Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite SeaThe Infinite Sea
by Rick Yancey
Series
: The 5th Wave #2
Publication Date: 16 September 2014
Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 300 pages
Source: Library

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE 5TH WAVE.

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Rating: ★★★½

The Infinite Sea was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Honestly, after reading its great and epic predecessor, one would have to be mad not to be stoked for this new installment. Unfortunately, I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I had hoped to. While not glaringly or outright awful, The Infinite Sea by no means lived up to the debut. Continue reading “Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey”

Review: Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

FourFour: A Divergent Collection
by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #0.1-0.4
Publication Date: 8 July, 2014
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 285 pages
Source: Library

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Two years before Beatrice Prior makes her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader does the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is his chance to begin again. Newly renamed ‘Four’ he discovers that initiation is only the beginning.

Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. And his decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to act but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.

Rating: ★★★★½
(Note: Review does not contain spoilers for the Divergent trilogy.)

After the utter betrayal that had been Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection—to me—felt like the much-needed reminder for fans about why we fell in love with Divergent in the first place. Reading this book had no doubt been a nostalgic experience and although it did not provide much information to the main trilogy that I had not known prior, it was exciting nonetheless. Continue reading “Review: Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth”

Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's BladeThe Assassin’s Blade
by Sarah J. Maas
Series:
Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5
Publication Date: 04 March 2014
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Hardcover, 435 pages
Source: Library

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Discover where Celaena Sarthodien’s thrilling saga began.

Celaena Sarthodien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, she yields for no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes–and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she discovers friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena riskes unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches–and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives….

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world.

Rating: ★★★★½

Epic, action-packed and overflowing with feels, I’m not sure why I pushed back reading The Assassin’s Blade for so long (4 months-ish). I must’ve been out of my mind because after having read Crown of Midnight, I do remember telling myself that any book by Sarah J. Maas must be read ASAP. Anyway, if you’re reading this and still pondering whether or not to pick up this book already, know that I’m here to convince you to read it. No, not add it to your probably endless TBR list but to actually make you to somehow get a copy and read it. NowContinue reading “Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas”