Review: Breathe- Sarah Crossan

Breathe-Sarah Crossan

4/5 Stars

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Plot:  Breathe is set in a dystopian, science fiction-esque society that is reminiscent of Ally Condie’s Matched series, Morgan Rice’s Survival trilogy, and Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series. If you loved any of these series, Breathe is well worth the read. In the Breathe society, everyone lives in a pod full of oxygen. Outside the pod, all the trees have been destroyed, nature is gone, all animals are dead, and the oxygen level in the outside atmosphere is at 6%. Inside the pod, there are three zones; first is the premium section, those marked with an identifying purple circle on their ear. The premiums are the rich, élite, who have the most oxygen and places within the government or authority within the Ministry. Zone 2 belongs to the stewards, these are the people who patrol the border, act as cops, regulate people in general. Zone 3 is where the rest of the population is, the people who work to afford oxygen, who can’t dance or play instruments or even exercise because they can’t afford the amount of air. Both inside and out of the pod there are “terrorists” known as RATS or the Resistance. These are the people who recognize that the government have placed a monopoly on air to keep the population of the pod prisoners to the government. They also know that the government is behind destroying nature and preventing the oxygen levels on the outside from increasing.

Breathe is told from three different perspectives. It follows the lives of Alina, Bea, and Quinn. Alina is a member of the Resistance aka RATS, she has big green eyes, missing parents, and an attitude. Bea is an intelligent debater, best friends with Quinn, compassionate, and risks her lives for those weaker than her. Quinn is a privileged Premium who does not really pay attention to the social hierarchy set up in Breathe and is part of a very important family within the government.

These three characters team up and go through a series of obstacles before the climax of the story which caused me so much anxiety that I rushed through reading to get past the horrific events I knew were coming.

PROS:

  • Likeable characters
  • Wonderful plot
  • Thrilling with just the right amount of scary
  • Adorable love story
  • Fearsome leaders
  • Powerful women
  • Very KGB with the methods of interrogation, the disappearances of people, informants, not sure who is on what side
  • Just enough guessing to keep your attention but not make you so angry you throw the book in frustration
  • Tree love and conservation

CONS:

  • Petra was very confusing
  • Don’t quite know what the deal with Maude Blue is

-BB

Review: Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2)-Courtney Allison Moulton

I am currently stranded in my apartment because Tallahassee is built on a series of hills and prone to severe flooding. I, of course, when I moved forgot my rain boots and since I’m from south FL only have flip-flops. Since I don’t want to risk my life by slip and fall I have decided that instead of venturing to campus I will get some more blog posts out.

4/5 Stars

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton 

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Plot: For those you who haven’t read Angelfire, book 1 in the series, it’s definitely worth reading. If you’re a fan of the Lauren Kate’s Fallen series you’d probably like this or I’d even venture to say Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series (although this series has a more mature tone closer to Fallen than to MI). Angelfire follows Ellie, a girl who possesses extreme fighting skills, can see demonic creatures, and can summon swords out of thin air. To the average person she is the typical high school girl, until one night when she is attacked by demons and comes face to face with a devastatingly attractive man with tattoos and wings. Ellie teams up with mysterious hot guy Will and they go on a series of demon hunting missions together before landing themselves in a dire situation that includes torture, kidnapping, angels, demons, and possibly the end of the world if an ancient power is not destroyed before it gets into the hands of the Morningstar, aka Lucifer. Ellie is torn between her two lives, the one of a high school girl struggling to get into college and stay social/human and the other where she is a vessel of a powerful archangel. Ellie also is fighting feelings for Will and discovers more about her past lives. 

Wings of the Wicked continues where Angelfire left off. Ellie and Will thought that their enemies would be unable to retrieve the tomb from the depths of the ocean but they were wrong. Now Ellie is being hunted and faces demons unlike she’s ever seen before, demons of evil centuries old. With a bounty on her head and her friends in mortal danger Ellie is forced to choose between what she wants as a human and her duties as the archangel Gabriel.

PROS:

  • Fast paced, full of angst, bitterness, anger, and violence. 
  • Ellie is a headstrong, conflicted character who you both admire and find yourself rooting for when it seems like everything has been lost and there’s no hope for survival.
  • Love. The chemistry between Ellie and Will is authentic, raw, and wonderfully hot and cold.
  • The descriptions of demons are gruesome and the gore scenes are bloody enough to be scary but not terrifyingly gross.
  • Surprises. Often times because I have read so many books I find plots extremely predictable and almost always know what’s coming a hundred pages before. There were so many twists, the read was exhilarating.
  • New characters. I love Ava. She’s broody, temperamental and bitchy, in a similar vein of Sabine in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent.
  • The death scenes were tragic and almost tear worthy.

CONS:

  • The escape from Lilith and her lover was a little anticlimactic and far too easy.
  • The scene between Caden and Bastian was also a bit lacking.
  • Remorse for losses, specifically about Nathaniel kind of made his girlfriend seem less strong and more blah.

I loved this book! If you like stories about angels and demons, about epic battles, death and love’s triumph over evil definitely check this series out.

-BB

It’s Been a While, Review: Amethyst (Guardians #1)-Heather Bowhay

I’m spent the past year writing and writing and then doing some editing and then much more writing. After being accepted into graduate school, I was preoccupied with moving and countless other equally stressful and boring tasks. However, I am back and have read more than ever. I’ve recently been exploring what is known as Amazon’s top free Kindle books list really just to see what’s out there and honestly, because I am a poor college student. I feel like a lot of people disregard free books because they feel like they will be poorly edited, badly written and full of mediocre plot lines. I’ve heard countless times that a free book is most likely junk and that’s why it’s free and not at least $10 like a lot of mainstream YA fiction. I am not one to disregard books because of their price. Nor do I doubt a book’s worth simply because of preconceptions. So, I have taken the liberty to plow through these mysterious books and will hopefully make others aware of some of the better writing I’ve come across in a long time. Over 50 books into my yearly challenge it’s been hit or miss and I would love to share my journey with you.

2/5 Stars

Amethyst (Guardians #1) by Heather Bowhay

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Plot: Alexandria (Lexi) is plagued by visions that allow her to prevent unnecessary deaths to innocents. Her and her best friend Ally who knowns about Lexi’s abilities rush off into various dangerous situations to save the victims in the premonitions. Lexi works at a grocery store, meets a kindred spirit of sorts named Jessica and is awakened to a whole new world of supernatural powers and dangers. Lexi discovers that she is a Seer and learns of powerful healers known as Amethyst, Guardians that also help save innocents and evil beings that suck the Essence out of people. A series of mysterious illnesses and murders take place in British Columbia and Lexi is thrust into the middle of it all. Meanwhile, she meets a guy, Jason, with aqua marine eyes and a perfect body and cannot get him off of her mind. Then, she meets a second guy, Ash, who is cocky and audacious, not to mention hot but she still can’t forget about Jason.  After a bunch of twists and turns Lexi is faced with death, a reality that she cannot accept and is keeping a secret that can only lead to more devastation.

PROS:

  • Lexi is not the typical YA teen character -the loner girl with minimal friends because she’s a little awkward and doesn’t know where she belongs until some climactic event turns her whole world upside down and she meets a sexy guy who she is insanely attracted to but is a bit too dangerous and she never thinks he’d be attracted to a wallflower like her (not that there is anything wrong with this)- she likes football, building things, sports cars, books, and designer jeans. There’s not much description of her physically but from the reactions of the men she’s definitely attractive.
  • Sapping energy from people without connecting it to souls or angels is something that I don’t come across often and was a very interesting concept.
  • There was a sort of Marvel comic book feeling in the battle scenes with the depictions of telekinesis and harvesting electricity and the shapeshifting did not read as werewolf but as another superhero/villan ability.
  • The make out scenes were steamy.

CONS:

  • The plot was a little slow-paced which detracted from the action scenes when they did happen.
  • The terror that the main character should have felt just wasn’t there which made Lexi seem more confused and reckless than anything else.
  • Most of the characters were not fully developed and it felt like they were lacking not only in-depth but only served as a basis for the plot.

Overall, it was okay.

-BB