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Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireTitle: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

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.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger GamesTitle: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

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.

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Book Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The JewelTitle: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: Lone City #1
Published: September 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 358
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Sometimes you come across that one book that kind of blows your mind and makes you think, what if? Well, Amy Ewing’s debut novel The Jewel did that to me.

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Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

SelectionTitle: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
From: Walmart
Rating: 5/10

This book made me wish I was a princess. Well, no. Not really.

Kiera Cass, an American novelist from South Carolina, started the Selection series in 2012, and since then it’s become a hit among the young adult female demographic.

There’s no doubt as to why: Cass’ story takes a young girl whose family makes very little money and throws into a whirlwind of dances and jewels and the love of a prince. But is it all it seems?

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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red QueenTitle: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Published: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 382
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

I have a thing for getting on Goodreads and looking at what is super popular at the time, and what will be out soon, and what of the many books are getting hype. I noticed Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, and instantly wanted to read it (mostly for the cover, but also because of the summary).

I preordered Aveyard’s book, and it came in the mail on a Thursday. I instantly decided I would read it after finishing one of the series I’m working on now, until I wanted a change of pace on Saturday, picked up Aveyard’s book and didn’t put it down until I was finished.

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Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible BeautyTitle: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 2003
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 403
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for literature that doesn’t require very much thinking. Novels like that can be exhilarating because of the entertainment value behind them, rather than the literary value.

One such novel is author Libba Bray’s novel A Great and Terrible Beauty.

Bray’s first novel, the first installment of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, centers around the main character, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle, who witnessed her mother’s death and is then sent to Spence Academy, a school created to teach girls the proper mannerisms and expectations of them during Victorian England.

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Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

InsurgentTitle: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 525
From: Barnes and Noble

“One choice can destroy you.” The quote on the cover of Veronica Roth’s second novel Insurgent is the perfect lead into the second installment of the author’s Divergent trilogy.

Insurgent is a continuation of the first novel Divergent. Tris is reeling from the death she caused, and from those she couldn’t keep from dying. The factions are slowly breaking apart, some seeking shelter in other faction headquarters. The action in this novel follows closely in the footsteps of Divergent, with the reader taking quick turns down the hallways in Roth’s imagination.

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Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

DivergentTitle: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487
From: Barnes and Noble

The first thought I had when I heard about Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent was, “Oh, God. Not another one.” I have a natural hate toward anything paranormal, science fiction or fantasy written after the year 2005, thanks to the Twilight saga. However, despite my slight loathing for young adult fantasy, I’ve found myself reading more of that genre than I ever thought I would. Divergent was no exception.

I gave in and bought Divergent to see what all the hype was about. This isn’t the first time I’ve done that. I bought Twilight and New Moon when they started rising to the top of the bestseller’s lists, and I borrowed the Hunger Games trilogy right before Jennifer Lawrence killed it on-screen as the Girl on Fire.

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Top Ten Young Adult movies

For those still out looking for who they really are, here are some novels and series that might help. And, if they don’t, at least they are entertaining.

  1. Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  2. Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, written by John Boyne (2008)
  4. The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton (1983)
  5. Twilight series, written by Stephenie Meyer (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
  6. Mortal Instruments series, written by Cassandra Clare (2013, 2014, etc.)
  7. Speak, written by Laurie Halse Anderson (2004)
  8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky (2012)
  9. Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel (2012)
  10. Treasure Island, written by Robert Louis Stevenson (1999, etc.)

Top Ten Young Adult novels

His Dark MaterialsHere are the top ten young adult novels/series I recommend. They are in no particular order, and some are very popular, while others should be.

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (1997-2007)
  2. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2003)
  3. Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray (2003-2007)
  4. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (2001-2012)
  5. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (2008-2010)
  6. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (2002)
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
  8. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1987)
  9. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
  10. Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud (2003-2010)