As a huge fan of fantasy, when I read young adult author Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, I had to know what happened next. In Aveyard’s novel Glass Sword, a young woman is accidentally thrown into a world of glittering jewels and magical powers in a futuristic take on the future of the United States.
Catching Fire is the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy written by American author Suzanne Collins. It’s a continuation of the first book, The Hunger Games, and to be perfectly honest, a more intricate book that delves deeper into the human condition than even the first could have.
In the second post-apocalyptic revolution novel by Collins, Katniss Everdeen suffers the mental damage done to her in the first Hunger Games she participated in in Collins’ novel The Hunger Games, and is forced to relive everything all over again.
The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in learning when certain films will be released; this one is included. But, when I discovered it was showing at the Creston movie theater, I jumped back on the wagon I love so much and began devouring the Suzanne Collins novels.
I was perusing the Barnes and Noble app on my phone when I came across a book with a shiny white cover of a flower and a girl in the center. It caught my attention and I looked at the overview of the novel. I discovered it was part of a series and purchased immediately the debut novel and its companion: The Jewel and The White Rose.
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]
Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:
• the American Civil War ended in 1866,
• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,
• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,
• in 1992, American singer Demi Lovato was born,
• Hollywood starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries married in 2011,
• it’s World Mosquito Day,
• and it’s my parents’ 32nd anniversary.
A long time ago, like probably ten years or so, I got the novel Looking for Alaska from Barnes and Noble or somewhere. The candle on the cover had caught my eye. I read it and instantly loved the entire premise of that book.
Since then, I hadn’t read anything else written by American author John Green until I decided to pick up the book Paper Towns, mostly thanks to the movie that was coming out (I usually don’t like watching movies before reading the books).
So, clearly, I couldn’t stay away. I finished American author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series not long ago, and attempted to read something in a different genre to give my mind a break from young adult.
Obviously, that didn’t happen.
I’ve read every single novel by author Tana French, ever since she came out with her debut In the Woods back in 2007.
Then, I heard French came out with her fifth mystery novel called The Secret Place, and I knew I just had to have it. So, I waited until it came out in paperback and pre-ordered it, so that once it reached my house I immediately dove in.
I saw the cover of Atlantia by Ally Condie one day while I perused Barnes and Noble’s website, and immediately I was hooked.
Recently, I’ve been breaking into the young adult genre for unknown reasons, even to me. I think I enjoy them because they’re easy to read and don’t require very much individual thought.
Condie’s novel Atlantia is just that: easy to read and doesn’t require much individual thought.
I didn’t think it was possible, but The Heir made me want to be a princess even less than The Selection.
American author Kiera Cass continued her Selection series with The Heir, which focuses on the eldest child of America Singer and Maxon Schreave, Eadlyn. In order to quell unrest in the country, Eadlyn’s royal parents convince her to host her own Bachelorette-style Selection, and she gets a variety of suitors. Some look at her breasts, others are easy to get along with, and one even doesn’t speak fluent English. He’s probably my favorite. He’s adorable.