This book blew my mind. The Program is based on the premise that teenage suicides have skyrocketed. It has become an epidemic. To solve the problem, the program was developed in school districts across the U.S., and Sloane and her boyfriend James live in one of these districts. The Program erases memories, leaving behind a shell of a person.
It was only a matter of pages before I got caught up in the raw emotions. I felt everything Sloane faced throughout the novel. I worried with her as she stressed about being watched. I panicked when James was taken away for treatment, and I felt a loss as Sloane herself was admitted into the Program. While she was there I kept thinking "No, no, no! Stop!" as she her memories were disappearing.
This book is not for children. It has some pretty graphic scenes; self-harm, characters poisoning themselves, drugs, and sexual assaults. One of the things I appreciated about the book was that Sloane and James have a sexual relationship, and while the book doesn't have an actual description of what they're doing, it's pretty obvious they are doing the deed. I love how Sloane stands up for their relationship when her councilor keeps telling her that James is a sexual predator, but Sloane tells her that he's not and that the sex is consensual and that they use protection. I feel you don't really see that in books nowadays.
This novel seemed very real, and I feel that is why I was so engaged. Parents sent their children to The Program because they didn't really have another choice; it was either send them to The Program or hope that they wouldn't try and kill themselves. Everyone in this story acted very real; the villains of the story have a real motive; they're making a lot of money off The Program, so they don't really care about their clients and how they feel about having their memories erased.
What really chilled me to the bone was thinking how far off are we from something like this happening? Let's hope they don't develop the medication to selectively erase out memories anytime soon.
Reviewed by Sweet Feet Rating: Granny shoes *with some exceptions*
A little while ago, a girl named Lilly asked me to review The Treatment, but I had never read the book, so I looked it up and found out that it was a second book to The Program. Obviously I had to read the first book, and I couldn't put it down. Once I got to the second book I was so excited to see how the story continued.
I know it is a little strange that I am reviewing the second book before the first book, but I really wanted to get this out so Lilly could read what I thought! I'll review the first book tomorrow :)
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE PROGRAM, BEWARE THIS MIGHT RUIN IT A LITTLE BIT! VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK LOL!
I was a huge fan of The Program, so my hopes were high that The Treatment would follow its footsteps. Sadly, I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with The Program. What didn't work for me though was the beginning. I thought it was a train wreck until the novel started to get better towards the ending. The Treatment is broken into three parts. The first two parts we catch up with James and Sloane as they run from The Program and join the rebels in the wild. I loved Sloane and James' relationship in the first novel, but this one... there are no words to describe how much I loved it. Literally no words.
There is one thing I didn't like about the romance... I felt that Sloane was flip flopping between James and Michael, which sucked because she was basically leading Realm on. I felt bad for James and was angry at Sloane because Realm is creepy and UGH!
I like how things start to pick up in the final part of the novel. The action starts and the twists start coming, but it would have been a little better if it started a little sooner in the book.
All in all I loved the book and I'm glad that Lilly recommended it to me! Like I said I will be posting The Program tomorrow or Wednesday!
Granny Shoes - safe for Grandmas *with some exceptions*
The plot in this story takes a while for it to get weird, which is a good thing because it allowed me to fully appreciate the writing. Kat Falls kept the feral zone a mystery at first, which made me more curious and left me more eager to find out what was on the other side. It got me involved, in a sense, and it was difficult for me to put it down. The action was insane as well as the romance! The romance was subtle, but just enough to give the story a little extra something, something. I usually like a lot of romance, but Inhuman didn't need it to keep my interested. I loved the characters, specifically the two male leads... wink, wink. Deciding which one was my favorite was difficult because they both had attributes that were amazing, but I have to say my favorite was Rafe. He was such a badass, funny, but also could be serious. Lane was a great protagonist, but I disliked how she kept making the same mistakes and never learning from them until the very end. There was mystery shrouding each one and I was curious to see how their stories would unfold.
I thought Kat did a great job backing up her concepts with science; it helped give reason to their world. I loved how she was creative with the animals in the feral zone, such as the piranha bats and chimpanzee moles. When you think about it logically its like WHATTT?
How can a fish and bat mutate, but anything is possible. I loved how it gave a creepy element to the story!
Overall, I loved this dystopian book. I loved it so much I picked up the second book and can't wait to write a review on it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves futuristic post-apocalyptic novels.
This book is actually so good! This book revolves around a young protagonist, Beatrice Prior, who is turning sixteen. Because of some unknown catastrophe, survivors divided into five factions, each one focusing on different virtues. Beatrice and her family are in Abnegations, which emphasizes selflessness. The four other factions are Candor; honest, Dauntless; bravery, Amity; peace, and Erudite; intelligence.
On your sixteenth birthday you must choose which faction you will be associated with; if it is not the faction that you were born into, you will probably never see your family again. Beatrice always admired the Dauntless, and when it came for her to decide, she leaves her family and joins them. Here Beatrice meets Four, who soon becomes her one true love.
Like any dystopian world there is a secret to their perfect system: many people don't fit into just one factions or another. These individuals are known as the Divergent, and our protagonist is one of them.
This book is well written, with solid pros and emotional and thematic depth that gives the book an extra nudge. The characters are interesting and compelling... uuhhmmmm... Four. I wish he would save me when I need it and let me touch all his tattoos.
HAHAHAHA ANYWAYS! I liked this story because every virtue can be inverted into a vice, and this is slowly what we see as the story continues. Bravery can give way to aggression; intelligence can become calculating and manipulative; love of peace can become passivity; honesty can become a way to brutalize others; selflessness can be inverted into self-destruction.
All in all I loved this story and can't wait to reread the other two books and share my opinion on them!
First of all I have to say I FOUND THIS BOOK AT THE DOLLAR STORE!! WHAT! Literally I was walking down the isle and happened to stop and look at the books, and I saw this book and nearly died. This is probably the cheapest book I have ever bought, but don't think that since it's from the dollar store that it's terrible... because that would be a lie!
Basically what happens is there is this "medicine" that is supposed to help soldiers with PTSD and it is successful, but it also took away their sense of fear, making them known as the fearless; along with this it makes the fearless not know love and compassion.
Cass is a seventeen year old girl who, during the outbreak seven years ago, was moved to an island with some family friends and others. Unfortunately, not everyone in her family came along. I'm not going to say who or what... SPOILERS ARE A NO, NO! Anyway, her brother is taken away by some fearless, and she is willing to do anything to get him back, including risking the chance to go back to the island; because once you leave it is harder to get back.
During her search to find her brother, she teams up with Myo, who literally is perfect in every way, but like everyone he has secrets. While he is on the island in a cell - he snuck onto the island and got caught- he promises Cass that he will help her find her brother if she helped him escape. Obviously she wasn't going to miss the opportunity for help.
Myo and Cass have many adventures together and they both totally kick ass! (Excuse my French ;)) The action that is going on in this book is AMAZBALLS! After reading this book, my parents asked me if I was ever attacked, would I fight or flight? I totally said fight, but in reality I would probably do both.
Of course the two, Myo and Cass, have to fall in love; it wouldn't be the same without it. I seriously loved it! But, like every relationship, there are issues, lies that break the relationship a tiny bit, but its all good folks. All Goooooood.
There are other characters such as Sol, who grew up with Cass. Sol has this huge crush on Cass and everyone knows it. He has asked Cass out a couple times and she has always said no. At first I thought I liked Sol, but then he goes all psycho... again not saying anything to give something away, and then I totally understand why Cass always said no.
I loved this book so much, I really wanted there to be a second book, but so far I haven't found anything about it. So, in that case... Emma Pass, if you ever come across this blog and read this review, please consider writing a second book, because I am in desperate need to find out what happens to them. :) Everything about this book is perfect. I recommend this book to anyone!
Reviewed by Sweet Feet Rating: Go-go boots (with diamonds)
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOOO MUCH!!! Okay, I'm calm now...
Understudies never get to perform. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just: a) Shakespeare is HARD, b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show. Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
This book is so cute. Emily is a high school girl who is struggling to be with a guy that she has liked since, well, forever. Emily is hilarious and very clumsy (I can relate).
I liked how they used a scene from Romeo and Juliet, because that is one of my favorite plays, although like Emily I have no clue what is actually being said, but just the story of it makes my heart explode with love... anyways back to the review.
Amanda is the Queen Bee of the school and of course gets the role of Juliet and Wes, Emily's crush, is playing Romeo. Emily wants to be with Wes so bad that she begs her friend to let her be the understudy for Amanda. Being the understudy she has to learn the lines and be at every rehearsal, not so bad. But, the day before the actual show Amanda has pains and has to have her appendix removed... Emily is now Juliet and doesn't know the lines!
Emily is now doing the show and it all starts going well, until she looks at Wes and he winks at her... it all goes down hill from there.
I laughed so hard at some of the things Emily did just because it was so awkward and I felt embarrassed for her. My mom looked at me a couple times and gave me the look of "are you okay?" So, if you ever read this book make sure you don't read it in public... you may get embarrassed yourself.
All in all I loved this book. I can relate to Emily's awkward clumsiness and all the romance in the book made it perfect. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh now and then.
OH MY LORD! I have to be honest, I did not hear about this book until I saw the movie trailer, and it makes me kind of sad. This book is soo good! It has real life problems and the romance is PERFECT!!
Madeline is an 18 year old girl who has never been outside. CRAZY! Ever since she was little her immune system wasn't working properly, and was given the rare disease "bubble baby disease." One day a new family moves in to the house next door and it was like love at first sight for Madeline and Oliver "Olly".
Olly has a lot of family issues, and Madeline is willing to do anything to help him, including going outside to protect him.
Madeline has always wanted to go to the ocean, so out of the blue she gets airplane tickets to Hawaii and takes Olly with her. There they spend two days together and you know ... *dot. dot. dot*. But, then Madeline gets sick and is sent home and basically put under house arrest, and tells Olly that they shouldn't be together because she would only hold him back. Obviously, he didn't agree with her, but did as she requested.
Sadly, Olly moves away after his mom decides to leave his dad making Madeline sad. She wonders if she will ever get to see Olly again or if he will ever forgive her and be with her. So then, she buys a ticket to where he moved to and... lets just say they live happily ever after!
the ending is sooo insane! I was in complete shock when I found out everything. LIKE WHAT?!
I highly recommend this book to anyone! Like I said earlier it has real life problems that almost anyone can somewhat relate to.
Reviewed by Sweet Feet Rating: Wing-tips and Vans (Hero's and Villains)
This book made me wish that I had powers. Like, who doesn't want to make balls of fire or control peoples minds? I COULD FORCE PEOPLE TO READ BOOKS!! BEST SUPER POWER EVER!
This book is full of action and LOTS of ROMANCE!!
Kenna thinks she is an ordinary in a world full of Hero's and Villains, but little does she know that that is not the case. When she was little her father was murdered or I should say blown up, and in order to protect Kenna, her mom invented this shot that prevents people to use their powers on her, so basically she is "immune" to powers. Well one night she is working in a lab, where her mom works, and meets Draven, Nitro, and Dante and that's when her adventure begins. The relationship between Kenna and Draven is everything! They fight all the time, but then they're face to face and even reading it you can feel the connection between them. I totally fangirled when they kissed!!! I know that's not much, but I don't want to give anything away, so you'll just have to read the book to find out what happens.
Let's just take a minute to appreciate Draven. If you have not read this book then let me tell you why Draven is PERFECT in every way. 1) he is a villain with a big heart 2) blue eyes that make you melt 3) PERFECTION Do I need to give you any other reasons? I think not.
This is such an amazing book and I can't wait to read the second. I recommend this book to anyone! Literally ANYONE!
Granny Shoes - safe for Grandmas
Birks - lots of emotion and navel-gazing
Wing Tips - bossy but irresistible heroes (and villains)
Crocs - funny heroes, imperfect heroines
Vans - testy heroes full of smarcasm (and villains)
Reviewed by Sweet Feet Rating: Go-go boots (with SPARKLES)
Hello my Sweets!! I have another amazing book review for you!
I must say... THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!! I know, I know, I say it about every book, but... BOOKS!
When Gemina first came out I wanted to get it so bad, but unfortunately a person needs money, which I did not have at the time, so I had to wait a while to get it, but when I did get it... I dived right in. This book had my emotions literally in a rollercoaster. I cried a few times, then after I realized what actually happened I was in shock, and my adrenaline was pumping, so I mean... it's a pretty great book.
The story takes place on the space station Heimdall, which is where the Hypatia is trying to get to after being attacked by BeiTech. BeiTech Industries want to end all evidence of the attack they did on Kerenza, which means killing the survivors on Hypatia, which are heading toward Heimdall... see the situation yet? It gets super crazy and you just have to read it!!
Anyways, Hanna Donnelly, is one of the main characters. Her dad is the stations captain, and lets be honest, Hanna's life is pretty easy. She is known as being the captains pampered daughter, and for people who don't know her, they hate her because of it. Hanna is a badass though, I don't want to give too much away, but if you have read the book, you know what I'm talking about.
Next, we have Nik Malikov. OH MY GOD!!! I totally fangirled when Nik was introduced to this book! He is the total dream guy... at least for me lol. <<< Did I just say lol? Nik is seemed to look like a total badass, but in reality he has the biggest heart. He has tattoos covering his body, but obviously it makes him even hotter. He has a special tattoo of an angel on his neck/throat, which has a huge story behind it, which shows just how big of a heart he actually has. Oh yeah, and did I mention that he has a thing for Hanna?
Of course there are plenty of other wonderful characters in the story: Ella Malikova, Jackson Merrick... aka rapier, and Isaac Grant are just a few, but I don't want to give too much away like I said earlier... I have a problem with doing that.
The action is amazing in this book, I couldn't put it down. Also, the flirty conversations between Hanna and Nik made the romance FANTASTIC, and the ENDING!!! OH MY GOSH!! Just thinking about how the book ended has me in a frenzy! I don't know if I can wait until October to read the third book!
I recommend this book to anyone! If you like action and romance, this book is definitely for you!
Granny Shoes - safe for Grandmas
Birks - lots of emotion and navel-gazing
Wing Tips - bossy but irresistible heroes
Crocs - funny heroes, imperfect heroines
Vans - testy heroes full of smarcasm
Go-go boots - my highest rating: perfection (with SPARKLES)