Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Date of Publication: September 2, 2014
Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People has a very unique fairytale-esque/fantasy/paranormal theme, which I definitely enjoyed. So many elements reminded me of some of my most beloved TV shows and books. The winter people themselves reminded me of Game of Thrones in a way with their white walkers, the whole fairytale aspect reminded me of Once Upon a Time and the ‘bonding’ took me back to my Vampire Academy spirit bound days – this book was quite a journey 🙂 It follows Salome Montgomery, a 17 year old girl who lives with her loving mother alone most of the time because her dad is constantly travelling for his job. She always finds herself spending time with her grandparents, who live just down the street. When they ask her to take care of their house for the winter months while they go on vacation, Salome is scared because of a traumatic experience she had as a child which has left her with a horrible fear of snow and really, winter in general. In The Winter People, readers go on Salome’s personal journey of fear, discovery, loss, love and bravery.
Title: Tortured Souls
Author: Keigh Leigh Wheaton
Series: The Orion Circle #1
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Date of Publication: July 29, 2014
Before reading Tortured Souls, I hadn’t read many paranormal books, though I’d like to say that one of my debuts into the genre was a pleasant surprise! To start, I have a short summary:
This book follows a 15 year old girl named Kassandra (although she goes by Kacie and CiCi) who leads a relatively normal life, living with her father, Adam, her brother, Gavin and her super-loving dog, Kodiak. Oh, fairly normal except for the fact that she is clairvoyant meaning she can see and communicate with spirits, both good and, unfortunately, very very evil. Since early childhood, she has recognized her “gift” (as not so much a gift, but a curse really) and shared this information with her parents. That very day, her mother fled the house and never returned – something Adam, her father, will always blame her for. When she starts going on early-morning runs with her longtime crush, the very dreamy and brave Logan, she is introduced into a whole new paranormal world which she had no idea she was living in – The Orion Circle only accepts select and elite individuals. Soon Kacie is thrown headfirst into this world, not really knowing what she’s doing….
Wow, this book definitely impressed me a lot towards the end. There was a time there that I got a little bored or uninterested because of all the romance, but the ending was great. I thought we weren’t going to get any more information about the Reestablishment and it was going to turn out as a lovey-dovey, not really dystopian novel, but the end fixed that.
I don’t think you can classify this book as only a dystopian/fantasy book, as there is that big aspect of romance in there, but that was okay for me. I do love romance novels and I didn’t really feel like the relationship between Adam and Juliette was forced, so that’s something. I enjoyed the parts where they talked about the Reestablishment because it’s quite an interesting land to live in. The end where you discover an entirely new part of the world, completely surprised me. I didn’t read any reviews on purpose because I wanted to feel that way.
**this is a short, first impression sort of review – not very formal like my other ones**
I have to admit – I was a bit skeptical about this book. There are so many young-adult novels out there today based in a dystopian land so sometimes it’s hard to find a good one. Fortunately, this was a great read for me. I thought the apocalyptic world was so interesting. The idea that there was a world above and underground that to each other, seemed almost impossible to even exist was very intriguing.
Okay, so I just read The Morganville Vampires #1 (and #2 but this is only for #1) Initially, I wasn’t going to dive into yet another vampire tale just because there are so many out there today that you never know which ones really stand out. Although, this book immediately caught my attention for several reasons:
The Selection by Kiera Cass was a very interesting novel and was much better than I expected. Immediately, I knew I was goingto like the plot of this book just because it was so different than anything I had read lately. America Singer is a Six – two castes (a social class that the people of the country were divided into) up from being homeless, hungry and penniless. She and her family live in a town in Carolina and don’t have much themselves. When the opportunity to become Prince Maxon’s wife (The Selection) is brought upon every girl between 16 – 20 years of age, America’s mom is quick to convince her. Eventually, after much pestering, not only from her family but from others as well, she agrees to enter, doubting her odds anyhow. Surprisingly enough, America is one of the 35 girls chosen for The Selection and will live with the Prince and his family in the palace until a wife is chosen. Cass brings us on America’s journey through the transition into living like a One (in a palace nonetheless), through the violent attacks by the rebels and the tension between her and the other girls fighting for the crown all the while trying desperately to forget something..or someone.. she has left behind in her town in Carolina….
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So, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always looking to start a new YA (young adult) series but every time I look, I feel like I’ve already read all of them! What I have recently noticed is that there are so many that may not be as popular but are still amazing. Here are my recommendations for a new series (just click on the names and you will be taken to the goodreads page of that novel):
Alright! Those are all the suggestions I have for you guys right now, though if you have your own, feel free to leave a comment below to spread the word. Happy Reading!