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Siege and Storm is the second book in the GRISHA Trilogy Series. In this second installment, we follow Alina and Mal as they try to make a decidedly un-magical life for themselves across the True Sea. When The Darkling comes to call, Alina and Mal begin their journey back from obscurity, and right into the thick of the epic struggle between The Darkling and Alina, the Sun Summoner. Pair a daring escape with a mysterious pirate and plenty of court intrigue, this second book definitely does not suffer from the dreaded sophomore slump. I raced through the second book as fast as the first one, and I can’t wait for the release of the final book!
If you haven’t yet, you must read Shadow and Bone, book one of the GRISHA Trilogy. This is one of the best book series I’ve read in a long time!
The PURE Trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic America after a deadly nuclear holocaust. Pressia, a precocious teen, lives with her grandfather in the desolate after. Like most of the wretches who survived the bomb outside of the biodome, Pressia is scarred and disfigured. But the flame of hope burns brightly within her, and when she meets dome runaway Partridge, she knows he’s someone special. She rescues him and sets a series of events in motion that changes the face of the broken landscape forever. In this final installment, everything that Pressia, Partridge, Bradwell and El Capitan have fought for will either come to a head, or burn to ashes at their feet. Who will survive? And, who will sacrifice themselves for their vision of the future?
Hands down, this is the best book I have read in years. Baggott’s books only get better with each installment. I blew through more than 400 pages in two days, barely able to take a breath for about the last quarter of it. This is YA at it’s best – in that it’s a book anyone of any age group would love. The writing is flawless, the characters are profoundly tortured and hopeful all at the same time, and the setting is big enough to be a main character itself. There are no cheap and easy endings here, nor are we as readers frustrated with how things turned out. Satisfying and thought-provoking, this is one of the best series of books I’ve ever read. In my life. Really.
Okay, unless you’re living under a rock you’ve been hearing all the hype about the new Divergent movie. Actually, I did talk to a group of people recently who didn’t really know what the movie was about, were not planning on seeing it, and were not interested in the books. I backed away very, very slowly, holding my copy of Divergent over my heart as a shield.
Anyway, strange people aside, the Divergent movie is all any of us YA book geeks can talk about. Not since the Hunger Games have we been whipped into such a frenzy. If you haven’t read the books, you really should. Check out my review!
Anywho, my husband and I were fortunate enough that my parents offered to watch the heir as we went to the opening weekend of the movie. What can I say? I loved it.
You can stop your fake gasps now, I know you’re not surprised.
The casting was great, though at first I was wary of Theo as Four. I can only picture him as Pamuk from Downtown Abbey, because I’m that kind of hard-core Downtown fan that remembers even small-time characters who only appeared on screen once. But once I saw him in the film, I was convinced. I thought the movie did the books justice, striking a nice balance of staying true to the book while keeping the pacing of the film tense and exciting. Both Four and Tris are suitably pretty, though Tris is noticeably prettier than the descriptions in the book. It’s Hollywood, of course
So head down to the local cinema, grab a bath-tub sized bowl of popcorn, and enjoy a drama full of hot young twenty-somethings pretending to be teenagers. It really was a great movie. I can’t wait to buy the DVD and watch it seventeen more times.
What’s it about? Jacob’s Grandfather has always been a little odd – telling strange stories about a life lived in an orphanage full of children with superpowers during World War II. But what if everything Jacob’s grandfather said was true? After a horrible incident, Jacob sets off to discover the truth behind his grandfather’s old box of photographs and tall tales. Instead of a logical explanation, Jacob finds everything that isn’t supposed to exist.
Should you read it? Mixing photography and detailed descriptions of Jacob’s life, this fictional (though with the photographs, seemingly real) novel is a new twist on YA literature. This is a great boy-perspective book, mixing a coming of age adventure with fairy tales. Readers who love in-depth details (fans of Baggott, Stiefvater) will really love it.
What’s it about? Cress is the third installment in the Lunar Chronicles. Following the adventures of Cinder, Scarlet and now Cress, readers will follow the young women (and their hunky sidekicks) as they battle to defeat evil Queen Levana. I don’t want to spoil it for other readers, so to learn more about the first books, check out my reviews on Cinder and Scarlet.
Should you read it? Yes. This is a great book for younger teens (and adults – duh). Fast paced storlines and new and exciting characters keeps the series fresh. There isn’t a lot of gore or sex, so I recommend this to readers who try to avoid that But a fun series overall! I like to see how Ms. Meyer weaves in old fairy tales into her futuristic landscape. It’s very clever and entertaining.
What’s it about? Set in a mystical version of Imperial Russia, Shadow and Bone follows Alina, an orphan refugee now serving in the King’s army. When her crush-worthy best friend Mal is almost killed in the terrifying Shadow Fold, Alina reveals her magical powers and saves them both.
Catching the eye of the powerful and mysterious Darkling, Alina is whisked to the King’s court to learn the ways of the magical Grisha. Struggling to fit in and live without Mal, Alina must learn to harness her skills. If she can, she will become as powerful as the Darkling himself, and help save her war-ravaged nation from the Shadow Fold and foreign invaders. But is the handsome, alluring Darkling everything he seems? And can her heart ever recover from losing Mal? Alina embarks on a path of court intrigue to find out, leading her down a road she never expected.
Should you read it? Yes, yes yessss. Yes. Read this book. If you love the work of Maggie Steifvater (The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys), Julianna Baggott (Pure) or fantasy in general, this is a real treat. Expertly written with pacing that leaves you turning the pages late into the night, Shadow and Bone is a fantastic start to what will surely be a riveting series.
What’s it about? Altered is the sequel to Crewel, a dizzying and unique story. Adelice, a teen from a modest suburb of a utopic stepford-wives type society, has spent her entire life trying to hide her skills. In her world, Spinsters weave the fabric of time and physical elements to create a place where no one suffers and no one starves. But to become a Spinster means giving up your family forever, and possibly much worse. When her parents realized at an early age that she could manipulate the ‘weave’ of the world around her, they trained her to hide her skills.
Found out, Adelice is ripped from her family and thrown into the intrigue and drama of a cruel Coventry where she learns that Spinsters do more than just make the weather – they murder people, erase memories and control everything. In this second book, Adelice is back, fighting the Coventry and bending the matter of the universe to her will.
Should you read it? Yes! Start with book one, Crewel. For fans of Anna Carey’s Eve Trilogy, this is a great next step.
So I’m researching a new book and dove head-first into the inter-tubes. Ah yes, interesting stuff there. Did you know people ACTUALLY BELIEVE that there are humanoid-type beings living in Mount Shasta? Yup. For realz. And they have a nice PayPal account you can deposit into and get some fancy power crystals. They have like a million members of these ‘churches.’
(She crosses herself several times as a good Catholic with no irony whatsoever.)
Anyway…So this conversation happened at the dinner table yesterday:
Me:…And they believe that these people have a British accent – A British Accent? Now how can you have a British accent if you are descended from a tribe of people that lived on an island before the time of Christ, more than a thousand years ago, then migrated to live inside of a mountain, and somehow you acquired a British accent? Where the hell did that happen?
Husband: Um, you just told me that there is a religion where 7-foot tall benevolent aliens live in a mountain and the British accent is what’s got you all worked up?
Me: ….Well, yeah.
Husband: Okay. Just checking.
I’m going to go pray a rosary now.
What’s it about? Addison is a clairvoyant – a teen able to search the future outcome of any given choice. She lives at the paranormal compound with her parents who have decided to divorce. Will she go with her kind father, who wants to move all the way to Texas? Or stay with her uptight mother on the compound with everyone she knows? She searches her future, living through both possibilities. We run at breakneck speed, switching between both versions of her life. A murderer is loose on the compound, and someone is mysteriously injuring “Norm” football players – including the former hottie quarterback at Addie’s new Norm highschool. In the end, Addie must make her choice between two types of love: love for her friend, or romantic love with the love of her life.
Should you read it? YES. If you appreciate fast-paced storylines, you’ll really get in to Pivot Point. I love how we flip back and forth between her two lives, and see where her alternate timelines intersect. Also, this is a refreshing break from the rather harsh ‘end of the world’ type books that are so popular now. Not that I don’t love those…but this is a great palate-cleanser. Also appropriate for younger readers. If you’re a fan of Sara Sheperd (Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game), you’ll love this exciting book. I can’t wait to read book two!
Hi all. This week I’m editing my latest manuscript, FORSAKEN. You can read the first bit of it here. I also stopped by the library and picked up a few new books, including TUMBLE AND FALL, PIVOT POINT and ALTERED. Who has two thumbs and is stoked for new books? This girl! Heh.
Speaking of which, how great is the library? It’s like browsing at a book store and getting to take all the books you want home for FREE. Free I tell you! Yes, I have to bring them back, but I love that I can pick out books I might have been unsure of to buy, and then those books are my new favorites. It’s a great way to try out new authors! So give some love to your local library and stop by.