Hey guys, it’s been a while since I last posted something but after reading this book and then seeing the movie at the weekend, it’s something I want to talk about and see how you all feel about it if you’ve read the book and seen the movie.
Before we do go ahead I do have to warn you, this post WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!
Review: Before I get into my review for this book, I previously reviewed the first book which is actually called First and you can check that out here!
I am completely in love with this series! There’s so many dystopian novels out there that are very similar in some ways however the plot in this series is different to the majority in this genre. The story focuses on Mira, a girl who should be dead but in a huge turn of events has managed to survive. As she is forced to impersonate Socrates, the man who should have taken over her body we follow along as she tries to stand up to the government to save her people. The story is full of action and heartbreak and Stafford does a brilliant job of making you feel a mix of emotions whilst you read the story.
Like the first book, the story is told from two POVs; Mira’s and Will’s. Throughout Mira’s chapters, we face her struggles with her as she tries her best to impersonate Socrates with the help of his wife Ellie. We also see the heartbreak she faces having to see Will everyday and not being able to do anything about it as he doesn’t know it’s really her. Will’s chapters are similar in the heartbreaking department as we see him struggle to come to terms with the loss of Mira as he truly believes she died for Socrates to take over her body. At the same time we see him also come to terms with the fact he is going to become a father to another servant’s child. As much as I liked both characters, Will really made me angry at certain points in the book. I didn’t like the way he treated both Mira and Evie and there’s certain events in this novel were I felt nothing but hatred towards him because of how he acted towards Mira (who he thought was Socrates).
Like the first book in the series, there was a couple of minor similarities to The Hunger Games, one example being when Mira walks out to the rebels and tries to explain why she is doing what she thinks is right for them, her people, because that is who the rebels are. It reminds me of Katniss standing up to the Capital for people just like her. There was also the love story thing. As I said in my ‘First’ review, every Dystopian novel has a love story tied in with it and there’s always something preventing the young loves from being together. This book was no different but I do like that it doesn’t focus completely on the love story.
Mira is such a strong character and I love her! It was admirable how she managed to act like someone she had only known for a few months and even though there were some people who had their doubts she still kept the act up and never let it slip.
I honestly can’t recommend this book and series enough! I was kept up all night reading it as every time I went to put it down something exciting or interesting happened so I just had to keep going! I’m dying for a third book because this one just kind of ended and I’m desperate to know what’s next for the characters remaining in the story. I’d just like to take this moment to thank Chanda for sending me a copy of this novel to review. I’m so grateful that she has sent me copies of both books, hopefully they’ll become available in print copy in the UK soon so I can have physical copies as well as the ebooks!
Review: I picked this book up for £1 in the clearance section of a bookstore as I was reading The 5th Wave at the time and this sounded quite similar so I was intrigued to see what it was like. Now that I’ve read it I wish there was so much more hype around this book! It was so much better than I expected it to be.
After multiple earthquakes people start changing and begin to turn on others including their own families and friends making it impossible to trust anyone. Dark Inside follows four characters; Michael, Mason, Clementine and Aries as they come across many struggles in their path to escape the madness that has been caused. Every where they go things seem to be getting worse and people are becoming more and more monstrous. As the book continues the characters eventually find each other and the hunt for safety continues.
I loved this book. It was fast-paced, full of action and there was some horror tied in too. You were thrown into the action pretty much straight away which for me made the story exciting from the start. Each character had their strong points but my favourite was probably Mason as he had it tough from the very beginning, first off losing his mother and on the same day finding out he had lost all his friends too in a terrorist attack. As well as all this and trying to find safety he himself was trying to fight off the madness that was slowly trying to take over him. I’ve seen a lot of people say they didn’t like this book because it had four POVs but for me it made the book even stronger and I felt so many emotions for the characters as they struggled towards safety.
There was so much action packed into this book and a lot of it was very bloody and violent. I liked that with the descriptive language used you could picture it all happening clearly which made it even more exciting! I found a lot of the scenes could be quite scary too. As I said before the reason I bought this book is because it reminded me of The 5th Wave however after reading it and finding out how the madness affects everyone then it turned out to be very similar to The Kill (for those of you who don’t know, that’s the prequel to The Maze Runner). It all sounded extremely like the Flare which takes over someone’s mind. This didn’t put me off the book though as there are many dystopian novels out there that are similar to each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and now that I’ve finished it, I’m desperate to read the second book in the series! If you’re a fan of dystopian/apocalyptic/thriller novels then I highly recommend this novel to you. The characters are likeable and when they’re put in certain situations then it makes you question what you would do if you were in the position which I liked because it made you feel like you were involved in the story.
So this month I’m reading two series’. The Maze Runner and The Twilight Saga. I originally wanted to read TMR series again before I go and see The Scorch Trials next week so I’m really excited to get back in to it! This month I also decided to start using my TBR jar so I got my sister to pick books out for me. The first thing she picked out was the Twilight Saga so I decided to stop her from picking any more out as both series make a total of eight books. If I manage to finish them before the month ends then I’ll get her to pick again for me.
My twilight books annoy me because I have Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse in the normal edition but Breaking Dawn in the white/red special edition. I’m determined to own all the books in both editions but I need money for that first, sigh.
What books are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!
Review: I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because it didn’t have me hooked from the start. However, I kept on reading and it I’m so glad I did! This book was so good! The story was different and unexpected, the characters were likeable and there were many emotions while turning the pages.
I’ve never read a novel with the storyline this book had. At the beginning I didn’t quite get it but the more I read it the more everything clicked in to place. It is told from two points of view; Mira and Socrates, making it easier to find out what is going on in both Character’s heads. There were parts in the story that were quite similar to ‘The Hunger Games’ for example, when all children have to go and someone is chosen to be a Second but apart from that the storyline could not be more different. Mira could be a slightly annoying character at times but the more you read the book the more you like her. Socrates was a great character. He was respectful and treated Mira like she was human unlike the other Firsts.
There wasn’t much I disliked about this book apart from the love story. I feel like any teen dystopian novel includes some sort of predictable love story and this one was no different. Mira seemed to fall for Will instantly (again, similar to some other dystopian novels I’ve read). Thankfully it never took up most of the story and was only brought up every so often.
I highly recommend this book to all the teens and young adults out there who enjoy a good dystopian novel because this book is so different and unique. If at first you don’t really get it and feel like giving up please don’t! I promise you won’t regret it! I’m looking forward to reading more of this story as I know that there is a second book out. I’d just like to thank Chanda for giving me a copy of this book for a review and I can’t wait to read more of her work!
Review: Okay, so I finished this book last night and I’m still not completely over it. I am in love with this novel and Rick Yancey’s writing. There are so many strong points in this book and Yancey not only uses descriptive language to tell the story but his sentence structure reflects what is happening too! There are so many things I enjoyed about this book but there were also some things I disliked.
The storyline was great and has you hooked right from the beginning. Yancey also did an excellent job of creating strong, lovable characters. I felt so much for these characters. Especially Nugget and Zombie. Nugget is such a sweet and innocent character and he definitely holds a special place in my heart. I worried about what would happen to him throughout the whole book. Zombie was strong, brave and did what he could to help others and he was just such a brilliant character. Having Cassie as the main protagonist was brilliant. She was independent and strong and could look after herself when the situation got bad.The action scenes in this novel are some of the best action scenes I’ve read. They were very descriptive but didn’t drag on to the point you got bored. I also loved the fact that none of these characters were indestructible. As they got injured they carried on and would deal with their injuries afterwards (which did happen a lot). There’s also a few twists in the story and for me that makes a book even better! Yancey did a brilliant job of keeping you guessing throughout the book and it was unpredictable.
Now for the minor things I disliked. As I said earlier on, the book has you hooked right from the start but I was also slightly confused at first about what was happening. However, the confusion didn’t last long as I finally got a grip of the story a few chapters in. I loved that each part was from a different character’s point of view but I disliked that you had to sometimes guess who’s POV you were reading as it didn’t give it away straight away. This is most obvious in the second part called ‘Wonderland.’ You didn’t actually find out whose POV it was until the end. Like most YA books out there, there was a small romance mixed in with this storyline. Although it didn’t drag on throughout the whole book, it was a romance that happened pretty much instantly and didn’t really seem realistic.
Overall this is an incredible novel and I’m now about to start The Infinite Sea. I’m praying it’s just as good as The 5th Wave and I hope it actually answers all the questions left unanswered in the first book. If you’re interested in books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent then I highly recommend it to you as it’s something you will most likely enjoy! I’m so glad I bought this book and I can see me reading it again some time in the future.
Happy Friday guys! I finally have time to post my TBR list for July. I’m hoping this month is much better than last as I had such a bad reading month in June. I’m going on holiday soon too so that means I can just chill at the pool and beach and have more reading time too. I was given a few books last month in exchange for a review so this month will be spent reading them and I’ll finally have more reviews up too! So here we go with the list!
This was on my TBR last month but unfortunately I didn’t get to read it. I started it the other day and I’m about halfway through and I’m already in love with it! The storyline is so good and I love the characters! I’m really looking forward to finishing it.
This is the first book in the Soulmates series and Nicole was lovely enough to give me the full series in exchange of an honest review! I’m looking forward to reading it. The other books in the series are called Fate and Rebound!