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review 2017-05-09 04:14
Review: Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat Zhang
Echoes of Us - Kat Zhang

Initial reaction: That was a satisfying end to a good series overall. A few points for me had the narrative dragging but I enjoyed the journey overall.

Full review:

I'll admit I'm a little sad to be finishing this series with "Echoes of Us" for two reasons: 1. It took me a long time to pick up this final novel and 2. This is pretty much the end of the journey for Eva and Addie. I've spent three books following these characters and found myself invested in their fight for representation and non-erasure of hybrid souls. This book has Addie and Eva delving into an alternate identity once again by going undercover at a facility with hybrid children like themselves to expose the horrible treatment of the souls there, but it comes with a high cost.

It may be a better thing for those who are reading the series to read these books back to back because I did struggle a little in the transition between this book and the last for remembering certain details and characters (though the book does a fair job of highlighting some of the major events from the previous books that Addie and Eva were involved within). Once I reacquainted myself with events, I was okay for the most part. I wasn't expecting some major character deaths from the get go - when the action hits home, it definitely hits home. I definitely felt for Eva in the midst of the novel for the separation anxiety and loss she feels on multiple levels. The novel on the whole ties up the major conflicts in a way that - to me - was one of the strongest ends to a YA series that I've read in recent times. However, I feel like there could've been more time spent with respect to the character development and some of the plot points that really didn't have a lot of answers with them (i.e. the existence of hybrid souls vs. the general public and how that related to the international conflict). I can't complain on the whole though, this series collectively had me glued to see what would happen next in Eva and Addie's overarching journeys.

I'm going to miss following these two - wonderful audiobook narration by Kim Mai Guest and a unique YA dystopian trilogy that left me with great impressions. The only thing I wish in finishing the novel (and series) is that it could've delved a bit deeper.

Overall score: 3.5/5 stars.

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review 2016-04-05 01:50
Review: Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang
Once We Were - Kat Zhang

Initial reaction: It was decent, probably around my same reaction to the first book (which admittedly I read a while back ago.) The intrigue is strong but the execution felt a bit shaky through the novel.

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Don't let my rating of this book fool you - I thought "Once We Were" was a very good book, and a worthy second book in the Hybrid Chronicles series (following up the first book "What's Left of Me.") Following Eva and Addie in this book shows them in quite a few harrowing situations - a struggle between claiming the right to exist as Hybrid souls and changing the status quo from the oppressive network that's quickly expanding its reach and aim. It's an apt theme as far as a dystopian novel is concerned. It also shows Eva and Addie not just as one entity, but struggling to come to terms with their own identities in the mix of some harrowing events.

So you might ask: "Rose, what's the problem with this book?" I'll admit it took me quite a bit of time to really get into the flow of this story. I thought it meandered a bit too much in the beginning and in parts of a sagging middle. Some parts I understood because the story took some much needed (and appreciated) time to flesh out Eva's character for her flaws and struggle to exist independently of her sister. The narrative did a decent job of showing how difficult it can be to have two souls sharing one body and fighting for competing interests - whether it may be in the vein of relationships or in the measure of what side they find themselves on in the midst of a difficult conflict. But for some reason, the narrative felt like it took a long time to stage that development, though it was progressive. The framework of the supporting characters and their role in the overarching story was fine, but I'm not sure why it felt like it took so long to get to the story's respective climax despite some notably interesting themes, scenes and intentions in the narrative.

I think one thing I like about Eva in comparison to other heroines in YA dystopia is - despite the fact she can make some infuriating decisions in a massive conflict - she's more self-aware and recognizes and learns from her mistakes. She recognizes her sister's wishes when they come into conflict and even learns of the greater repercussions of her decisions as the book marches to a rather explosive (literally and figuratively) conclusion. I really liked the intensity and emotion of the ending - I wish the pacing in the beginning and middle had the same kind of pull. Nonetheless, I find myself eager to pursue the conclusion of the series.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

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review 2014-08-18 20:58
What's Left Of Me Review
What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang

This book is amazing and I couldn't put it down. I love how Kat Zhang wrote this book because you have to be very talented to write this book, because to write a book in first person with two people living inside someone is very hard. I think this book is about finding yourself, because its easy to lose yourself when you're sharing your body with someone else. Eva is the recessive soul and her twin soul Addie is the dominant one. Eva is clinging to live in her body when everyone is telling her to let go. No one says her name, no one knows that she's still there but Addie. And she still has the strength to fight on. This is why I love this series because it shows that you can fight on. 

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review 2014-05-26 23:32
"And just like that the world fell away"
What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One - Kat Zhang

--Kat Zhang, What's left of me

 

This is intriguing, and endearing.  I enjoyed it, I just felt like something was missing, like maybe more action or something...

 

It is about an alternate or futuristic world where all people are born with two souls within one body, for which they each receive different names.  Eventually, around the age of 5 one of the souls recedes or basically disappears and the body is left with just one soul.  For some, this never happens and they are considered Hybrids and they are perceived as dangerous and not fit for society.   

 

I really felt for Eva/Addie (Addie is the dominant and Eva is the recessive) and how unsure they were of themselves because they were thought of and told they were defective.  The story is told in Eva's voice and beautifully so, and evoked profound feelings in me while listening on Audio; which is wonderfully done by Kim Mai Guest.

 

 

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review 2014-05-05 20:58
Super Start to this Series
Soul Survivor: The Hybrid Chronicles Book 1 - Michelle N. Files

Both Hailee and Alex become very appealing characters quite quickly. Alex has a tremendous amount of boyish charm and Hailee is very strong minded and not an easy target. With the introduction of the darkness the story dynamics take on a love triangle, good vs. evil and a mission to save the world. With every twist and turn of events another layer of this story is peeled back to reveal yet another exciting development. There is so much more to their story than what you first anticipate. Engaging and interesting with a lot of heart and emotion shown from all of the characters. Haillee is faced with a heck of a lot for a young women to handle and although she does handle it well some of the drama and fighting become a little repetitive and had me wanting some of this to be resolved and the story to progress. Over all though a super start to this complex series and an endearing heroine that is bound to win over many readers.

 

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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