Thursday, April 5, 2007


Yea, so I've been reading a lot lately...So I thought I'd post a list of some books I thought you might like to check out. I've got 'em divided up into three categories: Addicting reads, Leisure reads, and the Somewhere in Betweens.
((Keep in mind that these are teen/young adult books.))

Addicting Reads
Mmkay...So these are the ones that you absolutely won't want to put down.
They're action packed, unpredictable, and absolutely fascinating. Please
remember I have an odd taste in books, and most of the books in this category
are fantasy of some type.

Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause
Yes, this is the book that the movie was based off of. It's basically the story of a werewolf girl who falls in love with a human. After she gets in a fight with him, she soon learns that there have been mysterious murders happening amongst the werewolves. It's a clash between will and fate; love and hate; right and wrong. This one kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
This one's really complicated. And also pretty long (475 pages), but that's just more to love. It's the first book in a new series (from what I understand, no others have been released yet). It's the story of a girl named Clary who witnesses a murder. But she then the body vanishes. The murderers vanish. How can you report a crime with no evidence? Especially if no one else is able to see the murderers! She learns that she has a special talent, and that ends up completely changing her life for forever.

Teach Me - R. A. Nelson
Okay, this one's really strange. And it's not even fantasy. It's about a girl who falls in love with her poetry teacher. But once she's rejected, she goes into creepy stalker mode and ends up endangering both herself and those around her. Awfully strange book, but it was oddly addicting.

Leisure Reads
Okay, so these aren't exactly addicting. But they've all got qualities that make them excellent reads. They're the type that you'd more likely read in small sections at a time, as opposed to the Addicting Reads, which you're more likely going to want to finish in as few sessions as possible. These books tend to be more realistic fiction/non-fiction.

The Silent Boy - Lois Lowry
Okay, so I really like this author. (You may have seen her on your Summer reading lists; she wrote Number the Stars and The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue.) This is a book about a girl who lives in the early 1900's who meets a mentally challenged boy who has a wonderful talent for communicating with animals. It's a fairly thought provoking book, although I do wish the book's ending made it feel more...complete, I suppose.

Mmkay. Ten original "dark" tales. They range from strange, to frightening. My personal favorite was the second one. The book was worth buying, although there were a few stories that made absolutely no sense to me...Some of them are the type of ghost stories you'd tell at a slumber party. A few of them were especially good at making you look over your shoulder to check to make sure no one's there...

Somewhere in Between
These are the type of books you're reluctant to put down, but not to the point where you become upset at the thought of having to come back to it later. Books in this category can consist of virtually any genre, but "Slightly stretched" fiction seems to be pretty common. ("Slightly stretched" meaning realistic enough to be real, but considering the circumstances...There's almost no way it could be.)

Being - Kevin Brooks
It's about a boy who discovers he's not quite the normal human he thought he was. He discovers something--Machinery, if you will-- inside of him. He learns there are people following him, and that he's not sure if he's really safe anymore. It's a good book, but the overall theme of it gets a bit repetitive after a while, and I disliked the ending. I felt like there needed to be more to it.

Born to Rock - Gordon Korman
This one's quite funny. The leader of the Young Republicans had known for a long time that his father wasn't his biological dad. But he never really stopped to consider who his real father may be. Then he discovers that his father is King Maggot--one of the founding fathers of punk rock, and quite possibly the single most destructive person to ever grace the stage. After he loses his scholarship to Harvard, he sets out to find his real father and convince him to pay for his tuition. Somehow, someway. This book was really good. It made me laugh in several places, and made me angry in others. Plus the end was quite heartwarming, which although it doesn't match the overall tone of the book at all, it still fit somehow.

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