Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Daynight by Megan Thomason

All About It:

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series
Description from Amazon.com

What I Thought:
I was a little bit weary of this book at first due to its three alternating viewpoints; I was however more than pleasantly surprised. This book was fantastic! I could hardly put it down, and being a junior in college that is not an ideal situation to be in. But, you know what, I DID it and I DON’T regret it. The story line in Daynight is different than any other novel out there, refreshingly so. The characters are original and you fall for all of them. The love triangle of Kira, Blake and Ethan is frustrating but delightful. Everything is included in this story, which I know doesn’t make much sense but saying any more than that would give away HUGE twists and turns that take place. Daynight by Megan Thomason is better in its 324 pages than all the Twilight Saga books put together. The ending will leave you down on your knees begging for more. I cannot WAIT to return to the world of Thera (while the characters may SERIOUSLY disagree with me) created by Ms. Thomason.  

Five out of Five Fairies

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rise by Anna Carey

All About It:
Rebel armies are getting closer, and the fate of The New America rests with Eve. Trapped in the City of Sand and married to a man of her father's choosing, Eve can't forget her love for Caleb-- her passion for the rebel cause. Then tragedy strikes, and Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight in this final battle for freedom.
(obtained from the ARC of Rise)

What I Thought:

For how much I loved the other two in the series, the finale of the Eve trilogy was a major disappointment.
 Don't get me wrong, the writing was still fantastic and the story so enthralling that once I started in on the ARC (advanced readers copy) I could not put it down and finished in one sitting. However, the ending, the final conclusion and farewell to the trilogy left so much to be desired. It concluded, yes, but it did not leave you feeling like it did. I actually want to cry at how awful the final page was. It was the conclusion and yet it wasn't. To make this trilogy truly amazing, before publication a new ending must be written. Otherwise, it leaves the dedicated reader cold. Add more description. Without it put in, this series in nothing. I cannot say much without spoiling, but PLEASE Ms. Carey for the fans RE-WRITE the ending, make it warmer. Let us SEE it; it is one place in writing the writer should not be bound by the "show don't tell" rule. I want to leave this world of Eve behind with a warm and fuzzy feeling. As it stands right now the ending came to fast. With the fast paced ending there is not enough transition to the end, you leave it feeling dead inside. So before official publication TELL us what the last few paragraphs lead up to, show it in WORDS not vague descriptions. It will make the reader happier, feel more satisfied, and NOT like they wasted their precious time reading something that will never end. If nothing changes, I am sorry I recommended this series to so many people.
So, like a broken record I say, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Ms. Carey, WRITE A DIFFERENT ENDING!! Eve deserves it, you deserve it, the READERS deserve it...Please.

1 faire out of Five