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  • Pity Isn't An Option on June 06, 2013

    4.5 stars Pity isn't an option when you're trying to survive In her YA debut, Jessica Brooks has written a novel in a realistic dystopian setting that captivates and explores how people live on when faced with difficult situations. I deserve to be treated like a human. I'm still a person who wants to do things and has dreams and potential and believes that carrying out what you want to do in life can be possible. That is it. Jonas is a boy with a rare blood disease that is struggling to be normal and doesn't want to be seen for the condition that he has but for what he is. Hattie is a girl who is coping with a life filled with a bleak future, looking out for her younger sister Lucy and trying to make things work at home. The two have been friends for as long as they could remember - but a)will it develop into something more? and b)how will their bond cope when faced with a challenge neither of them expected? Sometimes it's not what you see that is important. It's what you feel I loved how the author incorporated such meaningful quotes throughout the novel that gave the characters depth and the capacity to resonate with the audience. The fact that the book was written with alternating points of view from both Jonas' and Hattie's also made it interesting to see their different perspectives on how they felt about each other and the fact that their lives were getting to much more unstable. Although there wasn't a great deal of world-building and what was given was quite vague, the character development certainly made up for this slight flaw. This novel had something that some dystopian novels lack: FEELING - and that counts for a lot in my eyes. The ending was a cliffhanger for sure and makes you realize the lengths some people will go to in order for them to protect those they care for. *CONCLUSION* In all, this was a pretty impressive novel that I would definitely recommend to readers who have a taste for dystopian-esque plots that have depth and character. I am definitely hoping for the sequel to this one - as Jessica Brooks has definitely left us hanging!
  • Pity Isn't An Option on June 06, 2013

    4.5 stars Pity isn't an option when you're trying to survive In her YA debut, Jessica Brooks has written a novel in a realistic dystopian setting that captivates and explores how people live on when faced with difficult situations. I deserve to be treated like a human. I'm still a person who wants to do things and has dreams and potential and believes that carrying out what you want to do in life can be possible. That is it. Jonas is a boy with a rare blood disease that is struggling to be normal and doesn't want to be seen for the condition that he has but for what he is. Hattie is a girl who is coping with a life filled with a bleak future, looking out for her younger sister Lucy and trying to make things work at home. The two have been friends for as long as they could remember - but a)will it develop into something more? and b)how will their bond cope when faced with a challenge neither of them expected? Sometimes it's not what you see that is important. It's what you feel I loved how the author incorporated such meaningful quotes throughout the novel that gave the characters depth and the capacity to resonate with the audience. The fact that the book was written with alternating points of view from both Jonas' and Hattie's also made it interesting to see their different perspectives on how they felt about each other and the fact that their lives were getting to much more unstable. Although there wasn't a great deal of world-building and what was given was quite vague, the character development certainly made up for this slight flaw. This novel had something that some dystopian novels lack: FEELING - and that counts for a lot in my eyes. The ending was a cliffhanger for sure and makes you realize the lengths some people will go to in order for them to protect those they care for. *CONCLUSION* In all, this was a pretty impressive novel that I would definitely recommend to readers who have a taste for dystopian-esque plots that have depth and character. I am definitely hoping for the sequel to this one - as Jessica Brooks has definitely left us hanging!
  • Exalted (Exalted Trilogy: Book 1) on Sep. 12, 2013

    I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not alter my opinion on the novel in any shape or form. Well that is what I call a cliffhanger! Exalted far outperformed my expectations as a dystopian novel. It was everything an excellently crafted novel in this genre should be and more. A mix between 'The Hunger Games', 'Divergent' and 'Macthed' series with that little extra something that makes it amazingly unique, this is a book that I won't be forgetting in a hurry and that I thoroughly enjoyed. *REVIEW* 'I followed all their rules. I participated in their Trials. I did everything I was told to do - but not anymore.' Oh yes - this really had it all: - ACTION - SUSPENSE - WORLD-BUILDING - GENERAL AWESOMNESS In all seriousness though, this novel deserves some recognition. For a debut and self-published work it definitely is quite impressive. The fact that the story had so many exciting elements to it, from the effects of the Pump, to the issues of parental pressure on teenagers, to the questions of the society that Mena lived in. Everything was executed to such a high standard that I would expect this book to be one of the more 'well known' marketed dystopias out there. One thing's for sure; there was never a dull moment in this book. Unlike some reading experiences where you may feel things begin to drag in the middle, Exalted had more of a gradual ascent to the climax that reached what you thought may be the peak but it just kept on getting better. 'I glance back at the wall that surrounds the Republic. I don't feel alive in there.' One aspect of the novel which I thought was really well developed was Mena's character. At the beginning of the novel she is just what every other Exalted should be; strong, powerful, resilient and emotionless. However, as the storyline progresses and she comes across some pieces of information that may change her mind, she begins to take into account her other options and thinking things through. Although her personality does not undergo a total transformation, she does seem to make some progress which I'm sure there is more of in the second book Denounced. Now, for all you readers out there who cringe at the phrase 'love-triangle' I will warn you that there may be a hint of one here. However, to be honest romance doesn't really play a big part in the story, as it doesn't overpower the plot and real action that's going on. One other notable mention I will make is the fact that Tara Elizabeth seems to have this gift of changing locations in the novel and shifting it's direction so fluently and in such a way that even adds MORE to the excitement that is already there. Instead of this being a novel where you may think things start to drag a little, something comes right at you and reminds you just how good it really is. *CONCLUSION* To finish off - all I can say is that this is a dystopian novel that stands out from the competition. While others may be lacking in some areas, Exalted has it all. This is certainly an impressive novel and to the talented author who created it all I can say is: You're awesome!
  • Denounced (Exalted Trilogy: Book 2) on Sep. 17, 2013

    With another riveting dystopian novel as a stunning follow on from Exalted, Tara Elizabeth has done it again in creating a plot that seeps intrigue and focuses on rebellion. With parts that kept me glued to the pages and waiting with bated breath over what could possibly happen next or the next twist that may emerge, Denounced will not disappoint. 'My life is about more than me right now, and I know that...but is it unthinkable to find enjoyment in something or someone amidst peril? Am I less of an Exalted? Am I less of a strong, young woman?' *CHARACTER* In this novel, we see Mena's character develop further. Because she is now off the Pump, she experiences the full range of emotions that 'normal humans so, and has to find ways to deal with them whilst also acting as Dr. Frederick's personal spy. This causes her to raise questions about her own character and emotional state, ultimately leading to the final stage of her self-awareness and choice she makes about the Republic she lives in. She must choose between trying to save the society she lives in or escape to freedom, leave Ethan, her soon-to-be United behind or go with who feels right as Ryker does. These are all important decisions resting on her shoulders which she is forced to make head-on in the novel. 'There are no signs of life anywhere. It makes me sad. It's sad to know that there were once children playing on those playgrounds and people living their lives as they wanted. Now we are all drugged into a stupor and living inside prisons.' *WRITING AND PLOT* This series may seem to be taking shape with the same dystopian 'formula'. However, it never ceases to get boring or seem like something I've seen before or enjoyed as much. This series, and this book in itself has unique elements to it. This is aided by the clear and succinct writing style which is very fitting for the book and I have come to love it for its simplistic and direct nature, as a reflection of what the 'ideal' Exalted would think. Through every page, and even through the writing itself we see Mena's transformation into an even stronger, resilient young woman on all the physical, social and emotional levels. *WORLD BUILDING* Another thing that got big ticks for me was the further explanation given to the world-building aspect. Unlike some dystopian novels where descriptions and explanations as to why things are in their current state is very vague and only in the first novel, in Denounced I was so happy to see that the author took it one step further. The world-building is what really makes or breaks a novel like this, and for the 'light-bulb' moments that I got out of this, it really made the story even more immersing and connected well with the reader. *CONCLUSION* In conclusion, I definitely found Denounced to be a thoroughly enjoyable dystopian novel and on par with the success of Exalted. With the same sparks of witty humor, an exhilarating plot and cliff-hanger ending that will leave you dying for the next book, I can confidently say that Denounced will not disappoint.