Unheeded Whispers

Hi, I'm Cassie. I'm 25 and I love YA fantasy novels. 

 

I listen to audiobooks everyday on the way to and from work. I also read whenever I have a chance.

 

I'm on Goodreads and Booklikes because I want to document and categorize what I've read as well get ideas and opinions on what to read next from other bookworms!

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys  - Maggie Stiefvater, Will Patton That was awesome!

This book has an incredibly creative story line with lots of little twists. It's so fantastical with all its talk about ley lines and the ancient Welsh King Glendower and psychic powers, but at the same time the characters are so real. You can't help but fall in love with the raven boys. Ronan, with his strong, sad personality, is by far my favorite.

The last line of this book is crazy and I suggest having the second book on hand so you can start reading it right away.

For a sneak peak at the intense characters in this series, check out Cassandra Jean's fanart on tumblr. It's amazing. http://cassandrajp.tumblr.com/tagged/raven-boys

The Giver

The Giver - Lois Lowry, Ron Rifkin I can't believe I didn't read this book sooner! Full review to come.

World After

World After  - Susan Ee, Caitlin Davies Actual rating: 4.5

I loved it! Full review to come.

Raven

Raven - Lauren Oliver I read this short story after I had already finished the rest of the series, and that just made it even sadder. I love the enigmatic Raven and I wish this story would have been longer!

Divergent

Divergent  - Veronica Roth, Emma Galvin I originally gave this book 3 stars because it was better than some other books that I gave 3 stars to in the past. But really, it was not a good book; it was an OK book. I'm updating my rating and the rating of a couple other books as a result.

Full review to come.

Both Sides Of Time by Caroline B. Cooney

Both Sides of Time - Caroline B. Cooney

This book in one sentence: A teenage girl travels through time and instantly falls in love with a boy that treats women as weak and incapable creatures in need of control by men, and she has no problem with it.

 

The MC is frustrated with her current boyfriend because he largely ignores her. She believes he is a terrible person for treating her that way and he probably is. Then she falls into the 19th century where her intelligence and virtue are constantly insulted by the people she meets, but she loves them. I do not understand the point of this story. It can't be to tell girls that it's not OK to be ignored, but it is OK to be insulted, can it?

In addition to the entire book being about men treating women badly, the writing was choppy and rushed. The characters were underdeveloped and many things went unexplained, such as how the MC knew so much about "Time" and what it wanted from her.

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight was good, but it wasn't as good as Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The author tries to build suspense by skipping over huge pieces of the plot and then filling the reader in bit by bit later in the story. Some readers might really enjoy all the suspense, but I did not. All the skipping around, coupled with many different points of view throughout the book, made things hard to follow sometimes. 

I loved the plot even though I didn't love the delivery of it. The story takes places in two wonderfully built worlds with lots of action. There are a ton of likable characters, too, and the reader of the audiobook version does an amazing job of giving them all very fitting voices. My favorite is Zuzana with her Czech accent.

I'm looking forward to continuing the series and I hope Akiva and Karou's love story gains some depth and substance in Dreams of Gods & Monsters.

Requiem (Delirium Trilogy, #3) by Lauren Oliver

Requiem - Lauren Oliver

I don't have much to say about this book that won't spoil things, so I'll keep this short.

In Requiem, the story alternates between Hana's POV and Lena's POV, which is an interesting format. There's not quite as much action as there was in Pandemonium, but I enjoyed getting into Hana's head and seeing how the procedure affected her. 

Throughout the book, there were a few scenes I disliked and wish they would have gone differently. For the most part, though, it was an entertaining story. I was really enjoying myself up until I realized I was almost done with the book and I thought, "That's not possible; there's too much left to resolve!" Well, none of it gets resolved. Not one single thing. I don't want to say more and spoil the ending, but I'm not kidding. So, if you haven't started the series yet, keep in mind that you'll never find out what happens to these characters. If that will disappoint you, then I cannot recommend the Delirium Triology.

Both Sides Of Time

Both Sides Of Time - Caroline B. Cooney This book in one sentence: A teenage girl travels through time and instantly falls in love with a boy that treats women as weak and incapable creatures in need of control by men, and she has no problem with it.

The MC is frustrated with her current boyfriend because he largely ignores her. She believes he is a terrible person for treating her that way and he probably is. Then she falls into the 19th century where her intelligence and virtue are constantly insulted by the people she meets, but she loves them. I do not understand the point of this story. It can't be to tell girls that it's not OK to be ignored, but it is OK to be insulted, can it?

In addition to the entire book being about men treating women badly, the writing was choppy and rushed. The characters were underdeveloped and many things went unexplained, such as how the MC knew so much about "Time" and what it wanted from her.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn, Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne My feelings for this book are all over the place right now.

Crossed

Crossed  - Ally Condie, Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Review to come.

Hana

Hana - Lauren Oliver In this short story, we get to see the summer before Lena left from Hana's POV. It's definitely worth reading because you won't see Hana's emotions like this in [b:Requiem|9593913|Requiem (Delirium, #3)|Lauren Oliver|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1340992438s/9593913.jpg|14480925].

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)

Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor,  Khristine Hvam Days of Blood and Starlight was good, but it wasn't as good as [b:Daughter of Smoke & Bone|8490112|Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)|Laini Taylor|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1338613368s/8490112.jpg|13355552]. The author tries to build suspense by skipping over huge pieces of the plot and then filling the reader in bit by bit later in the story. Some readers might really enjoy all the suspense, but I did not. All the skipping around, coupled with many different points of view throughout the book, made things hard to follow sometimes.

I loved the plot even though I didn't love the delivery of it. The story takes places in two wonderfully built worlds with lots of action. There are a ton of likable characters, too, and the reader of the audiobook version does an amazing job of giving them all very fitting voices. My favorite is Zuzana with her Czech accent.

I'm looking forward to continuing the series and I hope Akiva and Karou's love story gains some depth and substance in [b:Dreams of Gods & Monsters|13618440|Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)|Laini Taylor|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1378892134s/13618440.jpg|19221595].

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

This was a case of "it's not you, it's me." 

There was nothing particularly wrong with the writing or the story, it just wasn't my cup of tea. There was some incredible imagery, but I found it disturbing rather than entertaining. I don't think my stomach can handle survival stories.

The beginning of the story read more like nonfiction than fiction with all it's detailed descriptions of animals and zoos. Some of it was interesting, but it's just not the type of stuff I want to read for entertainment.

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium  - Lauren Oliver

This was a surprisingly awesome book. Delirium was good, but it wasn't great. Pandemonium was great. 

Lena is reborn in this book. She is nothing like the girl from her old life, a life that no longer exists. She is in the Wilds and she is strong enough to survive, making her a much more likable character than she was in Delirium.

The pacing in this book was wonderful. It was never boring, but things also didn't move too fast that it was hard to follow. The very last twist in the book is incredible, even if you accidentally read about it already (like I did... I have to start being more careful about the reviews I read). 

Requiem is up next on my to-read list because I can't wait to find out what Lena does next. I have a feeling that it will turn out a little like Mockingjay

As in, Alex will be like Gale, willing to sacrifice others for the resistance. Julian will be like Peeta, good to the core, and Lena will choose him. But, that's just a prediction.

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 Of course, Mockingjay is perfect and it's fine with me if that's how Requiem turns out.

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1) by Caragh M. O'Brien

Birthmarked (Birthmarked Trilogy (Quality)) - Caragh M. O'Brien

Full disclosure: I listened to the audiobook and hated the reader, so I'm sure that influenced my feelings about Birthmarked. Note to all readers: constantly pausing at incredibly awkward points in a sentence is ANNOYING. I had to listen to the whole thing on 1.5x speed and there were still insanely long pauses in places that made absolutely no sense. 

Even forgetting about the reader, I cannot believe all the high ratings on this book. It

was not good.

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