A worthwhile sacrifice of time–The Sacrifice by Robin Woods

Once again, Robin Woods wows her readers. The third book in the Watchers series did not disappoint. More action, more intrigue, more of everything that has kept us all such avid followers of Ali’s story appears in this new installment. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page at times. This book is truly worth the read (Be warned: you might finish in one sitting ;D), especially for those who have adored the other books as much as I have.

 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Sacrifice-Watcher-Book-Three/dp/0985454245/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356846723&sr=1-1&keywords=the+sacrifice+woods

 

Author website: http://robinwoodsfiction.com/

Author Tumblr: http://robinwoodsfiction.tumblr.com/

Author fan website: http://robinwoodsfan.wordpress.com/

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Ca-caw! : The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

I don’t usually read (or enjoy) psychic fiction. However, this time, for Maggie Steifvater, I read the book anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique characters and the lack of make-out scenes. Don’t get me wrong–I enjoy a good romance, but young adult books are now so full of them that they seem to take away from real character development and plot. I look forward to the next installment of this series with an eager anticipation of further knowledge of Blue, Gansey, and the other fascinating characters.

 

Author website: http://maggiestiefvater.com/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Raven-Boys-Cycle/dp/0545424925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352671574&sr=1-1&keywords=raven+boys

The Next Rising Series: The Nexus by Robin Woods

From the beginning of The Unintended (the first in the series), I could tell that I would end up in love, head-over-heels, with the story of Aleria Hayes. And that I did. The Nexus, believe it or not, was even more enthralling than the previous book. It found me laughing hysterically, gnawing on my fingernails, or nearly crying at every turn. Robin Woods has the power to break or satisfy a reader’s heart, and she does both, frequently and skillfully. I can’t decide whether to despise or admire how much power she has over my heart. I eagerly await The Sacrifice. No, I am DYING for The Sacrifice. Pun Unintended.

My review of the first of the series:https://trudreamr.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/an-unexpected-blessing-the-unintended-by-robin-woods/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Watcher-Book-Two/dp/0985454202/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347424885&sr=1-1&keywords=the+nexus+robin+woods

Author website: http://www.robinwoodsfiction.com/

Author fan blog: http://robinwoodsfan.wordpress.com/

Do Not Go Gentle: Matched by Ally Condie

Another dystopian young adult novel. Another “Which boy do I choose?” crisis. It seems, from reading through other reviews, you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I liked that defiance of the government came through poetry. That an individual could recognize true beauty in something she had been taught to despise and reject. Besides that, it was a fairly frivolous read that I recommend for a lazy summer’s afternoon.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Matched-Ally-Condie/dp/014241977X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346609024&sr=1-1&keywords=matched

Author website: http://www.allysoncondie.com/

A Feverish Haze: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

I read this book in its entirety in an airport while waiting for a delayed flight, and afterwards, I was dazed. Fever was this frenzied flurry of a crazy dream until the last word, and then it was over and I had to figure out how to return to reality after those few hours of being so immersed in Rhine’s life. It was hypnotizing and not easily forgotten.

My review of the first book in the Chemical Garden series: https://trudreamr.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/a-blossoming-tale-wither-by-lauren-destefano/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Fever-Chemical-Garden-Lauren-DeStefano/dp/144240907X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345999689&sr=1-1&keywords=fever+lauren+destefano

Author website: http://www.laurendestefano.com/

An Unexpected Blessing: The Unintended by Robin Woods

A fantastic work of suspense and mystique, this young adult novel left me craving more. Robin Woods has created a brilliant world where everything and nothing can make sense simultaneously. Her vampires do not sparkle, but their roles are far more intriguing. Woods’ unique take on these over-used villains is refreshing. I was especially impressed with their background. The romance also refrains from being overbearing. Although thoroughly enjoyable, the romantic relationship does not become the focus of the novel like in most YA fiction (which is good, because I am rooting for the second love interest!). A must read for any teenage girls who had lost faith in vampire fiction.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Unintended-Watcher-Book-One/dp/1467944513/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345777793&sr=1-1&keywords=the+unintended+robin+woods

Author website: http://www.robinwoodsfiction.com/

And thus my heart shattered: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

A fast-paced young adult fantasy novel, Shatter Me combines flavors of X-Men and Hunger Games to create a delightful read. Easy to devour in a single night, the metaphors are captivating and the innovative use of strikethrough text gave it a different spin. A villain you love to hate, a teenage girl who kills those she touches, and a dystopian revolution–plenty to entertain!

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Shatter-Me-Tahereh-Mafi/dp/0062085484/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345776294&sr=1-1&keywords=shatter+me+by+tahereh+mafi

Author website: http://www.taherehmafi.com/