Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Title: Across the Universe

Author: Beth Revis
Publisher:  Razorbill
Source: paperback – bought
Genre(s): romance; young adult; science fiction; dystopian

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

 

My Review:

Before the book was going to come out, the first thing, i must confess, that caught my eye was the cover. And then the synopsis. Although, i didn’t get to the book till much later into the year.

Having read nothing but rave reviews of the book by other bloggers i went against my apprehension about it being a sci-fi book even though i very much knew that it was not my cup of tea when it came to reading. The fact that it was a dystopian may have also played a part. So, i went and bought the book.

Across the Universe is told from the point of view of both Amy and Elder. I like the dual aspect. Nothing wrong in that. The story opens with Amy being frozen along with her parents, only to be woken well into the future. After that i started to lose focus.

While the book was very well written from what i can tell, i lost all interest in it. Perhaps i got confused. Scratch that, i was very much confused which led me to be frustrated. We get to feel what Amy goes through the first few chapters while she’s frozen and i have to sya i felt pretty claustrophobic while reading that. Suffocated almost and that is something that i really liked. I mean, Revis made me feel what Amy was possibly feeling and i just think much praise should be given to authors who can evoke feelings in the readers like that. Elder on the other hand i was sort of short-tempered-ish with. Somehow i didn’t like him very much. While Amy was someone i could relate to, for instance i would probably react the same way she did all throughout the book, Elder was just someone’s whose chapters i literally flicked through. And i hate doing that when i read a book.

I also think there was too much detail. But perhaps that’s what makes a sci-fi book. Somehow i just felt overwhelmed because it was just going over my head and i couldn’t make sense of it.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday #38

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Lucid

Lucid
What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.

The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers’ hearts.

Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Razorbill

“Waiting On” Wednesday #37

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)

by Morgan Rhodes (Pseudonym), Michelle Rowen
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

Expected publication: December 11th 2012 by Razorbill

Review: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones, #1)The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kirsten Miller spins this extraordinary tale of tow lovers ill-fated to be separated by forces who simply work as the ‘devil’. For centuries they run from their fate which always catches up to them and seems to separate them till they are born again as new individuals.

This epic love story couldn’t stop me from reading till the very end and i found myself sighing with the happiness of it all in the end, yet knowing that the story was far from over.

There were moments in the story where i could simply connect with Constance, oops, sorry, Haven and found myself often at a fork about Ethan a.k.a. Iain. You had to love the guy, yet you were conflicted about your feelings and how much you knew about him. Even though i was rooting for him, i couldn’t stop my frustrated shouting, ” Come out with the truth already, man!” Even after he supposedly died (spoiler alert), i couldn’t accept the fact. Somehow i knew there was no way he could be dead.

I loved the imagery Kirsten used to depict different themes and characters, it gave them a deeper meaning and more truth to them.

Go and get your hand on The Eternal Ones, simply couldn’t put it down. A slightly similar series would have to be the Fallen series by Lauren Kate.

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Review: Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder

Pretty Little DevilsPretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eeriely scary and suprisingly true. This book will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.

This book made me rethink my friendships, just so that i could evaluate people’s characters and find a deeper them. Wow! This book was reality. There are people in your life that would want to control you and not always be well-wishers. And i had to finish this book to actually find out.

The real world is very vicious, people will want to take you down every step to take and you’ll just have to be ready for the blow. You have to know who your real friends are and keep them close because those who aren’t your friends don’t care.

This book is a must read. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it is definitely a summer read. But it also scared me because it shows us that people are ready to go many lengths in order to achieve what they want, no matter who they end up hurting on the way. But the sad part is where is their conscience when they do such things.

Grab a copy of this and find out what actually happens! I think fans of Pretty Little Liars will just love this. I better go grab myself some Pretty Little Liars now.

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