YA Fiction Reviews

Revolution 19

This was a typical post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult novel. It has some refreshing qualities in that the technology is fascinating and the descriptions of it are on par with genre sci-fi. The characters are also refreshingly inconsistent. They make mistakes, act like teenagers, screw up, and deal with the consequences. Other than that it’s a bit bland, not very memorable, but most likely something fans of YA dystopia will enjoy.

I especially loved the robots, their technological descriptions, and the overall techy feel of the book. I did not at all enjoy the half-hearted attempts at inserting teen romance into the story that failed miserably. It was a good read, but not anything new.

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1)

I thoroughly hated finishing this book. It is a YA Christian Fiction Dystopian love story.
The dystopian world turns out to be the setting for a battle between good and evil in the afterlife. The bad guys end up being fallen angels. The good guys end up being actual good angels. The protagonist met her boyfriend at church and spent most of her time with him at church and youth group meetings and outings. The religious aspect of these encounters overtakes the rest of the book’s theme. I really dislike Christian values, ideas, and rhetoric becoming part of the plot of YA novels. The love story was very unrealistic and unbelievable. The protagonist spends a lot of her memories with a guy named Julian, who is mysterious and exciting, but she is actually in love with her most recent boyfriend, to-be-preacher Neil. Julian interacts with her in the afterlife and is part of the rebels, but Felicia never trusts him and never admits that to herself or him that they had a relationship and that she had feelings for him. It feels very much like the author was trying to tell two stories, one about Felicia and Julian and angels and demons, and one about Felicia and Neil. They just don’t mesh together. I haven’t even gotten to the grammatical and story-telling issues. Too much telling instead of showing, very not-believable teenage dialogue, an extremely weak plot, characters that are caricatures.

Overall I did not enjoy this book at all and would not recommend it to anyone unless they are in love with someone from their youth group.

Everbound (Everneath, #2)

The end of the first book, “Everneath”, took a completely unexpected turn, and I hoped that the sequel would really follow through, but it simply did not. The protagonist was just…cruel. She was oblivious to Cole’s feelings, to everything he tried to teach her about the Everneath, and simply unaware of the world around her in a completely unrealistic way. It was really a struggle finishing this, because I just hated the protagonist so much.

I would recommend it to those who were in love with the first book, but not to fans who were in love with Cole. Becks is a wreck in this book, and I don’t mean because she was in the Everneath for 100 years.

Everneath (Everneath, #1) “Everneath” was a story I didn’t expect to enjoy. I really did like the unique outlook on mythology, immortals, and teen romance. The protagonist is fascinating; she is so changed by her experiences, and it affects everything she does. You feel for her, you want to see what she does next, what silly mistakes she makes and how inconsistent she is. Cole is tantalizing and awesome, and Jack is a cool boy next door. This was a great modern mythological tale.

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