Review: Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Perfect (Flawed #2)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: 6th April 2017 (HarperCollins Children’s)
Pages: 288
Genre: Dystopian
Format: Hardback

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Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…? [Goodreads]

Frustration. That’s all I felt until the end of this book because being perfect isn’t a thing!

Celestine is Flawed, making her an outsider to everyone around her who are ‘Perfect’. But no one is Perfect and she knows it. Especially when the man in charged should be marked Flawed, Judge Crevan, the man who gave her the sixth Flawed brand on her spine. But Celestine has been marked as a threat to others and is on the run.

Perfect picks up shortly after Flawed. Celestine is in hiding, but she knows her time is running out. But after a surprise raid from the Whistleblowers, Carrick finds her.

It’s a little slow during the reunion between Celestine and Carrick. Their relationship and romance is so bizarre to me. After a few intense stares through glass and the shared moment of knowing about the sixth branding, they are in love? They hardly know one another! Which is how the complications roll out but this is all after they go way too far with one another first. Part of me thinks, is that the point?

Luckily after the reunion, a bit of GCSE science and rushed romance, it all kicks in. The pressure resumes and we’re reminded that Celestine and Carrick are wanted. And unlike the first novel, they are both more vocal and active. They don’t stand the hatred against them and take charge of the situation. Celestine and Carrick both have the same intentions, though like the Divergent series, miscommunication makes the journey longer than needed. People and trust issues…

Celestine follows an un-perfect, and yes flawed, journey to get where she wants to be. But she keeps going until she get’s what she wants. She’s our UK Katniss.

 

My rating:

I liked it

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Review: Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr

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Title: Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Date: July 2008 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 328
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

Rule 3: Never stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.

Rule 2: Never speak to invisible faeries.

One of them, a beautiful faerie boy named Keenan, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule 1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

Now it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King and is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost. Without her, summer itself will perish… [Goodreads]

I don’t read enough fantasy novels, but I’ve always found myself instantly sold when I read a blurb about faes.

Aislinn has always been able to see fairies but they never bothered her so they were easy to avoid. But then she crosses paths with Keenan, a king searching for his Summer Queen, who’s a mortal who can overthrow the Winter Queen. Keenan has been searching for centuries and convinced that Aislinn is the queen so won’t leave her alone. It’s quite an uncomfortable read to be honest. Seeing this guy obsess over a female because of what he ‘thinks’ is right. He becomes a huge stalker, which is apparently okay because he’s the king. I absolutely hated Keenan because of this. He constantly spoke like he was superior to everyone and it was so horrible.

The narration jumps from three character’s: Aislinn, Keenan and Donia, a fae under the chill of the Winter Queen and the previous mortal that Keenan pursued thinking she was the queen. Through the different narrations we are able to learn everyones intentions and their ‘role’ in the story, which made it easier to differentiate the characters from one another. The narration jumps were smooth and easy to follow.

Seth, Aislinn’s best friend, was probably the only person I really loved. He was the only one who made sense to me. It is astounding that he didn’t freak out or laugh when Aislinn told him the truth but I thought the actions after were adorable. Seth was constantly trying to think about things logically and give Aislinn as much help as possible. His living situation is a little confusing (a train carriage??) but it adds to a quirk in his character right? A single male character gives whole book a higher rating. I’m too easy to please…

I will admit that by the end of the book I was confused. Still a little confused. I am definitely missing something. Because although it was a pleasing ending, the pieces didn’t click properly and the emotions on Keenan’s side felt very forced.

My rating:

It was okay

2 cups

Review: The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: 19th May 2016 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 352
Genre: Dystopian/Romance
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined. [Goodreads]

If you’ve made it this far into The Selection series, you’ll know how literal the book titles are. The Crown is the last and final installment in The Selection series and where it should tie everything together, I felt like it gave an okay ending. I did not love it. At times, the novel got a bit boring.

After seeing the fun side of Eadlyn in The Heir, I was optimistic. I was excited to see her tone down her brattiness and generally become kinder. Sadly, this didn’t ease up that much as even if she listened to other problems that weren’t her own, her later thought was ‘it isn’t my concern right now’ and move on. It felt like a huge waste… Part of me wonders if Cass was trying to show Eadlyn as a strong female lead. She has the pressure but focus on her future role, which really pushes her forward in what she does, but there is really nothing that makes her relatable. I wonder if Eadlyn’s determination and drive overshadows everything else and maybe I’m reading her as a character wrong?

Admittedly, I was still sucked into this book. Cass delivers on the mixed emotions of frustration and happiness. However this only came down to the romance side of this book, which took a huge side-line. As her mother is still recovering and her father not leaving America’s side, Eadlyn steps up. It seemed a lot like child’s play here as we saw her go through meetings and do the reports for Illéa. Her control took over and her assertiveness just became both annoying and boring. She’s eighteen!! You don’t know anything at this age and she apparently thinks she knows better than everyone.

Although I could complain about too much perfectness in the ending, I was pleased… romantically and even surprised! An entertaining read… the ending was not as satisfying as it could have been.

My rating:
It was okay

2 cups

Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 2015 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 400
Genre: Dystopian/Romance
Format: Paperback

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. [Goodreads]

The Heir follows their eldest daughter, Princess Eadlyn. Reading about America and Maxon in The Selection Trilogy was frustrating but enjoyable and coming back to this series brought some sense of nostalgia.

The plot template was more or less the same as before. Strangely, it still affected me in the same way: I wanted to rant at the characters and slap them… in a loving way. To put it simply Princess Eadlyn is a brat. How this girl came from America and Maxon is beyond me. Thrown into the position her father was in at her age, it is time for Eadlyn to find her match. With the pressure of pleasing society but no interest in falling in love, Eadlyn meets her father half way with a compromise…But the Selection must be done. It’s fun too see the other side of this ‘competition’ as Eadlyn is from the inside and is now looking out. Her refusal on the situation really brought the book down… She was unhappy but if she opened up and thought more freely, she would have (possibly) had a better time.

The only real negative about this book is the 35 suitors. I felt like there were 5 suitors who really stuck out and the rest blended in with the furniture. Their names would prop up and question marks would float around my head. There wasn’t any balance at all. And with Eadlyn’s personality it’s a shame we weren’t able to get more about the other suitors before they left. Alas, Eadlyn is too uptight about it all…

At the moment, I’m in a really picky reading mood and haven’t been enjoying much of the books I’ve been picking up. Luckily this one has been great. Easy and familiar but oh so enjoyable, romantically predictable and with a few twists to keep us (semi) on the edge of our seats.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup