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Book Review: The Infernal Devices Series

Books: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare

Recommend: This series was better than the original three books and I didn’t think that was possible.

Okay, it is no secret that I love everything that I’ve read from this author. Her original series, The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite YA series I’ve read. This series actually might be better than the original material.

This series centers around Tessa Gray, a girl who has no idea who or what she is when she is taken by the Dark Sisters and forced to use a skill she didn’t even know that she had. it puts her in the path of the shadowhunters as they work together to stop an evil force that the Nephillim alone cannot defeat.

Okay, this has to be with, without a doubt, the best love triangle I have ever seen. In most books we see two guys fighting over one girl. In this one, it is three people who love each other completely but don’t want to hurt anyone in the process and yet Tessa must choose. (I know – spoiler but it’s YA so this plot point is fairly predictable and therefore I don’t feel too bad about it). At the end of the first book, I was certain which way I wanted it to go. By the end of the second, I had completely flipped and by halfway through the third I was so confused that I somehow wanted both to end up with the girl even though it wasn’t possible.

With one of the best book ends I have read in a very long time, this series had me on an emotional roller coaster ride that I never wanted to get off. In fact, I have a serious book hangover from this series. I’m trying to read another book right now and I just can’t seem to get into it and it is all Cassandra Clare’s fault. There is no question that these books will be joining my extensive library the second I have the cash to purchase them.

I will say that while Clare is able to suck me into her world every time I read one of her books, this is not the case for everyone. In fact a couple of my close friends have tried to read her stuff and hated it completely. They simply don’t like her writing style and find that sometimes it can feel like she is trying too hard. So much so that they couldn’t even finish City of Bones. However, I have many other reader friends who love this series as much as I do. In fact, the moment I finished, I had to text one of my friends just to let her know how much I loved it by the time I was done. Definitely a whirlwind that is worth riding.

Also, I just found out that a movie is coming for this series!! I can’t wait πŸ™‚

Final Rating:

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Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Book: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie Ryan

Recommend: This one started strong and then fizzled out…

Okay, I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this one on a multitude of YA fiction sites and so when I saw a copy sitting at my library, actually available, I snatched it up as quick as I could. This book started out with a bang and kept me reading straight through to the end. Even with the pacing though there was a major problem that simply couldn’t be overlooked which basically ruined the whole end of the book for me.

Okay this one is a zombie book if you couldn’t tell from the title. The forest is filled with them and they are stuck in a town with only a fence separating them from the moaning flesh hungry mob, which has been done in quite a few of the other zombie books I have read and so I won’t go into my issues with this idea. The main character Mary seems to get pushed into impossible decision after impossible decision time after time without a break.Β  I was really with this character though up until the climax of the book. She got the boy she wanted and – was still miserable. While I celebrate the idea that having a boy isn’t the end all be all of life and even knowing this was probably written in direct response to Bella Swan‘s seeming dependence on Edward Cullen this plot point was completely uacceptable to me due to the fact that it made the main character completely and totally inconsistent. Now, you cant say she was growing as a character but a character who had grown like that wouldn’t make the choices that she makes in the next few scenes. From this moment on, the character goes from being completely solid and really interesting to read to a bland plot driven cardboard cutout character.

So while this book had a lot of really go things going for it. I simpy don’t think I’ll be able to finish this series.

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Book Review: Infamous

Book: Infamous

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Recommend: Yep. This series is still going strong. I can’t wait to read book number four!

Okay, I have to admit this series has really gotten me excited about reading YA fiction again. I was getting completely burnt out but knew I had to get through this series because it had been sitting on my to be read shelf for what seemed like forever. I now wish I hadn’t waited so long to read them and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

In this one Nick is fighting to figure out how to keep himself from becoming Ambrose. He desperately knows that he doesn’t want to be evil incarnate and yet, it was what he was born for. Fighting your birthright is not something that comes easy, especially to Nick. I think the best part of this character is that he makes mistakes – all the time and they are not the predictable make a mistake so the character doesn’t seem too perfect kind of mistakes. No, this character makes huge mistakes and there are actual consequences for them.

I am really enjoying the idea that people are not made up of what you see on the outside. Bubba has to be one of the most complex and interesting characters I have ever read in YA fiction. I would read a book based just on his back story. (Hint hint Ms. Kenyon – not that someone like her would ever read my blog).

I will say that if you have issues with paranormal fantasy, this book might not be the cup of tea for you. We are dealing with all kinds of mythology and Christianity tossed together in a strange mix so this might not be for every teen reader.

The only negative about this book is that there is a point near the end where everything goes a bit wonky for a while and it’s a bit confusing becaus so much happens so close together without a breather in between that it is hard to keep up with and that’s coming from a girl who has no problem keeping track of all of the characters in War and Peace. So , just be warned there might be a bit of rereading involved near the end. Also the minor annoyance of a slight Scooby Doo moment at the end of the book annoyed me slightly because I hate when the random character shows up and their only job in the whole book is to take the fall. Yep. Happens at the end of this one.

Overall a really fun read and I really want more.

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Revolution 19

Book: Revolution 19

Author: Greg Rosenblum

Recommend: Definitely. One of the more original works I’ve come across lately.

This book has all the basic elements of dystiopain YA right now. Family in distress, slight romance, and seemingly insurmountable odds. This is where its similarity to everything out there ends though. This is more like The Matrix minus the machines meets I, Robot if the robots had won, The general plot was original and fun to read. A bit more desperate than most YA fiction.

The biggest flaw was the ending. I have said it once and I will say it again, the series is not always necessary and in many times painful. This could have ended at the end of this book. I already know how they will defeat the bots and his mother’s fate and yet we are going to have to suffer through at least two more books in order to confirm it.Β I think that authors need to stop being greedy when a series doesn’t make sense. Stop with the formula and simply write your story. Don’t try and make into a money grabbing machine. So many of the series that are out right now simply didn’t need to be series. They could have been finished in twenty more pages. Now, some need the length of multiple books to get there, but this one simply just doesn’t.

Overall, this was a great book and I think I’ll read the follow up.

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Crewel

Book: Crewel

Author: Gennifer Albin

Recommend: Wow… what a great book!

Have you ever had a book captivate you so completely that you lost complete touch with where you are and how long you’ve been sitting still reading? That happened to me at the library today. Normally I can sit for a little bit and go through my selections a bit to make sure I actually want to take everything home that I’ve picked out. Today I got to the second book and the next thing I know, I’ve finished, it’s dark outside and the librarian is barking out that the library will be closing in fifteen minutes looking at me pointedly since I am literally the only one still sitting there, oblivious to things like people wanting to go home. So I took two more minutes, bought the book on nook and stumbled towards the self check out, knocking over some carts on the way. Hurray for being a klutz! Never have I been so glad to get out of the library…

A plot summary is going to be difficult but I’ll give it a try. I highly doubt it will do the book justice because I didn’t want to read it after reading the plot summary the first time either, so keep an open mind about this one. Adelice is almost through her testing when the unthinkable happens. She lets her gift at weaving slip. Instantly she knows what is coming. She is going to be a Spinster and there is nothing she can do to stop it. When her family tries to get her out, it just makes everything more complicated. The only reason she is allowed to live is that her gift is so much more than that of a simple weaver. She is a creweler and she might even be the next world shaper. Unfortunately for them, it is the last thing she ever wants to be.

I loved this book. It was well written, moved quickly but developed the characters nicely and explained the weaving aspect well without getting to technical and boring. The main character actually acts like a teenager some of the time. While there is a love story it is not the main focus of the book and she thinks for herself. The world is creative and the idea of everything being fabric is a refreshing and new idea.

The only issue I had with this book seems to be cropping up more often in teen fiction and that seems to be almost mandatory inclusion of a homosexual character. Please just stop trying to indoctrinate young adults that this is okay by including it in everything they read. Let them form their own opinion instead of being brainwashed by print propaganda about their plight. This type of thing is what causes parents to want to censor their child’s reading material and then they get upset because they really want to read it and it turns into a huge mess when they sneak behind their parents’ back and do it anyway. Or the parents end up having to read everything their teen is going to read with their teenΒ  or pre-teen (cause let me tell you how often I find my 10 year old students carrying around YA books) so they can discuss it with them. I will say that this author doesn’t hit you over the head with it but it is definitely there and prominent enough that I minded as an adult reader. That issue aside though, it was a great book.

I’m going to be watching for book two of this series to make its appearance with bated breath!

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Girl in the Arena

Book: Girl in the Arena

Author: Lise Haines

Recommend: Nope.

Ever pick up a book on the off chance that it might be good and be very very wrong? Yep. That’s this book. I had heard a lot of hype about this one being a great read. I was a bit skeptical due the the fact that it was about modern day gladiators. However, I decided to give it a chance since it was a library book and so I figured, why not? I wish I hadn’t. I really wish I hadn’t.

Let me start by saying the writing isn’t so bad. It’s about what we’ve come to expect from teen fiction. The premise behind the story isn’t bad either but that’s about all the positive feedback I can give. Great concept but the plot drove me NUTS.

First of all, the world was not well formed. I know that this happens often in teen fiction but this one needed some kind of explanation of all the rules instead of just throwing them at the reader when it was convenient for the plot. In addition to that, there needed to be more scope to this story. It needed to be about more than it was. There needed to be more logic behind why the decisions would be made in such a way but such a powerful corporation. The massive plot hole about the corporation bullying a young girl made no sense. If she had gone to the media with proof (which she had) of what was really happening, it would have been over and so would this horrible book. Oh and did I mention that there are no quotation marks in this book? While it didn’t bother me from a readability point of view, my inner perfectionist wanted to scream. However, none of these things were my biggest issue with this book.

My biggest issue with the book was the fact that it was so gory I thought I was going to lose whatever was in my stomach. There is a line. You can get up to that line, brush the line, but once you cross it you will lose your reader. I’ve read the Hannibal Lecter series and had less issues than I did with this book. Gore and violence don’t normally bother me. I can read that stuff without flinching. This book bothered me. The fact that a teen book was able to turn my stomach is not a good sign. I expected violence but I didn’t expect the extremes this author went to. The worst scene in the book forced me to put it down for a while and skim until that scene was over.

I wouldn’t recommend this one for any adult, let alone any teen who might pick it up. Not worth your time.

Final Rating:

TRASH IT!!

TRASH IT!!

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The last Twilight film….

Anyone else who thought this scene was hilarious?

Okay, so anyone who had read this blog for any length of time knows that I have a very large soft spot for the Twilight series. I know that many people out there can’t stand this series for one reason or another. For me, I think what caught my attention was the fact that it was such a refreshing change at the time from everything I was reading. I had never read much teen or young adult fiction when I was a kid. I went straight from kid books to heavy hitters like War and Peace (which I read for the first time at the age of twelve). While I love serious literature, sometimes you just need something light and fluffy. A good read that you can just enjoy without having to work your brain to death over it. (Don’t get me wrong, I love that stuff too, I just need a balanced diet). I found that most adult material written that way was either so filled with ‘adult material’ or so boring and formula that it wasn’t really worth my time.

Jake and Nessie

When I discovered YA fiction through Twilight, it was like I was reading something tailor-made for me at the time. No sex, fun stories and simple reads. As a teacher by the time I got home, I wasn’t really up to reading something difficult. I really found myself gravitating towards this genre simply because it allowed me an escape that I had time for. Nothing since the Harry Potter series had really captured my imagination without being overly serious.

The end of the Twilight series movies meant that I would no longer get anything new from this first trip into YA fiction. I was so excited to go see the movie. So much so that we bought tickets for the marathon. My best friend and my husband spent the whole day with me watching all of the movies in order. It was nice to get a refresher on the series and it was a great build up to that final movie.

For me, the love of these movies is seeing everything I’ve read play out in front of me. I’m not a big fan of the actors for the most part and I have a great imagination. I also love comparing the original books to the movie. Everything was going great for the most part until the big confrontation with the Volturi. (If you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading here… spoilers ahead). I was bummed that they didn’t do more with Bella and Jenks. I found the whole encounter one that really highlighted how much Bella had changed from that timid girl in the first book. I was all ready from this big conversation that turned into basically nothing except A very frustrated Aro. I was shocked when I saw Carlisle’s head in Aro’s hand. Then I couldn’t believe when more people were picked off one by one. I was literally halfway out of my seat ready to walk in anger from the theater. Then the big reveal happened and I was clapping with the rest of the audience. Yep, the film maker got everyone in the audience in one of the most well done ‘got ya!’ moments I’ve ever seen. By the end credits, besides the major flaw in Alice seeing Nessie and Jacob’s future I was completely satisfied and felt like it was complete.

Now I’m looking for a new book or series to capture me in a similar way and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Host in theaters.

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Book Review: Beautiful Darkness

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Book: Beautiful Darkness

Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Recommend: This was actually better than the first – marginally.

Lena is not out of the woods yet. She is torn apart by the fact that she is responsible for her Uncle’s death in order to save Ethan’s life. She blames herself completely and to punish herself for it, she decides to hang out with her dark cousin and a cute boy that doesn’t quite fit anywhere. Ethan finds out why he is so special and goes in search of the girl he loves to save her from herself and her dark caster mother.

I am noticing a disturbing trend in YA fiction lately. Maybe it’s just the string of stuff I’ve picked up has unfortunately had this in common or it really is happening a lot (I’m hoping it’s the first, the second makes me slightly depressed). The trend I have noticed is that in a YA fiction series, it is necessary to rip the two main characters apart in the second book. Examples: Peeta and Katniss, Bella and Edward, Tris and Four, and many more. I was hoping this second book wouldn’t do that. I really wanted them to keep the two of them together and fight it all together. That was not what happened. This one pulled them apart and did it spectacular fashion, a la New Moon.

This book doesn’t have a love triangle, it has a love rectangle. Except it wasn’t that exciting because we all know that in YA fiction, the girl always picks boy number one and never boy number two.

This book was much tighter and the pacing was better. I also become more emotionally invested with the characters than I expected.

After reading other reviews, I’m a bit nervous about reading the next book in the series. I’ve heard many things from other reviewers. They all say the same thing. Book three is very hard to get through. It looks like this is not the end of the massive character torture.

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Girl, Stolen

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Book: Girl, Stolen

Author: April Henry

Recommend: Eh, there is much better out there but it’s not awful…

I’m still not sure what possessed me to pick this one up but I did. A few pages in and I knew it wasn’t going to be something phenomenal. I was right.

This book tells the story of a blind girl who accidentally gets kidnapped when someone steals her stepmom’s car. Not much more to the plot than that.

It was a simple, quick read and that’s about the best thing I can say about it. The book was predictable, not exciting and didn’t really hold my interest.Β  I would say that this book is a gateway teen novel, bordering that line between YA and middle grade fiction. Not a horrible read, but with so much better available, I would suggest steering clear. I’m glad I didn’t pay a dime for this one.

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Book Review: When She Woke

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Book: When She Woke

Author: Hillary Jordan

Recommend: Not in a million years.

I found the idea of a modern version of the Scarlett Letter to be interesting so I picked this book up. When I started reading, this is what I found inside:

  • A woman who aborts her baby and is punished for murder by chroming or turning her skin bright red, the color reserved for murders
  • A Christian run society that attacks people for their mistaking, including a sick cult like halfway house that forces those who aborted their children to carry around dolls meant to represent their dead children,forcing them to relive their abortions, watching graphic material and breaking down their minds, driving some mad.
  • A society that ignores the murder of criminals by the hands of ordinary citizens
  • Multiple scenes of very descriptive sex including one including the two people of the same-sex.
  • The heroes standing up for the right to have an abortion

If you are one of my Christian readers, you can see why this book is not something I would recommend. If you are not a Christian, books like these twist the truth completely, making those who believe into cruel monsters driven by rules meant to keep people from things that they think will make them happy. In addition, this book has been largely marketed to teens as YA fiction, but it is about a twenty-six year old woman and the situations in the book are extremely adult in nature. This one is not YA in any way, shape or form. Don’t be fooled by it!

Final Rating:

BURN IT!!!!

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Book Review: The Future of Us

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Book: The Future of Us

Authors: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Recommend: This was a great read but honestly I think should have been aimed at people in their late 20s to early 30s and not teens.

After reading Thirteen Reasons Why, I decided that I had to pick this one up even though I was rather skeptical of it due to the subject matter. This book is set in the late 90s when a girl receives a computer from her father; a guilt gift for abandoning her and moving away with his new family. However when she logs into AOL, she finds herself on this odd webpage called Facebook, staring at herself fifteen years in the future.

I really enjoyed this because I was in high school in the late nineties. I got every reference and knew every song. I remember what AOL was like. I had a computer in my house but many of my friends didn’t. Cell phones were still a tool instead of a toy and most teens had pagers instead of cell phones. While this helped me connect with the story more, the core of the story is basically what every time travel story is about. Should you change the future/past or leave it alone and how to the decisions of today effect tomorrow?

This book automatically had me. The main character is a band geek. Any book that includes high school band is always better for it πŸ˜‰

This was a fun read but definitely made the reader think. I appreciate Asher’s books because they really force people confront themselves in a way a simple story doesn’t. Worth the read and if you’re my age, a fun trip down memory lane.

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Book Review: Soulbound

Book: Soulbound

Author: Heather Brewer

Recommend: Definitely! This was a fun, fast paced read in the style of Divergent.

I picked this one up, not quite sure what to expect even after reading the synopsis. I received this book as an advanced reader copy from the publishing house through Shelf Awareness. I am so glad I signed up for this one.Β  This book has everything that makes YA fiction great. Love triangle? Check. Main character thrown into a new, life-threatening situation? Yep. Main character has special gifts/powers? Yep and yep. Plot twist at the end? Oh yah. Having the formula while still feeling new and exciting? Check, double-check and triple check.

This book tells the story of a world where the skilled are separated and trained in two classes, healers and barons. A healer is always bound to a baron as the person to patch them up when they get injured in battle. However Kaya isn’t content simply being a healer, she wants to fight. Kaya’s complicated life goes from complex to life threatening in the first book of this series.

I loved this book. It reminded me of Divergent in many ways. The main character is a strong girl who refuses to simply follow the status quo. While maintaining her strength, Kaya also has enough weakness to be believable and engaging. Both male characters are strong in their own way and the reader comes away liking them both. The book leaves the reader with huge unanswered questions making me hope that we won’t have to wait long for book two in this series.

Available now, this one is worth picking up. I can see myself rereading this one quite often.

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Rant about ‘adult’ content in books…

Warning: This might not be an appropriate post for younger readers.

Lately it seems that almost every book I pick up feels the need to hit their readers over the head with graphic sexual content. These days, I’m finding that I pick up a new book with a bit of uneasiness wondering exactly how much of the book’s content I’ll be forced to skip/skim so I don’t fill my brain with inappropriate material. Whatever happened to the good old fade to black or the good taste to just not include it at all?

It used to be that you had to seek this kind of material out, with rare exception. Starting in the 20th century, this kind of material became much more prevalent. Then it seemed to become part of the formula to keep the reader’s interest through the development of the plot where less talented authors tend to bog down. An easy way to speed up the development of the book seems to be, in many author’s minds, to throw sexual content in. The reader gets a chemical rush from reading it, helping to push them forward through the rest of the book. In the 21st century, authors have now started to include a growing amount of homosexual material because the traditional doesn’t thrill and shock enough anymore. It seems that many authors have expanded to including it to any moment where the story slows for a bit must mean that erotic material is necessary.

There was a time when I read this kind of content, not realizing the damage that it was doing to me. I woke up eventually and was horrified at what I had done to myself. That kind of content is not easily forgotten, especially for those who, like me, have very active imaginations. There is a very good reason this kind of content is referred to as pornography for women or, with the advent of 50 Shades, mommy porn.

Sometimes I have to skip pages at a time!

The only way to get away from it in modern literature seems to be by skipping over the content. My method is a sort of skip/skimming where I read the first few words in each paragraph until I find that I am past that kind of material. I find myself having to skip more and more material in books simply because of the content. Being the type of person who must fill in every blank on a form and can hardly leave a book partially read, even if it is awful, this is frustrating to me. The fact that I have had to figure out a system to skip this material because of the overwhelming volume, is frustrating and disheartening. However, it is the only way for me to even attempt adult fiction anymore. I am relieved when I find the rare book that doesn’t feel the need to lean on this crutch. I also find myself gravitating more towards YA fiction because it doesn’t include this kind of graphic sexuality.

We do this for music, video games and movies. Why not books?

I really wish books would come with the kind of warning that movies do. Some kind of rating system that lets the reader know, in general if they are going to be confronted with violence, difficult subjects or sexual content, giving their readers a chance to put their guard up, instead of being blindsided by it.

I have great respect for authors who do not feel the need to fill their reader’s mind with this kind of cheap thrill. I challenge any would-be writers reading this blog to bravely skip writing this kind of content. You’ll be doing your readers a favor.

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Book Review: We are Absolutely not Okay

Book: We are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers who are Picking Up the Pieces

Authors: The Kids of Scriber Lake Alternative High School

Recommend: This is a tough read but worth the journey.

I just won a copy of this book from the members giveaway on librarything. I thought the concept sounded interesting. I love reading the work of teenagers. There is something so open and raw about the way that they write. These kids are no exception.

The authors

This book deals with kids who are learning and living through tough situations in their lives. Each story gives a snippet of some of the life changing events they have dealt with. While this book is a great read, there is a lot of adult material. This book includes drug use, alcoholism, abuse, cutting, suicide and a transgender student. I would caution any parent to read this with your teen and discuss it. This one is definitely a teaching tool and not for everyone.

The only major critique I have, is that a couple of the stories just don’t fit with the rest of the book. I get that it was a class project but I wouldn’t recommend a couple of the stories simply because they were not as strong as the others. In particular, Coming Out and Help Yourself are not worth the time to read. The rest of the book however is great.

Final Rating:

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Response to Thirteen Reasons Why

Cover of "Thirteen Reasons Why"

Cover of Thirteen Reasons Why

Book: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

I have heard so much about this book. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that I simply needed to read it. I found a copy of it available at the library this last weekend and so I picked it up.

Thirteen Reasons Why tells the story of a girl named Hannah who commits suicide. She leaves behind a set of tapes explaining why she made the choice to take her own life. She tells each person how they contributed to her decision and they are forced to mail it to the next person on the list. The narrator is one of the last people on the list.

While this book is YA fiction, I definitely think that this book is not for every teen. This is one that parents might want to be careful with and talk to their kids about simply because of the subject matter.

I think the thing that hit me the most about this book was that there were so many signs that she was in trouble and no one noticed. Even the adults in her life didn’t pay attention. This book is a great reminder to keep an eye on the people around you. Watch for the signs and be there for them. For more information about suicide prevention, check out The Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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Book Review: Eve

Book: Eve

Author: Anna Carey

Recommend: Definitely! This one rivals The Hunger Games or Matched. It might even be better!

I picked this one up at the library earlier today with a very large stack of other books. I have soft spot for dysptopian teen fantasy and thought that while it might be a bit cheesy, that I would enjoy the light read. This book surpassed every expectation I had to be one of the best pieces of teen fiction I have read. Period.

Eve is a girl who was orphaned by the plague. She is ready to graduate from school, a compound for orphaned girls. From there she will learn a trade and then be able to go to the City of Sand, to live a life of luxury. In actuality, graduation was something far more sinister. On the night before her graduation, Eve finds out the dark truth of graduation and runs.

There is so much about the plot of this book that I loved. It was shocking while still maintaining a sense of limits. It had great plot twists. The writing was decent. The pace was perfect. The ending was heart-wrenching. Caleb isn’t perfect but understands love and sacrifices for it.

The only negative I could find was that I think Eve gave up her beliefs about men too easily. Someone who had been brainwashed the way that she had been, wouldn’t have found it so easy to part with what she had been taught, even though she knew it wasn’t truth. I think the author rushed that section a bit, especially after a couple of the experiences she has. It was the only thing that made the character a bit unrealistic for me.

Definitely worth the time. This is one of those hidden gems that fans of YA fiction need to discover.

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

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