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Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Anyone heard of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth? It’s only the most popular, most anticipated movie to come out this year. There’s two books in the trilogy currently, Divergent and Insurgent, with another coming out October 22, 2013 to be named Allegiant.

The series follows sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior who lives in a society where people are divided into factions. There’s Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). When Beatrice takes the aptitude test, she finds she doesn’t fit into just one faction, but three (Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless). She is called a Divergent and to never tell  anyone. When Choosing Day comes around, Beatrice must leave her dull life in Abnegation and Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless. Nicknaming herself Tris, Beatrice tries to fit in and survive the hardcore, dangerous initiation of a Dauntless initiate. Tris must push herself to place higher in the ranks of initiates so she doesn’t get cut before being named a full-fledged member. Along the way, she must keep her secret hidden even from the boy she falls in love with. Tensions heighten between the factions, and Tris sees what being divergent really means.

The divergent trilogy is one of the best apocalyptic series out there right now. I love the action scenes that Tris and the Dauntless bring to the book. It keeps the reader begging for more but also worrying for Tris’s safety. The relationship between Tris and Four is unstable but sweet nonetheless. Despite all the obstacles, their love survives. Likewise, the enemy faction  in the book definitely threatens the main characters of the book, but Roth creates an amazing ending filled with loss and love.

Anyone who likes the Divergent Trilogy would like the Matched trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy.

Defiance by CJ Redwine

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Today I will be talking about Defiance by CJ Redwine. It’s an adventure book mixed with a little girl power. The next book to be called Deception will be released August 27th of this year.

The novel follows Rachel Adams, a girl like no other in the city of Baalboden who has been taught how to track, hunt and fight by her father. When he fails to return from one of his courier missions, he is deemed dead. On top of that, Commander Chase names Logan, her father’s apprentice, Rachel’s new protector. Things get awkward as Rachel remembers how she declared her love for Logan but got rejected. And yet, Rachel and Logan don’t believe her father is dead. They plan to climb the wall and search for him, but plans change. In the forest beyond the city’s walls roams a monster that destroys and burns villages. As rachel embarks on her journey, she meets friends, enemies, and finally finds the love she desires.

Defiance is a trilling book with suspence and action. There’s fights, sneaking around, and a evil ruler that everyone hates. What more could you ask for? Rachel kicks some ass in this book but you cant help but feel sympathy for the loss of her father, supposedly. The monster that causes chaos all over the kingdom is frightening and turns everyones lives upside down. Overall, i loved the book because of its love story and action filled plot!

If you like this book, you would like Graceling series and the Divergent series.

Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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Back to a series review! Today we will focusing on the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans. Definitely a science fiction book, Evans tells the story of Michael Vey, a teenage guy with tourette’s syndrome. The sequel, out now, is called Michael Vey: Rise of Elgen. The third Michael Vey book is too be released sometime this year.

Michael and his best friend Ostin get bullied by three guys named Jack, Mitchell, and Wade. To protect himself, Micheal uses his secret ability and shocks the bullies, knocking them down. A girl named Taylor sees this and reveals to Michael she has a power too. She can “reboot” someone’s memory and read their mind by touching them. Both of them receive scholarships from a mysterious Elgen Academy, but upon Michael telling his mom, she freaks out. As they leave the resturaunt they were in, Michael is confronted by a man named Dr. Hatch and two kids. Michael is then knocked out, his mother is kidnapped, and Taylor is taken captive. As Michael recruits the bullies and Ostin to help him rescue Taylor and his mother, they all get captured themselves. Trapped within Elgen Academy, Taylor and Michael realize there’s darkness within its walls. Resistance leads to torture. Michael learns things about Dr. Hatch and his company that really twists things around.

Michael Vey is a true science fiction book that has kids with abilities, prison cells that manipulate you through your biggest fears, and evil scientists. The book has amazing characters and the hero aspect of the story where Michael tries to rescue his friends multiple times keeps the reader on edge. Dr. Hatch is truly a devious, evil character that you hate but love at the same time. Its suspenceful and you root for Michael and his friends the entire time.

Anyone who likes this series would like the book False Memory or the Percy Jackson series.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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I will be covering The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The next book to be released October 29th will be named Never Fade.

The book main character is named Ruby. She is 16 years old and survived a plague that killed almost all the kids in America. Every child that survived it including her develop abilities that created fear in the adult community. In an attempt to contain the kids, concentration camps are created all over the nation. These “camps” are a nightmare for the kids because there’s experimentation, torture and murder. Ruby has spent 6 years in the camp hiding because her ability is dangerous, and others like her don’t stay long in camp. When the truth comes out about her ability, she is offered an escape she can’t resist. Though once outside, Ruby realizes her rescuers may not be the right people to be with. She escapes them as well and meets up with a group of other escapees hiding in a van. They take her into their group and continue their search for the kid refuge called East River. Once they arrive, things aren’t as they seem. Love is found, battle ensues, and an ultimate sacrifice is made by one of the characters.

The Darkest Minds is a suspenseful, apocalyptic novel that paints a darker picture of America after a disease strikes. The characters including Ruby and her group of friends have a great dynamic that leads them to succeed throughout the novel. Ruby especially was interesting to learn about because of her fear of herself and her ability. It’s interesting to think about how powerful she is but see how much she considers herself a monster. The constant struggle between the kids and the people trying to stop them is intense and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

I recommend the Gone series by Michael Grant and the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans to anyone who likes this book!

Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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Now on to my next review will be about a single book as of now, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The sequel named Siege and Storm is set to be released on June 4, 2013. Anyone can read the first 5 chapters of the next book online for free on multiple websites.

The book follows a young woman named Alina. As a child, her parents were killed, and she was forced to be educated in the Duke’s house. There she meets her friend Mal in which they grow close. Eventually, two Grisha examiners come to see if either of them have special abilities. If they do, they get whisked away to a special school where they learn to use their abilities. But neither of them do, or so it seems… Once they grow up, the story finds both of them working for the 2nd army. Alina is a mapmaker while Mal is a talented tracker. When they both head out into the Shadow Fold (a strip of darkness filled with human-eating monsters), Mal is attacked and something awakes in Alina when she sees him in danger. The arrival of her ability brings her into a new world that she could have never thought she’d be a part of. She meets the most powerful man in the kingdom, the Darkling. She meets the King and Queen. She even trains with all the other Grisha, even though her powers and destiny are greater than their own. Love appears, treachery occurs, and a darkness arises that Alina must fight against or else she loses control of her life.

The novel, Shadow and Bone, is filled with magic, suspense and nightmares. Bardugo balances the love aspect of her story perfectly with the darker, more ominous aspect of the book. The book is not too frightening for young readers, while isn’t too innocent in nature. The relationship between Alina and Mal forms overtime and makes me smile, knowing they both care for each other. Also the relationship because Alina and the Darkling is interesting because it shows Alina’s dark side. The overall story plot keeps the reader interested throughout the entire novel which is definitely something to be proud of!

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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I have been reviewing a bunch of series so far, but for this post, I am going to talk about a book that was recently put in stores, and I rather enjoyed it! It’s by Rachel Hartman, and it’s named Seraphina.

The book follows Seraphina, a young woman living in the city of Goredd, where dragons take human form inside the city under a peace that has lasted 40 years. Eventually, she decides to leave home to get away from her father, a lawyer who defends dragons in court. The two never really got along, but Seraphina finds herself a position in the royal household as a court musician. But just as she joins the court, Prince Rufus is murdered in a draconian fashion. Tensions are high between the two races, and Seraphina has a secret that makes her fear both sides. With the help of her dragon teacher, Orma, she keeps her secret under wraps as long as she can. Seraphina walks a dangerous path as she befriends and eventually falls in the love with Prince Lucian Kiggs, the captain of the guard. He’s naturally curious and skilled in interrogating, and Seraphina interests him deeply. The two work together closely to find out who murdered Prince Rufus.

In this book, I was very pleased with how Hartman created essentially two different worlds. The physical world that Seraphina lives in, seems medieval in nature and defiantly fits the setting I have created in my head. The world inside Seraphina’s head is even more interesting because it makes Seraphina who she is while it also risks her life. The relationship between Kiggs and Serpahina made me smile because of their sarcastic, curious spirits. They work well together despite the many fights they get in. Overall, I was pleased with the book for its adventure and mystery. The dragon aspect of the book just made me extremely happy!

Anyone who likes this book would love the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. Both have dragons in them! Where could you go wrong?

Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Going back to a more mainstream book, the Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore follows a guy named John who is number four (if it isn’t obvious from the title). The books in the series are I Am Number Four, the Power of Six, and the Rise of Nine. The next book, to be released later this year, will be named the Fall of Five. The first book of the series, I am Number Four was made into a movie a couple years ago. Click the link for the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5djHG3hPu0

To be more specific, John was born on a planet called Lorien, but his planet was attacked by another race of aliens called mogadorians. Escaping their planet with their lives, John and eight other kids were part of the Garde, gifted with legacies (abilities) and were destined to one day rebuild their world. Each child also was a given a cepan (protector) to protect and train their garde member. Along with that, a spell was cast on the nine garde kids, making them impossible to kill out of order unless they join forces. As the mogadorians come to earth to hunt them down, the first three are killed. John is fourth and is the next target. When John moves to Paradise, Ohio to stay under the radar, he finds a best friend named Sam, a girlfriend named Sarah, an enemy named Mark, and a dog named Bernie Kosar. Eventually though, trouble comes to Paradise, and an all out war breaks loose.

The next two books involve John evading the mogadorians and the authorities that think he’s a terrorist. More members of the Garde are introduced and have adventures and dangers of their own.

One of the best things about the Lorien Legacies series is the action scenes. There are gun fights, sword fights, giant monsters, and people using their abilities to survive. It’s the aspect of science fiction that I truly love. Also, the mystery aspect of the book keeps the reader wondering. Pittacus Lore does an excellent job of keeping some information secret from the readers until the right moment. Lastly, all the characters, especially the members of the Garde, all have unique personalities which clash but get them to work together when necessary.

Anyone who likes the Lorien Legacies series would like the Maximum Ride series and the Gone series (in a previous post).

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