Hi blookunity! How is your 2016 going? I’m away again (I know y’all miss me :D) and so in my (wifi free! the horrors!) absence, I’m going to review a few of the books I’ve read recently. Due to it being dark, I won’t do any photos.
Immaculate – 3 stars
Premise: Virgin pregnancy in the 21st century. While the premise of this was really interesting, I don’t think it fully tackled the spiritual connotations and ideas behind a virgin birth, because Mina never got any answers about why she was chosen. Mina as a character and her friends all had quite good development, and all the situations she found herself in (worshipped/criticsised/damned) were interesting, I wanted to see it go further.
The Girl With All The Gifts – 4 stars
I loved the dystopian landscape which was super creepy and had excellent world building without being info dumpy. But this was juxtaposed by sweet, ordinary characters whose relationships were almost more fascinating than the monsters. Melanie and Ms. Justineau, her teacher, (whose name I don’t know how to pronounce. Somebody help please?) had a super cute, interesting relationship, and Melanie’s journey to accepting who she is and why and what she needs to do (her final choice is so surprising but right) was supremely crafted. Balanced with action scenes and such an intricate setting, this is not a normal zombie book.
Paper Towns- 4 stars
Have I mentioned I think TFIOS is overrated? Well, I do. All of Green’s other books that I’ve read have been good and interesting but not stunning or spectacular. This one surprised me with being pretty good. I liked the romance, and especially the ending, and the setting and the way it was divided into 3 parts that worked perfectly. I loved the friendships and the road trip and how it felt like anyone could be in this world, like it was ordinary life that was somehow spectacular. I liked Q’s character and the development he went through, and the way that ‘who’ Margo was was reveals through Q’s search for her. The long, ‘deep and meaningful’ monologues didn’t even feel that pretentious.
Pretending to Be Erica- 4 stars
Premise: Rich kidnapped kid is killed. Years later con artist takes her place to steal something but starts to get distracted. Firstly, kudos to a realistic but interesting ending. I loved the characters, especially Violet. Her development as she makes friends and has moral qualms and begins to question her previous life was really well portrayed. I loved how she was friends with the popular kids and the oddballs, and both groups were round ( although I liked the oddballs better). I LOVED Violet’s relationship with Mrs. Silverman and Mr. Silverman, and that ending! It was so nice to be kept guessing right until the end at what she would do and how her choice was justified.
Have you read any of these? Do you want to? On a scale of 1 to 10, how important are characters to your enjoyment of a novel? (because I just looked at this and realised it’s very character-centric) What have you done (and more importantly, READ) so far this year?