Crossed

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Series, book 2/3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: the Penguin Group
Release Date: November 1st, 2011

This post reviews the second book of the Matched trilogy. You may like to read the first book in the series, Matched, before reading this review. 

Cassia has been relocated to the Tana Province on a 3-month work assignment in the fields. When she sees her chance to escape from her own assignment, she takes it. She flees with one of the girls from her work group, Indie, in hopes of reaching the Outer Provinces to find Ky. Meanwhile, in the Outer Provinces, people are not lasting long. The Society is using its lowest members, the Aberrations and Anomalies, to fight in the war against the Enemy. Ky, among the Aberrations, escapes with two companions.

Both groups of runaways escape into the Carving, a great maze-like canyon in the middle of the desert, and accidentally find each other. Their new focus is to find the Rising, the resistance against the Society.

I really liked the change in points of view between Cassia and Ky. Not only does this make things more interesting, but we also get to see into the heart of Ky in a way that we couldn’t in book one. Crossed kept me interested, but the first half of the book was rather slow until Cassia and Ky finally met up.

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Matched

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Series, book 1/3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: the Penguin Group

Release Date: November 30th, 2010

The Society in Matched is a highly controlled, analyzed civilization. Part of this analysis is the Matching system, where the Society chooses your spouse. When Cassia’s Match is revealed to be Xander, her best friend, she couldn’t be more pleased. But another match is revealed – Ky, someone she knows little about. This glitch is unheard of in Society. Is her Match Xander, or Ky?

Cassia unintentionally interacts more regularly with Ky. As they spend time together, trust develops and they share parts of themselves that no one else knows. They step into dangerous territory, not just in the all-controlling Society, but in their own hearts.

I enjoyed this book, though it was slow at times, and I’m excited to see where Cassia’s decisions take her in the next book in the series, Crossed.

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Crystal Kingdom

Title: Crystal Kingdom
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles, book 3/3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 4th, 2015




Note: This post reviews the third book of The Kanin Chronicles. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Frostfire and Ice Kissed, before reading this review. 

Additional note: Crystal Kingdom, like the book before it, contains a descriptive love scene that I feel is pretty mature in its description and content. Strong language is also used occasionally throughout the book. I say this as a heads up for the actual “young adults” this book is aimed toward. 
Bryn Aven is on the run. Desperate to find more evidence to prove her case, she decides to go back to the beginning and learn the truth. She returns to her people, with valuable information behind the conspiracy.
When the conspirator declares war on the Skojare, the other tribes join Bryn and her friends, ready to make a stand against the true enemy. It is time to go to war against Doldastam – her own city.

In this exciting finish, Hocking wraps up a lot of the conflict between the tribes of the trolls, conflict between Bryn and her people, and even conflict in Bryn’s own heart. These books have earned a place on my shelves. I know I will come back and reread them at some point, experiencing this fantastic world of the trolls all over again.

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Ice Kissed


Title: Ice Kissed
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles, book 2/3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Note: This post reviews the second book of The Kanin Chronicles. You may like to read the first book in the series, Frostfire, before reading this review. 

Additional note: Ice Kissed contains a descriptive love scene that I feel is pretty mature in its content. Just a heads up for the actual “young adults” this book is geared toward.
When Queen Linnea appears to Bryn in a lysa, a projection that allows one troll to enter another troll’s thoughts through a vision, she asks Bryn to come find her. Bryn learns that the queen ran away from her own palace because she felt unsafe. When Bryn returns the queen to Storvatten, she realizes that conspiracy involving the royal family is underway in Storvatten. Just when Bryn uncovers who is behind the conspiracy, she tries to tell King Evert immediately. But before she can, she is apprehended by the last person she thought would get in her way.
 
This action-packed sequel was a good follow-up for Frostfire. Check out the third and final book of this series, Crystal Kingdom.

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