Sneak by Evan Angler

sneakAnother great book!  I’ll admit that it took me a few chapters to really get into it – but after that I was hooked!!!  I’m just looking back at the first few pages of my ebook and just realized that this was the second book in the Swipe series – OOPS!  I missed the first one and I don’t think I’ve missed anything or lost anything by not reading the first book.  So you know what that means?  Yup I’m going to have to find and read the first book now.

But seriously I really enjoyed this book – I guess I’ve realized that I like these dystopian type stories.  Here is the Goodreads synopsis of the book:

“When Logan Langly backed out of getting the Mark and went on the run, no one thought he could survive on his own. Without the Mark, you can’t buy food, go to the doctor, or use a tablet–you aren’t even a citizen.
But when he discovers that his sister is being held in a mysterious hidden prison named Acheron, Logan risks everything to travel through an underground network of the Markless to rescue her.
Logan arrives only to find that Acheron holds more secrets than anyone could have guessed and that all his careful planning is worthless against a government that will do anything to gain absolute control.
It seems there is only one place to turn. But can a banned book with whisper-thin pages and warnings about the real meaning of the Mark really hold the Answer?”

A great story of friendship and loyalties.  There were some part that took me back to the classic Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies – where the characters create their own societies – with their own values and such.  A few parallels here in my opinion.  I also LOVE how the characters are forced to use “old” technologies like a radio and a book.  Kept me shaking my head and laughing at times 🙂

Recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite quote(s):

“…There wasn’t any touchscreen, nothing that lit p or glowed.  Just a boxy black thing with a long, stiff antennae, two knobs, a strip with a bunch of numbers on it, and a grid of holes covering some crummy old speaker.  Out of the back dangled two wires, stuck to a potato with copper and zinc clips.”      (p. 63)    Not sure about everyone else out there – but when I read this I could see my old radio 🙂

” ‘ But there’s s freedom that was lost, too, Logan.  A freedom to …  to choose and to come to our own conclusions.  About patriotism, about family, about religion.  About everything.’ ”   (p. 81)


Angler, Evan. (2012).  Sneak.  Netgalley

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

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The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

sweetest_darkWhat a beautiful story… A castle, a little mystery add a little romance and you have the recipe for a beautiful story – and that’s exactly what we have with The Sweetest Dark.  When the story started I had NO idea where things were going – we meet Eleanor or Lora Jones, an orphan in England in 1915.  Life isn’t easy and never was – she hears songs and lives with an inner voice – and learns that she should keep these unique aspects about herself to herself.  Then out of the blue, as the war nears London, Lora is selected as a charity case and sent to a private boarding school, Iverson.  Lora learns more about herself here when she meets Jesse, the gardener.

The story just got better and better as I read it.  The tension and angst between Lora, Jesse and Armand, the two men that will play roles in her life.  I don’t want to say too much about this book in fears that I’ll say too much and give it away.  Just go read it!!!

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite Quote(s):

Well this was a case of being too involved with the characters that I didn’t pull any quotes out.


Abé, Shana. (2012). The Sweetest Dark.  Netgalley

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

The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

GIrl_in_the_Wall Yeowsers! Kept me on my toes and feeling very anxious!  Another awesome, awesome read!  I was so worried when I asked for a number of books from NetGalley and was accepted for them – I never thought I’d be able to read through them but when they are winners like The Girl in the Wall what was I worried about?

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a story with 2 perspectives, in this case, Ariel and Sera.  It was very well done and I love how we were able to see the 2 sides to the situation they were in AND the 2 sides to their personal conflict!  So what happened????  Sera and Ariel were bet friends until THE event – then Sera was treated as if she was dropped off the face of the earth.  On Ariel’s 17th birthday party, things go wrong, VERY VERY wrong, and it’s really up to Sera to save Ariel again.

This was a fast-paced story that NEVER let me go.  I still cannot imagine half of the things that happened really happening – but in this day and age – anything’s possible.  Sorry for the vagueness but I don’t want to give away too much of the plot – because that’s what makes this a great story!

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite quote(s):

Yes another one where I didn’t capture any quotes – I was so taken in by the story that nothing popped out at me.


Benedis-Grab, Daphe. (2012). The Girl In The Wall. Merit Press.  NetGalley

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

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

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One more for tonight 🙂  The YA Contemporary Challenge…  THis is another “genre” that I really do enjoy and think it will be fun to add my name to this challenge!

For more information on the Challenge please visit the host blog, Katie’s Book Blog

My goal is to reach 10+ books.  I will add them here as I read them along with a link to its review.  I don’t have any books to add to my list at the moment – but I will.

Looking forward to meeting fellow challenge bloggers 🙂  Happy Reading all!

  1. Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  2. The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

2013 Ebook Challenge

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My second Reading Challenge for 2013.

For more information on this particular Challenge checkout the hosting blog, Workday Reads.

My personal goal will be to reach the DVD level and read 25 ebooks this coming year.  Stay tuned as I provide reviews to the ebooks I read 🙂

Happy Reading!

Ebooks I’m reading or have read:

  1. Lichgates by S.M. Boyce
  2. Entangled by Nikki Jefford
  3. Celtic Run by Sean Vogel
  4. Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  5. The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
  6. Every Never After by Lesley Livingston
  7. The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé
  8. Sneak by Evan Angler

2013 NetGalley Reading Challenge

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Ah my first Reading Challenge of 2013 🙂

Checkout the Challenge details at Red House Books

My goal is to reach the Green Star  11-20 NetGalley books in 2013.  So far I have 6 downloaded and started reading my first.

Looking forward to meeting fellow NG bloggers 🙂

Galleys I’m reading or have read:

  1. Lichgates by S.M. Boyce
  2. Entangled by Nikki Jefford
  3. Celtic Run by Sean Vogel
  4. Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  5. The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
  6. Every Never After by Lesley Livingston
  7. The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé
  8. Sneak by Evan Angler

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

tricks_Ellen_HopkinsOh how I really enjoy Ellen Hopkins’ writing!  The way her verse is shaped (literally), how there are meanings beyond the verse – kind of like a poem within a poem, how she links one character to another by carrying the theme over…  Oh I could go on!  Every time I read one of her books there’s a new facet to it that I seek out.  OK I was NEVER an english fan – but have any of these books been used in a high school english class?  There is a lot to learn in these.  Oh I know…  I’m sure parents would have issues with the topics at hand – but you know as a parent myself, I learn a lot through these stories!

Tricks follows the lives of 5 teenagers looking for love – when it comes down to it.  Unfortunately they all find it in the wrong places – oh so sorry that is SO cliché but true in this case.  Their stories are sad and exciting at the same time.  Somehow, in the end – there’s a link between them all – just love how the author was able to pull that together.

As with the other Ellen Hopkins’ books I have read – I would highly recommend this book – although I would not want to see it read by the younger teens – 12-14 but… having said that and remembering the inspiration for writing this novel in the first place – “Did you know that the average age of female prostitution in the United States is twelve years old?” maybe the younger teens who are mature enough should be reading this book.  I don’t know it’s a hard one to call.  Looking back at my girls – I want them to be aware of the traps but I don’t think they were mature enough at 12-14 to read something like this.  I guess in the end it always comes down to the individual reader….

Highly recommended
Ages: 16 and up


Favourite quote(s):

This is a tough one – since I REALLY enjoyed it all!  My favourite parts are the initial poems by each of the characters and the side poem within each.  I will not transcribe the entire one here – but will simply copy the last one – which I believe summarizes the book very nicely!

“life.

is

a-

gamble

after

all.”  (p. 625)


Hopkins, Ellen. (2009). Tricks.  Margaret K. McElderry Books: Toronto.

Author website:  http://ellenhopkins.com/