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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Every thought is known by all, but secrets still are kept…
The Noise germ killed every woman in Todd’s town and enabled the survivors to hear each other’s thoughts. Todd’s upcoming birthday and the rituals that follow will make him a man, but until then, his only companion is a dog that he never wanted in the first place. Todd stumbles across something he did not believe existed, a human girl. He quickly realizes that even though he can hear the thoughts of everyone in his settlement, secrets still exist. This one might cost Todd his life.
It took me a couple of chapters before Todd’s dialect stopped bothering me. As his character developed, I couldn’t imagine the mostly illiterate boy speaking any other way. Each character in the book has a distinctive voice, but my favorite was Todd’s dog, Manchee. It is a perfect representation of how I imagine a dog talking if they actually could. There is some violence in the book, but the overall meaning of the story justifies it. The novel fits in the young adult dystopian category, but the idea is fresh and original. I can’t wait to start on the sequel.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
Come, be Queen of the Fairies and disappear forever…
Lisa, a twelve-year-old girl, enters the woods determined to become Queen of the Fairies and is never seen again. Fifteen years later, Phoebe is dating Lisa’s brother, Sam, and the mystery resurfaces. A phone call leads them to a book about Fairies, a long lost cousin returns, and the Dark Man from Phoebe’s childhood dreams comes back to haunt her. Every secret uncovered only raises more questions as Phoebe struggles to determine what is true and who can be trusted, if anyone.
Although not technically a young adult novel, portions of Don’t Breath a Word is written from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl and is a book that I can easily see being a crossover. It is spooky, engaging, and hard to explain. While the paranormal elements of it play a large role, it is also about relationships, families, and secrets. Alternating points of view reveal the story in Phoebe’s current world, as well as Lisa’s world at the time of her disappearance. Even now that I have finished reading it, I am not entirely sure what I think, but I know that parts of the story will haunt me for a long time.
Don’t Breathe a Word is written by Jennifer McMahon. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
Eve by Anna Carey
A promising future turns into a living nightmare.
A plague ravishes Earth and wipes out most of the human population. The world that survives is a savage and cruel place. Eve is fortunate enough to have been rescued and brought to a girl’s orphanage. There, she is given a rich education and taught to fear all men except the king. She and the other girls are promised remarkable futures to help rebuild the world. When Eve discovers what the reality of that horrifying future is, she escapes into the wild. Eve is pursued by the king’s men and quickly realizes that nothing she has been taught is of any use in the real world. She manages to find friendship and maybe even love, but her freedom might cost Eve her life.
For me, this book had a few rough edges. The methods the king uses to keep the human race from dying out and Eve’s reactions to events in contrast with how she was raised bothered me, especially in the beginning. Despite that, the idea behind the story was intriguing enough that I decided to try to accept the story world for what it was. After I did that, it was hard to put the book down. Eve isn’t the best character in the book, but she does show the potential to do exceptional things in the rest of the series. Eve ends with a strong hook and enough unanswered questions that I definitely want to read the sequel to find out what happens next.
Eve is the first book of Anna Carey’s Eve Trilogy. More information about the author can be found at her website listed below.
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Manipulation, intrigue and deception. Will the trials ever end?
The Glader’s have escaped the maze and are supposed to be safe. While they are asleep, though, everything changes. Sun flares and a disease known as the Flare have all but destroyed the real world, and this is where their new trial begins. They have two weeks to cross the most devastated section of earth’s surface, battling the environment and the insane and murderous victims of the Flare, to a place that is supposed to be safe. WICKED has ensured that the journey will not be easy, if it is possible at all.
The epilogue in The Maze Runner let us know that the Glader’s were far from being safe, and the The Scorch Trials starts off by throwing the characters into immediate danger. While some questions are answered, many more are raised as is appropriate for the middle book in a trilogy. If you enjoyed The Maze Runner, this book is a must read, and the end ensures you will not hesitate to start on the third book.
The Scorch Trials is the second book of a trilogy by James Dashner. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Solving a constantly changing maze might be impossible, but failing to solve it is deadly.
Thomas wakes up in a box with no memory of his life before. The only thing he recalls is his own name. When the box opens, Thomas finds himself surrounded by a group of boys. Like him, they do not remember anything of their former lives. The walls surrounding the Glade open every morning to reveal an ever-changing maze, and close every night. Fearsome creatures called Grievers hunt the maze, but the boys still explore it, trying to find a way out. The first ever girl arrives in the Glade day after Thomas and everything changes. Escaping the Glade is more urgent than it ever has been, and Thomas might be the one who has the answers.
A fascinating premise, a unique story world, and a lot of action are the things that sold this book to me. Thomas was not quite as strong as I would have liked, but that is often the case in trilogy’s…he has two more books to grow. The beginning of the book raised many questions and gave remarkably few answers, which is perfect for a book where the protagonist has amnesia. I can’t say much about the ending without giving something away, but the Epilogue made me start on the second book right away.
The Maze Runner is the first book of a trilogy by James Dashner. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
Bound (Torn) by Erica O’Rourke
When both the mob and the world of magic are on the verge of war, a teenage girl must risk everything to set things right.
Mo has managed to keep Collin safe and persuaded Luc and the Arcs to let her live her life, but she is not free. They both have a hold over her, and Mo, once a champion for the truth, now has secrets from almost everyone. When Mo’s father comes home from prison, he is just one more obstacle and someone else she has to lie to. Rivalry among the mob and a war in the Arc’s world break out simultaneously, and Mo is forced to play a critical role in both. This time, the choices she makes might mean losing everyone she cares about. They might even cost Mo her life.
Although the entire trilogy was great, the final book was AMAZING! I loved watching the relationships between Mo and Luc, Mo and Collin, and Mo and her father grow. The emotion and character responses were so realistic that it is easy to imagine yourself in the situation, trapped between magic and the mob. Bound is by far the best paranormal romance I have read in a long time, and I am looking forward to following Erica O’Rourke’s career.
Bound is the final book in Erica O’Rourke’s Torn Trilogy. More information about the author can be found at her website listed below.