In this dystopian world people can take a pill and forget any memory or event that was upsetting. One little pill, and poof it is gone. But Nora doesn...moreIn this dystopian world people can take a pill and forget any memory or event that was upsetting. One little pill, and poof it is gone. But Nora doesn't want to forget.
From that point on life changes drastically for Nora. With the help of new friends Micah and Winter, Nora helps to spread the word about Memento.
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, which I wasn't expecting! And while some may disagree, I loved the ending! (less)
Stevie is fifteen and is use to taking of herself. This time it is different though; her mom hasn't been around in a couple of days. Stevie's aunt com...moreStevie is fifteen and is use to taking of herself. This time it is different though; her mom hasn't been around in a couple of days. Stevie's aunt comes to take her home until things with her mom are straightened out.
Along the way, Stevie begins volunteering at a bird rescue and rehabilitation center, she takes tutoring classes, and grows as a person. This growth allows her to make difficult decisions that a fifteen year old should not have to make.
This was a pretty good book. It was a nice quick read. I think this is a good book for middle grade readers as an introduction to addiction problems, and how it affects the family.(less)
Holy cow this book rocked! Sprinkled in and amongst the story are witty and hilarious lines that made me laugh and share them with my husband. "Saving...moreHoly cow this book rocked! Sprinkled in and amongst the story are witty and hilarious lines that made me laugh and share them with my husband. "Saving the environment is so gross."
Hartley was just going about her normal school life when she A)found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her with the school's chastity queen and B) discovered the chastity queen's dead body in her boyfriend's closet. And now he wants her to clear his name and find the real murderer. Seriously?
Now Hartley is on the case, with her best friend Sam, and the school newspaper guy, Chase. But every time Hartley gets a lead, the lead goes nowhere or the person ends up dead. Poor Hartley-she keeps finding dead bodies. But, will she be in time to prevent more deaths, possibly including her own?
"You! Stay away from me! You're the angel of death!" "Relax, X. I'm not armed." "That's not funny. Because of you, two of my best friends are dead." "I didn't kill them!" "Everytime you go near someone, they die. You're cursed." "Seriously?" "I'm not dead," Sam pointed out. "And I hang out with Hartley all the time." X bit her lip, digesting the logic of this statement. "You must be immune or something."
"Killer beware, because Herbert Hoover High has its very own Nancy Drew on the case." Great. Just what I wanted to be known as.
Okay, to keep from going on like this, all I'll say is you've gotta read the book. You will not be disappointed. (less)
The Predicteds. I had so much trouble with this book. The first half I found to be absolutely intoxicating. I was hooked, and did...moreMore over at the blog
The Predicteds. I had so much trouble with this book. The first half I found to be absolutely intoxicating. I was hooked, and did not want to stop reading. Then, I became disgusted. Not by the writing or anything, but the sheep mentality of the community in the story.
PROFILE is a program that tests students to find out if anyone is going to become a negative impact on society. What is negative? Violent, a teen mom, addicted to drugs or alcohol, antisocial, etc. If a student falls into one of those categories, they are "Predicted." But so far, the test results have been sealed and confidential. Until a girl is brutally attacked and left for dead. She lives, but the consequences are great. Now the PROFILE results are being unsealed.
Overnight, friends are now enemies. Classrooms are becoming segregated, as is all of the resources at the school. Local hangouts are not allowing Predicteds. It is just mind boggling. But sadly, this is a mentality that I can see sweep across the nation. On Monday everything is fine with your classmates. Nothing bad has happened. But Tuesday, just because a test says they are antisocial, you are afraid of them. They are bad. They could hurt you. What?!
One of my thoughts early on: If you are Predicted to be a criminal and that is all you hear and what is expected of you, does that make you a criminal? Or help you to become one? Can a person fight it?(less)
DEARLY Dearly, Departed starts off with a young man, Bram, running from a mob of the dead. He ends up trapped with a friend who is bl...moreMore with the blog
DEARLY Dearly, Departed starts off with a young man, Bram, running from a mob of the dead. He ends up trapped with a friend who is bleeding to death. Hm...Doesn't bode well.Skip to Nora Dearly. She is just ending her mourning period for her late father. And now she is an orphan living with her greedy, money mis-management, social climbing aunt.
At this point, it be explained that Dearly, Departed is a mix of dystopia, steampunk, and Victoriana. I don't want to go into too much detail because Nora does a beautiful job explaining how this arrangement came to be in the year of 2190something or another. She explains via a school assignment. This turned out to be a great way to introduce readers to a new world. It does two things. First-It doesn't assume you know what happened, and second, it doesn't feed the knowledge to you in a boring way. (Can you think of books that do this? I sure can...)
So, in the New Victorian world, there is advanced technology, but there is also what made the Victorian era what it was: the social customs, class breakdowns, clothing, manners, etc. Dearly, Departed was truly something new and different.
DEPARTED Onto zombies. There are two types. The first, the Grays, are your classic zombies. They are NOT GOOD. Then there are the others. With the help of medication and a strong sense of self preservation, they talk, function, and do just about anything they used to do while living. They are just ... dead. Nora learns all of this when there is an attempted kidnapping by the bad zombies. But then she is rescued/kidnapped by the good ones!
And there she meets Bram. And begins to trust him and not be so scared of him. He is like her own personal bodyguard-she hides behind him. It is so cute. Through the course of the story, they begin to have feelings for each other.
So what did I think? I enjoyed the hell out of this book! I loved the fusing of dystopia, steampunk, zombies and Victoriana. It felt fresh. My biggest issue was my squick factor. Falling in love with a zombie? Um...yeah, I just don't know about that. But I guess it's no different than falling in love with a vampire! My other issue was the points of view. There were waaaay too many. All we really needed was two, three at most. It got a bit distracting, and took me out of the story.
The characters were quite fun. Nora's friend Pamela was hella fun! In my opinion, she deserves her own zombie hunting story! There was a scene with a parasol...but you'll have to read to know what happened! The other good zombies were entertaining as well, especially Renfield and Chas. Zombie with manners, and a sassy girl zombie who likes parties!
All in all, Dearly, Departed was greatly enjoyed. I'm curious about the sequel and where it will go next.(less)
1 part Book of Eli + 1 part Xena + 1 part Firefly-ish = EPIC.
This is actually a second attempt at the book. The first time, I wasn'...moreFull review is here
1 part Book of Eli + 1 part Xena + 1 part Firefly-ish = EPIC.
This is actually a second attempt at the book. The first time, I wasn't in the right frame of mine for the speech patterns. But this time, I was ready! And so glad I did. If I would never have gone back, I would have missed this little gem: "Ezzackly" Awesomeness!
Okay, so Saba, her twin Lugh, and their nine year old sister, Emmi live with their father. Alls going okay until four horsemen ride up to take Lugh. Saba vows to get him back. But her journey to find him is long, arduous, and filled with a cast of unwelcome characters. See-Saba doesn't trust anyone to help her, including her own sister. In fact, Saba's intense dislike and disdain for Emmi is so strong that I can taste it, and feel bad for Emmi. Even Emmi, and everyone who meets them knows Saba hates her!
On the way to Lugh, both Saba and Emmi are kidnapped...and Saba is forced to become a cage fighter, fighting for her life. It is there that she meets up with the Free Hawks. Needless to say, the journey to Lugh begins again...
And what is a YA novel without a love interest? This ones takes the form of Jack. Jack is...well...Jack is cool. Yeah, that's a good way to describe him. He makes me think of someone who was supposed to be a character in Xena, but ended up with Moira Young instead! (And yes, that is a big compliment.) He didn't make my heart race. For some bizarre reason, that honor is held by DeMalo O.o Yeah, don't ask, there is no explanation.
While I enjoyed Blood Red Road, I found trouble relating to the characters. I like who Saba became, but initially I hated her. Truthfully, I still don't like her a whole bunch. Maybe that is the point though? The only character I felt invested in was Nero-the crow. He was just epic.
Lugh? The more we heard of him, the less I liked him. The more I distrusted him. There's something up with him!
In the end, fascinating and unique debut by Moira Young. I will definitely be on board for book two!(less)
As far a non-post-apocalypse dystopian story goes, I found Possession to be one of the more interesting o...moreGo here for more, including vocab and places!
As far a non-post-apocalypse dystopian story goes, I found Possession to be one of the more interesting ones. Johnson has created an entire world complete with lands, vocabulary, an underground rebellion movement, etc.
To start, there are two distinct groups of society members, and they live in two different areas. First is the Goodgrounds and the Goodies; and the Badlands and Baddies. But what makes Baddies bad? Well, they are tanned and have crazy hair! Apparently, Violet Schoenfeld is about to find out. Vi is a Rulebreaker and for her latest rulebreaking (walking with a boy after dark) she is going to be shipped off to the Badlands.
Thus begins Vi's journey with Baddie Jag Barque. And from that point on discovers her life is not what she thought, and not quite as simple. There is also more to the story of her dead sister and missing father. Will Vi be strong enough to withstand all of these new discoveries?
I absolutely ADORED Vi! She has such a fabulous voice, and kind of reminds me of how I talk to family and friends O.o Vi is a sarcastic, smart ass, semi-violent (but in a good way) girl. Even knowing it is going to bite her in the ass she can't hold her tongue.
"Yeah, the biting-my-tongue-thing only happened once in a lifetime, and I'd just used my quota."
The best dialogue in the book occurs between Vi and Jag. Between them, it's the important things that matter: "You think X is cute?" Yes-let's not focus on anything else but that single comment. Love it!
Oh, and there is also a love triangle. Guess what? I like this one! I know, two for two this week! There is Jag-Mr. Baddie himself. My first impression of Jag was not high. I was hoping he was a low rank character. Happily I admit he was not. He is a good guy, who is sensitive and just utterly in love with Vi. Then there is Zenn. He is Vi's matched. But there is something off about him. Could it be that he is Special Forces? Or is it something else? Yeah, not a fan of his, at all.
Okay, that is about all of the story I am going to share. I don't want to spoil anything because Possession is chock full of super-secret-shockers!(less)
The story takes place in Ireland, which makes it awesome in my book! I was also very intrigued with the storyline-it is something that I have often th...moreThe story takes place in Ireland, which makes it awesome in my book! I was also very intrigued with the storyline-it is something that I have often thought about myself. The writing flowed, the story never let up, there was a wonderful crescendo of story, followed by an even curiouser ending. Needless to say-bring on the next!
The only downfall this story had for me is that it reminded me too much of Twilight. No, there are NO vampires, but there were similarities. (view spoiler)[ Guy avoids girl, girl lusts after guy, guy decides he can't stay away from her. Girl is in danger, guy tries to protect her. Girl meets guy's 'strange' family. Sibling is mad at girl for unknown reasons, but then comes around. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, enjoyable debut from Leigh Fallon and I am eager for the next!
So, after much thinking-maybe I should stop writing and posting reviews immediately after reading-I am bumping down my review. The similarities just began to get to me. And yeah, not very cool! But, I still maintain, I liked this story much more than Twilight! And I still did enjoy the book. Just not as much now that it is January 27th and I've had more time to think lol["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Son of a.....cliffhanger?! What the...so mean! Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now I am eagerly waiting for Sep...moreComplete review here
Son of a.....cliffhanger?! What the...so mean! Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now I am eagerly waiting for September. So many good books coming out in September!
What did this book have that made it stand out to me?
A love triangle/quadrangle that did not make me want to puke Non-ridiculous names for angelic/demonic/new guys (I am also a huge fan of the name Ash/Asher) A lead female who didn't piss me off Lead female who when faced with the possibility that she is 'different' doesn't go in to a total meltdown-only a mild one She stands up for herself (less)
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. It could have been so much better, and that's the part that sucks the most. The author had some am...moreI wanted to like this book so much more than I did. It could have been so much better, and that's the part that sucks the most. The author had some amazing elements and visuals in Under, but she left it all hanging. It wasn't until the last third of the book (when the big bad showed up) that I really became interested in the book.
So, that's my review for it. Wendy Darling has an excellent review of the book up. Check it out, it is pretty much everything I could say about the book-she just makes it sound better! lol http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...(less)
Kate Grable is her high school football team trainer. Things are going well until she notices team members taking injections and puking nasty ass blac...moreKate Grable is her high school football team trainer. Things are going well until she notices team members taking injections and puking nasty ass black puke. Before too long, football players are chomping down on classmates and it is spreading. Will Kate be able to save her high school and town before it is too late? Or will Kate become lunch for zombies?
If books had B-Movie categories, this one would definitely be in it! But don't get me wrong, I loved this book! Everything was very tongue-in-cheek, and seriously, a high schooler cures the zombie plague? Um...YES!
Take all of your zombie related rules, cliches, etc and throw them out the window. Then sit back and enjoy Bad Taste in Boys.(less)