Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Few Good Books

For the first time in a while I've gone through several books that I absolutely adored and devoured with a voracious hunger. These are the kind of books I want to write.

They are the kind that stick in your head. The ones where you wonder about the characters becasue you feel like they've become your friends. The ones that you want to read again, and again.

A part of me wants to horde them to myself, I want them to belong to me. I want to study them and dissect them and think of every possible every possible scenario that could happen in the character's future.

Another part, a bigger part, needs to talk about them. To tell someone so that I can lay them aside for a little bit and think about other things. Because these books are all-consuming.

So I'm going to share the books with you and give you a little blurb for each one. Then you can go read them and we can chat, then we will both be happy.

First Up is Divergent. I read this one becasue I saw it spreading across the blog-o-sphere like wildfire. Here's the blurb :

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. (find the website here.)

Next is a tale on the opposite end of the spectrum, Anna and the French Kiss. Teen romance in Paris? Yes please:

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt. (find her website here)

Last, but certainly not least is YA book from my favorite adult author. Can I tell you how thrilled I was when I heard he was releasing a YA? Thrilled. Blurb time:

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive. (find it on goodreads here)

That's it for now folks, but I'm out of books to read. What do you recommend?

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