Young adult

The fate of ten – Pittacus Lore

fate of tenTitle: The fate of ten (Lorien Legacies #6)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Harper
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
My rating★★★★★

This review might contain spoilers for readers who haven’t read the first five novels of the ‘I am number four’ series yet. 

Usually I don’t read series that aren’t finished yet, or at least I try not to, but sometimes I do get hooked without knowing a book is part of something bigger. That’s what happened when I read ‘I am number four’ back in 2011. I had no idea that there would be more books after the first one. Since then the Lorien Legacies have become one of my favorite series and I am always looking forward to a new book, or novella, about the Loric.

What the book is about

For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

What I think about the book

Once again, this book was just awesome! This time one gets the point of view from John, Six and Ella. The story continues in both New York and Mexico, where it ended in ‘The Revenge of Seven’. Even though it has been a year since I have read that one, I got back into the storyline fairly quick.

What I love about the Lorien Legacies, is that there is not just a good side and a bad side. There’s a fine line between good and evil. So even among the good guys there isn’t just friendship, trust and love, but also betrayal, doubt and pain. That’s not that crazy, since all of the Garde have been apart for many years and they just met again. Besides, nobody is 100% good or bad so it makes the story believable.

Well, I just can’t wait for the next book, which will probably be published in August or September 2016. I want to know what will happen next, what crazy technologies the Mogs will come up with and if the Garde will finally end this war against them.

I’ll give you the sun – Jandy Nelson

I'll give you the sunTitle: I’ll give you the sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Dial
Format: Kindle
Pages: 384
My rating★★★★★

The Dutch (Young Adult) book community has been buzzing about this book all year so I was really curious about it. As usual I got myself the English copy and this week I decided it was a good moment to read a young adult novel.

What the book is about

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

What I think about the book

The book has been divided into chapters where Noah and Jude each tell part of the story. In their younger years, NoahandJude sometimes appear to be one soul in two bodies, like real twins. They’ve got many inside stories/jokes that only they know about. Like how they can’t play rock-paper-scissors together or how they’ve divided the world between them. There are some things that only they know.

At 16 Jude and Noah they are barely speaking to each other. It is hard to figure out why things have changed the way they did. Was it love? Or their mother? Did something else happen? Why didn’t Noah get into CSA while he is obviously a brilliant artist? It is almost as if the two of them have swapped personalities at a certain point. Isolated Noah becomes popular and outgoing, while daredevil Jude turns into an introverted girl who lives most of her life in fear. In the beginning of Jude’s part of the story nothing seems to make sense.

I really loved how both stories come together at one point and how you find out what happened exactly and why. At one point all the pieces of the puzzle seem to fit back together again. I love how this book is full of emotions. There’s happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, grieve, jealousy and many other emotions to struggle with. It is not just another happy story about these teenage twins, but the book deals with many different topics. Not all of them are pleasant, but they are all part of life. I love it when an author finds a good way to deal with all of that in a young adult novel. I bet lots of teenagers can relate to Noah, Jude and their friends.

The Faerie Guardian – Rachel Morgan

Faerie GuardianTitle: The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
Author: Rachel Morgan
Format: Kindle
Pages: 298
My rating: ★★★✫✫

I got a review copy of Creepy Hollow – Violet’s Story via Ebooks for Review for an honest review. This omnibus contains the first three parts of the Creepy Hollow series. Since I will join Paperback Summer I have decided to take a break from these series for now and read some paperbacks first and therefore I will review the first part of the series already.

What the book is about

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

What I think about the book

I really love fantasy stories, but I am not so sure about this one. There is nothing wrong with the female main character Violet. She is just your usual kick ass heroine. Still the book didn’t really get to me as those kind of series usually do.

I found the plot of this book quite chaotic. Events were happening rather quickly and sometimes it felt more like a list of what was happening in Violet’s life than an actual story. There was just too much going on and I was missing quite a few details. I think with all that was going on, Rachel Morgan could have written at least three books about Violet.

So even though the story has a certain potential and it is certainly not all bad, it didn’t become my favorite at all. I am wondering if I should go on to the second part of the series. Will it get better or worse? Since many people seem to love it so much, I think I am willing to give it a try.

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