So it’s been awhile since my last review.. I promise I haven’t been slacking. We had a huge project at work that required me to work up to 80 hours a week staying late and taking work home on weekends and when I finally finished I didn’t want to be near a computer screen much less look at one if I didn’t have to. So the trauma has finally worn off and I’m back! Lets get to it! Here are a few of the books I’ve read since my last post.
New World:Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Published: August 14th, 2014 by Oftomes Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fiction
This was an interesting take on the dystopian genre. In a futuristic dystopian world human kind is split into 2 groups. Those who live inside the protective walls of the Sanctuary and those who are left outside in Tartarus: the smoggy ruined remains of the world. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is controlled 5 savage tribes.
Phoenix, who witnessed her parents murders at 11years old by one of tribes, fights to survive in the new world. Living as a rogue she survives until the day she breaks all of her rules to save a child. That one act sent her life into a spin. An underground group who claim no allegiance to the tribes or the Sanctuary captures her. I really enjoyed the world building Jennifer Wilson created for this story. It wasn’t difficult to picture this gritty post apocalyptic world. I’m eager to get my hands on the next book but can’t for the life of me find it anywhere!
Endure by Sara B. Larson
Published: December 29th, 2015 by Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
The final book in the Defy series. Sara B. Larson wrapped up the trilogy with a nice little bow and an epilogue that will make you smile. Ever since reading Allegiant I have had a wariness when it came to the final book in a series. (I mean can you blame me?!) If you like your endings happy with all questions answered then this is the series for you. Out of the three books I would still say Defy was my favorite. Getting to know Alex and her secret, the kidnapping and marching through the jungle, being held prisoner and forcing her the learn how to fight and defeat a black sorcerer; it all just appealed to me more then the second two.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Published: October 17th 2011 by Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal
A creepy (but not quite as creepy as I was hoping for) ghost story. Cas Loewood is a ghost hunter, he travels the country with his mother investigating legends and killing the ghosts behind them. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. Yet she spares Cas’s life. The story of why Anna’s spirit is trapped in that house and how she was murdered will chill you. I’m looking forward to the conclusion in Girl of Nightmares as soon as I can pull myself out of my shadowhunter rereading frenzy!
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Published:September 17th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
This book broke my heart a little bit. This is the story of Elise Dembowski, who just doesn’t fit in and tries so hard to make friends and be average and just can’t manage to do it no matter how hard she tries. When her last attempt to make friends fails she almost gives up on life. Then one night while walking the streets she stumbles upon a warehouse party and meets Vicki who takes her under her wing and Char a Disk Jockey who helps her discover a love for DJing. It’s a sad coming of age story that gave me a bit of a flash back to middle school. Kids are so mean and everyone deserves to have at least one friend. By the end of the book Elise discovered she had more then she thought. So many time while reading this I just wanted to reach through the pages and give Elise a hug, and I am not a hugger at all. This is a book that will stick with you, in the back of your mind.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Published: February 2nd, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. A few I had already read on Marissa Meyer’s website but the new ones, especially the last 2 , The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New were amazing! I feel like that should have been the epilogue for Winter. Reading it made me feel like I was having a reunion with old friends. This is a series that is hard for me to let go of, so any thing extra from this world that Marissa Meyer will give me I will gladly take! I am looking forward to her new work Wires and Nerves, the first of 2 graphic novels coming out next year.
*not so silently fangirls in the corner*
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 25nd, 2016 by Macmillan
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
If you have read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl then you already know all about Carry On Simon. If you haven’t read Fangirl… turn around right now and GO READ FANGIR! You can still read Carry On without having read Fangirl, but Fangirl is just so good, I’m doing you a favor here.
Carry On has a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it: A boarding school for magicians, a chosen one destine to save the world of Magicks, a mortal enemy from a wealthy sketchy magical family. But it’s also completely its own story. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. She suckered me in with Eleanor & Park and now I will read every word that woman writes.
*also, go read Fangirl!
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys: The Dream Thieves: Blue Lilly Lilly Blue
Published by Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural
How do I even begin to describe the awesomeness that is the Raven Cycle series?
I read Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, Forever, Sinner) and was extremely unimpressed. I actually sold the books back to Half Price Books (with the exception of Sinner, I liked her secondary characters MUCH better then the main characters) so I was extremely hesitant to start the Raven Boys. It wasn’t until after I read her Scorpio Races standalone that decided to go back and give The Raven Boys a try. Oh man am I glad I did! But how to describe it? You have a house full of physic ladies and one non psychic daughter. 4 private school boys on a quest to find a welsh king all with their own secrets. 1 backwoods Virginia town and ley line magic! Blue Sargent is the daughter of a psychic, she’s has been warned her entire life that if she kisses her true love he will die. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother on St. Mark’s eve as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue has never them, until this year, when a boy wearing an Aglionby sweater, from the rich local private school, speaks to her “Gansey, that’s all there is”
Blue has a rule about staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has includes three other Raven Boys: Adam, the local scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce Irish soul who has some anger issues; and Noah, the shadow of the group who notices many things but says very little.
Together they make up an amazingly diverse group of characters that discover a magical forest, wake the ley line and dodge crazy teachers, psycho classmates and a hit man out to steal the greywarren for an irritating rich man. I HIGHLY recommend reading this series. It’s one of my favorites to reread both in print and on audio book, the narraror does a great job with all the voices. The last book comes out on April 26th and my copy has been pre-ordered pretty much since I finished reading that oh so mean cliffhanger at the end of Blue Lilly Lilly Blue. Counting down the days now.. 21…