Today we are going to look at some of my favorite books. Some are old, as in published before you were born, and some are so new that they aren’t even available to buy yet, but what they all have in common is that I love these books and I hope that some of them will interest you.
This is probably my favorite book from 2011. It has romance, action, cliffhangers, andspooky characters.Lucas, Helen Trojan War, Greek MythologyCape Cod, modern day high school.Good for people who liked: Twilight, Mortal Instruments (Jace and Clary loved each other but couldn’t be together), Percy Jackson Series, The Goddess Test (Goddess interrupted- sequel I’ve read and it’s excellent), or Meg Cabot’s Abandon.
Divergent is the next Hunger Games. It’s very fast paced, from the first chapter until the last I couldn’t put this book down. It represents all that is great in a society (honesty, selflessness, bravery, and intelligence) and all that can destroy a society (secrets, repression, conformity, and division). If you like dystopian thrillers, fast paced reads, strong female heroines and complicated romances then Divergent is for you.
We’ve all upset our parents and no matter how old you are you’ll continue to upset your parents. I’m a married adult and a mother and yet I still piss off my mom sometimes. But what if instead of getting grounded, yelled at, or having your cell phone taken away your parents could decide to “unwind” you? Essentially you would no longer exists in your current state. Your body would be taken apart and the pieces would be reused on other individuals.In follows we follow three runaway teens who were all scheduled for Unwinding: Connor, a rebel whose parents have had enough of him and decide to unwind him; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents' tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends.
From 365daysofreading: “Music lovers, The Disenchantments is definitely a book for you. There are many references to great bands and good music, but there’s also this vibe that just feels like a music video. Emotions run high, a boy is in love with his best friend, and a group of teens get in a car and go anywhere they want”Music recommendation: Home by the Edward Sharpe and the magnetic Zeros.
Booklist: The facts behind inbreeding and the numerous birthing scenes will give this an added appeal to science-minded teensI liked Prized because it’s a female centric society. Because women are in short supply, they wield all of the power and oppress the men, who actually greatly outnumber them. In turn contact or relationships are closely regulated. A kiss or hand holding could result in a day in the stocks (stockade) If you liked: Crossed and Matched by Ali Condie, The Handmaiden’s Tale, Louis Lowry’s The Giver
Booklist: (grades 9-12) In 2150 Chicago, girls are walking billboards. Upon turning 16, they receive government-issued tattoos on their wrists that read “XVI.” They’re supposed to keep the girls safe, but in reality, the tattoos broadcast their brand-new sexual availability. As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Nina is increasingly disturbed by her best friend’s obsession with becoming the ideal “sex-teen” and entering the Female Liaison Specialist (FeLs) service, the only option for women from the lower tiers to move up the social ladder. Meanwhile, Nina works hard to uncover the mystery her dead mother left behind, a secret that could end the entire FeLs program. Publisher’s Weekly: Gender politics and sexual awareness play prominent roles in Karr's thought-provoking dystopian debut, set in a totalitarian future. A solid, enjoyable story. Ages 14 up
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Before Bella met Edward and before the vampire diaries there was French aristocrat Charles Darney, the lovely Lucie, and English Barrister Sydney Carton. Read Dickens classic tale of love lost and found, fortunes made and lost and the rippling affects of war. A little slow but full of depth and well written.
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* What’s hot now, what’s going to be huge, and what’s worth your time to read! Kristin Bernet March 5, 2012
* The title says it all! This is the story of Helen and Lucas and their star crossed love. As the descendants of ancient Greek Gods they are modern day demigods, complete with super powers, super enemies, and seemingly compelled by fate to pay for the sins their forefathers committed during the Trojan war. What sets Starcrossed apart from other tales of demigods and starcrossed lovers is its fully imagined history and world. If you liked: Twilight, Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson Series, The Goddess Test, or Meg Cabot’s Abandon.
*Future Dystopian society is divided into fourgroups: Candor (The Honest), Abnegation(The Selfless), Dauntless (The Brave), andErudite (The Intelligent).Beatrice is about to turn sixteen and insteadof getting ready for a sweet sixteen birthdayparty she is mulling over the biggest decisionof her life; Should she choose to stay withher family in Abnegation or is her heartcalling her down a different path?Divergent is a fast paced thriller, with heartstopping action and adventure, and hauntingscenes of romance.If you liked: The Hunger Games, The VampireAcademy series, or Scott Westerfeld’s theUglies series.
* In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding." Unwinding ensures that the childs life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the childs body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound. If you like: dystopian thrillers, controversial topics, or thought provoking critiques of society.
*Review from 365daysofreading.com:“Colby is best friends (and also in love) withBev, a flighty girl who belongs to the all-girlband The Disenchantments, which isessentially the worst musical group in history.What The Disenchantments lack in talent, theymake up for with commitment and charisma.Colby is their official roadie, and the summerafter they graduate high school, the grouptours the west coast—from San Francisco toPortland. After the tour, Bev promised Colbythat they would go to Europe—just the two ofthem—and explore for a year. But during thetour, Bev suddenly tells Colby that she won’tbe going to Europe with him—she’s going tocollege.”If you like: Road trips, realistic fiction, friendsdrama, and music.
If you like: futuristic dystopian thrillers and fast paced action.“It’s been 300 years since Lake Michigan became Unlake Michigan; the “cool age” is only hazily known toresidents of Wharfton, a small village that sits alongside the walled city of the Enclave. Gaia is 16 andworks in Western Sector Three with her mother delivering babies, “advancing” the first three per month tolive a better life inside the city. It’s a wrenching routine Gaia doesn’t question until her parents aremysteriously arrested by Enclave authorities. Gaia’s rescue attempt is fraught with peril—the burn scar onher face marks her as a “freak” who would never be allowed into the Enclave’s exclusive gene pool—andsoon she herself is tossed into a cell with other female physicians.” Booklist“Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor toguide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, adystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. Inorder to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her senseof justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?” Amazon
*From Booklist:“In her unsettling debut, Karr depicts a sex-obsessed future where women are theperpetual victims of predatory marketing, andother societal ills seen in our present—families trapped in the welfare system,pharmaceutical companies in bed with health-care providers and the media—have beentaken to terrifying ends.”
* Set in the stunning cities of Paris and London, amidst the backdrop of the French Revolution, Charles Dickens created the ultimate love triangle. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!”
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** Did you love Graceling and Fire? Are you eagerly waiting for Bitterblue?Set eight years after Katsa rescuedher in Graceling, Bitterblue is nowthe queen of Monsea. But theinfluence of her father, a violentpsychopath with mind-alteringabilities, lives on. Can Bitterbluefind a away to save her people anduncover the truth her father buriedover 30 years ago?
** Did you like the Twilight Saga, but wished that their was more action and less moping?* The Hunt is exciting, it’s scary, and it will keep you up at night reading.* Release date: May 8th, 2012