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Unspeakable Book Review


Unspeakable CoverHey Guys,

Sorry for the late review, the last couple weeks have been pretty busy for me. Anyway I managed to finish a book called Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton. Here’s my review on it!

Book Title: Unspeakable
Author: Abbie Rushton
Date Published: February 5th 2015
Publisher: Atom
Overall Rating:
3.0 star

Blurb:
Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.
Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.
Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.
Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

My Review:
As explained in the blurb (summary) of the book, main character Megan has lost the ability to speak. Straight from then we can assume that something traumatic happened to her. Give her the regular pressures of being a teenager on top of a new counselor and the addition of a new girl in school, I feel like there is a lot going on in this book.

I liked the way Rushton portrayed the scenes and emotions of her characters. She really went into detail with the scenic trips and holidays that the characters went on. I found a really diverse group of people within this story and yet somehow they all fitted together. I liked many of the decisions that she made for her characters. Yes, I understand that it sounds strange however I liked that, especially with Jasmine, she made desperate decisions because she herself wasn’t in her correct state of mind. It did correctly capture what being a mute was like and also began to explore aspects unknown to YA currently. However I felt like, in adding all of these additions and alternate routes, I found that the main plot line wasn’t always visible.

Now with the things I don’t like. I found that the story was very predictable when it told us the big surprise reveal at the end of the novel. It may just be me as I have read a lot of books along this sort of genre and I generally found the same pattern of events happening in each book. I also found that there was WAY too much going on in the story. The plot line was generally not seen in most of the story and it lead my to wonder why some of these points were put in. For example, the new counselor. I can understand that the counseling side of it was a very important part to the story as Megan has a lot that she needs to work out however I think that the addition of the new counselor without giving Megan any message or alert that her counselor was changing seemed unrealistic. I also think that the author had opened up a whole new character development within Jasmine. I think that this canvas was left blank as we never really found out much about her except she is from a different family and used to get bullied at her old school. I would’ve liked to read more about her. This could’ve been done on a girls night between her and Megan or just random little bits popping up in conversation now and again. With how close Megan and Jasmine become, I felt that I didn’t really know her so much as judge her opinions on boys she liked dating.

Overall, I think this book is worth the read so you can make your own opinion of it. Some find it brilliant but I just found a lot of stuff wrong with it as well. It was a good read though so I would recommend it to anyone interesting in YA dark storylines and over the age of 13 as it does cover topics, such as sexuality, that wouldn’t be appropriate for anyone under the age of 13.

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you again soon!

~Spike

Requiem ~ Book Review


Hey Guys,requiem

So today is Sunday and I will be reviewing the first book that I read for the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. And as you can probably tell from the cover, that book was Requiem by Lauren Oliver. Let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Date Published: March 5th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Overall Rating:

3.0 star

Blurb:

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My Review:

This is a fitting conclusion to an alright series. To start with, I did really enjoy the first couple books and I was looking forward to reading this one as Pandemonium ended in a cliff-hanger. I have to say that it wasn’t bad but there were some parts of the novel that I didn’t like. This novel continued Lena’s story with the resistance but it also added in Hana’s point of view. I think that this was a good idea as it gave us an insight into the mind of a ‘cured’ but it also didn’t seem to work for me. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and how it was writing but for me you couldn’t really tell the difference between Hana and Lena. This made it very hard when telling the difference between characters and scenarios.

Onto good points of this story, I think that it followed smoothly from Pandemonium which allowed readers to fully understand what was happening. I also liked the romance within the story. I think that there possibly could’ve been a bit more of an explanation about Lena and Alex because at many times I was confused at where they stood in their relationship together. I also liked Julian and how he adapted to the Wilds.

Bad points now and I think that Julian was almost unrealistic as he stuck to Lena while she pushed him away. *SPOILERS* At the end where they broke down the wall around Portland, I didn’t really know what happened to the characters. Lena had found Gracie and Hana had escaped with no harm done to her  and we knew Alex and Lena get together again but seeing as it was the end of the novel, I don’t really know where the characters stood. Lena left Julian and never explained what happened and the last we see of Hana, she walks off into the sunset. None of these endings for the characters complete the story. To add to that, they have only partially damaged the government in Portland which probably doesn’t even cause a blip on the overall scheme of things. In my opinion, I think that there should’ve been an epilogue set a couple of years in the future which tells the reader exactly what happened to the characters and the resistance. That way we can be told what happens to all the characters and what their futures are. *SPOILERS END*

To conclude this unusually long review, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian novels but more importantly, anyone who has read the first two because you might as well finish it.

Thanks thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys next week!

Spike