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Dominion Blog Tour: Guest Reviewer: Melody Manful
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August 13, 2012 posted by Nichole

Dominion Blog Tour: Guest Reviewer: Melody Manful

 

Melody Manful is the author of The Guardian Angels series. Her newest book, Dominion, releases on August 20th, 2012. You can find out more about Melody at her website.

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Reviewed by Melody  Manful

 

S.E.X. Wow, now that I’m officially 18 I think I can say the ‘S’ word without making a face or acting like I’m in kindergarten. S.E.X… no wait I just made a face, but it was defiantly not the same face that Shelby made when she decided to lose her virginity on a loophole.

Remember when in the old days virtue was some kind of a big deal? Well, in Purity it’s not! I’m pretty sure when Shelby hears that someone *cough* Edward Cullen *cough* made such a big deal out of the whole virtue thing, she’d laugh her pretty head off.

So, that being said let me break it down to you using Jackson Pearce’s own word.

Purity is a novel about sex, strangers, and loopholes — but not necessarily in that order.

So before Shelby’s mother died, Shelby promised her three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. But as the novel goes on she is finding it really hard to keep the promises. And it wasn’t getting any better when her father decided to turn her into Martha Stewart and ship her off Pleasantville. Well it didn’t happen like that, all the old man wanted was her daughter to join some Princess Ball committee, and vow to live pure lives — in other words, no “bad behavior,” no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex. Which in today’s words is code for ‘Dad why don’t you just put a neon sign on my forehead that reads ‘loser’?”

So since Shelby didn’t want to be a princess, she made a decision to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. Yeah I know right, didn’t she ever read Cinderella? Back then girls would die to become a princess!

So the rest of the book goes on and she tries to hook up with some random guys, but failed miserably. By this time her two best friends, Ruby and Jonas, were like her armor. They had a list and one of them even succeeds on finding her the guy who got the job done.

Somehow along the line, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

This line: “who really has the right to her purity” is kind of misleading.

At one point when I was reading this book, I thought it was a very disrespectful and demeaning way to get a girl to lose her virginity, but then I thought about it, and I realized that Jackson pictured today’s world in a picture perfect single snapshot. I loved her writing, the funny way she maks the readers come to turns with what promises, friendship, family and somehow love means.

I love how she built and described the friendship between her characters. The way she introduced the love story that was yet to develop between Shelby and Jonas, and how she ended the book itself. Maybe she could have gone into much details of what comes next, but I liked how she left it, because it gave room for my own imagination to linger. After all, every ending is the beginning of something else.

Purity is a funny and an amazing read for anyone who simply loves to read. I highly recommend it.

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

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August 1st: YaReads

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August 15th: Teen Readers Diary

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August 17th: My Guilty Obsession

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Cover of the Week
March 30, 2012 posted by Kiona

Cover of the Week #68

You should never judge a book by its cover.

Sure…but they never said we couldn’t admire them. Cover of the Week pays homage to the beautiful and eye catching graphics that grace the covers of our young adult titles.

This week’s cover of the week goes to Purity by Jackson Pearce.

Release Date: April 2012

Book Reviews
January 13, 2011 posted by Christina

Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce

“Countless teenage girls have been brutally murdered…and Scarlett and Rosie March know how they died – torn apart by werewolves. For Scarlett, the memories of a similar attack have left not just emotional scars, but physical ones. The sisters fight side by side to save others from the same fate.

But Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend – but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

When we were young we were told the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

She went into the forest to visit her grandmother. Poor granny had already met a wolf though and was eaten right up – whole. When Red encounters the wolf at her grandmother’s house pretending to be human, wearing her clothes, Red is moments away from sharing the same fate as her granny. Luckily, a woodsman swoops in and saves Red and her grandmother….

… but what if he didn’t come in time?

It’s from this thought that Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red is born.

After a brutal attack by a Fenris (a soulless werewolf) when the March sisters – Scarlett and Rosie, were only young, their lives were truly devastated. The attack claimed the life of their beloved Grandmother and left Scarlett heavily scarred and missing her right eye after she took on the monster to protect her younger sister.

Now that they know the truth about what the Fenris are the sisters have dedicated their lives to training, fighting and killing as many of them as they can find.

The hunt has consumed Scarlett ever since the attack, giving each monster a taste of what they did to her and her grandmother. Rosie is a skilled fighter also but craves for something more than blood and revenge. When their childhood friend Silas comes back to town, Rosie feels an undeniable pull, and maybe, just maybe, Silas feels it too.

I was initially looking forward to reading this book but unfortunately I was left a bit underwhelmed. Maybe I would’ve felt differently about the book if it wasn’t for the fact that I haaaaaated Scarlett.

To be fair, Pearce crafted the characters quite skillfully and I truly understood where each of them where coming from, but it doesn’t mean I liked it.

To Scarlett’s credit, she was a fierce fighter who cared deeply for her sister. It just seemed like she probably needed to go into therapy after her attack because in the years after, her scars (Scar-lett, get it?) left her with terrible insecurities as well as a major case of neediness and fear of abandonment by the people still in her life.

Now those definitely aren’t reasons to dislike a character, it was more Scarlett’s never ending need to hunt, and then guilting her sister into doing the same, which made her come off as selfish despite the hunt being for the greater good. I have a feeling Scarlett’s brain would be something like this –

Hunt hunt hunt hunt ROSIE hunt hunt hunt hunt FOOD hunt hunt HATE FENRIS hunt hunt hunt hunt hunt hunt hunt hunt hunt.

It was all she ever wanted, all she ever did, all she ever talked about and heaven forbid you wanted to do anything else.

Since Scarlett saved her life, younger sister Rosie has felt that joining in the hunt alongside Scarlett is her way of paying her back, despite the fact that she struggles to share her sister’s bloodlust. As her feelings for Silas grow (who I liked but his reasoning for liking Rosie in the first place was kind of….strange) , she slowly breaks away and finds that there’s more to life than just hunting, and when it’s something as beautiful as love, it can only be denied for so long.

The blurb on the back of the book gives way too much away (this review includes a non spoiler blurb) which made the plotline predictable at times and kind of drag in between. There’s plenty of bone crunching, blood splashing action during the hunt scenes, particularly in the dramatic ending, but it also felt like it was hunt scene, after hunt scene, after hunt scene.

It would’ve been nice if the Fenris were better explained – why are they a secret? Scarlett and Rosie don’t exactly benefit from no one else knowing about them. Also, why are they only after the pretty, sparkly “dragonfly” type of girls as their meal choices? Do they taste better? It’s kind of an odd message to send – if you’re not super attractive you wont be “eaten” by the big bad wolves.

Ultimately, Sisters Red is a dark and interesting take on a classic fairytale. Though I wasn’t crazy about it, I know there are plenty out there who loved it, for some it’ll be a hit, others, a miss.

Pages: 344
Publication Date: June 2010
Publisher:  Hodder
Challenge: n/a
Rating: : ★★½☆☆

Teaser Quote: “I swiftly grab my hatchet off the ground.

The girls scream. They clutch each other. Their eyes are wide and terrified, streaming with tears.

“It’s gone,” I say. I see them scan my body, look at the scars that cover me and the hatchet in my hand. I don’t know what else to tell them. Their friend is dead.”