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August 2014 in YA

What’s happening this month in YA?

Books

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August 5th


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Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Yes, yes, yes, yes! I sped through the Lux series like a cup of water after a cross country race. That cliffhanger left me begging for more and I am SO ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY READING THIS BOOK! YES!

 

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 The Islands at the End of the World by Austin  Aslan

This book sounds really mysterious and really good. Electronics have failed? Is this like NBC’s Revolution? I watched that show and kind of liked it but I would read this one if I needed a book. Also, the author’s last name is Aslan. Win.

 

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Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

I think this book sounds quite interesting. I’ve never read a book about ghosts before, but I may as well start now! I will probably be reading this book. Read the rest of this entry

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The Rules for Disappearing | Review

Quick and mysterious read.

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

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Published May 14th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 320

Source: Purchased

Format: Paperback

Buy it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Summary from Goodreads:

She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.


First off, sorry for the quick hiatus! I was at Camp Cedar Cliff (which is an amazingly awesome camp) and I couldn’t have any electronics! Gasp!

Anyway, I read The Rules for Disappearing during my free time at camp and it was definitely a page turner. It was also IN THE SOUTH! Hooray!

The book follows Meg as she and her family are thrust into the witness protection program. Meg is at her sixth placement in rural Louisiana and she has firmly decided that she will not associate with anyone or make any friends because it is too hard to leave them behind. Read the rest of this entry

Book Nerd Problems | Good Book, Bad Movie (Video)

This video is near and dear to my heart because there are so many adaptation fails.

I thought the City of Bones book was okay, but the movie was downright terrible.

I loved the Host book, but the movie was the worst I’ve ever seen.

Don’t get me started on Percy Jackson. Those books were my childhood and they were RUINED because the movies were completely different. PERCY WAS TWELVE NOT SIXTEEN. Okay, no use going there. Calm down, Sarah.

I loved the Divergent book, but the movie was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t memorable.

Catching Fire, The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars were both absolutely perfect.

I will be VERY upset if The Maze Runner movie is bad because I love both the book and Dylan O’Brien!

The Giver and If I Stay are both coming out in a few weeks so I hope those do well. The Giver looks very different from the book, but it still looks good. If I Stay looks close to the same as the book. I will for sure review those movies. Well, let us wait and see!

Comment and tell me what movies disappointed you or exceeded your expectations!

Your favorite fangirl,

Sarah!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Rebel Belle | Review

Unique, sassy, and southern!

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Published  by Putnam Juvenile on April 8th, 2014.

Pages: 345

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Buy it here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local independent bookstore!


Summary from Goodreads:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.


Well, first of all, this book is in the south. I’m in the south! So I was initially very excited to read this book because YA is mostly based in the northern states *sigh*. This book had so much sass and it was amazing!
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Ruin and Rising | Review

SO SO SO SO AMAZING!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 17th, 2014

Pages: 417

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased


Summary from Goodreads:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.


 

my review!

First off, I ned to make it clear that I generally strongly dislike high fantasy. I just don’t like books that don’t have electronics or cars. That said, I LOVED that Shadow and Bone series.

Leigh Bardugo is amazing. She creates a world that feels so real and unique.

So, this book is the third book in the Shadow and Bone series. Read the first two books before you read Ruin and Rising (obviously)! I am trying to make this spoiler free, but there may be the occasional tiny spoiler for Shadow and Bone or Siege and Storm.

Ruin and Rising begins a few months after Siege and Storm left off. Alina is in in the underground tunnels under strict scrutiny of the Apparat. Alaina is very weak from events that occurred at the end of Siege and Storm. She cannot summon her powers underground, because she controls sunlight, and there is none.

Alina soon escaped with other Grisha, or those with power over the elements, and her best friend Mal, with whom she has a complicated relationship.

The group of about ten travels until they run in to the lovely Prince Nikolai. Dramatic things happen henceforth that are awesome but

Alina. She was an amazing heroine. She progresses to where she did something that was immensely terrible for her to save others. She puts aside her wants and needs to do what is right for others. She is super powerful and AWESOME. She is the one and only sun summoner which means that she can control sunlight and do AWESOME things with it.

The Darkling. HOW DO PEOPLE LIKE HIM?!

He is NOTHING but evil and darkness. Sure he’s hot or something but HE IS THE ULTIMATE VILLAIN. NO JUST NO. He was even more evil in this book. He makes me sick to my stomach. He can control darkness. He and Alina have a connection because of how powerful they both are.

Nikolai. He was awesome and sassy! He would be an amazing King. His heart is true and he is kind and loyal. He is one of my favorite characters ever. But, I never like him and Alina together because….

MAL MAL MAL MAL MAL. I LOVE MAL! I have since the first time he was introduced. I have shipped him and Alaina the whole entire time. He’s so loyal and completely ignored his wants so Alina could reach her full potential. So, basically,

THE NEAR END OF THIS BOOK HAD ME LIKE

BUT READ IT SO MUCH READ READ THIS READ IT READ IT NOW!

Totally unique world I will so be reading the new series that will be in the Grisha universe!

READ IT.

Your favorite fangirl,

Sarah!

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Perfected | Review

Super intriguing and creative read.

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

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Published by Entangled Teen on July 1st 2014

Pages: 304

Format: eBook

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Buy it here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent bookstore!


Summary from Goodreads:

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.


 

My review!

You probably read the summary and basically reacted like this:

But it isn’t that bad! It is somewhat strange, but not overly so. It calls on you to thoroughly think about human rights, which I think is not such a bad thing.

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