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Book Review: BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore

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In Bitterblue, everything is connected. Old characters return in an amazing fashion (particularly Fire). Characters you might overlook become important when you least expect them and character who’s endeared themselves to you in the beginning, might not to matter much later on. But, like the title says, the novel is about Bitterblue and, while you might think it’s not enough… it is. Bitterblue is an amazing, strong character and by the end of the book I wanted to know more about her.

I really loved this one. Full review on Burn Bright!

Book Review: SPECIALS by Scott Westerfeld

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Tally’s brainwashing is sublime. You can feel it, taste it even and it’s repulsive – even more so because you know she’s wrong and you can’t do anything against it. She is disgusted by Zane, someone she loves, and she can’t do anything about it. It’s revolting that they took something like that away from her.

To wrap up the trilogy! Read it in full at Burn Bright!

Book Review: WITHER by Lauren DeStefano

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, I found the premise to be quite captivating, especially the part where people know their time is ticking away. There’s an urgency to everything Rhine does, all because she knows she only has four years left to live. Of course, there are people trying to find an antidote through some grueling methods and while they’re depicted as awful, both the character of Rhine and the reader understand the motive behind such cruelty: despair.

Full review on Burn Bright!

Game Review: DIABLO III

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… it doesn’t have groundbreaking storytelling or amazing visuals, Diablo III is a competently designed game. More importantly, it’s an extremely fun game. Gameplay is where Diablo III shines and it’s sometimes so difficult and chaotic that you will almost invariably die—but dying in Diablo III doesn’t make you want to give up (I should know this. At one point, I was screaming and swearing but I still refused to give up!). It makes you want to play more and kill everything in your computer screen.

A video game review, because I’m such a nerd. Visit Burn Bright for the full version!

Book Review: PRETTIES by Scott Westerfelt

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From there, the novel flows quite nicely. Like in Uglies, there is never a dull moment in Pretties. The plot is tight and intriguing and the way it ends is even more fantastic than its predecessor’s. You might even say I enjoyed Pretties’ plot even more than I did Uglies’. The first book was good, but the second one blows it out of the water.

Full review on Burn Bright!

Book Review: A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray

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The book is terrifically well-written. The prose is fluid and the descriptions are quite nice. It’s also very accurate historically, from clothes to customs to the way people talk. For instance, women are only supposed to learn what they need to please a husband, a thought that was quite common in the 19th century, and some of the girls (not all) fight against this stereotype. It’s not a feminist book, not by a long shot, but it’s not chauvinistic either. It has a balance about it, and that balance fits.

Full review on Burn Bright!

Review – UGLIES by Scott Westerfelt

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Uglies is an amazing, thought-provoking book. The plot is gripping and action-packed. There’s almost never a dull moment in the book. From Tally and Shay’s exploits, to Tally’s journey to the Smoke to what happens afterwards… Uglies keeps you interested throughout its entirety and that’s a great thing.

Full review on Burn Bright, as always!

Book Review: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

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My opinion of Jodi Meadows’s beautiful novel, Incarnate is up at Burn Bright!

… there’s something beautiful about the way Jodi Meadows writes. Her prose is often lyrical, riddled with emotions and sensations that, as a reader, are easy to channel. I especially liked the way Ana felt about music and Jodi’s descriptions of the feeling a song evokes made it all even more believable.