Snapshot Reviews: The Testing, Requiem, & Beautiful Chaos

The Testing coverTitle: The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Snapshot Review:

This Hunger Games meets Divergent teen novel introduces us to Cia Vale, who lives in a remote colony in what’s left of the United States. When she’s chosen for The Testing, a prestigious honor reserved for the best of the best, she has no idea what darkness is in store for her. Cia’s a smart, capable main character to helm this book, the first in a series. The Testing is an exciting, thoughtful novel, and while some aspects of it are unbelievable, Charbonneau has created an interesting world that readers will be eager to return to in the future.

 

Requiem coverTitle: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Snapshot Review:

The last in the Delirium trilogy, Requiem concludes Lena’s story. Lena lives in a world where love is considered a disease, and she fights against that belief with everything she has. She’s put to the test in this novel, pushed and pulled farther than she ever thought she could go, and comes out stronger for it. The novel also includes the counter narrative of Hana, Lena’s former best friend who still lives in luxury, but things aren’t quite as picture perfect for her as they seem. It’s definitely interesting, and Oliver leaves the conclusion ambiguous, yet still manages to bring the trilogy to a satisfying close.

 

 

Beautiful Chaos coverTitle: Beautiful Chaos
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Snapshot Review:

The third book in the The Caster Chronicles, Garcia and Stohl continue Ethan and Lena’s (popular name in YA, apparently!) love story, set against a backdrop of a crumbling Gatlin. Once again, they are plunged headfirst into a situation they don’t understand; the authors write compelling characters, both major and minor, and readers will enjoy the mystery presented in the novel. Ethan’s voice has developed over the course of the series, and it’s difficult to not love his friendly, yet sometimes desperate, tone as he tries to figure out what is going on around them while trying to hang onto the girl he loves. The Southern gothic nature of this series is enough to interest adult readers in this quartet.

 

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