Lia is an anorexic. She has just found out that her former best friend, Cassie, committed suicide. To cope with her sadness & guilt (Cassie left 3...moreLia is an anorexic. She has just found out that her former best friend, Cassie, committed suicide. To cope with her sadness & guilt (Cassie left 33 voicemails the night she died) Lia begins cutting herself and controlling her diet even more rigorously. Her parents are very worried that Lia's weight will drop too low but Lia is worried that even at 95 pounds she still won't be happy.
I picked this book up in the clearance bin at Wal-Mart. I've read Speak by the same author and loved it. So I was excited to see this in the bin. Usually I can't find anything good there. Or at least nothing I want to read. Not the case here. This book totally lived up to my expectations. I found myself reading parts out loud to whoever was around. When Lia details her thinking about food, I was completely fascinated and a little horrified. I've never understood the anorexia compulsion but it is really well illustrated in this book. I found Lia's rationalizations and the lengths she went to just boggled me. Lia was a great character and I'd give this book to any teenage girl who always believes she has to lose "just 5 more pounds."(less)
Based on the real activities of Sophie Scholl during World War Two. It is set in a world where Big Brother has been allowed to run amok. Some teenager...moreBased on the real activities of Sophie Scholl during World War Two. It is set in a world where Big Brother has been allowed to run amok. Some teenagers who still remember having the freedom to read, write and think for themselves begin encouraging others to rebel against the "Zero Tolerance" party. (less)
Katsa is a girl known as someone who has been graced with the ability to kill. She killed her first man (accidentally) at age ten....morehigh school & up
Katsa is a girl known as someone who has been graced with the ability to kill. She killed her first man (accidentally) at age ten. Since then her King has used her as his personal enforcer. Katsa does not enjoy being ordered to hurt people but obeys her king. One night she meets a man who can almost match her in a fight. This is so unusual that she is very intrigued and she decides to accompany him on a quest to find out what has happened to the Queen & Princess of a nearby kingdom.
Another butt-kickin' chick. Love those. Katsa is put into a moral dilemma by her King and she solves it the best she can. She is ordered to break bones and frighten people but chooses to secretly help others. She is tortured by the thought that maybe that isn't enough. She is afraid that her Grace means she is a monster with no way to redeem herself. I loved seeing Katsa's character growing from someone who despises herself to someone who actually feels that she might have some worth after all.(less)
Titania has the name of a fairy queen and the face of a Neanderthal. After the Cataclysm that devastated large portions of the world she and her mom a...moreTitania has the name of a fairy queen and the face of a Neanderthal. After the Cataclysm that devastated large portions of the world she and her mom are now living with a distant relative. Titania isn't looking forward to starting over in a new school, especially since she is starting to worry that she is going crazy. She keeps having the impression that she is hearing people's thoughts; not to mention she could swear she saw her face change when she looked in a mirror.
Usually I avoid like the plague any book that mentions "the fae." This book started out differently though. I was very intrigued by the Cataclysm and really wish there had been more on that topic. This book does really well for about the first 3/4. Then it gets a little convoluted with the descendants of "the folk" and people who are anti-Folk and something about a crown that caused the Cataclysm. Or possibly the crown stopped the Cataclysm. Or something. I must admit, I got a little lost.(less)
Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci Hall middle school & up
Rhiannon is a fairly typical girl: she likes cute clothes, cute boys and is perpetually emb...more Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci Hall middle school & up
Rhiannon is a fairly typical girl: she likes cute clothes, cute boys and is perpetually embarrassed by her parents. She's also upset because her family has just moved from Las Vegas to a small town named Crystal Lake. The atypical part of Rhiannon? Her parents follow the Wiccan religion and she herself has the power of telekinesis.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is such a nice change of pace to have Wicca treated as a valid religion. Usually, Wiccans are mocked as weirdos or accused of devil worship. This is so much better. All of that aside, I thought the book was well written. Perhaps Rhiannon is slightly too well-adjusted but still an interesting character. One slight negative: all throughout the book I kept having the feeling that I was missing out on something. I double checked to make sure I was reading the first book in the series. (Okay, so I triple checked. I can't stand reading series books out of order.) There is some backstory that never quite got cleared up that causes my confusion. It just felt like there should have been another book before this one. But then again, I fully intend to read more in the series, so I guess it works. (less)
Brenna has just moved back to the states with her parents after living in Denmark for a year. She is going to be splitting her sch...morehigh school & up
Brenna has just moved back to the states with her parents after living in Denmark for a year. She is going to be splitting her school days between the traditional high school classes and the vocational tech school. Brenna meets the smoldering, dangerous Saxon at the high school and the sexy, self-deprecating Jake at the vocational tech school. Brenna is crazily attracted to both but decides to begin a relationship with Jake. The rivalry between the two boys, however, goes much deeper than fighting over the same girl.
I really enjoyed this book. Brenna is a great character. Although she does seem way too level-headed at times to be a real teenager. No one would really be that accepting of their mom's over-protectiveness. Still, I like her. She's got terrific self-confidence and isn't overly worried about whether or not she's popular. Maybe that is what happens when you're a world traveled teen. A word of warning: there are some intense make out sessions. This book is likely to be challenged if put in a middle school library. (less)
Hollowmen (The Hollows #2) by Amanda Hocking high school & up
Remy has rescued her brother from the endless medical testing & research. Unfortun...moreHollowmen (The Hollows #2) by Amanda Hocking high school & up
Remy has rescued her brother from the endless medical testing & research. Unfortunately, the only way to do this was to take his place. Remy is suffering endless, progressively debilitating operation; most of them performed while she is still conscious. When the quarantine zone is overrun by zombies she barely makes it out safely. Together with a new, much smaller, group of survivors she reunites with her brother Max and searchers for a place that might be safe from zombies.
I've been looking forward to this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book Hollowland (The Hollows, #1). I love female heroes that kick butt. Which Remy does. She also stabs, kicks, beheads, and stomps to death those pesky zombies. While I still enjoyed this book it didn't really have a clear purpose. Remy's mission in the first book was to locate and protect her brother. Check. In this one, her mission is to go north. I can't quite decide whether this book felt like the middle of a trilogy or the last in a two-parter. There wasn't any real resolution so I'm hoping for the trilogy. On a side note, I know that Hocking has some sort of deal with a traditional publisher. I would have thought there would have been fewer grammatical mistakes in this book. One mistake I noticed was in the first book also: somebody was "clamoring" up a wall. There were a few other missing words, etc., just minor things really, but I wasn't expecting to see those mistakes this time.(less)