Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Happy Sunday! Or happy Easter! Or happy Passover! Or happy whatever religious or non-religious holiday you may celebrate! I’m not very religious myself, but quite open-minded 🙂 I respect all beliefs!

The good news! It’s review time again! *holds for applause*

Yesterday I finished reading The 5th Wave. And let me tell you, it was awesome. Somehow, this book had totally escaped my book radar all this time. I hadn’t even heard of it until I was at Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago, and saw it in its own display becasue it is being made into a movie. By the way, the movie is set to be released January 29th, 2016. And man, am I excited 😉

But, back to the book! This entire story was so interesting. There wasn’t a single point in all 457 pages that I was bored. From the first chapter, I was pulled completely into Cassie’s world. I found myself questioning a few of her actions at the beginning, but as the book went on, I came to understand her motivation. And found myself wondering how I would act in the same situations. This book certainly gave me some food for thought. It also gave me some trust issues 😉 Which you’ll understand more of once you get to the end.

The ultimate question: what is the 5th wave?

The good: I love the writing style! Switching between points of view, especially all in first-person, can come off as confusing. However, the author did such an amazing job separating Cassie’s POV from Zombie’s, and gave us very interesting opposite perspectives. The plot took a lot of twists and turns, some of which I guessed and some I didn’t see coming. But even the twists I guessed correctly didn’t feel obvious or overdone. The entire story still felt fresh, even after a long row if dystopian novels I’ve read before this one. I was worried that the alien angle would feel old, but I was so wrong. I loved how they were written. The mystery and intelligence that the author gave our villains was refreshing and actually made me love to hate them even more. I also loved the mind-bending emotions I felt while reading! I would read something, and feel pretty confident in it, until another situation came along, and I would start second-guessing myself. Overall, this is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read in a long time, and may have just jumped to the #1 spot on my list. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Infinite Sea! Oh! The ending! Bittersweet, with just enough conclusions that it wasn’t an awful cliffhanger, but not not enough that I could get by never reading the squeals. The perfect kind of ending, in my opinion 🙂

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The just okay: Okay, maybe I’m still running on the emotional buzzing of this action-packed adventure, but I can’t really think of any negatives! I could see how some people who don’t like that buzz of adrenaline wouldn’t love this novel. However, I love that feeling. So, I guess the negative is I don’t have the second installment yet 😉 But that’s not the authors problem.

I’m giving this book 5+ stars! It’s an amazing ride of action, plot twisty sci-fi, intrigue, and romance. The characters are

realistic enough that I cheered on their triumphs, worried for their well-being, and cried for their heartaches. Check out this book asap! Its a book that deserves a Harry Potter/Hunger Games-type fandom!

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Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Hello lovelies!

Before I get into the review of this book, I want to mention that the Significance series is one of my all time favorites. I’ve read all 4 previous installments at least 10 times. This series is one that I can always fall back on like a loyal friend. It’s guaranteed to get me out of a reading slump, becasue it’s the perfect combination of romance and paranormal genres. Sometimes I just like my romance without any drama 🙂 And in the previous novels, Caleb and Maggie were always a united front against every obstacle. And I love that. So, since I am such a huge fan of these characters, I was so excited to get my hands on this book! Undeniable Chosen is set in the same world as the other Significance novels. However, it is about 25 years in the future. And it is about Caleb and Maggie’s daughter, Ava and her new significant (from a rival family, the Watsons), Seth.

First off, I don’t think it is necessary to read the other Significance novels before reading this one. Ms. Crane writes in enough backstory that a new reader would get the gist of the past. But, I think you should read them anyway, before or after 😉

Second, I’ll confess I was a little bit nervous to read this book. Mostly becasue of my attachment to the characters in the first novels. I thought maybe I would miss reading about them; that these new characters wouldn’t measure up. But I don’t even know why I was worried. Ava and Seth are written so well, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them while they feel in love with each other.

The good: This new story didn’t feel like Caleb and Maggie’s story re-written. Ava and Seth have a story all their own, and I loved reading about them. From their first meeting and imprint (which didn’t go anything like I imagined), to their first fight, their first kiss, their first ‘I love you’s’, and their first battle against the Watsons, I was swept away in their love story. I loved that some storylines from the other novels carried over into this one. I also loved that this book had a lot more paranormal aspects than I expected. The supernatural was mixed in quite nicely with the romance, and helped tie up some questions towards the end of the book. The ending was satisfying, but left enough unanswered questions that I can’t wait for the next installment!

The just okay: I will say there were times when I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to hear from some characters, but only got brief mentions of them. I would have liked Ava and Seth to have more interactions with various Jacobsons. However, those were fleeting feelings, and probably stem from my love of the other installments. Ava and Seth kept me quite entertained in their world.

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Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars! It had a little bit of something for everyone 🙂 Lots of passion, action, romance, and wisdom. Shelly gives her characters a lot of depth, which I think makes them so much more relatable. She also always includes a feeling of togetherness in the Jacobson family, which makes the reader feel all warm and loved. Just another reason to read 😉

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