Multiple Minis: Young Adult Edition

Posted 29 April, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 23 Comments

ARCLIGHT (Arclight #1) by Josin L. McQuein
YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia
400 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2013)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)

Beyond the light, beyond the protection of the town, lies darkness and the Fade. You venture out into it, you die. No one knows if there are other humans beyond the darkness, as there’s no way to get to it without crossing into the darkness. Fear is an everyday experience for the (probably) last humans living in the last human settlement. 

Except for Marina, who stumbled from the darkness, rescued from the Fade and certain death.

While, at first, this world is disconcerting, it slowly coalesces into a horrifying world, where the monsters are very real and living among us. As the characters develop –both heroes and villains — the tension ratchets up, keeping the reader on the edge of her seat until the last, breathless and unexpected moment.

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REBOOT (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
YA Science Fiction
352 pages, hardcover
Available May 7, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

The longer Reboots are dead, the less human — and more deadly — they are. And, at 178 minutes dead, Wren is the deadliest of them all. Still, all Reboots are slaves to the system, kept in carefully controlled environments, every aspect of their lives dictated to them. When Wren is paired with a new trainee, a noob with just 22 minutes under his belt, she’s certain Callum is dead meat. But there’s just something about him that draws her. 

Highly enjoyable and quite unusual (these reboots aren’t zombies…not in the strictest sense), REBOOT definitely speeds along at a blistering pace. However, I wasn’t a fan of the love story. Really, this was a book that would have been so much stronger if the love interest wasn’t at the forefront or driving the conflict. Wren’s change from believing she’s not human to discovering her humaness through Callum’s teasing and prodding was fabulous but I would have preferred to see less romance, especially since I didn’t see much of a love connection. Still, this story had more than enough going for it that I could overlook that.

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PRETTY GIRL-13 by Liz Coley
YA Contemporary Mystery
352 pages, hardcover
Available now (March 2013)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

This one was both much grittier and less mysterious than I expected. Angie disappears on a camping trip and reappears three years later with absolutely no memory of what happened. And terrible things happened to her. To deal with the trauma, Angie developed Dissociative Identity Disorder, creating many personalities within herself. 

Poor Angie. It’s horrible what happened to her but truly amazing how the human brain copes with such incredible trauma. However, besides the fact that she now has multiple personalities dwelling within her brain, Angie doesn’t have a whole lot of depth or character to grasp ahold of. The story itself didn’t dish up much in the way of twisty mystery, either. However, it was intriguing to see how Angie deals with her multiple personalities. Overall, I was pretty neutral about this book — didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

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23 Responses to “Multiple Minis: Young Adult Edition”

  1. Jenny keeps telling me to read ReBoot! Like… she said I MUST read it… And then… Arclight, I’m still debating with myself whether I should read it or not… the premise sounds awesome enought!

  2. Awww sorry the romance didn’t really work for you in Reboot Mary! I was a fan of it. And of both Callum and Wren. I’m glad you enjoyed the premise though, I really loved that book! I need to read Arclight and Pretty-Girl 13, I have both on my shelf and should probably just be brilliant like you and do some mini reviews for them all at once:)

  3. Arclight sounds eerie and fascinating (love edge-of-your-seat books!), and Reboot sounds intriguing too (except for the disappointing romance). I keep seeing neutral & negative reviews for Pretty Girl-13. Too bad it wasn’t as mysterious as you hoped it would be!

    Fabulous mini reviews 😀

  4. I just finished Arclight and liked it for the most part (I loved being horrified, but parts of it felt really slow to me), and I really liked Pretty Girl-13 (I’m fascinated by psychological disorders and their treatments, so that made up for the character deficiencies), but Reboot is the one I liked the most out of all of these, mostly for its originality and worldbuilding. I was so so on the romance myself too, but for whatever reason it didn’t take too much away from my enjoyment. Love these mini-reviews, they’re concise but also incredibly well written and thoughtful! 🙂

    • The pacing was odd in Arclight but it kept me off-kilter and I never got settled (which was a good thing in this case). I really enjoyed Reboot!

      Thanks so much for the compliment! 🙂

  5. Arclight has been getting reviews all over the place I’m not sure what to do! But I do love me some horrific worlds so I’m thinking I would like it. I thought Pretty Girl 13 was really good it surprised me–but I had NO idea what I was getting into which can make a difference for a book like this. Great reviews, chick! 🙂

  6. I think yours is the first positive review of Archlight I’ve seen so far, but it gives me hope. I’m optimistic like that.
    And I totally felt the same way about Reboot. It was surprisingly good and totally thrilling. I can’t wait for the sequel.
    Unfortunately, Pretty Girl 13 is too far out of my comfort zone, but I must admit that it sounds good.

  7. Sounds like you really loved Arclight. I have really wanted to read that one. Too bad that Reboot wasn’t wonderful for you. I’ve seen mixed reviews on that one and I’m on the fence. I’m not sure if I want to read PG-13. Just doesn’t capture me with the reviews I’ve been seeing. Love the mini’s!

  8. I seem to be in the minority about Reboot because I actually really loved the romance-I found Callum absolutely charming and I love that he’s a nice guy.

  9. That’s too bad about Pretty Girl cause I read some reviews that said it was SUPER twisty. I have read a lot of negative things about Arclight but you sound like you liked it pretty well. And Reboot is one I have heard lots of things about. I have all of these books (except I can’t find Reboot, though I could have sworn I had it…) so hopefully I can read them and find out for myself!

  10. OOH! I’m excited! I have Arclight and Reboot on my TBR. I can’t WAIT to read the former now. I don’t know if I could handle Pretty Girl 13. Sounds kinda intense.