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on Oct. 06, 2013 :
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!!
***Received ebook from Clean Teen Publishing for an honest review, but I also added to my library because it is free.
The cover is breathtaking. I love how you see the wooded railroad tracks through her face and see her beautiful blue eye. It is very intriguing and attracts you to the book.
If you couldn’t tell from the blurb, this story is set in a post-war era and is a dystopian fantasy. This story is difficult for me to put words to paper. I think part of the reason is because it is just too real life for me. Everyday people deal with race issues, pregnancy, and teen rebellion, and this story has it all. This story is not something I usually read because it is way too real life, and I like to escape into my books and get away from real life.
Rosa feels so real when you read the story. I was crying with her, saying don’t do it when she was rebelling, and telling her to stop pushing people away when she was. She is definitely stronger than I am because I don’t think I could have handled half of what she had to.
Joseph is sweet and adorable and the knight in shining armor. Most boys would not put up with half the stuff he has from the drama, but he always sticks by Rosa.
Okay, I was annoyed when the story ended because I have no idea what is going to happen next which doesn’t happen very often, and I had so many questions that weren’t answered. It was the appropriate place to stop, but I still don’t like that it did.
Lauren did a fantastic job with the story, and I will definitely continue this series to see where Lauren takes it next :) I will also be buying the paperback from my classroom because I have quite a few students who like stories that are more real life and dystopia as well.
You too can read this fantastic story because it is FREE!!!
(review of free book)
on Aug. 23, 2013 :
*** Warning*** Superlatives ahead.
An amazing story, totally engrossing and exciting with unique yet relatable characters. I would call this a dystopian romance adventure, and all these boxes are ticked at the highest level. The exciting and beautiful, yet fraught and funny romance is very satisfying. Think Princess Leia and Hans Solo rather than Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. The world of The Woodlands is very vivid, and you feel like you are really there. A great book to lose yourself in and stay up all night to finish.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)