Hey everybody, how is it going?
I thought I’d mention a couple of good books I’ve read lately, just in case anyone is looking for something new to read.
Loved, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Description from Goodreads:
It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?
Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.
With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?
When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?
I had no clue that there was a new House of Night novel! I was under the impression that they finished up the series. I generally liked this series, so I was very happy to stumble across this one. I’m only part of the way done with this one, but so far it’s pretty good. Can’t give it a rating yet, but it’s going well.
House of Ivy & Sorrow, by Natalie Whipple
Here’s the description from Goodreads:
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.
I liked this one more than some of the other people who rated it, I guess. I thought it was a solid 4 out of 5. Okay, it wasn’t perfect, and it had some issues with being able to see what is coming in some areas, but it was pretty entertaining. Not a gothic style witch novel, but a fun read. Plus, it moved pretty quickly. I liked it.
The Forgetting, by Sharon Cameron
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.
I liked this one a lot, too. I thought it was a very interesting concept, and I thought the world building worked out great. I really did want to know why everyone was forgetting everything, really needed to know how this city came to be. It was a very good book. 5 out of 5 from me.
The Scourge, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge—and quarantine colony—for the ill. The Scourge’s victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there.
However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil survive the Scourge—and the gorvernor’s wardens—long enough to make their escape and expose the cruel plan?
I liked it a lot. It was interesting, and the world building was just enough to paint a picture, but not heavy handed. There were a couple of little issues with it, such as the beginning was a little slow, but it was very interesting and fun. 4 out of 5.
Flawed, by Cecilia Ahern
Here is the description from Goodreads:
Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
This one was very thought provoking. I could see a lot of our current society in this book, so I wouldn’t exactly call it dystopian, but it does shed some light on the way people can sometimes act based on what they think is moral and right, and how they can judge and shun others based on just that, as well as how they will just go along with the herd and believe because someone of power says something is immoral then it must be. I see a lot of parallels in the way people are in the book with how we currently treat some others because they are from the wrong religion, the wrong country, the wrong race, or are LGBT. A lot of similarities. I definitely think people should read this one, and I give it a 5 of 5.
Everyone have a wonderful weekend!