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The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Fever by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a twisty, bizarre story, a bit psychotropic.Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every second of it, even if there were some stretches that felt a bit slow (helpful hint: they aren’t that slow when you listen to the audiobook at 3 speed).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this isn’t standard, which is probably why it held my attention so well. I would have liked a bit more to happen in book 2, but I’m also not unhappy with the weird journey we took. It was definitely unexpected, which is at the very least, refreshing.

Book 236 read in 2018

Pages: 341

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)Sever by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again, this is unexpected, dark, and twisted. I’m still a bit surprised about the events that occurred with several characters, and surprise is usually good in terms of holding my attention, even if it’s bad in terms of storyline.

The writing is still gorgeous, with good imagery and vivid characters, but some things that occurred felt either very abrupt, out of character, and/or out of the blue. I think this suffered some issues in the world building department, which left me feeling a bit unsatisfied by the finale. I mean, I still liked the book and loved the series overall, but I’m not sure how to feel about this one. I raced right through it, because there’s tons of drama and intrigue, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed the racing. I think some of the ideas presented in this book needed more room to breathe.

But overall, it was an interesting read, and I’d recommend the series to most dystopian addicts.

Book 237 read in 2018

Pages: 371

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)Obsidio by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, this had some action and intrigue, as well as some fun new characters, but it still didn’t touch book one. It was just a bit too jumpy and convoluted. I know that’s partly the format, but we switched so much between the characters from all 3 books/worlds/ships, that instead of it being fun and exciting to see our old characters, I never really settled in well with the new characters, even though I wanted to.

It’s still a decent read, but it fell short of my hopes and expectations. Sometimes less is more, and I think this is one of those instances where less would have made this a more solid reading experience. Despite so much going on in this book, I often felt myself being bored or disconnected, which on some level makes no sense, when I just told you the plot is all over the place (and in theory should have kept me busy and paying attention).

Book 235 read in 2018

Pages: 615

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Trylle Books by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle #1)Switched by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This had my full attention, despite the fact that it’s predictable and follows a Chosen One trope. What can I say? I love a good trope. Stories repeat themselves, just like history. That’s how it has always been, and yet, I’d read a million versions of the same basic plot, as long as it is well-written with interesting characters.

And it has to make me feel something, since I’m an emotional reader.

This was a fun read, with a unique world, and the audiobook was excellent.

Book 234 read in 2018

Pages: 216

Torn (Trylle, #2)Torn by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I actually liked this better than the first book (which I also enjoyed), and that’s rare for a 2nd book in a series. This one charmed me with strong character growth and development.
The narrator is Therese Plummer, and she does a great job!

Book 238 read in 2018

Pages: 324

Ascend (Trylle, #3)Ascend by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent conclusion to an interesting trilogy. I would definitely listen to this audiobook again one day, as I really enjoyed these characters. It didn’t end quite the way I hoped, to be hones, but it was still a satisfying conclusion in most ways.

Book 240 read in 20180 (Yes, I’m back from the future!)
(Not really, but once I saw 20180 for the year, I wasn’t inclined to change the typo.)

Pages: 326

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Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Wither by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this book when it first came out, and then for some reason, I waited 7 years to get around to reading it. That’s how stupid I am, because once I picked this up, I could not put it down. I read it straight through and tuned out the whole rest of the world until I finished.

This is a mess, and I loved it. This is a dystopian YA, and while I’ve read a lot of books in this genre, and there are obviously some similarities in this world to some other dystopian worlds I’ve read about, I still founds this one to be . . . unexpected.

It’s definitely dark, twisty, and occasionally uncomfortable. So, of course, I love that.

Plus, it has a love triangle, which quite frankly is an aspect of YA that I almost always enjoy. Because, come on! A girl needs choices. She can’t just fall for the first broody male on the scene. Give me two, or even three options, as far as I’m concerned. Let’s stop pretending that the whole world falls in love with the first person they ever kiss, because let’s face it. That’s the exception, not the rule.

Book 231 read in 2018

Pages: 358

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