Whether you liked Matched or you weren’t completely satisfied with it, pick up Crossed because as Cassia breaks out of the status quo bubble that she’s always lived in, you’re going to be left reeling.
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Ally Condie, however, clearly has a grasp of what the classic Dystopian genre is about and with Matched, she’s transformed it into a book that is sure to appeal to teens and maybe get them anxious to read books that are classics in the genre, like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. And of course, after reading Matched, Dystopian YA readers of all ages won’t be able to stop themselves from consuming the entire series in one go.
Buy Rush Special Price: $14.15 (Regular price: $17.99) Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books Format: Hardcover Reviewer: Melissa on June 13, 2013 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars When Miki Jones is pulled out of the life she’s always known, pulled through space and time into some kind of game, the life that she’s carefully controlled spins [...]
ou will be one of the very first people to set your eyes on the book trailer for Rush, the first book in Eve Silver’s Game trilogy. Once you’ve watched it for the first time during this exclusive book trailer reveal and YA novel giveaway, you can’t unsee it, though I suspect you won’t want to anyway.
Buy The Raven Boys Special Price: $10.28 (Regular price: $17.50) Publisher: Scholastic Press Format: Paperback Reviewer: Melissa on June 6, 2013 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.” Every year on St. Mark’s [...]
Jennifer A. Nielsen: Book 1, The False Prince, introduces the reader to Sage, a defiant orphan who is thrown into a twisted sort of contest where he must either learn to impersonate the missing prince of the kingdom or else be killed. Book 2, The Runaway King, continues Sage’s adventures in a race against time to save the kingdom from pirates, enemies within, and an old friend now out for revenge.
Like the first book in the series, the plot of The Runaway King takes places over the course of a few weeks, but so much happens during that time. Nielsen has, indeed, maintained her brisk pace, and if possible, puts even more harm in Jaron’s way than he’s ever experienced.
Some fantasy novels take 50 pages for the world and the characters that the author has created to charm you. With Nielsen’s The False Prince, however, it took exactly three sentences for me to be hooked on Sage’s voice, and admittedly laughing out loud at the situation in which I first met him. I don’t guarantee many things, but when it comes to this middle grade novel, I do guarantee that you will, too.