Monday, November 23, 2015

Shorter Review Roundup

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
Series: standalone
Genre: YA time travel romance
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Goodreads Description: 
They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever. 
Why I Read This Book
I may be guilty of reading this one mostly based on the cover. Whoops. :D I was curious about the time travel aspect, too! The romance sounded nice. Plus, I've heard of Renee Collins, but hadn't tried anything by her until Until We Meet Again.
Review
Source: I was given access to an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Until We Meet Again started out well. It was a romantic notion, two strangers meeting on a beach to find out they're in different centuries. They fall in love and try to defy time and a seemingly inevitable event. However, that's it. After about 60% through, I started realizing there just was not much to this book. It's disappointing!

Since I DNFed it, I know I missed important time travel explanations, but the time travel wasn't the lackluster element. There wasn't much to the characters. I kinda liked the girl's voice and the way her personality popped off the page in the beginning. The other characters we're lacking, though. There were family members in both time periods, but they weren't fleshed out. There were a couple characters that the main ones were expected, in a way, to date. They weren't love interests, but I would've liked to see them fleshed out.

The romance...*sighs* Insta love. It seemed to come out of thin air. It became too deep too quickly and there didn't seem to be a big enough foundation for it to be convincing. I didn't see a strong connection between them, and when they started saying things that indicated deeper feelings, I was thrown off. Where did they come from? Why did those feelings develop? It was tough to want to continue reading, especially when there seemed to be so little else to the story.

I wish this went better for me, but it wasn't for me. I wanted more from the book than it was giving me.
Did Not Finish
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Series: standalone
Genre: YA science fiction
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
Goodreads Description: 
For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut. 
Why I Read This Book
Doesn't it sound amazing? I was so excited for this book the moment I discovered it. The cover definitely caught my eye, but the description is what piqued my interest the most. I love the concept of parallel universes/worlds! 
Review
Source: I was given access to an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Unquiet is one of those books I've DNFed because I lost too much interest in over time. It started off a little rocky--it was hard to get into--but then it became really interesting. There was a unique world and a dreamlike vibe that intrigued me. I really liked the writing! It gave the feeling things weren't completely grounded in reality. The characters felt numb, which makes sense considering they were raised to not feel much. They were raised to be tools of war, and I looked forward to seeing how they would break out of that.

However, I started losing interest quickly around halfway through. I just wasn't interested in reading further in the book. I wasn't invested in the story enough to want to know what happened next. It's possible that I'll try The Unquiet again because it really did have some great elements, but that probably won't happen soon.
 
Did Not Finish
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Series: standalone
Genre: YA steampunk/historical fiction
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
Goodreads Description
In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay… 
Why I Read This Book
I picked it up because of the hype. I had a feeling that I would regret not picking it up from Edelweiss, so I downloaded it! 
Review
Source: I was given access to an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I could tell This Monstrous Thing was well written. It was just the feeling--I knew I was reading a great book. The atmosphere was intriguing and the take on Frankenstein was creative. I loved that it focused on brothers and had a mechanical side. I also loved that the original book was IN this retelling. There was very little romance, which seemed to suit the book well. The book had a nice ending and good themes.

Sooo . . . why didn't I like it very much? You would think that if I know reading a great book, I would like reading it. Nope. This Monstrous Thing just wasn't my thing. We didn't click. It had a lot of nice parts and I can see why so many people have praised it, but I didn't find myself swept up by what I was reading.
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