Thursday, April 12, 2012

Recent Reads Roundup : March-April

Well I've been on a reading frenzy it seems! That's likely to slow down as I've now gotten back into editing mode on my WIP and somewhere in there am working on my dissertation as well. But here's what I've read lately, with mini reviews below! 

Highlight of the month?
I know, I know, I'm probably the last person in the world to do it, but I finally read
The Book Thief, and just. Wow. If you have not read it, READ IT. Ahh I can't even talk about it, it's too good for words. 



Harper Scott is left devastated and confused when her sister June commits suicide a week before high school graduation. Desperate for answers and closure, Harper embarks on a roadtrip to bring June's ashes to the one place she always wanted to go - California. One of my favorite reads this year!
Recommended for fans of:  Sarah Dessen    

Callie was orphaned over a year ago. Desperate to keep her and her little brother alive, she signs up with Prime Destinations. Here the elderly can temporarily rent younger bodies - downloading their minds into the shells of teens. For Callie it just means good money, until she finds out her renter wants to assassinate a politician. A great, fast-paced read.
Recommended for fans of:  The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins ||  Divergent - Veronica Roth ||  Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Juliette's been locked up for ever 264 days. She is not insane. She's a murderer. She is not insane. No one knows why her touch is fatal, but the Re-establishment wants to use her as a weapon. Adam understands. She wants Adam to touch her. Adam can touch her. Adam can't touch her. A stream-of-conscious style love story, full of strikethroughs and repeated sentences. Quite a unique style!
Romance Ratio: 90% romance, 10% rest-of-story
Recommended for: Twilight-fandom poets

Gwyneth Shepherd's cousin Charlotte was supposed to be the time-traveler. She's the one who's been prepared for all this. But it's not Charlotte, it's Gwen. Now she'll need all the help she can get to manage her stumbles into the past. Thankfully there are ample costumes available and a somewhat-arrogant-sidekick Gideon to help her through. Full of beautiful descriptions, but a touch on the slow side.
Recommended for: Lovers of historical fiction

Fifteen year-old Stephen's lives in a North America reeling in the aftermath of a deadly plague. Other people aren't to be trusted. When he's rescued by a group from the hidden and idyllic community of Settler's Landing it almost seems too good to be true. The story focuses more on high school love/bullies than the post-apocalyptic aspects, but also has some interesting themes of racial tension.

Ged is a powerful wizard in training, but one night, after an argument with a fellow wizard, his pride gets the better of him. He summons an evil shadow creature and nearly kills himself in the process. His road to recovery will take him many places. Like most of LeGuin's books, the focus is more on a character's journey rather than a typical fantasy plot.

Kira is one of the immune. Eleven years ago, a plague released by cyborgs has killed nearly everyone on the planet, and continues to kill every newborn child within three days. In their small community on Long Island, the survivors race to find a cure, but the only answers seem to lie with the enemy, the cyborg "Partials."
Recommended for: Lovers of post-apocalyptic fiction with a strong military feel.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Liesel Meminger lives in Nazi Germany, but she doesn't know that yet. She is only nine years old. There are really no words to describe it. It is that good.
Recommended for:   EVERYONE.

A tale of romance between an ancient reincarnated soul, and a teenage newsoul who both share a love for music.

1 comment:

  1. I feel like the last person who hasn't read Shatter Me. I loved the Book Thief so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!



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