Double Monster Review: Prized

Double Monster Review: PrizedPrized by Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: Birthmarked #2
Published by Roaring Brook Press on November 8th 2011
Pages: 368

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.

Review: Birthmarked

I was really looking forward to this book, having enjoyed the first so much and knew this one would be even better.

I loved the first book, but this one was so different and made me think a bit of Blood Red Road (which I loved) but with less violence. I loved the mystery behind why people could not leave the village that Gaia discovered and how she went about solving the dilemma. The village itself was so unique and filled with intriguing characters and customs.

The plot was steady, filled with drama, romance, and mystery. I feel like this is one of the rare books that takes a second novel and almost reshapes it into something so different from the first one. I love that the plot wasn't very reliant on the first book except for relationships really.

Final Verdict:
Definitely a fantastic sequel that takes you into a different environment from the first book and really lures you into the storyline with a sense of mystery.

Love Birthmarked. Loved it! With the ending kinda being up in the air, I could not wait to get to Prized.

Prized blew my mind. Simply blew it.

Gaia has finally braved the Wastelands. And instead of finding the uptopian society that she dreams of… she finds Sylum. A world in which women are in charge. All should be perfect right? Not so much.

It is rare that I ever come across a sequel that makes me want to shout from the rooftops how amazing it was. But Prized made me want to do that. After reading Birthmarked I was hoping that Prized would at least be on par. But it was so much better. As much as I loved Birthmarked, Prized was 10x more awesome. Gaia was a bit weaker in certain aspects. But O'Brien made up for that in so many other ways. Her "love square" made me die laughing.

Final Verdict:

After Prized, I honestly now believe that O'Brien can do no wrong. Not exactly sure where the next book will lead us. But I am so on board!

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50 responses to “Double Monster Review: Prized

  1. Tanya

    I haven’t read Birthmarked yet, but having read your review of Prized I’m looking forward to getting into this series.

  2. RhiannonPaille

    Okay I just added Birth Marked to my TBR a few days ago and I’m looking forward to this entire series now.

  3. Dominique

    This sounds so good!! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Birthmarked or Prized yet! Definitely on my TBR list now!

  4. Wow! What a review! I think I got the impression that you both really liked the book, but I’m not sure! LOL I am definitely getting my hands on a copy of this book now! Thanks for the awesome review:)

  5. Charissa Jackson

    This is the first I have heard of this book and thanks to the review both books are now on my to read list. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  6. Sarah E.

    Y’all are setting me up to be obsessed with more book series-es! Dystopia is still a very new genre to me, but I’ve loved every dystopian novel I’ve read so far and I don’t think these books would disappoint me in the least bit.

  7. Amy S.

    I liked Birthmarked a lot. Loved the hero so much! The way he was written just made me love him. I can’t wait to read the sequel, and your reviews have made me that much more excited.

  8. Charity (The Bookworm Fairy)

    This one looks very interesting. I had not even heard of the first book in the series, but this sounds so good I do not think I would even need to read the first one to enjoy this one!

  9. I had not heard of this book before… But after reading your reviews I will have to read it, but think I better start with the first book. lol…

  10. Michelle @ The True Book Addict

    Another great review! Now I definitely have to get my hands on Birthmarked. I will definitely be checking this one out too!

  11. One of my friends has been telling me to read Birthmarked since last year. I had no idea there was a sequel. Your review makes it sound like this one is just as interesting as the first, and does not fall into the traps many sophomore books in series do, when they just don’t live up to that first book. It sounds fantastic and dramatic and exciting, and I will definitely be adding this series to my immediate TBR list. Thanks for the reviews.

  12. Tressa

    Your reviews are the first I’ve seen that completely loved this sequel. I have the first book and am planning on getting the second from the library before I decide to buy this one.

  13. Oh no! This is the opposite of Cinder, a second book I would love to read but can’t yet because I never even heard of the first, let alone read it. They both sound great, so I will be on the lookout for Birthmarked too.

  14. I can’t read this review because I haven’t yet gotten to read Birthmarked but I’m glad to read that you really enjoyed the first book. I need to start this series. Every time I look at my local book store it’s not there.

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