Tag Archives: Young Adult

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when Yellowstone erupts. The town starts to turn into very crazy situations. His neighbors become murders, trying to survive in the new way of life. His family is 140 miles away in Illinois. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait—to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together they fight their way to Alex parents.

I liked this book very much. It shows what some people will do for survival. Sometimes it brings out the worst in people. I really like how the author moves the story along in a good enough pace and also in enough detail. I like how he goes to try to find his parents 140 miles away. I liked that he finds a person to help him on his way to find his parents. So will Alex along with Darla find Alex’s parents?

NK

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Seventeen year old Rosie is stuck in the middle of a HUGE issue in the book Someone Else’s life by Katie Dale. Her mother, Trudie, has just died from Huntington’s disease and she is left with her grandparents. Her father died on the day of her birth so she has no one. Her mother’s nurse and also her mothers best friend told Rosie something that would affect her life more than anything in the world. “Trudie is not your mother.” Rosie goes on the hunt of her life to find her real mother who ends up being a huge famous person. It only turns out that she finds her father to. Rosie’s life ends up taking a turn for the worse.

When I read this book it gave me a whole new perspective on life. That when you take a walk in someone else’s shoes, the ride is so much different. You may think you have it bad or don’t think something is fair, but on the other side, someone has it way worse. Try taking a walk in someone else’s shoes and she what their life is really like.

KS

The Right and the Real

Jamie is seventeen years old, and is about to attend her father’s wedding. She knows that she needs to stop the wedding, but can’t think of a way to do so. They are at the Right & the Real Church, and the wedding is part of Ceremony night, when 23 couples are getting married. Before the wedding begins, her dad must take the Pledge. He does, and then the Teacher turns to Jamie telling her it is her turn. When she refuses, the Teacher kicks her out of the church, and ultimately out of her father’s house.

At seventeen, Jamie is alone, and is scared to tell anyone she has been kicked out. Luckily, she has some savings and the car her grandfather left her. She doesn’t have many options, but she knows she must finish high school, which would not be an option if she took the Pledge.  She doesn’t know how she is going to get to graduation, much less to school in New York City next year. She is determined to save her dad from the church, but she is not allowed to talk to her father, or to her boyfriend, Josh who is also part of the Right & the Real.

I have been lucky enough to read many very good books in the last month. The Right & the Real is one of the better ones. I couldn’t put it down! Come check it out today!

 

The Darkest Minds

Ruby was one of the few children to survive. When the first of her classmates died, she was shocked. Soon, half her class was gone. On her 10th birthday, her parents have her sent to Thurmond, a ‘rehabilitation’ camp, one of many places for children with special abilities. When she is classified, she is able to trick the doctor into putting her in the Green group. As a Green, she has fewer freak abilities and is able to move more freely around camp.

Six years later, the PSFs who are in charge of the camp are on the verge of realizing the truth. She is really an Orange, one of the most dangerous groups. Most of the Orange children are long gone, and there are people who want to use her abilities. It is one of those groups helps her escape. But, does she want to help them?

Soon, she is on the run, looking for the only place where she may be safe. Will it be everything she has heard? Or, will it be just another place where someone wants to take advantage of her abilities?

This was a great book. I loved the different twists on the popular dystopian fiction genre. If you have enjoyed other dystopian novels, I highly recommend this one!

Croak by Gina Damico

Lex Bartleby has spent the last two years showing everyone around her how angry she is. There are very few students in her school that she has not fought with. Two years ago, she was the perfect daughter, sister and student. What happened?

Now, she has gotten into her last fight. As a last resort, her parents decide to send her to upstate New York to live with her uncle Mort. They say she needs some time, a little fresh air and then maybe she will come home ready to behave.

When she arrives in Croak, she finds something very different from the farm she is expecting. In fact, she learns that she will be working as a Killer. She learns quickly, and fits into the strange town almost immediately. She has one problem, she hates leaving the scene of gruesome murders when the murderer is still alive. Why can’t she go after them? Why must she leave them to kill again? Then, someone else starts Killing criminals. Who is it? How do they do this? Lex and her partner Diggs must find this person, but at what cost?

I really enjoyed this book. At times it is funny, at times creepy, and Lex is a likable character. The premise seems like it should be much more disturbing than it ends up being. A great book for every reader, and the second book in the series should be coming to our library soon.

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Mira’s sixteenth birthday is coming quickly. Her godmothers are busy planning, but Mira won’t be home to help them celebrate. She has other plans, ones that involve months of planning and fake e-mails from a man in San Francisco. Her intricate plan is ready, and she is leaving to go to Beau Rivage; the place where she was born and where her parents died. It is the one place she has been forbidden to go.

Mira’s plans didn’t cover what she would do once she got to Beau Rivage. When finally arrives, she walks through a few cemeteries to try and find her parents, with no luck. Then, she must figure out what to do all night. After hours of sitting in a restaurant pretending to eat, a guy name Blue approaches her. It turns out his dad owns the hotel, and that he wants her to leave. He offers to help, but in a way that scares her. Finally, he leaves her alone and she finds another place to hide, in the middle of a casino. This is when she meets Felix, Blue’s brother and his girlfriend. She tells Felix her story, and he offers to help. He shows her to her room, which is comped by the hotel and promises to help her find her parents the next day.

Mira has a new crush, but there is so much that she doesn’t know. Things that she will learn, hopefully before it is too late.

Kill Me Softly is a combination of different fairy tales. It is a wonderful, but twisted story of people who are trapped in each of their stories. Add a building romance, some new friendships and an evil fairy to the mix and you have a story full of suspense. Highly recommended.

Enjoy!

 

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Josh and Sophie never believed in the magical universe on planet earth. Nick, who is Josh’s boss, is an alchemyst that can live forever. Sophie and Josh are brother and sister while their parents are traveling for their job. Sophie and Josh saw too much of a magical fight over a book that has all the powers in the universe, so they have to go with Nick to hide from Dee. Their enemy wants the powerful book. They find themselves in big trouble throughout traveling America fighting Dee’s followers.

My reaction to this book was that it was exciting and energetic. The Alchemyst has surprising twists around every corner and this just scraped the surface of the book along with four more books with the series. It’s very hard to predict what would come in the book since there are surprising twists on every page.

MS

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

Told in alternate voices, Blink is the male perspective, while Caution tells the same story from the female point of view. Blink and Caution are runaways, both trying to survive on the streets. When Blink breaks into a hotel room, looking for a free meal, he finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping of a powerful businessman. The story is all over the news, and no one knows the truth except Blink. To tell, though, would expose his past, something he does not want to do. Caution is trying to escape her abusive drug-dealing boyfriend. When their paths collide on a train, both work to hide the past from one another, but find they are building a relationship, too. Eventually, Blink realizes he has to save the businessman and can only do it with Caution’s help and by telling the whole truth.

A story that  slowly uncovers  the background and history of each of the characters, while also moving present day events forward. A reminder that there is always more to a person than what meets the eye.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie Walker is reeling from the death of her sister. Bailey was everything to Lennie, the racehorse to her companion pony self. She spends most of her time in The Sanctuary, the room they shared before her sister’s sudden death. Lennie, her grandma and Uncle Big are all struggling, and have been for a month.

When Lennie goes back to school, she finds a new boy has taken the school by storm. Everyone is talking about him, and when she finds him sitting in her seat in the band, she discovers why. All she can think is whoa…where did this guy come from? Soon, Joe starts showing up at her house in the morning with croissants and making coffee for her family. Why does he keep coming over? To complicate things further, Lennie and Troy, who was Bailey’s boyfriend, have begun to find comfort in each other.

This was exactly what I needed after reading a couple of post-apocalyptic books. It was deeply moving, where I could almost feel Lennie’s pain, but also funny and romantic. A great book–read it!

Shatter Me by Taherek Mafi

Juliette was placed in an institution for nearly killing her parents. Little did she know that her touch could cause so much damage and destruction. Growing up, she had been made fun of and humiliated. None of the other kids at her school would attempt to become friends with her. She’d learned to ignore the glances people had given her after she had accidentally killed a little boy at a grocery store. Juliette’s touch was like poison, but addicting to her recipients.

While she is faced with the emotional challenges of isolation, there is a Reestablishment going on. One night, a man is thrown into her cell. She recognizes his face, but isn’t sure if he recognizes her. He attempts to touch her, but she won’t let him, knowing what she’s capable of. Before she knows it, she’s falling in love with this new “friend” of hers. How will she be able to share her life with a man that she can cripple with just one touch?

When I first picked out this book, I didn’t really think that I would enjoy it as much as I did. It’s full of twists and turns that kept me glued into the book. The author, Tahereh Mafi, shares her emotions through Shatter Me. While I was reading Shatter Me, I felt as though I was right there with Juliette as she overcame and struggled with a life of isolation and adventure.

HM