Monday, June 8, 2015
Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies.
This is the world Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason are living in—or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad. Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey.
In this book, four teens are trying to survive in a world of chaos. They all deal with it in different ways and more or less succeed to make it. This book by Jeyn Roberts is one of my favorites. I have read it at least three times since the beginning of the year. It's very entertaining while having just the right amount of darkness to thrill. It is very well written and not hard to keep up with. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes rather dark, exciting books and has a sense of adventure when it comes to reading. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Reviewed by: Savannah Rose
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities--but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions--and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.
Summary: Glory is brilliant, and I truly believe that everyone around her is too daft to see how special she truly is, even before she gets the visions. Her best friend is the classic -- I had no other choice and this one was just there -- friend. I don't think Glory could hold it together without her though. Everybody needs somebody. Once the visions start, you get enveloped into the possibility that at any moment, we may be inches away from war. Glory isn't going to give up without a fight, though. She discovers how to help the world, by helping herself along the way.
PRO: Excellently written. If it was legal to marry fictional characters, I would be married to Glory right now. A.S. King's brilliance shined through on every single page. I never knew what to expect. There was action, and drama, sadness, and romance. Everything led up to something, there were no loose ends.
CON: Bad things? In an A.S. King novel? Yeah, right.
Rate: I would shoot myself in the foot before I gave this book a bad rating. 5 out of 5 books (because books are better than stars). (Oh, and just kidding about the foot shooting part, I like being able to walk.)
Monday, December 29, 2014
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.I went into this book sorta blind (it's a thing I do now ever since We Were Liars) and I have to say the author did a really good job at explaining what was happening. Vivian Apple is the daughter of a couple that is apart of the Church of America, a church that says the rapture is coming. Of course, Vivian doesn't believe so when it does eventually come she has to deal with the loss of her parents and has to figure out what happened to them and if the Church was right about the end of the world.
This is more a story about self-discovery and about finding out what truly matters. Vivian's character develops very well and as a reader, you can relate to her situation in that she doesn't really know what's going on but has the strength to move forward (don't we all have those moments in life?). There are A LOT of twists towards the end of the novel and that's the spoiler I have for you guys. It's a really fun read and you will be surprised at the ending. Which ends with a cliffhanger-sorry guys, I know. There will be a second book though! As the second book is coming out in the UK this September:)
Source: ALA 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.
Summary: Zac is sick, really, really sick, but it seems as though he is given a second chance when he receives a bone marrow transplant. He knows his odds are low, but he has a surprisingly positive perspective about it. His next door neighbor in the hospital, Mia, however, does not have the same attitude, even though she has a 90% chance at surviving and he has about 30%. They are two people that probably would never get along out in the real world, but hospital worlds are different. At the beginning, their friendship is weird, and very non-communative, but things grow slowly but surely.
PROS: I love the way that Zac thinks. He is all about statistics and facts, and, to me at least, it's a fair perspective when you have cancer. This book sticks to reality, this isn't a gooey love story, or a sappy novel about how you can make the best out of cancer. No, cancer is cancer, and they realize that. I loved how Zac and Mia didn't automatically become the best of friends, because those type of things don't just happen. They simply seem to understand each other, and at times they can be selfish, and at other times they prove to be loving.
CONS: I wish Mia's perspective would've been entered into the book sooner, because it was hard to figure out what was going on with her, but that's why you have to be patient with this book. You also have to be patient with Mia, I promise, eventually she will grow on you.
Rate: I love the realism in this book, I love the fact that it's set in Australia. I love that you get to see two very different perspectives on similar situations. 5 out of 5 books (because books are better than stars).
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Just so everybody knows (Amber speaking) I am in a reading frenzy right now, reading everything in sight. I have read three books in the last five days alone, so just know that there are gonna be a ton of reviews coming! But also, I would love to review any and all of you suggestions, so just let me know! Because I am completely obsessed at the moment and I'm not completely sure how long this will last!