Ethan has lived and longed to leave Gatlin County all of his life. But that was before Lena Duchannes breezed into town like a hurricane. This outcast...moreEthan has lived and longed to leave Gatlin County all of his life. But that was before Lena Duchannes breezed into town like a hurricane. This outcast is brutally attractive to Ethan but there's a problem... no one else accepts the new girl immeadiately, causing problems for Ethan who has always been one of the Gatlin community. Will he turn his back on everything he has ever known to embrace a girl who has a curse looming over her head.
This is a gorgeously written book, full of depth, mood, and heart. Combine the atmosphere of a Tennessee Williams play with the racial issues of "To Kill a Mockingbird"... and then add the beautiful and tragic angst of a young adult romance. It's good...it's oh so good. This has become one of my favourite books published this year, and I cannot wait to read more of this world by these two new promising authors. (less)
For the record, I have waited 3 years for this book to be released. The fine folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt were kind enough to...more**spoiler alert**
For the record, I have waited 3 years for this book to be released. The fine folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt were kind enough to provide me an early edition of the book. I'm not even sure if this cover art is what will be used...but it's cool. So I am using it.
Flora Segunda was one of my favourite reads a few years back. It remains, to this day, a favoured handsell book of mine for "precocious girls who love to read". I cannot possibly articulate how much I loved that book, or it's sequel, Flora's Dare. Flora is the perfect heroine for anyone who wants a snarky, spunky, snappy girl leading them around for a few days. She's utterly fun and full of life.
*Warning - spoilers below if you have not read the first two books.
In Flora's Fury Flora has to confront many things from her past. She has strained relations with Udo, her mother and father... and her real mother, Tiny Doom, who everyone believes to be dead. Flora is convinced that she lives somewhere and sets out to find her. Her journey takes her through dangerous enchantments, pirates havens, and perilous deserts with an ensorcelled Ghost-Octupus and a shapeshifting hottie at her side. Through it all Flora struggles with a sense of self and of reconciling past present and future. She grapples with everything in this book, but most of all herself. This is Flora's "coming to terms" book.
It's bittersweet to let this series go. I have been waiting so long that it feels empty to have it finished now. That said, I can't wait to see what Ysabeau S. Wilce does next. 4 years ago she made my autobuy list. From here on out she makes my "Can't wait! Can't Wait!! CAN'T WAIT!!!" pantheon of select few authors. I'm stunned and sad and happy and wistful over this book. I wish I could read it over again for the first time.
It took me two years after the release date to pick up Michael Grant’s Gone. It took me all of 36 hours to devour it. I’ve had customers telling me ho...more It took me two years after the release date to pick up Michael Grant’s Gone. It took me all of 36 hours to devour it. I’ve had customers telling me how amazing it is, and it is just that. Amazing.
Sam Temple is sitting in class one day when his teacher disappears. Some investigation proves that all adults have vanished… gone… and what remains are children younger than 15. Chaos descends and no one knows what to do. A few people step up to run things but ultimately it’s still a society run by children. Children who do not know (or shouldn’t know) how to act as adults.
The story mainly revolves around several main characters and different plots to make up the whole story. Many of these characters have unique abilities that set them apart from the children, and there are many theories about these children, as well as about the disappearance of the adults themselves. Is it God? Is it Aliens? The local power plant? What is causing this bizarre effect? And what should the kids nearing the age of 15 expect from the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone)?
This book is amazing, as I have said before. Dark and creepy and thoroughly successful at being disturbing. Let me get this straight, I am a huge fan of dark. What Grant has written in Gone nearly had me shutting the book and putting it aside. That dark. That disturbing. But I picked it up after a few minutes to keep going. That compelling. However, I was close to giving up if one more person got a baseball bat to the head. *Shudder*
The book had me at hello and at goodbye. I am feverish to pick up Hunger as well as the newly released Lies. It’s a clear win for the book – 5 out of 5 stars. Loved it. Want more. Getting more now.
Wow. Michael Grant knows how to write cliffhangers. And how!
For a bit I drifted through Hunger thinking I didn’t care for it as much as Gone. There’s...more Wow. Michael Grant knows how to write cliffhangers. And how!
For a bit I drifted through Hunger thinking I didn’t care for it as much as Gone. There’s a lot going on, but ultimately it is a sequel book. Sequels are almost always not as good as the first book. The mystery is gone and the plot is already understood and the world is already built. Sequels are usually less impressive.
What Grant does in Hunger is right around the “middle book sucking” scenario. He creates more mystery, more intrigue, more “What the hell is going on?!” moments. He creates more to the world, and that is impressive on its very own.
It’s three months after the events in Gone. Sam has been dubbed the leader of the FAYZ kids, a task he is not up to performing. Kids come to him for every little problem under the sun, people want him to fix everything at a moment’s notice. People expect him to be a parent. Sam wears under the demand and begins to show signs of intense stress. Meanwhile Caine and Co. languish at the Coates academy, starving and craving blood. Oh, and there’s no food left, and killer worms, and a monster growing in a cave. Joy.
I’m so glad I brought home Lies with me this evening. I will have need of it. A whole book of cliffhangers? Joy.
Well, that makes book number 50 in my goal of 100 for the year. Go me!
Lies by Michael Grant is not my favourite of the series. It’s still a strong rea...more Well, that makes book number 50 in my goal of 100 for the year. Go me!
Lies by Michael Grant is not my favourite of the series. It’s still a strong read because the over looming premise is fantastic. However, Lies falls short of perfect and floats somewhere in the “middle book” realm. Allow me to explain.
It’s now 7 months after the initial events in Gone, which left an entire town of kids under the age of 15 adultless. At first several people stepped up to try to run the town and create a society which made sense – Sam was the all-powerful go-to guy, Astrid was the brains, Mary took care of the babies, Albert made sure everyone was fed, etc. etc. Cut to 7 months later and everyone is showing signs of strain. Mary’s eating disorder and depression has been discovered and is now being monitored. Sam has been halved of his influence within the society and is sitting on a council of 7 people (Astrid, John, Albert, Sam, Howard, Edilio, and Dekka). Albert is the only one who seems to not only have himself together but is actually flourishing under the new regime called the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone).
But things are wearing at the edges. Sam feels powerless to accomplish anything. The recent actions of the so-called Human Crew are making things unpleasant for the Freaks (anyone with inhuman abilities caused by radiation mutations). In the old days Sam would have vigilantied his way about putting a stop to every awful thing that threatened the FAYZ. But now the council hems and haws and gets nothing accomplished, forcing Sam to figuratively sit on his hands. And there is still the threat of Caine and the Coates Academy kids, even though they are starving to death and resorting to other means of acquiring protein.
Overall, not my favourite in the series, as I have said before. The ending is a touch goofy and it feels forced. I found out this is the third of 6 planned books. I think that is largely the reason; this is a middle book (again, as stated early). It’s a bridge book spanning between two great plot lines and character arcs. I hope that means the next one will be better. I grew weary of reading this one, even though I will give it 4 of 5 stars. It just wasn’t as sharp as the first two.
Looking forward to Plague next year when it is released. Until then, I’m off to something non-Grant written.