Wednesday, March 26, 2014

REVIEW: The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

In The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams, we are introduced to a resident of The Haven in the Year 2020.  The Haven is the only place she and her fellow residents have ever known.  They are told that the outside world is dangerous; plagued with a disease that has killed millions.  They are also told within each of them could be the cure.

Shiloh is a rarity among residents of The Haven; she can remember things.  This is rare because each night the residents are given a tonic which supposedly is like liquid vitamins, but also helps them forget the previous day when they wake up each morning.  Shiloh remembers though and fears every day that another person she knows will be taken. When doctors find evidence of the plague in a resident’s body they remove it. Sometimes taking a limb, sometimes an organ and sometimes it’s fatal.  Shiloh remembers everyone that has been taken.

Her friend Gideon is a rarity too.  He believes there is a cure and that the staff and faculty of the facility are keeping it from them.  He is treading on dangerous ground though as descent is not tolerated and can result in higher doses of the tonic or worse…

As a fan of dystopian YA I knew pretty much immediately I was going to enjoy this book.  Shiloh is a very likeable main character which I could relate to.  My having a disability sometimes means that I don’t have control over situations as much as I would like. So, when Shiloh had similar feelings I felt for her. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Deviation

Ven is an imitation and in the sequel of the novel by the same name, she continues on her mission to save those like her.  To do that she knows she must kill Titus Rogen, but could there be someone pulling his strings too? Someone who is even more powerful?

In the beginning of this novel we find Ven aka Raven Rogen’s Imitation forced to interrogate the leaders of a rebel faction.  In the last novel she helped them move her friends, also imitations to a new space to hide.  The interrogation does not go well, with one killing themselves and the other not saying a word.  The good news is for the moment her fellow imitations are safe being kept in the abandoned basement of her friend Obidiah fathers business.  She tries to visit them as much as possible, but sadly due to Titus’s tight grip it’s not nearly as often as she would like.

Things with Linc are better than ever.  They still have to sneak around for any alone time, but their love is strong.  Titus though is aware of their relationship and makes sure that Ven knows that if she disobeys that Linc or any of the other people she cares about will be hurt.

I enjoyed the action in this book, though the abuse can get downright uncomfortable at times I admire Ven for continuing to stay strong throughout. Titus’s evil knows no bounds and it’s sickening the levels to which he sinks to keep order.  You also see underneath though a bit of fear when he speaks to one person.  I truly believe the truest evil might be that person. This book is worth the price and I read it quickly over two days.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Highlight: The White Door by Christy Sloat

Title: The White Door
Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Visitors Series, Book 3
Publication: March 3rd, 2014

“When I first moved here I was still a girl who cherished the normality of teen life. Now, after being here a year I had come to love a boy who was both strong and courageous. I made real friendships that would last even after death. The selfish girl my grandmother warned me of becoming had vanished. A girl who stood tall, with the powers to see the dead and help those in need, appeared in her place.”
In Brylee’s world, nothing is normal. She sees and speaks with the dead and, at seventeen years old, she already has a full plate. She’s in her senior year of high school and college is just around the corner, but only if she learns to control her gifts and survive in the land of the living.
She has succeeded in ridding her boyfriend, Ephraim, from the Brown family curse, but, in the end, her best friend loses her life. Now a whole slew of new problems present itself and, like always, Brylee is tempted to run for the hills. With Ephraim at her side, she must come to grips with the reality that she is not an average girl and she never will be.
What will happen when the town turns on her? Or, better yet, when a body is unearthed in her backyard? The choices that Brylee must make will determine whether she has a future or nothing at all.

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     I raised my hand to excuse myself to the bathroom and Miss Hailey obliged. I sped walked to the girl’s room as Kayla skipped behind me. I pushed open a stall and threw my hands up in the air. “What the heck Kayla? Here, at school?”
     She laughed.
     “Seriously? I know something’s up, but why not wait until after school?” 
     She leaned against the stall and sighed. “I told you things are weird with me lately. I don’t know what’s happening but I can feel a change coming. I… I…” Her mad rush to speak was suddenly interrupted by a choking sound coming from her mouth.
     “Kayla!” I rushed to her and my hands went through her body. She wasn’t solid like normal. Something was wrong! Kayla had always felt like flesh and blood to me. Never like a ghost.
     Suddenly her mouth opened and water poured out onto my feet, splashing my shoes and legs. I still tried but failed to help her. She was choking on water and, if I wasn’t mistaken, she was drowning. I was helpless and didn’t know what to do. Then before I could come up with an answer she uttered one word, “Diary.”

Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

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