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Jinx by Meg Cabot (review by Anahita F. ’17)

JinxJinx by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To escape recent troubles in Iowa Jean Honeychurch, nicknamed Jinx, flies to Manhattan to stay with her Uncle Ted and Aunt Evelyn. She believes the change will be a fresh start and will make life easier for her, right? Wrong. Jean does not fit in with her upscale, posh cousin Tory and her friends who pass time doing drugs and practicing witchcraft. Jean refuses to join in either pursuit, knowing the dangers of witchcraft from experience. This outrages Tory, and she decides to plot against Jean. To make things worse, Tory and Jean start falling for the next door neighbor, Zack. The difference in culture between Jean’s hometown and Manhattan was well portrayed and I deeply sympathized with Jean as she adjusted to her new environment. In my opinion, the rivalry between the cousins was taken too far. Jinx is a bit cliché. Two girls are in love with the same boy and become enemies. Sound familiar? Nevertheless, Cabot plausibly captures the conflict between Jean and her cousin Tory without making the novel too fantastic and keeping the reader interested. – Anahita F. ‘17

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth (review by Anahita F. ’17)

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Insurgent picks up where the Divergent leaves off. The five factions have broken up, and Erudite and Dauntless have united against the Abnegation. Tris and Four are forced to flee. They seek help from the two remaining neutral factions, Amity and Candor. Tris does what she feels is right, but will her actions be the ruin of everyone’s plans? Could her rash decisions hurt others? There is much more conflict in comparison to the first book, making it a bit hard to follow at times, but the sentimental portions made the novel well-balanced. I could really relate to all the characters’ feelings of loss, love, and fear throughout the book. It is nice to see that Roth does not incorporate the overused love triangle romance in her books. Overall, Insurgent’s utterly addictive, action-filled, and suspenseful storyline is an invigorating read. – Anahita F. ’17

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Matched by Ally Condie (review by Anahita F. ’17)

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matched, by Ally Condie, is the first of a dystopian fiction trilogy that will have you hooked to the end. Can you imagine every little part of your life planned out for you? Your lifestyle, future relationship, and the day of your death predetermined? That is the world Cassia lives in – until the day of her matching ceremony, when she is assigned her soulmate and best friend Xander. However, a glitch in the system momentarily reveals another boy’s face to her, Ky. Suddenly, Cassia questions her fate. Is it possible to love someone else? Her grandfather’s message dares Cassia to examine her options and shake up years of tradition. In the meantime, the consequences of her forbidden love stir up trouble. In many ways, the strict rules and futuristic feel in Matched reminded me of The Hunger Games and Divergent. I was disappointed to see Condie author create a love triangle, making Cassia choose between the mysterious and dangerous Ky, or the familiar and sweet Xander. However, Matched appealed to me because of how well written and thought out it is. It is not hard to follow, and the romance is enticing! – Anahita F. ’17

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