The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. Author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. With the author's death, the classic novel about young Holden Caulfield's disillusionment with the adult world and its "phoniness" will only rise in popularity a€” and controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book. Tolkien's seminal three-volume epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel a€” a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. In this collection of novels, Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a series of amazing adventures, from the mattress swamps of Sqornshellous Zeta to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. But, what only a select group of people know is – there are Deceivers, a type of demonic force at work in England. The only note I would make about the magic is that the descriptions of things had a clearly mature tone. I’m not sure if these nerdy pickup lines will get you any game, but they will sure as heck make you laugh, snicker and chortle.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. Stitching Snow and Spinning Starlight are science fiction companion books, each retelling a classic fairytale with a futuristic twist.
What I love about these stories is that they aren’t overly technical, science fiction-wise and, I felt truly invested in the characters. While the transcript style dialogue and open space can feel cold, the subtle romance helps to balance everything out. Illuminae is for the type of science fiction lover who enjoyed Interstellar, 2001 Space Odyssey and Star Wars.
If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat, absolutely-refuse-to-stop-reading type of book, then look no further. I can’t say enough good things about this author, so read this book and join me so she will return to writing YA!!
The gist is there are four different Londons, and they all exist at the same time but only a Traveller can walk between them. One of the things I loved best about Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter is the band of rag tag characters who just make you fall in love with them. Unfortunately, Spinning Starlight was a let-down for me and I probably won’t pick up the companion. After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate.


While I felt compelled to read, All In lost some of the past books’ cannot-put-this-down-ness.
I think there’s only one more book left, and there has been some fantastic build up to it in All In. I included Elizabeth Bennet on my list too, and then I saw someone else’s list who included Mary Bennet. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans a€” and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy literature.
The totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be burned by "firemen," whose job is to start the fires rather than stop them.
Not only is there an impeccable attention to historic detail, but the magic and supernatural elements carefully woven in the story were amazingly interesting.
This is an excellent fantasy rich with history, magic, well-rounded characters and an incredible romance. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
I know none of us wants to admit it but, we have to come to terms with the fact that the stories detailing the adventures of our beloved cyborg and her robot sidekick are finished.
Below are listed some fantastic books that will aid in the acceptance phase of our Lunar Chronicles book mourning. PLUS, these books are not sequels and can be read as standalones, as they’re both set in different worlds. I will admit to struggling to engage in the beginning, but then I was rewarded with breathless action and mind-twisting surprises.
It’s a alternate history that mixes futuristic elements with every day life to create something incredibly compelling. Like the retellings in the Lunar Chronicles, this story imagines if Jane Austen’s Persuasion were set in the future where there is political unrest and secret technology. A lot of these I’m really looking forward to picking up in the near future (Illuminae and A Darker Shade of Magic, specifically).
And that little teaser of yours sounds like I need to get my hands on it soon…and then come back so we can share thoughts!
In this book, we get a closer look at Sloane, the statistic whiz known for her lovable non-sequitur dialogue. I love how something from book 2 and book 3 have been working together to finally be revealed in book 4.
She’s created an crazy complicated crime that unravels slowly, adding tension and intrigue the whole book.
I felt like there were some really interesting reveals for Lia and I was a huge fan of the focus on Sloane.


She is under the watchful eye of her aunt and uncle and unlike many historical fiction books, she acts according to her time.
I loved that Lady Helen toes of the line of acting like a fine young woman and an unabashedly bold and curious girl. Lady Helen’s family is part of a fashionable set of people and when the book opens, Lady Helen is preparing her season of coming out. From my own creations to Ryan Gosling’s charm, these pickup lines were made with YA book lovers in mind. Legacy of Kings is one of the best fantasies I’ve read all year, and I absolutely cannot recommend it enough. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.
We find out so much about how Sloane came to be in the Naturals program and why she is the way she is.
Seeing them in action was just as fun as past books, and with higher stakes than ever before.
It was easy to pick up and put down for me, where as the other books I could not force myself to stop reading. Even though its a scene from a movie, I love the opening shot from the Kiera Knightley movie where she’s walking and reading at the same time. Even thought some were more easy to like, the author did such a great job of making them well-rounded characters, that I appreciated each one. Ok, so Legacy of Kings gets a bit more PG-13 than most YA books, but nothing is shared in graphic detail.
I love Cath and how she’s a huge reader of the faux-Harry Potter books and how she writes her own fan fiction.
A whopping 75,220 of you voted for your favorite young adult novels, blasting past the total for last year's science fiction and fantasy poll at, dare we say it, warp speed. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes. That was one of my few hang-ups about the series, and I think is part of why I enjoyed this one more.
While it's no surprise to see Harry Potter and the Hunger Games trilogy on top, this year's list also highlights some writers we weren't as familiar with. For example, John Green, author of the 2012 hit The Fault in Our Stars, appears five times in the top 100.
If you're surprised not to see some of your favorite books among the winners, you might want to look at this blog post, which describes the thinking behind the tough calls. Here's hoping that when the school bell rings in a few short weeks, it will find you engrossed in just such a memorable read, selected by the NPR audience.



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