The Turning Point (3)
Hey y'all! New readers, welcome to Words Like Silver.This weekend, I've been sick so I'm a bit behind on reviews. Anyways, I have a few books that I am in the process of reading and I thought that I'd do a turning point post on them. For those of you who aren't regular readers, "The Turning Point" is a feature that I do sporadically on the blog, essentially talking about the books that I am currently reading and my reaction towards them. Occasionally, they also serve as mini-reviews for the books. I went a little crazy on Netgalley a few weeks ago after checking it for the first time in ages, so I will review my Netgalley reads this way because I don't have the time to create full-fledged reviews for them. Several of the books on here are ones that I will be reviewing later, so keep an eye on them!Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings.
I like the book so far but I'm not a huge fan of the synopsis. It makes it feel like a joke. "A close encounter with a shark - ouch!"? It isn't in the Goodreads description but that's what it says on the back of my ARC. That incident is a huge point in the book and it was a huge part of the protagonist's character. It wasn't really a joking matter nor did it make me want to read the book more. It just seems a bit sloppy and loose. However, I love the writing itself and the lore spins itself in a very endearing way. So far, I'm enjoying it a ton.I don't think that the characters are particularly fresh, because they do feel like they are a bit molded to what's accepted in YA and they feel like they have a set personality, but I do like the writing.Anna Banks has major potential and it definitely showed in the book. The beginning of the book was very "safe" and predictable but the end is showing extreme promise that I can't wait to dig into.And have I mentioned my love for mermaid books? Many times I'm sure but I can really never get enough.Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
This book...wow. Any fan of action or intensity, of sci-fi or strong characters, pick up this book. Already I can see it being a hit for teenage guys and girls, and adults. It feels like a crossover to me and I love that.The only thing that I've had a problem with so far is the pacing. Sometimes the author goes too fast while others too slow. It feels like there are a lot of scenes that simply don't need to be there and are just there to make the book thicker, and it could be tightened up easily. Also, the author goes back and forth with her writing style as well - for one, she sometimes "told" but didn't "show". On others, she "showed" too much and I was confused to what was going on.On the scenes that actually mattered, the tension is perfectly sculpted and the heroine is definitely going to be a contender in the next Heroine Tourney. She's strong and just amazing, similar to Max from the Maximum Ride series and is entirely unique. The plot is really unique as well - its cleverness astounds me with every new plot development.Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else.I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
I actually just finished this one last night and let me tell you that there is a reason why Maria V. Snyder is practically revered for her books. I loved Trella (the protagonist) and she sounded like somebody I would be friends with. She has a bit of Evie from Paranormalcy in her as well as some Katniss and a lot of other really lovable characters.It was so different in almost all of its aspects that I just fell in love with it. The writing style was very honest and everything was believable and still creative. It's all very fresh and it was very appealing to me. Sometimes I like a slightly messy, tragic, intense book but I love books like this that just are clean and neat.The worldbuilding is genius. It took me a bit to pick up the slang in it for the different levels and jobs and such, but once I got it (about 20 pages in), I felt fluent. The writing was phenomenal. It makes you think on a deeper level than most books do while also providing you with a story that's simply entertaining.The plot is riddled with twists, but goes steadily. It has good pacing, a great premise, and the entire book left me feeling satisfied and now I'm on the search for the next. While the writing style is quiet, the book is nothing but.Soon I'll have some more reviews up. Look out for the full reviews of these great novels. I'm really looking forward to finishing them.