Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Recent Reads: Greenhouses, Dreamcatchers and High School Hierarchy
Book Count: 15
Genre: YA Dystopian
Rachel grew up living next to the Line, the US government installed fence that separates the good, law abiding citizens of the US with those from Away. But when she discovers a recording that seems to have drifted through the impenetrable Line, pleading for help, she knows she can't turn her back. Disclaimer: I don't usually read this genre. I really liked the premise and the overall story arc and that was what drew me in. Now, there was a fair bit of headhopping - at one point I counted five different perspectives I was getting, and it grew confusing, but once I got past that, I actually wanted more. I wished the book was longer and let me spend a bit more time with the different characters.
Book: Gone (book 3 in Wake trilogy) by Lisa McMann
Book Count: 16
Genre: YA Paranormal
Okay, who doesn't love themselves a little bit of Cabel Strumheller? Now that we've got that out of the way ... so this is the last book following Janie, who's a dreamcatcher, stepping into people's dreams when they happen to fall asleep when she's nearby. After all the events that happened in the Fade (book 2), Janie's just looking for some time to relax. But when she gets an emergency call, her entire life changes. Janie meets the mystery man from her mother's dreams and she ends up with a choice to make. It's nice to read the finale in a trilogy that gives you enough closure to nod and smile, but still makes you wonder of the possiblities that lay ahead for those characters. My only complaint? Not enough Cabel, duh. ;)
Book: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Book Count: 17
Genre: YA Contemporary
This book was like the Mean Girls movie. But meaner. When something horrific happens at a party and someone twists the truth, Regina suddenly finds herself frozen out from the Fearsome Five, the most popular--and powerful--girls in school. Now facing a student body she once helped torment, Regina's fending for herself, accused of betraying her friends, realizing the destruction she's wreaked as part of the Fearsome Five, and, for the first time in her life, understanding her own true fears. Dark and emotional, it was a little reminder that two wrongs don't make a right. Ten wrongs don't either, even if getting even makes you feel better.