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Brooke Reviews: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite, written by Kiera Cass and sequel to The Selection, was a book I could not put down.

Although it rather annoyed me at times, I was completely engrossed until I read the last line. In The Elite, America (the protagonist I love) must make her choice. She must choose either Maxon (the prince) or Aspen (her first love), because time is running out.

Only five other girls remain in the competition to win Maxon’s heart and become princess. America knows that Maxon is in love with her, but she continues to ask for more time to learn where her heart lies. Meanwhile, the conflict with the Rebels and the general civil unrest moves to the forefront of the novel’s plot.

The reason I had such a love/hate relationship with this book was due to America’s indecision throughout the novel, because (in my opinion) it was very unlike her true character. America was very emotional. She had good reason to be, but I felt as though she questioned herself in every chapter. The reader thinks she’s made her choice at the beginning, (Maxon vs. Aspen), but it becomes clear that America does not know what she wants.

However, I really enjoyed reading more about Maxon’s relationship with the remaining girls of the competition. I thought it was refreshing to read about America’s jealousy.

When I realized I’d have to wait nearly a year for the release of Book 3, I was crushed. It’s going to be a long wait.

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Brooke Reviews: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll begin by saying I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like Game of Thrones. It’s thrilling and intriguing and the plot is intricate.

There are so many characters it’s difficult to keep count. However, each one is unique and memorable.

Game of Thrones is a story about a kingdom which is slowly falling apart. Winter is coming…and it could last for years, bringing not only bitter cold weather but also death. As Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell in the north, discovers secrets and scandals surrounding his friend King Robert, everything begins to fall apart. His family is in danger, threatened by the Lannisters, but Lord Stark must serve as the King’s Hand to attempt to keep the peace.

The story is narrated by each of the characters in turn, which keeps the reader on their toes. I flipped ahead just to see if my favorite characters were alright, because just when things got interesting the author would switch perspectives. But let me warn you…George Martin spares his characters nothing. And perhaps that’s why the book is so, so captivating.

The subplots, each somehow connected, moved the story forward. Martin develops each character by giving him/her back-story and personality.

Read the book. Read it, read it, read it.

I’ve got four more books to go…and if this first book is anything to judge the rest of the series by, I just know it’s going to get even better.

– Brooke

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2013 Anticipated Book Arrivals

So excited for the publication of the following books…if you’ve read any of these series, I’m sure you know exactly how I feel. (And what it’s like to be patient for months while waiting to find out what has happened to the characters you love.)

Although I am very excited to read all seven of these novels, I am most eagerly anticipating Clockwork Princess, Divergent 3, and The Elite. If you are a fan of any of the following series, let me know which book you are most excited to read by taking my new poll (located in sidebar).  🙂


Prodigy (Legend 2) by Marie Lu

expected publication: January 29, 2013


Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society 3) by Ally Carter

expected publication: February 5, 2013


Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices 3) by Cassandra Clare

expected publication: March 19, 2013


The Elite (the Selection 2) by Kiera Cass

expected publication: April 23, 2013


Divergent 3 by Veronica Roth

expected publication: September 26, 2013


The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus 4) by Rick Riordan

expected publication: October 2013


Gallagher Girls 6 by Ally Carter

expected publication: 2013


What books are you excited to read during 2013?

Brooke Reviews: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

This book was recommended to me, so I decided to give it a shot. Sometimes, my favorite books are books I would not have normally chosen to read myself.

Ship Breaker was a good book, but it did not make my list of favorites. I liked the futuristic setting, and the plot, which was very original. The book is unlike the other dystopian novels I’ve read, as there is no controlling government and rebels hoping to break free. Just the opposite, actually. The world is in disrepair, and there is a very large gap between the rich and the poor. Nailer is a ship breaker, a boy who strips grounded ships of their copper wiring to earn his living. He has never been fortunate, with few loyal friends and an abusive and unpredictable father.

Competition is fierce because resources are scarce. It’s a dog-eat-dog world.

However, when Nailer discovers a beautiful beached ship and a rich “swank” girl, he realizes his luck might have changed. Nailer embarks on an adventure to return Nita to her father, but the pair is chased by both Nailer’s father and the people who wish to kidnap Nita. Although the action moved quickly and there was plenty of high-seas adventure, I still found myself slightly uninterested and unconvinced by the characters.

I would like to read the sequel, The Drowned Cities, to see how Nailer’s story ends. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I probably would not read it again.

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Brooke Reviews: Matched by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fantastic dystopian fiction novel. Author Ally Condie presents the reader with a very intriguing situation, which makes it quite difficult to put the book down. This is what I love about dystopian novels: the authors dare to ask the “What if…?” questions that plague us all.

Cassia, a teenage girl who lives within the confines of the Society, is ready to be Matched. After their 17th birthday, Citizens of the Society are “matched” with other citizens based on their personalities and genes. There is absolutely no free will or choice in the Society – the Society chooses your wardrobe, what you eat, where you work, who you will marry. When you will die.

Cassia has nothing against the Society at first. She believes, as does nearly everyone else, that the elimination of choice is a good thing. The Society keeps things under control. The Society can fix any problem.

Everything changes when Cassia sees a different face flash before her eyes – a boy who is not her Match (best friend Xander), but a boy named Ky Markham. As Cassia struggles to decide which path is right for her, she faces for the first time real decisions and real consequences.

I loved both Xander and Ky, and as the reader I am sympathetic to Cassia’s plight. I can’t wait to read Book 2, Crossed, as I am eager to finish Cassia’s story.

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