Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds, #1
Cupcake: Toffee Crunch
Quick Rating: 4 stars
Okay! I finally read The Darkest Minds, and it only took me three years to do it. Three cheers! Well, I’m happy, anyway. So, I gave it 4 stars for mainly this reason: I thought it was a great book, really chunky and interesting (I binged it in a day), but I was really confused through a lot of it. I couldn’t figure out why she was so upset about being different. I thought it was really cool, and an advantage, but about halfway through the book when you find out what her powers did, I understood. But I didn’t quite get it at the beginning. Also, the action sequences came hard and fast, which I would usually love, but since my brain was still trying to figure out what Ruby’s deal was, I ended up being confused even more. Of course, I was also sick, and that could have contributed to it.
In any case, I did really like this book, especially when I got everything straight in my head. I loved the slow-burn romance (I am NOT happy about the ending!!), I loved the secondary characters- Zu especially- and I didn’t predict much of what happened. There were some things that you could kind of see coming, but I’m not one for trying to figure out a book before I read it- I just let the book carry me along, for the most part, unless it’s super obvious. So I liked that part of it. I thought all the character development, especially Ruby’s, was really good, and I can’t wait to see where Alexandra takes her in Never Fade, book two.
MMMM. Like this cupcake layered in frosting, chocolate, and nuts, The Darkest Minds takes classic elements of storytelling and swirls it all into a very agreeable combination. Everything connects well (at least it did when I wasn’t confused) and just like this cupcake, you’re left feeling satisfied and ready for more sweets! You can find the recipe for this lovely cupcake at Baker’s Royale, a great source for all things baking!
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