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text 2016-03-26 01:30
Recent Favorite Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
Shadow and Bone - Lauren Fortgang,Leigh Bardugo
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

Last year I made a post with my favorite dystopians. I read so many each year I figured I need to do another one! 

 

I loved the entirety of the Lunar Chronicles. It's my most recommended book so far and everyone has LOVED them. 

 

Red Queen has very mixed reviews but  I adore it. The second one even more so than the first. Give it a shot. 

 

Steelheart is my first Brandon Sanderson book and its a lot of fun, heavy on the weaponry. Had my brother read it and he's also obsessed. Waiting for the second on audio still. 

 

There is A LOT of talk about the Grisha series. And rightly so. The ending was a bit disappointing but overall a lot of fun. And be sure to read her latest, Six of Crows. 

 

Throne of Glass. Very mixed opinions on this series. Some of the books are better than others. Its a long one and still not finished. I read this all over vacation and still enjoyed it. Good, fun fantasy. And will keep you occupied for quite some time. 

 

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking series). Patrick Ness is a writing genius. Enough said. 

 

My past favorite 2015/2016 science fiction series so far. Still have a lot of this year to go. 

 

I also really enjoyed, 

 

Orphan Queen (book two coming out soon) 

Storyspinner (I have Skylighter checked out right now and am super pumped for it) 

After the End - was a fun audio book. 

And many more.....lots of reading to go for this year! 

 

Any favorites lately? Love science fiction/fantasy as much as I do?? 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-07-23 00:00
The Ask and the Answer
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness This is my first ever attempt to write a book review. I hope its not a complete mess.

This may contain spoilers.

I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. Which means I quite enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to a friend, but it wasn’t super amazing or memorable.

“So who are you then, Todd Hewitt? What makes you so special?”

I don’t remember the details of how i came across this series, but i remember i was watching a book haul on YouTube, i don’t remember which YouTube, but this series caught my eye. I am so in love with these covers. So when I saw The Knife of Never Letting Go in Coles I bought it without knowing what it was about. I loved it. So I bought the second one, and here i am attempting my first book review.

First I want to start off with saying that I find Patrick Ness’ writing beautiful. I especially enjoyed the writing in A monster Calls. When I first started reading The Chaos Walking series I was a little confused with the spelling of some words, for example stayshun instead of station. As I continued reading I found that the spelling actually helped with Todd’s character building through out the story line. It felt more like a specific person narrating that we got to know everything about, from his thought to how he spoke to himself and others.

Although for the most part I quite enjoyed this book, it did feet a little slow at times, like it was dragging on waiting for something big to happen. I also felt that all the wonderful world building from the first book kind of just stopped in this one. I know it was the second book and all the secrets from the first book were revealed, but it just felt like there could have been more world building. And more adventure and action.

I think Davy was a character I never thought I would have begun to like and even feel sorry for at times. I think that Davy’s character development was great, I honestly never expected it. He changed from almost mindlessly following his Pa to realizing that he need to do what his Pa asked of him in order to survive and gain his approval, while now having his own opinions and beginning to become his own person. He even begun to think of Todd and his friend, even though they were supposed to be enemies because Davy’s Pa had it out for Todd.



Okay so that is all i have to say about this book at the moment.
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review 2015-07-12 18:54
The Ask and the Answer Book Review
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite young adult series and I was not expecting it to...at all. Like the first one it took me a while to get into The Ask and the Answer, but once I did, man, I really really did. It's powerful, heartbreaking, heart pounding and full of incredibly strong themes throughout. Patrick Ness has it all. 

 

*Spoilers for book one* 

 

Todd and Violia have found Haven. But its not what they wanted in the least. Mayor Prentiss is now President Prentiss and the two are forcefully seperated trying to figure out what is right and what is wrong. Then the bombs start and the two must decide whose side they are really on. Do they even trust each other fully enough?

 

Brutal, brutal. brutal. I went from hating characters to feeling sorry for them and almost liking them. The unimaginable happens to those that are known as Spackle and even the women are treated like slaves. Think genocide in WWII. This is a harsh and eye opening young adult series that really nails it on the head. 

 

Looking forward to seeing how it all ends. The audiobooks have been excellent for the first two but it looks like I'll be unable to listen to the third so we'll see if I enjoy it as much sitting down to read it. 

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review 2015-04-18 10:49
Review: Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

Summary:

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

My opinion:

Overall I think this is a really brilliant series. The writing style is so unique and that was the first thing I noticed. This is a children's series so English isn't that perfect written yet. The writing style is in the same way children speak and even the same way we pronounce it. 

The storyline captivated me as well. It is really important to read the three novellas as well, because I the story isn't complete without them. The ending of book 3 was so heartbreaking, but the last novella made the ending a great ending! You can read the three novellas for free! The publisher has posted them so we can read them online. Check it out here. You have to give you e-mail address and then they will send you the three novellas. 


This is my rating of the books individually: 

- The New World (novella 0.5) 5/5
- The Knife Of Never Letting Go (book 1) 5/5
- The Ask and the Answer (book 2) 3.5/5
- The Wide, Wide Sea (novella 2.5) 5/5
- Monsters of Men (book 3) 4.5/5
- Snowscape (novella 3.5) 4/5

 

As you can see I didn't like the second book as much as the other ones. I don't why though. Maybe it was because I wasn't in the mood for it, but it didn't captivate me as much as the other books. I still loved this entire trilogy and I recommend it to everyone who likes dystopian/science fiction. 

 

What is your opinion about The Chaos Walking trilogy? 

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review 2015-04-06 17:31
Review: The Ask and the Anser
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

I loved everything about this book. Both Todd and Viola have to figure out if they can live with some of the choices they make. They care so much for each other, but other forces are playing with that, and making things not as they seem. Both have to do things they don’t agree with, and deal with those decisions in different ways.

There is so much conspiracy it is insane, and I absolutely love it You still aren’t sure who to trust. They are stories from the Ask and the Answer but how do you know which one is true. Both leaders lie, and twist the truth, so much that it seems both views are correct.

I can’t wait to read the next book. I need to know what happens next. Ness definitely leaves you gripping the edge of your seat until the last page, and this is no different.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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