Sunday, June 5, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

I fell in love with If I Stay the first time I read it, but for me, once I turned that last page, I continued the book in my head, creating my own happy ending for Adam and Mia. So I was hesitant to pick up Where She Went. I didn't want my happy ending to be shattered. Well, I have to admit it was shattered, but brilliantly so.

I love this book.

When Adam fell into that void, so did I. When Adam wept, so did I. And when the ending came, I was blown away. Left with a hangover in the best possible way. I only hope that one day, I can write such powerful words and leave such lasting effects. Thank you, Gayle, for giving me an ending that I love even better than my own.

And now, can someone please recommend something light and fluffy?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

"Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization."
(Description from Goodreads)

Reasons you should read this book.

1. This is a dystopian that manages to break the mold that so many have fallen into lately. Namely, the "My world is, it's not," syndrome. There is never any assumption that this world or its inhabitants are perfect. But, it's very very real.

2. The prose is amazing. Moira Young shows so much of the world and Saba's character just through her language.

3. Saba is an unforgettable heroine -- flawed, courageous, determined, and loyal.

4. And the romance is hot. (That alone is enough for me.)

Seriously, read this book.