Friday, November 20, 2009

New Twilight Read A Likes In Honor of New Moon's Movie Release

Due to the popularity of the Twilight series here are some new read-a-likes that have been getting alot of buzz, I'm basing these on angle of paranormal romances and star crossed lovers.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

Fallen by Lauren Kate (released in Dec.)
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

Ash by Malindo Lo
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Swoon by Nina Malkin
In rural Connecticut, when seventeen-year-old Dice tries to exorcise a seventeenth-century man who is possessing her cousin Pen, she inadvertently makes him corporeal--and irresistible.

Friday, November 13, 2009

If You Liked Hunger Games...

I have to say I love dystopia and post apocalyptic novels! These are stories set in an alternate future where something has happened and a new society has been created that is far from the utopia that some of its villagers think it is.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins tells the story of a future where 12 districts must send 2 children each year to see if they survive in a televised battle to the death called "The Hunger Games." She just released the sequel "Catching Fire" this fall.

Gone by Michael Grant tells the story of a town where everyone over 13 has disappeared and they are trapped in the city by a large force field. What will happen to the teens when they turn 13? The sequel "Hunger" continues the tale when eventually food runs out. These books are good preludes to Steven King novels.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is about a society of "gladers" who are trapped in a maze that locks at night to protect them from monsters. One of the jobs in society is to be a maze runner that has to risk their lives to figure out the maze.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a classic tale of shipwrecked boys who created a society on an island. Loyalties are tested and soon the boys are becoming more animal than human. It is by far one of my favorite novels.

House of Stairs by William Sleator tells the story of teens who wake up in the middle of a room full of stairs and must perform tasks to earn food. As the tasks get more dangerous, it begs the question how far will you go?

In the Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan tells the story of Mary who lives in the village surrounded by a forest full of zombies. Years after the Zombie apocalypse they have lost all of modern technology. The one thing protecting them is a chain link fence and a religious order called the Sisterhood but Mary believes there is more out there.

The Giver by Lois Lowry stars Jonas waiting to learn of his adult position in his perfect society. There are no diseases, war, or suffering in this world...or so he thinks... The sequel "Gathering Blue" wasn't nearly as good as "The Giver" but "The Messenger" will tie them all together.