Hello! Alyssa here. As fictionforteens.com enters its 3rd year I thought I’d look back through by book reviews from the past year and pick out my favourites for you. Please click on the title of each book to see the full review.
Say her name, Juno Dawson
Say her name is based around the legend of Bloody Mary, but with a twist. A group of teenagers try to summon the ghost of Bloody Mary, unaware of the consequences. The tension in the book grew as the story went on, making it very gripping. The plot twists were completely unpredictable as the reason behind the events in the book were slowly revealed.
Chaos Walking trilogy:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men
By Patrick Ness
After reading other books by Patrick Ness and really enjoying them, I was eager to read the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really like the writing style and the vivid characters which really came to life, especially Todd, the protagonist of the trilogy. I saw A Monster Calls In the cinema last week and absolutely loved it, so I’ve bought the book and I will review it soon.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray who finds out that she is a Shadowhunter, half-angel demon slayers tasked with keeping the human world safe. Clary and her friends encounter vampires, warlocks and werewolves in this action-packed fantasy novel. I’ve already begun reading the second book, City of Ashes which I’m enjoying so far.
Are there any books you’ve enjoyed recently? Please let me know in the comments!
Holding Up the Universe tells the story of two teenagers called Libby and Jack. Libby, a girl whose struggle with weight led to her becoming trapped in her house, finds that since that event people have struggled to forget that she was once “America’s Fattest Teen”. Jack, on the other hand, has been hiding his prosopagnosia (face blindness) from his friends and family. As the pair get to know each other, they learn that it’s what a person is like on the inside that counts.
Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is a normal teenager, or so she thinks. One night, on a visit to a Manhattan nightclub, she witnesses the murder of a seemingly innocent boy. She later finds out that the ‘innocent’ boy was a demon, and the attackers were Shadowhunters, half-human, half-angel and tasked with keeping the human world safe from demons. When Clary discovers she too is a Shadowhunter, she begins to realise that all the stories of vampires, warlocks and werewolves are true…
Monsters of Men is the final instalment in the Chaos Walking series. After fighting the army of The Answer, the Mayor has another enemy to worry about — the native species, known as the Spackle. Meanwhile, Todd is doing everything he can to make sure Viola, his best friend, is safe. When the Mayor begins to struggle fighting the Spackle forces, he must make some difficult decisions to ensure the safety of the people of New Prentisstown.
Sitting in a sunny courtyard under a pomegranate tree, Dilvan Haco, a kurdish teenager, struggles to come to terms with what she saw earlier. A kurdish soldier called Rehana gives her a diary, and tells her to write down everything that happens to her, from leaving her village to watching her mother being kidnapped, because one day, the world will want to hear her story…From that day onwards, Dilvan keeps a diary as a testament to what happens to her and family.
This book describes the beautiful scenery perfectly, with a very contrasting subject matter. Most importantly, it shows the effect of war on children like Dilvan and her family, and it was an eye-opening for me to read. Dilvan and Rehana were inspirational characters, always positive and strong, confident female role models. It is such a powerful book that I couldn’t put down. .
I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in world affairs or if you are interested in other cultures around the world.
My next review will be Monsters of Men, the conclusion to the Chaos Walking Trilogy.
Brother and sister Aidan and Vee are travelling alone on the EV Aidan, a Spaceship, when they receive a distress signal from a group of settlers under attack from a species known as the Mazon. They welcome aboard a group of refugees – the son of their leader, Nathan, immediately falls in love with Vee. As they travel through space, they begin to question who they can trust…
The Ask and the Answer follows straight on from The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the trilogy. Todd and Viola have just arrived at Haven to find that the Mayor of Prentisstown has taken over and given himself the title of President Prentiss. Todd is made to work for the enemy, the President, but when bombs begin to explode around the city, he is forced to choose sides…
It’s never quiet in Prentisstown – the 146 men and one boy, Todd, who live there can constantly hear each other thoughts in what’s known as the Noise, a germ that has affected everyone in the town and supposedly killed all the women. One day, with only a month to go until he becomes a man, he finds a place where it is completely silent, which is unheard of in Prentisstown. He soon finds out that the men of Prentisstown aren’t telling him the truth when it comes to the past of the town…
Just like the other Patrick Ness books that I’ve read, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I really liked the concept. It makes you think about what it would be like if you could hear the thoughts of the people around you constantly and whether you would try to hide your thoughts from others.
I really liked the characters – especially Todd and his dog, Manchee. Animals are also affected by the Noise, so Todd can communicate with Manchee. They had such a strong bond which was tested to the limits as the story progressed. I am currently reading The Ask and the Answer, the next book in the trilogy. I’m enjoying it and I hope to post the review next week.
Checkmate is the penultimate book in the Noughts and Crosses series. Callie is the daughter of Sephy, a Cross, and Callum a Nought. She soon learns that life in this divided society isn’t going to be easy…
In the second book in the Noughts and Crosses series, the story is told by Sephy, a Cross, and Jude, a Nought. Jude blames Sephy for what happened to his family, and now he wants revenge, but with Jude’s life resting on a knife edge, that’s not going to be easy…