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Everwild – Neal Shusterman

MARY IS A PSYCHO

Those are the words that kept coming to mind while I was reading this book. If you haven’t read it, then you’ll know soon.

Everwild is the second book in the skinjacker trilogy (Everlost, Everwild, Everfound), and it definitely holds up the amazingness of the first book. To be honest, it surpasses the first book. I enjoyed this one a lot more. Maybe because it’s darker, more intriguing, there are a lot more storylines happening between different characters, and altogether it’s awesome. It really is. If you haven’t read these books, then read them! What’s wrong with you? Go read all of them now!

Now I can’t really summarise this book without ruining the last one, so here’s the only way I can really do it.

Summary
Urgh, Mary! NICK!!!! Mikey and Allie? MILOS YOU CREEP! ZIN! NO THE DOG!!!! MARY YOU CRAZY PSYCHO WITCH!

That’s pretty much how the story goes.

Cons

It ended
Seriously, that’s my only Con. Now I can’t wait to read the next book, but I have too much work.Damn you, Neal Shusterman for making me skip my homework to read your amazing books. Why do you have to write such awesome stories?

Pros

Plot = AMAZING
All the twists were amazing. Especially the one involving Allie and all the skinjackers. And then everything with Mary. Geez, I was like :O throughout a lot of this book. I love the direction Neal Shusterman took this book, how it was so much darker and all the ethical problems with skinjacking and ripping and so on and so on. It was all just so amazing. I never wanted to put the book down.

Characters = AMAZING
My favourite character is Zin. She was awesome. She reminded me of Deryn from the Leviathan Series – Scott Westerfeld. MAybe it was because they had similar circumstances, but she had the same basic personality as Deryn. And I love Deryn, so of course I would love Zin.
Milos, the creepiest afterlight EVER, was so annoying. Creepy dude. Urgh.
Of course Allie and Nick and Mikey and so on were all awesome. And then we get to the most stand-out character in the book.

Mary.
I feel like she deserves her own little section.

She is so messed up. I don’t even know where to start with her. I won’t mention why she is messed up, for all you readers out there who haven’t read this book. But all of you that have: “SHE IS FREAKING PSYCHOPATHIC”. Every time she worked out what was going on, did her reaction take you by surprise? Because every time I waited for her to lose it and she didn’t. I was sitting there going “WTH???” :O And slowly, as the book progressed, she turned more and more psycho until I knew what was going to happen at the end. I saw that ending coming from halfway through the book when Nick revealed his plan to Zin.
The reason this took me so by surprise is that Mary was always portrayed as a loving, caring character so I presumed she would be like Mary from the Gone Series – Michael Grant. But she definitely developed as a character. Definitely. This also confirms my belief that Nick should not be in love with her. I like Nick, I think Nick’s cool (apart from the thing with the dog. Not cool. I understand why he did it and stuff but I loved that dog. And I love Zin.) and Mary’s completely cuckoo so he really needs to find another girl.
There were many times in the book where I wanted to physically punch Mary. I had to put the book down and calm myself down before I continued reading so I wouldn’t get so agitated with her.

Neal Shusterman, how do you get me feeling these violent thoughts about characters that aren’t real? How is this possible?

 And the ending. The ENDING!
That was one hell of an ending. I knew it was coming. I really did. But to end there. Right there. Now that’s just cruel. It’s-Rick-Riordan-and-the Son-of-Neptune-ending type of not cool. God. I have to find out what happens. I NEED to find out what happens.

Quotes (The only ones I can do without ruining the book)

  • “On a sunny Tuesday – for it seems so many awful things happen on a Tuesday – six astronauts and one schoolteacher attempted to pierce the sky. Instead they touched the stars.”
  • “Heaven might shine bright, but so do flames.”
  • “Great tragedies have great consequences. They ripple through the fabric of this world and the next. When the loss is too great for either world to bear, Everlost absorbs the shock, like a cushion between the two.”

Overall

Do you even have to ask how many stars I’ll give it? 5 shuriken stars, easily. Guys, you have to read this!

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Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

SPOILER ALERT!
(Just ruining some major “plot twists”. Don’t worry, they aren’t very good twists.)

So, I’d been told that Wicked Lovely was good. Not by any of my friends, but by the internet. It got 3.74 stars on goodreads, which is around the same amount that Everlost by Neal Shusterman got, So I thought “Hey, this might be interesting.”

And to be honest…

Well. You’re about to find out.

Summary
Aislinn (which is apparently pronounced Ashling, but I just kept saying Eileen in my head, because the spelling was really annoying me) can see faeries (yes, that is how it is spelled in the book.). Except faeries are really annoying in this book. She gets stalked by this really handsome faery called Keenan – who thinks she is the summer queen – and has a crush on her best friend, Seth. And basically, she has to save summer.

Cons (this may take a while)

Aislinn
So, when I started reading the book, I thought “Man, she sounds like a Mary-Sue”. I had two reasons for this:
1. Her name.
2. Her appearance (The whole black hair, blue eyes, stunningly pretty combination which everybody seems to love. If it’s not that, it’s the bright red hair, green eyes combo that is also insanely popular with Mary-Sues.)
But I thought I was being too mean on her. Maybe the author would make Aislinn 3-dimensional and I would like her. I thought the exact same thing about Ariana in Unwind when they mentioned her purple eyes. Turns out I was wrong by a long shot there.
But I was wrong about Aislinn. I mean, she wasn’t a Mary Sue, that would be too harsh, but she was just, meh.
She really doesn’t have any personality above the stereotypical YA female (which basically means nothing). There is nothing that defines her at all to be different. I know nothing about her to make her original or a strong character. She didn’t make me hate her, but that’s because she had no personality. Whatsoever. Actually, you know what, she’s worse than the stereotypical YA female. Because you don’t know any of her likes/dislikes. At least with some of them you get the really annoying “Oh, I’m the best artist/runner/singer in my class and everyone has to stop and watch me and look at how amazing I am”. Aislinn only has her crazy faeries. Without them, she’s like a cardboard cut out of a person. Then again, maybe that was the point? If it was, then it wasn’t shown at all.

Keenan
So Keenan has a personality. But that’s not a good thing, not for his case, anyway.
All I could keep thinking was how much of a creep this guy is. HE IS SO CREEPY. Now, because of him, if something or someone is so creepy that I can’t find enough ways to express it, I call it Keenan. Yup, his name is now the new definition of creepy to me.
And I would understand if I was supposed to feel this way, but apparently I was the only one who felt like this. Apparently I’m supposed to LIKE Keenan. When I was on the internet, everyone said how much they wanted him as their boyfriend or how hot he was. But he is such a creeper. Like when he drugged Aislinn with fairy poison stuff to make her turn into a faery, where she could either:

1. Become Summer Queen and have to marry Keenan and be forced to fall in love with him and sleep with him.
2. Become the faery equivalent of a prostitute and be forced to sleep with Keenan when he got bored.
3. Become like Donia and basically be painfully tortured for all eternity.

And I’m supposed to like this guy?!?!?!
(And, that he dated Aislinn’s mum! How messed up is that? And his thing with Donia at the end. And his way of trying to distract Seth so he could go and drug Aislinn and force her to turn into a faery.)

Seth
Seth has no personality. He is not realistic at all. He is just THERE for Aislinn to gawk over, and fall in love with. He’s the third, unneeded point of the love triangle. And apparently he’s really rich even though he never works.

The Conclusion
Worst. Ending. Ever.
That’s probably an exaggeration, but it really felt like that. It was the most easy ending there could ever be, and it felt like a cop-out. Everything just happened to end PERFECTLY for everyone. How convenient. How perfect. It was so annoying. And the truth is, I saw it coming. Because the entire book was so predictable. (apart from the whole bit about Keenan dating her mum)

Keenan and Aislinn’s Mum
What. The. Hell.
I mean, at first it seems like a good twist. But then it has no use at all. At all. Melissa Marr never brings it up again. Why would you bring up this massive twist which does nothing for the story. Why? It had so much potential… That’s the thing that bugs me… It could have pulled this story an entire star higher. But no. No relevance at all.

Pros

The Idea
I liked the idea. It was a good idea. If only Melissa Marr had expanded on her idea so that it was more about the faeries than it was about this stupid love triangle with a very annoying ending. The whole thing about faeries being evil and no one being able to see them was really cool, and I think it could have made a really good book if there had been better characters, a better plot, the writing style hadn’t been so hard to understand (I never understood any of her descriptions. So, are the wolves wolves or faeries? Are they both? Do they have, like, wolf heads or something?) then it could have been a 3 star. But nope. It just wasn’t meant to be. I would have been a lot more interested if the whole book was juts about the faeries, maybe about their politics or about them teasing humans. Anything.

The Love Triangle
This is the smallest Pro ever. The love triangle was slightly different. The girl didn’t fall in love with the creepy faery dude. She fell in love with the normal dude who had loads of money instead. I guess that makes it kinda different from all the twilight copycats and so on. I don’t know if that counts as a pro, but it’s not a con. So I guess it is.

Aislinn Noticed that Keenan was strange
She notices that he’s being creepy. Well done, Aislinn, well done. Way better than a lot of YA girl characters (I’m looking at you, twilight). That’s not saying much, but I guess it’s a small victory.

The Cover

The cover was really pretty. Not really one that would make me want to instantly pick it up and read it, but it’s still pretty. The whole frozen flower thing makes nice artwork.

Quotes (not a very quotable book, so let’s just put the times where Aislinn notices Keenan being creepy)

  • “Keenan was staring at her, too intently for comfort. “I don’t know why certain people shine for others. I don’t know why you and not someone else.” He gently pulled her forward and whispered, “But it’s you I think of when I wake each morning. It’s your face in my dreams.”
    Aislinn swallowed. That would seem odd even if he were normal. And he wasn’t. What he was-unfotunately-was completely serious.”
  • “After a steadying breath, Aislinn turned to Keenan. “I’m sure you can figure out lunch without help. So, umm, go make friends or whatever.”
    And she walked away.
    He sped up to stay beside her as they entered the cafeteria. “May I join you?”
    “No.”
    He stepped in front of her. “Please?”
    “No.” She dropped her bag into a chair next to Rianne’s things. Ignoring him-and the stares they were attracting-she opened her bag.
    He hadn’t moved.
    With a shaky gesture, she pointed. “The line’s over there.”
    He looked at the throng slowly progressing to the vats of food. “Can I get you something?”
    “A little space?”

Overall

So, how many stars? I’m kinda torn. I think 1 1/2 shuriken stars. Melissa Marr had a good idea, she just never used it to it’s potential. I wish she’d developed it more. I would only recommend it to you guys who hail supernatural twilight rip-offs as the most amazing books on existence. You’ll love this, then. For the rest of you, who are more for the character development and amazing plot, steer clear of this one. You won’t like it, I guarantee that. I don’t. I tried reading the next book, “Ink Exchange”, and failed. Miserably. It was exactly the same as the last one, I don’t know what I was expecting…