I'm a teen who never grew up that is a YA book fanatic. I've always been a huge reader, since I was kid, and usually drop way too much money at the store on books. Only problem is, my family never wants to talk about my books with me, so I figured I'd share my thoughts with other people who love books as much as I do.
Crewel by Gennifer Albin Release Date: October 16, 2012 Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own. Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die. Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls. Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it. - Goodreads.com
Ah-maz-ing! This story has to be one of the most unique stories I've ever read. Yes, it was a dystopian, but it was so different than anything else out there that I've read, that I felt like I was reading a dystopian for the first time.
The characters were wonderful... Adelice especially is probably one of my favorite characters I've read about in a while. I loved her strength and quiet dignity... she was very self-contained, and this is something I don't see often. She's naive about some things, but also very cunning in others. She's smart enough to have known it best to hide her talents from certain people. And I am having such a hard time figuring out who I want her to be with. This is one of those very well-done love triangles that you don't see very often... the ones where you don't immediately know who the character is going to end up with because you absolutely love both. And man did I love them both... but for different reasons. They're almost completely different, so you would think this would make me pull for one over the other, but no. I'm so perfectly balanced between the two. I can't wait to see what happens there.
This story itself was just perfectly written. The suspense gave the story a brilliant pace. Then there were times that the writing was just so beautiful... it had a poetry to it that I loved. And when the big reveal came, I was amazed at the unique quality to the idea. How kewl! At the end, I am left wondering, how the heck is Adelice going to get herself out of this situation? Which is exactly the kind of story I like... one that keeps me guessing and worrying for the characters.
This was just a brilliant book. I loved, loved, loved it.
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Ten by Gretchen McNeil Release Date: September 18, 2012 Publisher: Balzar & Bray
SHHHH! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party. White Rock House on Henry Island. You do NOT want to miss it. It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine? - Goodreads.com
Wow, this was not at all what I was expecting. I knew there would probably be a murder mystery, just by reading the Goodreads summary, but I did not expect it to have the little nuances it did that just made it a creepy, suspenseful story. I loved it.
This book seems to have had a lot of mixed reviews out there. Some people have been pretty rough on it, and some people have been kind of "meh." I fit into another category because I absolutely loved this story.
As I said, it was creepy, quite a bit eerie, and it was loaded with some amazing suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the whodunit aspect.... it had a very Ring-like quality... and I mean that scary movie called The Ring. I was reminded of that quite a bit... although there was no supernatural aspect like The Ring has. It was just the creep-factor that made me think of that movie.
I loved the two main characters... The guy is one you just have to like because he has a touch of nobility in him that was very endearing. Meg was amazing as a character because she was so self-effacing, but not to the point that you just wanted to say, "hey, are you trying to be Melanie from Gone With The Wind?" Everyone else was pretty much hard to take. A lot of these characters were not likeable at all, but it added a great contrast to the two main characters.
I absolutely loved how everyone and their action tied into what was going on. That aspect kind of reminded me of how that movie, Murder On the Orient Express, was set up. I was absoslutely shocked though when I found out who was behind it all. What a surprise. I really didn't see it.
The writing in this story was fast-paced, tight, and exciting. I breezed through it and was left in shock. Loved this book.
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: September 18, 2012 Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows. Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she's willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't? But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time. - Goodreads.com
There is no end to Jennifer L. Armentrout's versatility. This is the third series of hers that I've begun to read and I am loving all of them. She's so inventive, and her writing is exciting to read. I have to admit that this one is probably not my favorite of the three series she has going right now, but I think that's only because this is a first book and has a lot of setup to it.
This book was definitely unique compared to some of the other "my touch can kill" books. I liked Ember as a character, and I felt so bad for her and how disconnected she felt from everyone around her. It was hard reading about how she was pretty much used as a pawn to get her talented sister. I really liked how she learned to control her powers a bit and didn't feel so helpless... and this was definitely an aspect that made this book more unique. If I had any complaints, one might be that I found a couple of things to be a little predictable, but it didn't really ruin things for me.
Hayden brought some interesting elements to the story. He was a refreshing male lead in that he wasn't a bad boy. He was a nice guy. The blooming romance between then was very good, and as always, Jennifer does an amazing job with sexual tension between her characters. She'a master at it.
The writing was tight and exciting, and I felt like the story unfolded at a great pace. There are times of really good eloquence in the writing that really made me engage into the story even more. I'm looking forward to seeing the sequel to this book. This was a good start to a new series.