Multiple Minis: Super Girls, Time Machines and Parallel Worlds

Posted 25 October, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 25 Comments

THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney
YA Science Fiction
336 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2013)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Some books require suspension of belief but, once you can do that, they’re a blast to read. The Brokenhearted is such a book. After prima ballerina Anthem falls for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks and winds up getting killed for it. Well, nearly killed, as she’s saved by a passerby and recluse scientist who replaces a bionic heart for Anthem’s broken one. With this new heart, Anthem starts to experience amazing abilities including super-speed, strength and hearing (really? A new heart can do all that? Alrighty then.). It’s a very dark tale set in a very dark, Gotham City vibe and I kind of dug it. While I figured out early on who the bad guy was, watching Anthem adjust to her new life was incredibly entertaining.

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TANDEM (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab
YA Fantasy
428 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2013)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

A selfish princess runs away because she doesn’t like her life. A normal girl who just happens to look exactly like the princess in a parallel world is kidnapped and forced to impersonate the missing princess, even though she’s miserable, has no control over her life and cries a lot. Sound like fun? Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy this story — the parallel world is very intriguing — but it wasn’t perfect. Again, a suspension of disbelief was required. But the writing was good, the story moved along at a quick pace and there was plenty of intrigue to keep me flipping the pages.

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (All Our Yesterdays #1) by Cristin Terrill
YA Science Fiction
368 pages, hardcover
Available now (September 2013)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Where would you go if you had a time machine? The future? The past? Would you use it to fix some wrong in your past, even if that would irrevocably change your world? Em has to use it to commit murder. Murder of someone she knew and knows. Someone she loved. And she *has* to do it, to save the world and stop a madman. Ooh, doesn’t that premise just make you all a-tingle? Creepy, well-plotted and rather trippy, this story sends Em into her history with only one choice: kill or die. Just one quibble–I really wish this were a standalone. The way the story ended, I just don’t know if there’s enough there for more books. Obviously, there is, since there are more books planned but, yeah, standalone would have worked well.

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25 Responses to “Multiple Minis: Super Girls, Time Machines and Parallel Worlds”

  1. I loved All Our Yesterdays so much Mary! I’m glad you enjoyed it as well:) I agree on the ending, it did seem to wrap up pretty well, so I’m not quite sure where book 2 will go. I have faith in Cristin Terrill though, and I hope book two will only improve upon this one! I really enjoyed Tandem as well, and after that ending I’m a little desperate for the next book! Awesome mini reviews:)

  2. I have to agree with you Mary, I think All Our Yesterdays was a perfect stand alone novel, but seeing as I loved this book so much, I can’t wait too see which direction Terrill will take us in next. Also how awesome does The Brokenhearted sound? It sounds just like out of a marvel comic! I definitely need one of those hearts asap too. And sorry you didn’t end up enjoying Tandem that much, I have my copy coming up soon, so look forward to comparing notes! Fab reviews! 🙂

  3. I liked All our Yesterdays, but probably not as much as most people. And I agree, it would have worked perfectly as a standalone. I think we’ve said it all.
    I’m not really interested in Tandem, but I love how The Brokenhearted sounds. I want!

  4. I liked The Brokenhearted, it was great and like you I figured out who the bad guy was easily. I really want to read All Our Yesterdays it sounds amazing. Tandem doesn’t sound that great, though I might check it out. Thanks for the reviews!

  5. Oh I can suspend belief with the best of them. 🙂 I think the first 2 sound fab. I don’t mind finding out things early… sometimes it works to the advantage of the book. The last book sounds intriguing…. but it also sounds like fodder for cliffies in the books to come. 😛 Still all great mini reviews!!

  6. I can suspend belief and am curious about Brokenhearted. Publisher sent me Tadem and I do hope to try it. Ok, you have me curious about All of Our Yesterdays, but I think I will wait for reviews of book two before taking the plunge! Wonderful mini’s my friend!

  7. I hated Brokenhearted haha. I DNFed it at 51% but I agree you have to suspend disbelief… a lot O_O I really enjoyed All our Yesterdays though I thought it was a fun read and I agree I think it works great as a stand-alone and I’m scared that a sequel might just ruin it. I guess we’ll see.

  8. I’m excited to read All Our Yesterdays. I had wanted to read Brokenhearted but all the negative reviews turned me off. I just haven’t found any excitement inside me for Tandem. Maybe one day…

  9. I’m a little hesitant to pick up All Our Yesterdays even though I have it for review. I requested it when there were a ton of glowing reviews and then the not-so-glowing started trickling through. *sigh* The reason I’m mainly hesitant is because I’m worried about the ending. She’s supposed to kill someone she loved?! Not liking that.

    Tandem sounds painful. I hate whiny heroines.

    Brokenhearted sounds appealing in spite of the fact you need to suspend disbelief. I do have a copy that’s been sitting on the shelf. I guess I’ll have to pick it up and see if it speaks to me.

    Great mini-reviews, Mary. You seriously crank through the books! 🙂

  10. The Brokenhearted definitely required lots of belief suspension! Unfortunately, it didn’t fully work for me. I had a lot of trouble with the “insta love” in the beginning as well as the whole plot of Anathema’s evil ex. You’re right, it’s weird that a mechanical heart could produce THAT much advancement. However, I think the book gets better by the end and I’m curious about the sequel.

    I tend to automatically avoid parallel world books. It’s like the new dystopian genre in terms of popularity. But I’m glad TANDEM was a fast paced, overall good book for you.

    I need to read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS!! Terrill told me at BEA that the story was going to be part of a duology, but several people have said that the end is fairly final and it might be strange to continue, so I’m very curious what that means. Glad it was a good read for you!

  11. I really loved Tandem and All Our Yesterdays and am reading The Brokenhearted now and loving the Gotham vibe so far. I agree though, I wish more of these series books could just be standalones. *sigh* Great minis!

  12. I managed to score a copy of The Brokenhearted and am looking forward to trying it-I think the concept just sounds fun and I’m usually pretty good at suspending belief so hopefully this will be a good read for me.