June 6th, 2013


Book Reports (52-54)...

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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Pivot Point,, by Kasie West **** I enjoyed this. The concept behind the story is pretty fascinating, though the ending was a little confusing to me. I liked Addie, and I like how she was forced into a situation where she truly only had one choice -- and how she managed to pull things out, even with so much against her. I wish I'd understood the ending a bit more; up to that point, I felt like the world building was very solid (and easy to follow). Still, the characters are all very realistic. Trevor is very sympathetic and engaging, Duke sadly flawed (but still complex), and Addie's best friend needy and unhappy (though still having a unique pull). I don't know if there will be another book set in this world, but I'd pick it up. The story: Addie's parents are getting a divorce, and Addie uses her 'powers' of looking into the future (she can see both sides of one decision to help herself choose). In one, she stays with her mom in the sequestered Compound where those with paranormal abilities live. In the other, she goes with her dad out into the Normal world. Both have sad and frightening results, but the Normal world offers something special -- a boy who seems to care for Addie for who she really is (including her abilities). However, suspense builds in both worlds, and soon Addie experiences fear and the possibility of losing someone close to her -- and she must figure out how to keep that future from happening...but how can she sacrifice all the positive things she's seen, and will it do any good anyway? (YA paranormal mystery, released 2/13, publisher: HarperTeen)

Unremembered, by Jessica Brody **** This is a sweet love story. I like Sera and Zen, and I like how their story unfolds. I didn't expect the twist at the end (or near the end), and I felt like there were some things which kind of slipped under the radar (in terms of satisfactorily explaining all the mysteries), but overall, this is a solid and compelling story. The story: Sera wakes up in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by wreckage. When she's pulled from the water, she realizes she doesn't remember anything -- not her name, not her family, not even much of the technology that people are using around her. The hospital puts her with a foster family to keep her safe from the frantic media coverage (who are all dying to know about her unusual beauty and how she managed to be the only survivor of the plane crash). Then a mysterious boy named Zen appears, tells her her real name, and also shares some shocking ideas with her about her past and their time together...and then, she realizes that the people after her want more than to help her -- they want to control her. (YA paranormal romance, released 3/13, publisher: FSG)

The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey ***** This was pretty enthralling! From the beginning, I was pulled into Cassie's story. I also like the multi-POV (though it's mostly Cassie's tale). The twists and turns are well done, and the tension slowly increases throughout the book. By the end, I was reading frantically -- and now I can't wait for the next one! It is a bit of a cliff-hanger, btw...but enough of the story is resolved that I didn't feel robbed at all. I also really like how Ben, Evan, and Cassie grow throughout (though Cassie is very strong from the beginning -- her growth, imo, is more about relaxing a bit and learning to trust and love). The story: Cassie is one of the only survivors left (she thinks she might be the very last). The Others came and wiped out humanity in four waves -- and now, those remaining wonder how they'll survive the 5th wave (or even what it will entail). Cassie is determined to find her younger brother, though -- he was taken away by soldiers. As for Ben, he needs to find his way after running from his family during one of the earlier waves. Evan has his own unique struggles, and the three of them slowly learn the truth behind everything happening on earth now and where they fit in this new world (if they can survive the 5th wave, that is). (YA science fiction, released 5/13, publisher: Putnam)

Currently Reading: Well, I started Alas, Babylon before I picked up 5th Wave...I'll probably keep reading it, but I'll also look at something else in my TBR pile.