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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

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Title: Nantucket Blue (Goodreads)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Source: Publisher
Publication Date:07 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1423160517
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 304

The authors on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Providence, Rhode Island // Nantucket, Massachusetts

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: Even without Holly Howard and Dori Archer, who’d been suspended for drinking on campus, we were supposed to win that game.

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland had the potential to be a great summer read but in the end it was just a meh book for me. While there are things I liked there were lots that just annoyed me (some more than they should have.) First off, lets talk setting. Nantucket Blue starts in Providence, Rhode Island which thrilled and struck fear into my heart. You see, I am a Rhode Islander born and bread. I know Providence well and its outskirts better. Especially one area of the book that was mentioned, Bristol, which is where I went to high school. 

So that brings me to nitpick number 1. Rhode Islanders tend to be distance phobic. We don’t just hop of a bike and ride 15+ miles (1.5-2hrs) from Providence to Bristol to grab coffee and check out antiques. Especially if you are a teenager. Oh I liked antique stores when I was a teen but I’d go to the ones in my town when I happened to be near them I would travel 15 miles for one. Not that I’ve never made that trip. I have, but it took planning and it was never determined on a whim. So that part of the novel, while such a minor thing to most readers, just made my eye twitch. Though I did love the reference to Del’s Lemonade. Del’s is an institution in Rhode Island and its just wasn’t summer until you heard the first Del’s Lemonade truck roll through your neighborhood. 
There were also times when it felt like a character was cut out and then merged with another, the one who became Zach. Zach was supposed to be around 15/16 years old but he never felt that young he always seemed so much older like he was in college. And Cricket, well there were times when she definitely acted like she was a young teen and not a high school senior. But she always felt complete and real. While Zach seemed to have a split personality. This made it hard to connect with him for much of the book. Though when I could I found his character to be sweet and I really pulled for him and Cricket. 
I really disliked Cricket’s so-called best friend, Jules, wow what a b#$*!! She so mean to Cricket throughout much of this book and yet Cricket still wanted to follow her around like a puppy. Often, creepily so. Cricket was a borderline stalker and I wonder if maybe she started to hang out with Zach because he was Jule’s brother and as such was a connection to her. Nantucket Blue is supposed to be about this great friendship between Cricket and Jules but I’d never want a friend like Jules and neither should Cricket. Jules is not a good person and I know she’s dealing with some issues but that doesn’t excuse her behavior. I also had some issues with Cricket’s parents. But I won’t get into that here as I don’t want to spend this whole review on what I didn’t like.
Now, it might seem like I hated this book but I didn’t. I didn’t love it but it was a really quick read and its a good beach read. Its a book that doesn’t require much thought and you can just spend a couple of hours lost on an island paradise. This story made me want to hop of a ferry and head off to Nantucket to explore that island. Growing up we went to Martha’s Vineyard or Block Island so I’ve never been there but now I want to go. Maybe I’ll be able to find some time this summer to do so. This book isn’t anything super special. Its not one that I want to re-read over and over but I don’t feel as though I wasted my time on it. Its flawed but I felt that the writing held promise and I look forward to Howland’s next book.


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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Second Impact by David and Perri Klass

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Title: Second Impact (Goodreads)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 06 Aug 13
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0374379963
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 288

The authors on the web:
David Klass – Blog
David Klass – Twitter

Perri Klass – Official Site

Perri Klass – Blog

Perri Klass – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Kendall, New Jersey

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First Line: On game day, I usually wake up early and lie in bed thinking things over.

A few years ago I fell in love with a TV show called Friday Night Lights which on the surface is a total not me kind of show. FNL, as its often refered as, was a show that revolved around the coach of a Texas football team and various players. If you know me then you know I’m not a huge sports fanatic. I like all the New England sports teams I should and I like to go to live games but I’m not one to just sit on my couch and watch a game. I tend to call myself a social fan in that I’m more into a game when in a social setting among friends. So the fact that I watch and liked this football-centric show was an abnormality. 

But love it I did and when I read the description for Second Impact by David and Perri Klass I was hoping for a book that would recapture some of that same magic that I found in FNL. What I wasn’t expecting was for this entire book to be told in a dual POV using blog posts and emails to tell the story. As you know I love multiple POV stories and I am even a champion of stories told in non-traditional ways. So I settled in and expected to love this book it had all the right qualities to be a huge success with me.  

Second Impact never quite lived up to its promise though. It lacked the heart and emotion that exuded every episode of FNL. The blog format is normally something that I love but in this case it just added a crazy amount of distance between the reader and the characters. I never connected with them. There was just a wall between the story being told and what I read. And while this story didn’t take long to read I never cared about anything that was going on. 

There was also supposed to be this big crazy background story involving Jerry and while we get it told to us in bits and pieces you realize that he never faced any severe consequences for what he did. This story feeds into the philosophy that start sports players can pretty much get away with anything and still come out smelling like roses and I didn’t like that message. Kendall was also this whiny girl who meant well and she faced more consequences when trying to highlight a serious issue in her school than Jerry did and what he did was far worse. And while I know things like this happen in American high schools every day it doesn’t make it any more right. 

Second Impact was a book with a message and its one that the authors used Kendall to preach about and try to brow beat into the reader. I don’t mind message books but this one was a bit over the top and seemed to follow a personal agenda and not highlight any big world issues. I wasn’t thrilled with this book but I did read it until the end. I kept hoping that there would be some bigger message or that the story would miraculously turn good. But that never happened. If you want a great football story then watch Friday Night Lights as this is not a book that I can recommend.

People who liked this book better than I did

Books in the Moonlight – “I thoroughly enjoyed Second Impact. I enjoyed it for the story and for the characters. You don’t need to be a football fan to appreciate this book. It’s definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read this year.”

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: Five Summers by Una LaMarche

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Title: Five Summers (Goodreads)
Publisher: Razorbill

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 16 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1595146725
Format: ARC
Pages: 384

The author on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Onan, New Hampshire (Lake Ossipee)


Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: There are some things that seem like they’ll just never happen.

Growing up I didn’t go to summer camp often, there was always so many fun activities going on in the community that I grew up in that it seemed silly to go away somewhere to do the same things. Plus the the kids that were in my neighborhood may not have always been the ones that I hung out with at school for various reasons. But when I did go to summer camp there was always something magical about it and so I’ve always enjoyed reading books that deal with the subject. Five Summers by Una LaMarche is the newest summer camp book that is told from the points of view of the four best friends (Emma, Maddie, Skylar, and Johanna) over their five summers at camp.

The girls all come from different areas and home lives and they reinvent themselves in different ways at camp. Each summer they come together grow and bond and then they go home for the winter and wait until the next summer. Eventually they grow too old to attend the camp as campers and while some return as counselors the girls mostly drift apart. That is until the annual reunion weekend comes and the girls reunite. Over the course of the book you learn what brings the girls together, what drives them apart, and what bonds them all over again.

Five Summers is a tale of friendship at its best and while there is romance in the story it doesn’t dominate it. In some ways, Five Summers reminded me a little of Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer (my review). Although it was lacking some of the magic that I found in that book. While I enjoyed Five Summers I wish that it had a bit more depth to it. The whole story was a bit predictable and superficial and while part of me was glad the romance wasn’t the focus I also wish that there was more of it.

Five Summers is a book about camp. If you’ve ever been to camp or dreamed of going to camp then it should bring up some fond memories. Five Summers is a book about summer and its lazy days. Its a book about friendships and first loves. Its a quick read and would be a great book to bring with you to read at the beach. Its what I would call a brain candy book in which its fun to read but doesn’t tax the brain too much. To be a brain candy book isn’t a bad thing, sometimes you need those light books to distract yourself from the world. The sort of book that is like an episode of Full House where everything is resolved in 30 minutes and everyone is happy and smiling at the end.

This was Una LaMarche’s first book and while it didn’t wow me as some other debuts I did like it enough to know that I will be looking out for her next book. She may not focus on romance but she does know how to write about friendships. She also writes a pretty entertaining blog so you should check that out after you finish reading her book. If you are a fan of Morgan Matson then you might enjoy this book as well. LaMarche and Matson have a similar style and I look forward to seeing LaMarche’s writing grow over future books.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

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Title: Hysteria (Goodreads)
Publisher: Walker Books

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 05 February 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0802723101
Format: ebook
Pages: 336

The Author on the Web:

Megan Miranda – Twitter


Place(s) Traveled to: New Jersey // New Hampshire

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: My mother hid the knife block. In hindsight, that was the first sign.

Ever have one of those books that you just don’t know how to review? Ones that you’ve read a while back and keep meaning to write something about but keep putting it off because there was nothing super memorable about the story? Well, that’s how Hysteria by Megan Miranda was for me. This was a book that first attracted me to it by its cover and creepy sounding premise. I liked the idea Mallory might be an unreliable narrator and the idea that she might be a serial killer in the making.

I expected Hysteria to be a creepy story but for me it was anything but. And for someone that scares easily that is saying a lot. The main plot line hinted at in this story never materialized until near the end of the book. Then events were just rushed through and resolved before I could even say WTF. Not that this was a WTF story but it just all happened so fast and then blink it was over. Which was a bit of a let down since the set up was so very long in the making. 

As a character Mallory was a bit blah and whiny and I really wasn’t all that impressed with her. Nor did I really care for any of the characters. As I mentioned about the plot was drawn out and rushed at the same time and I’m not sure how I managed to finish this one. I guess I just kept expecting something amazing to happen based on the description and how excited people were for this story. 

Hysteria was a meh read for me that in the end wasn’t very memorable. I had to skim through the book in order to remember basic events in the book. Normally I have a really good memory when it comes to stories so the fact that this one is vague means that its not one that I can recommend. As for reading other books by Megan Miranda I am on the fence. This one left me a bit underwhelmed and so I’m in no hurry to check out her other works.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor and Park (Goodreads)
Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1250012570
Format: paperback (ARC)
Pages: 325

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Lincoln, Nebraska (1986)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: He’d stopped trying to bring her back.
I first heard about Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel months before it was due to be released in the US from a friend who was dying for a copy and couldn’t wait for it. I was headed over to England where it was out and so I offered to bring her back a copy. Then later on I received a copy for review and yet I found that I couldn’t start it. All I had heard about Eleanor & Park  was how good it was and usually every time I hear that about a book I am horribly disappointed and feel like I was mislead somehow. Yet, I was still curious about this story and I finally allowed myself to be persuaded to read it on my way to Frankfurt recently for business. 
Once I started Eleanor & Park I couldn’t put it down. I was so grateful that I had several hours of uninterrupted reading time on my flight so I didn’t have to. I was also glad that the people around me slept on the flight over so that they didn’t see my smirks of laughter or the tears in my eyes as I flipped through the pages of this story. I really find it hard to put into words just how much I loved this story. I loved the setting and all the characters….oh how my heart broke during some scenes. But it didn’t just break, Eleanor & Park contained some of the best heart achy moments that I’ve felt in a good long while. 
I loved how this one was told from the POVs of both Eleanor and Park. I loved seeing inside both of their heads and their lives and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see where events would go next. When I did reach the end of the book I was filled with this deep sadness as I wasn’t ready to leave this world. There is still so much more that I want to know about these characters. I want to know every minute detail of what happens next and yet at the same time it was a very well done and beautiful ending. 
Eleanor & Park, simply put, is an epic book of awesome and I public apologies to all those who I doubted when they told me to drop everything and read it. I am ashamed of my doubts because this story lives up to all of their praise and more. This is by far one of the best books that I’ve read all year and its just the beginning of my love affair with Rainbow Rowell’s writing. This author could publish a book on grocery lists and I think I would read and love it. If you haven’t read this book yet then you are seriously missing out. Trust this doubting soul and learn from me, Eleanor & Park is a must read will appeal to teens and adults alike. If this book doesn’t break your heart and give you the warm fuzzies then you don’t have a soul.*

 

*I jest…not really…yes yes…I do 😉

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 1 by Andy Diggle & Brandon Seifert

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Title: The Hypothetical Gentleman (Goodreads)
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Source: Publisher / Netgalley
Publication Date: 19 March 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1613775792
Format: ebook 
Pages:104

The Author on the Web:
Andy Diggle
Brandon Seifert

The Illustrators on the Web
Mark Buckingham
Philip Bond

Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1814 & 1851)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: NA
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m crazy addicted to Doctor Who and have been since I was a child. I watch the show every week and when its on hiatus I will watch old episodes on Netflix. But despite my deep love of the show I’ve never branched into any of the books or comics that exist in the world about it. That is until recently when this one appeared on Netgalley. I was really curious about it and so decided to request it. This was a quick read, as you can imagine since it is a graphic novel/comic.

There are two stories contained in this comic and both of them felt flat to me. The stories were just so-so and never once could I imagine The Doctor, Amy, or Rory saying any of the lines that they said. The whole thing felt so still and flat. And yes I know its a comic so its all drawings but I’ve read comics in which you get a sense of suspense and movement and that never happened here. The drawings were just blah and most felt like they were a bit unfinished. 
Overall, this one just wasn’t for me and I don’t think I’ll be checking out other Doctor Who comics in the future. I may check out some of the books that are out there but I am doubtful if they’ll live up to the show. For me, I think that Doctor Who will always be something that needs to be visual and if a comic can’t bring me that same magic that I love about the show then I’m not sure anything will. 

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Wrecked by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: Wrecked (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 30 April 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 9781484040119
Format: ebook
Pages: 286

The author on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Clayton Falls, North Carolina // Wilmington, North Carolina


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: As the speedometer hit seventy, I knew I had to go faster.

Clayton Falls Series Order
Book 1: Derailed
Book 2: Veer

Book 3: Wrecked 

If you’ve read the previous books in Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Clayton Falls series then you know that Jake Matthews hasn’t always made the smartest decisions. If all the signs point right then he’ll left just because. Such is the case with the opening scene of Wrecked where he knows he didn’t make the smart choice but yet he can’t seem to stop himself from doing so. Fortunately for him, he was a good support team around him to help keep on the right track. And because of one very bad decision he also crossed paths with Emily, the heroine of this story.

Wrecked is told from both Jake and Emily’s POVs and I loved getting to see both sides of the story. I thought that Jake was a bit of an ass in Derailed, a bit less of one in Veer, but I really came to adore him in this story. He just needed something really big to happen and to meet the right person and everything just started to change and turn out better. Sometimes you just need to hit rock bottom in order to see just how high that you want to climb. Jack and Emily’s story isn’t overly complex, most romances aren’t, but there is a depth and genuineness to it that made me like Wrecked best of the series. 

I also loved all the side characters. I loved how we got to see more of Ben and Molly and get to meet Mel and Cole. I really really really hope that there will be more books set in the Clayton Falls universe as I want to see Mel and Cole’s story. There were just enough hints and teases in Wrecked that left me wanting more. But what made this book for me were Jake and Emily. Neither trust easily and they both come with baggage but each obstacle just makes them stronger. And I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how it would all end up. 

With each book that Alyssa Rose Ivy writes her writing grows stronger and her characters a bit more real. I like how she keeps returning to Clayton Falls as it just further adds dimension to that town. Wrecked also managed to keep me up far far later than was good for me on a work night and I was an exhausted mess the next day. But I wouldn’t trade those hours of sleep lost for anything. Because my day wouldn’t have been the most productive anyway since I’d most likely been watching the clock waiting until I could get back to the story. And for me, that is the sign of a good book. =)



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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: ‘Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aquirre, and Karen Duvall

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Title: ‘Til the World Ends (Goodreads)

Publisher: Harlequin Luna

Source: Publisher/Netgalley
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Series / Standalone
ISBN: 0373803494
Format: ebook
Pages: 368

The Authors on the Web:
Karen Duvall – Official Site

‘Til the world ends in anthology filled with 3 post-apocalyptic stories by some fabulous authors. Two of which I’ve read before and one who is new to me. All these stories take place during different events are various times after the world as we know it has ceased (or is ceasing) to be. As there are only three stories in this anthology I’ll do little mini reviews of them all.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa 

Place(s) Traveled to: Washington, DC // Illinois

First Line(s): In the summer of my twenty-third year, the Red Lung virus began its spread across the eastern United States

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This story is a prequel to Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series and takes place a s**t was just starting to hit the fan. Rabids have just broken out of the labs and are quickly working their way through decimating society as we know it. The main protagonists are Kylie, a young doctor in training and Ben Archer who was inadvertently among those who created Red Lung. You might also recognize the name Archer from a certain family met in The Immortal Rules. I enjoyed the quick pace of this story and I loved seeing some of the history of how Red Lung came to be. I enjoyed the main characters and learning the early history of the Archer compound. There were some scenes that were a bit hokey for me while others made me jump. I read this alone, at night, in the quiet, and my apartment faces the woods…so I scared myself a few times. I thought the ending was a bit quick and would love to see more from these early days of the compound to see how they got to where they are in The Immortal Rules.

Thistle and Thorne by Ann Aguirre

Place(s) Traveled to: Snake Ward // Erinvale Fortress

First Line(s): If I didn’t deliver the goods to Stavros by midnight, he would kill me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

At first I thought this was going to be a prequel to Aquirre’s Razorland series and was disappointed when I realized it was a whole new story.  It took a bit to get past that before I was able to fully immerse myself into this story. Once I did I really enjoyed it and it was my favorite of the lot. I liked the main characters and the overall story arc. It was fact paced, gritty, and real. My only real complaint is that it ended too quickly and felt unfinished. I would love to see a full length story come about as a result of this short story.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Place(s) Traveled to: Lodgepole, Colorado // Denver, Colorado // Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado // Black Hawk, Colorado

First Line(s): “Breathe,” I advised.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Words can’t describe how much I disliked this story. I almost called it a DNF on several occasions but pushed through it as it was just a short story. My first thought when reading about the effects of the solar flares was this story reminded me an awful lot like an Outer Limits episode. And once that thought hit my brain it was hard to dislodge it. It also didn’t help that I hated the characters and felt that it started off slow and then the ending was super rushed. I was so happy to see this one end. As I wasn’t a fan of the writing style either I’m not sure that I’ll try anything else by Karen Duvall.


OVERALL RATING: 2.5 stars

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review: How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren

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Title: How Beauty Saved the Beast (Goodreads)

Publisher: Carina Press

Source: Publisher/Netgalley
Publication Date: 13 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B00BED271C
Format: ebook
Pages: 179

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Austen, Texas // Leavenworth, Kansas
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Grant Barrett wrinkled his nose as he shoved the pretty little redhead down the hallway to his office.


Tales of the Underlight Series Order

Book 3: How Beauty Loved the Beast 

After finishing How Beauty Saved the Beast I couldn’t wait to see how this story ARC would end and so started reading How Beauty Loved the Beast the moment it became available. I then devoured this story in a single setting as I couldn’t put it down. But while I wanted to love this last book in the series the closer I got to the end the less love I had for it. There were just too many open issues and not enough pages to cover them and initially I was thinking that maybe there was going to be a fourth book. And I would have been fine with that. 
Instead I got this crazy rushed ending with so much crammed in with little detail or depth that I was only left with a huge feeling of disappointment. As a reader I felt really cheated with that non-existent ending, yes, the main story ARC was resolved but it was just way too quickly done. And there were still so many questions that weren’t resolved that the whole thing felt a bit unfinished. I really wish that rather than rush things and give a bad ending that Garren had just expanded the series out to a fourth book. With all those extra pages I think she could have wrapped things up in a more satisfying way. 
I also didn’t really care for the fact that there was head jumping in this book as that plot device was never used in the previous books in the series. I don’t mind head jumping or multiple POVs when its done consistently but I really dislike its randomly used to make some tricky plot issues go a little smoother. 
All wasn’t bad with How Beauty Loved the Beast as I really did like how Jolie and Hawk continued to grow in their relationship. They were both really sweet and their story ARC did progress in a believable way. Even if the other plot lines did not. While I didn’t love this installment I do like Garren’s writing style and look forward to what she’ll come up with next. Perhaps she’ll set other books in this world and so all those loose threads can be tied up in a more satisfactory way.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Title: The 5th Wave (Goodreads)
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 

Source: Amazon Vine
Publication Date: 07 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0399162410
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages:480

The Author on the Web:
Place(s) Traveled to: Near future US – midwest // Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: There will be no awakening.
The Fifth Wave Series Order
Book 1 – The 5th Wave
Book 2 – Untitled (~Spring 2014)
Book 3 – Untitled (~Spring 2015)
I am always wary of books with lots of hype or huge publicity campaigns because all too often I end up horribly disappointed. Yet even  with all the early buzz surrounding Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave I was still excited for it. One of the things that I loved most about the 5th Wave was that there was a reason for the dystopian world that these characters live in. It starts with an EM pulse (or something similar) in the 1st wave and the world goes dark. Then the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th waves further break down society and the world as we know it all in preparation for the final stages of a very carefully planned invasion.
Normally with a dystopian read you need to take a world at face value but with The 5th Wave the series of events are plausible and so that makes this book stand out from others in the genre. As you read the story you can easily visualize all these things happening and that added bit of realism adds a whole other level to the reading experience. One that I loved and kept me so engrossed in the story that I was unable to put it down until I was finished. 
I also liked the multiple view points used as it gives the reader a wider scope of just what is going on. There are no blinking red signs that proclaim when you move into the head of a new character but it was never difficult to tell when the POV switched. These changes in POV also made it easier for me to get close to the various characters. It made me like them all the more and so that the various action scenes left me a bit breathless as I feared for these fictional people I’d come to love. 
The 5th Wave isn’t all action though and what there is doesn’t dominate the book. This is more what I’d call a slow burn novel where there is lots of descriptors and running around trying to make sense of this world where your biggest enemy looks like you and so you don’t know who to trust. 
What I didn’t like about this book was the gratuitous love triangle although that is something that could have been far worse than it was. In some ways I think it helped that this book was written by a guy as they don’t really allow romance to dominate a story. Many male authors seem to toss in a romance as an aside because its expected. Whereas in many, not all, books written by women the romance and/or love triangle is the main focus with the rest of the plot coming in as an aside. So while I’m grateful that the romance in this story wasn’t overdone I could have done without the love triangle. 

I also wasn’t a fan of the cliff hanger ending but as with the love triangle it could have been far worse than it was. I hate being forced to read the next book in a series just to find out what happens next. And so many cliff hangers seem so forced and take away from the realism of the story. In The 5th Wave the slight cliff hanger ending felt very natural and real.  It kept up with the slow burn nature of this book and does what cliff hangers are meant to do. It makes me want to continue reading this series. I want to know what happens next. But its also sort of an open ended sort of ending so that if there never were any books in this series the reader wouldn’t be totally let down. There is an ending to this book that ties up several of the plot points raised in the story. But its also a beginning setting the stage for what is to come.

As a whole I really enjoyed this book and I wish that I had its sequel in my hands right now. The waiting is hard but I think it will be worth it. This is a story that I think will appeal to many people regardless of their preferred reading genre as well as span age groups. It was really well written and I think that I will be checking out some of Rick Yancey’s other books as I wait for The 5th Wave’s sequel. 

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