. I mean, practically every second he and Lilac were together on the planet the Icarus, he was trying to make sure she was safe and healthy.

The plot and setting was fantastic. There were dead bodies and hallucinations and crashed ships and sad aliens and all of it was beautifully done. Part of me wished they never had to leave the planet they were stranded on, but I understand why it had to happen. The fact that the characters survived all of the struggles that both their environment and their situation handed them only added to how great the book was.

By the way, there were a few tears shed. I'm a crier, not gonna lie, but there were tears and feels were powerful.

I'd recommend this to people who really enjoyed Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Their are echoes of both of these in These Broken Stars that I'm sure YA Sci-Fi readers will enjoy a lot.

Rating: 4.5/5

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tandem (Many Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab

Rating: 2.5/5
428 pages
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.

As far as the summary goes, I think it was a little misleading. I thought I was going to get something... happier? You know. A little Princess Diaries, a little Prince and the Pauper (but I've only watched the Barbie adaptation, so I'm not sure that's a good comparison) but Tandem was a lot less lighthearted and had a lot more crying and kidnapping.

Sasha was annoying and unexceptional. She made reading this book a serious struggle. When she wasn't complaining, she was experiencing some kind of emotional turmoil and doing something stupid in response. I couldn't make myself like her at all, except for maybe the first fifty pages of the book. Mind you, there's over 400 pages in total.

Thomas wasn't the best love interest I've ever seen, but he was still fantastic. I'll admit that I like him the most in the first forty pages and last one hundred-ish, though. The rest, I wasn't feeling anything particularly passionate. Callum, on the other hand, inspired nothing in me but maybe the kind of affection I'd feel for a puppy. I wish I liked him more, because he was sweet and adorable, but he's just a little too boring for me. I felt bad for him though, because Sasha totally led him on. She obviously loves THOMAS.

The thing that really made me like the book was the overall plot. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed it until I was done with the book, because all I could think was, "Where's the next one? I need it DESPERATELY." The parallel universes thing was mind-blowing and fascinating and I wish there were worlds I could visit like Aurora (but I still want to live on Earth, naturally). So, basically, concept was excellent. Execution... meh.

I'm not sure if I could really recommend this to anyone, because while part of me really enjoyed it, the other part was conflicted and frustrated the whole time. Seriously, my face was like the gif below every ten pages. But I guess check it out if you like reading romances, particularly ones with a more YA sci-fi twist.

Rating: 2.5/5
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