Edition: Corgi Children's Paperback
Released: 25th April 2013
Pages: 429 approx.
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Unlike people who bring along fluffy contemporary books on holiday with them, I bring action-packed dystopians. This year, ACID was amongst them. So it's usually all good lying poolside with a book in hand, right? Well, you'd think so... Only, I made one major mistake. I started reading this book indoors. So, yes, ACID is partly to blame for my sorry excuse of a tan!
Why was this book so gripping, you ask? Well, that would be down to the thrilling and exciting plotline! The sort of plotline which twists and turns and has your heart racing with each flick of the page. So much happened in this book and it was just so much fun following the main characters along on their journey. You just didn't know where they were going to end up next. And who would be tailing behind them.
The narrator, Jenna, is a tough, brave, determined, smart and, ultimately, kick-ass heroine who was a great lead for the story... Being the only female inmate in a violent, dangerous prison has resulted in her becoming a hard, seemingly impenetrable, non-feeling person and, throughout the course of the novel, we begin to see the more troubled, more vulnerable, more caring character inside of her surface. Especially when Max is around. The romance between her and Max was a nice addition to the story.
I only had two problems with this book. But they are seriously minor. The first is that I would have quite liked the romance to have been a little more developed. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't insta-love in the slightest! I'm just the sort-of person who likes the romance to be played out slowly - with a few special moments between the two characters every now and then to the point where you just want to scream: GET TOGETHER ALREADY! Since quite a lot happened in this book, the other slight problem I had was that I would sometimes forget who some of the characters were and what their part was in the storyline. This may just be me since I do tend to have a memory like a goldfish at times. -.-
To conclude, ACID was a fantastic debut from new author, Emma Pass. It was fast-paced and exciting and the characters, complex and enjoyable. Though I would have preferred a slightly more developed romance between Jenna and Max and I'd sometimes forget who some of the characters were, these were both minor problems I could deal with. I can't wait to see what else Pass has up her sleeve now I've read and thoroughly enjoyed this book!
FOUR STARS FOR ACID! :D
Huge thanks go out to Random House for providing me with a review copy of this book!