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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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XVI

XVI - Julia Karr Wow! Definitely a book worth reading.When I first heard of XVI I was a little skeptical about it. Being the fantasy junkie and my rave for action-packed books, I thought that this just wasn’t a book I see myself reading. But when I saw this on the shelf of a bookstore I was visiting, I felt the urge to give it a shot… and thank goodness I did!My impression of XVI was that it would be all about sex and all things slutty, little did I know that this simple dystopian novel was actually a book that not only was about rebellion against a dictatorial government and media manipulation, but also about fighting against the growing business of teen sex trafficking.I have to admit though; there are things that bothered me. I feel that this book lacked the explanations about how Nina’s world was, for instance, it kept mentioning “trannies” and numbers like “33” that they’re waiting for, it took me a few seconds and rereading of the certain part to realize that those were their means of transportation. I also didn’t understand the tier-based life they have. I get that the lower the number the lower their tier and lifestyle would be but how exactly did the government start that and what’s the basis of it all?I also question their way of expressing rebellion against the government and the media. It’s said that everywhere they went there would be surveillance and their conversations where recorded all the time. But most of the time, they get to find a Dead Zone where their conversations cannot be heard or they have rare devices that can alter or disrupt the surveillance and they pretty much talk a lot about their grudges against the government. Add the fact that Sal, Nina’s love interest, admitted he was a Non-Con to all their friends and none of them seemed surprised or afraid, considering that the government was supposedly over-controlling.Anyway, you’re probably wondering: if I liked this book how come I’m lashing out on it? Well, I’m not. I just did notice flaws but that didn’t mean I didn’t like it so I will explain why.What got me to like this book was the strong sense of it being close to real life. It showed us the issues of the corruption of government, the unavoidable growing world of sex trafficking, the struggle for a better life, and a lot more. I also admire Nina. Despite getting all confused with what her personality truly is, I totally empathize with her. I get her confusion, fear, and her wanting to be the one to control when she’s ready to get intimate with a guy and not be a walking object men can claim to take pleasure on anywhere, anytime. Another thing I liked was Nina and Sal’s relationship. Yes, it’s a little shallow and I kind of didn’t get how they fell in love with each other, but I like them together. I like that Nina’s all too steadily and hidden emotions pore out whenever she’s with Sal, and that Sal has become her shoulder to cry on and that certain someone who stood by and supported her whenever she felt like giving up.This book may’ve not been perfect, but regardless, it was beautiful and I definitely got my money’s worth.For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com