A few months ago when I was at the movies I saw the trailer for #Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I decided to read the novel before I saw the movie and I loved it. The book is unique. There are many odd photographs throughout the book that go with the story which made me wonder if the author saw the photographs and based the story around them. Either way it really doesn’t matter. The storytelling is artful and exciting.
It reminds me a X-Men where these children have special powers. The story is about a boy named Jason who saw hi grandfather’s murder by a strange creature. No one believes him. His parents believe that he’s traumatized after grandfather die but soon Jason discovers a world where the normal rules don’t apply and children who have special skills. It was very exciting and unexpectedly filled with a little romance to boot. Read this book for the beautiful writing and the great story.
I just finished reading The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. The story is about two sisters who live in a quaint beach community. One sister is wild, while the other is “very normal”. They are so close it’s almost as if they are twins, except that Dara likes to break all the rules and seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. Nick, short of Nicole on the other hand always follows the rules. Everything seems perfect in their relationship until Dara starts “hooking up” with Nick’s best friend, Parker. Now Nick feels like a third wheel and she resents it. Nick does her best to move on and even starts dating another guy.
Just when Nick starts to move on with her life Nick and Dara get into a serious car accident leaving Dara scarred and Nick trying to find a way to cope with the guilt from what really happened during the accident.
It’s a great book. There’s romance and mystery and suspense as Nick tries to find Dara after she vanishes shortly after the accident.
If you plan on watching the movie instead of reading this book you’re really going to miss out on another great book. Paper Town by John Green is tells the story or Quentin Jacobsen or Q as his friends like to call him. Q falls in love with Margo, the girl next door. Margo is bold and exciting a total contradiction to Q who lives life by the rules.
When the story beings Margo moves next door to Quentin and they become best friends. One day while walking to the park they discover the body of a man who committed suicide. Instead of being afraid Margo is curious and intrigued by the dead man, while Quentin blocks out memory of the incident. Once the duo hit high school Margo is popular and dating the most popular boy in school while Quentin joins nerdbom and hangs out with his best friends and fellow band member Ben and Radar.
After Margo discovers that her boyfriend Jase is sleeping with her best friend she sets out to right some wrongs and takes Quentin along for the ride. After a night of revenge old feelings emerge and Quentin falls in love with Margo again. Everything seems to being going right for Quentin until Margo mysteriously disappears leaving clues for Quentin to find her.
It was a very romantic story and Radar and Ben Quentin’s friend’s who team up with him to find Margo makes the book irresistible.
I just finished reading Legend by Marie Lu! What a great book. The story is set sometime in the distant future where children are forced to take trials, tests that determines where they fit into society. Pass the trail and you’ll be set up with a good job and a good life. Fail the trials and you’ll have to work in the labor camps. At least that’s what’s everyone is told.
The story is told from two perspectives, June, a rich teen, prodigy who is working for the Republic’s military and Day, a teen criminal who is accused of murdering June’s brother. They are equals living in opposite worlds.
Lu does a great job of combing romance with suspense as June sets off on her first assignment – to find her brother’s murderer. Things aren’t as cut and dry as June hopes. Once she meets the charismatic Day everything she’s ever known is turned upside down.
This story has action and suspense. I couldn’t put the book down. I am already looking for book 2 in the series. Check out this book. You won’t be disappointed.
What can I say? I loved this book. There are many of times when sequels don’t live up to the first book but this isn’t one of them. This book is told from two perspectives, June, a rich, military prodigy that falls in love with a young rebel named Day.
Lu swifts back and forth as both characters tell the story of their fight to save their county. At times they are at odds against each other and unsure about their love as others fight for their love.
Lu sets up two love triangles and manages to captivate her readers with wanting more and getting it. More action! More romantic! And some great writing. I read this book in one week and feel kind of sad that the journey is over. YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!
I just finished reading Undivided by Neal Shusterman. This is the fourth and final book in the Unwind series. Not many series hold up after the first book but this one sure does. This series holds up among my favorites. The story is about a time in our world when troublesome children can be unwind or taken apart piece by piece, while their parts are donated to people. Connor Lassiter and his partner Risa Ward fight against the individuals who feel that it’s okay to unwind troubled teens.
This book doesn’t focus on romance as much as it does survival. The book centers on various characters and each storyline draws to a conclusion. We start we Connor, a unwind AWOL turned fugitive hero and his partner Risa Ward. The book then shifts and focuses on Mason Starkey, a boy who leads the stork rebellion as they free unwinds and destroy harvest camps. The storyline shifts once more the story shifts to Cam, a rewind who is trying to find his place in the world. It’s hard to say more and not divulge too much of the story. The enemies are most deadly this time and the stakes are high for all of the characters. One by one each character faces their worst enemy and not everyone pulls through unscathed.
This book has lots of action and it’s a great read!
Although this book isn’t classified as YA I am still reviewing it because it should be. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig is a dystopian novel set 400 years in the future, where twins are born to each family. One twin is classified as an Alpha, a perfect human while their twin, an Omega is born with birth defect and made into an outcast.
In this world the Omegas are treated like second class citizens almost as if they are living under an apartheid regime. They live on the worst land and have to fight to survive. The only twist is that Alpha and Omegas are connected from birth to death. If an Omega dies his or her twin dies with them.
The main character in this novel is Cass, an Omega with supernatural powers. Cass is a seer and is able to see things in the future. Because of her unusual defect she’s able to hide her difference from their parents and the people in her village.
This book is full of action and even has some romance. Although Cass isn’t a “warrior” like Katriss Everdeen or Tris Prior she still holds her own in a world that has gone crazy as people set out to kill her.
I just finished reading Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It’s the fourth book in the Life As We Knew It series. This book follows Jon after he left his family behind in hopes of having a better life. In the first books we’re introduced to Jon, his brother Matt , his mother Laura, and sister Miranda. Jon’s family some of the last survivors on Earth after an asteroid crashed into the moon, pushing it closer to Earth and therefore causing a chain of natural disasters.
This book is the darkest of the four. In the earlier novels the enemy was nature but now the enemy is mankind. Society has developed two groups of people Clavers, who are privileged and grubs who are the poor workers. I was surprised by how dark this book was but not by its horror but by how realistic it was. There were some things that broke my heart but in the midst of it all hope sometimes endures.
I don’t want to give away the ending and yes there is a sequel. The Shade of the Moon is another great series of realistic fiction for everyone to enjoy.
I just finished reading The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore. This book is the third book in the Lorian Legacies. The series is about a group of teen aliens who are forced to ban together and fight the Mogadorians, a race of evil aliens bent on destroying Earth and all the other inhabited planets in the galaxy.
In this book Four and Nine are working together to find the other Lorians, children from their planet sent to Earth in order to save their planet after the Mogadorians killed everyone o their home planet, Lorian. Now they want to save each other and save Earth before finally returning home to their planet. Ten, who goes by the name Ella and Seven, Marina have now banned together with Six while Four and Nine have finally teamed up. The Mogadorians leader has finally arrived to Earth and now they must ban together to fight him. One of them has the power to fight him but no one can be really sure which one of them it is.
There is tons of action. I read this book in a week and enjoyed every minute of it. I am sure you’ll love it too.
I just finished reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth this is the third and final novel in the Divergent trilogy. This book reveals lots of information about how the faction society began. Tris and Four and their friends are now outside the city but where a factionless society exits. They soon discover that as in all governments problems exists and are forced to choose whether they want to stay in their new home or leave and face an oncoming war.
To make the story more interesting secrets about Tris’s mother is also revealed. I love stories about strong, brave, young women who can hold their own against their male counterparts. Tris is a strong, fierce warrior who ha become one of my favorite teen heroines.