Book Review: The Bad Beginning

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Lemony Snicket
Release Date: September 30th 1999
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre: YA | Middle Grade | Children | Fiction
Pages: 176
Publisher: Scholastic
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Review

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny had loving parents at one point. Until a fire destroyed their beautiful home along with their wonderful parents. Now, they have become the responsibility of a distant relative, Count Olaf. From the moment the children were put into his custody, life has been a complete opposite of what the Baudelaire children once had. Now they are forced to do chores, cook, and they are forced to live in a small bedroom with one rickety bed.

Things only get worse at the children find out what Klaus is really after and the plans he has to obtain his goal.

I have watched the Series of Unfortunate Events movie and I loved it. But it has been a while since I have seen it, so I don’t know what has changed from the books to the movies. I am actually grateful for this. The first book was such a fantastic, but sad story. At moments I wanted to reach into the book and pull these poor kids out of the mess they had found themselves in. There are all kinds of warnings in the book that it’s not a happy story, and it is far from a happy story. There are moments where the children have a second of happiness but something always comes to take that away from them.

What I loved most about this book is how the children stay together through it all and try so hard to comfort one another. Their parents have been ripped away from them, as well as the only life they have ever known, but they still have one another. It’s wonderful to read a story about siblings who actually get along and don’t let the stress of a horrible situation break them apart. They never seem to lose hope and while it is a sad book, the message is beautiful.

I can’t wait to start reading the next book.

Aside from the story itself, I want to say how beautiful the book itself is. From the gorgeous cover art, to the wonderful illustrations throughout the book. It has been a while since I have read a book with illustrations in the book, and it brings the magic to a new level when reading as an adult.

Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Series: The Star-Touched Queen
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Romance
Pages: 342
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griggin
Buy it : Amazon

First Line

Staring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secret.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

 

Cover

This cover is so gorgeous. The colors are warm and bright and dark all at the same time. And I love the border around the book. It actually gave it a steampunk feel. Just enough mystery and just enough beauty to draw in a reader from the cover alone!

Review

This book was a last minute decision. I hadn’t realized that the book I wanted to get on audible wasn’t even released yet. This was suggested and I just jumped on it. I had heard so many great reviews but I wasn’t really convinced that it was going to be a great book. The blurb on this book just does not do it justice.

Maya is a princesses, but she is not in line for the throne, she is just another daughter for the king to sale off. Except, she may actually be her father’s favorite daughter. She was also born with a cursed horoscope that promises death and destruction when she marries. Despite all of that, the king is forced to make Maya marry, but she finds herself in a different kind of arrangement than she had in mind.

You know that song with the lyrics “found love in a hopeless place.” I feel like that should have been the tagline for this story.

The writing was so beautiful. The imagery is something to be desired. Roshani has really woven a wonderful story of mystery, love, and magic. There is no instant love in this story. At least not for Maya. Amar, the king that wisks her away may have fallen in love with Maya instantly, but there is so much more to his story.

This was such a great listen. I wanted to speed up the book so I could find out what happened next, but I was pacing myself so I would have something to listen to all month. I finished it about two weeks before the end of the month, but I would read this book again and again. The story was fresh and not something that reminded me of 50 million other books in the YA world. There was romance, mystery, suspense, and…MAGIC. I seriously love magic. I also love the idea of different worlds. Who wouldn’t want to be taken away to a whole new world with a king who will cherish and love you for all of eternity?

I want to read this book, instead of listening to it. I feel like there is more to see by reading it, things that I may have missed while driving home and trying to avoid a wreck on the road. Also, there is a different connection to a book that you have read with your own eyes. The voices are different, the atmosphere is different. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book for my own personal collection.

This book could easily be a standalone, but I noticed on Goodreads that there is a second book due out next year.  Though, reading the description it seems that Maya and Amar will be taking a back seat to a new lead character. While it still in the same world, there is an ending to the first book and a new story for the second. I can’t wait to read it.

Did you read this book? What did you think about it?

A little bit of a extra!! The first chapter of the next book! 

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Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise

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Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: March 31st 2015
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Retelling
Pages: 29
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon

First Line:

The Emerald City was burning.

Read Blurb at Goodreads

Cover

I absolutely love the covers of this entire series. What I love even more is that if you remove the dust cover from these books, the naked cover is just as awesome, if not just a little more so.

 

Review

Amy has been swept away by wingless flying monkey’s that can now fly with paper wings. What? Nothing is impossible in Oz.

Amy has failed her mission. Her mission was to kill Dorothy for the Wicked so that Oz could become the beautiful place it once was. But Amy failed. Not only did she fail, but she doesn’t know where any of the Wicked are and she has Oz’s broken Queen, Ozma, tagging along with her as she escapes the burning city.

Now Dorothy is sent on a mission to figure out how to fix Ozma, reunite the Wicked, figure out how to kill Dorothy, and try to decide who she can actually trust in Oz. Though, as far as she has seen, no one in this place is trust worthy.

I have always loved the Wizard of Oz and the magical world that Dorothy finds herself in. What I hate about this book is that it has taken a beautiful story and turned it into something dark and sour. But we wouldn’t have stories without something dark and sour, now would we.

I will admit, I still struggle with the idea of Dorothy being a bad guy and I keep hoping Amy comes across something that proves Dorothy was corrupted by something she had no control over and instead of killing Dorothy, she just has to save her.

Of course we don’t get that in this book. *sigh* This book is just more destruction of Oz. We learn of new places, and wonderful places saved from Dorothy’s darkness, only to see it all go up in flames as her reign of terror spreads.

In all honesty, Danielle Paige is a brilliant story teller and I have loved everything about this book. What is amazing about this book is that I thought it was going in a totally different direction then where it actually ended up going. I love a story that keeps me from figuring out the ending. Even as one of “those readers” That will read the last few pages of any book before reading the rest, I still didn’t see what was coming! That alone convinces me to rate this book 5 stars.

The beginning picked up right where the first book ended and I love that. Sometimes I hate when a next book in a series starts months or even years after the first one ended. But this one literally picks up the exact moment that the first one ended. You are thrown right back into the middle of the war within Oz and there is no resting.

The ending was just as amazing as the rest of the book. An ending that satisfies the reader, yet has you coming back for more. Where would I be without the next book? Possibly curled up in the floor crying about how much I need the next book. Or maybe trying to find a way to stalker the author or the publisher and convince them that I need an advanced copy or I would go mental. (I will keep this in mind when I finish the third book.)

Overall, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Possibly my favorite series I have read this year and It will go on my special shelf of favorites…as soon as I get a new shelf that can house all my favorite series books.

I think this whole series deserves the time it takes to read and I am so sorry I let the negative reviews hold me back this long!

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Friends! Happy Monday. Hopefully it’s not too horrible for you all. If it is, let’s talk about something we all love! Books!

This week I am starting a new audio book and I am so excited!!

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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I loved the first book in this series so much, I just can’t wait to dive into the next book of the series. And the covers of this series are so beautiful!

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

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I was on a book buying ban for the month of June. I failed and bought this book. And I am now reading it because I have to know what happens next!

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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I just finished the first book in this series and OMG! The review for the first book will be up on the blog tomorrow.

Sons of Beasts: Legend of Steeple Creek by Phillip Edwin

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Because I have so many books going at once, I have been reading this on my breaks at work, so it has taken me a little longer to read this. I really need to sit down and get it finished because in all reality, I should have had it finished last week. And sad thing is I had this past weekend off and I didn’t even touch the book. It’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong. I just…I was super lazy and played games and watched TV. I need to get my priorities straight!

I also have a few books that I have not finished but I am not actively reading. It’s starting to bug me to be honest. I need to get them all out of the way before picking up another book. So for the next few weeks it will be about finishing what I have going. Maybe…Dorothy Must Die series has another book to go, so that maybe the only exception.

Anyways…

What are you reading?

Book Review:Snow Like Ashes

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Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Dystopia
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: “Block!”

Blurb from Goodreads: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Review

The cover is what sold this for me. The blurb didn’t really sell it, though it sounded interesting. I just loved the cover.

I had this book on audible, and at first I hated that I wasted my one monthly credit on this book. I thought it was boring and I thought was going to hate it the whole way through. But I stuck to it for a few days and got to a point where they was no going back. I loved this book so much! It was such a thrill to read.

I had some things figured out before the end of the book, but I promise this book is just full of surprises. The world is something amazing and I still haven’t exactly figured it all out. I hope that the next book helps that a little bit.

As with any main character, Meira becomes such a stronger female lead by the end of the book. She starts off a little whiney and she is always complaining about something. Then when she is given a chance to help her people in some small part, she grumbles because it’s not how she wanted to be of use. Of course, in the situation I am referring to, I wouldn’t be too happy about it either, but if it were for my own kingdom, I would suck it up and do what I needed to do.

Then again, had Meira been the type to take what she has been told to do and never question anything, this story could have gone in a completely different way.

By time I got to the end of the story I worried that there wouldn’t be much for the next books to really cover, like it would just be pointless for the next book in the series. But this book ended in a way that you have a solid ending, but open enough that you can look forward to the next book. (Which I will be listening to next month).

Over all, this was a great book to read. The beginning is a bit boring, but once you get through the world building part and into the real meat of the story, things get better. It was very intense at times as well, wondering who was going to break first and who would be the one to save them all. Things didn’t happen like I expected them to, but I love how it all worked together. I cannot wait to move on to the next book and watch this story progress.

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Friends! I didn’t have a “What Are You Reading?” post last week, because I am still reading all the same stuff…for the most part anyways. I have been having a serious problem with reading lately. I haven’t been happy with the books I have been picking up, so I pick up a new book. But I finally found some really great books…and I may have broken my month long book buying ban (oops) and purchased a few books I have been excited to read. Anyways, what am I reading at the moment?

Actively I am reading…

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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This book is actually really really good. I have loved it so far. I didn’t think I would like it because of the hype around it. But I can’t get enough and I can’t read it fast enough. I knew I would need the next book in the series as soon as I finished it so I went ahead and bought it. (That’s just one of the books I broke my ban for.)

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

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While I have enjoyed this book for the most part, the main female character is getting on my very last nerve. “Yes I want to be with him.” “No, this is crazy. I don’t want to be with him.” “But I love him, I must be with him.” “This is ridiculous. I am an independent woman and I love my alone time, I can’t be with him.” “But he needs me, I have to be with him.” Dear god woman, make up your mind and stick to it! Seriously, I don’t know how much more of this book I can take. I may finish it, I may break my phone because I have gotten so mad at the book that I just throw my phone, which is what I am using to read this book. I just…I don’t know if I can make it through.

Sons of Beasts: Legend of Steeple Creek by Phillip Edwin

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This book I read on my breaks at work. So far it’s interesting. There is a mystery, a creepy beast, and three brothers who have moved into this new strange town after their parents died. Yep, you got me interested.

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Friends. It’s Monday again. No matter how many times it happens I always find myself shocked that it’s Monday again. But it’s okay. I have things to look forward to this week. Maybe I will fill you in later. 🙂

At the end of last week I started a new audio book. I am not really liking it too much, but I used my one monthly credit on it, so I am stuck with it until the end…or until next month.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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I actually found this book through a quiz on Epic Reads. It was some silly quiz that said they could guess my favorite book genre by me clicking a few pictures. They guessed high fantasy…which I have never had much luck with high fantasy, I always get a little bored. They recommended this series and I thought I would give it a try.

So far it has put me in the mind of The Shannara Chronicles on MTV. Yes, the show because I have yet to read those books. But so far it just has not peaked my interest. I will give it to the end of the book and see if I will continue the series. If you have any suggestions for audio books, feel free to leave me a recommendation.

I am currently reading 3 books.

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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I feel bad that I haven’t read more of this. I think I have hit a bit of a reading slump and nothing is grabbing my attention.

Figment by Cameron Jace

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I am still loving this book, but I am reading it on my Kindle so I try not to read it at night because of the whole “no electronics before bed” thing. I may have to ignore that rule for now.

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I just started reading this Saturday night and so far it is interesting. I am giving it until about page 100 for it to grab my attention. This book has been so hyped that I am trying not to get my hopes up too much.

That is all I have at the moment. I am hoping to get at least one of these books finished this week so I can move on to the books I am reading for reviews for another blog. In reality, I should be reading those first, but I was never one to follow the rules.

Tell me, what are you reading?

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Book Review: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 436
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high milage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Blurb from Goodreads: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Review

There is a lot going on in this book. Starting with amazingly goretastic cover. The cover is so simple and spine tingling all at the same time.

There are several characters, two main and several side characters, and yet, Stephen King somehow makes it work and keeps it from being too confusing. I listened to this book on audible and it wasn’t even hard to figure out which POV I was listening to when it changed around. The writing was fantastic as always. I never expect less from King.

The beginning throws you right into the story. The very first chapter you get to know a character, a little of his back story, and you find out what kind of person he is. By the end of the first chapter, that one character is no longer alive. It’s not a spoiler because it’s the first chapter. It’s a rollercoaster after that point.

The main character, Bill Hodges is a retired detective with only one major regret and that regret calls him out one day with a letter. The Mercedes killer tries to mess with Hodges, trying to push him over the edge and ends up giving Bill one more mystery to solve.

What I loved about this book is how Brady is trying to get into Bills head, trying to cause him to kill himself, and in the end it only gives Bill something to live for. Brady gives Bill a new lease on life, a purpose to continue on.

Another thing that I loved so much about his story is that Brady is such a real character. I mean, all of them are very realistic, but Brady is the scariest of them all. He is the crazy person who has killed just to kill. He may have had a strange life growing up, but at some point, a switch was flipped and this guy lost his mind. And as the reader, you get to enter that mind and see how it works and how twisted it is. There is a reason that Stephen King is the master of horror. Somehow he knows how the mind of a psycho works.

This whole story has made me so cautious of things and people around me. Brady Hartfield is a computer repair tech and an ice cream truck man. These are the people that are in our lives every day. The next ice cream you buy could be from a mass murderer. Then again, we have had plenty of serial kills that were average Joes that no one would suspect.

This book made me uncomfortable, fearful, and in the end slightly satisfied with several things. I may have laughed at inappropriate times. I would suggest this to all my friends, but I haven’t come across a Stephen King book I didn’t like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are You Reading?

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Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or you know, whatever…Monday.

For anyone interested to know, I am feeling better! Energy is still super low, but my head isn’t nearly as congested and it is safe to say I will live…not that there was ever a chance I was dying. I’m just super dramatic when I am sick.

Let’s get on to what you all came her for today!

I am still listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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This book is so good and messed up! I absolutely love it! And I am almost done with it!

Still reading Changes by Jim Butcher

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Since I have been sick I haven’t really been reading much so…I kind of got behind. I am hoping to finally finish this book this week.

I started reading Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson this week.

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It’s actually really interesting. I have been following Shannon’s blog for a while now, I just never read her books. This book came up on sale and I decided to give it a try. I am always a little leery about authors I haven’t read before. Even if I read their blogs. But so far I am really pleased.

I am also reading Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

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Funny story, I found this book at the Dollar Tree. Yes, I paid a buck for this book! I am only one chapter in and it is so interesting. When I bought it I actually had a lady ask me how I knew I was going to like the book. I had just checked on Goodreads to make sure it wasn’t a second or third book in a series. That is the only problem with buying books from Dollar Tree. Half the time they are part of a series and never the first book.

Anyways, the lady couldn’t believe I was paying money for a book I knew nothing about. My answer…”I like the cover.” I admit, I am one of those people that judges a book by it’s cover. I found one of my favorite authors because I liked a cover, and so far I have liked just about everything I bought just because I liked the cover.

That is all today. I am reading way too many books at once. I have a few days off this week and I am kind of hoping to knock these out this week! Before the end of the month!

What are you reading?

Book Review: Firstlife

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Author:  Gena Showalter
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Series: Everlife
Genre: YA fiction/Fantasy/Dystopia
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I’ve been locked inside the Prynne Asulum-where happiness comes to die-for three hundred and seventy-eight days.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Cover: This cover is so amazing. I love the hourglass as the thought of time running out. And then the two worlds Myriad and Troika. It’s so simple but it is everything you need to know what the story is going to be about. I love a cover that tells the story itself.

Review The beginning was a little slow going, but being the first novel in a series, there is world building to be done. So, we learn a lot about Tenly and the world that she lives in. We dive into the torture that she has undergone and are prepared for what is to come.

When things start to pick up, I felt like I was Ten, and torn between the two afterlife realms. I mean, Myriad sounds great at first, offering Ten the world. Troika is just offering fairness. But to be honest, I think Ten knew from the beginning what realm she would choose.

Then we learn of Many Ends. The place of the unsigned. A place that no one is certain if it exist or just another scare tactic.

The ending now, was amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book while I was reading, but the ending was almost unbearable to break away from. There was so much happening and so much heartbreak in such a short amount of time. I may have actually shed a tear or two..for real…I cried.

The only real complaint I have is that I should have waited a year to read this book, because now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next.

My favorite character was probably Archer. He was just so chill through the whole book, but it’s part of the Troika mentality. They value life and they don’t take revenge. Archer was the true definition of Troika.

One thing that I loved about this book is that there was no love triangle between Tenly, Archer, and Killian. Ten never struggled between loving two boys, she struggled with choosing her future and that is something that I can completely relate to.

I have always struggled with what I wanted to do in my life, always being pulled several different ways and I guess, that is how I can relate to Ten. She has two choices set in front of her and she fears picking the wrong one. While I feel like her heart has always called her to Troika, her mind and her family have always pushed her to Myriad. And being a teenager, maybe she fears that picking Troika would just be part of her teenage rebellion faze and she will regret it as she gets older. But she feels like choosing Myriad isn’t her choice, but the choice of her family.

I have seen several people complain about Ten not making a decision, and I agree that it can get annoying, but having the time to sit back and really think about the book, we have all had this moment in our own lives. We have all struggled over a decision, we have struggled over the battle of heart and mind. Ten’s situation does not allow for her to properly weigh her choices, she isn’t give the freedom to debate over her choices, which is why we have this book and Ten’s struggle to choose what she wants in her future.