XVI Review

Name of book: XVI

Author: Julia Karr

Reviewer: Melissa

Summary (from the author’s website): “In the year 2150, being a girl isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially when your sixteenth (read sex-teenth) birthday is fast approaching. That in itself would be enough to make anyone more than a little nuts, what with the tattoo and all – but Nina Oberon’s life has taken a definite turn for the worse. Her mother is brutally stabbed and left for dead. Before dying, she entrusts a secret book to Nina, telling her to deliver it to Nina’s father. But, first Nina has to find him; since for fifteen years he’s been officially dead. Complications arise when she rescues Sal, a mysterious, and ultra hot guy. He seems to like Nina, but also seems to know more about her father than he’s letting on. Then there’s that murderous ex-government agent who’s stalking her, and just happens to be her little sister’s dad.”

Rating: 5

Reason for rating:I loved this book. I think what drew me to it initially was the fact that was dystopian (I liked dystopian in 1984 before it was even trendy) but what made me stay was so much more. First of all, strong female characters. Nina was a strong female character, as were her mother and her little sister. I loved the larger questions it made me think about teenagers and the pressure to have sex and the way a society is (like maybe it’s more formal in this society – more spoken about, but is it really that much different now?). I loved the relationship between Nina and her little sister – it reminded me of the relationship between me and my little sister, even if I don’t have the same family situation. I love the hidden secrets and the things left under the surface. I love that Nina is written like a real character – you can see her struggle and I felt her feelings and emotions were very real. I think this is a must read book for anyone who is interested in these larger questions about sex and teenage girls in society in particular.

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Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I checked it out from the library and loved it. All opinions in this post are 100 percent mine.


Run by Blake Crouch

Name of book: Run

Author: Blake Crouch

Genre: Thriller

Reviewer: Melissa

Summary: Picture this: A landscape of American genocide…

5 D A Y S A G O
A rash of bizarre murders swept the country…
Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected.
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike.
A mass of school shootings.
Prison riots of unprecedented brutality.
Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.

4 D A Y S A G O
The murders increased ten-fold…

3 D A Y S A G O
The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace…

2 D A Y S A G O
The killers began to mobilize…

All the power went out…

They’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours.

Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque , New Mexico . People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more.

You only have time to….


Rating: 5

Reason for rating: Oh my goodness – my husband and I loved this book. Picture this – we read, separate some nights, but mostly together usually almost every night. We started this one and it was a dangerous book for us to read together out loud. Why? Because we wouldn’t want to stop! One night we read out loud for like 3 hours before we were like we finally need to go to bed (and that was a school night). It is such a hook and such a page turning – intriguing and suspenseful at every turn. As soon as my spring break started, we took that first day and took turns reading out loud until we finished it. It was all we did that day. Simply amazing! The only critique we have of it is that the ending felt a little deus ex machina (pulling out my high school lit terms) or in other words that it was a bit too neat. Great overall though and I highly, highly recommend it.

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Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I received a free copy of the e-book in order to provide my opinions about it. All opinions in this post are 100 percent mine.

The End of Marking Time by C. J. West

Name of book: The End of Marking Time

Author: C. J. West

Genre: Dystopian Suspense

Reviewer: Melissa

Summary: Sentenced to prison for theft, Michael is shot and winds up in a coma only to wake up years later and discover a new kind of prison – one where you are free, but not really.

Rating: 3

Reason for rating: This book was pretty hard for me to get into. At first I was like why should I care about the main character? He doesn’t seem to care about anyone, he pokes fun at his friends for wanting to settle down (I am in the process of settling down myself at the moment), he breaks into people’s houses, and is really kind of cocky about the whole thing. When he gets arrested I was like good – you got was you deserved. That said, I have always had a bit of a soft spot for dystopian literature and I really thought the concept was interesting. I’m just not sure it was executed as well as it possibly could be. I felt like there was a lot of telling me things instead of showing me and I understand that now because of the nature of the story. I really did come to care for Michael, but it took a long, long time. He still didn’t seem to care a lot of the time. Also, I didn’t like the ending. I thought it was unsatisfying. And kind of cruel. But it wasn’t bad – like I said, I liked the concept but it maybe wasn’t carried out the greatest.

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Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I received a free copy of the e-book in order to provide my opinions about it. All opinions in this post are 100 percent mine.