Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams
Rating: Worth Reading
Originally Released: March 4th, 2014
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Page Amount: 209 pages, US Hardcover
Author's Website.

For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
So, I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did (I realize I say that a lot). And when I was first reading it, I really didn't enjoy it much. The writing was a little choppy for me, and the thoughts a little jumpy. As I read on I immediately discovered this was integral to show how far the main character comes in the novel. So if this bothers you at first, read on because it ends up making a lot of sense.

This book has such a cool concept. I'd like to say I saw it coming, but in truth I didn't fully expect what was going on until it was made clear to the main character. It was so fun to read about, and the ending wrapped up really well but still left enough for there to be a sequel. It was developed very well the whole time. Nothing felt forced or like it was happening for the sake of the book, it was just all of these things transpiring all at once. One thing I liked was that it didn't follow the pattern a lot of YA books do, where something special has to happen for the book to transpire; like a new kid moving to town or suddenly developing powers. It is all something you could actually see happening.

I felt like the characters were a little immature in this book though. For some reason I just pictured them as 13-14 year-olds, which they may have been, instead of older teenagers like most YA books center around. It didn't hinder the book in any way, but I really wish I had known how old they actually were.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read that really hit the spot in my reading adventure. I recommend it to anyone looking for something that isn't too serious and is a quick easily read novel.

First Line:
"They came during lunch."

This book is for you if you like: 
Young adult light science fiction;

Disclaimer: This book was given to me in trade for an honest review. My opinions in this review are honest and my own after reading the book myself.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ash Fall


Ash Fall By: Mike Mullin
Rating: I want more!
Released: October 11th 2011
Published by: Tanglewood Press
Page Amount: 466 pages
Series Name: Ash Fall
Author's Website: Mike Mullin

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
Information from: ~Goodreads

Review: 

This book is not what I was expecting. I thought it would be more on the fantasy side, instead it felt so real. In fact I am making plans to stock up for an emergency situation. This is not sugar coated at all. It shows the real ugly side of humanity, which becomes the scariest thing about this story. We are all barely decent to each other now, take away access to food and the real human nature emerges. If this really did happen, I think we would could survive only if we all stuck together. But we all know that would not happen.
First Line:

I was home alone that Friday evening.

This book is for you if you like: 

Post Apocalyptic Dystopian ~ Real Human Nature ~ Lovable Characters

~Stacy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blood of Eden #2

The Eternity Cure
Rating: Loved it!
Released: April 30th 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Page Amount: 434 pages
Author's Website: Julie Kagawa

In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
Information from: ~Goodreads

Review: 

I thought the first book in this series lacked the magic that Julie Kagawa's writing ensues. That is not the case with this installment. I burned so fast though this book that I can't even believe that I am done with already. I want more! I had so much fun reading this story. The plot blew my mind. I love ALL the characters, even the bad ones. I could just not get enough of them. I really felt like I was stalking the main characters though this book. I love how even though we the reader know what the fringe looks like, she still reminds us. This allowed me to imagine that I was hiding behind one of these dead and broken cars, just watching a amazing story unfold before me. I also love her endings. They remind of how the Pirates of the Caribbean movies end. The current adventure is over but then, the theme music start and there is a last minute surprise that leaves you craving the next one in the series.
First Line:

I smelled blood as soon as I walked in the room.

This book is for you if you like: 

Vampires ~ Romance ~ Lovable Characters

~Stacy

Monday, March 17, 2014

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Rating: Worth Reading
Originally Released: August 4th, 2002
Published by: Harper Perennial
Page Amount: 162 pages
Author's Website.

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
This is one of those novels that I really don't understand the hype behind. I enjoyed the read, and thought it was definitely worth having under my belt, but I just couldn't bring myself to fangirl over it the way most people I know that have read it seem to. Don't get me wrong, I liked it a lot, I just didn't fall in love with it.

The ending is what was best for me, I loved the way it worked out. It didn't end right when I thought it was going to and I found myself very surprised.

The characters are cute, and I can imagine if I was a child this would have been a little more frightening. But I couldn't bring myself away from the obvious immaturity of the story like I can with most middle grade books. For its intended audience, I imagine this book will be a favorite and I can't wait to share it with my daughter.

First Line:
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This book is for you if you like: 
Books that are made into movies; Middle Grade Genre; Books with a little bit of a creepy feeling but not scary; Light cupcake reads

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Rating: Worth Reading!
Originally Released: 1963
Published by: Harper & Row Publishers
Page Amount: 244 pages
Author's Website.

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
I have recently started trying to read a lot of the books on a compiled list of books that Rory Gilmore reads in the show, Gilmore Girls. When looking for a book to analyze for an English class in school, this stuck out. When Stacy told me the haunting history behind the author herself, I set my mind to reading it as soon as possible.

One thing I like about this book is that it is a classic, I always love reading classic books. Reading YA is fun, but when I finish a classic I always feel like I dipped my toe into a gold lined pond full of knowledge and adventure and am part of a community. This book was no exception.

Plath wrote an amazing story about the struggle of a woman in the fifties with her expected roles and her desire for more. Esther, like Plath herself, slowly loses her mind and falls into nothingness. It was incredibly interesting to read about depression from the mind of someone who had actually felt the sting of it themselves.

Just like most classics, there is not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. I will say, however, that I enjoyed the read thoroughly, and definitely recommend it.

First Line:
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

This book is for you if you like: 
Books that are considered classics; Books about depression and suicide; Books that provoke thought.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ascent by Amy L. Kinzer

Ascent by Amy L. Kinzer
Rating: Worth Reading!
Released: September 8th, 2011
Released on: Kindle
Page Amount: 199 pages
Author's Website.

For three teens going back to the past is the only way to save the future.

After years of recession a new political party is ascending to power. To control the United States they must offer leaders people will vote for. The Party has chosen a select group of teens to attend the Institute for Youth Development (IYD) for training to become the nation’s next leaders. But no one has a perfect past and in a world where every moment is captured on film it has become increasingly difficult to find future politicians. Everyone has something from their past they wish they could change.

Matt wants to go back and change the night he drove drunk and ended the life of his girlfriend and best friend; Farrah-Kate, the daughter of America’s most tragic actress, wants to save her movie star mother; and Rick is ordered to go back and change the night he hacked the governments computers.

Marvin Winn, a casino billionaire and Party founder has funded a device that will take the chosen back in time to alter their past. But not everyone is attending the Institute because they want to join The Party. And while everyone returns to their past, one person will choose not to come back, putting everything The Party seeks to achieve at risk.
Information from Goodreads.com

Review: 
I can honestly say this book had me on the edge of my seat for a while. Not for the reasons that normally do, but because I was just desperate to see where Kinzer was taking this. To my surprise (I am still under the unfair and untrue prejudice that kindle books are evil and are therefore bad reads) it went in such a fantastic direction. I loved the underlying themes that laced the book.

First of all, it is set in one of those "oops something horrible happened and now the world is so much more horrible" scenes that litter the Y.A. book community. But, it actually addresses a few of the issues with the world and attacks them. First of all, there is this character that is a total conspiracy junkie (as am I) and he spends the entire novel showing ways the government in the story has lied and hidden major events from its citizens, which lets face it, this happens on a daily basis. This guy was my favorite and I loved everything he represented. Second of all, there are a ton of other characters for other people to relate to. Which is great to draw any reader into the story.

The book kind of leads you on for a while, which sucks, but eventually it does get into the nitty gritty stuff you've been dying to read, but it is towards the end of the book. The upside to this is that it sets us up with a great sequel that I cannot wait to pick up if it exists.

First Line:
"I hate the sound of crushing metal."

This book is for you if you like: 
Books that introduce new concepts; Books that are light mysteries; Books that have twists;

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