Review: The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson

The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson

Title: The Boy With Words
Author: C.E. Wilson
Publication date: April 23, 2016
Number of pages: 490
Series: The Boy With Words
Synopsis: Two Books in One Volume! (Five Seven Five & Five Seven Six)
White Frost has only ever known the darkness. Everything outside of her closed society is The Unknown – a strange and dangerous place accessible to only a chosen few. White’s only glimpse of the world beyond comes from her beloved cousin in the form of mysterious collections of words that hint at astonishing wonders. When an accident upends her simple existence, she’s given an unlikely chance to see the truth for herself.
What she finds is greater and more terrible than she could have imagined, and before long she is forced to make the most important choice of her life: does she accept her safe, limited world that she’s known or take a desperate gamble in a world not meant for her with the Boy with Words?

I received this book from the author on a read to review basis in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
When I first began the book, I was pretty intrigued. Right away, I could tell that this society was different–one in which people feared the unknown and were fed a story about the world they lived in. However, I found the writing and world building at the beginning a little dull. I had a hard time connecting with White, the main character and sympathizing with her situation.
As the book progressed, I began to really get into the society. I can’t say much without spoiling, but suffice to say that Wilson brings up some really interesting concepts about humans, their attitudes towards differences, and science. If closely examined, the society White lives in reflects some of the same problems in our society and made me really think about various things. The character development in this book was not only really well written, but it was also sweet to read and actually be able to see and imagine the characters developing.
Although I initially disliked White, she definitely grew on me by the end of this book. I felt a connection with her because she was extremely curious and wanted to experience things she was told she couldn’t. As a blind person, I am constantly told I can’t or shouldn’t do certain things, which makes me feel more curious. Seeing White’s curiosity grow throughout this book was really what made the plot move along and what shaped her development as a character.
Another thing I found unique about this book is the fact it is two books in one, but reads as one book. The individual books are called 575 and 576, which I found as weird titles, but whose meanings become clear at the end of the book. Knowing that this was two books in one volume, I was worried that the story would be a little disjointed in order to set up the next book, but I actually found the transition to be quite smooth
I know this review is extremely vague, but I can’t say much without going into detail. If however, you want a more detailed review with all of my thoughts, let me know and I can do that for you as I really think it’s worth discussing and would like to discuss this with people.
That said, I did have a few problems with the book. Mainly, I felt the writing could have been a bit smoother, thereby fixing some of the pacing issues I had. Again, I felt that the beginning of the book was rushed in order to get to the more exciting middle chunks. Personally, I would have liked more background at the beginning and would have liked to see more of Shade. I also thought the ending was really rushed and would have liked a little bit more–especially smoother writing and more details. I felt as though the book was just wrapped up, but the bow, or a piece of the wrapping paper was left off.
Overall, I would recommend this book for people wanting to read about science, humans, and a different, yet similar society. Again, let me know if you’d like a more in-depth review.


Review: The V Girl by Maya Roberts

The V Girl by Mya Robarts
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for giving me the chance to read this. Be sure to check out the rest of the reviewers on the tour here.

Title: The V Girl
Author: Maya Roberts
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Number of pages: 363
Series: none
Synopsis: In post-apocalyptic North America, sexual slavery is legal. Lila Velez desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute for love.

Lila’s coping mechanism to cope with her mother’s loss is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man who she distrusts because of his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.

With threats looming at every turn and no way to escape, Lila fears that falling in love will only lead to more heartache. The consequences of laying down her arms for Aleksey and welcoming hope might destroy more than her heart. They might force her to face the worst of her nightmares becoming a reality. Is love possible in a world that has forgotten what the human touch is?
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Mya Robarts is a bookaholic who regrets nothing.
She spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually she realized that she enjoyed writing her stories rather than dancing to them.
Robarts is obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon-worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Throughout most of the book, I had a hard time deciding how to rate it because I wasn’t all that engaged. However, as I read on, I began to realize that the action and world building I usually enjoy in dystopian societies aren’t what make this book stand out. Instead, the slow build up of trust, relationships, and love are what make this book unique. Its exploration of rape, consentual sex, love and trust within oneself and others, and PTSD really blended together to create a story about a girl who learned to trust in herself through the interactions she and her family had with other members of their society–both good and bad.
I especially liked seeing how the author explored the notions of rape and consentual sex in a way that brought out the severity of the issues, while also developing the characters and story around them. Roberts slowly built up each concept, exploring their differences through the characters development, but especially through Lila’s growth.
The discussion questions at the end of the book really helped put the story and current societal issues into perspective. As stated in one of the questions, the issues in the book are exagerated to reflect their severity and, in my oppinion, make readers reflect on the story and current societal issues. If simplified, the concepts in this book really resonate with issues of rape and consent in today’s society. The beliefs in Lila’s town, Starville, somewhat reflect certain perceptions our society has about rape, consent, and the roles victims–men and women, perpetrators, and society play.
While the world may have been a little complicated to understand because of the way information was dispersed, I didn’t feel like I was missing all that much. Sure, I would have liked some more explanation on exactly how and why the war started and a better understanding of the different armies, but the book explored different aspects of the world and armies, focusing on them rather than on the world building. Again, it chose to explore aspects of the society which, although exaggerated–as pointed out in the discussion questions–can be simplified to reflect some of the current issues in society.
Overall, I really liked the slow build up of the story, because it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the issues in the society and connect them to our own. It also told the story of a girl who needed to find love and trust in herself and others, in order to push past her fears and be able to heal. Although it sounds cheesy, I really believe this book explores both Lila’s story and current issues in such a way that, at least for me, left me reflecting not only on what I read, but also on the society we live in. Lastly, the discussion questions at the end really made this book stand out, and if for nothing else, I recommend you read it just to be able to understand and reflect on the questions.

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