Review: Select // Had Me Hooked From Page One

By Marit Weisenberg

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Goodreads Community Rating: 3.59

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017

Format Read: Ebook

Goodreads Summary: Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life? 

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Top 5 Series That Went Downhill

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, and can be found on the Goodreads Group.  This is my first time participating, but each week has a different topic, and the goal is to come up with 5 books that fit the theme.

This week, the theme is Top 5 series that got worse with each book.  I found this really hard to do, because I couldn’t think of which series kept getting worse, or that I felt let down on.  After a lot of thinking, this is what I came up with:

1.Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth

If you don’t already know, Divergent is a dystopian novel where people are sorted into Factions based upon their strongest quality.  The series follows the life of Tris Prior as she fights the corrupt system and tries to find herself.  Divergent was realllyyyy good, but after that it started to become a stretch, and I felt like Allegiant (the last of the trilogy) was reaching to make a full plot.  That being said, I enjoyed the series overall, it just wasn’t great.

2. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

Mortal Instruments, starting with the City of Bones, started off exciting, and the first few books were that way.  However, as time went on it seemed like they were throwing in more familial twists just to keep the books going, and I became bored just because of the repetitiveness.  This might just be because I got older while they were being published, but I couldn’t even finish the series because it didn’t interest me anymore. 

3. Uglies, by Scott Westerfield

I was in love with the first book of this series.  It’s about a futuristic society where people are sorted into “Uglies” or “Pretties” and their lives are lived accordingly.  I couldn’t get enough, and I found the world building and plot to be high quality.  The second and third books, however, were not as exciting, and I couldn’t manage to stay interested despite how fun they were initially.

4. Matched, by Ally Condie

What even happened to this series?  Matched started off so well, and I actually BOUGHT the next book, something which I don’t normally do, especially when I don’t own the first one, but I was let down.  It was as though Condie hadn’t really thought about what was going to happen past the first book, and it just kind of died.  Matched was good, but I would not recommend reading it if you are the type to need to read the entire series once you start.

5. Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick

I have to admit, this one was a bit of a stretch.  I started googling popular series, and scrolling.  When I got to this one, I was like, “Oh my god I remember reading that and hating the second one!” so I decided to put it on the list.  I read this in 7th grade, but I’m pretty sure it’s a teen novel, and it fits with the general theme I have here, so now it’s on the list.


I was probably a bit harsh on some of these series, but that’s because I much prefer standalone books, and the series that I do read normally turn out to be some of my favorites (Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Hunger Games).

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Review: Crank

A five star review of Crank, by Ellen Hopkins

by Ellen Hopkins

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I picked up this book at the Book Barn, a huge used-book outdoor store, and didn’t really bother to look inside before buying it.  I walked out with a stack of about 7 books, and this one was somewhere in the middle– the back looked pretty good, but it definitely wasn’t on the top of my TBR list.

Then, I started reading it.  At first, I was shocked because it was written in verse, something which I had never experienced in a book before, and it was weird.  Admittedly, I was really reluctant to try a book written like this.  But once I did, I absolutely LOVED it.  The book was so good right from the beginning, and once you figured out how to read the poetry like a story, it just kept getting better.  It was a new experience for me, and one I’m 100% glad I had.  Next time I go to the bookstore, you can guarantee that I’ll be looking for Glass, the second book in the series.  What I love is that even though it’s a series, it can be read as a solitary book and still make perfect sense, with a final conclusion that doesn’t leave you annoyed at the reader for making you buy another to find out what happens.

The essential plot of Crank is that there is a high school girl named Kristina, and she is, for lack of a better word, perfect.  She gets good grades, has a great friend, and is otherwise very happy with her life.  And then she visits her father– and his life is not so pretty.  While there, she is introduced to the “monster” (crystal meth/crank) and she becomes hooked.  While high on Crank, Kristina becomes Bree, and she is capable of anything.  This story is based on Ellen Hopkins’ own daughter, and because of that it rings remarkably true, through both the ups and the downs.

Hopkins doesn’t bother to sugar coat anything.  When life sucks, she makes she that she makes that very clear.  But, what I think makes this stand out from other books about drug addicts, is that when life is great for Kristina/Bree, she makes sure that those emotions come across equally strongly.  This book is a poignant example of both the horrors, and the wonders, of being addicted to hard drugs.  If you are anything like me, you will find yourself begging Kristina to do the right thing, and sobbing at her struggles.  This book was an emotional rollercoaster.  This was actually me while reading.

Although it may look really intimidating when you pick it up, as it is a thick book, the fact that it is written in verse makes it go really quickly, and so you don’t have to worry about too long of a commitment.  If you’re dedicated, it can take 1-2 afternoons to get through the whole thing.  Plus, you won’t want it to end, so it’s not really an issue!

When I got about halfway through, I realized that if you read the poetry down the line, instead of across, you get a different meaning, representing Kristina versus Bree.  I think this is also a really cool feature that Hopkins included, and so make sure you look for it.  It gave me a whole new perspective for the book when I started reading it both ways.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional, exciting, teen semi-fiction novel.  It was so beautifully written, and I guarantee that you will not be short on emotions during your time reading it.

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