Monthly Archives: December 2011
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Publication Date: January 13th
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.
I saw this on the this for the Debut Author Challenge and I thought it looked really good. I love all sorts of dystopians so I am super excited to read this one.
Wake by Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 4th 2008
Source: Random Act of Kindness from Paige at Comfort Books
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant.
I have never before read any of Lisa Mcmann’s books and I can already tell from reading Wake that I will be a fan for the rest of my life. Wake is a kind of book that you fall in love with and you can’t get it out of your head for days after reading it.
This book is told in a 3rd person perspective that follows Janie as she struggles through life while constantly getting pulled into other people’s dreams (an ability that she has nearly gotten her killed more than once.). The way her ability is put together his really well done through out the book, and the way McManns back up Janie’s past works beautifully. Through out the book the time and date are posted instead of chapter titles.
There are really one a few characters introduced in the book, but the characters who are introduced are all very well developed. My favorite character in the book is Cable, a neighbor of Janie’s who has a troubling past of his own, and secretly has a crush on Janie. He is such a complected character but I can’t help but love him for caring for Janie despite her ability.
My favorite part of the book is in the middle of the book when Janie goes on a bus trip with school for three hours, and there ends up being an issue where people are constantly falling asleep, and she has to deal with the fact that she is being thrown in and out of dreams while the boy next to her asks what is going on with her.
The goal for the giveaway is to get readers and bloggers to finish any challenges or books that they had been doing for 2011. I didn’t sign up for any challenges this year, because I began to blog and joined the online reading community in May when challenges were already in full swing. My goals for this Readathon was to read more than I normally would and be active in the online aspect of the Readathon. So far since the Readathon started yesterday,this is what I have read:
-I finished THE GODDESS TEST (Approximately 130 pages)
-I began FADE (62 pages in so far)
On a somewhat unrelated topic, I have decided to join the new FORBIDDEN BOOK CLUB and I will possibly be hosting for a month at some point. The book club is for fans of YA to read a book with other readers and join in the conversation of the book online. The reading of the book with be done over a month and a new book will be chosen by voting. I’m very excited to begin reading with the club!
For everyone who has not heard about the Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon , it is a readathon for readers and bloggers to finishe up challenges and books they wanted to read during that year.
Participants! I am hosting a giveaway for two signed THE PLEDGE posters. This giveaway is for readathon participants only. There will be one winner of the two posters. Please enter below. I’m hoping that Rafflecopter will be nice and work, if it does not, comment with your email.