Apr 24

“Waiting On” Wednedsay: The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating!

By: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Exp. Pub. Date: October 2012
Hardcover PB, Electronic, Audio 256
Genre: MG
Age Group: MG+

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Goodreads Synopsis: When Liza’s younger brother Patrick’s soul is stolen by the evil Spindlers, spider-like creatures who live underground, she knows she must set out on a heroic quest to the world Below to rescue it.

Why am I “waiting on” this book?

Cool cover, cool story, cool author. Need I say more?

What are you “waiting on” reading?

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May 30

Let’s Celebrate Dystopian Week!

What are Dystopian Novels? I love Dystopian Novels! They are some of my favorite books. Dystopian novels are often considered science fiction or speculative fiction. These stories usually take place in a futuristic world. The setting is usually no longer a world maybe we, as readers, recognize  as our own like in  THE HUNGER GAMES. It’s often a frightening and nightmarish world for the characters…one that sometimes has no hope.

According to Wikipedia, Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity has been able to evolve. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.

I put Apocalyptic novels into this category, too. On Wikipedia it states that apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization due to a catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, impact event, etc. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). A fantastic Post-Apocalyptic novel is ASHES, ASHES which is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 1st!


By: Susan Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date: October 2008
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Electronic and Audio
Pages: 374
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

By: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 2009
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Electronic and Audio
Pages: 336
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

By: Jo Treggiari
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: June 1, 2011
Formats: Hardcover and Audio
Pages: 563
Genre: Apocalyptic
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts–for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

By: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: Feb 2011
Formats: Hardcover, Electronic and Audio
Pages: 448
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

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May 23

Continuing Paranormal Week, plus Celebrating YA Contemporary Novels!

I’m continuing to celebrate Paranormal Fantasy Novels this week, plus Contemporary YA Novels!

What are Contemporary Novels?

Well…that’s easy! Contemporary YA novels are about characters, settings and events, usually, in modern times. Contemporary YA is sometimes considered “realistic fiction” or “coming of age.”  They are stories that are fiction, but could happen in real life. Usually, fantasy and paranormal elements are excluded from these kinds of books.

These stories focus on relationship dynamics between family, friends and romantic partners. They can also deal with serious issues, such as: suicide, bullying, addiction, physical and mental illness, accidents,  kidnapping, even homicide. Contemporary stories take place in settings throughout the world. They are “grittier” and often considered controversial in nature. Several contemporary novels have won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

Note: I’m a paranormal girl at heart so I’ve been trying to read more Contemporary YA Novels


Popular Contemporary YA Novels:


By: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: March 2010
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 470
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

By: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: October 2007
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Jay Asher’s brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative — alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening — this honest, poignant story reveals how other people’s actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual’s faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.

By: John Green
Publisher: Puffin
Pub. Date: March 2005
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 221
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green’s arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

By: Melina Marchetta
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: September 2006
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 419
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: “What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

By: Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 2010
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Puffin
Pub. Date: October 1999
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 198
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: When Melinda Sordino’s friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast — even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide.

By: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Pub. Date: October 2004
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Electronic and Audio
Pages: 537
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: YA+

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina — she’s fearless.Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul — her life.

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