By: Melanie | November 19, 2014 | (25) Comments

Review: Corruption by Jessica ShirvingtonCorruption by Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption, #2
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 437
Source: Received in exchange for review
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How do you live with yourself when you’ve deceived the one you love?

How do you move on when the person you’ve been fighting to save betrays you?

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt.

Four weeks ago, Maggie’s world fell apart, when she finally found what she’d been looking for. And when Quentin, who had blindly trusted her, unravelled her web of lies.

Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she’s not about to stay there. Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down. Not when there is still a chance she could win him back.

In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do whatever it takes to show the world the truth. And the price for her quest?


If you have not read Disruption, then please only read the first and last paragraphs of this review.


I am a mess right now. Honestly, I have no idea where to begin because Corruption has my mind reeling. But let’s start off with this: I will read anything this woman writes. I’ve read pretty much every novel written by Jess Shirvington with the exception of Empower (the last book to the Violet Eden Chapters) and each book gets better than the next; I can see this author’s writing skills getting better and better with each book. And this latest series she’s just written? Totally swept me off my feet.

I’m going to tell you a story about a girl who lost her dad and had her world fall apart. And then I am going to tell you the story about the woman she became.

Maggie’s world came crashing down when the person she had always believed in and loved, betrayed her. Now, after being trapped in a dark room for weeks and weeks, she’s more than ready to fight back. Maggie Stevens has become a female protagonist that I’ve become to idolise. Sure, she’s a bitch at times, struggles to trust people, is always manipulating, but her inner strength, resourcefulness and witty remarks are what bring her on top. She isn’t your typical kick-ass protagonist and brings a wagon-full of flaws with her, but it’s hard not to love her for all her other qualities.

Corruption brings us constant heart-stopping action and an intense storyline. There wasn’t once where I didn’t feel like my hands were digging into the covers of the book, and yes, I finished this book in one sitting. Corruption, while is very much action-centered still explores all our characters more. We do get into finer details with Maggie’s character–and her struggle with trusting people–but also her relationships with her family, Quentin and good ole’ Gus. There’s so much more character development in here, and each page was well spent.

Romance-wise, Jess Shirvington doesn’t disappoint. Quentin and Maggie’s relationship is a very fragile one, and I absolutely loved watching them try to mend it and make it stronger. The romance for me was a little overpowering and over-done, admittedly (just like in Disruption), but I’m not complaining! These two are full of swoons.

Now, it’s time to talk about that terrible thing. ONLY, click the spoiler if you’ve read Corruption. View Spoiler »

Corruption was exactly the kind of conclusion I was looking for. Full of action, absolutely thrilling and characters you can root for, this is definitely a series that I will be recommending highly of for several years to come. I am curious to see what Jess Shirvington has brewing for her next book, and there’s no doubt that I will be reading whatever it is!

~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~

4.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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25 Responses to Review: Corruption by Jessica Shirvington

  1. I’M SO SO EXCITED FOR CORRUPTION. I put off Disruption for like…ever. I just had no interest in it, and then only ended up trying it because it was an audio and I needed an audio book form the library. OH DOWN THE PATH OF AWESOME I SHALL GO. *hugs book* I’ve not shipped a ship quite like I ship Maggie and Quentin. And Maggie and Gus’ banter is hilarious and wonderful. The action is perfect and the idea is unique. I JUST NEED CORRUPTION SO BADLY RIGHT NOW, OKAY? I’m so glad it doesn’t disappoint!
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  2. I flounced on the first book to Violet Eden, unfortunately. I couldn’t get into it. I’m still looking to change my opinions on this author’s works, so Disruption sounds like a good place to start. 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      I didn’t exactly love the Violet Eden Chapters either, so I definitely recommend you still give Jess Shirvington a go! She’s matured so much as a writer, and her latest novels are absolutely fabulous.

  3. I still haven’t read the first book, so I only skimmed your review but it seems like this series is a must-read so I’ll bump it up on my TBR!
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  4. Lily says:

    I’ve heard so many things about this series so it’s on my TBR and I plan to devour it soon! 🙂
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  5. Siiri says:

    You know, this is the exact same case with Krista and Becca: I can see them progress with each book they write. They don’t just stand there and write every new book like the last one, no, they improve with each one and I’m so glad to hear that Jessica’s writing is the same. “Sure, she’s a bitch at times, struggles to trust people, is always manipulating, but her inner strength, resourcefulness and witty remarks are what bring her on top.” DUDE SHE SOUNDS IKE A WINNER!!! And I love that she isn’t a kick-a cliché character, but differs from everyone else. Also, I need this romance in my life. Need to start this series. CLEARLY 😀 Glad you loved it so much, Mel! <3
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  6. Melliane says:

    I think I only saw one review about this one but it’s nice to see you had such a great time with it. I’ll have to keep an eye on it. Great review!

  7. I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVEN’T JOINED THE SHIRVINGTON LOVE LINE YET. I WILL THOUGH. I WILL GET TO DISRUPTION! I’m super glad that this one wrapped up nicely. I’m going to have to pick this up (one day!) Fantastic review, Mel, because you sold me with just the first and last paragraphs 😉
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  8. Melanie, you have me curious. I haven’t tried this author or series, but love how invested and wrapped up you became. I added book one to my wishlist. I love a flawed protagonist who can annoy you and yet impress you.
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  9. OK, so I haven’t started this series yet, so I didn’t even dare reading the first and last paragraph of your review, Melanie. It looks really good, I’m looking forward to starting 🙂
    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
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  10. I’ve never read a book by Jessica Shirvington, but your review has convinced me that I should give her books a shot. It’s cool that Maggie is strong yet full of flaws at the same time because the best characters to read about are those that are both broken and beautiful.
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  11. manda says:

    How come I’ve never heard of this series???? I just checked it out on goodreads and 4.36 average rating?? Thanks for putting it on my radar 😉
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  12. YESSS I am so glad to hear that you really enjoyed the book Mel! It was definitely full of action and development for Maggie. And your spoiler…definitely didn’t see it coming, I just couldn’t believe that was what happened 🙁 SO SAD! The love triangle thing got annoying for me too.

  13. I loved the conclusion to Maggie’s story, even though the beginning felt quite rushed. Her and Quentin’s relationship was my favourite part of this book. Because they actually COMMUNICATED. Do you know how happy that makes me, when characters actually talk about what’s bothering them and why they can’t let go of what happened in the past. And Gus….oh Gus. *cries*
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  14. Shannelle C. says:

    OH MY GOD THIS RIPPED MY HEART APART. Gus was absolutely precious this time around, and I couldn’t really care less about how romance-heavy the books are because it’s done so well. I had tears in my eyes for so many parts, and that ending! I love this book to infinity, and I am so grateful for all of my Australian online friends who got me to read this series. It’s absolutely wrong that this isn’t available anywhere else except in Australia because it’s so good.

    I’m just absolutely dead with all the feels now. *cries a river all over again*
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