I have to be honest, the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices passed Twilight and Hunger Games for me. Don't get me wrong, they're awesome, books but this one passed it by far. It has the perfect amount of action, strategy, mystery, adventure, and who could forget the romance between Clary and Jace ( and other characters). In this book, When Jace is still missing and the Clave puts the seach on lower priority, it is up to Clary to find him. She takes many risks, especially because her evil, demented biological brother is most likely with him. It's a difficult task, but it's her only choice or she'll lose her Jace forever.
Growing up as a mysterious bondservent, Lilia, knows nothing of who she is or where she came from except for the exception that she was found flooting down the river in a basket, by a man named Jorgen. When Jorgen remarried a woman named Ylva, Lilia is thought of as nothing but another mouth to feed. Lilia's only friends are Jorgen's daughter Karina, and his song Kai. But when Lilia hears of Ylva's plot to sell her to another family, Lilia runs away with Karina and Kai to the Northern Kingdom. As they go upward to the Northern Kindom the small company hears stories of the merciless Elf King who lives in the forbidden woods. But when the trio mistakenly venture into the woods, because of Kai's dog, they come face to face with the last being they ever wanted to see... The Elf King! Lilia, through sheer witt and bravery plans to release Kai from an enchantment that was given him from the Elf King's Daughter. As Lilia goes on a hair raising search for Odin's Cloak Clasp to free her friend, Lilia pieces together her past and finds who she really is.. This book was written from Lilia's perspective and kept me wanting to read more. A very good read!
1984-George Orwell This dystopian novel, written in 1949, gives us a scary look at what the world may have become had the Nazis or communist regimes gained power over the world. This world is one in which every movement, every breath, every word is monitored. The Party tortures and executes all "thought criminals" or people they suspect don't love Big Brother, the leader of The Party. Ironically, the only ones who have freedom in this society are the "proles" who are your everyday poor people. The Party members are monitored by "telescreens" and controlled by "doublethink," a mental process in which people are able to convince themselves of a different reality. This allows The Party to lie and cover up mistakes without the citizens of Oceania thinking twice about it. They accept what The Party tells them without question, even if it contradicts something they already know. In a way, Big Brother and The Party are the equivilent of the gods of today's society, though The Party doesn't allow religion. People fear, respect, and have complete faith in them in the same way some have faith in God. This book does a good job of making the point that you shouldn't trust anyone completely and shouldn't follow anyone blindly. Though the technology in this book is somewhat outdated (who could have predicted the invention of the computer?) this classic will hopefully live on for a long time. Big Brother is Watching You.
The Thirteenth Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters, is about a thirteen year-old genious named Tick. When Tick discovers a strange letter in the mail, unexplainable things start happening, and only because he decided not to burn the letter. Over e-mail, Tick discovers others that got the same letters and clues. Tick, Sofia, and Paul have no idea what will happen after they've solved the twelve clues and end up on a life-threatening adventure. This book is fun and exciting. It definately makes you think about what will happen to your life depending on your choices, and which choice would've been better. Quantum physics is probably the most unknown science of all, or should I say theory.
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The reason for the apocalypse? Zombies. In the beginning, Benny Imura hates two things: his half brother, Tom, and zombies, or "zoms."? Benny was just 18 months old on "First Night,"? the night that people began turning into zombies, but he remembers the night well. His father was a zombie, and his mother handed Benny off to Tom and told Tom to run. Ever since, Benny has thought of Tom as a coward for running instead of saving his mom. Now Benny is 15, and he must find a job, or his rations will be cut off. Will he be able to get along with Tom enough to follow in his footsteps and become a bounty hunter, or will he have to find a different job? This is a great story that isn't just about zombies attacking and hunting the zombies. It's about human nature, and how some people will step up and become heroes, while others will always be evil, even after a zombie apocalypse.
Seers by Heather Frost is a book about a girl, Kate Bennett, who survives a car crash that kills both her parents. In the hospital she begins seeing colors surrounding people. The colors are auras, and they are indicators of people's emotions. She has no idea what is going on until Patrick O'Donnell shows up. This is a good book, but there are a couple problems. The first is that I think the book could use a glossary for what the different colored auras mean. The second isn't really a problem, but it is something I noticed right away. Seers has similarities to Evermore by Alyson Noel. Both girls begin seeing auras after a car crash that kills their parents. Both girls now live with relatives; Ever lives with her aunt, while Kate lives with her grandparents. Even with these and other similarities, Seers is a great book, and I definitely recommend it.
In A Million Suns, people are stuck on an non-moving ship, in space, that is falling a part. The ship's goal is to reach a new planet like Earth, but secrets are all over. They must learn the secrets in time, and at the same time stop the rebellion of the people on the ship.
The Giver is a compelling and "can't stop reading"? type of book. It features a utopian society in which Jonas a Eleven getting ready to be a Twelve. Everything is controlled by "the Elders"? from what time you ride a bike to what job you are given. If you are comparing middle school to this society, being "released"? is the equivalent to being expelled. Everyone is the SAME (no colors, personalities or choices) for the residents. Few memories survive the years from when there were differences. Jonas, is one on the people who are chosen to bare those secrets, as the Giver is dieing . That is What lead me to believe that The Giver is an absolute must read if you are looking for something new and exciting. READ IT!
This is the final book in the Hunger Games series. Katniss has been rescued from the Quarter Quell and is now living in District Thirteen, labeled as "Mentally Unstable," according to the cuff on her wrist. She agrees to make promos and to be District Thirteen's "Mockingjay," empowering the rest of the districts to act out in the rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss soon begins to be the Mockingjay on her own terms and eventually trains to go into battle with a tribute who was rescued from the Capitol along with Peeta, Johanna. Although Peeta's reunion with Katniss isn't exactly what she though it would be. Instead Peeta basically tried to attack her, and District Thirteen expects that he was convinced by the Capitol to see Katniss as an enemy. It all comes down to the wire as they all go into battle, including Peeta, and lives are lost and battles are won. They have to disguise as Capitol townspeople to blend in so they could attack, too. I thought this was a very well-written book and I couldn't take my eyes off of it.