Book Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar


Keep Your Head Down.

Don’t Get Noticed.

Or Else.

I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.


Seamless. That’s what this book is all about. The moment i read the first chapter, i was hooked. to trella’s world. to the Uppers and Lowers. to the Pop Cops. there’s no turning back once i hit the pages. i just need to read and read and read.


The plot was concrete so it wasn’t hard on the author’s part to sell it to me. it was readily believable and easy to absorb in. the segregation. the population control. the 10-hour on-off work hours! my, oh my. it is a sick world to be in. i was addicted to it!


She is strong, self-sufficient, dependable, a loner (despite having only Cogon as her friend) and a cynic.  she doesn’t think things will ever change. it is the reality of her life. so she goes on with as less trouble as possible. but as strong as she may be, she still feels the sting of labels. being a Lower. a scrub. the queen of pipes. yet she swallows it all down and work her job diligently. i admire her character. her conviction. who wouldn’t be? in a dystopian world like hers, i’d be the same. and yet she could not prevent the inevitable. being the queen of pipes led her to the hope that she thought she could never have the luxury to ponder. led her to take action. led her to being the threat the Travas thought impossible.


he’s an okay character, i guess. not much of a standout from my POV. pretty much Trella is the star of the book, so there.

no need to highlight my ultimate high experience and fave scenes, coz truth be told, from start to finish of the book, i was riveted scene after scene. the story goes in one fluid motion. from one false prophet to the revolution, it was inevitable.

the verdict: fan of dystopian novels? then pick this up. it is action-packed, suspenseful read that you won’t have time to get bored.

oh and yeah, book two is out now. so expect me to pick up where Trella left off as soon i can lay my hands on it. 🙂


“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


Book Review: Wicked Lovely #5: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Rating: StarStarStarStar


The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.


I was not left breathless. maybe a little huff. but that’s it.

if you’ve been following this series, i want you to know that the author’s conclusion is a little UNsatisfying on my part. blame it on Seth for being the too-perfect-mortal-cum-faery-who-every-courts-loves guy. ugh *rolling my eyes*

so the war is coming and it did. it was horrible, what with all the deaths and consequences. but the lead characters portrayed such character (forgive me for repeating) that they crossed between human-faery to faery-human qualities.


couldn’t make up her mind between keenan and seth. i’d say, she and seth belong together so leave keenan to me! *grinning*  what i like about her is how she evolved in her queenship at the day of the battle. she really is the destined Summer Queen, even if she broke my poor keenan’ heart (wench!).


please. i’m a certified seth hater. he should’ve met his end on this book. ha! but the author has another plan for him. too bad (for me)!


i. love. him. from book1 to this final book, he was that one character that grew up so much. but NOT without sacrifices. his heritage from his parents has been the root cause of all his sufferings, but he faced the ultimate choice with such dignity: give up his immortality for the one he loves? crap. a thousand brownie points for my man!


i thought her character is stronger than aislinn. in the beginning, she knows what she wants. even if fate hindered, it did not deter her. she can be kind, but she can be ruthless. Ice Queen fitted her. She freezingly rocks! pun intended.


i liked him in the first two books, but now? no, not anymore. although i’d most likely to pick his court, Dark Court, if ever i will pledge my fealty to a regent. 😀

fave scene: two actually! one – keenan offering, no begging, the death fey to claim him immortality in exchange for his beloved’s life. he was more human than fey, and it was heartbreaking. two – the infamous scene that is constantly repeated in book1, regarding the Summer King’s curse. but guess who is at the other end of the winter staff? *wink wink*

the verdict: it was still a great conclusion despite my anti-seth sentiments. lol. one of the best ya series, i might add, but definitely not on my top 5.


“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”