And although The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau, is certainly not one such novel that will go down in history, it is at least a very entertaining read, filled with suspense, intrigue, and all of the qualities expected in a dystopian thriller.
The 5th Wave is creepy good, steeped with a smidgen of classic sci-fi storytelling at its best and infused with fresh perspectives about what it really means to be human.
This is a natural beach read, but will easily win Howland year-round fans, too.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
Readers that fell in love with Shadow and Bone will be highly satisfied with the continuation of the story and the cliffhanger ending will have you hungry for book three, Ruin and Rising.
...Shepherd’s atmospheric interpretation ought to pull readers in, with unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave them craving more.
This last, strange poem of Mr. Sendak’s will likely puzzle young readers, but fans of the author must seek out My Brother’s Book, as it could have been created by only one man in the company of his own literary heroes.
"Reached" practically groans with its wide-ranging ambition . . . readers will mourn what's lost.
Rebel Heart became too romancey for me, without enough action to justify this.
...he's creative and generous in providing all the romance, surprises, violence, betrayals, treacheries and plot twists necessary to keep the pages turning.
Although the last page of "Son" is heartwarming, readers of Book 3 in particular will be all too aware of the plot work required to get there.
But while the story is well-executed, with characters readers will grow to care about, its reliance on well-worn themes of governmental corruption and class warfare may make it difficult to stand out in a crowded genre.
Unfortunately, Frey can't seem to cobble together much of a plot for The Rise of Nine.
Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi—all the while winking at her nerdy jokes.
Overall, I thought that the book was very funny and good; it just wasn't for me. However, I would recommend it to teenage girls who want a funny and heart-warming read.
This book, like the first one, has wonderful silly illustrations.
A dark, desperate and compelling read. Situations get increasingly more tight and hope becomes all but a memory. Yet the characters are divine and will keep you turning pages long into the night. A great addition to a riveting tale.
I wanted to talk a bit about the climax of the novel, which is like an explosion. But I don't want to ruin it. Suffice to say, it's just incredible. After so many pages of restraint, Peterfreund hits us with an unbelievable moment of physical and mental excitement, and the novel just builds from there.
Page taps into the Southern respect for families with this novel and has crafted a story that will touch readers' hearts as well as entertain them with a well-told tale.
With its uncannily beautiful robed magicians, vast wild landscapes and fabled creatures, Ravka evokes the Russia of fairy tales.