Wednesday, February 29, 2012


 Wither (the Chemical Garden #1)

Author: Lauren DeStefano
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 2011
Genre: YA/ Dystopia
Pages: 358 pages

Thanks to modern science, every newborn has become a ticking time bomb-males only live to age 25, and females only live to age 20. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape-to find her twin brother and go home. But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

I purchased this book last summer while browsing. It caught my eye and then I read the cover and thought wow I've never read a book like this before. I also had never heard of this author, so I bought this book on a chance. I didn't even know dystopia books even existed...stupid me, because I love them now :)

Anyways for Lauren being a first time writter I really like the book. They are some ways she could make it a lot more compelling. but first I'll talk about the story...

Rhine and her twin Rowan live in the future where our generation thought we had cured all deseases because all our children were healthy, until they started to have children with tons of health problems. A lot of people ignore whats going on because they have given up hope that there will ever be a cure. Pro-naturalist bombed the Pro-science research centers where scientist were studying malformed children to find their cure. Only Rhine and Rowans parents were a part of those scientist and now they are left to defend for themselves. And she gets caught.

I guess to me the bad thing about the book is its predictable. From a early start I knew whats going to happen, and by the end I have a good feeling I know how its going to end. Although there are things in this book that keep you reading, you wanna know how the story will turn out. You don't learn a lot of things about these the characters at first, you gradually learn more about them, when she is forced to marry you hate the guy, then you learn about him and you don't know where your feelings lie.

When I finished the book I freaked out... my husband was like what is wrong. I didn't know the author and didn't know this was a triliogy, so when I read the last page I freaked I would never know what will happen to Rhine. :O

The only way I think the book can be 10x better is if it broke off and had Rowans point of view. So you could read what her brother is going through while shes gone. But otherwise a great read, I really enjoyed the book. I even made my sister buy it and Kayla :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls Dance

The Morganville Vampires #1&2

Author: Rachel Caine
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: New American Library (a division of Penguin Group)
Release Date: November 2009
Genre: YA/ Paranormal > Vampires
Pages: 239 pages & 380 pages

Glass Houses
The Glass Houses
Morganville is a small college town in the heart of Texas that has its share of quirky characters-and some evil ones too. When student Claire Danvers moves off campus into one of Morganville's oldest houses, She finds that her roommates don't show many signs of life, But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

I first picked up this book for its cover. Plus it was 2 books in one SCORE!! It just drew my attention. Then I read the first page and in that instant I was hooked. It is like you become Claire and you feel everything the way she feels. Rachel Caine did a amazing job at making this series feel completely real. Like I could drive to Morganville, Texas and see and be in Claire's world.

The plot of the story is written and seen so well. When Claire meets the roommates she will be living with right off the bat you root for them and want to know more, the book draws you in and is a real page turner. You fear the things they fear. The author is also very good at leaving you guessing. When she doubts the vampires and thinks her roommates are playing with her, she soon finds herself in trouble and in need of help, with the mean girl in town after her and trying to be a adult for her parents, she is stuck with trying to fix the problems and only finds more to come.

She soon finds her friends in trouble because of her being there, instead of running away back home she sucks it up and looks for the object the vamps have been looking for for centuries. Everything from there becomes worse and crates more problems for Claire. She trust in the wrong person and eventually her and her friends figure out how to clean up this mess.

A lot of people are most likely thinking oh no not another vampire series, but this is so unique and different there is nothing you should worry about. It is well worth the buy and at most stores it is on sale. I love this series and am always excited when a new one comes out.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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