Saturday, May 24, 2014

Short & Simple Reviews: Level 2 (The Memory of After) & Glow

This is a place for books that I didn't fully review.

Maybe I listed my likes and dislikes, had a little short paragraph, or a few sentences to convey my feelings on the book, but whatever the "review" is, all of them are short and simple. 

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1)
In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

What I Liked
I loved the idea of the afterlife!
I always find ideas about the afterlife interesting and this was no exception!
Another part I liked were the memories.
I loved how memories played such a large role and how you occasionally get a look at Felicia's memories.

What I Didn't Like
I had trouble with the ending...

About 30 pages from the end so much happens.
But things go way too fast in those few pages, so much that you basically have no idea what's going on.
There are also some reveals in the end that I honestly don't think they were needed and just seemed random.

While the ending was obviously a very very very small portion of the book, endings are important to me so it does bother me.

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it.

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)
What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?
Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

This book kicks off with a bang right away.
While this usually could be considered a good thing, after the bang, we get nothing.
Not a thing.
After that I got the feeling that I was waiting for something to happen, and that waiting took up most of the book.
In short, I got really bored with the book.
It doesn't matter that I love the idea of space travel and space in general, if nothing's happening, I'll get bored.

Due to the fact that I was bored, I couldn't feel very well for the characters. Sure, there were moments that I felt sorry or wanted to slap the "evil villains", but most of the time they fell flat.

I hereby give this book
2 Wheels
Meaning: It was okay...

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