Okay, I’m back with more books.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
“Awakening inexplicably in the suburban English town of his early childhood after drowning, Seth is baffled by changes in the community and suffers from agonizing memories that reveal sinister qualities about the world around him.”
Yes, after drowning TO DEATH, Seth wakes up halfway across the world in a creepy world by himself. Completely abandoned in his childhood home, things are never quite what they seem. I was riveted by every twist and turn and major reveal in this book. What start as a teen suicide type of book slowly morphs into…fantasy? Sci fi? Yes, yes. The character known as the Driver will haunt your dreams…in a good way! The author, Patrick Ness, is also known for the Chaos Walking Sci Fi trilogy and the illustrated book that absolutely blew me away last year: A Monster Calls. His books are a home run.
Pulse by Patrick Carman
“In the year 2051, when most Americans live in one of two gigantic, modern States, Faith Daniels, part of a dwindling group that lives between, learns that she, like other misfits, has unusual abilities that could help when the inevitable war begins.”
The jury is out on this series opener for me. Another dystopian novel, yes, but also with supernatural elements. The world building was my favorite part of the novel, as I enjoyed learning about this futuristic world with everyone in the U.S. shepherded into two main city states: The Eastern State and the Western State after disaster strikes most of the country. By giving every character a tablet that controls their life (think smart phone that you use for school, to shop, to do everything), it becomes a commentary on our reliance on smart devices in the present. The characters are kinda blah at times, but once the book gets going (it takes a while to get into the plot) things do pick up and leave you wanting the next installment.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
“When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.”
Talk about a strong opening scene – imagine waking up in a bathtub after a night of partying at your friend’s house…only to discover everyone else at the party the night before has been murdered by vampires! That got my attention, for sure. Tana then needs to escape and rescue her ex-boyfriend from the vampires, while taking a vampire along as a hostage. They end up making their way to Coldtown, and it becomes a fight for survival among a city full of vampires. It’s an interesting premise and like I said, if you need a big opening scene to pull you in, then this book is for you.
Keep on reading!
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