Review: ACID

Saturday, 20 July 2013
Author: Emma Pass
Edition: Corgi Children's Paperback
Released: 25th April 2013
Series: n/a
Pages: 429 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book!

ACID - the most brutal police force in history. They rule with an iron fist. They see everything. They know everything. They locked me away for life.

My crime? They say I murdered my parents. I was fifteen years old.

My name is Jenna Strong.

Unlike people who bring along fluffy contemporary books on holiday with them, I bring action-packed dystopians. This year, ACID was amongst them. So it's usually all good lying poolside with a book in hand, right? Well, you'd think so... Only, I made one major mistake. I started reading this book indoors. So, yes, ACID is partly to blame for my sorry excuse of a tan!

Why was this book so gripping, you ask? Well, that would be down to the thrilling and exciting plotline! The sort of plotline which twists and turns and has your heart racing with each flick of the page. So much happened in this book and it was just so much fun following the main characters along on their journey. You just didn't know where they were going to end up next. And who would be tailing behind them.

The narrator, Jenna, is a tough, brave, determined, smart and, ultimately, kick-ass heroine who was a great lead for the story... Being the only female inmate in a violent, dangerous prison has resulted in her becoming a hard, seemingly impenetrable, non-feeling person and, throughout the course of the novel, we begin to see the more troubled, more vulnerable, more caring character inside of her surface. Especially when Max is around. The romance between her and Max was a nice addition to the story.

I only had two problems with this book. But they are seriously minor. The first is that I would have quite liked the romance to have been a little more developed. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't insta-love in the slightest! I'm just the sort-of person who likes the romance to be played out slowly - with a few special moments between the two characters every now and then to the point where you just want to scream: GET TOGETHER ALREADY! Since quite a lot happened in this book, the other slight problem I had was that I would sometimes forget who some of the characters were and what their part was in the storyline. This may just be me since I do tend to have a memory like a goldfish at times. -.-

To conclude, ACID was a fantastic debut from new author, Emma Pass. It was fast-paced and exciting and the characters, complex and enjoyable. Though I would have preferred a slightly more developed romance between Jenna and Max and I'd sometimes forget who some of the characters were, these were both minor problems I could deal with. I can't wait to see what else Pass has up her sleeve now I've read and thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Huge thanks go out to Random House for providing me with a review copy of this book!
Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. I want to read this so much! Glad you enjoyed it! It looks like a very unique dystopian, so I'll be very interested to see what the story line is like. Great review as always, Rachel! :)

  2. I really, really want to read this now! I've heard so many amazing things about it and Jenna sounds like an amazing protagonist! From your description she seems a bit like Celaena from Throne of Glass... anyway, great review (like normal)!

    Oh and don't worry, I bring dystopians on holiday too! :D

  3. Awesome review. Been curious about this one :)

  4. I've been hearing about this book lately -- not all of them were positives but I'm really interested in the concept and wow, the heroine seems like the kind that I'd easily like :D

  5. Great Review! I LOVE LOVE LOVED this one, especially all of the plot twists. So much happened in the one novel and I agree about the romance.

  6. Awesome review, it was really funny. I am dying to read this book as I have heard so many good reviews on it!

  7. "I'm just the sort-of person who likes the romance to be played out slowly" Like Tory and Ben?! AHH WHEN WILL THEY GET TOGETHER? *screams* I just finished Code and there are so many hints that they both like each other. She likes him, he likes her - why can't they see that? -.-

    Anyway... great review! This has been on my wishlist for ages so I have to obtain this one soon. The concept of ACID sounds so original and I love action-packed dystopian. Thanks for sharing!

  8. ACID is one of my favourite books EVER so it makes me super happy to see that you've enjoyed it! Yay!

  9. I'll take a dystopia over a contemporary any day! I have also been anxiously waiting to read this one and now even more so since you enjoyed it. I love the sound of Jenna being able to take care of herself.

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  10. I love your review! And you're not the only one who would choose a dystopia over a contemporary. When I was in Venice, people there were reading sappy romance stories while I was re-reading Legend by Marie Lu, hehe

    I want to read this book! From the looks of it, I'll love Jenna as well!

  11. I got this the other day, it looks so good and I love the concept and that Emma Pass is British!
    Glad you enjoyed this!


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