Book Review: Enrule by Holly Sparks

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Title: Enrule
Author: Holly Sparks
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: December 20th, 2015
Pages: 214
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Young Adult


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I remember waking to the scream. 

I remember calling my sister's name. 

I remember seeing the blood smeared along the staircase. 

I remember the creature's green eyes. 

They say there's a cure. They say there's a way to stop this madness, a way to stop the hunger.

I think they're lying.

My name is Ella, and this is my story.

I will be honest: I expected more from this book. After reading a more detailed description of the book, I just knew I had to get it - especially since it seemed like a perfect dystopian book for me to read. It was exactly what I was craving - zombies and swords. When I first dived into the book, I knew something was off. I couldn't quite get into the book. I was trying really hard to find out what it was, and as I got halfway through the book I realized what it was - Holly's writing style.

Understand me right. I'm in no way judging Holly's writing or saying that she is a bad writer. There's just something that is off about her writing. Something that I did not enjoy. For example(no spoilers), one part in the book someone says: "I don't know, Ella." Then, three sentences later: "I really don't know, Ella." There were a lot of repetitions that really wasn't necessary. But there was one part that sent me straight out laughing. And that was when Ella thought/said "Oh no he doesn't!" and I imagined the finger sapping and her head going to side to side. It was just hilarious.

Another issue I had with this book was how fast everything went. This is an issue I run into with almost every book I read, the authors seems in such a hurry to get to the good stuff and that is totally fine. I get that. But for me, it ruins the reading experience. I feel like I don't get enough time to know the characters and the world that surrounds them. Everything was so rushed. Things happened on almost every single page, there was no time to breath, no time to really get to know the characters. I wish there was more pages to to get to know Ella and how great (but reckless) she really is. I want to see her and a certain character's relationship evolves. I want to get to know her friends more. There is just so much more I wish I could have gotten out of this book.

But then again, this book is filled with potential. The story is great and really catchy, which makes me crave for more. I'm really looking forward to read more and I hope I get to know the characters a lot better, get to learn more about the outside world and the zombies. I really liked the fact that Holly came up with her own type of zombies. It was really interesting to read that there was way more too them than they thought. All in all, it's a really great book even though it has it's flaws!





Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

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Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance


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No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

When I first dived into this book, my expectations were pretty low and I wouldn't think I'd enjoy one bit because of my strong love to the TV-Show and that it didn't have the best rating on Goodreads. So it's not shocking that I thought this would end up being a slow and boring read. Kass Morgan couldn't have proved me more wrong.

The 100 is about a group that consists of one hundred juvenile delinquents who are being sent down to Earth almost a century after a nuclear war wiped most of the human kind away. Those who survived was sent up into space, to an orbital home called The Ark. There they were suppose to live for at least a few centuries (not sure how many centuries, but certainly more than one), but because the life support on the Ark was failing they had no other choice but to send down a group of kids who was expandable to society because of the crimes they had admitted, according to the Council. What neither the Council nor the kids knew, was if The Hundred was given a second chance or if they were sent on a suicide 
mission.

There are four main characters in this book: Clarke, Wells, Bellamy & Glass - each of them with their own P.O.V. Reading multiple P.O.V's can be quite difficult at some times (especially for me since I get easily confused), but Kass Morgan handled that pretty well. It was easy to distinguish the characters from each other. If I had to choose a favorite between those four, I'd have to say Bellamy. It's weird for me to actually admit that because I don't like the Bellamy we see in the TV-Show at all.

All in all, a really good read for me. Kass is good at describing environment devolving around the characters, the way she portrays the relationships between the characters but what I liked the most was the fact that she didn't rush anything. I know way to many books that are eager to get to the highlight and barely spends any time on building up to the highlight itself. That is something I believe Kass Morgan mastered.

Throughout the book we see how The Hundred manage down on Earth, what surprises and obstacles they face, how they have to depend on each other and the importance of friendship.