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Review: Pretties (Uglies #2) – Scott Westerfeld


Pretties (Uglies #2) – Scott Westerfeld

Pretties (Uglies, #2)

Title: Pretties (Uglies #2)

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 348

Source: TBR Shelf

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

3 out of 5 stars


This book took so many turns I did not expect from it. I was not expecting a lot of the events to happen, but I think it worked well. I felt like this book was a little disjointed from the first because it was so different. The first book was focused on Tally’s internal monologue and turmoil, and this one was more focused on getting to where she wanted to be. Different, but not bad.

I would have given this book 4/5 stars as I did with Uglies had it not been for the fact that they used the word “retarded.” That is one of my least favorite things to happen in a book or anything really. I HATE when people or things are called retarded, so that is why I knocked it down a star.

This book followed Tally and her new boyfriend Zane trying to become more “bubbly.” aka not pretty-minded. I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that they left Shay behind when the left because everyone could see that she would be pissed when she found out. But no. Okay. Cool.

I liked Zane, but I knew from the second that they took the pills and he was having strange side-effects that they were supposed to be taken together. Obviously they gave you two pills for a reason. Ugh, come on. Also, Shay had no reason to be mad at Tally when she gave the other pill to Zane. Shay went on and on about how she thought it was stupid to be thinking of anything outside of New Pretty Town, so why would Tally think she would want to become not pretty.

I think this book fell into the typical “second-book-syndrome” category. I think it was just a filler book and nothing really happened, but it will set something cool up for the next book. I don’t understand why the part about the experiment society was even put in, but I’m sure I’ll learn what it’s about in the next books.

David pissed me off. Why would she not move on from him? Her mind was completely changed, and it’s a dick move to assume that she would pick him over her new guy. That’s my problem with love triangles. If the person chose the second love interest over the first, they should, just go with the second because they obviously didn’t love the first enough to not fall in love again. But that’s just me.

All in all I think this was a good continuation to the series, and it set up the next book quite well! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series :)

Series:

Uglies (Uglies #1)

 

Review: Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld


Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

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Title: Uglies (Uglies #1)

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 425

Source: Friend

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…

4 out of 5 stars


This book was completely different than I thought it was going to be. I don’t really ever know what books are about before I read them, so it was really cool to jump into this one blindly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, but I just have never gotten around to reading it until now. My friend loaned me this book because she enjoyed it when she read it a few years ago, and I’m glad that I read this.

It took me quite a while to get into this book; I’ve not read a dystopian in quite a while, so the world building was hard to get used to at first. I really enjoyed this book despite some of my annoyances with it. The world building was really awesome throughout the book, and it felt like I was right there with the characters.

The main thing that I had a problem with was fricking Tally not telling the Smokies the reason that she came there in the first place. The only way that she would have gotten them to trust her for real was if she told them the truth. Huh, weird right? SHE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE TIME TO TELL THEM. wth. Why did you wait that long? David, the love interest, would have trusted you and not been backstabbed if you would have told him right away. And for real, she could have just gotten rid of the necklace. I completely saw what was coming before she did it. Ugh; typical YA.

I am really excited to read the rest of this series! I will definitely be purchasing a box set of this series in the near future. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next books!

UPON THE RE-READ:

I really enjoyed this the second time. I’m still leaving this as a 4/5 stars just because it wasn’t amazing, but it was fun to read. I listened to this on audiobook this time around, and it was a really nice book to listen to while driving home from college. I like Tally even though she was a little annoying. I stand by my statement of being annoyed that she waited to the last possible second to give them away. Ugh.

I don’t understand why she didn’t just put the fricking necklace by the river by the flowers or just leave it somewhere. Literally no one would have found them if she just put it somewhere BEFORE getting into the Smoke, or putting it somewhere outside of the Smoke after she decided to not be a horrible person and give everyone away. But it’s whatever.

Series:

Pretties (Uglies #2)

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Review: Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld


Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

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Title: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: September 24, 2015

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 599

Source: Book Club

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Darcy Patel has thoughts running around in her head, so she decides to write them. Every single one of them in the month of November. She sends off her novel to a publishing company and gets accepted to be published. She gets a contract for $100,000 for the book Afterworlds and the second book, which doesn’t have a title yet. Darcy leaves her parents house at 18 and moves to New York City to pursue her career as an author. She gets a great apartment to use for her writing space and in the midst of all the craziness, she finds love in another author. Darcy meets Imogen at a YA Drink Night party near the beginning of the book, and starts to fall for her. Imogen is older than her, is already published, and is established in the YA community. Darcy should be intimidated, and she is, but she and Imogen end up going out together. Darcy never knew she was lesbian; she had crushes on boys in high school, but when she’s with Imogen everything is different. Darcy writes and rewrites her book in the presence of Imogen; they write together. Everything is great until Darcy finds something out about Imogen that surprises her. Did Darcy just get lucky with being published? Is she really too young?

I read this book for book club, and it was pretty alright. I had some problems with it, but it wasn’t awful. We decided to choose this one because Brooklynn, Rachael, and I hadn’t read (or read in a while) a Scott Westerfeld book. I was somewhat disappointed with this book, because it sounded so interesting! I love reading about authors, because I hope to become a YA author throughout my career, and the parts about Darcy and Imogen were good. I would have been fine with a whole book about them, but Scott Westerfeld had the alternating chapters be about Darcy’s life and about the book Darcy wrote. I didn’t think this was the best platform for the story. Both were good on their own, but together just made it go by slowly. I do plan on giving the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld a try, though. Those are supposed to be very good.

Characters:

Darcy and Imogen were so cute together. It was so cute that they were both authors and they lived together. They were adorable. In the alternating chapters about Lizzie, I couldn’t connect with them. It was hard to switch your brain from story to story throughout the book. One of my biggest pet peeves for this whole book was the word “crap.” Oh my gosh I swear it was on every page. They were fine with dropping the f-bomb, but never did I hear them say something like “shit.” No it was always “crap.” IT WAS SO IRRITATING.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Darcy. She was a lucky girl who ended up having everything go her way in the long run. She wrote a book, got published, moved to NYC, found a girlfriend. Everything went the way she wanted it to. But that could also be awful. Once something bad did happen to her, she had no idea how to even function because she was always perceived as perfect. It would be fun to sign books and talk to fans about your book, especially teenage fangirls.

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