Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman | Series Book Review

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
(Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, Undivided)

Genre: Dystopia, Science Ficiton

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Synopsis:
(from GoodReads)

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Neal Shusterman, thank you so much for blowing mind away. Let me start by saying that I recommend this series 100%. There are times where the books can seem slow, especially in UnSouled, but trust me it’s totally worth it. Everything builds up to that one mind-shattering moment. Everything is just a side part to this bigger picture. The parts that may seem slow are actually paving the way for the story.

These books make you question your humanity, it gives you the large question of: Is unwinding all that bad?

At first I would have answered, yes completely. Those kids don’t deserve what they got. And I still strongly believe that. Neal Shusterman provides you with the POV of both the unwinds and the people who support unwinding. Which was genius because it’s because of that that made second guess myself. I know it’s crazy, but if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know what I’d do. If I were in that life or death situation where I knew the only way to save myself was to accept an unwound part, would I accept? Would I, even knowing that the part came from a living human being who didn’t deserve to be unwound. Would I still accept it? I’d still like to say no, that I wouldn’t accept it, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t know, and won’t know until I truly experience it.

You’re constantly wondering if these events were to happen in life whose side would you be on? If you were put into someone else’s shoes, what would you do? And although it scared me, I loved every minute of it. There’s a part in Undivided that makes me want to become a vegetarian because of what one character says, but I know I couldn’t do it and that’s what sickens me the most.

These books are haunting and always had me at the edge of my seat. Always had me questioning everything. There are like a hundred different villains in this series, some play a bigger part than others, but all of them are important. You never know who you can trust in this big bad world. You never know if you can even trust yourself. Good guys can turn bad. Bad guys can turn good. People you thought you could trust turn against you. I went into the last book thinking I knew who all the bad guys were, but oh was I so wrong.

Some of the bad character though truly believed that they were doing good (if that makes sense) and that’s one of the main reasons that had me hating them even more. They were so selfish and twisted, but I loved every minute with their characters when I didn’t want to strangle them. The villains were so brilliantly written and the multiple POV’s helped you to understand their motives and what was going through their minds. And although I hated most of them I couldn’t help but also feel sorry for them.

Connor, Risa, and Lev go through so much character development throughout the series. That’s one of the reasons I all them so much, it feels like you’re watching them grow up and you can’t help but feel so proud of all their accomplishments or heartbroken when something bad happens to them. I connected with the characters so much that sometimes it was hard for me to continue reading because I knew something bad was going to happen to them and I couldn’t do anything to stop it or help them. I could only read on.

My favorite character is Hayden, he brought the humor in all the dire situations. In one POV, we’ll have someone in a drastic situation which will leave me nervous and scared for that characters life and then we’ll switch to Hayden and he’ll make me laugh, even when I don’t want to laugh. My emotions were all over the place with these books.

There are multiple point of views in the Unwind series, Connor, Risa, and Lev are probably the main ones, but they most definitely are not the only ones. Every persons POV that Neal Shusterman adds has a purpose. They’re all important and they all add to the story. The story wouldn’t have been as good as it was without them. All of the characters were so different from each other, different personalities and they came from different backgrounds. And I applaud him for that because it’s hard to create so many point of views and make all of them important while also making the characters different from one another. It’s another reason why I love the Unwind series so much. Connor, Risa, Lev, Cam, they are all such different characters who come from different family backgrounds, but they were also so similar in many ways. All of them were fighting for that one goal: to get rid of unwinding.

I love all the character so much, it’s going to be so hard to let them go. But I’m so proud of each and every one of them.

Literally one of the best series I’ve read in such a long time. I love it so much. Amazing job Neal Shusterman, you are a genius and you seriously deserve a medal for this masterpiece. These books seriously need more hype and more people need to read it! This series is the kind that will stay with me for a very long time. I doubt there will be anything like it, it’s truly one of a kind.

Amazing ending as well, it ties up most loose ends, however I still wish we got a bit more story for the other characters, but the series was so amazing overall.

Unwind: 4.5 out of 5 stars ★★★★½
UnWholly: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
UnSouled: 4 out of 5 stars ★★★★
UnDivided: 5 (hundred million) out of 5 stars ★★★★★

Series Overall: 99%

“I’ve got you… under my skin…”

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead | Series Review

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
(Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice)

Warning: Spoilers!

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Synopsis:
(Last Sacrifice synopsis from GoodReads | Contains Spoilers!)

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.
The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .
But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?
Each other.

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Wow, just wow.

I was about three-fourths of the way done Last Sacrifice when I was absolutely certain I was just going to give the book (and series) 4 stars. But then I read the ending. The beautiful amazing ending that brought me to tears. So I bumped it up to more of a 4.5 stars (maybe 4.8). I still can’t get over how annoyed with Rose I was for the majority of the series. I guess I didn’t connect with her like everyone else did. Overall I really did enjoy the series it was very well thought out, with plot twists, romance, and so much action! Lissa and Rose’s friendship will probably always be my favorite aspect of the series though.

And Adrian. Oh my god Adrian is perfection. I really hope him and Rose work it out. I hate sad Adrian. Sad Adrian makes me sad.

I was going to hold off reading Bloodlines, but now I’m definitely going to try to find it in my school library since I don’t own it yet. I can’t wait! More Adrian and Sydney and Eddie and Jill! Ahh, I just love everyone so much.

4.5 out of 5 stars

★★★★½

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The Mortal Instruments (Books 1-5) | Series Review (Spoilers)

The Mortal Instruments series (books 1-5) by Cassandra Clare
(City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls)

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*Warning Spoilers! Read at your own risk!*

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray thinks she is just an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn. She learns that the group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors that protect the world from demons. Clary is drawn to the terrifying world where she soon learns that everything is not what it seems. Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family and is thrown into this magical world of demons, werewolves, vampires, fairies, warlocks and battle that will decide the fate of the world.

In honor of City of Heavenly Fire coming out in a couple of days I thought I’d share my review of The Mortal Instruments series before it comes out. This review will contain spoilers of all the books in the series minus City of Heavenly Fire because I have not read it yet. Be on the look out for my review of City of Heavenly Fire when I finish reading it!

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare wasn’t like any of the YA books I’ve ever read. What really annoys me are the people who compare this (or any) book to other books like, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or anything else. All stories are unique in their own way they might have similarities, but they aren’t the same and they shouldn’t be compared as the same thing.

What I love about this series is it’s not just about the romance. What I mean is you see these huge bestselling books and you think, oh it’s just another cliché romance story. Don’t get me wrong I love a good romance story when I read one, but sometimes too much romance in a book annoys me. When I was younger (like 4-6th grade) I absolutely loved romance novels, but now that I’ve read so many of them I don’t know why but they have really been starting to annoy me. Every time characters say “I love you.” to each other I just cringe and I have to put the book down for a while. For example, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto really got on my nerves, Bethany and Xavier just fell in love too fast and I found the romance super annoying. Also, was I the only one who liked Jake better? Sorry Halo fans.

But I digress. The Mortal Instruments is anything but just a romance story. It has action, humor, some drama, it was very well-rounded and such page turner I was always at the edge of my seat wondering what was gonna happen next. It’s a book you can really relate to. I mean I’m sure none of us are awesome badass shadowhunters like Clary Fray, but if I put myself in Clary’s shoes I would have done everything she did. Some people say her actions were very rash, and yes, they were, but her mother was taken from her and she just basically found out her whole life was a lie, I would have trust issues too.

What I also really like about this series is that it’s probably the only series, for a long time that the romance didn’t make me cringe. While I was reading I actually wanted Cassandra Clare to speed it up and get on with the kissing scene, which, by the way was totally worth the wait.
Plus the ending of City of Bones, I was so shocked, and heartbroken, that’s how hard I fell in love with Jace and Clary the books were perfect and I wouldn’t change anything. And the action in the story, I never thought I’d ever be someone who loved action stories but now I can’t get enough of it. As the books progress you can really see the change in Clary she’s not that normal girl, she’s a shadowhunter and I just love her growth throughout the series.

So a little about the characters!

Clary Fray: She wasn’t just a damsel in distress (another thing in books that annoys me) she was feisty and never felt sorry for herself when things got tough and her whole world was falling apart she never gave up and kept pushing forward that’s something I really loved about her and wish I was more like. She’s just someone people can relate to and love.

Jace (Wayland? Morgenstern? Lightwood? Herondale?): Jace, gosh where do I begin with Jace? He’s cocky, handsome, smart, strong, hilarious, and those are many things that make so yummy and hot. But his vulnerable side, the  side he shows Clary that has to be his best trait.

Alec Lightwood: I love Alec, sometimes I wondered what was going on with him, but I really do love Alec. I like how he’s not the stereotypical “gay” guy it was very refreshing to read. (I ship Malec so hard…)

Isabelle Lightwood: Oh gosh don’t get me started on her, I’ve always loved Isabelle from the very beginning of the books. She was such a badass and I love it! When she talks about how she doesn’t give her heart to guys ’cause she knows hearts are fragile and can be broken easily I felt we finally got a glimpse at the real Isabelle that underneath all the badass she has a strong vulnerable side that doesn’t come out often.

Simon Lewis: Oh my gosh, I just love Simon! I loved him so much that it was heartbreaking knowing that Clary will never love him that way. And when he’s heartbroken I’m heartbroken.

Jonathan Morgenstern: Is it bad that I really like him? He and Valentine are the best villains ever.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is such a unique story that really shouldn’t be compared to any other YA story. I have so many obsessions but these books have really changed my life. If I had never read them I don’t think I would have ever found out that “fandoms” existed let alone be apart of so many of them. Cassie has changed my life without even realizing it. So thank you.

So to the people who ignored the spoiler warning and went ahead and read this review anyways, if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments yet I strongly suggest you to go to the bookstore right now and buy the whole series. If you were hesitant to pick up this series I hope my review has changed your mind.

Comment below your thoughts on the series! Are you excited as I am for City of Heavenly Fire?

5 out of 5 stars

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