Inside Out by Maria V. Snyde

I was looking forward to this YA book because I really enjoyed Maria V. Snyder’s Study series. I probably should have thought a bit longer on it, because Harlequin Teen, a relatively new publisher, did a crap job on the editing. C’mon, if this girl can pick out your grammatical errors, that’s pathetic. Learn to use commas, people! Or use the best research paper writing service for editing your story.

I digress. Inside Out was fun. Not brilliant, but definitely fun. It’s fast-paced, it’s got a strong female protagonist (who gets beat up a lot), the narrator’s voice was written well…

But I can’t make myself rave about it. Especially when it has a sequel called Outside In (*stifles laugh*). Despite the cliffhanger, I don’t think I’m going to be picking up the (not so) creatively titled sequel.

Young Adult Novel The Line by Teri Hall

Aside from having the MOST ABRUPT ENDING EVER, The Line was okay. The first 70 pages of the book are extremely slow. Like, almost worthy of putting down the book. I think this is in part because the author is just throwing information at you about the dystopian U.S. that the book is set in, rather than developing the world in other ways (I’m not kidding: the main character recites information that her mother has taught her. A lot of information).

After you hit page 71, things get a little more exciting. Unfortunately, the book ends abruptly soon after. And by abruptly… I mean that I expected to turn the page and find more, but there was no more. The author is planning a sequel, so it will likely pick up where the first book left off.

The world that The Line is set in seems like it’s trying to be a deliberate political statement. That’s cool, but it seemed like it was trying too hard.

The characters lack development, and the reader feels completely detached from the protagonist. We don’t even know how old she is.

Overall, The Line was not what I’d call a good read. The first half was slow, and there was so little time left to really develop much of a story that I almost feel like the author should’ve waited to publish both books as one. I enjoyed the dystopian feel, but the characters and plot left me with a feeling of less than satisfaction.

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