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1Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 1, 2012, 4:43pm Top

I just finished Partials by Dan Wells. I really enjoyed it, especially from the middle til the end. It started slightly slow but picked up around page 80 and from then on it was almost nonstop action.

The story follows Kira Walker as she tries to find a cure to RM, a virus that kills new born babies and is preventing the human race from procreating. She and the dwindling human population live in the year 2076, in a world torn apart by the war between humans and Partials, genetically engineered human look-a-like super soldiers, originally created by humans and blamed for the release of the RM virus.

2Caramellunacy
Mar 2, 2012, 10:22am Top

I just finished The Queen Bee of Bridgeton about an African-American ballerina attending an exclusive private high school who runs into trouble when she starts dating a boy one of the popular girls (known as the Bitch Brigade) wants. I liked the dancing aspects, but some of the plot holes really bothered me. Plus I could have done without her going brain-dead every time her hormones kicked in (realistic though it may be).

I've also now started Flygirl by Sherri Smith about a young African-American woman who 'passes' for white during World War II so she can join the WASPs and fly airplanes. I'm really enjoying it so far - though I can tell that things are leading to inevitable heartache.

3BeckyJG
Edited: Mar 2, 2012, 9:30pm Top

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Been waiting for this one.

4Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 3, 2012, 12:00am Top

#3. Ooo that one looks good but I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. Let me know how it is for you!

5Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 4, 2012, 2:27pm Top

I just finished the Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer about Calla, Ren, and Shay who are werewolves trying to save the world. That's a very simplified synopsis but there you have it.

6Miriam..
Mar 4, 2012, 3:51pm Top

Reading Nancy Bilyeau - The crown anybody read this one?

7Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 4, 2012, 4:23pm Top

I haven't. Is it good so far?

8PAKelley
Mar 5, 2012, 8:00am Top

Just started Incarceron--not sure what I think so far. Anyone else read that one?

9Sakerfalcon
Edited: Mar 5, 2012, 8:04am Top

This weekend I read Glass houses, the first Morganville vampires book. I really liked it, to my surprise; I could relate to Claire, and I liked the dynamic between the residents of the Glass house. Also, no insta-love! Hooray! Now I'm half way through Guardian of the dead, which is just amazing so far. I stayed up way too late last night reading it, and suspect I will do the same tonight . . .

>8 PAKelley:: Not yet, it has been on the tbr shelf for ages. I will try and get to it soon.

10Miriam..
Mar 5, 2012, 9:39am Top

it´s ok.. nothing exciting happened yet.. and deff no clue where this book is going.. but that´s probably what makes me want to continue reading.

11Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 5, 2012, 11:07am Top

I kinda need to have a slight "feel" about where the plot is going....otherwise I lose interest *sigh*

12gildedspine
Edited: Mar 5, 2012, 8:54pm Top

Unwind by Neal Shusterman - this has been a long time on my shelf... >

13Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 6, 2012, 12:50am Top

Better late than never :)

14jlbattis2
Mar 6, 2012, 5:54am Top

Just finished The Humming Room: conceptually intriguing, promising in its debt to The Secret Garden, but deficient in its execution, especially the rushed, unsatisfying ending.
Just starting The Drowned Cities: too soon to tell...
Recently read Nick Lake's In Darkness: though I don't particularly care for the 'two narrative voices from two eras' format, this devastating book overcomes any such hesitation; this one's award-worthy.
Next up: Lewis Buzbee's third, coming after the commendable The Haunting of Charles Dickens.

15Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 8, 2012, 10:13am Top

I've actually never heard of these book but they all sound very intriguing. I'll have to give them a try when I finish my current book.

16CurrerBell
Mar 8, 2012, 11:23am Top

Just started Marie Lu's Legend. Fairly decent so far (I'm about a third through) but kind of cartoonish in the sense of Super Boy meets Wonder Girl.

17Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 8, 2012, 12:28pm Top

Yeah that book is slightly more "childrens" rather than young adult book. I would give it a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. It's low just due to the fact that it's listed as a YA book but I think it should be a children's book.

18jemsw
Mar 8, 2012, 12:59pm Top

Presently reading Yesterday's Dead for the Early Reviewers program. I'm loving the history!

19Kwidhalm
Mar 8, 2012, 1:11pm Top

#16) I just picked Legend up from the library. I sure hope it is good. :)

20Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 9, 2012, 7:10pm Top

Just finished Switched by Amanda Hocking. It was really good! Now on to book number 2!

21CurrerBell
Mar 9, 2012, 9:33pm Top

17,19>> I'll go with Danielle and give Legend three-and-a-half. I might have given it lower, but you make a good point that the problem may be more that it's in a style more suited to a younger audience than YA. Also, I thought it improved somewhat in the second half. Still, though, I thought the ending was quite predictable and not particularly original. Decent enough read, but I'm not sure I'm going to bother with the future installments.

22aleciastone
Mar 10, 2012, 5:46pm Top

I'm about to start on Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles

23sdbookhound
Mar 11, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Recent Reads include: Rules of Attraction and Mockingbird. On deck is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

22: I'm interested to hear how you like
Perfect Chemistry.

24Kwidhalm
Mar 11, 2012, 8:52pm Top

17, 21) Thanks for your input! I'm returning Legend to the library and I haven't even opened the book yet. Based on your input, this is not a book for me. Thanks so much! :)

I also have Enclave. Any feedback on that book?

25BookLizard
Mar 12, 2012, 10:55am Top

24> Is it Enclave by Kit Reed or Ann Aguirre? I read the one by Ann Aguirre back in October and really enjoyed it. The details are kind of fuzzy because I was staying home sick and reading a LOT of books at the time, but it's part dystopian novel, part zombie novel. It has the world-building you expect from this genre, and it has the required love interest(s). I liked it more than Incarceron or Ship Breaker, but not as much as Divergent or Blood Red Road. The sequel, Outpost, isn't due out until September.

26Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 12, 2012, 11:35am Top

I did really enjoy Divergent by Veronica Roth so perhaps give that a try Kwidhalm :)

27Kwidhalm
Mar 12, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Danielle - I read Divergent last year and LOVED it!! :) I have already pre-ordered Insurgent for May! Yippee!

BookLizard - It is the book by Ann Aguirre. Hopefully I will enjoy it! I also really liked Divergent and Blood Red Road.

Thanks for all the help! :D

Kate

28Cailiosa
Mar 12, 2012, 7:11pm Top

I am so excited for Insurgent -- May cannot get here soon enough! Have you all seen the teaser EW put up on their site?

29Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 12, 2012, 7:23pm Top

Just finished Ascend and Torn by Amanda Hocking. Really enjoyed this series!! However, be warned, the last book develops into a love triangle/square? And I was a bit unsatisfied with who Wendy ended up with. But I liked the plot, minus the romance bit in the last half of the book.

30Lcanon
Mar 12, 2012, 7:43pm Top

I've started Finnikin of the Rock on my Kindle. So far a lot of backstory, but I'm rolling with it.

31Cailiosa
Mar 12, 2012, 7:59pm Top

lcanon: Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite authors. As far as I'm concerned, she can do no wrong, whether she's writing contemporary or fantasy fiction. I loved Finnikin and I thought Froi of the Exiles was even better (and it's quite a bit bigger, too, which is a good thing for me, since I read quickly).

32FPLArocks
Mar 12, 2012, 9:57pm Top

Pandemonium is amazing!!!! But you have to read Delirium first or it will be confusing. I'm reading it right now and it is sooooooooooooooooo good!!

33BookLizard
Mar 12, 2012, 10:10pm Top

27> Rebel Heart, the sequel to Blood Red Road, will be out at the end of October.

I'm #1 on the library's wait list for Insurgent.

34Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 13, 2012, 10:05am Top

BookLizard, you are so lucky! I R Jealous! hehe

35bluesalamanders
Mar 13, 2012, 10:34am Top

I just finished rereading the Uglies trilogy. Very good books.

36HarlequinBooks
Mar 13, 2012, 12:52pm Top

I just finished a beta read of a YA and can hardly wait for the author to make it even better (based on her editor's first round of feedback, not mine LOL). In print have started Shattered Dreams: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel by Ellie James.

Am listening to Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass - don't know if it's children's or YA. And by myself I'm listening to If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I wasn't going to keep listening (or reading for that matter) this series b/c as a mom I had a hard time with my mom brain wanting to have the teenagers make better choices - which of course, they don't in real life and can't in a book if you're going to have something worth reading. But then more than one friend told me that I need to keep going, so I am.

Penn

37Caramellunacy
Mar 14, 2012, 12:04pm Top

I'm in the middle of Code Name: Verity about two young women during WWII - one a WAAF pilot and one in special operations spying in France. It's a really good (though painful despite it not being terribly graphic) read so far. Can't wait to get back to it on the train ride home.

38Cailiosa
Mar 14, 2012, 1:15pm Top

caramellunacy: I really want to read Code Name: Verity. I've heard from several people that it is excellent.

39Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 14, 2012, 2:26pm Top

Just finished The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

40TinaV95
Mar 14, 2012, 9:44pm Top

Just started The Night Circus and am enjoying it a lot thus far...

41Caramellunacy
Mar 15, 2012, 7:19am Top

Cailiosa,

I had to go hide in the restroom this morning to finish it and I cried. It's brutal and heart-breaking and a wonderful book. I heartily recommend it!

42Miriam..
Mar 15, 2012, 9:30am Top

Just finished Nancy Bilyeau - The Crown.. a book that you need to read! It's about the history of England coming with a mysterie and some romance. Deff one you need to have on your shelfs!

43KayEluned
Mar 15, 2012, 12:02pm Top

40> I will look out for your comments when you've finished it. I am very intrigued by this book and would love to know what you think of it.

I am currently reading Contested Will by James Shapiro which is about the history of the Shakespeare conspiracy theories, it is all very interesting. Particularly how much the proponents of the different theories project their own issues and the issues of their age onto the question anew each time. I'm starting to think it is a compliment to Shakespeare's brilliance that the authorship of the plays is so passionately contested by certain people.

Also reading The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, I seem to be the only person who has not read this book/ seen the film so DON'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS!

Finally, I am re-reading Charles Dickens' David Copperfield on my kindle because I love it.

44Kwidhalm
Mar 19, 2012, 8:19am Top

I just finished Enclave and found that it was rather enjoyable. I will be starting Under the Never Sky this evening.

45extrajoker
Mar 20, 2012, 12:17am Top

46bellabrax
Mar 26, 2012, 12:12pm Top

I just started Partials and I love it! I usually have a hard time connecting to a female character when it is written by a man, but I'm doing OK with it in this book.

47bellabrax
Mar 26, 2012, 12:15pm Top

Enclave was awesome and so was Under the Never Sky! Under the Never Sky is my favorite book this year (so far) :)

48Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 26, 2012, 1:19pm Top

I will definitely have to give Under the Never Sky a read. I've heard some good things about it.

49Sakerfalcon
Mar 26, 2012, 2:06pm Top

I read Soul enchilada last week, and loved it. The main character is a feisty 18-y-o Latina/African American girl whose tough life gets more difficult when she finds out that her dead grandfather sold her soul to the devil in order to buy the car of his dreams. There's lots of humour, snarkiness and local colour in the book, and Bug is an awesome heroine. Though there is romance, her personality and priorities do not change because of it, and things never get sappy - in fact, she and her man are more likely to be bickering than making out. Warning - you will probably experience cravings for pizza and Tex-Mex food while reading this book!

50Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 26, 2012, 2:11pm Top

I LOVE strong snarky heroines. They are absolutely fantastic!

51Cailiosa
Mar 26, 2012, 7:36pm Top

I am currently reading A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley. If you enjoyed her Graffiti Moon, do yourself a favor and check this book out too. It has the same lovely poetic prose and features a character who lives and breathes music the way Ed and Lucy do art.

52SaraHope
Mar 28, 2012, 6:36pm Top

Am a little behind the times, just starting Catching Fire. I read Hunger Games probably year before last, and was just inspired to keep going by seeing the movie on Sunday (I enjoyed HG, but with a book that dark, and when I know the darkness isn't over, I need to psych myself up to continue and just hadn't gotten around to it yet).

53UnrulySun
Mar 28, 2012, 8:22pm Top

Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking books are just 99 cents each today, Kindle daily deal. :)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kdd_kbhp_title?ie=UTF8&docId=10007...

54CurrerBell
Mar 28, 2012, 10:17pm Top

53> Yeah, I've got 'em in hardcover, but for that price I decided to pick 'em up on Kindle too. Only problem is, the Kindle font face is messy for depicting the "noise."

55Danielle.Montgomery
Mar 29, 2012, 1:04am Top

52. I know what you mean. I'm currently stuck after reading The Maze Runner. I will get to the rest of them eventually.

56SaraHope
Apr 4, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Finished Catching Fire last week and am reading Mockingjay now, about halfway through. I've heard most people were disappointed with Mockingjay--I'm enjoying it so far but keeping my expectations for the ending low.

57Danielle.Montgomery
Apr 4, 2012, 9:55pm Top

Keeping expectations low is good. That way you can be pleasantly surprised if it's really good :)

58macsbrains
Apr 5, 2012, 12:15am Top

>56 SaraHope: I think people don't like it as much because there is a widening of scope and so it feels different from the other two. I loved because it was exactly what I had been expecting and I would have been disappointed if it had gone differently. I have also been accused of meta-reading too much, so there's that...

59Cailiosa
Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 9:52am Top

I think a lot of people wanted the ending of Mockingjay to be wrapped up neatly in a happy little bow, but it doesn't. I do think, however, that it's an entirely realistic outcome. I did have some issues with Katniss at the beginning of the book, but it didn't make me hate it or anything.

60AngelaCinVA
Apr 5, 2012, 10:52am Top

I ended March with the ARC of The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's very dark and grim, but an amazing book! Now to write my review. . .

61CurrerBell
Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 11:25pm Top

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62Danielle.Montgomery
Edited: Apr 29, 2012, 1:07pm Top

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63Danielle.Montgomery
Apr 29, 2012, 1:07pm Top

Oops! I accidentally posted in the wrong month XD

64OLLEH
Edited: Mar 26, 2013, 12:19pm Top

me too

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