Genre: Dystopia

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Review: Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2) by Bethany Griffin

Review: Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2) by Bethany Griffin

June 14, 2013 Review 0

DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is grotesquely beautiful in some ways but also slowly paced and a bit confusing. The visuals and the references to Edgar Allan Poe’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH were huge highlights. Much of Prospero’s macabre masked ball reflects the grotesque beauty of this world. Even outside of the ball there are so many instances of horror and death that Araby and her friends face.

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Review: Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Review: Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

June 10, 2013 Review 0

High concept YAs are everywhere. In my experience they either work really well (DELIRIUM, THE PROGRAM) or really not (PULSE, THE WARD). REBOOT surprising falls somewhere in the middle. There is a very cool world where resurrected teens are enslaved and forced to police humans. They have heightened senses but a lack of emotion that correlates to the length of time they were dead before rebooting.

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Early Review: Phoenix (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards

Early Review: Phoenix (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards

June 2, 2013 Review 2

The Black City series takes place in a well conceived world fraught with political oppression reminiscent of the Nazi regime (except instead of persecuted Jews there are Darklings aka vampires) with a religious and political leader determined to restore racial purity by any means necessary. The idea of a Romeo and Juliet type romance is fantastic in theory too, but in execution, it unfortunately squanders the potential of this interesting world.

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Early Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Early Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

May 30, 2013 Review 0

Richelle Mead has proven herself to be a fantastically creative author time and again writing impossible love stories, dynamic characters, and sweepingly epic stories. But GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS, which promised to deliver Mead’s trademark excellence, fell so completely flat and tedious that I can hardly believe it’s the same author.

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Review: The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

Review: The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

May 24, 2013 Review 1

I’m actually a little embarrassed by how much I liked the first book in The Selection series, because I loathe the entire concept of The Bachelor (and THE SELECTION was described as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games). I gave it a shot based on a few reviewers who likewise were surprised by how fun the debut was, and honestly, I couldn’t put it down once I started and I had a similar experience reading THE ELITE.

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Early Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

Early Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

April 22, 2013 Review 2

A vampire dominated post apocalyptic world is hard to top as a setting for a book series. In THE IMMORTAL RULES we followed a street smart teen turned vamp on her quest to safeguard a group of humans to the fabled city of Eden and locate a cure to a devastating plague. In THE ETERNITY CURE, she’s forced into an unlikely alliance in her continued search for a cure and to rescue her maker.

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Early Review: Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

Early Review: Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

April 11, 2013 Review 5

If you’re a big fan of The Hunger Games, but wanted to read a book that featured Gale as the protagonist, you’re going to like Gray Weathersby. Gray, the main character in Erin Bowman’s TAKEN, is trapped in a walled town that is impossible to escape from, he hunts for food with a bow, wants to protect his brother at all costs, and is counting down the days until his brother is Heisted and taken from the town forever.

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