Quick Thoughts: “End of Days”

“End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3)” by Susan Ee

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic

Other Penryn & the End of Days books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

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Discussion: Updated High School Reading

let's talkI came across an article on Book Riot recently called High School Reading, 2.0. I thought it was really interesting to see what other people would like to see used in high school classrooms. I thought I would share a few of my picks!

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Quick Thoughts: “Code Name Verity”

“Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1)” by Elizabeth Wein

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

GoodreadsOther Code Name Verity books

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

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Book Review: “The Exiled Queen”

“The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2)” by Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Seven Realms books

Summary from Goodreads:

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean that danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

Everything changes when Han and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

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Quick Thoughts: “Unmade”

“Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) “ by Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.
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Quick Thoughts: “Untold”

“Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) “ by Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

GoodreadsOther Lynburn Legacy books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s time to choose sides….

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

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What I Want To See Less Of (3)

I thought it would be fun to talk about what I as a reader would like to see less of in Young Adult (and Middle Grade) books.

MIA Family

I know not having parents around makes the story easier to tell but where’s the love for parents and families? Family is a big thing. It’s our first relationship in life. They cause us many headaches but they also bring us much joy.

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