12.03.2014

Review: BURNING KINGDOMS

BURNING KINGDOMS

book two of The Internment Chronicles
by Lauren DeStefano

to be published by Simon and Schuster
on March 3, 2015

read as an ARC

                        

***WARNING: This book summary is SPOILEROUS in regard to the first book!***

After escaping through the bottom of Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives aboard the great mechanical bird land on the ground to finally learn what has lived beneath their floating island home all these eons.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and customers watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park. 

It is also a land at war. 


Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven. But caught under the watchful eye of another king that wants to dominate his world, they wonder if coming to the ground will drag Internment down with them.

                      

***WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Perfect Ruin!***

4.5 owls

"There is a need, in every world, to believe in things that cannot be seen."

This second installment of The Internment Chronicles is my favorite DeStefano book thus far: she takes the concept of the second-book slump and turns it on its head, filling Burning Kingdoms with intrigue, suspense, thrilling romance, and believable, almost tangibly real characters. This novel is a perfect example of why I love reading.

Fresh off the mystical, floating island of Internment, the one Morgan calls home, she finds herself in a new, strange land. (Hint: the ground.) Stranger than all is the war that builds in front of her eyes, brutal and terrifying.

"'That's the illusion of war,' he says. 'You think the world is over when your city comes down. But then you realize that you're just one city on a planet the size of ten million cities.'"

DeStefano packs her prose with gut-wrenching emotion, from vivid descriptions to soulful sociopolitical commentary. Her writing talent adds to the impact carried by the strong, steadily captivating plot and the believable, distinguished characters, creating a smart YA fantasy novel that packs emotional punches.

Even the included love triangle feels fresh. The issue of the love triangle is, to put it lightly, divisive among YA readers, but I am personally not against it if it works. In Burning Kingdoms, it works; I find myself rooting for both sides, something that takes characterization talent to accomplish.

The conclusion to The Internment Chronicles cannot come fast enough! I will be awaiting it with greedy, open arms.

10.17.2014

REDEEMED by P.C. and Kristin Cast

REDEEMED

by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

published on October 14, 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin

                        

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.


TEN by Gretchen McNeil

TEN

by Gretchen McNeil

published by HarperTeen

                        

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

9.30.2014

TAKEN by Erin Bowman

TAKEN

by Erin Bowman

published by in 2014 by HarperTeen

                        

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

                        

School / Reviews

Hey all,

Sorry the blog has been a little slow lately! School is kicking back into gear, this time in a completely new place with completely new people, so it's a bit of an adjustment and I haven't had much time for reading. I promise I'll have some reviews and other fun stuff up soon!

Thanks,
Hayden

9.21.2014

My Bookstore Process / Birthday!

   A couple things:

   First off, by the time you're reading this (I'm writing this post ahead of time! Genius), it will be my birthday! Woot!

   I'm turning 18, which is such a big moment in my life. Financial independence, heftier traffic tickets, the ability to possess my own Costco card... the list of benefits goes on and on!

   I'm also off to college, but by the time you're reading this, I'll already be there! That's a nerve-wracking thought. And a huge life change.

   To celebrate my birthday, I'm going to the bookstore at my university's campus, where I will peruse shelves that probably look something like this:


   I've been there before, and the shelves look nothing like that. But I couldn't find an accurate picture, so that will have to do.

   I thought I'd talk a little about how my typical bookstore routine works.

9.20.2014

FIND ME by Romily Bernard

Find Me

by Romily Bernard

published by HarperTeen

                        

“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.


                        

LUCID by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

LUCID

by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

published by Razorbill

                        

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers' hearts.


                        


5 owls

Lucid took me by complete surprise.

Maggie and Sloane live completely different lives, but they're interestingly connected: at night, when one of them goes to bed, they dream of the other. The novel is told through two different perspectives, and at the beginning, they're just about how the lives are different and how the wonder of their connection, but as the novel progresses, their perspectives blur and things take a turn for the terrifying.

While Lucid in general took me by complete surprise, what also shocked me was the complete difference between the beginning and the end of the book. At first, the book plays out like a Gossip Girl-style case study bundle, and by the end, it is a twisted psychological thrill ride. The journey is only half the fun; trying to figure out the vague, emotional ending will leave you breathless.


9.18.2014

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

PIVOT POINT

by Kasie West

published by HarperTeen

                        

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier...

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without.

                         

FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY: 9/19




Question of the Week: Blogger pet peeves? 


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  (Kidding.) One of my main pet peeves is when I publish a post and I forget to label it. It's so annoying when I have sluggish internet speed to have to go back and add them.
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