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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Uncommon Criminals
Ally Carter
Dance of Shadows
Yelena Black
Ink
Amanda Sun

Dualed

Dualed - It sure is hard to find a good dystopian story these days... Dualed was one of my most anticipated debut novels to read for this year. Sadly, I just couldn’t find it in me to appreciate anything about it. When I first read the summary of Dualed on Goodreads, I was ecstatic. A world where having a twin is mandatory, an Alternate as they call it. Citizens must prove themselves worthy to live on Kersh by eliminating their Alts within a month of being “activated”. If not, both Alts would self destruct. Kersh may be a safe haven from the war outside its borders but here, only the strong survive and the weak must be purged...I don’t get the logic behind killing your Alt. West says: “All for peace... fighting ourselves in here, so we don’t have to fight the world out there...” I feel that it wasn’t a good enough reason, but I let that go. Eliminating ones Alt gives the victor the chance to live a life of luxury and privilege. Okay, I guess that’s a good bout. Then I came upon the purpose behind eliminating the weak. I forgot the exact words but this is pretty much the idea: when in case the war does break through they have soldiers prepared to send out. WTF? (Correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s a part in this book that talked about this and this is how I understood it). It would have been a viable, albeit wrong and unjust, explanation but with how vague it was described and how messy it was laid out just didn’t suffice.When a traumatic moment presents itself to West, her ever confident self wavers into someone feeling unworthy of living the life of a Complete (a person who has survived from their Alt). So she does the one thing she thinks is right, enter the profession of becoming a Striker (individuals hired to assassinate another person’s Alt). I thought the tragic events in her life would push her to finally stop doing shit that the government deems them to do, but no... She goes off on a killing spree! While normal heroes and heroines are hesitant about killing people, even the bad guys, West goes off with killing assignments, and I quote her strongly “to train”. Oh yeah, you read it right. Her reason for joining the Strikers as she said it: “I’m in for the training...” Really??? At first I thought her purpose for it was really just to train, like she’d be in extensive exercises and weapons training or something. But on her first day of joining the unit, she’s sent to do her first job, then and there. You sent out a rookie on an actual Striker contract/assignment? Who does that? Okay, so they say it’s a test, let’s say it’s a form of initiation, but I never saw West actually train, like spar, grapple, wrestle, whatever kind of fight-training. Nothing. She really is off on a killing spree. So is that her training? Building an immunity system over the guilt of killing innocent people? Puh-lease.Another thing, I don’t understand is why West was so scared about killing her own Alt but feels okay to kill someone else’s. What the heck is the difference between them? Aren’t they just wrong on both ends? You know how most dystopian novels get compared to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collinsthese days? And how a number of authors would take inspiration from it? (I’m not saying the author did so here or anything) I can’t help but make comparisons. I understand that Dualed is giving off the audacity of the government’s way of leading its country, much like, say the Reaping in The Hunger Games. And maybe I would be willing to let the inconsistency of Alt-eliminating back story and purpose go, but the protagonist’s lack of conscience and sense of fighting for what is truly right (like not killing her Alt or anybody else) doesn’t make for a praiseworthy heroine. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com