Book Review: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

I have been a huge fan of Veronica Roth for years, ever since I first read Divergent. Unfortunately I have yet to convince myself to read Allegiant – I love Tris too much to read it… Even now. (Yes, Twitter, you and your spoiler ways do affect my reading choices!) One day though, I know I will read it. I just need a bit more courage. Anyway, that experience did not discourage me from reading first, Carve the Mark and now, The Fates Divide.

This series has well developed characters, a whole universe of deadly planets (yey! I love science fiction!) and of course, oracles! Like, seriously, could it get any cooler? Oh wait, a prophesy defying romance of the Montague VS Capulet variety? Check! So basically, if you’ve not been reading this series, then what have you been doing with your life?

Romance stuff: Cyra and Akos are as ship-worthy as ever, but also Akos’ sister’s relationship with the Chancellor was pretty heart-pounding. If only I had liked the Chancellor more… Oh, and in the audiobook, Akos’ character is voiced by Austin Butler, from The Shannara Chronicles. I know, right? Buy it!!

Action stuff: explosions, assassinations, spaceships. I loved it ALL!

Prophesies: this is where the narration at times reminded me of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, which is pretty much the highest complement I can give a book, as that is one of my all time favourite series. “Roth and Steifvater vibes, in one book?” I hear you say. Yes, oh yes.

Ending: I really liked how the sequel wrapped up lots of lose ends (whoop, happy endings!), but also didn’t solve a whole universe of problems in a single book. Dare I hope this means a spin-off duology is in the works? Pretty, pretty please Ms Roth? I could do your dishes for a month?

#DishThosePages #hardback #pre-order

Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

So should you read this one?

Well, if you enjoy sitting on the edge of a cliff and dangling your legs… If you like sassy, smart, mouthy characters… If you like a good riddle… Then YES! You definitely should.

This sequel to ‘The Fifth Wave‘, still centres on Cassie and Ethan’s story (shocker: he’s ALIVE) but it also follows Ringer. Kinda like that girl more now, she’s so smart! We also get more backstory on the other characters – e.g. Pound Cake – and once again Yancey questions the Others’ motives for their #alienoffensive.

This is the middle book in the trilogy and it’s just not as compelling as the first book, when we were unsure of so much more and everything was new to the reader. For a lot of the story the characters seemed stuck in one place, in a kind of limbo. Nevertheless, ‘The Infinite Sea‘ was still chock full of suspense – bombs, mysteries, hand-to-hand combat, kisses, sacrifice, etc. And that ending. Man, the revelation that Ringer gave us, it blew me away… #lovethatgirl

So will I be reading the final book, ‘The Last Star‘? #finalbattle

OF COURSE I WILL. I am now officially addicted to the twisty turns and heart-stopping moments that this series delivers… 

Book Review: Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta

When musician Cade is told by the projection of a mad scientist that she’s been quantum-ly entangled with a boy she’s never met and that this boy is in trouble, she’s left with no choice but to try to find and help this boy… #hero

I think it’s important to mention here that I found the first few chapters a bit confusing, as the setting was foreign and the prose were cluttered with metaphors and space-slang. Also Cade had to live with ‘the noise’, before Xan awoke (having been kidnapped…). 

Her search for Xan takes Cade from a dusty, nowhere-special planet, onto a living spaceship/pet (with the help of the Human Express aka Lee and an interested alien, Rennik) and then across the galaxy. 

I liked Cade as a main character – she’s mature, complex, ballsy, sticks to her convictions and she’s always honest with herself. #girlcrush The concept of ‘quantum entanglement’ was fresh and interesting too and the author had clearly thought through the idea carefully.

There’s plenty of humour, action, suspense and mystery throughout the story, even a light sprinkling of romance! #teamRennik So it was never difficult to find a reason to read on. 

Entangled‘ is a very tightly crafted novel, with plenty of characters and storylines in it that I’d be happy to revisit in a sequel. In fact I’m excited to find out what QE means for the future of the universe, by reading ‘Unmade‘!