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Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Prized

Title: Prized
Series: Birthmarked # 2
genre: Young Adult- Dystopian
Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Book: Netgalley

"Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime.  In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?"

I read the first book last year and really loved it. Now that I got to read the next one, I admit I expected more but still loved it nonetheless. 

The book pikes up right where it left off from the first one. Gaia is off looking for another settlement that is not crazy like her last. But what she falls into is not what she thought it was. Some parts of this book made me angry! Gaia has been searching for a settlement, one that is okay to live in. But instead she finds an even crazier one. At first I was little confused as to what this new place does. But once I read more into, I came to enjoy the new element that Ms. O'Brien used...Leverage.

Once where Gaia is strong and brave she is now being held to submission because more it at stake. The reader see's Gaia doing things she never thought she would. At first I thought it was okay but I came to see that I didn't Gaia like that. Submissive and doing what she is told. I liked her fiesta and brave. Rebellious and spontaneous. I am glad that an old character comes back bringing her to who she really is and not who she is becoming.
The love interest in this book really rocked. I loved that there is a sort-of love triangle. It isn't something dragged on and on. It is lighting done and it give the book more emotions and drama to deal with. I really love how well Ms. O'Brien write this book. You can read the passion of the writing  just flowing in the pages.

I suggest that you start this series right away. This book, being the sequel in no way it is ruined. Sometimes sequels lack, not this one. If anything, it was way more intense. I felt such excitement in returning to Gaia story. It felt like as if I never left. Beautifully written, Prized deserves to be acknowledge. It nothing what I thought it would ever be.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Sounds like an interesting second book. I like how circumstances have forced the character's personality to change - even if it's for the worse - and then changes for the better as the book goes on. Sounds more interesting than the typical romance plot of a second book.

  2. I still need to read Birthmarked, but I'm so glad to know the sequel is as good as the first, that's always nice to know when starting a new series. Thanks for the review Savy!

  3. Oh I have Birthmarked on my tbr and still need to read it. I also have the novella between the 1st and 2nd. I need to read those and get this one too now! Sweet. So glad this one is so good as well!

  4. OoOo I've been wanting to read the first one to get into this series, I think my library may have it so I'll have to check into that! Thanks for the review!


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