Four more young adult books down: 43 to g — April 4, 2014
It has been about three months since we last chatted about New Year’s goals, and I’m sure many of you have long forgotten the ones you made or given up deciding next year will work out better. My goal for this year is to read the 50 books listed on Epic Read’s “United States of YA” book list. They have compiled a list of Teen novels that take place in each of the 50 states. I’m not going in any particular order, just whatever suits my fancy. As of January I had three books down, and I would love to say I’m up to somewhere around twenty…but alas I have a life outside of the realm of the literature world and I have only read seven. Here’s my latest recap of books from the list!
I am number 4 by Pittacus Lore. Oh my gosh, this book is definitely one of my favorites. Don’t let the fact that it’s about aliens scare you away, it is really well written in a way that captivates you from the very beginning all the way to the last page. It’s the start of a series that I can’t wait to go back and read, and spawned a movie a few years back. It’s so good, you are even rooting for the dog, Bernie Kosar, at the end of the book. No spoilers about that though, you will have to read it and find out who survives and who tragically loses their life fighting to save both their race and the human race.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Okay? Okay. This book was another good book start to finish. It doesn’t have the big built up action sequence that most of the other books on this quest have had, but it’s very relatable. The story is about a girl with terminal cancer, but if you think this is an inspirational girl survives cancer story…it’s not. She’s very quirky, she knows what’s going on and she’s dealing with it the best she can which entails a lot of sarcasm. Enter a boy who has survived cancer at the cost of one of his legs, who is also a little quirky and sarcastic. The two fall in love and from there out you have to read to find out what happens. It’s not the ending you think it will be, but you might want to keep a box of Kleenexes nearby when you finish though, just in case.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. The first book in a trilogy, it’s about a girl name Clara who finds out that she’s part Angel trying to figure out what her purpose in life is. Along the way she falls in love, twice, and when the moment comes that she’s been dreaming about…it’s not quite as easy as she expects. The ending is the only thing I didn’t like about this book, and that’s just because it leaves you hanging wanting more, luckily you just have to grab the second book which provides plenty of closure. I’m trying not to read on in a series until after I’m done with this mission, but I really had to find out what happened.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. You might this is just another vampire story, but it isn’t about vampires….entirely. It’s about a girl who is an Alchemist, a people whose jobs are to protect the human race from vampires and knowing they exist. It’s a little complicated to get into because even though this is the first in the series, it’s a spin-off from another series called “Vampire Academy.” There’s a lot of background missing in the first part of the book, but by the time you really get into the story, most of it is explained and you can move on with the plot of this particular story…which is actually good. If you’re not into vampires though…it’s probably not for you.
Even if you don’t want to take the challenge, you should still check out some of these books. Many of them are just old enough that they’re starting to be forgotten. Also, they are well written and fairly quick reads, and if you have teenage children it gives you a peek into their world. We have all of these books, and the rest of the 50, here at the library. All of the titles mentioned in this article are also available on Overdrive, so you can take them on the go with your devices. See you in another few months with more books to share!