Flash Reviews (7)

Matched by Ally Condie
Source: Purchased

Summary (From Goodreads): Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Flash Review:  My alumni book club chose Matched as our most recent read which is the reason I bought it.  To be honest, I was really hesitant to read Ally Condie’s debut because I’ve read so many mixed/blah reviews for it.  Ultimately, I’m glad it was chosen for book club because I ended up enjoying it.  It’s not a title I’m raving about, but I liked it enough to buy the second book, Crossed.  Cassia is living in a society and put in a situation that very much reminded me of Lois Lowry’s The Giver.  Most of the people believe they live in a safe, pleasant society, but not-so-pleasant truths are uncovered after Cassia’s Matching ceremony.  The similarities to The Giver kept me reading, along with Condie’s graceful writing style.  I’ve found that I’m quite picky when reading dystopian YA, but I recommend Matched. 

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Source: Purchased

Summary (From Goodreads): “These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

Flash Review: I’ve read a number of glowing reviews for Juliet Immortal and a couple of my avid readers told me I HAD to read it.  I’m glad I took everyone’s advice because I really liked Stacey Jay’s novel.  Her writing is beautiful and lyrical.  I loved the many allusions to Shakespeare and his works as well.  The twist on Romeo and Juliet really won me over, and I think it will have the same effect on my students.  My department is working on adding YA novels to our Romeo and Juliet unit and I definitely plan on recommending this novel.  It has plenty of action and romance without being too graphic; besides some language and violence, it’s a clean book.  My problem with Juliet Immortal is that towards the second half of the novel, the writing turned verbose and the story became redundant.  This is what kept me from giving it 4 out of 5 stars.  Other than that, if you enjoy Shakespeare, or a good twist on a classic, I recommend reading Stacey Jay’s novel.

Thank you for the Flash Reviews idea, GreenBeanTeenQueen

Comments

  1. The cover of Juliet Immortal really caught my attention, but I was afraid to try to read it because I am afraid someone may ruin the characters for me (I had this problems with The Phantom ofManhattan by Frederick Forsyth). But I may still pick it up anyway after reading your review.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed Juliet Immortal. I really enjoyed it when I read it as well. I’m looking forward to reading more from Jay.

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