Book Review: Ellen Hopkins` Books

Went to the library a couple of days ago to pick up "The Death Cure" which is the third book of James Dashner`s series. Unfortunately, it was unavailable. Of course, I wasn`t going to leave the library empty handed so I opted to borrow all of Ellen Hopkins` books that were on the shelf. I`ve made it a point to one day try out her books which received major praise from numerous of my friends!

If you guys are unfamiliar with her books, one thing you should know is that she writes in free verse instead of prose.
Here`s brief review (no synopsis, look it up yourself) of the three books in general.

I think that the writing could have been a tad bit better. They were okay.. Just didn`t see where all the hype was coming from. "Burned" was definitely better than "Crank" although I found many similarities between the two books! So much that I had to stop and think to myself if I was still reading the same book. "Impulse" isn`t that much better either.. So far, I don`t really know where the plot is going and Tony, Vanessa, and Conner don`t really have individualized voices. When you have a story where you have more than one point of view, make it a point, as an author to really give each of them their own voice and way of speaking/thinking so I don`t have to go back every few pages to check the chapter title who`s talking.

Overall, her books are okay. 3 stars out of 5. They were nice quick reads but not good enough to get me to want to get more of her books ASAP.

*Photo & Text are mine.

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