James Dashner – The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) | Review

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

★★★★★ 6186357

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book. Bunch of boys being trapped in the middle of the huge Maze sounded like a great read and I was not disappointed. It is as good as it sounds. Even though the mystery of the Maze itself was exciting enough, I really wanted to know the back-story of why were they in that Maze, and again, I was amazed with how well all the informations worked together so that everything made sense at the end.
The Maze Runner reminded me of The Hunger Games and The 100 a bit, but it was actually completely different and unique. Only the feel while reading it was quite simmilar.

Some people consider the beginning of the book a bit slowand hard to get into, but that was not the case with me. I immediately got sucked in that world and really invested in the story. For me, the plot was exciting from the first page and I kept turning pages because I just wanted to find out more and more about the Maze and life inside it. All the mystery and all those intense moments (especially the ones involving Greivers) kept me at the edge of my seat. The ending (about last ¼ of the book) was a bit rushed, but I think it was supposed to be like that because a lot of stuff happen in a very short time and, in my opinion, all that excitement would be ruined if everything was described more or whatever. There were some unexpectable events which really amazed me, but there were a few predictable plot twists as well (for example, whatever stupid and reckless action Thimas did, he always succeded and that became a bit annoying after a while). But there were more brilliant and exciting plot twists so I was not very frustrated about these two flaws.

Probably the worst aspect of this book were the characters. Lack of character development was so obvious in this book! Also, I didn’t really buy the romance.
Thomas was really annoying at times, and sometimes even stupid, but most of the time he was just impulsive and reckless (what I usually like, but here I didn’t).
I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters and I just didn’t care about any of them at the end. I wasn’t able to even form an opinion about some of them and decide whether I liked them or not (Newt, Alby, Chuck…). It’s obvious that the plot was much more important to the author than relationships between characters, which is actualy okay and all together worked just fine.

I really like James Dashner’s writing style because it’s simple, straight-to-the-point, but also descriptive and detailed when necessary. But what I liked the most were all those made up words Gladers used. I think this new language gave another layer to the story and made it even more special and original. James Dashner is fantastic at describing action-packed scenes and I loved how every chapter ended on a cliffhanger and made me want to read more and more.

All in all, I really recommend this book to all the fans od young adult dystopian books because I think it’s a quick, exciting fun read. It’s a great way to start the trilogy, even though I’m afraid that I’m not going to like the rest of the books in the series, but there’s only one way to find out, right?

V. E. Schwab – Vicious | Review

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

★★★★★ 13638125

I heard only good reviews on this book and there is a valid reason for it. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! Seriously, it was fabolous. Original, with interesting plot and very unusual characters, it made me want to read more and more. And that’s why I don’t get it why it took me so long to finish it (maybe it’s because I listened to it as an audiobook and that sometimes can take a while). I picked it up for Little Book Club, and I regret nothing. It was actually the October book of the month for the Underhyped books theme, but I finished it only now. I know, I’m super late.

I really liked V. E. Schwab’s writing style. Switching between different time periods and points of view were done very well and the whole organization of the book was great. Characters were complex and their motives and actions were brought out on a great way. I have never read a book like this one and I don’t think I ever will again, because it’s so special and unusual. Just AMAZING. Definitely go pick it up if you haven’t already, I assure you that you won’t regret it.

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

First, I’d like to talk about how original this book is. It started off with the very intriguing scene at the graveyard and I was immediately hooked. From the beginning I was dying to find out what happened before that graveyard scene and that was slowly unraveling. When we found out how did that happen, we already had some other scenes in the future that we wanted to know more about. That was probably my favourite aspect of this book. It constantly made me want to read more and more.

As I already said, characters were complex and pretty weird. Every single one of them had it’s own backstory and motives. I also couldn’t really decide whether I like them or not.
Vicor was pretty unusual protagonist and at the beginning I expected him to be some kind of a hero, but he definitely wasn’t a hero. Yeah, he was kind of good and I liked him most of the time, but he definitely had his own demons and a dark side. Also, his obsession with Eli was a bit sick at times. But all in all, I really liked Victor and in my opinion, he’s one of the most interesting protagonists I’ve read about until now.
Eli was weird. Very weird. And I didn’t like him. That was not because he was portraxed as a bad character, but because I just couldn’t connect with him and I couldn’t understand him completely, like Victor. Something was wrong in his head because not a single normal person would believe that killing EOs is a good thing. I would understand him if he was a scared human, but he was an EO as well, and I just couldn’t make myself to believe in his motives. I actually felt sorry for him sometimes, but most of the time I was just cheering for Victor to kill him.
Sydney was probably my favourite character. She was just a kid, but she was strong and brave. Sure, she was scared, especially at the beginning, but when he made up the courage and realized that she should help Victor, she completely changed and I really loved her from that moment. Sydney basicly grew up during those days with Victor and I really loved the scene when Selena told her to go somewhere safe and she ran to Victor. I think that was one of the best scenes in this book. I just couldn’t stop smiling.
Selena was a bitch and I hated her so much. I don’t really understand why she wanted to help Eli. I just don’t. He tried to kill her sister and she just stood there! How can anyone like that person? I think I hated Selena much more than I hated Eli. She was by far the worst character in the book.
I also really liked Mitch. I was very intrigued by his backstory because in the first half of the book he was just there, as a sidekick character and he was mostly unimportant, but then, toward the end of story, we found out more about him and I realized how much I actually like him. Also, I was so freaking out every time I thought he died, but he actually never did. That was just awesome!

Another thing I really liked about Vicious was the fact that there were no good and bad characters. Just characters that were more or less good and more or less bad. There were no classic villians and heroes, no good guys and bad guys, and that fact made me think about the ending a lot. I didn’t know what to expect because I felt I’d get surprised by the ending anyway. And I was, but not the way I thought I’d be. It was actually pretty expectable ending, but I didn’t expect it because the whole book was different and normal ending just wouldn’t fit so I didn’t even think about it. But the neding was very simple. I know all of this is a huge paradox, but it’s really good and a very unique way of telling the story. Also, the last sentence just blew me away. Since I listened to this book as an audiobook, I couldn’t tell when it exactly ends, but when I heard that last sentence, I hoped there is not even a word after that one because I considered it a perfect closing sentence. And thankfully, there was nothing more and I was just amazed. WOW. That’s all I’m going to say. Read this book, it’s fantastic and it will give you the feels, even if you don’t expect it.

Julie Cross – Tempest (Tempest #1) | Review

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

★★★★★ 11455096

I don’t see why people don’t like this book. Seriously. I have no idea. I really enjoyed it, if I had time, I’d probably read it in one sitting. It was really good! I had totally different expactations and I was pleasantly surprised. The plotline was interesting, action-packed, intense and I just kept turning pages because I had to find out what happens next. Okay, the characters were maybe a bit dull, but I managed to connect with them anyway and I actually liked them. I didn’t even try to figure out what will happen at the end because I knew it I would probably fail. I was completely ready for this book to surprise me. And it did. Writing style was very simple and easy to read, I flew through this book. Okay, sometimes stuff happened too fast and I found myself a bit confused and sometimes I had a feeling like I was reading about one scene and the second later something else was happening and we just jumped right into that. But I don’t find that necessarily a bad thing, because, as I said, this book was really fast paced and a lot of stuff happened in these four hundred pages. Seriously, A LOT. Also, while I was reading this book, it kind of reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye. I know, the plot is totally different and the main characters are different, but the feel and the atmosphere are kind of the same. And I liked it. I don’t think I have ever read a time travel book before (okay, there were some books where characters went back in time, but there was no book where time travel was the main plot) so this was pretty new for me. It was very refreshing to read something new and different. Another thing, isn’t this cover nice? Yes, these people do make it a bit cheesy, but I really like the background.
I would definitely recommend this book and I will definitely continue with this trilogy, I just don’t know when, since I have so many book to read, but I will, once!

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

As I already said, I love the idea of time travel and I’ve never read a book about that before. In my opinion, the whole time travel thing was done very well, everything was expalined from scientific side. I wish this all was true, I’d love to be able to go back in time. I liked the idea of jumps and half-jumps and the effect they had on Jackson and the rest of the world. Also, all these experiments Jackson and Adam did were pretty cool and they made a lot of sence, which was a big plus.

I found myself really liking Jackson. He was amazing protagonist and I found it easy to connect with him. I loved how he was ready to do anything for Holl, the girl he loved and it was very nice to see how she made him feel, both 007 and 009 Holly. He was funny and I loved that about him a lot. Also, I love his relationship with his sister, but he totally won my heart when we got to read the letter he wrote to her. It was just so beautiful! He’s a really interesting character, but I liked him the most because he was not perfect. He did some stupid things throughout the book and he was reckless and impulsive almost all the time. Also he was very lost, especially at the beginning when time traveling still confused him a lot. But he definitely managed to get under my skin and I liked him. Very much.
I didn’t really manage to connect with Holly. I have to admit, I liked 007 Holly more that 009 Holly because I found 009 Holly pretty boring. Maybe it’s because the book is written from Jackson’s POV, and maybe not, but I think she was portrayed too perfect and without any flaws. 007 Holly was much more interesting to read about and I liked the younger version of Holly, especially when Jackson was hitting on her, but 009 Holly was there only as a love interest and she was not her own character, in my opinion. But still, I liked her relationship with Jackson.
Adam was awesome sidekick character and I love him. The way he was trying to help Jackson as much as he could, any version of him, actually, just proved how good friend he is (or maybe even how crazy he is, but that’s not the point). What impressed me the most about him (except his ingeniousness with codes) was the fact that 007 Adam who never met Jackson before was ready to help him and accepted Jackson’s story from the beginning. That was just awesome.
Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was a very confusing character. I hated him the one moment and loved the other. I never knew should I trust him or not, but closer we got to the end, more I trusted him. And I’m glad he didn’t disappoint me at the end. I actually felt very sorry for him when I found out his story.
I’m not very sure should I even talk about Courtney as a character as well, since she was dead throughout the whole book, but I consider her the character in the book just like any other because I believe she played a vary important role in this book. I love her and Jackson’s relationship and their talks when he went back in time were so nice but also so sad at the same time. I loved it how she believed his story immediately and she even tried to help him (she bought him a coat!). I was expecting her to miraculously be alive and just to show up from nowhere, but that never happened, unfortunately, It’s really weird that I got so connected to her, but I did.Also, it was not cool when we got the scene where she died!
These Enemies of Time people are pretty cool and I actually liked them. They are really badass! But I didn’t like Tempest people (except Kevin) at all and I constantly felt like they are hiding something big. I still feel that way. I do not trust them.
I am curious about that Emily girl. It seems like she will play an important role in the next book, but I have no idea how.

Can we just talk about that ending for a moment? First, I want to say how much I like the last sentence. I think it’s so amazing and it’s a perfect ending of a book. So good! But everything else that happened before that last sentence just sucks. Okay, I kind of like it, but it sucks anyway. I definitely wasn’t expecting Jackson to go back in time and change the day when he and Holly met! That is so not okay. I hate it! Authors, stop sinking my ships! Still, I do think it’s a good conclusion and I think he did the right thing by letting her go so she can be safe, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like it, right? Because I don’t!

Pittacus Lore – The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) | Review

I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.
Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.
I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

★★★★★  8659601

The Power of Six was so much better than the first book! So much better! There was more action, more characters, more plot, more everything. Also, we already knew the world so there weren’t many axplanations that would slow down the whole plot. There was action from the beginning and I totally loved that. It was intense, thrilling and very fun to read. I found myself really attached to all of the characters but I was kind of prepared that something bad would happen to at least one of them. Still, the ending surprised me, a lot! I especially liked the writing style, even though some people say it’s not good. Well, I don’t agree. I really enjoyed reading this book probably just because of the writing style. There weren’t any unnecessary descriptions, in action scenes things were happening fast and I had a feeling like I’m there as well, which is awesome! This book was a very quick and fun read and I would probably read it even faster if it weren’t for schoolwork. I definitely recommend this book to you if you read I Am Number Four, and if you haven’t read that book yet, go for it! This series is so good! I totally love the world and the characters.

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

Where to even start? This book was so action-packed and intense, there was no boring parts at all. But my favourite part is probably the last 50 pages or so. Basicly from the moment when John was caught and also when Marina opened the Chest. From there things started to happen really fast and I couldn’t stop turning pages. It was so intense and I was at the edge of my seat. Also, I was aware that someone’s going to die. I was right. Unfortunately. Why did Hector have to die? Not fair, it was so unfair. I don’t mind that Adelina died, even though she finally realised how stupid she was. Still, I don’t care about her. But why Hector? I noticed that author is killing all of Garde’s parental figures. Get original!
Can we also tlak about how much of a bitch Sarah Hart is? How could she do that to John? Betray him like that! Not cool. I didn’t like her in the first book but I tolerated her. Now I hate the bitch. I didn’t trust her anyway.
Another twist that I absolutely hate is that Sam was stuck at Mogadorian cave. How could they just leave him there? And the only thing John worries about is that the adress Six gave them was in Sam’s pocket and now he lost it? Again, not cool. But I have a feeling that Sam is now going to find his father and that they will somehow escape, since both of them are pretty badass.
Another thing I have to mention is Henri’s letter to John. Damn it, all the feels. I loved the letter, but it’s the last of Henri we get, and I hate that. I really liked that guy and I still hate the fact that he’s dead.

I liked John, but I can’t really say I loved him. Sometimes he acted so stupidly, I just wanted to slap him. I realised that I love him in action-packed, battle scenes, but find him really annoying in love scenes. Seriously, get over Sarah. He was whining throughout the whole book, then when they came back to Paradise he went to see her and look where it got him. Idiot. And even after Sarah betrayed him, he was still not over her. Also, even though he realises that he has feelings for Six, he denies it because of Sarah. Seriously?! Six is so much better than Sarah!
Sam is probably my favourite character in this book. He is an awesome side kick character and I could totally connect with him. I like the moments when he turns really badass, but he’s also really cute when he gets excited about all these alien stuff. Not cool that he stayed in that cave!
I loved Six a lot. She is so badass and she’s a really strong female character. She doesn’t need anyone and she is the one who protected the guys throughout the whole book. And when she went to Spain, they got in trouble. Actually, whenever she leaves the, they get in trouble and she has to save them. But I love her so much, probably my second favourite character.
Marina was okay, but I still haven’t decided how I feel about her. I’m going to go with just okay. I felt sorry for her because of how Adelina bahaved, it was not okay at all. But I’m glad he tried to figure all these alien stuff on her own because it would totally suck if she’d agree with Adelina and acted the way Adelina did. I especailly liked Marina’s relationship with Ella. Ella was so cute and just adorable. Very lovable character. Also, I immediately knew it that she’s from the second ship, that she was the baby, but I’d never guess she had these awesome powers. I was already talking about how Adelina irritates me. I just wanted to slap her throughout the whole book and I’m kind of relieved that she died because now Marina can live the life she is destined for.
Also, Nine. I don’t like him. I may change my opinion in next book, but for now I find him really irritating. Hopefully that would change, especially if we get his POV in the next book.

This book isn’t perfect, there were few things I mentioned that bothered me, especially romance, but all in all this book was a fun, thrilling read and I love it the way it is. There were some pretty good description parts, especailly the one when John says how much he misses Henri and how he blames himself for his death. That was so heartbreaking. To wrap it up, this book was much better than the first book and I heard that the series become only better with each book so I’m looking forward to The Rise of Nine.

Related:
Pittacus Lore – I Am Number Four (Lorien Logacies #1)
I Am Number Four – Movie

Kass Morgan – Day 21 (The Hundred #2) | Review

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.

★★★★★ 20454076

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since I read the first book and now I finally read it. I still can’t believe it. This book! This book was awesome and I love it so much! Probably even more that the first one. I read in one weekend, once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. I got it only two days after it came out and I started reading it two days after that. Also, it’s kind of cool that I finished it on September 21st because the book is called Day 21. Get it?
This book was action-packed from the beginning to the end, very easy to read and very addictive. I love the writing style and ALMOST all the plot twists. Also, there was much more romance in this book than in the first book, but I didn’t mind at all because it was done very well and I have three ships in this book now. Great. I can’t really think of any complaint to this book because there was none and I enjoyed readin it from first to last page. Characters were really loveable and I could easily connect to all of them, the plot was pretty realistic, and the whole idea for the book is very unique and awesome. I have no idea if there is going to be a third book, but I assume there will be because we still have some unanswered questions and it would suck if this is the end. So, I’m hoping the next book will come out soon. I’m going to die while waiting for it, but I don’t care. I’m ready to suffer! BUT, the second seadon of the tv show is coming out in October so that’s good, right?
So, I definitely recommend this series to you. These books are so good! READ THEM! But prepare for the rollercoaster of feelings.

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

Okay, so I already said how much I love the idea and the setting, but I have to repeat it one more time. I especially liked how realistic the relationships between the hundred were, how some people trusted Sasha, and some didn’t. Also, there was a lot of fighting, but they still managed to stick together because that was the only way to survive. So good! And since I’m talking about relationships, I have to mention my ships. First, Bellarke. Damn it, I love them so much. When Bellamy was angry with Clarke for killing Lilly, I was destroyed. I absolutely hated that part. Also, not long after that, my other ship sank as well, Luke found out that Glass was responsible for his best friend’s death. That was not a good thing to do! Thankfully, both of my ships got back together soon and I was happy again. I also found myself shipping Wells and Sasha. They were really cute together and I liked how they understood eachother.As you can see, there was a lot of fangirling in this book.

I really liked Clarke. She’s an awesome, strong female character with her own demons and ghosts from the past, but she still manages to move on. I like her very much, that’s all I’m going to say. I didn’t like Wells very much in the first book, but now I kind of like him. He’s okay and I don’t have some real reason why I don’t like him, but he didn’t affect me much. My favourite character is probably pretty obvious – Bellamy. Damn it, I love him so much. He’s just perfect – badass, cocky and charming when he feels like it, mood, protective, he would do everything for the people he loves… do I have to continue? I thought so. I just love him so much, and I like the scenes where he was shirtless even more. I was fangirling every time it happened. I also really liked Sasha, she was an interesting character. It intrigued me how she was willing to help the hundred even though they kept her as a prisoner, but that just shows how awesome person she is. Totally loved her! Graham is still an idiot and I hate him very much. I still like Glass a lot, I think she’s an awesome character and it was very interesting to see her dealing with all these bad stuff happening on the ship. Luke was still amazing but I have the feeling that we didn’t get to meet him very well, or at least not as much as we did the other characters. Camille is a bitch, hate her!

Can we talk about all the new stuff we found out for a bit?
First, we finally found out about Bellamy’s secret girlfriend from the past and I was totally shocked when we found out it was Lilly, the girl Clarke killed to ease her pain. Woah! Didn’t see that coming. I understand Bellamy’s reaction when he found out that his girlfriend kind of killed his ex-girlfriend. That’s kind of crazy. Still, that doesn’t mean I liked that he was angry with Clarke. Another shocking thing was that Bellamy and Wells are half brothers. Wow. I would never guess that. Also, Clarke parents were alive? Of course they are, that was kind of too much, maybe. That is probably the only thing I didn’t like, but I’m okay with it.

My favourite scene in the while book was probably the one when Glass went outside of the ship so she can get on Phoenix and open the skybridge. My heart stopped when she missed that handle and just floated in space with no one to help her. That was probably the most intense part in the whole book. I also loved all the Bellarke scenes, I don’t think I have to specially say that. But I did anyway. The last chapter was pretty amazing as well, but the finishing sentence just blew me away.

As I already said, I really like Kass Morgan’s writing style. I loved how these parts from the past were inserted in the story and they seemed irrelevant but later it turned out to be really important. That was just awesome! Also, it was interesting how we had a gay couple mentioned casualy, but they weren’t important. Still, I really like when there are gay characters in books, even whan that doesn’t affect the story at all. I just thought it was cool.  I really liked that we got a lot of answers in this book, but we also got some new questiones that are still waiting to be answered. I need the third book!

Related:
Kass Morgan – The 100 (The Hundred #1)

Pittacus Lore – I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) | Review

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.
The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

★★★★★ 7747374

I went into this book not expecting much of it because a lot of people didn’t like this book. I also knew nothing about it when I started it, except these few sentences at the back. And that was good. I totally loved this book! It was so good, so much more than I ever imagined it to be. Just awesome. I enjoyed it so much and I don’t understand why people don’t like it. Writing style was good, it was easy to read and get into the plot, I loved the idea and the whole plot but some things may happen too fast. I could also very easily connect to the characters and I found myself really caring about all of them at the end. Damn it, the end. Hated that part. It was good, but you know, feels… This book was more than good. It was just amazing, I’m so glad I finally picked it up. And when I decided to borrow it from the library, I had no idea it was about aliens. I thought it was some dystopian/post apocalyptic ya book, mostly because of the cover (movie cover!), but I guess I was wrong. And I’m glad I was. When I mentioned the cover, I have to say it – I hate the movie cover. A lot. Original one is way better. Yeah, I know that on this book we have Alex Pettyfer on the cover, but the picture is not good and it’s just ugly (sorry Alex, it really hurt to say this, but I had to). I haven’t watched the movie yet and I’m kind of scared to do it because the people who liked the book hated the movie because apparently it was very different from the book. I only watched the trailer yesterday and I liked it, I like the cast a lot and it seemes okay, but we’ll see when I finally make up the courage to watch it (I’m so scared I’d be disappointed). All in all, this book was an amazing start to the series and I hope next books will only get better. I’m picking the second book up as soon as possible (this week, probably) because I can’t wait to see what happens next. Definitely recommend this book, these series are going to be epic!

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

There were some things in this book that bothered me, but not enough so it would affect my rating. Good things overweighed the bad ones. First, I really disliked the romance in this book. I have no idea why, though. I’m usually a sucker for romance, I want romance in every book and no matter how much of a cliche romance may be, I always enjoy it. What happened to me this time? No idea. I was just very annoyed with John’s relationship with Sarah. I liked it at the beginning, they were cute together and everything, but when they finally got together, it suddenly became unrealistic to me. Again, no idea why. Maybe it was too insta-love, they started telling each other ‘I love you’ too early and too easily. But let’s say that was all okay and that I still quite enjoyed it, but then came the part I really disliked and I definitely know why. Sarah accepted the whole alien thing too easily and too well. Not realistic at all. Yeah, I understand that Sam accepted from the beginning, he was into aliens already and that part was believable, but Sarah… Nope. She should’ve freak out, or get scared, or at least shocked. But no, she acted like he was just from the different country. Damn it, he’s a freaking alien! You should’ve been at least a bit surprised. That bugged me so much! Okay, she got a bit scared when Mogadorians attacked, but still, not enough to be believable. However, I went over that because the rest of the book was awesome.

I really liked John, or whatever his real name is. I’m going to go with John. He was an amazing character, I liked reading from his POV, I easily connected with him and could totally understand him. Also, his Legacies were very cool and I can’t wait to see the other ones. I also really liked his desire to settle down for once, to have friends, real ones, the ones that would accept him the way he is and ones he would never have to leave behind. It was also very nice to see his character development, he grew from a child to a young man throughout this book and it was very well presented to us. Yeah, he’s on a good way to end up on my Fictional Boyfriends list. As I already said, I didn’t like Sarah. We didn’t get to know her character very well and I have the feeling she was in this book only as a love interest and that is not okay. Her character has so much potential and I hope we will get to see some badass Sarah in next books. I really liked Sam. He was that sidekick character who everyone loves. He was nerdy, but also a very good friend. I bet he was right with his theory that aliens took his father. Also, I hope we will get to see some kicking aliens’ asses from him. I just love Sam! One of my favourite characters in this book was definitely Herni. He was an awesome father figure to John, he was supportive and understanding, but also protective and badass. It’s so not freaking fair that he died at the end!!! Yeah, I thought that may happen, but that doesn’t mean I like it or want to accept it. NOT FAIR! I also really liked Bernie Kosar. I just knew it he was an alien dog. There was a lot of references to it and it was kind of obvious, but I still wasn’t sure until it was confirmed. I also thought he was going to die, but I’m glad he didn’t. It would be too much. Mark. I hated him at the beginning, he was such an asshole, but in the second part of the book he drasticly changed and I realized that I like him. I loved his character development, even though it was maybe a bit too fast. Six was basass as well and I hope we will get to know her better in second book. She is awesome!

In my opinion this book was too easy. Okay, that sounds wrong. What I mean is that all these problems characters faced throughout the book were solved quite easy and without much complications. Especially the part when Henri was missing. However, the final battle changed my opinion on that. There were hell of a lot of complications! That final scene was so action-packed and awesome. I had no idea what to expect and I was aware that everyone can die. So intense and thrilling. Definitely the best part of the book (if you forget about the fact that Henri died)!

Related:
Pittacus Lore – The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2)
I Am Number Four – Movie

Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Nobody | Review

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

★★★★★ 13628172

I started reading this book totally at random but once when I started reading it, I just couldn’t stop. ThHis book is so addicting! I listened to this book as an audiobook and it was my first non-contemporary audiobook (I read only contemporary books as audiobooks before this one) and I found myself really enjoying it. It was so much more than I expected it to be. I never heard about this book before, or about this author, I haven’t heard anyone talk about this book or anything but I found the audiobook and decided to give it a try because the plot sounded interesting. And hell, it was! So awesome! Characters were loveable and amazing, plot was interesting, love different and cute… Just amazing. What a pleasant surprise this book was. Also, the writing style was somewhat different but very good. I loved all the repetitions throughout the whole book, it made the words more powerful, more magical. This book is just amazing and I’m so, so glad I read it. The whole setting was very intriguing, new world, Nobodys and Nulls and Sensors, so interesting to read about. Jennifer Lynn Barnes did an amazing job with this book and I’d really like to read more of her books in the near future. Another thing I liked about this book was the fact it’s a standalone. Yeah, I’d like to read more about these characters and this world but this book was the perfect the way it is and there is no need for the next book to exist. A lot of todays authors over do it sometimes with makin a series out of one book whene there is no need for it, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes knows where to make a line and I’m glad because of it. I’d like to say something about the cover, as well. It’s beautiful. At first, I didn’t really get it’s connection with the book and the plot, but now when I’m finished, I can totally see what it represents and I’m amazed. Whoever did the cover, made a fantastic job with it. OMG, this book was so good and I want to repeat it over and over again until everyone read it so I can have someone to fangirl with. Read this book!

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

The idea of Nobodys and Nulls, people born wrong with too little ot too much energy is freakin’ awesome. I knew I’d enjoy this world the moment I read the synopsis. And I was right. I liked how the whole world was explained and put together very well and it all made sense at the end. Also, I found myself really wanting to be Nobody. Yeah, not Null, Nobody. I just like them and I think they are awesome. Less than shadow. Less than air. Nobody. God, how I love that quote. It’s my favourite quote from the book. So good!

The ending. Was so intense. I was pretty sure this book was end happily but then Nix got hurt. And then Ione shot Nix. And then Nix died. And I wasn’t that sure anymore. I wanted to throw my phone all over the room. Not fair. But still, I hoped that he would somehow come back to life. Thankfully, he did. Thanks to Natalie. But I still hate her, anyway. That last hour of the audiobook was a real rollercoaster of feelings. But it was still great.

The character I really disliked, no matter how thankfull I am because of her existance at the same time, was Natalie. That little bitch. Yeah, I know she can’t help it because she’s a Null, but I really didn’t like her, despite the fact that she saved both Claire’s and Nix’ life. Just can’t like her, no matter how hard I try. Claire was such a relatable character, I could totally connect with her and understand her. I liked her from the beginning and I liked her until the end. She was not annoying not even a bit. The way she dealt with all these Nobody stuff was great and I felt really sorry for her when she realized that there is actually a real reason why her parents can’t remember her long enough and that they don’t love her and never will. However, my favourite character in the book, and the one I feel most sorry for, is Nix. All the things that happened to him were just terrible. He was brainwashed, basicly, since he was a child, and finding out that he was lied to all his life is just terrible. All the things he had to deal with during the whole book… I really admire him for handling  all of it that well. Okay, he had his breakdowns but it was totally understandable. I just wanted to hug him throughout the whole book. Fortunately, he had Claire who could understand him. Yeah, I ship those two so hard. I don’t think there was insta-love at all. Yes, they did kiss pretty early in the book, but they also weren’t together immediately. I don’t know if anyone remembers, but there were these two conditions if they wanted to work together. Yeah, they did fail later, but the conditions existed! Claire and Nix were so cute together and I did love the development of their relationship. My favourite moment was when Nix built Claire a bookshelf. He had my heart already, but with that act, he made sure he never leaves it.