Sometimes all that matters is making a choice and standing your ground. Sometimes all that matters is opening your eyes and being brave enough to accept that reality is different from what you’d been taught to believe.
Perfect is the conclusion of the duology which began with Flawed, it is their author Cecelia Ahern’s first time writing for a Young Adult audience. The narrative is set in the not-too-distant future, in an unnamed European country where anyone deemed to have transgressed the social rules is branded – literally – as Flawed. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been on the run. Celestine has a secret – one that could […]
This is a beautifully written YA novel that is appropriate for all ages and deals with a terrifying topic: the illness of a parent. The idea for A Monster Calls originated with writer Siobhan Dowd who died before she could write it. Author Patrick Ness was approached to create a story from Dowd’s notes, and he has produced a painfully honest and sad account of how a 13-year-old boy handles the illness of his mother. You will cry, but this story is so beautiful and true, with such a wonderful message, you will be glad you read it and will […]
Paper Valentines is a ghost story murder mystery about grief. If I’m perfectly honest, I think there are probably one too many elements and it would have been a stronger story without the background serial killings/murder mystery. However, it’s moody and atmospheric enough that I’m willing to forgive the excess plot. I really enjoyed it is what I’m saying. One warning though, this book deals pretty intensely with anorexia, it doesn’t glorify the disease but I know that for some people the mere mention of food related disorders can trigger their own food issues. Hannah is haunted by the ghost […]
I fell in love with the idea of this book, the pirate king’s daughter purposely gets herself kidnapped in order to steal a map from rival pirates, and it really did not disappoint. It is a fun romp kind of book, with some decent romance thrown in. The map is actually one-third of a map that will lead to an island where sirens have hidden an enormous treasure. Alosa’s father has asked her to get captured in order to search the ship of a rogue pirate crew that does not support the pirate king. Alosa is the captain of her […]
I could almost swear that I’ve read this book before, except that I haven’t according to Goodreads. It is entirely possible that I read a hardcover copy of the book and simply forgot to mark that down, but I’m still not really sure. Even though the book feels very familiar, as if I’ve read it before, nothing in it really triggered the certainty that I actually have and so I’m left with this uncomfortable feeling of uncertain déjà vu. The book, and its follow up, are fun and enjoyable but maybe not very memorable. At the end of WWII, when […]
Todd Hewitt lives in a community peopled only by men, and has one month left until he too becomes one. All the men are afflicted with something called “the Noise”, meaning they can hear each other’s thoughts, all the time, all over town. There were women in the community once, but they didn’t survive the infection that brought the noise. Todd’s mother was one of the last women to die, while Todd was still a baby. While Todd and his dog, Manchee, are out walking in the area around Prentisstown one day, he comes across a place with no noise […]
This book was practically a sure thing for me. It has an adorable little porcupine on the cover. I can’t resist! I mean, LOOK AT HOW CUTE THAT IS. It also has a blurb from my Cannonball boyfriend, Andrew Smith. Just reading the words ANDREW SMITH is like catnip to me. Seriously, I was destined to love this book. But I just didn’t. And I don’t really get why. Carson is uprooted from his life in NYC for a summer in Billings, Montana, against his will. His father (who abandoned him and his mom when he was three) is dying and Carson’s mom demands that they […]