Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Young Adult Books I've Read... and Enjoyed

Mistwood by Leah Cypress

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061956996
A desperate prince… a castle full of lies… and an ancient shapeshifter trapped in the form of a human girl.

Leah Cypess wrote her first story in first grade. The narrator was an ice-cream cone in the process of being eaten. In fourth grade, she wrote her first book, about a girl who was shipwrecked on a desert island with her faithful and heroic dog (a rip-off of both The Black Stallion and all the Lassie movies).
After selling her first story while in high school, she gave in to her mother's importuning to be practical and majored in biology at Brooklyn College. She then went to Columbia Law School and practiced law for almost two years. She kept writing and submitting in her spare time, and finally, a mere 15 years after her first short story acceptance, she sold her first novel.
Leah currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.
This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

The Queen's Take on Mistwood
The Kings of Samorna have long depended on the Shifter's protection. When the Shifter is awakened this time from her foggy existence in the dangerous Mistwoods, she has no memory of the past, nor the ability to do what her king ask of her. They call her Isabel, and she wanders through the castle, trying to awaken her long lost memories and tame the growing human emotions not known to the legendary Shifters.

Cypress has woven an intriguing tale of lies, deceit, and love in this mid-eval fantasy. I found it to be a good, clean read. Isabel is interesting and complex and the mystery behind her past keeps the pace of the novel going. I'd recommend this book to any teen looking for adventure and romance.

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439023483

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North 

America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Queen's Take on The Hunger Games

As I read this book, all I kept thinking about was the popular survivor and competition game shows on television today. The video below points out that is exactly were Collin's ideas came from. She did a good job taking something ordinary and turning it into an extraordinary futuristic story. 

Be warned: The violence in the book is intense. Yet the story keeps you on the edge of the seat and I ended up reading it in two days because I couldn't put it down and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking about it and wondering what would happen next. 

Well done, Suzanne, well done. I can't wait to get the second book in this trilogy. The third is in my possession, but I'm determined to wait till I read the second before I start it. Not an easy task, I tell you. 

This book is also being turned into a movie that should be released in the spring of 2012. You have plenty of time to read all three books before. Get on it!! 

I Am Number Four 
by Pittacus Lore

Product Details
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061969559

Nine aliens and their guardians are hiding on Earth … protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numeric order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four.
John has to keep moving: he’s got to outrun his past; escape his mortal enemies theMogadorians;and blend into normal student life. But above all he must pray his newly found powers – alien legacies from home Planet Lorien – don’t give him away before he can complete his destiny, unlock his powers and protect his future.

The Queen's Take on I Am Number Four
Action packed and definitely hard to put down. I Am Number Four is a must read. Though there is mild language, there is no sexual content that will leave a parent feeling uncomfortable. The violence level is semi high, some of the fight scenes were done in great detail, but not over the top gross. 

This is a great book about standing firm and facing your fears. It's also deals with loss not only of loved ones, but all that one depends on. John is faced with running to keep alive and when he finds someone to love, he is ready to stop and face the foe that is set on annihilating the last of his kind. Here comes the world's next league of superheros. 

I encourage you to read the book first. The movie is now out on DVD and is about to show on cable channels. Compare differences and similarities between the movie and book. Did the characters they picked for the movie match what you saw in the book? 

As always, Happy Reading
The Queen

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