Review of What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

What’s Left of Me
By: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
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My Rating:

Summary (via Goodreads):
I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time.

Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything

My Thoughts:
Zhang created a very unique idea in this novel, having two souls sharing one body. The implications of living like that and how everyday situations would be different was intriguing. Where I couldn’t follow was that questions I had were never answered.  I needed to know why people were born this way and why after time the souls ‘settled’ leaving only one soul where two had been.

I felt that the pacing was slow but not dull. We followed Addie and Eva through their normal life and the stresses of being different yet having to hide it from everyone, even those you love. Zhang did an excellent job giving each a voice that was uniquely theirs and desires and needs that varied. I was never confused whom I was following or what their motivation was. I found the dialog between the two very intriguing and overall it kept my interest.

Near the middle, the pacing picked up yet slowed again for the last third. This section was too slow for my liking  and I was eager for the story to wrap up and for some conclusion to be made. Zhang succeeded in creating an antagonist I disliked. She gave them all the bad but I never understood their motivations for what they were doing so I didn’t feel they were very well rounded.

Though I wanted more world building I believe that many of my lingering questions will be addressed in the next book, Once We Were.

What’s Left of Me book trailer:

ARC August Week 3

The third week of August has just passed and we are getting close to the end of Octavia’s (Read, Sleep, Repeat) brain child ARC August. I feel that I’ve done well and I feel less stressed about my TBR pile. Here’s what I did this past week:

ARC’s Read:
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, Horde by Anne Aguire, Thin Space by Jody Casella and More Than This by Patrick Ness

 Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)Horde (Razorland, #3)

  Thin SpaceMore Than This

I posted reviews for Delia’s Shadow, Thin Space and Overpowered

ARC’s to Read:
Shadows by Paula Weston, What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang and attempt Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart (which I had given up on after not liking the writing style) again.

 Shadows (The Rephaim, #1)What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)Eat, Brains, Love

Showcase Sunday #19

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.


What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

For Review (via NetGalley):

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

I had a small book haul last week but I’m so happy with the two books I did get. What did you get?