Fans of the Delirium Trilogy, look no further than Suzanne Young’s THE PROGRAM for the next unbelievably heartbreaking dystopian. This book delivers a story with a deeply unsettling premise and a devastating romance. Powerful, provocative, and unputdownable.
Genre: Young Adult
I’ve read quite a lot of popular, YA fantasy over the years. Anything my younger sister likes, I pick up and read along. Some of these collaborations have been great (she gets credit for Harry Potter, to be sure). Some have been disappointments… either too juvenile or too derivative to hold my attention. I approached LOKI’S WOLVES holding my breath, hoping not to find a Norse Percy Jackson, and within one chapter, all my fears were allayed.
Ok, ok, I admit it. When PARALLEL was offered to me for review I picked it solely because I thought the cover was awesome. I should stop doing this. Or I should at least read the blurb too. Oops.
Whereas UNRAVELING was a character driven story dealing with family heartache and the blissful agony of first love mixed up with plenty of mystery and sleuthing, UNBREAKABLE is a nonstop action adventure that downplays character for the sake of adrenaline. The sci-fi elements that were revealed at the end of debut dominate the sequel to such a degree I probably wouldn’t have thought it was the sequel to UNRAVELING if the names hadn’t been the same.
ICONS pulled me in nearly immediately, with the fascinating premise of a futuristic world in which humanity is ruled by a group of aliens with technology that can make hearts stop. There is so much to love about the book: the vivid characters, the enticing mystery, the excellent pacing and even the small details, all well done and enjoyable to read. Full of action, tension, humor and the occasional romantic moment, ICONS has something for everybody.
R. J. Anderson has a gift for submerging a narrative into her heroines’ skins. Through insanity, through synesthesia, through alien thought processes and motivations. I enjoyed ULTRAVIOLET with reservations, Alison’s point of view was interesting but not compelling. I fell in love with QUICKSILVER, however, Tori’s abilities and limitations were mesmerizing. Anderson does a beautiful job offering her character opportunities for growth and room to surprise without ever violating their central identity.
Romantic sci-fi YA has been gaining popularity recently thanks to series like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series (super awesome btw) and even Pittacus Lore’s I AM NUMBER FOUR. THE RULES isn’t as action packed as the later nor as romantic as the former, and there are some issues with it, but Stacey Kade does know how to hook readers and in her new Project Paper Doll series, she does exactly that.
SKETCHY is an excellent balance of YA Paranormal and Thriller, and once I cracked the cover I didn’t put it down until I was done. Part of the attraction was due to the main character. Bea is a talented outsider that I was eager to know better, even without the murder mystery which kept me glued to the page.
I was really excited to see Neil Gaiman’s name attached to THE SILVER DREAM, and very surprised to see it lean more towards science fiction than the fantasy I’m used to reading in Gaiman’s work. Aside from that small shock THE SILVER DREAM is a quick,
A vampire dominated post apocalyptic world is hard to top as a setting for a book series. In THE IMMORTAL RULES we followed a street smart teen turned vamp on her quest to safeguard a group of humans to the fabled city of Eden and locate a cure to a devastating plague. In THE ETERNITY CURE, she’s forced into an unlikely alliance in her continued search for a cure and to rescue her maker.