Oct 092012

Title: XVI
Series: XVI #1
Author: Julia Karr
Publisher: Puffin/Speak
Publication date: January 6, 2011
Pages: 325
Source: Purchased

XVI (XVI, #1)

From Goodreads:
Every girl gets one.
An XVI tattoo on the wrist–sixteen.

Some girls can’t wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay.

Then, with one brutal strike, Nina’s normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there’s one boy who can help–and he just may hold the key to her past.

But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure…

For Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet.


XVI is one of those books that sat on my shelf for over a year, just patiently waiting to be read. And yet again, I kicked myself after I finished with the normal “Why did you wait this long to read this Tara?!?!”

Here are the things I loved about XVI:

  • It’s set in Chicago. You KNOW I’m a huge sucker for this, especially when authors build a Chicago world in the future.
  • The story revolves around unearthing a government conspiracy. Yes, yes, and YES. I will read any book that has a government conspiracy involved.
  • The main character thinks for herself and challenges social norms. She doesn’t conform to what others expect of her once she turns “sex-teen” and fights for what she believes in. Hell yeah for strong woman!
  • A cute boy. Surprise ;) But to make it even better, a cute boy with a secret. Dun dun dun….

If you haven’t already figured it out, I immediately went to the library after finishing XVI and picked up Truth. I’m pumped to see where Julia Karr takes Nina’s story and find out more about the world’s history.

  9 Responses to “Book review: XVI by Julia Karr”

  1. Hmm, I’m certainly interested in seeing what this main character does to challenge the norm of the society she lives in! That’s always something that draws my attention to a book, especially when it’s done well.
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  2. I have had this one sitting on my shelf for such a long time. Your review has made me want to read it though. I love the sounds of this one and I love cute boys with secrets. Great review!
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  3. Yeahhhhh Chicago books!
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  4. aww man chiacgo gets ALL the good future worlds in books.
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  5. LULZ sexteen. I haven’t read this, yet I bought it on release day. WHAT GIVES? It has so la h elements that I love!
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  6. Ooh! This is one of those books I’ve heard a lot about but never really knew what it was about! I love me some government conspiracy! WOOT!
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  7. I won these books from Julia and I’m SO excited to start them! Glad you see you loved them! :D
    <3 Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

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