Movie & Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

450a319f8da0884ee0da7110.LJonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

PUBLISHER: Ember

PAGES: 179

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A week ago, I was able to experience an advanced screening of The Giver. Of course, I couldn’t watch the movie without reading the book, so I quickly grabbed The Giver and started reading. I finished the book a minute before I sat down in the theater. Cutting it close, people! Don’t expect this to be a loquacious movie review (I’m not good at those) or overly sassy (Read: I enjoyed the book & movie TONS). Continue reading

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Review: Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

Take Me TomorrowTwo years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

PUBLISHER: AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc.

PAGES: 252

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I’d heard about this book all over the book blogosphere, so when I had the chance to get my hands on this book, I was all there! 🙂 Continue reading

Dystopian Novels! Yay or nay?

Recently, I’ve found myself shying away from reading anything in the Dystopian fiction genre. I find that they echo the same sort of rough rubric and – though they’re fun to read in moderation – I can’t read one after another after another after another after… well, you get the point. The government is somehow corrupt and ends up as the hated antagonist. There’s some sort of division in the city/land where the novel is set (think factions or districts). Throw in a spunky and admirable heroine who doesn’t want to fit in and one or two literary hotties and you have dystopian! More or less… some have surprised me in the past few years.

Obviously, I’m over-simplifying. There’s a little more to the dystopian genre. It seems like the shelves are full of Dystopian novels these days. Although I’ve recently tried to distance myself from this genre, there are a few that I can genuinely recommend. Whether they’ve already been adapted to film or they’ve barely garnered any attention, here’s a few that I love!

1) Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Continue reading

Review: Riot by Sarah Mussi

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A hard hitting, near future thriller from the author of SIEGE

Years of cuts have devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment. The country is aghast, but the politicians are unshakeable. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need.

It’s time for the young to take to the streets. It’s time for them to RIOT.

Will Be Available: May 1, 2014

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

When I began this novel, I almost dropped it. I don’t have much tolerance for bad writing, unless the story plot is incredibly interesting. The writing in this book was incredibly choppy and Continue reading