January 19, 2016

Mini-reviews: The Rose Society + The Fix

pub 10/13/15 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy
The Young Elites series began on a dark note and The Rose Society continues to push that dark tone even further. From the beginning, Adelina Amouteru has struggled with who she is, what she can do and who can she trust. She's still battling those same demons but with two major differences: she can easily call on her abilities now and she has her sister, Violetta, on her side. Together, they're on the run from Kenettra to escape both the Young Elites and Teren Santoro, the leader of the Inquistion, who all want her dead. But Adelina isn't going down without a fight and that's where things get interesting! And heartbreaking. Part of what makes Marie Lu's story unique is that our protagonist is more villainess than heroine and yet.. I want her to win. Win against her enemies and win against the darkness that's threatening to overwhelm her. She wants to take down the Inquisition Axis so she finds some new elites to band with her against them. I loved the addition of the new Elites! Their presence along with Violetta's added a new dynamic, not to mention gave us a deeper look into Adelina's spiraling psyche. But things get even more complicated when Adelina crosses paths yet again with the Raffaele and the Dagger Society. They too walk a fine line between good and bad but I can't help but see them as more on the bad side of things. Which becomes ever more clear in this book and I was surprised (and impressed) by the turn of events. If the ending of The Rose Society is any indication, book 3 is going to pack one hell of a punch.

Do I recommend? I do! If you like fantasy and want something a little darker, I would recommend checking this out. Plus I'm just a huge fan of Marie Lu and her writing! (But Legend remains my favorite.) 

pub 9/1/15 by Sky Pony Press
YA Contemporary
Received from pub for review
The Fix is a somber book and delved into issues I didn't see coming. Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been keeping a secret for most of her life, one that's affected her in ways she hasn't begun to face. Until one night when she has a conversation with Sebastian Ruiz at a party and he seems to see into her facade and all the things she hasn't said to anyone. Probably because he knows what it's like to keep a secret as a recovering addict himself. From that night on, Macy and Sebastian's lives become intertwined as they help each other to open up and move forward. And that's ultimately what the book drills down to. Two people who were in situations they didn't know how to change and thought they had to face alone. I liked watching the friendship that struck between them, which eventually turned into more (I wasn't a fan of the romance part so much). But more importantly, I liked that each of their families and friends were involved, doing their best to show that they cared. Still, something was missing for me in spite of all the right elements being there. I just never connected to them, even when I felt a deep sympathy for what they were going through.

Do I recommend? I'm torn because there were things I liked but just as many things I felt "meh" about. I liked it enough though and I think it does address important issues. If you're intrigued, it might be worth checking out! 

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