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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


10194157The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

I read Shadow and Bone for the fantasy unit in my YA II class. I’ve never read a fantasy book so I was pretty hesitant with reading this book. It actually took my a couple weeks longer to finish than everyone else but when I did finish it, it was because I couldn’t stop reading it and not because I had to.

I think that the number one thing that bothered me about this book is the made up words. Since it’s a made up world with magic and what-not I understand that the words aren’t going to be real but I would at least like to be able to pronounce the names. I had to mumble through almost every made up word because it wasn’t even worth it to try to sound it out. I also was never really able to sort through all the different social classes that the book had. Through most of the book I found myself just reading it to get it over with and never really trying to understand it.

I started to really like Shadow and Bone at the end when it turned into a love story. I won’t say who the love interest is between because I guess it could kind of ruin the story even though some people might find it kind of obvious. There were so many scenes that I kept re-reading because it was as beautiful as any other love story and for a minute I could enjoy the book without the whole fantasy side of it.

Overall I did like this book. Even though it’s never something I would’ve picked out for myself I think others would really enjoy it. It ended in a way that I don’t feel compelled to read the rest of the series which in a way made me happy. You can only handle so many cliff hangers.




Blood Red Road by Moira Young


bloodredSummary: Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

I read Blood Red Road for the dystopian unit in my YA II class. There were three different books to choose from but since I had already read the other two I was kind of stuck with this one. But out of the three, this one has ended up being my favorite!

Blood Red Road has a strong main character and also strong supporting characters. Saba is on a journey to find her twin brother, Lugh, along with a group of people who she cannot seem to shake. Despite her many attempts to get them to leave her alone so she can continue the journey on her own, she fails.

Two of my favorite characters are Emmi and Jack. Emmi is Saba’s younger sister and Saba hates her. She blames her for things that are not Emmi’s fault and she has never forgiven her for the whole nine-years of her life. Emmi is constantly proving Saba wrong and is a very smart, young girl. She has been paying more attention than Saba has realized and her knowledge helped save them many times. Jack is impossible not to love. He is sarcastic and funny and charming. He drives Saba crazy but she always finds herself having to make herself annoyed by him because even she falls for his charm every once in a while. Many times he had me smiling because of a snarky remark or some other kind of funny comeback. Saba always says that he makes a fool of her.

There were only a few problems that I had with this book. First, the way it was written was kind of annoying. There is a lack of punctuation throughout and the characters talk with an accent and the author wrote it so the reader would read it in that accent. Throughout the book I noticed the accents kind of die down, which is understandable because it is such a  long book and I can see how that would be hard to keep up on. Another thing that bothered me was Saba. She constantly was complaining about something or yelling and someone and she did the same things over and over again expecting new results. She does it so often that you already know how the “scene” is going to play out because it’s happened so many times before.

Other than those two things this book is really good. There is action, romance and humor. I think it would be enjoyed amongst all guys and girls of all ages even though its told from a young girl’s perspective because it’s such a high-pace, action filled book. Readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games would enjoyed Blood Red Road as well.


Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick



Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

I finished the second book in the series, Crescendo, about two years ago so it took me a little while to get myself back on track with the story. There was one thing I’d forgotten that I quickly picked back up on though. And that is how annoying Nora is. She always complains about everything and the whole time I was reading I was just waiting for her to go off again. Aside from that slight annoyance I really enjoyed the book.

Not only did I appreciate the sarcasm that is not often found in books but I also really enjoyed the romance of the story.Patch is not your average love interest but he’s one of my favorite characters. Honestly he’s probably the only character I like. The others are either sketchy, weird, annoying or have some other bad trait. Maybe it’s just me, but Patch makes the book what it is. He is not only romantic and loving but he also adds darkness and mystery to the book.

Silence was filled with action that had me bouncing my leg with anxiety. While this book is paranormal I don’t think the genre is the reason I enjoyed it. I haven’t been in a paranormal-book-reading mood as of late so I was more focused on the relationship part of the story instead of the whole fallen angel thing that I just wasn’t into. I’ve been feeling burnt out on series lately, preferring to read about many different characters rather than the same over and over. Even though I liked the book, I think I would’ve enjoyed it more had I read it at a different point in time.

I would recommend this book to both guys and girls and especially those who enjoy Twilight by Stephenie Meyers. I think anyone who reads this would agree that this is the fallen angel version of Twilight.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman


Summary: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.Unwind

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights.  The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen.  Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end.  Connor is too difficult for his parents to control.  Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive.  And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound.  Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

In my YA II class at school we’re doing genre studies. The first genre we are doing is Science Fiction. The cool thing about this class is that we get to choose from a few different books. I chose Unwind because it sounded like a fresh topic and a lot of books these days seem to be much too similar.

From the very beginning of the book I was annoyed. The point of view changes throughout the whole story, but never in first person. Why even bother changing from person to person if you don’t even get to read the story from their actual perspective? The other girls I discussed this book with agreed with this as well.

Things that impress me in a book are when they can emotionally affect me. The last couple chapters stuck with me well after I had finished reading it. One chapter in particular made me sick to my stomach. This book can also be classified and dystopian and most dystopian make my mind reel. That trend did not stop here. I’ve yet to read of a dystopic world that has made positive advancements in humanity. The things that the world has come to in Unwind makes me want to drop to my knees and pray for our futures. It frightens me just imagining being in the positions that these charters are in.

Even though the POV situation bothered me throughout the whole book, I still would give this book a high rating and recommend it to many people. Both guys and girls alike will enjoy this read and there are many twist and turns that will keep you turning the page.