Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday has been kind of abandoned by me this last month as I have just been too busy to sit down and blog but I am now hoping that this will be me starting to keep on top of it again. This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List. These are always an easy list although I’m not at home so I can’t add my usual links and pictures (I’m using my boyfriends Apple computer and I don’t have a clue how to copy and paste on it). I have a few re-reads this season with the release of the last Divergent book and the next Hunger Games movie and continuing with my Dystopian Challenge.

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
  • Shift by Em Bailey
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

What Books Are You Looking Forward To Reading This Fall?

The Death Cure

The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.

But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted…

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

I was excited about reading this book to find out how the series was going to end but I wish I had taken a break between 2 and 3. The book isn’t that long but it has taken me over 2 weeks to read it because I lost my buzz for the story. This book isn’t as good as the first two in the trilogy but it is still good and there is enough to keep you turning the pages. I love the short chapters that help you feel like you have read lots  and the book did build up a better picture of the rest of the world. For me though there was too much almost pointless running about. I wanted answers about the issue raised in the first two books and a resolution for Tommy and Teresa but I didn’t feel like I got enough of that. On the other hand though one of the things I really like about the series is that although there is a love triangle there it doesn’t take over the story in anyway possible and the balance for me is almost perfect. The ending was the best bit in my opinion. We are left feeling like the best outcome has been achieved and although we can are left with a little mystery to plot about one of the real identity of one of the now main characters it feels right for a little peace to have been achieved, 

The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?

In the style of the first book The Scorch Trials provides a harsh task for Thomas and his friends to overcome. They now have to deal with the reality of the world they had been sheltered from crossing the most damaged part of the earth and coming into contact with those who have been infected. For me this book felt more brutal than the last as the boys were now all in danger and had no resources to help them through. For Thomas more questions and confusion were to come particularly about his relationship with Theresa. His dreams about her reveal more about their past but her action lead you to question what you may be thinking. There was one point I was annoyed at Thomas for not listening to her but within the next few chapters suspicion was starting to creep in. The unknown is something I am really enjoying about the books. I feel we still don’t really know if we can trust WICKED or not. Thomas is convinced they are bad, but he was part of them and Theresa still has her tattoo saying they are good so throughout we are fed conflicted idea’s about how good their intentions are. WICKEDs actions in this book were interesting because it showed not only their power over what they were controlling but also their passion or doing it and doing it in the right way. I am excited to find out how this series is going to come to an end and finally finding out the whole truth.

The Maze Runner

Book Blurb

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Review

I was pretty skeptical about reading this book because of its cover claim that it is a must for fans of The Hunger Games. I’m not going to say that it is as good as the Hunger Games but I was pleased to find that I did enjoy the book. The start was a bit slow and the frustration the main character, Thomas, felt was shared by me. But it does allow the reader the better understand the position the characters are in. The world they are living in is harsh. The fact that they seem to have everything they could ask for to survive may seem lucky but they have lost their memories and are surrounded by a maze filled with hideous creatures that they can’t seem to solve. When Thomas turns up though things begin to change. People are suspicious about him particularly when the first ever girl is sent to the Glade but Thomas just want to be free and he will do what he thinks is right regardless of what they might find has happened to the world outside the maze. 

It is a really dark idea for a dystopian but as a book it was an enjoyable read, The story moved forward at what I think I may even call the perfect pace with chapters ending on points that made you want to continue on. The action in the story was well placed and just enough was revealed along the way to keep you wanting more. The writing was easy to understand and the characters reflected well how different people would respond to that situation, As the main character Thomas point of view was relatable even for female readers and I particularly liked that his relationship with the female character wasn’t put across as his main concern. Overall I found this a good book and I think that this surprising me made it more enjoyable. It is one fans of dystopian and action novels should give a go and I am interested now to read the second story and discover just what kind of world we were being sheltered from. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

This week The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic is the Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List. I tend not to really plan so many books for a summer I like to read what I feel but there are a few I would like to get through over the summer and need to keep up with my Dystopian Challenge.

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris 
  • Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie 
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossenni 
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter 
  • The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs 
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • The Maze Runner by James Dasher 
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dasher 
  • The Death Cure by James Dasher 

What Books Are At The Top Of Your Summer TBR List?

Requiem

Book Blurb

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

My Synopsis

Lena is about to have to get use to having more than just one person from her past back into her life. Both of whom she has loved and is struggling to deal with her feelings towards them now. But that isn’t the only thing going on around her she needs to deal with. In the towns and cities the resistance is getting stronger and the governments are trying harder to clamp down. Lena and her group have to make a decision about where they want to go and what they want to do but it isn’t going to be easy and there is more discoveries and pain still to come. 

Back in the city however Lena isn’t the only one struggling to make a decision about her future. As the days count down to Hana’s marriage to the mayor she starts having dreams and visions that the cure should have taken away. She can’t help feeling guilty about Lena and her family and she begins to discover things are not at all as perfect as she expected.  Then suddenly she has a chance to make things up to Lena, but can she take it?

Review

I wasn’t sure where she was going to take this story. For me although there is the dystopian world and Lena disagrees with it I never really seen her as becoming a main part of the resistance, the story was about her discovery of love and freedom. I think that the series did finished off how I was expecting to although that doesn’t make it the most exciting of endings. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the introduction of Hana’s point of view in this book. Having read the short story about her previously it was good to hear from her again and I also found it worth while to be able to understand what was going on inside the cities and towns still. It also kept the Hana we met in the first book alive. It would have been too easy to have let her be cured and forgotten about but she still had more to give to Lena. 

For me this book wasn’t as good as the second but still better than the first. There was lots of action going on, people where making discoveries and relationships built and changed. I didn’t feel like the story built well enough to its conclusion, it felt a little last minute but I did like that the end was not only about the love of the characters but about how everyone should have choice and freedom.  

 

Re-Read Review – Pandemonium

The second book in this series is a lot better than the first one in my opinion. I feel there is a much stronger plot to the story and the characters have stronger personalities. I also prefer the way it is written. The chapter alternate between Lena’s experiences when she initially enters the wilds and a few years down the line and this give the story an extra boost to keep you turning pages. I think that what also appeals to me in this one is you really start to get into the active rebellion that dystopian fiction is just now and it’s that feeling of being part of fighting for the right thing that makes the book engaging.

Re-Read Review – Delirium

I’m not sure what it is about this book but for me it just lacks a bit of energy. I’m quite happy to sit and read it but it doesn’t get my pulse going or my mind racing. I think the idea of love as a disease is a great base for a dystopian novel and although it doesn’t get my mind racing I do find some of the concepts interesting. Maybe it’s because of the books I am enjoying at the moment that I don’t appreciate this as a good book about teenage love and I’m sure for many people this is a really good book. It brings up questions about just how much control the government should and how often they become violent and horrible to uphold their values as well as endangering and de-humanising people.However it is also about the power of love and how although it can be painful it can also bring us alive and allow us to enjoy everything around us.

Fractured

Book Blurb

How do you know where to go when you don’t remember where you came from?

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

Or so she thought.

Kyla shouldn’t be able to remember anything. But she can – and she’s beginning to realise that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But the more she learns about her history, the more confusing her future becomes…

My Synopsis

More and more of Kyla’s memories are coming back to her and the more she discovers the more she wants to know. Luckily for her someone she recognises has just started teach at her school, however everything about him although reminds her of her past also feels dangerous.

To make things worse things at home aren’t happy. She doesn’t know who she can trust and she knows there are still things she doesn’t understand. With someone from her past in her life again she is able to begin to piece together some of her past. But with this she also discovers there are other questions to ask, about why exactly she can’t remember four years of her life, and who is the man in her dreams, and for that she has to be part of both sides of the law.

Review

I feel like we really get to understand a lot more about the characters in this book, not just Kayla but also her new parents and her doctor. Kyla, although beginning to get her some of her memories back, is still making new decisions about the person she wants to be now and this may not be the girl she remember she was before. For me there is a lot of important moral questions thought about in the story. The plot was also interesting and pulled the story along nicely which I enjoyed although some of it was predictable, but for me it was Kyla’s discoveries about herself and being able to choose the person she wants to be that was really interesting.

I also enjoyed her interactions with the other characters in the book, particularly with her doctor. She is supposed to be the one asking questions but some how Kyla ends up getting more answers each week. Kyla also finally begins to understand her mum a lot more and her suspicions about her dad continue to grow. Her relationship with Nico is particularly interesting because you know there is something not right about it and it is when he introduces her to someone else from her past that will open up to her about her past that her views really begin to change.

I was really excited about this book being released and it has lived up to expectation but in a different way. I enjoyed the plot and there was a nice amount of action in it but for me I want to know what is going to happen to all of our character next.

Re-Read Review – Slated

With the next book in this series officially due in just a few days and already being seen on the shelves in book stores I decided it was time to re-read this book. I found it just as good as the first time I read it. Easy to read and inviting you to read just another chapter. Reading this story for the second time gave me a chance to take more of it as I knew what as going to happen. There were a few comments that I read this time that almost reflected situations that could really be just around the corner for us and I find the idea of ‘slating’ criminals to make them useful to society something that could be considered a good idea. What gives this book that little bit extra for me though is Kyla. I think as a character she is very interesting to read about and of course we have this mysterious and dangerous past to discover. I am looking forwarding to learning more about that in book 2. I get the impression that her past is going to be just as complicated as her new life though as it appears that whatever she was slated from wasn’t a happy life and of course there is still the issue of finding Ben and what exactly has happened to everyone taken away too old to be slated

I can’t wait!.