Despite feeling frustrated by the love triangle, I'm still fully enjoying this trilogy. So much so I bought it for my kindle. Not just checking it out...moreDespite feeling frustrated by the love triangle, I'm still fully enjoying this trilogy. So much so I bought it for my kindle. Not just checking it out at the library.
Geeze, talk about playing with someone's emotions! America is so back and forth in this book it's hard to keep up with. Excited to see how it ends!(less)
The Bachelor for teens? LOVED it. Cannot wait to read The Elite!
America Singer lives in Illea, the country formally known as the United States. For ma...moreThe Bachelor for teens? LOVED it. Cannot wait to read The Elite!
America Singer lives in Illea, the country formally known as the United States. For many different reasons, the rules of Illea have decided that when a Prince is of age to marry, he should look to the people of Illea for his perfect mate, not just marry another royal. In Illea, there is a strict caste system which dictates many different aspects of people's lives.
America is a Five in the caste system, her family (all artisans), are not desperately poor, but there are times when they definitely feel hunger and go without. When the announcement is made that Prince Maxon is looking for a wife and will be hosting a Selection, America is urged by everyone she knows: her parents, her younger sister, and her boyfriend. Yes, her boyfriend. America and Aspen are in love, but Aspen is a caste below her and that means there is no way their relationship would be permitted to happen. It's okay to marry up, but never down.
So America enters the lottery to be picked for the Selection, never suspecting that she may actually be chosen at random. Only 35 girls throughout the country are chosen, and much to America's surprise, she is one of them. What happens next is a whirlwind of excitement, misunderstandings, and the sparkling of what might be true love.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was pretty much hooked right from the get go. I loved Aspen and America's relationship, and then completely fell for Maxon and America's budding relationship. I was continually excited by how the two related to one another, and how their relationship evolved. THEN, add Aspen into the mix, talk about a confused emotions!! I personally cannot wait to read what happens next (I'm just waiting on the book to be returned!).(less)
Eva is the first maiden in Aerie history to have trained and won the coveted Archon laurels, a sacred leadership role for her people. Fitting into the...moreEva is the first maiden in Aerie history to have trained and won the coveted Archon laurels, a sacred leadership role for her people. Fitting into the role of Archon, while still maintaining all of the expectations of a maiden, is no easy feat for Eva. Not to mention she is still trying to uncover her brother’s killer, juggle a betrothal to gallant Jasper, and uncover the truth behind the history of her people. What if everything she and the people of Aerie have been told to believe is a lie? With the help of Boundary worker Lukas, Eva hopes to find the truth behind her people’s history, even if she must break every rule in the Lex while doing so.
Boundary starts off right where Relic (Soho Teen, 2013/VOYA, ?) left off. Eva is still struggling with the harsh truths she learned during her Testing; information that discounts everything she and her people believe in. Terrell has created a unique dystopian novel set in the future, but where the people of the New North live by almost medieval rules and standards. Eva, ever the rule (Lex) following young maiden, is struggling with learning the truth about the past, and how it fits into her and her people’s future. The uniqueness of the story will appeal to a lot of teens even though each situation and problem that Eva encounters has a solution that appears to come easy to her. (less)
At first, I wasn't so sure about this book. I'm only reading it because I was given the second novel as an ARC to review for VOYA.
Eva lives in the Ne...moreAt first, I wasn't so sure about this book. I'm only reading it because I was given the second novel as an ARC to review for VOYA.
Eva lives in the New North: an icy land that holds her and the only other people alive in the world after the Polar caps melted and flooded the Earth. As an 18-year-old living in New North, she is expected to follow all of the strict rules and regulations that the Lex commands.
Each year, young men go off into the frozen tundra in search of relics to remind the people of New North about the horrors and hardships of the world before the Healing. In this time, people prayed to the God "Apple" and Coke and Mastercard were the symbols of all evil. By finding clues of the past, the young men that set on the quest provide examples to the people of Aerie of how awful the times before were.
Eva's twin brother Eamon was one of the young men that was going to set off in search of Relics. As he was practicing scaling an ice wall though, he fell to his death. Now, Eva is taking his place on the quest and the truths that she learns about her brother, her people, and herself are ones that she cannot soon forget.
At first it was hard to understand where these people were coming from. Worshiping a god called "Apple"? You are given clues throughout the story as to what may be going on, how technology is unheard of...how people have definite roles that they have to adhere to. As Eva started to uncover the past and put the puzzle pieces together, I found myself enjoying this more. I'm not excited to read the next installment and see what happens with Eva, Jasper, and Lukas.(less)
Lesh is a metal-loving, trench coat wearing outcast. Svetlana is the dungeon master for her school’s gaming club, she embroiders her own skirts, and l...moreLesh is a metal-loving, trench coat wearing outcast. Svetlana is the dungeon master for her school’s gaming club, she embroiders her own skirts, and listens to artists like Björk. One night, after Lesh gets completely wasted, the two have a chance encounter: Svetlana runs into Lesh while riding her bike.
While the two seem like complete opposites, they strike up a friendship as lunch buddies and a mutual attraction blossoms. After getting grounded for his night of drinking, Lesh decides to finally humor is best friend by creating an avatar on a multiplayer online role playing game. Lesh soon finds himself creating a second account under the name Svvetlana: an elfin priestess that looks remarkably similar to the real life namesake. Soon, Lesh finds himself spending more and more time both online, and with the real life Lana. What happens when the two worlds collide? It is enough to make anyone cringe with embarrassment.
There are so many fun elements to this story. For one, readers are taken on a journey through the eyes of Lesh, Svetlana, Svvetlana, and the gaming club characters. These different story lines help to keep the story exciting and interesting. Brezenoff also touches on sexuality, gender roles, and the hardships of growing into a young man. As Lesh gets to know Svetlana more and their relationship grows, he has to deal with his actions of creating a made up avatar that embodies her. Should he come clean, it is wrong what he has done? There is a great twist at the end that brings the story together. Even if you have never played a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), D&D (Dungeons and Dragons), or LARPed (live action role play) this story will still pull you in and transport you to another world. (less)
Jude Hernandez is spending her final summer before college looking after her father who has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The youn...moreJude Hernandez is spending her final summer before college looking after her father who has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The youngest of four girls, Jude (also known as JuJu and querida) has always held a special place in her father’s heart, making is especially difficult to witness el Demonio (what she calls Alzheimer’s) taking over her father.
In an attempt to bring some of her father’s memories back, Jude decides to restore her father’s beloved motorcycle Valentina, enlisting the help of handsome, dimpled, and charming Emilio Vargas. The only problem is that when Jude was twelve, she swore off the Vargas brothers forever in a blood oath with her older sisters after their hearts were broken. Should she let her meddling older sisters make her decisions, or is Jude finally ready to listen to her heart and stand up for what she wants?
This is a sweet love story about a young girl that is learning to be an adult. With three older sisters always making choices for her, or ones that affect her, it is up to Jude to realize that she can think for herself, even if that means making her family angry. While it is hard to not swoon over Emilio Vargas and his charming dimpled smile, more than that, the relationship that Ockler has created not only rings true, but grows into a loving a supportive one as well. The Book of Broken Hearts is more than just a love story, showing how one young adult learns to deal with her father’s illness and the reality the comes with it. A solid read.(less)
Seventeen-year-old Dylan Mint is pretty much your average teenager except for the fact that he has Tourette syndrome. While Dylan tries very hard to n...moreSeventeen-year-old Dylan Mint is pretty much your average teenager except for the fact that he has Tourette syndrome. While Dylan tries very hard to not let his tics or the other symptoms of Tourette’s hold him back, he often finds himself in uncomfortable situations. For one, his best friend Amir is constantly being bullied at school because he is from Pakistan and different (even though the boys go to a school for kids with special needs). Two, Dylan recently found out at a doctor’s appointment that by March, he will be dead.
What does a boy of seventeen do when he finds out he is going to die? Make a list of “Cool Things to Do Before I Cack it” of course! The list includes going all the way with Michelle Malloy, getting Amir a new best friend, and getting his dad home from a top secret military mission. With the help of Amir, the boys work on getting Michelle to notice Dylan, and in the end the truth about Dylan’s sickness is a surprise he never imagined!
This is a great guy’s read. It is funny, interesting, and relatable. The story takes place overseas in Scotland with a lot of Scottish slang throughout. Of course with a story where the main character has Tourette’s it is a given that there is foul language throughout, so beware of the easily offended. Overall, an endearing story about a young man faced with a tough situation and how he did his best to make it through.(less)