Saturday, January 22, 2011

Inside Out

Review: Inside Out - Maria V Snyder

Release Date: April 1st, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 315
Rating: ★★★★★

Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.     

     Let me start off by saying that this is probably my favourite book, of all the books I've read this year. Given that I've only read six books so far, it wasn't too difficult for Inside Out to steal the top spot.

     I absolutely adored this, so, much. I'm not even joking when I tell you that the night I finished this book, I was literally lying in bed wondering what it would be like to sneak through the pipes of Inside, just like Trella did. Trella, along with hundreds of other scrubs, live in the Inside. The Inside is a place...I'm not sure I can call it a building...divided into four levels. Those four levels are then split in half, dividing the people into the Uppers and the Lowers. The lower levels are overcrowded with, of course, scrubs. The scrubs are basically there to keep the Upper levels maintained, working long shifts and their jobs, which vary from kitchen work to handling the waste. Trella works cleaning the pipes.

     Trella is a lonesome character and basically starts off hating 99.9 percent of the population she finds herself surrounded in. That's why she gained the nickname Queen of The Pipes-it refers to the fact that she's always hiding away in the pipes, keeping to herself, not conversing with anyone except for her bestfriend Cog.

     I'm going to stop summarizing before I give anything away, but I really loved everything about this book. The characters: from Trella, to Riley *swoons*, to LC Karla, every character was wonderfully written. Trella even reminded me of Katniss, their strength and neverending desire to do the impossible. I loved it. It was crafted with well thought out problems, like finding Gateway, and trying to find a way to outsmart the Uppers.
     I didn't think that Snyder would be able to write such a great relationship between Trella and Riley, not because she's not good at writing (she's obviously amazing) but because in the recent YA novels with hints of romance, there was a lack of progression-which didn't seem to be a problem at all in this novel.

    All in all, it was a wonderful novel. It was the first book I read by Maria V Snyder and it won't be the last especially since...OUTSIDE IN (THE SEQUEL) COMES OUT FEBUARY 15TH! I'm definitely getting that the minute it's released. Five stars for this one, I definitely suggest it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Haul #3

So, everything was bought this month because I'm not famous enough to get free books.
Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler
Tweak - Nic Sheff
Fallen - Lauren Kate
Vixen - Jillian Larkin
Inside Out - Maria V Snyder
Fablehaven - Brandon Mull
Across The Universe - Beth Revis
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
The Hate List - Jennifer Brown
The Girl With The Dragon Tatto- Steig Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson
Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick

Twenty Boy Summer

Review: Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Release Date: June 1st, 2009
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Rating: ★★★★
While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best girlfriends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna's first summer romance, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.
I expected this one to be a five star for sure, but maybe that's why it's not. All in all, it was a fantastic book. Ockler constructed characters that were hard to understand, yet easy to relate to.
     The imagery in the novel was amazing, and it actually made me cry while reading it, and laugh, and smile, and as I said...cry. When a novel does that to you, than it's definitely a good book. Ockler's ability to make you feel what Anna felt was beyond incredible...but the problem was that the one thing I was supposed to feel right away, I didn't feel at all. And that was her connection to both Matt and Sam.

     I'm not really sure how to explain it in a way that you'd understand...but it felt like she liked Matt only because he was forbidden, and she liked Sam to get rid of the Matt-infested-memories. You know? I wasn't really given any insight on why she loved these boys, she'd just kiss them but I couldn't feel what she felt. It was like being left in the dark.

      Frankie was an amazing character; typical, yet amazing. I've read the whole "party-girl-best-friend" character in so many novels, it's crazy. But this is probably one of the first one's in which she has a reasoning for her's her way of dealing with the pain.

     With that said, the book also seemed to stretch on in some parts, and detail things that I had no interest in.

     So overall, it's a solid four star book. I definitely recommend it.