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Triple Book Review!

OK, so I was originally planning to make each of these reviews separate! Or, at least one single and one double review.  To summarize what happened: I was lazy, now I regret it, and am trying to get it all done in one big swoop so I can move on to the shiny new books I got from the library on Saturday!! 😀

Oh wow, I need to get on the ball with these reviews! I can hardly remember these. But I can do it! So, in case you didn’t know, Prized is the sequel to Birthmarked (WHICH WAS FANTASTIC). I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I liked the first one so much that the second one let me down. It continues Gaia’s journey, just like we knew it would, but Gaia ends up in a very strange colony called Sylum. Sylum is run by women, who have made unjust laws concerning the rights of men, which are drastically limited in their ‘country’. It is a very screwed up society, that is all I can tell you. Gaia decides to be stupid and start a love quadrangle (WHY GAIA, WHY) which I consider to be an overused author trick. And then Leon shows up and makes things even more complicated. People get arrested. People have more babies. People get all hormonal and stab other people in the back. Multiple times.

As much as these things irritated me, the end of the story is satisfying to me. Everything ends up ‘right’ again (right being a relative term) and things are changing. Gaia’s taking charge of her destiny, blah blah blah.For the most part, I enjoyed this book as a sequel to the first. Could it have been better? Yes,because it is one of those books that stresses you out reading it because it is so twisted, and the people who should be together refuse to make life simple. All in all, I am eagerly awaiting the 3rd and final book, and hoping it wraps up this series in a good way!

This book was the opposite of what I expected. I really, really wish I could tell you why. Seriously, it pains me. But this book is so much more than an American girl who goes to school in London, around the same time someone is killing people, Jack the Ripper style. I just want you to think about all of the different things a ‘Shade’ of London could be. I don’t want to be the one to say it. Google if you have to, it’s more obvious than you think. This book gets a little grisly in parts. It is Jack the Ripper, after all. Many times I had to close the book and get some fresh air… but I have a weak stomach. I had my nose glued in this for HOURS! And then, sadly, it was over. 😦

This book is a mystery, primarily, like no other I’ve ever read. There is just a wee bit of romance, very tolerable for anyone who doesn’t love it. I enjoyed this book, and the mystery, and the suspense very much!! I very badly want to read the next in the series (like Prized, I think I’ll pre-order this!) and if you enjoy English people (check), ‘Shades’ (check), and mystery (check) you will enjoy this book just as much as I did!!

I didn’t like this book. It was so disappointing, because I wanted to like it! When I finished it, I was so unsure of what I had just read!! Is is fiction? YA? modern fiction? romance? paranormal? dystopian?  I’m pretty sure even the actual book doesn’t know. The main character is practically going insane! She does all of these crazy things and sees crazy things and freaks out quite often. She takes and anti-psychotic prescribed by her therapist. And of course she meets this perfect rich, super hot, troubled, BRITISH guy who is also slightly insane. And they fall in love. I am all for cliche, but this is ridiculous.

The ending confused me so much! I was hooked when I got through a little, I’ll admit it. But towards the end, it just got freakier and freakier. I guess I’ll be reading the sequel, because I want to understand what the heck that ending was. But I will not be happy about it. 🙂

So, overall: HATE: 1 LOVE: 1 MEH: 1 😀

Hope you guys enjoyed this almost-monster of a triple review!!!

Olivia

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Update

Hey guys! I am so sorry for the appalling lack of reviews lately! I’ve been so busy for the past week getting ready for exams, which start Friday for me. It has been crazy, but if you are friends with me on Goodreads you will have noticed I have been going through about a book a day! Not much different than before, except that I haven’t been keeping up with reviews and these are all books I want to review! So many good books! The point is, I’ll be very very exhausted until June 6th, the day of my last exam, and probably won’t be able to do any reviews for at least a week! I hate this, my friends. And I know by the time I get to reviewing these books I’ll have doubled the number! That is quite the mountain to climb, let me tell you. I’ve decided to narrow a few of these down. As always I would love to hear your thoughts! Some of these I refuse to sacrifice on (i.e. The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Great Gatsby) and are going to get full, thorough reviews. Others, well, I’m going to have to make concessions somewhere (either by not reviewing or making lots of mini-reviews, both of which stink) It is finally time for you to get an actual active role in what I review! Below are the books I haven’t reviewed yet. Some of which I would like you to post a comment telling me which book you would rather see reviewed. Thanks!

These are the two I am positive I am reviewing individually!

I know it will be tough, but I can’t decide! Keep in mind that each of these will be reviewed at some point, you are just choosing the book which you prefer to have a full length review of!

I hope I get a little bit of response, but if I don’t I’ll choose randomly! Once again, I’m sorry for my lack of posts lately and I’ll do as many reviews as I can during exams!

I appreciate your input 🙂

Olivia

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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 6!

Wow! Number 6 already! I can’t believe it… but anyway, I have just a few books today, but I am VERY super excited about all of these.

Half the book blogger world seems to worship this book, but I haven’t read it yet! And the awesome trailer of the new movie (directed by Baz Luhrman with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the part of Gatsby. You can view it here) came out last week and totally blew my mind. And what better time than the present to read this book? Also, my aunt Alice (same Alice as The First Page Rule aunt Alice, if you remember that far back) adores this book, and she has great taste. 😉

This is the sequel to Birthmarked, which I reviewed here and absolutely loved. Can’t wait to read it!

A book about sisters who love books. Word.

Another Goodreads recommendation! This one is about a girl who wakes up from a mysterious car accident (why is it always a car accident?!) that killed her friends but left her unhurt. There is more to the ‘car accident’ than that. Oh, and she falls in love. Hopefully this is different from the hordes of YA conspiracy theory books. Who knows, I’m trying to be optimistic!

I have read the Kindle sample of this (i.e.- the first 2 chapters or so) so I am already mega hooked! This is about a girl who moves to London for a year of high school. When she arrives, she finds out that there is a serial killer on the loose, whose killings strangely match the methods and places of Jack the Ripper’s. This is a genius idea for a book, and so far I am impressed with the writing style and plot!

I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray last night *mega creepy book alert!* and I’m reviewing it soon!:)

Olivia

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