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Books I’ve read so far in 2014

thisisnotatestTHIS IS NOT A TEST
by: Courtney Summers

MY THOUGHTS:  When I bought this book, I thought it was going to just be another fun little read about zombies and the end of the world. Turns out, it’s so much more than that! The most remarkable aspect about this book is the perspective from which the story is told. Usually, in dystopian stories, the overall feel of the book is one of  WE MUST SURVIVE! WE HAVE TO FIGHT AND GET TO SAFETY! But that is not the case for the main character … it totally took me by surprise. It’s more about a journey of a girl who is broken long before the world was.

SUMMARY: It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what doyou hold on to?

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sonSON  (companion book #4 in The Giver quartet)
by: Lois Lowry

MY THOUGHTS:  At first, I thought this was going to be the slowest of the 4 in the quartet, but it turned out to be VERY intense and hooked me solid! I am happy with how the series ended and I think everyone should read this set!

SUMMARY: They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue andMessenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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messengerMESSENGER  (Companion book #3 in The Giver quartet)
by: Lois Lowry

MY THOUGHTS:  I originally thought you didn’t need to read these books in order, but you DO! And this one in particular, has a wonderful bit of news in it! 🙂

SUMMARY: Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

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gatheringblueGATHERING BLUE (Companion Book #2 to The Giver)
by: Lois Lowry

MY THOUGHTS:  Even though it did not end as I wanted it to, it was a great read. The ended was great as well, but I just wanted a different one. lol. But, I can see why it ended as it did.

SUMMARY: Lois Lowry won her first Newbery Medal in 1994 for The Giver. Six years later, she ushered readers back into its mysterious but plausible future world in Gathering Blue to tell the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future. This second book in the Giver Quartet has been stunningly redesigned in paperback. As she did in The Giver and later Messenger, in Gathering Blue Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable.

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mrmercedesMR. MERCEDES

by Stephen King

MY THOUGHTS: The first 100 pages were only slightly slow’ish, but it wasn’t too long before it picked right up. About half way through, I could put it down, and 3/4 of the way through, I couldn’t even breath. lol THIS is a great King story … more of what I’m used to from him. AND, especially fun for me, my sister and I made an event of purchasing this book and reading it together. 🙂 That has been the best part! OH, and the ending?? It gave me CHILLS!

SUMMARY: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

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papertownsPAPER TOWNS

by John Green

MY THOUGHTS:  This was a really good book about young love, the transformation from teen to adult and the overall growth a person can go through. And, there was a really neat authors note in the back about actual paper towns. It’s pretty cool. I didn’t get any insight or become a different person after reading this book; it’s just a fun story to read. 🙂

SUMMARY: When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

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stillmissing

STILL MISSING

By Chevy Stevens

MY THOUGHTS:   Oh my goodness … where to even begin!? First of all, this isn’t a book for young readers. It has some violent and sexual adult situations. This is one of those books that has you asking yourself  “what would I do?” It is very thought provoking and heart wrenching and has a HUGE surprise twist. I read it one night because I couldn’t put it down! And when your heart will cry out when you learn the reason for the title.

SUMMARY:  On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

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thegiverTHE GIVER

by: Lois Lowry

MY THOUGHTS:     I am embarrassed to say that for YEARS, I thought this book was about War. lol. I totally judged it by the cover and never even took the time to actually find out what it was about. Well, this year I decided to try some books that are considered either classic or are on school reading lists. And boy am I glad I did! This book was VERY good and I am anxious to talk over the ending with anyone else who has read it. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!

SUMMARY:   Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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alaskaLOOKING FOR ALASKA

by: John Green

MY THOUGHTS:   As true to his form, John Green creates such BELIEVABLE characters. And I especially love how even his heroes have bad hair days. lol.

SUMMARY:   Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .

After. Nothing is ever the same.

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monument14SDMONUMENT 14: SAVAGE DRIFT

by: Emmy Laybourne

MY THOUGHTS: This is the final in the Monument 14 trilogy. They are great books, even though they are young adult. The characters are rich in-depth and the story line moves along wonderfully. And, I just recently found out that there is going to be a movie for Savage Drift. You can look up the trailer on YouTube.

SUMMARY:  It’s over.  
Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have been reunited with their families, and everyone is making tentative plans for the future. And then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived!

Or is it? 
For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O’s and traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue. Meanwhile, scared by the government’s unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid–along with her two protectors, Dean and Jake–joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with Josie.

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innocenceINNOCENCE

by: Dean Koontz

MY THOUGHTS:  For some reason, it took me some time to get through this one. I think because I kept getting distracted by other things. That being said, this is probably one of his most poeticly written stories. The characters are absolutely magical and you WILL fall in love with this book. This is one I’d like to discuss the ending on though. It’s one of those that leaves you thinking. lol

SUMMARY:  He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.

She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

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thebookthiefTHE BOOK THEIF

by: Markus Zusak

MY THOUGHTS: I think EVERYONE should read this book! I fell in LOVE with it! It’s a true testament to just how far a person can be driven to survive. It’s horrible that Nazi Germany was such a terribly black mark on so many lives. This story can give you a glimpse into some of the lives of the people who weren’t necessarily Jewish.

SUMMARY: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster-father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

thefaultinourstarsTHE FAULT IN OUR STARS

by: John Green

MY THOUGHTS: This was the first John Green book I’ve read and of COURSE it was fantastic! I’m nervous to the see the movie though as I think the lead male actor might be too cheeky for my liking. We’ll see. Fantastic book though.

SUMMARY: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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