Christian Cage is a troubled young man. At 17-years-old he has had more than his share of tragedies. Both of his parents disappeared when he was a lit...moreChristian Cage is a troubled young man. At 17-years-old he has had more than his share of tragedies. Both of his parents disappeared when he was a little boy, his first-grade teacher attempted suicide because of him (people say), and now he is suffering from intensely, vivid dreams of the past that cause him to sleepwalk. Dreams that take him back to 1945 in Winter, Wisconsin, his hometown. Dreams that lead him to the truth about a murder that no one in town wants to talk about.
Not only does Winter have its secrets, but Christian has his own to keep. His art has power. He doesn’t just draw pictures; he draws the thoughts of those around him - their deepest fears and nightmares come alive on his paper. He also thinks he can use his art to find his parents. He obsessively paints his bedroom walls with scenes from “the sideways place” where he knows his parents have gone. All he needs to do is paint the doorknob so he can walk through and explore the terrors that await him on the other side. The new dreams keep stopping him though. Winter’s secret is fighting to get out and using Christian to do it.
Draw the Dark is a complex story that weaves current day mysteries with historical events. Ilsa Bick used a little known fact of America’s involvement in World War II to build this story. Joshua Swanson masterfully captures the emotions of Christian as he is torn by the decision to maintain his reality in Winter or give in to the pull of “the sideways place.” (less)
SCARLET picks up right where CINDER left off. The excitement and adventure of the first book continues from Page 1 and doesn't let up until the end. M...moreSCARLET picks up right where CINDER left off. The excitement and adventure of the first book continues from Page 1 and doesn't let up until the end. Meyer masterfully weaves together the story we fell in love with in the first book with the new storyline involving new characters.
This time Marissa Meyer twists the story of Little Red Riding Hood into a thrilling science fiction tale.
Scarlet, a girl who helps run the family farm, sets off to discover the mystery of her grandma's disappearance and meets a rough and dangerous street fighter named Wolf. Little does she know that her journey to find her grandmother will lead her to the middle of the mystery about Princess Selena's true identity.
Scarlet and Wolf add a lot to the understanding of the complex political situation between Earth and the Lunar Empire. I enjoyed getting to know the new characters, but was always glad when the story took me back to Cinder and her new struggles. I loved Cinder's sidekick, Captain Thorne. He provides some humor in the very stressful situations Cinder finds herself in while escaping.
SCARLET has it all. Suspense, adventure, friendship, and romance. I can't wait to see what Marissa Meyer does next. CRESS will be released in 2014 and pull from Rapunzel and WINTER (2015) will incorporate bits of Snow White. I'm dying to see how she works all these fairy tales into this complicated dystopian, science fiction world. (less)
NERVE is an thrill-a-minute. As a reader I totally felt the discomfort and nervousness Vee feels during the dares she decides to complete for the game...moreNERVE is an thrill-a-minute. As a reader I totally felt the discomfort and nervousness Vee feels during the dares she decides to complete for the game. Introducing Ian as her dare partner is a stroke of genius because he just adds to the thrill, but in a much different way. What makes this book so good is the fact that everyone can relate. Who wouldn’t contemplate standing up in a crowded room and singing Mary Had a Little Lamb if they were going to win a brand new iPhone if they did it. The problem is, once you complete one dare it gets easier and easier to complete the next and the game is designed to get progressively harder. The ending is one that leaves you thinking about what really happens to Vee. There are so many possibilities.
OTHER BOOKS IT REMINDS ME OF:
DASH AND LILY’S BOOK OF DARES by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn