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Review: The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd

16071187 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: May 26, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Series: #1 (The Cage)
Length: 400 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?”


Dang this book blew my mind! I’ve never read anything like The Cage. I loved everything about this book; the characters, the world building, the mystery were all written and executed well. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked on because there is already suspense and mystery going on. Although this book is told in 5 different perspectives and 3rd person point of view, I promise you it is not confusing because each character is unique and easily distinguishable from each other. I actually like that it is told in 3rd person because it adds more mysterious vibe. The world building was really cool too. The characters were put in an enclosed cage that is like a replica of what can be found on earth (a jungle, desert, ocean, forest, mountains, towns, etc.). I could easily picture what the author was describing which for me made it feel like watching a movie instead of reading a book.

What I loved most about the characters is that they were all flawed. They reminded me of some of the characters from Golding’s Lord of the Flies except the characters in The Cage are a bit older. Like I said, there are 5 characters in this book who are trapped in a “cage”; there are 3 boys and 2 girls and I love how they are diverse. They are from different countries, and they were chosen by their captors for a reason.

The mystery was really good! It kept me reading because I wanted to know why the characters were taken and what happened to Earth. Besides that, the characters also had to solve puzzles and in return, they would get tokens so they can purchase things they like from the town. I wish the author gave more focus on those puzzles to add more mystery though. I also wish that the author was clearer in her descriptions of the aliens because I kind of found it difficult to picture their appearance. Other than that, this book was an awesome sci-fi read. I think this is my first book where there are aliens involved (I tend to avoid sci-fi books w/ aliens because I find them corny) but this one fits the story. Overall I highly recommend you The Cage. Pre-order it if you can! I can’t wait to read the next book because that cliffhanger was just mean!

Review: Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly

18601430 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 6, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Series: #1 (Waterfire Saga)
Length: 324 Pages
Source: gifted (thanks dad)

Serefina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.”


 It was really hard to get into Deep Blue at the beginning since there are these mermaid terms, places, etc. that were being explained and it was just hard to remember all of them. For me, the first 25% of the book was just info-dumping which turned me off a bit. I could have read this book much faster if it weren’t for those info being dumped at the beginning. I really like the 2nd half of the book though! The plot was finally going somewhere and there was a mystery aspect in the plot which I always appreciate in books. I love books that keep me guessing!

Unfortunately, the characters did not leave a huge impact on me. I feel like we were just getting to know the characters, but the book suddenly ended. I thought the romance was also okay. The first 25% of the book was heavy on romance since it’s an arranged marriage, but as the story progresses, it is more about friendship and conquest. Overall I honestly don’t have any strong opinions for this book lol. I thought it was okay and could have been better. I liked the cliffhanger at the end though which is why I will still continue on in the series.

3 of 5

Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

13206760 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: February 5, 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Series: #2 (Lunar Chronicles)
Length: 452 Pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

“Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”


Scarlet was such a fantastic read! If you didn’t know, this is a re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood and is a continuation of the first book, Cinder. What made me kept my nose glued to this book is that I wanted to know what Scarlet’s relation is to Cinder. I kept wondering “what is the connection between Scarlet and Cinder? How and when are they going to meet?”. I also liked how the story takes place in two different countries: France (where Scarlet is) and China (where Cinder is). I thought Marissa Meyer pulled it off.

I really liked how Scarlet and Cinder were such badasses. Scarlet is determined to protect her grandmother and is willing to sacrifice herself in order for her grandmother to live. I also like how she broke the archetype of females being the damsel in distress. Cinder didn’t appear in the story as frequently as Scarlet (which makes sense since the title is Scarlet lol) but I thought that was okay! I think Cinder really matured in this book. She’s such an admirable character because even though I know she’s hurt in the inside from all the horrible situations she’s been in, she is still as tough as nails.

The romance was great too! Since the summary doesn’t introduce the two new guy characters in this book, I won’t be telling you about them. Just know that they’re hilarious! Overall if you enjoyed the first book, I think you should definitely read Scarlet because the story just keeps getting better and better. I don’t see myself rereading Scarlet or say it’s my favorite book (since I am a sci-fi fan) but I thought it was an awesome read nonetheless.

4 of 5

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