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book nerd swag review: under the never sky by veronica rossi

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ImageSince she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

what we thought:

l- it took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but once i did i was so hooked! i don’t normally like multiple-perspective books, but i loved this one. it was really great to see the story play out through both perry and aria’s eyes. i couldn’t stand perry at first haha but by the end i thought he was such a sweetheart. ❤

m- i was the same exact way. when i started the book i was actually on team soren (who will we meet) and now i am completely team peregrine!!! haha. it was a hard book to get emotionally attached to. during the first couple of chapters you can set it down and pick it up and not really feel pulled in. but once you get in a little ways you can not put the book down. the world that veronica rossi created was amazing and maybe one of my favorite settings.

l- it was such a cool setting! i loved the idea of the population having to seek shelter in the pods. aria is kind of annoying at the beginning, she seems kind of bratty, but you really see her character grow throughout the story. *spoilers!* the relationship between her and perry is so adorable. they start so completely at odds with each other, and then learn they have more in common than they could have ever imagined. 🙂

m- i loved talon (perry’s nephew). he was the sweetest thing and reminded me a lot of jamie in the host. even though his character was not in the book much he played a huge role in the story. something that made this book more interesting than others is the fact that they kind of have special abilities. i don’t want to spoil anything so i won’t tell you what they are but they made the book so much more interesting.

l- yes! they hinted at that before they really explained what was going on… i think i read one part five times where it said something like he didn’t need his nose to know that she was angry. haha i was like, “say what now?” i thought i had missed something, but the book just teases you a bit at the beginning. 🙂 this book is, in a word, epic. it’s super addicting and fast-paced, but still slows down and takes time to really develop the characters. it’s well-rounded in that way.

m- that was something that made this book even more amazing. it gave me time to connect with the characters as well. the book was amazing and the characters and the settings and the plot was all just so addicting. can not wait for the next book to come out! 😉

rating! out of five stars: *****

would we recommend it? definitely! 🙂

book nerd swag – new video

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hey, so we just uploaded a new video onto youtube regarding the selection. you should all check it out! there are spoilers! so if you haven’t read the book and you want to don’t watch the video until after.

~masie & lyli~

(p.s. in case you guys were wondering… i’m on the left and masie is on the right 🙂 ~lyli)

book nerd swag review: crossed by ally condie

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Rules Are Different Outside The Society

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by the Society to his sure death–only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia’s and Ky’s point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.

what we thought:

m- i will start this review out by saying that this book is amazing. i was kinda nervous to read it based on what we thought of matched but i was glad that i did. ally condie completely developed this story and expanded the world that she created.

l- we both enjoyed matched, but agreed that we weren’t super emotionally invested in the story. i was really hoping that this book would go deeper into both the depth of the world and the characters, and it definitely did. not only did we get to know more about the individual characters, but we got more perspective on their relationships. this story also had a lot more action. the story didn’t start slowly, we jumped right in from the first page, which i liked. there wasn’t a ton of unnecessary recapping to slow things down.

m- we would seriously recommend reading this series. like we said it does start out pretty slow in matched but when you get to crossed it grasps you from the beginning. ally developed the characters so much in this story and added a few more. i loved how much cassia developed especially. i figured out a lot more about her and could actually understand why some of the decisions she made were made. (if that makes sense).

l- yeah, and in addition to that we really got to know ky. we only got glimpses of who he was in matched. crossed is split into two pov’s, both cassia and ky get to tell the story in turn. i wasn’t sure how i felt about it at first because it made the plot somewhat choppy, and it would jump from one place to another if cassia and ky weren’t in the same place. however, i think it really was essential to the story that it was written that way. we understand both of them more because of it, and can see the reasoning behind their decisions, like masie said. the setting was interesting, but i would have liked to see more diverse locations. there were some amazing plot twists in this book. i won’t give anything away, but a few things made me put down the book for a second like, “whoa. i did not see that coming.” 😉

m- i will say that i loved the split perspectives. it gave me more of an idea of how they were both feeling in a situation when you could see there two perspectives. i really don’t want to give to much of this story away but it was much better, in my opinion, compared to matched. i will say that i have grown to like ky in this story. shocking, right? i got to see a different side of him. i will say that there are still things that i am iffy about when it comes to him but i still started to like him more. i really liked the addition of the rebellion. it gave the book a bigger purpose and in the end i still can’t decide who i side for, the society or the rebels. this book seriously got much better and i can’t wait for reached to come out.

l- when it comes to the rebellion and the battle with the society, this book certainly left a lot to be explored in book three. i have a feeling that a lot of the mysteries from both books one and two will be revealed in the third installment. i think this book gave more meaning to the first book…. i’d like to read it again with what we learned in crossed in mind. i will most definitely be reading reached when it comes out this november!

rating! out of five stars: ****1/2

do we recommend it? yes! give it a chance.

book nerd swag booooonus:

*warning: spoilers ahead!*

crossed: what were they thinking??

book nerd swag review: the selection by kiera cass

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

what we thought:

two words: PRINCE. MAXON.

l- you know that “absolute-new-favorite-most-amazing-book-ever” we were talking about in our last post? this is one of those books. 🙂 i was drawn in from the first page, and was addicted until the last. i absolutely loved kiera cass’ romantic, fantasyish, medieval twist on dystopian, plus the bachelor aspect of it.

m- i loved this book. period. kiera cass did an amazing job in creating this world. 🙂 i loved how kiera mixed the dystopian world of Illéa with the modern day bachelor. she made the book and characters easy to relate to. america singer is the star of this novel. she is the character who shines even when she doesn’t try. she is the character that everyone wants to be.

l- she is definitely one of my new favorite dystopian heroines. i loved watching her grow as a character and learn that she doesn’t  know everything about herself and her life. at the beginning, she thinks she knows exactly what she wants for her life, but as the story goes on she discovers things she didn’t know about herself and grows from her set expectations. This book also had a great love triangle. both love interests were explored enough that you were somewhat attached to both of them, but -to us, at least- there was an obvious favorite. 🙂 🙂 🙂

m- PRINCE MAXON!!!!! *sigh* he is the man of all of Illéa’s girls hearts and ours, too. he is the guy that captures your heart from the first moment you hear about him. he really is just perfect. 🙂 it’s just so hard to describe him because he is just so incredible. haha.

l- fictional boooooyfriend! hahaha. okay, imagine. amazing, sweet, considerate, caring, fun, cute, funny, all around ah-mazing guy. perfection, right? wrong.

                                                                                             add PRINCE before his name.

                                                                                                                                                                that, my friend, is perfection. 😉

*sigh* but anyways, he’s such a great character. you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest. he’s so misunderstood. another reason this book is so great is all of the fun, colorful characters. there are good characters and bad characters and characters in-between. the other selected girls are so much fun to watch interact and compete for maxon’s heart. petty cat fights, anyone?

m- i loved being able to see the interaction between the selected girls and maxon, too. it was fun being behind the scenes of it all. seeing all the drama and cat fights up close. it’s really interesting and makes the story so much more fun. i also loved how aspen kinda pops up all the time. even though we don’t really like him or want him there. it was good to have some drama! 😉

l- haha you know we love the drama! it’s funny, based on this review you would think there wasn’t even a love triangle, because we’re so team maxon. you’ll have to decide for yourself who you like best. aspen is cool, too. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. sorry, i didn’t mean to laugh. HAHAHAHAHA. but seriously. MAXON. ❤

m- HAHAHA. you guys really should read this, though. seriously. this is one of the best books i have ever read and has made it to the top of my list of favorites. 🙂 kiera cass did such an amazing job on this book. definitely worth reading.

l- oh, and if you see maxon, tell him we’re tugging our ears. 😉

rating! out of five stars: ***** (like america’s caste! holla)

do we recommend it? we SELECT it! <— lame pun.

this book’s book nerd swag boooonus:

our playlist for the book! (in no particular order)

(note: kiera cass created her own ah-mazing playlist for the book that can be found on playlist.com or on the selection facebook page. )

1. a perfectly good heart -taylor swift                                       9. love don’t live here – lady antebellum

2. the tide is high – atomic kitten                                                 10. since u been gone – kelly clarkson

3. i heart question mark – taylor swift                                       11. just the girl – the click 5 🙂

4. god gave me you – blake shelton                                            12. here we go again – demi lovato

5. potential breakup song – aly and aj                                       13. only prettier – miranda lambert

6. tell me a lie – one direction                                                       14. two worlds collide – demi lovato

7. taken – one direction                                                                  15. watching you watch him – eric hutchinson

8. what doesn’t kill you (stronger) – kelly clarkson             16. catch me – demi lovato

                                                                     17. just friends – jonas brothers