Monday, January 15th 2018

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee
Published by HarperCollins on August 29th 2017
Pages: 422
Goodreads
five-stars

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.

five-stars

Tuesday, January 17th 2017

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1) by Katharine McGee
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Pages: 448
Goodreads
four-stars

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.
A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?
WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you're this high up, there's nowhere to go but down....

So I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read and saw a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads and BookTube, but I loved the bitchiness and backstabbing and deep dark secrets this book offered. I am very excited for the next book and I hope a certain character (you know who), gets theirs. I loved the concept of this huge skyscraper like its own city filled with people. I also enjoyed the literal hierarchy within the tower based on money. And this is the first multi-perspective book that I have read that I did not skim/skip chapters of certain characters because I wasn’t invested in them. I was invested in all of the characters and I wanted to know what was going to happen with all of them. Of course, I had my favorites, but I loved all of them and I loved how their lives intertwined. I cannot wait to read the sequel and more from this author.

Spoilers and rant beyond this point (read at own risk)…

four-stars