Could you sacrifice yourself for someone you love? In the Hunger Games, Katniss doesn't question her decision to take her sister's place in The Hunger...moreCould you sacrifice yourself for someone you love? In the Hunger Games, Katniss doesn't question her decision to take her sister's place in The Hunger Games, a cruel and ruthless event that pits young adults against one another in a battle to the death. And not only does Katniss have to survive the battlefield, she struggles with feelings she has never before felt before.
This book is a rollercoaster ride for the reader. Katniss has already had to choose to fight in a game she has no chance of winning, but now she has to struggle with whether to kill the boy whose one, kind gesture helped keep her and her family alive in a world where people die daily of starvation. Great, Great, Great Read! (less)
Imagine a world where you are forced to live with a group of people that define themselves by one value. This value is placed above all else - even yo...moreImagine a world where you are forced to live with a group of people that define themselves by one value. This value is placed above all else - even your immediate family. And at the age of 16 you have to choose which value will define you for a lifetime. Choose wrong and you become factionless, which means no family, no faction and very little chance at survival.
In this post-apocalyptic world, Roth explores what happens when society decides to create factions that define themselves by values that would prevent earth's destruction. So, if strongly believe greed is to blame for the world's woes, you would choose a life of selfless ness with a faction that believes in putting everyone and everything above ones' self. But what you soon find out is that greed and other deadly sins are hard to keep at bay.
Roth has created an interesting, yet simple, world where young adults are tested in order to prove their allegiance to their new faction. Her lead character, Trice, finds her immediate family is torn apart by decisions she and her brother must make when choosing their factions. Thinking that her new faction was where she was always meant to be, Trice quickly discovers she can't hide being Divergent. As Trice unravels what it means to be Divergent, we get taken on a fast-paced ride that leaves Trice wondering who is truly her friend, family or foe. Furthermore, Trice discovers that she didn't really know her mother at all and that she is not the only Divergent. (less)
Lauren Kate's Fallen may seem like your typical story about teenaged star-crossed lovers...you know boy meets girl, boy struggles with feelings and fl...moreLauren Kate's Fallen may seem like your typical story about teenaged star-crossed lovers...you know boy meets girl, boy struggles with feelings and flips girl off (yes that happens), and then boy falls into girl's arms, paralyzed by her beauty and his undying love for her...and while this story unravels itself like so many paranomal romances do, it offers a bit more mystery. Not everything gets explained. You may know what the lead characters are, but there is treasure to be discovered as this series unravels the relationships between these characters.
For those who haven't read the book's synopsis, Kate tells the story of Luce, a girl who finds herself shipped off to a reform school after the tragic death of her boyfriend. Once at the school, Sword & Cross, she's attracted to two gorgeous men, Cam and Daniel, but the one she truly wants doesn't seem interested. As she slowly learns to navigate the rather cryptic halls of Sword and Cross, she befriends Penn, the only other girl who doesn't belong in reform school hell. Together, they unravel Luce's tragic destiny, and Luce learns a deadly lesson: TRUST NO ONE.
I couldn't put this book down. There are some intersting twists and turns as Luce learns more about her attraction to Daniel. And the ending is satifying, because you know there is soooooo much more to this story than what you just read. This is a great read for anyone who loved the Mortal Instruments Series, the Twilight Saga, the Beautiful Creatures series, or the Shiver series.(less)
Evermore is a Twilight wannabe written by an author without Stephanie Meyer's gift for story telling. That's all I could think as I read the first hal...moreEvermore is a Twilight wannabe written by an author without Stephanie Meyer's gift for story telling. That's all I could think as I read the first half of the book. Noel tries too hard to manufacture chemistry between the two lead characters. It almost feels like Noel read reviews about Twilight where people complained about Bella being weak, so she decided to make her main character a "stronger" version. And instead of making her lead male brooding, she opted for happy and spiritually enlightened. The worst her lead male could do was cringe and he did that a lot toward the end of the book. Whereas Bella wondered why Edward wanted anything to do with her, we all knew why. They were a believable couple, whereas Ever and Damen are not.
If you have absolutely nothing else to read, pick this book up to kill time, because killing time is really all this book is good for.(less)
What this book lacks in action it makes up for in great story telling. Stiefvater leaves you guessing until the end whether her leading characters, Sa...moreWhat this book lacks in action it makes up for in great story telling. Stiefvater leaves you guessing until the end whether her leading characters, Sam and Grace, will finally be together. What I loved most was how Stiefvater wrote each chapter from either Sam's or Grace's perspective.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone who liked the Twlight Series, Romeo and Juliet or The Immortal Instruments series.(less)
This series is starting to feel like an after school special. Just because the book's YA fiction, doesn't mean you have to shove the "moral of the sto...moreThis series is starting to feel like an after school special. Just because the book's YA fiction, doesn't mean you have to shove the "moral of the story" down our throats. We're smart enough to draw our own conclusions about the character's actions. But then again, I'm not even sure whether this series is trying to market to teens anymore. Dialogue between the characters is sophmoric, like these conversations should be taking place on an elementary school playground and not during an end-of-the-world situation. Most of Zoey's circle of friends simply echo assurances babbled by the "smart one" in the group, or say "me too" just so we know they are still alive.
Despite the crappy dialogue, this book does further the story line between Zoey and Kalona. And in its after-school-speacial-way, shows that Zoey isn't willing to make the same mistake twice. Her attraction to Kalona, however, has her making that age old mistake of thinking you can change a person by helping them realize they have a choice. While choice is important, Zoey's learning that a tiger can't change it's stripes, and we get to enjoy it when the tiger bites her head off.
By far my favorite in Melissa Marr's series, this story explores Aislinn's love triangle with Seth and Keenan. Now that summer is in fully swing, relu...moreBy far my favorite in Melissa Marr's series, this story explores Aislinn's love triangle with Seth and Keenan. Now that summer is in fully swing, reluctant Summer Faery Queen, Aislinn is just starting to accept her new role as strictly a job she must perform for humanity's greater good. But when you're queen of a court known for frivolity and passion, keeping your hands to yourself can be more of a bargain than you planned.
Enter Seth. He embarks on a dangerous journey he believes will assure his place by Aislinn's side. As "War" weaves her magic to ensure the puzzle pieces fall into place to give her the blood shed she craves, each court is balanced on a hair trigger that could go off at any moment.
Dangerous and unchanging, a new queen enters this dangerous mix. Will she give Seth what he craves - immortality with Aislinn as a Faery equal- or keep him all to herself? And if Seth become Fae will Aislinn accept him or prefer the newfound heat she has found with her king, Keenan?
Personally I love Seth's patient and understanding as Aislinn figures out her new powers and begins to accept herself. What I love even more is that he is no one's doormat. While he strikes a deal that could truly mean a "fragile eternity" for him if Aislin chooses Keenan, he realizes he's truly taking his place in the world he belongs in. He also finds his new found faery powers will have him walking the line between faery courts for eternity.
Vampire Harry Potter meets Tina Fey's Mean Girls. This story is about a 16-year-old girl named Zoey, who is marked to begin the change of becoming a v...moreVampire Harry Potter meets Tina Fey's Mean Girls. This story is about a 16-year-old girl named Zoey, who is marked to begin the change of becoming a vampire, and much like Harry Potter, she finds herself pitted against the ultimate evil, which in this instance happens to be a Mean Girl Regina-wannabe.
Like Harry Potter, she struggles with teenage issues on top of handling powers and feelings that arise as a result of the slow process of becoming a vampire that's called the "change." She's isolated from her family at private vampire boarding school, an like Harry she finds the school more of home than her parent's home. She's also got a bit of Harry's passion for doing what's right. Teen language and common a few girl cat fights are reminiscent of Tina Fey's Mean Girls, only "Fugly" isn't used once, much to my dismay!
In the end, the Regina-wannabe is the least of Zoey Redbird's problems. I have a feeling she will soon find out that something foul this way comes, and it isn't just a scary, mean blonde chick.
Overall, I enjoyed P.C. Cast's take on vampires, which blends pagan ritual with Native American customs for a more mysterious and interesting take on a modern vampire. This is definitely a must-read for anyone interested in magical-teenage romance-right-of-passage story. (less)