YA-D2 – The YA Dystopian Reading Challenge

Oh I couldn’t resist this challenge – for more information please check out:

YA-D2 – The YA Dsytopian Reading Challenge I’m going to aim to read 4 YA Dystopia books between 1st October and 19th December.  I’m not sure which I’m going to tackle yet as I’ve read a fair number already this year – but I know there are more 🙂

So stay tuned for a listing and links to reviews as I embark on this exciting challenge!  Thanks goes to Bart’s Bookshelf for hosting it.


Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

What a great great ending to this story!  For me knowing that it’s based on the author’s own personal experiences adds so much to this experience of this book!  I don’t know whether I’ll capture all the things I loved about this book – but I’m going to give it a try!

First – the story itself, told from the perspective of three of Kristina’s children – her three oldest.  It’s so heart-breaking how each of their lives have been affected so differently and so harshly.  Hunter, her first-born was adopted by his grandparents and lived what appears to be a charmed life but struggles with relationships and avoiding drugs.  Autumn, her second born living with her paternal grandfather and Aunt has never met her mother and only knows that her father is in jail.  She’s a loner and has strong OCD tendencies.  Summer was placed in foster care after her paternal grandparents died and is aware that she has a brother out there.  The three siblings were not aware of each other’s lives and each have their personal struggles that link directly back to Kristina’s dance with the monster.

The free verse that makes up the story is awesome!  I absolutely love how the author makes statements within her verse!  It’s amazing and I have to wonder how long it takes to do that…  The timelines of these three siblings and how they mesh in the end is another aspect of this story that I just find incredible!  Ok I’m going on about this – can you tell how I loved it!  My daughter who got me started on these books loved it just as much as I did.

Highly recommended

Ages:  14 and over

Favourite quotes:

“Like how I feel
right now.  Love
is strange.  One
minute you’re
jungle fever.
The next
you’re Arctic
winter.”           p.  286

“Anger is a valid emotion.  It’s only
bad when it takes control and makes
you do things you don’t want to do.”          p. 490

Hopkins, Ellen.  (2010).  Fallout.  Toronto, ON: Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Author website:  http://www.ellenhopkins.com/

Teaser Tuesday (12)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Fallout by Ellen Hopkins:

I keep my temper in

check.  Rarely does

anger get the best of me.

The past twenty-four

hours have used up my

pissed-off allowance

for the rest of the year!             p. 141

Reviews all DONE!!!

Oh my goodness – I’ve finally finished reviewing all those books I read over the month of August while I was on vacation.  If there’s anything I’ve learned I need to write my review as I read my books otherwise I get too far behind and ok I’ll admit in some cases I may have had to go back look at the book to remind myself some of the finer details.  Not a good way to write my thoughts about it eh?

But, I’m done!!! YIPPEE!!

Have a great week everyone!

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

This was one of these books that I read in one sitting.  Couldn’t put it down!  Lenah Beaudonte is a 592 yr old vampire who became human again – thanks to the sacrifice of her lover, Rhode.  Rhode made sure that before his life ended that Lenah had everything she would need and some understanding at how she MUST learn to blend in with the humans again.  If she failed to accomplish this – her coven would be sure to find her – and her fate would be in their hands.  Lenah loves her new life but always keeps Rhode close to her.  She embraces her new life at the Wickham school and fights her legacy.

I loved this whole new twist to the vampire realm of stories.  Lenah learns how to become human again and fights those innate vampire urges.  I really enjoyed walking through this story from Lenah’s perspective – it’s not a perspective we see very often in Vampire books/series.  A wonderful and very emotional story.

Oh I have to add that – yes there is another book in this series yet to be released and the little snippet at the end of Infinite Days has me on the edge of my seat.  Can’t wait!


Ages:  14 and up

Official book trailers – I found two for Infinite Days – one for the US audience and a second for the UK audience. Here are links to both of them – very different approaches.

The US Book Trailer:

The UK Trailer:

Favourite quote:

“I love that he looked rugged though his skin was flawless and completely polished.  He could have told me he slayed a dragon with both hands tied behind his back and I would have believed it possible.”             p. 50

Maizel, Rebecca. (2010). Infinite Days.  New York, NY:  St. Martin’s Griffin.

Author website:  http://rebeccamaizel.blogspot.com/

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

We all waited for what seems like forever for the last book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.  Was it worth the wait?  Heck YES!!!  I really enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the first two.  The action and suspense just never let up.  I was always questioning who was on who’s side and who was faithful and truthful.  It was excellent!

Now with respect to a summary – this always gets tricky doesn’t it?  I don’t want someone reading my synopsis before they’ve read the first two books and I’ve unknowingly said something that spoils it all.  So let’s say it’s the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, we have the main characters back again, Katniss, Peeta and Gale – their struggles and now the Rebellion against the Capitol.  Is Peeta for the Capitol or against the Capitol?  Is Katniss being played again?

If you do some searching on the web there are bits and pieces about a movie – it’s always tough to decide what is true and what is not – but I found this really cool and poignant video of a Movie Trailer.  Check it out.  I think it does a great job at capturing the essence of this book.

One last note before I leave this book.  YES I would definitely recommend this book and the entire series.  There would be caveats of course, since some of the content can be quite graphic – how graphic will really be up to the reader 🙂

Movie trailer:

Favourite quote:

“What will break me into a million pieces so that I am beyond repair, beyond usefulness?  I mention it to no one, but it devours my waking hours and weaves itself throughout my nightmares.”   p. 113

Collins, Suzanne. (2010).  Mockingjay. New York, NY:  Scholastic Press.  eBook.

Author website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. (It was inspired by from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

This week has been a quieter one…

There’s one book this week that I received through the Traveling ARC Tour:

Mark said he heard the dark song when he creeped houses. The song the predator’s heart sings when it hears the heart of the prey. I heard it now. Mark said it had always been in me. Lurking. Waiting for me to hear.

Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more than anything. Marc, who owns a gun collection. And he’ll stop at nothing–even using his guns–to get what he wants. Ames feels her parents have betrayed her with their lies and self-absorption, but is she prepared to make the ultimate betrayal against them?

To see my thoughts on this gret book check out: Dark Song by Gail Giles

And I also obtained Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare for my eReader:

What’s in your Mailbox this week?