Birthmarked is one of those fantasy books that I normally steer away from. I honestly can’t remember why I picked it up but I am glad I did. I read it really quickly. I enjoyed every minute of it and I almost started the sequel but then I decided to wait until the third one was out, too, read them all in one sitting.
I’m writing this in the summer of 2012 and I know it will be coming out in fall of 2012, so by the time you read this, I might have already read them all.
If you’ve read them, too, let me know what you thought.
edited to add: I have now read the other two and loved those, too. If the subject interests you and you like young adult novels, I can recommend this series.
False Memory is another book where a girl wakes up, no memory of who she is, etc. She then finds out she’s part of this team for a special project, blah blah.
You’ve heard it before.
But, just like the others, it’s fun. It’s fast. It’s enjoyable. I am glad I read it.
There are so many books like this now, but I like them so I keep reading them. If you like these kinds, too, I recommend it.
I was looking for something light to read when I picked up The Goddess Test. I’ve always liked mythology so I figured I was going to like this.
I wasn’t wrong.
It was a fast, fun, light read.
If you’re a fan of mythology and like romance, this one is for you. It’s not a genre I normally lean towards but I did like it. I probably will read the others.
Not much else to say for this one.
The Body Finder is a mystery novel for young adults. Not so common in the genre. At least not without a lot of other mystical things going on. And this has some supernatural side to it, too but it’s also more teenager than some of the others I’ve read.
I will admit that even though some parts of it were more gruesome and scary than I’d like, I really enjoyed it. And I know there are sequels. A few. I will likely read at least a few more of them.
If you’re into mysteries and like young adult genre, this one is recommended.
I had Amber Frost on my list for a long time. I wasn’t sure why but I finally picked it up and I am glad I did. I read it in one sitting. I really liked the characters. Even though the plot was a bit odd, I still really enjoyed it.
When I finished it, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to move on to part two or not. There was a pull to continue with the story, which I don’t feel often, but I still resisted it. I wanted to sit with the characters a bit more and see how I felt in a few weeks.
But I do know that I will read it at some point.
I picked up The Selection because…actually I have no idea why.
I think I picked it cause I heard about it and the premise sounded interesting. I liked the cover, too. But it was mostly one of those “why not” situations.
And I am glad I did.
I enjoyed reading this book and swallowed it in one take.
The only bad part was the ending. I assume it’s cause the author knew there was more coming, but the story doesn’t really end. It sort of is like a “wait for the next part to see what happens” ending. Even if a book is a trilogy or 5-part or whatever, I like each part to be able to stand on its own. And I didn’t think this one did.
But I still liked it.
I picked up Spectral on a whim. And while I did read it really fast, and enjoyed it, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. For me, it was a little on the fantastical side.
I liked it ok. And if you’re into paranormal stories, you might like it more than I did. I like them ok but I’ve just read stronger, better, more interesting books. Having said that, it’s a quick, fun read.
So, you choose.
I picked up Starters after reading the blurb and seeing the cover. Computer chips?! I am a programmer after all. I had to pick it up. And I am so glad I did. It was absolutely fascinating. I read it pretty much in one sitting and then moved over right to the short story she wrote after it.
The Portrait of a Starter was fun, too. And the premise of these books is different than all the other young adult novels.
It’s rare to find something new and different now and I appreciate it very much when I find it. So I loved it.
And I look forward to the second one.
I’ve wanted to read Ender’s Game for some time. I had heard about it a long time ago and it was on my list of books to read to David some time in the future. But before I read it to him, I wanted to read it for myself.
It gets mixed reviews on Amazon but most of the negative reviews are about the author and not the book. So I dove into it anyway.
And I loved it.
There are so many interesting bits to this book and if you’re into the science part of science fiction, I highly recommend it.
I’ve heard the second book is almost as good, if not better, and I’ve added it to my queue too. And when David is older, I will definitely read it to him.
After enjoying Beautiful Disaster so thoroughly, I had queued Providence in my very long list. And while it wasn’t nearly as good as the other one, I also loved this book and read it pretty much cover to cover.
There’s something about this self-published author’s genre and way of writing that speaks to me. So I know I will likely enjoy her other books, too.
Even though I haven’t read the sequel yet (I find these intense and find that I need time between them) I know that I will eventually read it.
Last time I’d read The Alchemist was in 1994. I remember being blown away. It was my first Paulo Coelho book and I’ve since read many more. And I love them all. So when my book club picked it, I was looking forward to reading it once more.
And it was an odd experience.
There were parts I loved and overall, I still liked the book. But it was not nearly as awe-inducing as it had been the first time.
Part of me thinks that it’s important to read this book in your late teens, early twenties. At a turning point in your life. At a time when anything seems possible.
Alas, I guess it’s also important to read it if you think anything is not possible.
Either way, if you have never read this book, it’s a must read. must.
Probably the number one book on my list of “what I am looking forward to reading” was Insurgent this year. I really really loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent and wanted to immediately be able to start her next book. I waited patiently for a long long time before it finally came out.
And then I saved it for my long flight to Turkey so I had to wait even longer. And then the kids wouldn’t let me read it on the plane, so I had to wait even longer.
Oh, but it was so worth it.
I loved this book almost as much. (I still love the first more.) And this one ended with an even bigger cliffhanger so now I have to wait patiently for number three.