Monday, May 6, 2013

Rebooting the blog/ great recent reads

It's been difficult for me to keep up with this blog.  I love reading and I enjoy sharing my thoughts about what I read but somehow writing about it is intimidating.  There.  I've said it and can move on!

So what have I been reading?  Well, lots of YA novels!  I've torn through four in the past two weeks and although I'm tired from all the late night reading, it's been fun!  Here are my reviews for three of them, Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, and Divergent.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White was pure fun! The main character, Evie, is a bubbly yet tough teenager who tracks law-breaking paranormals while longing for the life of an everyday teenager (she thinks lockers are the coolest!).  Oh, and she loves pink, lots of it!  She's funny, she's moody, she's stubborn, and she's completely lik

able.  And just to keep things interesting, there were even creepy parts that truly made me nervous (of course, I am a wimp but still!).  Girls who liked the Hex Hall series, the Gallagher Girl series, or even the Maximum Ride series will love this book (first in a series, of course!).

I didn't enjoy Supernaturally quite as well as Paranormalcy.  I was irritated with Evie several times (but then again, I chalk that up to the fact that she is a teenager--no offense, teens) and I really did not like the fact that the surprise bad guy was no surprise at all.  However, by the end of the book, I was happy and entertained and isn't that the point of reading?
Filled with action, suspense, and a strong female protagonist, Divergent by Veronica Roth, was very hard to put down!  And, unlike so many other dystopian novels, God and religion are not absent or scoffed at.  Furthermore, the author tackles some very deep questions about our humanity.  What does it mean to be brave? How can humans live in peace with one another? Does peace mean conformity and blind obedience?  All this in a very entertaining package! Was it as good as Hunger Games? Not quite, but I really enjoyed it and, again, isn't that the point?

So if you want to relax and enjoy something fun in the midst of this busy end-of-the-school-year, too-many-tests-season, then pick up one of these.

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