Saturday, June 21, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang

Hey Everyone!!

From Goodreads:

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Erin's Thoughts:

What's Left of Me is a book about a world in which two souls are born into one body; eventually one soul becomes dominant, leaving the recessive soul to fade away.  The idea behind this story totally drew me in, not to mention the cover looks pretty good, too! But yay!! This was a totally awesome read!! I had so much fun -- it was interesting and tension-building but without sacrificing character or story! It's such a unique and interesting idea to have these two souls within one body, otherwise known as a hybrid.  The world she's built is so real and much like ours, that it isn't hard at all to imagine.  It's also amazing how well she's brought up different issues when you have to share one body and the feelings that Eva feels while she's trapped inside this body.  The relationship between her and her sister soul, Addie, was also very real and well done.  Another thing that I have to say that was one of my favorite parts of this book was the subtleties in different characters and being able to distinguish one person from another even when they're wearing the same body.  I guess, in a way, it's a bit reminiscent of The Host (by Stephenie Meyer) when you hear about it, but it's COMPLETELY different (in a good way! Loved The Host too, by the way!).  The writing was amazing and there was no point in the story where I didn't want to continue reading.  In fact, about forty pages, I knew I was done for.  There was no way I would be able to stop reading at that point!! Which was actually kind of a problem, since I did have chores and homework to do...I can't wait to learn more about the hybrid revolution in the next book, Once We Were.  Okay and one more thing: Kat Zhang was nineteen when she published this!! Isn't that amazing??!!!

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Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

1 comment:

  1. I read this book a while ago! I didn't know it had a sequel out. :)