Series: Dualed

Divided by Elsie Chapman

Posted June 30, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Divided by Elsie Chapman

So I reviewed the first book in this series not to long ago, and as I mentioned before YA and I have a love/hate relationship, and I really want to like this series, for some reason the concept just seems so interesting to me, that it makes me really pull for this book to be a good one. But for me, the same issues I had with the first book stuck around for the second one, which really prevented me for falling in love with the book. My biggest problem with this book is the world-building. As with any sci-fi or fantasy book good world-building can make or break a book. With it being a world that obviously doesn’t exist, I’m willing to suspend some of my disbeliefs as long as the world is well explained, but this one didn’t have all its ducks in a row and just got to a point where it became so unbelievable that it was hard to ignore. I was really hoping with this second book that the world building would be stronger, but it really wasn’t. There were just one too many “well that doesn’t make sense” moments in the book. There are a couple of standard YA traits in this book that really work for this book, and I think will work for the typical YA reader. West is both a strong girl, but she is also flawed, which makes her more identifiable and likable in my opinion. There are some parts […]

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Posted June 23, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Dualed by Elsie Chapman

I’ve said it time and time again, I don’t read a lot of YA, but every once in a while a YA book comes across my screen or catches my eye in a library or bookstore and I can’t help it I have to pick it up. What can I say, a cool concept or greatly written back cover will often times makes me pick up a book, even if it isn’t in a genre I prefer. I do have to say I really liked the whole concept of this book. It was a really cool sci-fi/fantasy take on things, and lately I have found myself watching a lot of sci-fi/fantasy so I wanted to read one of those books that first brought me to reviewing books. That being said, while I really did truthfully think the concept of everyone having a twin and then having to kill off that twin so that there is only one clone at a time, I don’t know if I was one hundred precent of sold on the world. First books in a series, in my opinion, have to establish a fully credible world in just one short book, that sometimes it doesn’t come off as good as it does in later books, so I am hoping that is the case with this book. So basically in this world, reproduction only happens when you go to a clinic and a bunch of scientists mix genetic material and the have to exactly the same embryos […]