“The Heir” by Kiera Cass

the-heir_612x925Y’all I literally just finished “The Heir” and I already spoiled the next book, “The Crown,” for myself. Don’t ruin things by trying to find info on the wikis when you haven’t finished the series. Lesson learned. But really probably not because I am a sucker for the wikis.

Anyway, this book is set maybe 18 years after “The One” when America and Maxon’s daughter is tasked with her own Selection, the first of its kind because she happens to be the first female heir to the throne in the history of this young formerly-U.S. country.

So 35 men are invited to the palace and Eadlyn is bound and determined not to let any of them get past the 90-foot metaphorical wall that she has barricaded herself in with. The Selection starts off pretty fast, with Eadlyn knocking a third of the competition out, but then it slows down. I actually started slacking off reading around that point because it seemed like the book was in a kind of lull. It picked back up again about halfway in, when some members of the Selection started getting feisty.

Eventually we find out that there is some political muck happening outside the palace walls and basically that Eadlyn is a spoiled little princess who can’t even relate when other people have lived their entire existences with different experiences than she has. Throughout the whole book, this girl is portrayed as bratty and distant with all of her potential suitors. She doesn’t even really become likable until the end and then it’s like her actions confuse even her. But at least that is something to look forward to in the next book.

The next one is “The Crown” and I’m assuming the Selection will wrap up. And there were a few plot twists at the end that I’m eager to see come to fruition.

In the beginning of “The Heir,” it seems pretty predictable who Eadlyn will end up with, but by the end there are several reasons that you really have no idea and it could be any of the boys or someone different entirely. I ruined the surprise for myself by looking at who I wanted it to be on the wiki page and seeing Eadlyn listed as family. Ugh, never going to get that back. That’s definitely the worst part about only getting to read a book the first time once.

Anyway, the weirdest part of this book is how clingy Eadlyn is to her twin brother Ahren. (I’m assuming it’s pronounced like Aaron? She also has a brother named Osten and I think that’s like Austin.) Like telling him she loves him with no provocation and rushing into his arms when she’s had a bad day and even suggesting that he break up with his girlfriend (the future queen of France) so that he can stay with her instead of move to France and be the future prince consort (because no one can have a higher title than the queen). She clingy. In a creepy way.

About to start “The Crown,”
Maegan

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“Homecoming” by Kass Morgan

511cjuyxbtlJeez, Louise, it took a lot to get through this book. I was really interested in the series because “The 100” was suspenseful and intriguing but this book had so many faults that I was just rolling my eyes by the end.

Let me list these misdeedsĀ for you:

So, two of the characters find out they’re actually half-siblings. This is fine and adds some interesting detail, if it weren’t for the fact that becoming siblings has basically turned two people who loathed each other into best buddies for life. Like dialogue along the lines of “I don’t want to do it, but I will for my brother/sister.” NO. Finding out you had a brother/sister after 19 years would not establish a lock-tight bond between two virtual strangers. Things don’t play like that. And this book was HARPING on the siblings thing. Way overkill.

There are basically weird love triangles where people who used to be dating are now besties and feel no emotion when the ex is hooking up with someone else. And then they each bring in their new relationship guy/girl and make a big ole group.

These teenagers are pros at burying the lead. Like you would think that if a bunch of space ships came raining down with people who used to live on your space colony thing, your first question would be “Hey, why are you here?” but that’s not even a conversation that these people have! They basically never even mention that they all had to leave their home under terrifying conditions because of something one of the dumb teenagers did.

You remember that thing I told you in “Day 21” about the traitor that no one was concerned about. They should have been concerned, clearly. And then the characters actually seem surprised at the fact that they should have been concerned. Duh!

SO MUCH CHEESE. Unbearable cheesiness. Mostly to blame for the eye rolling.

All that to say I will probably not be able to bring myself to read the fourth book in the series.

Off to watch Gilmore Girls,
Maegan

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

hbp-us-jacket-artI thought it was going to take me much longer to finish this book, but I got through it surprisingly quick, considering that I pretty much only listen to it when I’m driving to and from work.

I’m just really excited now that I get to read “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” because that is clearly the most superior book in the series.

At this point, Harry Potter is 16 years old and has had more near death experiences that probably my entire family will face in all our lifetimes. And yet, he perseveres in the quest to end Lord Voldemort’s life. It feels like this is about the spot where J.K. Rowling decided that 16 year olds were old enough to experience some really messed up moral stuff and that is how Horcruxes came to be. I really wonder if the Horcruxes were something she had been thinking about all along or if they just came to here in this book. So many questions for J.K. and I’m sure exactly zero will be answered.

Not only do we get to read about good vs. evil and the links one man/monster will go to for immortality, but we also get to see some awkward teen romance, which just does everything for the characters. The one thing that kinda bothers me there is that Harry has just decided he likes Ginny, even though she’s been pining for him for years. She is too good for him, imo.

I want to start “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” but I am also juggling three different series right now and I’m trying to wrap at least one of them up first. Probably “The 100” series. I can’t wait for that blog post, because I sure do have some thoughts on those books now. I’m also still working on “The Heir,” which is part of “The Selection” series. Eventually I also want to get to “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” In due time, I believe.

That’s all for now,
Maegan

“Day 21” by Kass Morgan

20454076Day 21, meaning we’re only 21 days into this series and a crapton of things have happened already. Namely lots of tension, some name-calling, casual partner swapping, the usual.

This book is the second in the “The 100” series and it picks back right where “The 100” left off. There are a couple things that are mentioned as explanation in “Day 21,” but other than that it is pretty seamless, which I like.

So yeah, by this book these juvenile delinquents have only been on Earth for a few weeks (21 days because that’s when people start showing signs of radiation poisoning and the whole reason [supposedly] that these kids were sent to Earth was to find out if it was livable or if they would all die from radiation) and they are getting pretty good at setting up shop and figuring things out. Which is amazing because literally no one alive during their lives ever set foot on Earth and the only things they know are a few tidbits that a couple of the kids picked up in the old Earth books on the spaceship. Like this one kid, Bellamy, starts successfully hunting animals with a bow and arrow just because he read about it some. I don’t think it works like that.

Anyway, it’s more of the same (kind of) where all these kids are just navigating their new Earth lives and speculating about when the space people will be coming down to join then because by now shouldn’t they know it’s safe, I mean aren’t they looking at the data from these bracelet transmitter things that have never been adequately explained? Meanwhile in space, one character did a dumb thing and now everyone is in jeopardy and that’s a struggle for them all.

Eventually a lot of the colonists, a.k.a. the space people, end up on Earth and they are all basically useless and have to have all these kids who have been on the planet for a month to care for them and provide food.

The biggest thing about this book that gets me is that one character discovers that THERE IS A TRAITOR IN THE CAMP WHO IS DOING EVIL THINGS AND IS LITERALLY UNCONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT. IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME TO BE CONCERNED, IT WOULD BE THEN.

I feel better getting that out. Now I am satisfied. I already started reading/listening to “Homecoming,” which is the third book in the series. I am simultaneously listening to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and reading “The Heir,” which is the next book in “The Selection” series. And I’m about to go on vacation so I will probably find another read for the trip.

It’s a busy book world and we’re all just living in it,
Maegan

“The 100” by Kass Morgan

the_100_book_coverThis book was super good at keeping you guessing. There were plot twists literally all the way up until the very end. And it seemed like there were a million questions and only a handful really got answered by the end of the book. Even the ones that were answered made me feel excited to find out the answer because you never knew when it was going to come thanks to the suspense.

Plus, this book has a super awesome but also horrifying plot. Basically Earth has been destroyed and 300 years later the ancestors of the humans who escaped are living on this massive ship in space. Eventually they want to return to Earth, so what better way to find out if it’s inhabitable than to send 100 teenage criminals down to test it out? Right?

So that’s what happens, and the 100 are on Earth. The whole thing is a struggle because they don’t know how to feed themselves well and only one girl has medical training and it’s a big ole mess for them. On the ship they were broken up into three different sections, Phoenix, Walden, and Arcadia, and Phoenix was the higher class of the three. All these kids came down still carrying this status symbol with them and that causes problems too.

The story is actually told through 4 different people’s points of view and at first I thought that would be overwhelming but I eventually got to where I enjoyed it because you get to see into the thoughts of so many different characters.

The whole book only covered about 3 weeks, which is amazing because so many things took place in that time. But a lot of bad things happen to these teenagers, that’s for sure.

One thing I noticed in particular is that there is death everywhere. Like it takes more than 2 hands to count all the deaths that were mentioned in just this book. And no one seems to be bothered by the fact that something they do could cause someone else to die. One character in particular, Wells, pretty much destroys everything he touches and I can’t even appreciate him as the Chancellor’s son for that.

I was pretty pumped when I started reading this book and I realized that it now has a TV show based off of it, but it’s not on Hulu where I can watch it at my leisure. So instead I went to IMDb and started reading through the episode summaries. Everything was wrong. They added all these characters and took some of them completely away and then started killing off people who shouldn’t be dead and it was just horrible to read about but I am also still interested in the show and that makes me feel just a teensy bit guilty. But anyway… I already started on the second book in this series, “Day 21,” and I know there are at least two more after this one to look forward to.

Later, gator,
Maegan