Ehhhh…. Not Too Sure How I’m Feeling ‘Bout This One Folks… ^^ Review: Matched By: Ally Condie

Posted October 2, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Romance ♥ / 26 Comments

Ehhhh…. Not Too Sure How I’m Feeling ‘Bout This One Folks… ^^ Review: Matched By: Ally CondieMatched
by Ally Condie
Published by Speak
on 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: eBook
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!

                         Tiny life update:


I just recently watched Jurrasic World and OMG DINOSAURS. OMG JURRASICY STUFF.

It was so good and there were countless tense moments in which I wanted to just run from the room because I have that annoying habit of picturing myself AS the characters inside of movies so whenever the dinosaurs did their dinosaur thang and went on the attack, I about passed out.           

                 But this in no way should deter you from watching it. ‘Twas so, so good.


Divergent was one of those Dystopian novels that reminded me of why I fell in love with this genre.

  Unfortunately, this book was not one of those…. Didn’t give me the feels. Nada.

As the title says, the main objective of this society is to make sure everything stays in order and that everyone is matched to their ‘meant-to-be’ mate (hence the title of the book) when they reach a certain age.

I don’t know about you guys but I would die if someone had to choose my mate–the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with FOR ME.


                                                                                   Oh, oh nuh uh.

I have highlighted the following reasons for which I shall refuse to allow my mate to be chosen for me:

  1. Um. Hello? I don’t know this person..what if we don’t get along?
  2. I’m all about being fresh and smelling good ALL TIME. ALLLL TIME. My area HAS to be clean and organized. I’m not OCD and whoever tells you this has a big fat lying face. So, what if my ‘Matched’ smells bad? Or…or worse?
  3. When you first meet me I tend to be a little shy and awkward but I get weirder the more you get to know me. (Weirder in a good way BTW) What if…well, what if my Matched is perpetually awkward and we can’t have any nice convos and converse over the shared love of cake, scones and cáfe?? Life would be so long. And sad.
  4. My ideal guy HAS to be a giant. (A.KA. Supa, supa tall) HAS to have a sense of humor. And I DEMAND that he treat me like a lady. (In my Meghan Trainer voice) So, I’ll hurl rocks at my Matched’s forehead if he was ever mean to me. 
  5. What if he doesn’t like video games? What If he doesn’t appreciate my addiction to reading and writing? And what if….gosh. what if he is just straight up awkward? I’d go crazy. KA-RAY-ZAY, yo.

And what really struck me as odd was the fact that you die on your 80th birthday…., like it’s planned and everything. 

                                           WHAT THE TIC TAC PADDY WHACK??

Mind. Bah-lown.

This society is so tightly wound that when the moment for you to meet your Matched comes, you have to be composed and poised. You can’t be all like: ‘But ewww’ if you don’t like them or ‘yayyy’ when you see them and be like: ‘THEY’RE A SEXY, I’M A SEXY, THEREFORE TOGETHER WE SHALL MAKE SEXY BABIES AND HAVE WORLD DOMINATION.’

Nah. The society doesn’t play all that nonsense.


Cassia: I instantly connected with her but as the story progressed, she kind of got like….meh. maybe it had to do with the lack of development or pacing of the plot? Meh.

Xander: He was okay as a secondary character. But he wasn’t like: swoon. He was mostly the other guy that is in love with Cassia and her BFF. No swooning over him. #Sad.

Ky: Baha when I heard his name I was taken aback because my nickname is Kei (pronounced like Key) So, I had a ‘whoa’ moment there.


888I’m a romance writer so BUT OF COURSE I have this intense desire to feel up close and personal with the romance and the characters. So I always look forward to that first kiss moment. As that delicious moment approached, that sly smile formed on my face my fingers curled around my Kindle as I brought it closer to my face so my eyes could take part in the deliciousness of this first kiss.

                                                And then I blinked.

And the kiss was over. 

The smile instantly vanished from my face only to replaced by a scowl. Of disgust. confsuion does not begin to explain how disappointed I was. Just know that I had a sad. An epic sad.


They hardly even pecked lips. I mean I know it’s YA. But you could have AT LEAST given me a little bit more.  Even a smidget more.

    I want the gloriness of lips crashing together, hairs and bodies tangling. Gosh. SOMETHING.


888I didn’t like how I couldn’t connect with the characters. I tried so hard to give this story the benefit of the doubt and fall in love with it. It was really a hyped up book I’ve been meaning to try because the cover is awesome!

Overall, it was a little slow for me, the pacing was off and it was hard to connect with the characters.  If you approve of ‘matching’ and want to dive into this dystopia world then dive right in.



                                Over to you:

Have you guys tried this series yet? How did you like it? How do you guys feel even you have a heard time connecting either the plot and/or characters? Ohhh and have YOU watched Jurrasic World yet? If not, do so soon so we can rant and rave about it together! 

                                            Don’t forget to be awesome!




26 responses to “Ehhhh…. Not Too Sure How I’m Feeling ‘Bout This One Folks… ^^ Review: Matched By: Ally Condie

  1. I’ve read (listened) to this on audio, but I also have the hardcover boxed set that I got for Christmas back in 2012. I think this was like 3.5 stars for me. I didn’t like the narrator for some reason. Especially, when it came time for the grandfather’s voice. *shudders* I still need to read the other 2 books.

    • Girl, it got so boring I HAD to start letting my Kindle read it to me in its little robot voice which was distracting enough. (I hope that tells you how much I couldn’t really get into this book….) I may or may not continue on with the series? Let me know if you do and I might consider it. <3

  2. Oh I’ve despised this book! It was all fluff and no substance, and Ky was stupidly melodramatic with his poetry and whatnot.

    I’m with you about tall guys! I’m 5 foot 8 and my husband is 6 foot 4. He calls me short. >.>

    • I’M IN LOVE with tall guys! Since I’m like SUPA, SUPA SHORT I find it sexy when a guy is so tall I have to crane my neck up to see him. <3 And Ky…. I have no words to describe him other than….boring..

  3. I had mixed feelings about this too. I thought it was good but it didn’t really stand out compared to other similar books. It was a while ago that I read it but I can remember being confused at times too like elements of the world were just mentioned and not explained. I hope your next read is better!

    • YES Nicola, A LOT of this book was just basically FLUFF and stuff I didn’t get nor care about. AND YES AGAIN, I was SOOO confused at the world building and at times what the HECK was going on with that plot??

  4. Sophia Rose

    I have the first book on the pile and I need to get around to it eventually. Not sure that I’m in a hurry anymore than I was if the connection isn’t there. Oh yeah, I’m on your side with this matching business. *shudder*

    • I would die before I let someone ‘match’ me Sophia. So you and I are just going to stamp our feet and DEMAND they let us choose our hubbies. 😉 If you want girl, I say go for it, it may not have been a good book for me but that doesn’t mean you won’t like it. 😉

  5. Sounds like this has a lot of good and bad to it but that it isn’t necessarily a bad read at all.
    And as to the dinosaurs, I so need to watch it! I can’t wait!

    • I say try it then Ali because while it was a bad read in some areas, some areas did interest me like how they are FORCED to die at 80 years old. (STILL MINDBLOWN) And YESSSS PLZZ watch Jurassic World! <3

  6. I thought about reading this series a while ago, but I really don’t like the sound of it (and I don’t know anyone who has really liked it?)

    Jurassic World was so fun, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • JURRASIC WORLD WAS THE BEST! (Even though I really didn’t care for all the blood and bone crunching sounds) IT WAS A GLORIOUS MOVIE other than that. 😉 And it’s sad that this series hasn’t blown up and I feel like it could have if it had been edited a little better and the world building been….idk…better?

    • YES Lily! It was definitely weird to find out that they are like…basically FORCED to die at a certain time and age… Still not quite sure I understand?

  7. I actually finished this series. Back then, I did like it. I think it’s was because I liked so many dystopian books then. I liked Ky’s character. I liked that the perfect system was not perfect at all.

    • Yes Dre! I just feel like this one combined a whole bunch of Divergent and some were even comparing it to The Maze Runner. Ky, he was kind of a meh character for me as well. I just didn’t “get him” or maybe it was just me?

  8. Aaaaand, this is the best book in the series. I wish I was kidding, it goes dramatically downhill from here. The premise could have been awesome, not so much the arranged marriage part, but being part of an oppressive society where all your choices are taken away. But fighting back and paving your own way should have been intense and passionate but it was barely luke warm. If you didn’t enjoy this one Kei (I’m using that one now) then I wouldn’t bother with the rest of the series. You’ll want to burn your eyeballs. Fabulous review nonetheless! <3 <3

    • Hiya Kelly! This book was just kind of like…. I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FRICK WAS GOING ON GIRL…Like I felt so bad but it was the truth. It really could have been awesome because, THAT PREMISE THOUGH, but like you said, it all kinda just goes downhill.

  9. COmplicated things there… I don’t know, I didn’t see a lot of wonderful reviews about this one and not sure it could be for me…

  10. I have read this one. I first read it when I was young and fell in love with it. But since reading the rest of the books and thinking back on it I know I don’t really like them. The books in general are meh. I don’t feel anything in particular for any of the characters and sometimes the writing seemed so bland it bored me. But I did like her dress. I just could never agree to be Matched myself!

  11. I didn’t like this book very much, or the sequel! Never read Reached. I tried Condie’s standalone, Atlantia, and didn’t like that one either. I don’t think Condie’s books are for me! D:

    Sorry you didn’t like this one more, Keionda! But fabulous review. <3

    Have a wonderful week. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  12. I read this some years ago when I was still new to the dystopia genre and I can remember I enjoyed it then, I do agree with your observation of how wound tight the society was and it’s creepy hwo everything is so planned. And yes it is slow and the second book I enjoyed less and I still haven’t read the third book. I just lost interest after the second book. Great Review!

    • GIRL, RIGHT!? When I saw that the old ones are FORCED to die once they reach the age of 80, I was mind blown. I thought it was a good and unique twist to other dystopian books out there, but I jus wish it would have enraptured me more..and it didn’t, you know?

  13. rebelliouscupid

    Jurassic World was the shiznick!I haven’t yet read this, a librarian put it on my radar because she speculated the MC was Latina. Can you confirm that??