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YA Lit Must Reads

I thought I would give a few mini reviews in one post to basically say that yes-if you tend to like what I review and read here then you should read these too! =]

Embrace by Jessiva Shirvington

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Out March 6, 2012

Yes, it’s another YA novel about angels and I love it! In this one, Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday because it is also the anniversary of her mother’s death. Suddenly she has a mysterious tattoo going up her arms, awful dreams, and the one person she can count on is keeping secrets from her-like he’s half human and so is she! Oh, and you can bet there is another guy that comes into the picture with sketchy motives too. A battle between fallen angels and those fighting for humanity ensues, but don’t worry, Violet is a strong heroine and never quits fighting. Shirvington’s debut novel is fun and takes a few liberties with the whole fallen angel theme and does a good job doing so.

Anyone who is a fan of lit dealing with angels will like this one a lot!

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Published by Harper Teen

Out February 28, 2012

I picked up Delirium by Lauren Oliver awhile ago and started it but never finished it, so when I got the ARC of Pandemonium I thought that I should give it a whirl again and I’m glad I did. This one picks up right where Delirium left off and you are right there with Lena through all the pain she’s endured. Lena tries to push the old Lena out of her life completely and strives to become an active part of the Resistance. In doing so, she finds herself trying to save Julian (a pivotal character) and possibly falling in love with him along the way.

It’s rare that I like the 2nd book in a trilogy (or series), I’m not exactly sure why but it seems to be a trend with me, however; the ending of this one literally made my jaw drop. If the 2nd book in the series can do that then it’s definitely a good one!

Anyone who has read Delirium or other dystopian novels will surely love these! Give ’em a go!

Nightshade Trilogy (Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose) by Andrea Cremer

Published by Penguin Group

Wow. I normally don’t like reading about wolves. Actually, shapeshifting in general is not something I typically go out of my way to read about, but this trilogy is actually quite good! There is Calla and Ren, both alphas of different packs but soon to join and lead their packs together.  Then there is Shay, the boy that Calla saves… As you can imagine, there is a love triangle, but is anything as good without one? Throughout the trilogy, Calla just gets stronger and stronger and the choice between Ren and Shay gets harder and harder. There’s a lot to pay attention to with the Guardians (werewolves) the humans (searchers) and the witches (Keepers), all of which is very intricate and well done.

<Sigh> It’s a good trilogy and I read it pretty quickly because I needed to know what happened next. What’s great about reading this trilogy now is that all the books have already been published, so no waiting between novels is needed! =]

Cheers and happy reading!

Fallen for Angels?

I’m not sure what it is about angels, but it could be that many are brooding, dark, handsome, and completely…well, awesome. Regardless, I’m obsessed with reading novels dealing with angels, fallen or not. I thought I’d share some of my favorites, so here they are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment below of any other angel reads I’m missing out on!

Fallen in Love (Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series): A Review

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

Published by Random House Children’s Books

Out January 24, 2012

Synopsis

What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s FALLEN IN LOVE, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages by Lauren Kate. FALLEN IN LOVE gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of FALLEN characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles , Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland; Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane; and Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

When Fallen debuted in December 2009, I fell in love with it. It was different than a lot of other YA novels out there at the time , which made it pretty refreshing to read. When Lauren Kate came out with the third installment in the Fallen series I was just as excited to read it as I was the other two, but my excitement quickly diminished-it seemed I was no longer interested in Luce and Daniel’s story anymore. I tried and could not finish the third in the series. With Fallen in Love, I thought maybe I would have better luck.

All of the short stories in Kate’s new novel are very sweet, there is no denying that. Kate takes you to a different time period and shows you the many types of love with each story, building up to the final Valentine story of Daniel and Lucinda. There is not much to say about each story individually as they are exactly what one can imagine. So, were they terrible to read? Not at all. Was I completely giddy reading them and so excited Kate published another novel? Not really. Publishing another novel revolving around other characters in the series is a good idea, but this one is so-so. The only perk is the sneak peak into her fourth installment, Rapture, which I happen to quite like so far.

Why did I bother reading it? Because I want to like this series as a whole. It has elements to it that I adore and I want to recommend the series to those who share the same infatuations as I do (fallen angels-what’s not to love?) I look forward to reading the fourth and final book (out June 2012) just to see how it will all end.

Overall: Debatable.  Those who still love everything about the Fallen series will enjoy this compilation of short stories. They are sweet, they delve into the lives of other characters, and you get the sneak peak into Rapture. However, those that feel they may be in the same boat as myself will be left wanting more of the Lauren Kate that first started the Fallen series. So, here’s hoping the fourth book is a strong one…come on Lauren, you can do it!

Vampire Academy Series: A Review

Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil–feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway–a half-vampire with poor impulse control–is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose’s real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors… (from Richelle Mead Official Website)

I’ll admit, I started reading this series with a very skeptical eye. A part of me really felt like the vampire stories were all the same, so how could the Vampire Academy be different? I think I realized after the first book in this series that what Richelle Mead creates is a much different vampiric world than what one might expect. There are mortal vampires with magic in need of protection and the immortal and malicious vampires that are set on ruining the world. Many of the dhampir, half human and half vampire, train to defend the royals against all evils. This series is full of action, a lot of which happens at St. Vladimir (haha) and a lot of romance (which I can’t resist) making the entire series very equally balanced.

While your reading, it’s quite easy to see how much time Mead spent on her characters. Rose and Dimitri compliment each other in ways I haven’t seen in a while. She’s rash and impulsive and he is almost her complete opposite, yet they find a common ground to build a relationship on throughout the novels. Rose’s whole demeanor with everyone is very abrasive, except with a close few. Rose fights for what she wants and goes with her gut instinct in almost every situation. This notion has become more and more prominent in YA lit and as much as I hate the redundancy, this is actually a good aspect to keep in the genre. Mead’s characters are some of the best: never static, believable dialogue (yay!) and they are identifiable.

Overall: Anyone who loves vampire stories will, no doubt, cling to this one too. The difference between Mead’s vampire world and others is that hers is actually interesting and well thought-out. Mead’s creation is full of deeper meaning and better characters. Plots thicken, crushes die, romance blooms, and stakes go through a lot of hearts in this series which makes for an entertaining and fast read.

*If you love this series, try out Bloodlines- a spin-off series set in the same world, but focusing on the other characters!

Hourglass by Myra McEntire: A Review

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Published by EgmontUSA

Out June 14, 2011

It’s so nice to pick up a YA novel and it not be exactly like all the other titles that are out there in the genre.  Sure Hourglass contains the typical romance aspect that is in many YA novels but it deals with an interesting topic that I feel many YA authors do not attempt which is time travel.  Myra McEntire’s debut does a decent job of creating a world where time travel exists and opens the door for others to follow suit.

Emerson is a girl from a small southern town in Tennessee with a strange yet unique ability-she can see those from the past.  When Emerson meets Michael, the boy that was hired to help her with her ability, she finds that she is not crazy like she once thought and that there are others in the world with unique abilities too.  Emerson and Michael must work together to undo the past to create a safer future and many obstacles occur leaving an opening for a possible sequel.

McEntire does create a unique world with magic and time travel.  It’s great that McEntire strayed away from the general paranormal romance that seems to engulf a lot of the YA reads.  A lot of those are fine reads as well and very creative, but it is certainly refreshing to read about something other than the preternatural.  McEntire writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading.  Her style and character development excel in a lot of ways.  She makes it easy for you to identify with many of the characters and also to make you laugh out loud, as the protagonist can be cute and funny at times.

Overall I would say this is a decent read.  The book was published in June 2011 so I am sure many people have read and liked it, having said that, I think that those who have not read Hourglass and enjoy a lot of YA will enjoy this one as well. When McEntire publishes another title it will be another one I read.