#NYW15 Announcement!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014




2014 has been one of the coolest, weirdest, and most incredible years for me. So, following with tradition, I want to ring in the new year with a week of posts!! I started doing New Years Week posts back in 2013 so this is the third round! Below you'll find the posts i'm planning on doing, and will be posted!

Schedule!

Thursday, January 1st
Year in Review

Friday, January 2nd
End Of Year Survey

Saturday, January 3rd
Top 10 of 2014

Sunday, January 4th
Holiday Haul

Monday, January 5th
Review of All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Tuesday, January 6th
Books and Tea #4

Wednesday, January 7th
Most Anticipated of 2015


Hope you guys have had a fantastic year, and are excited for a new one! I'll be posting with #NYW15, so stay tuned!!

-Indigo

Review: Push by Eve Silver

Tuesday, 2 December 2014






Book: Push

Series: The Game #2

Author: Eve Silver

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Pages:  352 Pages

Format: ARC

Source: Picked up at OLA 2014

Where to Buy: Amazon CAChapters IndigoBook Depository






Goodreads Summary

It’s either break the rules or die.

Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.


My Review


Right off the bat, Push was better than Rush. I liked Rush, but I found that the main character Miki was a bit immature at times. But Push is a great example of character development gone right. The writing is more advanced, the story is more captivating, and everything is bigger. Just like a sequel should be.

Push starts right where Rush left off. It had been a while since I had read Rush so I was nervous that I would be completely lost as to what came next, but that was the farthest thing from true. I was engulfed in the story, having pieces of it fly back into my mind like it was always there. I really enjoyed that about the writing. It was so familiar, but it was new and exciting at the same time.

Miki was not my favourite character in book one. Actually, I'm pretty sure I hated Miki in book one. I just felt like, for her age, she was so naive, and extremely annoying. But she grew, and the harshness of the world around her has hardened her; something I really appreciated. The walls she has put up give a great contrast to who she really is and who she tries to be. Miki is a really interesting character, and I know that she's just getting started. 

The plot in Push was so much fun. I love the world that Eve Silver has created. I love how the Game is intertwinned with the real world. It never seems cheesy or cliched. It seems real, and frightening, and intense. Travelling through the Game is so great to read about, and was a lot more interesting this time around. Now, there are more questions, more confusion, and even less answers. I really liked that.

Push was a great addition to the series, and I can't wait to see where it goes from there. 4/5 stars.

-Indigo
@indigowayworth





Review: Sister's Fate by Jessica Spotswood

Thursday, 27 November 2014





Book: Sister's Fate

Series: Cahill Witch Chronicles #3

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 360 Pages

Source: Purchased with my own money from Amazon

Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, Amazon CA, Book Depository

BE WARNED! SPOILERS AHEAD! Even in the Goodreads Summary, there are spoilers for books 1 & 2! Read at your own risk!



Goodreads Summary

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.


My Review



If you read Star Cursed, you probably know why I was scared to read this one. There was a massive cliffhanger at the end of the second book, and there were so many ways where Jessica Spotswood could take the easy way out, and have the third book flop. I am so happy that that didn't happen, and I'm so happy with how the series ended.

SO i am desperate to have Cate as my best friend. She is honestly one of the most well rounded, relatable protagonists in YA right now. She's got her fair share of weaknesses, but it's what she chooses to focus on that is what makes her so incredible. There are a couple moments in Sister's Fate when you can see how much Cate has been through, and the toll it's taken on her, but she pushes on. She knows that she can't dwell on what has happened in her personal life if she's going to make a change within New London.

I felt like this book was just a step up from the others. Everything was heightened. The stakes were higher, the relationships were more intense, and everything was on the edge. Even while reading, you could tell that something was on the verge of happening. I loved the suspense that was written in, and how it affected the characters.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Jessica Spotswood book without a little romance! This is where the spoilers come in. If you haven't read the first two, PLEASE SKIP THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH!! ....Alright! Let's keep going.

The end of Star Cursed slayed me. Like, I was on the ground bawling, unable to contain my emotions. Cate and Finn, in my mind, always made sense. It was like even they knew how bad things were, but as long as they were together, things didn't seem half bad. And to Finn have no recollection of their relationship was so heartbreaking. Even though I would have given anything to have had him remember, i'm so glad Jessica didn't just cheat and give him back all his memories. I think that it was what was right, and it fit the story. Cate needed to stand on her own, and focus on her sisters, and this was just the push she needed.

Sister's Fate was an incredible end to one of my all time favourite series. The Cahill Witch chronicles is a poigniant series that stands on its own. The series holds back no punches, and doesn't care what people want, instead focusing on what it needs. There are so many things that Cate and Tess and Maura have taught me, and this is a series that I will never forget.

5/5 stars. Goodbye, Cate, and thank you for all you've taught me. Goodluck on everything that is to come.

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Books and Tea Pairings III The Winter Collection

Tuesday, 25 November 2014



This is going to be a longer post, containing all 5 teas from the DAVIDsTEA Winter 2014/15 collection! I've loved every tea from this collection, which makes me very happy :D Each tea has a very distinct flavour and tone, relating to each aspect of the holiday season. So let's get into it!




Main Ingredients: Walnuts & Pistachios
Reason:
This book has got a bite to it. It really questions what it means to be human, combining sweet evils with spicy reality. It, like this tea, is a great blend of sweet and savory.






Main Ingredients: Plum & Star Anise
Reason:
This book is like nothing you've ever read. And this tea is so distinct, you'll never be able to put a finger on it. All I know for sure about these is that they are something you'll savor for long after they're gone





Main Ingredients: Peppermint & Coconut
Reason:
The romance, like the coconut, is super sweet and makes you smile, while the writing, peppermint, is super refreshing and addicting!



Main Ingredients: Apple
Reason: 
The presence of apples in Garden Spells add a smooth transition into magical realism, just as this tea is smooth, and leaves a magically sweet aftertaste.





Book: Great by Sara Benincasa
Tea: Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
Main Ingredients: Cinnamon and Vanilla
Reason:
A sweet take on the classic chai tea, this book is a great (see what I did there?) retelling of Gatsby, that is super fun, sweet, and oddly, not what you'd expect.




What did you guys think of these pairings? Tell me which books, or which teas, you want paired! 

Happy reading, and happy steeping!



ARC Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Sunday, 16 November 2014






Book: Black Ice

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Format: ARC

Pages: 392 Pages

Source: Sent to me in exchange for an honest review

Where to Buy: Amazon CA, Chapters Indigo, Book Depository

Thanks to Simon and Schuster for supplying me with an ARC!



Goodreads Summary

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…



My Review


It's taken me a while to write this one. I finished this book a few weeks ago, but I couldn't collect my thoughts on it. There were parts of it that I love and thought were very entertaining, but there were some parts that just had me slamming my head against a desk, going 'Why? Why would they do that?' It was a weird rollercoaster that didn't really leave a great taste in my mouth.

Let's just get this started. Brit. Oh my god was she annoying. I couldn't get past her awful decision making, her one way mind, and her immaturity just irked me to no end. Even at the very beginning, and if you've read it you know what im talking about, the way she chose pride over safety really got to me. It was stupid and it made me want to stop reading right there. Throughout the book, I found myself not growing attached to her, but instead just hoping she wouldn't die to leave me on a cliff hanger.

This next thing I'm going to talk about is slightly spoiler, so skip this paragraph if you don't want to know anything! The other thing that really turned me off of this book was the relationship between Brit and Mason. it's hinted at in the synopsis, and it's YA so there had to be a romance, but It felt uncomfortable, forced, and I felt like it shouldn't have progressed as far as it did in the story. It was giving legitimacy to an unsafe relationship and in a way glamorized it. To me, it was saying - Oh no, i'm lost on a mountain with two killers on the loose, but if one of them wants to make out with me, I'll be fine with that! I was really uncomfortable with the relationship, and had it not happened, the book would have been a lot better.

The one redeeming factor of this book was the writing. Oh my God, Becca Fitzpatrick knows how to write suspense and intrigue well. The book, even while I wasn't attached to it, engaged me. Becca knew what to write to make sure that I would never know what came next, and she did a great job of it. I will definitely check out more of her work in the future, but I really think this one just wasn't  my cup of tea.

I gave this one a 2/5. I really didn't enjoy this one, if you couldn't already tell, but I think there are some people who would be more into it. Definitely don't take my word as law, and look around. I know this is either a love ir or a hate it book, and I just so happened to have fallen into the latter.

Thanks for sticking around through this lengthy and ranty review!

- Indigo
@indigowayworth

Books and Tea Pairings II

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tea is a huge staple in my life, and I knew that I had to keep making these posts! They are just too much fun to stop. So, without further ado, here are 3 more book and tea pairings!



Main Ingredients: Bergamot oil & vanilla
Reason:
Organic, sweet, and very original, this tea pairs perfectly with this book. A sweet spin on a classic tea, while Hideous Love is a sweet spin on the classic story of Frankstein








Main Ingredients: Cocoa & Raspberry
Reason:
Chocolate Rocket, like The Art of Lainey, is strategically fresh. It's new, it's quirky, and it's got a bit of sweetness to it that you just can't say no to! 






Main Ingredients: Blueberry
Reason:
Blueberry Jam lives up to its name, presenting a sweet blend of black teas and a mysterious blend of blueberries , while Miss Peregrine's is a great adventure story with some mysterious elements of its own





Hope you guys liked these pairings! Tell me what you think of them, and make sure to tell me which books to pair next!

Happy reading, and happy steeping!





Books and Tea Pairings I

Tuesday, 4 November 2014




So, if you know me, you'll know that i'm a little too obsessed with tea. And one of my favourite things to try and do is pick a tea that not only fits my mood, but that fits the style of the book i'm reading, so I thought I would show you guys some of the pairings i've made! Hope you guys like them!


Main Ingredients: Pomegranates & Rosehip
Reason:
Pom Springs is a smooth green tea with hints of pomegranate. Just like Shatter Me,  it's got a bit of bite to it, but it's a flavour that you just can't forget. Also, pomegranates. If you know what I mean.







Main Ingredients: Raspberry & Coconut
Reason:
Servants of the Storm has this whimsical, bittersweet feeling to it - just like this tea. It's sweet enough to draw you back, but it's got this taste to it you can't put your finger on, bringing you back again & again.






Main Ingredients: Apple & Spearmint
Reason:
Wild Awake is this crazy, undefinable experience that just leaves you smiling. This tea is the same way. It's fun, a bit tart, but just so delicious that you'll want to keep drinking. 





What do you guys think of my pairings? Let me know which books I should pair next! Hope you all enjoyed this new feature, and I'll see you around!

Happy reading, and happy steeping!




Cover Reveal: Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius

Monday, 3 November 2014








Hey Guys! Here is the Cover Reveal for ANNE AND HENRY by Dawn Ius! You can read all about the book below, and learn a bit more about Dawn and where to find her online!
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Book: Anne and Henry

Author: Dawn Ius

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: TBA

Add ANNE AND HENRY to your Goodreads!

Keep up with Dawn!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordawnius

Twitter: @dawnmius

Blog: www.dawn-ius.blogspot.com

Email: dawnmius@gmail.com


Book Summary 

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.




Are you guys planning on adding ANNE AND HENRY to your TBR? What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments!


-Indigo

@IndigoWayworth

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Friday, 31 October 2014






Book: The Sky is Everywhere

Author: Jandy Nelson

Publisher: Speak

Pages: 277 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased at Chapters Indigo


Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, Amazon CA, The Book Depository








Goodreads Summary

Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

My Review

I was excited to jump into Jandy Nelson's writing, after hearing so many great things about her books from Twitter and from all around the blogs. I had heard that her writing and her characters stood out against a lot of other YA books, but I'd only half agree with that.

The first thing I noticed was that her writing was beautiful. It was effortlessly poetic, and simply flowed. It was such a quick read because of this. The way that she crafted sentences, and the way that she explained emotions really got to me and stuck. Jandy Nelson's writing was definitely the highlight of this book.

But i'd have to disagree that her characters stood out. It might just have been me, or the time that I read it, but I felt very disconnected to all of the characters. When such heavy topics of loss, love, and abandonment are discussed in the book, I want to be connected with the characters, because I care about what happens to them and I care about how they feel and how they cope. Because of my disconnect, I really didn't care what happened to the character, or what happened at all.

My main problem with the book was Lennie. She really irked me. She knew what was right and what was wrong, and she did nothing to try and do right, or to make things right. She only really thought of herself, and while that's okay when you're grieving, you have to be wary of the people around you and not drag them into it. Her reasoning and her thought process drove me up the wall.

I gave this book 2.5 stars; half and half. I really enjoyed the storytelling, but not the story. The format was great, with the lost bits of poetry, and I look forward to reading more of Jandy Nelson in the future :) Have you guys read The Sky is Everywhere? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments! 

I'll talk to you all later, and happy reading!

- Indigo
@indigowayworth

ARC Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Monday, 20 October 2014





Book: Snow Like Ashes

Series: Snow Like Ashes #1

Author: Sara Raasch

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: October 14th, 2014

Pages: 432 Pages

Format: ARC

Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, Amazon CA, Book Depository

Thanks to the ladies at HCC Frenzy for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Thanks!!


Goodreads Summary

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

My Review

Snow Like Ashes was pitched to me as a 'fantasy for those who aren't that into fantasy'. Now, I wouldn't say i'm not into fantasy, because I love me a good one, but I find myself really inexperienced about fantasy in general. That's why it takes a good one to really grab on and hold me tight. That's exactly what Snow Like Ashes did.

Snow Like Ashes is the perfect mix between mysterious and suspenseful plotlines, with complex and interesting characters. The plot moved super quickly, but I never felt as though I was being rushed through. I think that was due to Meira. We learn in one of the first pages how quickly her mind works, and how quickly her mind has to work in order to live, so I got used to it really quickly, which was amazing. Any book that can grab my attention right off the bat is a good one.

And can we just talk about Meira for a moment? Or, a lot of moments? Because I want to be her best friend. She's seriously kickass and hardcore, but she still finds a way to keep her humanity throughout all the events that have happened in her life. I loved how, throught the book, she fought to be who she was, because it brought about such amazing character development. Looking back at the book, the Meira at the beginning, and the Meira at the end, were two completely different people, and her transition was so gradual, I can't pinpoint a moment when she changed.

The world of Snow Like Ashes contains 8 kingdoms; 4 Rhythm, and 4 Seasons. Meira and her clan are from Winter, where 16 years ago, was torn apart by Spring, and their evil leader Angora. These kingdoms were so well flushed out that I can't even begin to describe how well they were put together, and how well they meshed. The magic element was super fascinating, and I can see that there is still more to learn in the next books.

This was one of my favourite books of the year. The incredible plot, the realistic and lovely characters, and the fantastic world. Snow Like Ashes surpassed even my highest expectations, and I am so glad I got the chance to pick this up. 

5/5 stars! This is out now, so go pick it up! You will not regret it!!

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

ARC Review: The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

Friday, 3 October 2014






Book: The Dolls


Author: Kiki Sullivan


Release Date: September 2nd, 2014 - Out Now!


Publisher: Balzer and Bray


Pages: 384 Pages


Format: ARC


Source: An advanced copy was provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thanks HCC Frenzy!


Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, Amazon CA, The Book Depository




Goodreads Summary

Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.



My Review


One of my favourite settings for books is the deep south. I've always found something so magical and haunting about the south, especially the Carolinas, Georgia, and Louisiana. Thats why when I found out that The Dolls is witchcraft and voodoo in the deep south, I fell in love with the concept, and knew I had to request this one.

This book was so much fun. From the great characters, to the well sculpted magic, to the AMAZING setting, this book was a win. It seems like everything just clicked together so nicely that while reading it, I was just kind of swept away. I was totally engrossed in this book, and just wanted it to keep going. I saw it play out in my head as a movie and I was super excited about that.

Eveny, the main character, is a smart, sassy, and strong willed southern sweetheart. She has an amazing moral compass and I really related to her. With her being raised outside of Carrefour, she has this understanding of the outside world that no one else seems to have. This allows her to see the wrongdoings in Carrefour, and she feels an obligation to the city, and to herself, to make it right.

I was reading The Dolls at probably the most inopportune time, because I was moving into my dorm, and going through Orientation Week and my first week of classes, so I didn't have much time to really read. But whenever I found time to pick this book up, I was totally sucked in again. The pacing is so quick, but I never felt lost at any moment. I really loved it for that.

The ending wasn't great though. I feel as though it was forced, setting it up for a possible sequel, which kind of rattled me. I wanted a really good, gothic and witchy stand alone. And I hope it stays that way.

4.5/5 stars.

Have you guys read The Dolls yet? If you have, what did you think? If not, why not?! It's out now, so you should all pick it up! Also, its a paperback original, so it's nice to your wallet ;). Alright guys, see you need time!

Happy reading!

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

ARC Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Tuesday, 23 September 2014





Book: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 608 Pages

Format: ARC

Source: An ARC was provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Simon and Shuester Canada!

Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, Amazon CA, Book Depository




Goodreads Summary

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.


My Review


This book started out... okay. The two stories intertwining started out alright, and that's where it all dropped off. I don't know what happened to this one, but I was just not impressed. The characters were one sided, the worlds were over developed, there was no real plot, and everything just happened too easily.

The biggest problem for me was that the transitions between Darcy and her story, and Lizzie's story, was that the connections weren't smooth. Yes, I understand the whole 'leave them wanting more' idea, but it was just too jumpy. When I wanted to know more about Darcy, I was thrown into a boring part of about Lizzie, and vice versa. Dual perspective books, whether they be two different stories, different POV, or different time periods, are really hard to do well, and this one just fell flat.

And, building on the dual perspective, there was minimal to no plot in either story! When it came to Lizzie, the plot didn't start till the end of her part of the book. And it was over so quickly! And then when it came to Darcy and her struggles, there wasn't any. There was nothing huge that wasn't sorted out in a chapter of two. I had the same problem with Afterworlds that I did with the Mortal Instruments series; so much happens, yet nothing is actually accomplished. I like when things are accomplished, and the end is different than the beginning, and this book did not have that attribute.

On a different note, I've read the first two books in Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series (I stopped because there was a huge gap between when I read Pretties and Specials; I forgot what happened and didn't want to reread), and they were fine. They were fun reads that were written well. It felt like this book was written by a different author. The writing was next to mediocre. It was simple. This book had the potential to blow me away, because I remember Scott's writing style. It was poetic without meaning to be. I was hoping for that, but I was left disappointed.

I was really unhappy with this book, which makes me really sad. 1/5 stars. Have you guys read this? Let me know what you thought in the comments below! Thanks for reading, and I'll talk to you soon!!

-Indigo
@indigowayworth