Posts Tagged ‘young adult’

Scott Pilgrim Vol 1Lately it seems that I have been getting the hang of graphic novels. After reading Saga I couldn’t control myself from wanting more of it. As I couldn’t get my hands on Saga volume 3 I decided to read Scott Pilgrim, a highly rated and recommended book in Goodreads. But I was very disappointed in this first installment of the series. I didn’t like the main character, Scott Pilgrim. It”s difficult to get involved in a story when you instantly take a dislike to the main character.

Scott Pilgrim, is a 23 year old wanna-be musician who’s dating a 17 year old high school student named Knives. He has no job and shares room with roommate where they literally share everything including bed(that is weird!) He keeps having dreams about another girl, whom he later sees in real life. Her name is Ramona Flowers a delivery girl, recently shifted there in the neighborhood. Scott becomes obsessed with her and cheats on his girlfriend, but being with Ramona is not that easy. Over the course of the series, he has to fight and defeat her 7 ex- boyfriends to get to be with her.

Ramona’s character was bit strange, coming in dreams was creepy. On the other hand Scott’s 17 year girlfriend was much likable and energetic. The thing about Ramona’s ex-boyfriends having to be defeated I don’t get it at all. She’s already dumped them, or they’ve dumped her, so why would they care if Scott wants to go out with her. That doesn’t make scene now does it? My rating: 2 out of 5. Art was real bummer here,a lot of characters looked so much alike. I am having second thoughts about continuing the series but at the same time I want to know if there is any agenda between these fights.

The Fallen ”The Fallen” by Celia Thomson is the first book in ”Nine Lives of Chloe King”. I found this book to be captivating enough to have to read it in one sitting. I came to know that there is a supernatural TV series on ABC network based on a novel, before I started watching that I wanted to read these novels  very badly. I finished this book faster than I thought I would because it was really exciting.

Chloe King’s life was pretty average until she falls off the edge of a building and dies. Her body goes through some unusual changes of that of a normal teenager and she gets sharp cat like nails and reflexes. But suddenly she has this love life, there are 2 new guys in her life and a stranger who mysteriously  got a life threatening disease becuase of her. But the craziness does not end here, she has got this stalker who goes all ninja on her throwing blades and trying to kill her. Who is she? What is the secret behind her sudden changes? Who is this stalker and out of 2 boyfriends who can she trust?

I love cats, they are so cute and lovely. When I read the synopsis of the book I couldn’t stop reading right away. This book is unique and brilliantly written in such a way that the reader will not get bored. My rating: 4 out of 5, I highly recommend this to people who are into supernatural and were-fiction.

The Goddess Inturrupted

”The Goddess Interrupted is the second installment in the ‘Goddess Test’ series. I loved the first book in this series- ”The Goddess Test” and really loved the unique concept and twist in Greek myths. This book was bit slow going compared to the first book but I still  enjoyed reading.

Kate is back with her Husband Henry but he seems very distant. She believes that he is still in love with his first wife Persephone who left him for a mortal. Kate is immortal now but there is some greater power which can snuff her out along with the other gods whom she thought were untouchable. Cronus is back for his revenge and an insider helped him to escape. As everyone is fighting a lost battle with Cronus it is up to Kate to find a way to help her husband and other Gods. But for that she has to seek out someone’s help whom she never dreamed or wished of meeting, Henry’s first wife.

My rating: 3 out of 5. Other than the fact that it was slow moving, I like the story. I recommend this series to those who love reading stories about Greek Myths.

Second Summer of the Sisterhood”The Second Summer of the Sisterhood” is the second installment in Sisterhood series. I read this book because I liked the first book so much. Traveling pants and the the way they travel around the friends by bringing luck and keeping the friendship strong is a unique and wonderful concept.

Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget had to spend another summer apart from each other. Just like the last summer they have the company of wonderful magic pants. They all face happy and sad moments in this summer. Now that they have got traveling pants will they turn their luck into good? Whats the story of this four girls in the second summer apart from each other?

I am glad that the ending was not predictable. After reading this book I am  little hurt and happy at the same time. I recommend this book to YA fiction fans. If you are looking for a light summer read, then this book is perfect. I would suggest you to pick up the first book before you jump into this, becuase that way you will be more attached to the girls and will be more comfortable with the story. My rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Out for Blood ”Out for Blood” is the 3rd installment in Drake Chronicles, a unique vampire series.I am not thrilled with this series, I liked the first book but then I kind of lost interest. It follows the same pattern in every book, Drake brothers and their forbidden love. I wish there was better character development for the main characters. Drake brothers are bad ass- handsome vampires but they fall for different kind. First one fell for a human, second for a hound princess and the third brother for vampire hunter. The whole bombardment of different and unique words to this story is making it annoying at times.

Hunter Wild comes from an ancient vampire hunter family. She is studying at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she is going through last year of training. Quinn is one of the Drake Bothers who is handsome but player. Hunter can’t fall for him going against entire league of vampire hunters and more than anything against her grand father who believes that vampires exists to be killed. There is an evil plan going on against the vampire hunters at school. What is the danger lurking in the school building? Will she keep her heart in control and away from Quinn?

My rating: 2 out of 5. It is nothing to do with the book, I was kind of bored with the plot and underdeveloped characters. But I am definitely going to read the remaining books as  have challenged myself to read the entire series! sounds crazy but true 🙂

Last Sacrifice”Last Sacrifice” is the final installment in Vampire Academy series. Rose is the number one reason that this series has lost its appeal to me. I liked the first few books in the series, but then Rose changed completely and I couldn’t bring myself to like this book. I found her to be egotistical, selfish,  impulsive and insensitive. I have finally finished the series and I deserve a meddle now.

When I first started the series the unique concept of vampire politics and the the whole Strigoi – Moroi thing seemed worthwhile. But then the last two books were basically centered around Rose and her undying love for Dmitri which really annoyed me. She had Adrian who was better person than Dmitri and she still wanted to play with his feelings by hurting him and drooling all over Dmitri. I don’t understand why girls always fall for jerks in the vampire novels. Like Jacob in Twilight here Adrian was rejected. I felt sad for him and hated Rose for using him.

Rose is a victim of foul play, she is getting punished for the crime she never committed. She has to find the another surviving Dragomir, Lisa’s half sister so that Lisa can get voting rights and Rose can free herself from the crime she never committed. But for that she has to run away from the prison. Will she succeed in this adventure of finding another Dragomir? Will she be able to prove her innocence in the murder of vampire queen? Who is playing these games and what do they want?

I am not happy with how the story ended. I liked Lisa a lot better than Rose and at the end both proved to be selfish. My rating: 2 out of 5. I read this just becuase I wanted to complete and get a closure to this series.

Zom-B Baby Creepiest cover ever! This covers gives me chills. There is one thing about Darren Shan’s books, you think you have an idea what the book is about and all of a sudden you realize that you know nothing about it. Zom-B Baby is the 5th installment of Zom-B series and in this book B must decide whether or not to join the Angels in battling freaky and dangerous clown Mr.Dowling and the mutants.

B is not sure what to believe and what not. She has been training and living with angels for past few months but still she is not able to believe in their motto. She has to think about it so she runs away from there searching for an answer. But soon she has to go through the same streets of London she passed few months ago, filled with walking dead people. But instead of answers to her questions she finds something horrible and more dangerous thing ever.

I don’t want to add any spoilers in my review. When you read it you will come to know what is this horrible thing she found. My rating: 3.5 out of 5. It was really a good read, I finished reading in one sitting. This series is getting more and more creepy. I am now ready to read the next book in the series- Zom-B Gladiator.

Chosen at Nightfall ”Chosen at Nightfall” is the 5th and final installment in ”Shadow Falls” series. A thrilling end to the epic best seller YA paranormal series. It had everything to catch my attention from the first book, a awesome kick ass heroine, love triangle between flawless heroine who is struggling to get to know her true powers, a bad ass werewolf and a handsome faerie.

Now that Kylie is away from shadow fall she is still struggling to to adjust with her kind. To be a chameleon is not that easy they are very strict and old fashioned people who never allow their children to go out to the real world. However angry she must be on her boyfriend Lucas, but she has to return to the camp. There is someone targeting her loved ones and this time she can’t give up. Will she fit in the paranormal world? Will her kind accept her to go into the dangerous task? What will happen to her love life? Who is really in danger? To get answers for this questions you will have to read the book.

I don’t want to spoil the series for others who didn’t read, but I am glad that Kylie made the right decision about her relationship. I am happy about how the series ended. My rating: 4 out of 5. It is must read series for paranormal fiction fans.

Anya's Ghost

Recently I  have been reading a lot of graphic novels. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol  is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a teenage girl named Anya. It gets deeper into her life and her feelings as she struggles to maintain the cool at school. Being a immigrant from Russia she has to face so many things to get it straight. I enjoyed the beautiful art and  interesting story, even though the story feels predictable and old I am sure readers will enjoy it.

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Anya Borzakovskaya  is got the normal teenage insecurities going on and her desire to blend in is compounded by being a Russian immigrant. She looks around her and sees skinny, blonde and effortless perfection compared to her. She is upset that her crush is going out with such perfect girl. She is not that good at making friends too but one day she finds this awesome friend who is ready to help her in everything. Her grades go up, she feels confident and beautiful. She has got this BFF who is fabulous but her best friend is a ghost. Now you will have to read and find out what happens next.

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As the story was old school and easy to predict my rating: 3 out of 5. But it is a good book and I recommend this to graphic novel fans out there.

Tempted”Tempted” is the 6th book in ”House of Night” series. Seriously I am tempted to tare it apart. I just didn’t enjoy this, it felt more like a cold, left over meal which is impossible to taste good despite of reheating. I don’t mean to offend those who loved this book. I liked the first few books in the series but as I started reading more I just felt that the books became repetitive and less interesting. Zoey has become one of the most irritating characters in YA, and this series seems to be irritating. 

The book starts off with Zoey and her many many men, all these men and their obsession with Zoey is really annoying. And I don’t see why it is that difficult to pick one for her, how can she love everyone? I just don’t see anything good in the main character. She is confused and troubled unnecessarily. 

Zoey and her friends can now breath again, they tried sending immortal Kalona back and succeeded. But that doesn’t end the troubles, there is no break for Zoey. There is something dangerous lurking in the darkness of tunnels and Stevie Rae is hiding something from Zoey. Immortal Kalona is back in her dreams where he has found a new way to get into her life. There is cold war going on between Eric, her human boy friend and  new warrior this means more boy issues. When everything is falling apart how can Zoey find a way to get rid of her problems?

My rating: 2 out of 5.Have you ever read a book that’s so irritating you can’t help but think, ‘It would be great if most of the characters died, especially the main character because she is so annoying? If your answer is YES then you’ve probably been reading this series 🙂