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Outside In

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

Me? A leader? Okay, I did prove that there’s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we’re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He’s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there’s outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

3 Stars

After loving Inside Out, I was a little disappointed with this one.

The Good:

The characterization continued to be realistic. Trella continued to struggle with her selfishness and how her decisions affected others. Other characters got realistically frustrated with her and tried to set her straight (she eventually came around). Also, Snyder did a good job keeping me just as confused as Trella was in some places (which is a good thing). The plot is very fast-paced and there’s a lot to keep straight, which I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.

The Bad:

The romance took a dive. I was looking forward to seeing how Trella and Riley’s relationship would progress as they actually got to know each other. However, instead, their relationship just got more physical. (Although the scenes weren’t incredibly explicit, I didn’t feel they were necessary. To me, physical attraction, while alright and even necessary to a point, isn’t what makes a lasting or believable relationship.) I was disappointed in how little time they spent getting to know each other. Their relationship became rather flat, superficial to me. (And I had such high hopes for this one…) Also, I’m not sure how Trella managed to do everything when she was constantly being injured and put in the infirmary o_O

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in 3 Stars, Reviews

 

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Everneath

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s…

2.5 Stars (I’ll round up, though)

It’s been a little while since I read this, so I may have forgotten some things.

The Good:

First thing, the picture is gorgeous. I want that dress! Just the fact that it’s a retelling of the Hades/Persephone and the Orpheus myths gives it points. I thought the plot was interesting, although it bordered on melodramatic at times. (Although if you’re about to be sucked back into the underworld, I suppose you have an excuse to be a little melodramatic.) Nikki was, for the most part, a sympathetic character. Just the fact that she was struggling against going off with the “bad boy” gave her points in my book. And her draw towards Cole was given in terms of an addiction she was struggling against but sometimes succumbed to since his feeding off of her emotions took some of her pain and sorrow away temporarily.

The Bad:

All the drama between Nikki and Jack and Cole was a little painful to read sometimes… and the writing went into the sappy quite a bit. The ending was pretty obvious (I thought) which made it a little anti-climactic for me. Also, I thought the knitting thing was a little strange.

In all, my impression was “Interesting idea, could have been better.”

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in 3 Stars, Reviews

 

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