My Goden! : Feast Island by Tamar Hela

After winning this book from a giveaway, I opened it with no expectations. What I found was a very cute and unique story with a refreshing lack of make-out scenes (as much as I appreciate romance, I get tired of young adult drama sometimes). To be quite honest, it could have stood for a little more editing. As a grammar Nazi, I cringed a tiny bit at some misplaced commas. I think the best group for this book is junior highers. In fact, I am going to lend this to my twelve-year old family friend, and I promise she will adore it. Readers who do not mind the grammar mistakes and are looking for a short, fast-paced, less intense read will thoroughly enjoy Feast Island.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Feast-Island-Tamar-Hela/dp/0985454210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347734565&sr=1-1&keywords=feast+island

Author website: http://tamarhela.wordpress.com/

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/

Whoa. -The Giver by Lois Lowry

I had heard this book mentioned many times, mostly in the context of, “My favorite book? Easy. The Giver.” Curious, I picked it up one day. I meandered through the first part, wondering what made it so appealing to my friends, thinking it was just another dystopian novel. Then my jaw hit the floor. It was NOT “just another” dystopian novel. I was astonished at Lowry’s brilliance. This book is for grandparents and children, geniuses and teenage girls. But be ready to be amazed.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Giver-Lois-Lowry/dp/0547995660/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346609854&sr=1-1&keywords=the+giver

Author website: http://www.loislowry.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/