September 25, 2013

Review: Acid by Emma Pass

by Emma Pass
Paperback, 431 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by Corgi Children's Books


2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.

I absolutely love dystopians -- especially the ones like ACID. Where the story is a page turner, non-stop action packed, and focused mainly on the world building. ACID delivers all that and more! This book was not even on my radar until I came across it on Around The World ARC Tours. I signed up to read it mostly because of the cover. The girl on the cover gave me the impression that the book was not only filled with action, but that the main character was a kick-ass character with no fear. And I was right. 

ACID is also filled with lots of suspense, secrets and betrayal. Jenna thought she had it bad in prison. That everything inside was a lot worse than the outside. But when she breaks out of prison she slowly realizes that EVERYTHING is a lie, and just about every person she comes across has some kind of secret they aren't telling her. I loved that more than half the book I kept playing the guessing game. Living on the outside is no better than being locked up. 

Jenna still tries to build a new life and leave her past behind. Then she meets a boy who tries to mug her and again, she finds her world torn upside down. 

I love everything about Jenna. She was brave, fearless, and very forward. What I did not like, though, was that towards the ending I felt her character changed a bit. She wasn't the same and I think it's because of the slight romance thrown in. A romance blossoms eventually throughout the story, but not until the very near end. I think this sort of threw her character off track and I would have been okay without it. 

Aside from that, I enjoyed this story a lot and think Emma Pass did an excellent job bringing the world and characters to life. Every detail matters in this book. There are a couple of twist that leave you with your mouth open. This is a great read! 


  1. I haven't heard of this book, but I definitely would have picked it up after seeing that awesome cover! I love stories about recovering lost memories, so this book sounds really interesting.

  2. Amazing review, Damaris! The synopsis didn't really grab me, but your review did. :) Have to have this one now!

    Sabrina @ I Heart Y.A. Fiction

    1. Thank you, Sabrina! I really hope you like it. It was so good!!

  3. I'm always interested in seeing how characters react when they realize everything is a lie. I think it says a lot about the kind of person they are. I'm glad you liked this book so much.

    Thanks for the great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  4. I want to read this very much. I love the cover, I love the premise. I think it sounds absolutely fantastic!

  5. I loved this book too! Jenna was such a great character. I do agree though, that the romance was perhaps a bit shaky. I think the pacing was done well though :)
    Nice review Damaris!

  6. Give me a book that has good plot and a kick ass heroine and I am in heaven! This one sounds right up my ally and that cover actually makes me want to grab this book right now!

  7. This one has been on my list since before its release date, but it wasn't quite at the top so I haven't gotten around to reading it. If it was this great though, maybe I need to! Great review :)

  8. Wow looks like a really good read! Cant wait to get stuck and lost in it. Deffs will be adding this to my collection soon!

  9. Sounds like an intense action packed book! Excited to read this one :)

  10. I have never heard of this before- but the dystopian aspect sounds cool. I like a strong female character too :)

  11. Cool cover! The story seems really interesting, and it also seems like romances do change dystopian stories a lot and most of them could do without the romance and still be fine.

  12. Strong and tough women is Jenna but with all she's gone through not a killer she actually has a soft centre, love the twists and turns of the story they are smooth, dont get confused or lost with all the twists,yes there is a love interest,sorry i dont want to spoil the twists so dont want to say to much its fun to go into it without knowing anything so that you can really enjoy them to the full, just read it you wont be disappointed.

  13. I love dystopian book as well..this one sounds awesome.
    Love strong female leads, and i can take or leave love story aspects ( reallt depends onhow they fit inthe story).

  14. Sounds really good and you did a great job job in your review! Another one to my TBR list. :)


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