The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic for this week is out Top Ten Best Sequels Ever. There were a few easy choices for me this week but not nearly enough for 10 as I often find the sequels aren’t quite as good but I have managed to pick out 9 (some from the same series) that I thought were particularly good.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Delirium Trilogy
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Trilogy
Passion by Lauren Kate Fallen Series
The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia
Brother to the Death by Darren Shan The Larten Crepsley Saga
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling Harry Potter
Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan The Darren Shan Saga
Trials of Death by Darren Shan The Darren Shan Saga
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?
Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
This is one that has been on my shelf for almost a year but I wanted to wait till I was 20 to read it. I was surprised to find that I really quite enjoyed the book. I have read a lot of dystopian over the past couple of years and I wasn’t how this would stand up to some of the more high action ones but I found the idea quite relatable. What really make this story is the relationships Rhine builds with the other girls who have become her sister-wives. They really do begin to act like sisters and I think that because girls do come together when they start living closely with one another it brought that bit of reality a good dystopian needs. It also added a level of emotion to the story. Although it is a story about love, and a dangerous romance blossoms between Rhine and Gabriel, the feelings she develops for the girls are stronger and although she is missing her brother she finds herself in a situation that may not have a happy ending either way. However nothing can prevent Rhine from remember the live and world she has left behind, particularly when her father-in-law is about. As she discovers more about him she is fueled even more to try to return to the freedom she longs for but she doesn’t want to go alone. I’m a bit nervous about the rest of this trilogy now though, because the ending of this one was a little perfect but there is still an imperfect dystopian society to be discovered.
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.
I was both excited and sad about the release of this book with it being the last in the series, but it didn’t disappoint me. It is packed with a perfect balance of action to keep you on your toes and romance and friendship to make you swoon and even get a little bit tearful. I have to say that for me I think this one has the best Cam and Zach moments in it which left me grinning uncontrollably on the train this afternoon and even a little bit of swooning, The end of course had a some great heart pumping action on a whole new scale for all our characters but we get to see just how good their education has been. If only they really well helping keep the world a safe place. What I really enjoyed though was that we still had Cam trying to find her place. It linked really well back to the first book and how sometimes our lives can have some sort of destiny but we can still shape that. For me the ending was perfect. There was a little tearing up as the end of their story came together at graduation, it’s hard not to almost feel like one of the sisters when we have followed their story for the past 6 books and the last few pages provided a satisfying conclusion. Now I just need to wait to read other peoples reactions to this book as I know many people have followed the books and are just as nervous and excited how I was to see how it ends.
Top Ten Tuesday has been kind of abandoned by me this last month as I have just been too busy to sit down and blog but I am now hoping that this will be me starting to keep on top of it again. This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List. These are always an easy list although I’m not at home so I can’t add my usual links and pictures (I’m using my boyfriends Apple computer and I don’t have a clue how to copy and paste on it). I have a few re-reads this season with the release of the last Divergent book and the next Hunger Games movie and continuing with my Dystopian Challenge.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Shift by Em Bailey
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
What Books Are You Looking Forward To Reading This Fall?
Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.
Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.
It might sound a bit dramatic but I needed to read this book. I haven’t felt very satisfied with the books I’ve read this past month but Ketchup Clouds finally gave me the great book feeling again. I sometimes feel like there are too many books that are just about love and of course I appreciate that it is one of the most important things in the world but when it comes to a good book it needs to be surrounded by good writing. This book provides that. Written as letters from a teenage girl from England to a prisoner on death row in America we are given an insight into the guilt felt by our main character as she letter by letter reveals the truth of the death she caused. I was suspicious from that start if she really was a murderer but I feel the truth does satisfy the best way to end the story. However the mystery and relationships that occur up to the reveal are what is more important. For me what was most interesting was the family relationships rather than the romantic ones. Particularly with her little sister. She is deaf and only 6 so her questions and imagination add a new level of beauty to an already well written book. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends.
It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.
As a first book I would say Dawn has done really well, you wouldn’t know it was her debut. It is a character based novel and the two main characters are both suffering form a lack of decent friends or a good home. Although there situations aren’t average a lot of their feelings are and it is this and the way they are written that makes it easy to connect with them. The story throws some hard problems at the girls but when they find each other they learn the power of true friendship. I found it almost brutal in its honesty but I wasn’t 15 that long ago and life does feel so serious at that age. This was my only issue, that I was a little past the age of understanding but I think for girls 13 – 17 this book would be a fantastic read. What makes it so good is that their friendship is so true. They are living in a time when everything wasn’t warped by technology and so they have to communicate by person or notes and I loved that it made them come together to solve their problems rather than bitching through the internet as often happens now. I would recommend this book to girls still at school, possibly 14/15 year olds mostly but its worth a read by most.
In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?
Once you get past the people on the front of this book, lets face it not many people are picturing any of the characters like that, this book does get your emotions reeling like the previous two. Despite everything in Angel Fire Willow and Alex’s relationship is stronger than ever and they are finding and training new killers to take down the Angels. Raziel has different plans though and they will literally rock the angels and the angel killers world. If this wasn’t bad enough Alex also takes off on a journey on his own and Willow is left to deal with the consequences. It’s these actions that get the emotions rolling. Panic and anger definitely went on and although its good to have an emotional response I didn’t find it quite at satisfying as the last book. There wasn’t enough interaction between the Angels and humans as I would have liked to build up to the end it was more about the resistance and particularly about relationships. Of course these are important and were nice to read about but as a book I wanted more plot than character. I think the final result of this story was a good ending for the series and of course it is worth read but the book itself didn’t quite live up to my expectations.