In an intricate fantasy setting fully of nature's beauty and violence, Kaede and Taisin go north through a wintry dying landscape to visit the Fairy Q...moreIn an intricate fantasy setting fully of nature's beauty and violence, Kaede and Taisin go north through a wintry dying landscape to visit the Fairy Queen. If they find her, will summer come again? A lovely quest romance. Kaede and Taisin's feelings for each other make them both weak in the knees and strong in spirit.(less)
A few months ago Amy lost her Dad in a car accident. Now she is losing her home because she is moving with her Mom from California to Connecticut. Her...moreA few months ago Amy lost her Dad in a car accident. Now she is losing her home because she is moving with her Mom from California to Connecticut. Her mom needs Amy to get their car across the country, but since the accident, Amy hasn’t been driving. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who agrees to drive the car, and Amy to her mother’s new house.
Amy expects a boring trip, with an unknown boy, sticking to her mother’s detailed travel itinerary. But Roger turns out to be cute, and good at playing twenty questions. Soon enough, the detailed travel itinerary is replaced by a road trip connecting the dots across the country: where Amy remembers going with her Dad, where Roger remembers being in love with a girl, where Amy always meant to go with her Dad, and where Roger seeks closure from his failed romance. Along the way are playlists, fast food receipts, lonely roads and a bit of romance. It turns out this road trip was just thing thing both Amy and Roger needed. Makes me want to load up my iPod with music, get in the car and drive.(less)
This incredibly sweet and realistic love story is set in romantic Paris. Anna is sent abroad for her senior year of high school to an elite American b...moreThis incredibly sweet and realistic love story is set in romantic Paris. Anna is sent abroad for her senior year of high school to an elite American boarding school. She was reluctant to leave her life in Atlanta behind her, but quickly falls in with a close-knit group of friends, including the smart, handsome and intriguing Etienne St. Clair. He is from Paris, San Francisco, and London, and has an adorable English accent. He has a girlfriend, she has a boy with potential back home, so while their attraction is apparent to the audience, they decide to be friends. What grows from their friendship is a deep understanding of each other complete with witty banter that blooms, over the course of the book, into love. In addition to swooning over the love story, I really enjoyed the setting of this book. The dorm life aspect is very realistic and all of the Parisian landmarks, cinemas, and patisseries made me want to go to France!
When Finnikin was nine years old he swore to protect the kingdom of Lumatere. Soon after, the royal family was murdered, and a curse has cast the king...more When Finnikin was nine years old he swore to protect the kingdom of Lumatere. Soon after, the royal family was murdered, and a curse has cast the kingdom into darkness. None can pass through this boundary. Ten years later, Finnikin is a wanderer, looking for a new homeland for his people. His travels bring him to a temple where he meets a strange girl called Evanjalin. She believes the heir to Lumatere, Balthazar, still lives. But Evanjalin is clever, conniving, and more than she seems. Can Finnikin trust her? If he does, will his people be able to return to Lumatere? This lovely tale of high fantasy uses all of the common themes of its genre, but adds depth, maturity, and an intriguingly complex plot. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, Finnikin has a way with people and a true desire to do what is right. His relationship with Evanjalin is intense from the start and becomes more complex over the course of the story. No need for a sequel, this book tells a full story and has a satisfying conclusion, both romantically and politically. (less)
In the final installment of thetrilogy, we once again find Katniss Everdeen trying to cope with the events that occured in her second trip to the Hung...moreIn the final installment of the trilogy, we once again find Katniss Everdeen trying to cope with the events that occured in her second trip to the Hunger Games. She is thrown right in the middle of everything and they call on her to become the face for the rebellion in District 13.
Katniss learns that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. She is heavily guarded at all times and her freedom is pretty much out the door.
President Snow has his own tricks up his sleeves. He uses Peeta as a way to speak to her and try and get her to slow down her attempts to keep up the rebellion.
The story is a little slower to get started then the other two, but once it gets going, it holds on to you until the very end. Relationships will forever be challenged and changed in this story and Katniss will finally figure out what it is that she wants in her life.
This book not only challenges Katniss in every possible way, but it changes the views on many of the characters that you have met and got to know in the first two books. The ending ties the story together and the epilogue leaves you knowing with a feeling of peace.
In the second book of the trilogy, we meet up with Katniss Everdeen who has just survived the Hunger Games with Peeta Mellark. While mostly everyone i...moreIn the second book of the trilogy, we meet up with Katniss Everdeen who has just survived the Hunger Games with Peeta Mellark. While mostly everyone is celebrating her victory, President Snow sees something different.
President Snow threatens her safety, along with all the others in District 12 unless she can convince she acted out of love. so with the help of Peeta, Katniss has to prove to President Snow along with all of Panem that she wasn't trying to start a rebellion.
This book offers the same race and agility as you saw in the first book. The ending to the story was far greater then the first one and it keeps you wanting to read on.
The best writing is within the relationships between the characters. Katniss has a connection to the two main men in her life, Peeta and Gale. She must try to figure out her feelings for each one, while trying to do what she thinks is best for everyone in her life.
The writing is fast-paced and creative and keeps the audience at the edge of their seat, anxiously waiting to see how the story is going to end.
The Hunger Games is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss, who has grown up in the country of Panem. It is made up of twelve districts, and Katn...moreThe Hunger Games is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss, who has grown up in the country of Panem. It is made up of twelve districts, and Katniss lives in the lowliest of them, District 12.
Every year two ‘tributes’, ages 12-18, from each district are elected and brought to the Capital and placed in an environment where they must fight to the death, until there is only one survivor.
Katniss offers to go for her sister, Prim, when she is elected. She and fellow sixteen-year-old, Peeta, are the tributes for District 12. They both believe that they are doomed until Peeta makes a bold move during the interviews that send everyone in Panem in a frenzy.
The book is gripping and holds you on the edge of your seat. You don’t know what’s going to happen next and wonder if you can trust the people that Katniss encounters.
The climax of the story is the best moment of the book. It’s a surprise that you don’t see coming with a result that makes you wonder what’s going to happen next.
The games bring out the worst in people as a whole and you get to see what people would do when their lives are desperate. Katniss must decide if she should stay true to her character or become a pawn in the Capital’s game.
I was more impressed by the earlier chapters, where Dash and Lily pass a notebook back and forth challenging each other to do interesting, bizarre, an...moreI was more impressed by the earlier chapters, where Dash and Lily pass a notebook back and forth challenging each other to do interesting, bizarre, and funny things around New York City, than I was by the awkwardness of their initial meeting. This is perhaps because their epistolary relationship is intense and based on their imaginings of each other to some extent. When they actually meet, they are struggling with first impressions and the first few times they meet are truly awkward. The resolution comes together, but doesn't quite match the fascination of the first third of the book. Despite my criticisms, it was a fun book for the holiday season- it takes place over winter break, full of wordy intellectualism and amusing situations. If you like this one, you should try Cohn and Levithan's other two books: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List.
--respectfully submitted by your friendly neighborhood librarian(less)