Quick Reviews: Fire, The Cage, Shiver

Posted April 3, 2016 by Zeee in Reviews, Skinny Reviews | 0 Comments

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For this quick review post, I decided to review the books that I DNF’d last year.  Incidentally, I really didn’t have a lot that I DNF’d last year so I promise, my quick reviews aren’t going to be about books that I DNF’d or that I hated.  I know some of these are fan favorites, but they just didn’t work for me.

I am listing down 3 reasons why I DNF’d them.  Ready? GO!

Quick Reviews: Fire, The Cage, Shiver
Title: Fire
Written by Kristin Cashore
Read by Barrie Kreinik, David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia, Xanthe Elbrick
Series: Graceling Realm #2
Published by Dial Books
Publication Date: October 5th 2009
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating:  Stars


It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.
This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.
If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.


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3 REASONS WHY I DNF’d

I honestly was expecting A LOT with Fire.  Since it is a companion for Graceling, which I absolutely LOVED, I came into this book with high hopes, hoping to be blown away.  ALAS, it was just not to be.

  • Confusing world/fantasy –  I get that a lot of fantasy books have super complicated AND confusing worlds but THIS WORLD I DID NOT GET AT ALL!  I was confused a few pages in, I was even more confused a few chapters in, and even halfway through the book, I did not get it.
  • Unrelatable main character – I did not get Fire at all!  What is her power?  Just being a monster?  WHAT?!  I DON’T GET IT!
  • Plot – Obvs with the confusing world building, I did not see any plot at all.  I did not follow the story, I did not know what was happening!  I just felt lost.

Rating Report
Plot
One Star
Characters
Half a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall:


Quick Reviews: Fire, The Cage, Shiver
Title: The Cage
Written by Megan Shepherd
Read by Barrie Kreinik
Series: The Cage #1
Published by Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating:  Stars


The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?


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3 REASONS WHY I DNF’d

I love Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series and I love sci-fi and weird space things, so it wasn’t a surprise that I picked this book.  Well, LO AND BEHOLD, I WAS UTTERLY DISAPPOINTED!

  • Weird alien attraction/love-triangle whatever – Obvs, there is a human person love interest here and he has some things to hide and our heroine Cora, is attracted to him.  But she is also attracted to this freaking alien and it was just weird.  I mean, weird in a sense that I just can’t get the love triangle arc.  But maybe there isn’t one and I just overreacted but whatever, there was a hint of a love triangle so…
  • Multiple POVs – There are multiple POVs at play here and I don’t mean 2 character POVS BUT MULTIPLE!  So it was a little confusing for me to follow.
  • Slow pacing – I admit that it started really slow for me.  The world building was great and all, but I think the weirdness of the plot really threw me off.

Rating Report
Plot
One Star
Characters
Half a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall:


Quick Reviews: Fire, The Cage, Shiver
Title: Shiver
Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Read by David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 1st 2009
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating:  Stars


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


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3 REASONS WHY I DNF’d

Hello, Shiver!  This book has such positive hype surrounding it that I was expecting a lot when I started reading it.  I was disappointed – again.  Just like this book that disappointed the shit out of me.

  • Weird animal love – OKAY THIS CREEPED ME OUT!  I get that we love our pets, heck I say I love you to my cats all the time, but this book… eeep Grace has this weird fixation about her wolf.  I mean View Spoiler » AND GROSS.
  • Absentee parents – I am sick and tired of absentee parents or parents that don’t care at all.  Meeeh.
  • Grace – I didn’t relate  to her at all.  She came off as annoying and-and… well she was one of the characters that I just don’t get.

Rating Report
Plot
One Star
Characters
Half a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall:


Has anyone read any of the 3 books?  How was it?  Should I even give these books a second chance?  Share your thoughts below!

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