The Roar by A. M. White ~Review~

★★★.5 stars

614Rv96HrAL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Length: 300 pages

Published: May 2016

Description:

“Our world is gone, it ceased the day the roar came. It enslaved those it could reach. I was one of those taken, used, and marked as property.
Hope is a luxury I don’t allow any more. The roar is harvesting us down to nothing. The roar always wants something more. Always.”

I was contacted by the author of this book, Alicia, who offered a free copy of this book for me to read.  I heard the words “dystopian” and “YA” and I thought, let’s give this book a go.

This book surrounds the characters Alex, Cara, and Timothy. It sort of reminds me of the Doctor Who episode called ‘The Hungry Earth’. In this book, the world has ended and has been taken over by these people from under the earth.

The reason I gave it three stars was there was some slight insta – love and the grammar was not great. I am not going to start on the grammar because I could go on a really long rant. Instead, I am going to focus on the parts I really enjoyed! Which include all the characters and the plot!

This cover is really nice! It’s not my favourite cover, but it connects to the story very well! The only problem I have with it is the filter that they’ve applied to the picture. I give this cover  ★★★ stars!

This book is from the perspective of the character Alex. She is a pretty good character. Some things that she thought or said I didn’t understand, but we a have very differing personalities if that makes sense? She is really strong minded and she doesn’t always think things through, which I think is good because I love flawed characters.

Timothy was a good character, as well. He is the love interest and does most of the life saving in this book, although Alex and Cara do their fair share too. I don’t always like him because he can be a little untrusting of many, many people. I understand why he does this, but at the same time, I don’t. He is a very strong character and he really holds the group together.

Cara is the third character in this group. Don’t worry. No love triangle here (for reasons you will find out when you read this book)! She is probably my favourite character, even though it’s really hard to choose! She is the healer and makes sure Alex and Timothy get along. That’s all I can really say about her character without spoiling anything.

I give the characters ★★★★ stars.

The plot was pretty good. It was very action packed and had a lot of plot twists. For a dystopian, it was pretty refreshing. The grammar, again, was not very good and there were many mistakes, but if you can get over that I definitely recommend it! ★★★ stars!

Happy Reading!

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer ~ Review ~

★★★★ stars

This is the first book I co428263mpleted this month. It is the number three out of four books in the Twilight series. I expected this book to be a little less great than the last one, but I was pleasantly surprised that, so far, this is my favourite book in the series.

I gave it four stars because Bella finally makes a decision and also because of Jacob. I liked that Bella finally told Jacob who she really wanted. All this time she had been leading Jacob on and now he knows and can start to move on. There are some problems in which the dialogue gets super awkward and some sentences are just not working. So that’s why it didn’t get five stars. Also, I found a typo! Like a really big, obvious one.

I really liked the cover of this book. I was really pretty and I used a red ribbon as a bookmark and it all went together, which made me happy. I give the cover ★★★★ stars!

In this book, Bella is a little better, although I still have doubts as she seems to be too willing to leave her whole family. I am really glad she finally made a decision, even though in e process she broke my baby’s (Jacob Black’s) heart. It makes her a lot more appealing as a character. I also didn’t like that it was so hard for her to accept that she was in love with Jacob, but I also understood why she did that.

Edward was more likeable in this book as well. He was patronizingly kind to Jacob and was too good for my liking. He acted so above all human emotion at some points, which really bothered me. I did like him more than in the last book at least.

Jacob. Oh, Jacob. My poor little baby Jacob. He tries so hard to show her that she loves him, all the while knowing that it probably won’t work out in the end. I really loved his character again, but his personality got a little too cocky for me. Some cockiness can be okay, but the way Stephenie Meyer wrote it was too much. The way Jacob kept switching back and forth between the nice guy and the overly – confident man was not to my liking.

I give the characters ★★★★ stars.

The plot was okay. It mostly centered around the love triangle with the action as a backdrop to keep the story going. Stephanie keeps returning to the same idea of Victoria chasing Bella. There hasn’t been anything new, really, in the way of the vampire world. I am hoping there will be something new in the next book in the way of the plot.

This is definitely not the best vampire book I’ve ever read, but it’s okay for a beginner book. The problem is that they take so long to read. I think it would’ve been nicer if they had been a bit more compacted.

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ~ Review ~

★★★ stars

This i49041s the second book in the Twilight series. I read the first one last week. I decided to read this series after re – watching the movies for the second time. My friend told me that this book was the most boring in the series, so I expected it to be super slow.

For me, it wasn’t that it was slow, it was just that it was annoying. It’s starts off with Jacob and Bella in love and then it ends with the characters in the same emotional state. The only character that you see change throughout this book is Jacob.

The cover of this book is really pretty, although I couldn’t really see how it connected with the story. It is black underneath it’s dust jacket with no designs or anything and silver writing. I give it ★★★ stars for over all book design.

Bella, as a character in this book, is very annoying. Even though this book is in first perspective, I found it really hard to like her. She pines after Edward forever and leads Jacob on even when she knows he likes her because she needs to feel human contact. She has zero character growth and is a really one dimensional character, whereas in the first book I found she had a little more depth to her personage.

Edward is hardly in this book so I don’t even know what to say about him. The parts that he is in, however, are him being indecisive or silent and brooding. He is the most indecisive character that I have ever read. One moment he sticking next to her no matter what and then he is leaving for Bella’s sake. Also, this thing about him not having a soul. He’s SUCH a pessimist.

Jacob Black is by far my favourite character. He has the most character growth in this book. I feel like Stephenie Meyer just had Edward leave so that she could develop Jacob’s storyline. If Edward had never left there probably wouldn’t even be a love triangle. Jacob is just so adorable and sweet to Bella. He is always there for her even though he knows that Bella loves Edward and she just keeps leading him on. He’s such a cutie.

Over all, the characters in this book are 1/3 so I give them ★★ stars.

The plot was very flat. It was all just building toward the last fifty or so pages. I liked the middle bits because of Jacob, but the beginning and the end were not very good.