Mini Reviews: Hollowmen and All These Things I've Done

Due to massive time constraints I'm just going to do mini reviews on these two books.

Summary from Goodreads:

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

My Thoughts:

This wasn't exactly the book I was expecting.  When I picked it up I was expecting a dystopian.  I'm not so sure it really is.  It is set in the future, but there isn't really a whole lot that's changed about the future, and really, there wasn't much of any action to it.  I would more call this a futuristic mob/crime book.  While it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I did enjoy the strong family relationships and forbidden love.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Summary from Goodreads:

After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren't the worst of her problems.

My Thoughts:

Well, there goes most of the characters....  There is a LOT of death in this book.  I was a little disappointed that my favorite character from the first book was killed off.  So were most of the other characters...  *sigh*  I did enjoy all the action and I really did love the ending.  And weirdly, I really liked the romance that slowly blossomed in it.  It was unexpected but felt realistic.  Overall, an okay read, and I would read another should Amanda Hocking write another in this series (though it did seem to wrap up so I don't think there will be another).

3 out of 5 stars.


Lisa said...

I also loved Hollowmen. I have done some research on her blog and facebook page about another book in the series and she said there may be more books but right now she is doing a graphic novel and will continue the story in that.

Petra @ Safari Poet said...

Gabrielle Zevin herself says All These Things I've Done isn't a dystopian, but people keep categorizing it as that, which disappoints people when they read it and find out it isn't one. I loved it and can't wait for the book in the series! Sorry you didn't like it more.