Tag: Dystopian

Stitching Snow

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Stitching Snow is just like any other fairy-tale retelling, stemming from a classic Disney-created story that everyone knows and has seen somewhere else. I tried to not believe the other reviewers who said that this is very similar to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, and I tried to believe that this would have some different effect, give me something else, but it turned out to disappoint more than I would have ever imagined. Stitching Snow is too similar to the Lunar Chronicles, and even the publisher promised that on the back cover of the paperback edition. You would think that I would rate this five stars then, because I loved Cinder. You’re horribly wrong if you think so. This book could have been good in my opinion if I decided to read this when it was newly released in October 2014. Two years later, and you have a chick reviewing it who doesn’t like science-fiction anymore, per se.

Oh no, Princess Snow is missing. That kind of wasn’t the point of the book. This was just about some intergalactic tension that the author found to be interesting to place a kick-ass heroine in. Listen, I liked Essie. I liked her character and how she was able to fight men and have confidence even afterwards. We need more heroines like her. Essie was the highlight of the story to me because I just adored her personality. Everything else seemed too unauthentic, including the romance that was begging to be made between Essie and Dane. I just didn’t like the tension that existed. Like, it tried too hard to happen. I imagine the author thinking, “romance” and then stapling it into the story. Shouldn’t it happen in a flowing, ordinary way? There’s nothing “unusual” about romance, authors.

I imagine me liking this back in the day. My thirteen-fourteen year old self would have adored the way the world-building was placed, the amount of different gadgets listed and how the world wasn’t necessarily in our world, our universe. It was interesting to read about the climate of the planet that Essie was on, but nothing was unique compared to other dystopians. Was this even dystopian? I don’t even know. It’s just fantasy or something.

Yes, there were comparisons to the original story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. First of all, R.C. Lewis’ definition of dwarfs are drones, which is really cute. Snow White is less cool than Essie, let’s just say that. Thank goodness there was that highlight in this story. The villain, or antagonist, is obvious. Read the first few chapters and you’ll know.

What also frustrated me was Dane. I LIKED HIM BUT I ALSO DIDN’T. You know that feel? He originally seemed like this unusual visitor to where Essie lived, but I liked his personality, and it seemed that he and Essie clicked… like friends. It’s just that he reveals this secret that “SHOCKS” us fairly quickly. By chapter four, we knew… and it was like there’s nothing left for us to read.

I liked R.C. Lewis’ writing, but at times it felt forced and that’s not necessarily the type of feel I want when reading a novel, especially science-fiction. Stitching Snow was very unnatural.

Stitching Snow is the perfect science-fiction for new book readers of YA. I think that it’s most perfect for readers new to the genre and are looking for something good. I’ve read too many like this and it’s seriously getting boring.We have a lovely heroine who really does act like a hero and deserves the title, and a romance that isn’t too great and seems forced, though. It’s whatever your opinion on these kinds of books are. Fairy-tale retellings are always supposed to be pretty good, too. This? So-so.

The Crown

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*SOME SPOILERS OF THE WHOLE SERIES EXCLUDING THIS NOVEL ARE BELOW. BE WARNED* 

Two years ago, I was a book-obsessed teenager (as I still currently am), but I had a different interpretation of Kiera Cass’ The Selection trilogy. The thing is… I thought it was over. The One came around, we discovered who Prince Maxon picked out of the girls, and I was just so satisfied. I was so happy, had tear stains on my face, and I couldn’t stop cheering because THE ENDING WAS THE BEST. After that, we readers were surprised with The Heir, a new addition to the series taking place from the perspective of Prince Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn. I loved the last book so much, and I seriously saw it as one of my most favourite books of 2015. After that, we were left in such a cliff-hanger that I just needed The Crown right away. What can I say now? This was our final goodbye with America, Maxon, Eadlyn, Aspen, and the rest of the crew that we have grown to love over the years. This was such a great finale, but the one thing that bothered me was THE PREDICTABILITY.

I SWEAR TO YOU: I SAW THE ENDING COMING. From the first book, the connection was real and I had this feeling that it would be him. I deep-down certainly knew that Eadlyn would pick him. That’s what frustrated me a little—I loved the man that Eadlyn picked in the end, but because she had to pick him in this book, I felt that things were so rushed and there was no time to have any kind of rising-up-climax-thing. I saw it coming. I think many people were predicting the same ending as I was, or else Kiera Cass wouldn’t have paid attention to that character. I’m frowning.

I loved this book, I seriously did, but the minor detail that freaked me out the most was the predictability and the lack of focus to relationships. This is a five-book series solemnly based on love and relationships, mimicking The Bachelor/Bachelorette so much that it’s unexplainable. A five-book series does deserve some interesting parts that readers did not expect. If we expected it, then what is the serious point of reading the series? I apologize for my rant.

“I hope I’ve done right by you. As an official, as a friend. You’re the closest I’ll ever have to a daughter, so that matters to me” (127).

THAT WAS MY FIRST LOVE ASPEN, GUYS. In case you didn’t know, when I read The Selection, my initial true love was Aspen, not Maxon. Things changed a little afterwards because Cass spent time moderating Maxon’s character and making him swoon-y. I just love the characters in this series. We get snippets from ones we haven’t lost, ever, like Aspen, his future wife (who I shall not name), Maxon, Eadlyn’s brother, Marlee, Lucy… everyone. I just love the people of Illéa. And what was extremely important for me was how Cass spent timemaking a setting for Eadlyn. Times have truly changed in Illéa since the time of Maxon’s Selection, and there was a huge focus on Eadlyn becoming queen in this novel. We see her taking care of political roles, as well as finding out things about herself, which I really admired.

Whoever said that Princess Eadlyn is arrogant and selfish is completely wrong. I love Eadlyn’s character, and how she carries her head high (because she deserves it) alongside the fact that she has a similar attitude to America’s. Of course, she has her father’s kindness. *heart flutters*

The relationships that Eadlyn has with others, besides her love interests are remarkable. She is such a caring person and that made me respect her more. She was close with her siblings, with her maid/helper, with Aspen, with Marlee, with her mother… she made time for everyone and it was intriguing to read about how she grows up in this novel. There is a huge character development in her case and that was pure loveliness.

“Maybe it’s not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it’s the last ones” (159).

As always, Kiera Cass gears her stories towards the romantic side. Although this finale wasn’t solemnly focused on relationships—as I mentioned beforehand—it surely was focused on making things work. Kiera Cass quickly got rid of the men in the story that we knew Eadlyn wouldn’t ever have a chance to be with for the reason of the lack of connections, and I enjoyed that. I read some earlier reviews stating the opposite, and feeling like it was just a way to end the story quicker. I feel that that could be true, but it didn’t upset me. 

What makes me sad the most is that this is over. We will not get un update on Eadlyn and her new life just as we did with America, we will never meet Eadlyn’s children and see how America and Maxon would be good grandparents. This was way too short. But it’s fine either way, I guess. THE ENDING MADE ME SO ECSTATIC, EVEN IF I SAW IT COMING. My heart couldn’t stop racing and I just wanted it to happen. That’s a definite good sign.

The Crown deserves all of the positive ratings, all of the awards because I am just so completely satisfied with the finale to all of Eadlyn’s whereabouts, and I am in love with this series. It ended off so well with America’s story, and continued that way with Princess Eadlyn, and her steps towards becoming queen and ruler of Illéa. Most of us who have read Cass’ stories know that there is no such thing as second-book syndrome. That is the definite case here. Now, I think we’re all going to wait around like in a campfire and wait until Cass releases some word on Eadlyn’s future. Ah, how lovely would that be!

Variant (Variant. bk.1)

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Variant by Robison Wells is one of those books that introduces a completely unique and different plot, drawing readers into a dystopian/sci-fi world of suspense, a place where one mistake can cause deadly consequences. The story is very fast paced, filled with unpredictable plot twists. After I read a few chapters in, I was already hooked and my head was filled with so many questions. It was hard to put down because I wanted to continue reading on to find answers.

After finding himself in a Maxfield Academy, Benson Fisher realized that he had made a very fatal mistake. Arriving at the school, he discovered that he was trapped, along with many other teenagers behind a wall with no way to escape. He discovered that the school was run completely by students and was supervised by unknown adults from the outside, who monitored their every move through security cameras. In order to survive, they must follow every rule and order, otherwise it will result in detention, which no student has ever returned from. As unpredictable events strike and Benson watches people around him disappear, he realizes that the situation is more dangerous than he anticipated. Escape will mean death, but Benson becomes desperate as his surroundings become more and more dangerous. He realizes that danger and betrayal is at every turn and trusting others is impossible. But, he might also be on the brink of revealing one important secret and unraveling a huge mystery.

The plot became increasingly suspenseful and I found myself flipping the pages faster and faster. The author had waited until the very last chapters to reveal some mysteries, and yet added a huge plot twist at the end, leaving me with more questions. If you are looking for a book that is in the mystery, suspense, and/or sci-fi department, this book will be a very good choice and will keep you interested from the start to beyond the end. As well, if you enjoyed the Maze Runner series, this will be perfect for you as I found myself making many connections between the two stories. It is a book that ends abruptly on a cliff-hanger and makes you feel urgent to get the second book as fast as you can. Filled with surprises, I was impacted by Variant and couldn’t stop thinking about it for a long time after I finished. This is probably one of the only books I’ve puzzled so much over because once I felt like I was very close to figuring out the mysteries and secrets, it results in a completely different situation.