Tuesday, February 28, 2012

10. Hana/ Niederworld/ Scenic Route/ Bridge

Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: February 28, 2012
ebook: 144 pages
5 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

The summer before they're supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss.

But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.

The Delirium world caught me at first glance and never let go. In a world where love is a disease and there is a cure for it, a young girl who can't wait for the cure finds herself falling head over heels the summer before her procedure. This is life isn't it? We don't know what love is like and from a distance it looks like it could be a terrible thing. One minute you're happy, the next you are huddled in a ball trying to forget the world around you. Maybe a live without love would be better... right? Lena figures out that a life without love is no life at all and Hana is about to experience something similiar. Both girls get a taste of love the last summer before their procedures. Hana takes place during the same time as Delirium and tells us Hana's side to the story.

Hana is a very sweet girl. I related to her right off the bat. She was adventurous and eager to live a bigger life than what was set out for her. She spends her summer sneaking out and going to co-ed parties. There she meets a boy who may change her life. She falls into secret keeping and curfew breaking and experiences life for the first time. Can you go back to the life you used to know once you've seen the other side? Just like Lena, Hana knows this is impossible. Too much of this story relates to our life here and now. Yes, there is no government curing us of love, but there are some people who may want to be cured. Love kills you when you have it and when you don't. But I for one, just like Lena and Hana wouldn't trade that for the world.

Entralled: Paranormal Diversions
Author: Edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
Published: September 20, 2011
443 Pages
5 Gold Stars (from what I read)

(summary from Goodreads)

"Enthralled" is a collection of 14 original teen paranormal short stories from some of today's bestselling YA talent, united with the common theme of road trips.

I only read a few of the stories in this collection, so here are my short reviews for these lovely short stories.

Author: Rachel Vincent

I am a huge fan of the Soul Screamers universe, so whenever I hear that there is a short story involving some of the characters from the series, I must immediately read it! In this particular one, Emma and Sabine go on a mini road trip and stop in a small town called Niederworld, which is mostly populated by Harpies. Sabine is there to get some answers but it may not be as easy as she thinks it will be. I've never been a fan of Sabine, I mean, who is? But after reading this story, I kinda of like her. I've forever been Team Kaylee and Nash since I first picked up My Soul To Take, so when Sabine came in the picture and threatened that, I wanted her head on a platter. A lot has happened since that first day she showed up at school and after reading this story and Fearless (a short story involving Sabine and Nash before Kaylee) I've grown to kind of like her. In fact, I've even given her permission to have Nash (not that she needs it since she would take him anyway) She loves him and she always will. He is the only person who really understands her. Vincent wrote Sabine so well that I started to like her. I'm glad I read this before going into Before I Wake, because I'm sure it'll change my opinion on that entire book.

Scenic Route
Author: Carrie Ryan

Ryan's world of zombies intrigues me completely. The Forest of Hands and Teeth pulled me into a world where nothing may exist outside if a small village overrun by zombies. The world is no longer what it used to be and dreams are just that... dreams. Ryan introduces another set of characters in this short story, two sisters living on a hill trying to survive. They plan out trips that they know they will never get to take. They dream of a world without the monsters, without fear. When a stranger shows up at their door, their lives take a turn for the worse and things may never be the same. Zombie books and movies show us what's at the heart of humanity - fear and anger but also courage and faith. These come out when live is stripped down to the core, when survival is the only care in the world. Ryan captures these emotions and actions perfectly in every one of her books, showing us that even when we are surrounded by death, you can still live, you can still survive.

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

This was a unique story to read. It read like a poem and it's from the point of view of Logan, Aura's dead boyfriend from the Shade series. He's a musician so there are a lot of references to music, which is both fitting and poetic. His brother blames himself for Logan's death and Logan is trying to convince him not to kill himself. The hard part is that he is a ghost and his brother cannot hear him. This story was easy to read and heartbreaking until the end. It was hard to think about Logan in the regular books, knowing he was dead and would never get to live his dream of becoming a musician, but it's even harder listening to him speak in his own voice, watching his brother struggle and not being able to do anything about it. Smith-Ready knows how to tug on a heartstring and let go at just the right second. I for one cannot wait until the final book in the series, Shine, even though I'm sure Logan won't be in it much. At least we know he's doing okay now.

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