Sunday, April 27, 2014

Review: Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson - 3.5 Stars

Title - Justice Buried
Author - Hilary Thompson
Series: Starbright #1
Release date: January 15th 2014
Description -
The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. 

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. 

As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.

My Rating: 3.5 - I'm Conflicted!

Review - Seriously, conflicted. This was a really good book and I could have loved it except for a couple big things. This book has a lot going for it, it's dystopian-ish, it has some great mythology and astrology which I found very interesting and kinda awesome because it's not something I see a lot in books. I loved the plot and the world building, which reminded me in parts of Divergent not just the setting underground in a cave system that reminded me of Dauntless, but of the main character, she's feisty and makes some stupid reckless decisions in a true Tris way, yet she wasn't a total rip off of Tris at the same time.
In this book a massive disease of some kind destroyed and killed most of the world separating it into three cities, Tartarus, Asphodel, and Elysium, one thing that I thought was interesting was the names of these cities but I was a little disappointed that that didn't play a bigger part in the story. It's generations after this disease ruined the world that the story takes place, Astrea lives in Asphodel and is destined to become the next leader and lead them back to the surface, and she hates it because she has no choices and the current leader wants to kill her so she can keep her potion and the story kinda progresses from there. Let's talk likes and dislikes, shall we?

Likes -
  - Lexan - Lexan has his own destiny, he has to marry(partner with) Astrea who has never given him a chance, and help her lead Asphodel and there's this whole thing with his family and some kind of promise he made, it's all very interesting. I loved Lexan, he was my favorite character and I hated how Astrea treated him. He's kind and protective and sweet and nothing like she thinks he is, he does nothing to deserve the way she treats him. I just loved him and I wanted him to end up with Astrea even when she doesn't deserve him and I want to know more about what is going on with him and I just want him to be happy!
  - The World Building - While I would have liked a little more info on the other cities I assume that will be covered in the next book and I just loved the world in this book. It was interesting and original.
  -The Astrology - In Asphodel they base everything off of what sign you were born under, it dictates who you can marry, your job, even your personality. And I thought it was awesome. I have always been big into astrology and I just loved how it tied into these characters and the story, it was highly original and just awesome.
Undetermined -
   - Astrea - I loved her in the beginning, I loved her all the way up to the part where Stian came into it. She is a hard character to like, she's a little b****y and she tries to rebel because she doesn't want all these choices made for her and she does it in a very immature and infuriating way and then she's surprised when bad things happen because of it, despite this I actually managed to like her, I started to love her when she started to accept Lexan and then in came Stian, who was...I don't know but I didn't like it. First not only does this start a very confusing love triangle, confusing because at times it seems as if she had no feelings at all for Lexan and he says that he just hoped something could be born between them and then at times she says and does things that make you think that she does like him, but then she doesn't? Maybe? But it also has a horrible case of insta-love made worse by the fact that personally I don't think Stian is a very likable character, their "love" is too fast and sloppy for it to feel even a little bit real and it made me hate both characters. For instance at one point over basically nothing Astrea decides she can't trust Lexan and then Stian does something really bad and she basically shrugs it off because part of trust is just being there for the person and knowing they will just lay with you when you can't get out of bed or something like that but that person isn't Stian it's Lexan! I just want to slap her, I swear!
Dislikes -
   -Stian - I just hated him. He is a bland and fairly pointless character, I mean there is a reason for him but he doesn't do it well. He's the outsider and what not and needed but he needed to be a better character. There is no reason for Astrea to "love" him he is not lovable. In the end I know nothing about him, I don't understand him at all, he is nothing more than his purpose, he is nothing! Even Astrea admits more than once that she might only like him because he's new and different and a new way to rebel and oh my god I did not like him. It's not a case of I chose sides in the love triangle but of he is not a good character, he is not developed enough to make a good impact on the story. I didn't feel that he liked her or why either of them would like each other, he's very territorial, "oh me big scary man, you leave my girl, who I have known for all of five pages and kissed once, alone even though you've known her longer, she likes you more, oh and you know there's that whole you're going to marry her thing." I just did not like the way he's character was done.
  - The Love Triangle - I hate love triangles in general, just like insta love, but this triangle wasn't even done well, first of all I don't understand why either of the guys likes her, or why she likes Stian and she is constantly acting like she likes Lexan but it's like she doesn't even realize that's what she's doing. She seeks Lexan for comfort and when anything is wrong and it seems like all she wants Stian for is kisses though honestly she seems to like Lexans more!

Overall - I did like the book don't get me wrong it's just I couldn't get over the problems because they were big ones. I have to like a main character and some people will probably love Astrea and they might love Stian too but I hated them and honestly I think the only reason I finished this book was because of Lexan and because I wanted to like Astrea but I couldn't like her when she was with Stian because I didn't feel that there was anything between those two characters. I will probably read the next book just to see where it goes and out of the hope that Astrea becomes a better person and of course for Lexan.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. If it sounds interesting to you I urge you to pick it up it's worth the read and I think that a lot of people will love it.

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