Red Rising, by Pierce Brown LOVED this ambitious debut novel. A new twist on dystopian… the action-and there is lots of hang-nail chewing action-is set on Mars. Darrow, a hell-diver in the lowest-colored red class (think rainbow caste system), discovers what he’s been told all his life is a lie. In order to make his martyred wife’s dream a reality, … More I LOVED THIS NEW YA BOOK
The first title sounds like a post on the many uses of medicinal marijuana, the second like it takes place in the heavens. All to announce “The Publication Date for my first book, HIGH: THE WAY OF AN EAGLE, is September 10, 2013.” I’ve acquired Verona’s prescience with a list of PFAQs (Predicted Frequently Asked Questions): What’s … More HIGH NEWS! or NEWS ON HIGH?
★★★★★ This 2012 YA book is a short, fast, realistic read—only 277 pages. But it’s long on emotion. Joyce Carol Oates, Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, forces you to think and feel deeply about family and friendship—for me, I was touched more by this story than by any of the vampire, … More I ♥ Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, by Joyce Carol Oates
★★★ I found this book interesting, and though not a comedy, certain parts made me laugh out loud. Tahereh Mafi’s book, Shatter Me, does not offer significant plot change from the plethora of dystopian novels I’ve read recently, the freshness of this story is the bizarre interesting technique of crossing out what protagonist Juliette really … More I ♥ YA book, Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ruta Sepetys’ YA book, Between Shades of Grey*, opens in 1941, when the family of fifteen-year old Lina Vilkas is snatched from their Lithuanian home by the Chekists, the Soviet Secret Police (eventually called the KGB) as she is writing a letter to her cousin Joana. Joana’s family escaped before the recent Soviet … More I ♥ YA book, Between Shades of Grey, by Ruta Sepetys
★★★★ Veronica Roth’s Insurgent was released May 1st of this year (great birthday present for me!) and starts off right where Divergent left off. Post-apocalyptic Chicago has been divided into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. At sixteen you are simulation tested to determine your aptitude. The following day, you choose the faction … More I ♥ YA Books! Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
Today’s YA Book Review is a guest post by a Young Adult (19 years old) who wishes to remain anonymous for some strange reason I have yet to hoist out of him–and I’ve been trying. I can confirm that he does, in fact, usually read these books within two days because he gets so engrossed. … More I ♥ YA because You Love to Read