— Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
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.
So the weird thing about this book is that I liked it. I did. I rated it 4 stars. I liked the plot, the characters, the action and the pacing. The weird thing, I don’t feel compelled to read the second book. I started to read the first few chapters and…I just don’t know. I feel like the first book could stand on its own even with a slight cliffhanger ending. I am going to give it another try sometime this month. But back to this book.
There are two main characters the perspective shifts with each chapter. Again, I am normally not a fan of this as I usually end up like one character over the other. But again, I found myself engaged and enjoying both characters. The plot is also very original and intriguing. My only beef with the plot is that I would have liked more history on the phenomenon. The pacing really worked in this book. And when the action really picked up I could not put the book down. If the plot sounds interesting to you and you like a little sci-fi/fantasy, I say pick it up.
Published by HarperCollins on August 29th 2017
All that glitters is not gold.
New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…
Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.
Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?
When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.
Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.
And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.
But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.
I was a little surprised at how much I loved this book. I loved it more and rated it higher than the first one. I loved all the characters except for Calliope and the mystery person (don’t want to spoil anything). These characters were not badly written, I just disliked them as people. I just love the drama of these books. Everyone has secrets and is terrified of those secrets getting out, which of course, they do. Honestly, I would love some book recommendations that are like these books.
The characters are great, the plot is great and the setting is wonderful. The idea is that all of Manhatten lives in this tower with a thousand floors. The wealthiest live on the top floors, middle class on the middle floors and the poor on the bottom floors. And the book covers characters from each economic class and how they are linked together. It’s all woven together beautifully.
The book is written in multiple perspectives and each chapter is a different character’s perspective. I tend to run into issues with books written this way. I always find myself leaning towards one or two characters over the others and skim or even skip the chapters of the characters I am not that fond of. That did not happen with the first book or this one. I was engaged the whole time. I highly recommend this series.