Review | This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V. E. Schwab

Schwab does it again ~ 4.5/5 stars.

This Savage Song by V E Schwab book cover

The blurb: Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

My take:

I’ve been a firm fan of Schwab’s writing since coming across Vicious last year. With This Savage Song, she’s come up with another brilliant and elegant concept: the monstrous consequences of violence become manifest as, well, monsters.

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Review | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One book coverAn interesting premise and good world-building let down by a lack of non-virtual stakes. Ready Player One recovers somewhat in Part Three, but too late to get it more than 3/5 from me.

The blurb: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My take:

Ever wanted to spend hours watching other people playing computer games? No? Well that’s what you’re in for during several parts of this book. You’ve been warned.

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Review | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

If this story fails to move you, you have no heart. As close to perfect as a tale can be. 5/5 stars and then some.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book coverWhat it’s about: Since his father left them six years ago, Conor has lived alone with his mum. But recently she has been struggling with illness and Conor is plagued by recurring nightmares when he is awake as well as asleep. Then the monster comes to visit. He will tell three stories and, in return, Conor must tell him the thing which frightens him most of all: the truth.

My take:

The synopsis above tells you a little about what happens in A Monster Calls, not what the book is about. This is a story about fear and friendship, strength and weakness, love and loss.

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Review | Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)

Allegiant Divergent 3 by Veronica RothWARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

Allegiant is a brave conclusion to Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent trilogy. While I felt Allegiant was the weakest of the series in terms of plot and pace, I was impressed that Roth allowed her characters to be true to themselves, even though that meant denying her readers the satisfaction of a happily ever after.

I didn’t find Allegiant as entertaining as the previous two installments in the Divergent series. I’ve tried to find solid reasons why.

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