Two For One Reviews is a meme that I do in which I review two books that have a common element be it the same series, genre, author, or topic. These are full reviews and not recaps, but it allows me to have more posts and more content here on the blog.
My new mission when it comes to reading is to read more of the books that I own rather than being so ARC oriented as well as finishing series. I have a series commitment issue and I'm finally letting go of these series. (I know technically The One isn't the end of The Selection, but I have heard horrible things about The Heir so I'm not about that)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: May 6th, 2014 by HarperTeen
The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.
The One completely surprised me. I read it in one sitting on a Friday night and was completely addicted to it. It had been over a year since I had read The Elite so I didn't expect to become so engrossed in the series again. I just couldn't put this book down. I didn't expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. It was really fun and dramatic, just what I had needed to entertain me.
America and Maxon have the ability to royally piss me off, but I just can't help but love them and want them to make lots of babies. I did like seeing Maxon actually have feelings for girls other than America, to get her off her high horse but it is also weird because as a reader I want America to win.
Kiera Cass' writing is just so easy to read. She hooks you in very fast. The pacing of the story is very fast. She has the same quality as Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing, where is it is just pure entertainment. Yes, there are darker more dramatic and angsty moments but it just has a kind of sugary feel and I love that. This for me was a pick me up read that got me out of a reading slump.
There were so many OMG moments in this book. I am pretty sure that I shed a boat load of tears at the end of this book. I was a blubbering mess. Plus, I was just sad to see America and Maxon's story technically end (not thinking about The Heir.) I had pre-ordered The Selection so I had problems letting this one go.
Overall, this was a super fun read. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect but I read it so fast and was utterly swept up in it that I didn't really have the time to care. I think this series would make for a great binge read.
Author: Alexandra Braken
Genre: YA Dystopian
Received: Won in a Giveaway
Published: October 28th, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids. Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.
I binge read The Darkest Minds and Never Fade for the first Reading Cram that I had co-hosted. They were super fast reads for me and I really loved these two book. I just had a super hard time getting into In The Afterlight. I am blaming it partly on picking it up like a year and half after reading the first two back to back, but the first three quarters of this book were so slow for me. There were quite a few times that I was ready to put this one down and pick it up later on.
Alexandra Bracken is a crazy talented writer. This book series just has such a dark tone, much darker than a lot of YA dystopia. I think I just wasn't quite in the mood for that after finishing The One. But I love how she writes Ruby's mind; it is fantastic. My one issue was that there wasn't a lot of recap about the previous book in the beginning of this one. It just jumped right in. I usually would have reread the first two, but ain't no body got time for that. I could hardly remember all of the names for people or what happened in Never Fade so it was just a difficult start for me all around.
I loved how this series wrapped up. There was plenty of action and everything that I wanted to happen did. I just loved that the ending was satisfying. After all of the horrible things Alexandra Bracken put these characters through I'm really happy with how it ended. For how slow of a start this book was for me the ending made up for it so much. It was bittersweet to see the end of this story, but I think for a lot of the darker dystopians that had come out around the same time this one had an ending that I was happy with.
I am ready to read whatever Alexandra Bracken publishes because she is an amazing writer. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who is interested in it because it was excellent.
Do you have trouble with letting go of series? Is this a problem you are trying to solve as well? What was the last series you finished? Also, have you read either of these books or series? What did you think?