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Gone

What would you do if one day, out of nowhere, every person 15 years and older simply disappeared? They just ‘poofed’ out of existence?

That is exactly what happens in the novel Gone by Michael Grant.

 

 

In the blink of an eye.
Everyone disappears.
GONE.
Except for the young: Teens. Middle Schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. And just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against the powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you will disappear just like everyone else.

Gone is the first of a 6 novel series. I have never read anything like it. It is one of the most unique stories that I have ever experienced. Even though it is a Harry Potter size novel, it is a very quick read. I was burning through the pages and I could not put it down. So do not let the size of it intimidate you.

The characters are very animated and they have to learn how to grow up very quickly. You really feel their fear and pain right along with them. There is a new twist around every corner. Grant has you guessing the whole way through, trying to figure out what has happened to the small town of Perdido Beach, California. And what is yet to come. How will the kids survive?

 

The second novel of the Gone series is out now. It is titled Hunger and is as equally intense and compelling as the first one.

#1 National Bestseller

I first read this story when I was a sophmore in high school and I remember how much it blew me away. That is what convinced me to go back and purchase my own copy. Reading it again now, I picked up on a lot more of the meaning and the story line.

THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold is the story of a 14 year-old girl named Susie who has been brutally raped, murdered, and dismembered. Susie tells her story from her “heaven” where she watches the lives of her family and friends continue on without her.

 

 Alice Sebold has created an incredible world..”the Inbetween” or heaven, that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever imagined. The visuals she uses when explaining the surroundings are just captivating. It is a place that I believe and hope to truly exist.

It had begun to snow outside. It was the first snow since my death, and this was not lost on my father.
“I can hear you, honey,” he said to me, even though I wasn’t talking. “What is it?”
I focused very hard on the dead geranium in his line of vision. I thought if I could make it bloom he would have his answer. In my heaven it bloomed. In my heaven geranium petals swirled in eddies up my waist. On Earth nothing happened.
But through the snow I noticed this: my father was looking toward the green house in a new way. He had begun to wonder.

After Susie’s death her family begins to both strengthen and fall apart. Trouble between her parents begins as her father is determined to convict her murderer, a man that everyone ignores. He will not rest until justice is found for his daughter. This story is really one of hope, grief, love, and joy. Susie could only watch as her family tried, with much difficulty, to pick themselves back up and continue on. There are many meanings in the story and lessons that are learned. Susie overcomes great obstacles and learns her own lessons throughout the story as well.

These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections — sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent — that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events my death brought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous lifeless body had been my life.

 

This novel is a must buy for everyone.

 

Now the great news (which I am very excited about) is that this novel is being moved to the big screen. Now normally I hate books gone movie because of all the things left out and changed. However, Peter Jackson looks to have done a phenomenal job. I am very glad that he was chosen as the director for such an intricate and delicate story as this one. The movie comes out on January 15, 2010. I also want to say that the cast is INCREDIBLE. Everyone fits the part wonderfully in my opinion. I will be seeing this one opening night.

Below I have embeded the trailer for the movie, it is wonderful and I hope that you will take the time to watch it to see what it is that I am ranting about.

 

Catching Fire

Wow! That is really all I can say.

I recently reviewed the novel THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins and I loved it. Well, this past Tuesday the second book in the trilogy, CATCHING FIRE, was released…..and it was INCREDIBLE!!!!!

…this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.

–School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark’s story continues and it is quite the ride. I really didn’t have much of an idea about what would be in the second book, but I know that what I read was completely unexpected. There is a new twist on every page. Once again the government has tried to control the people but this time it won’t be so easy. The districts of Panem are tired of the rules and all the games that come along with them.

It is so hard to really review this without spoiling the story and all of the suprises within its pages. All I can really say is that this book blew all of my expectations out of the water. It took the story to a WHOLE new level and it ends with the biggest cliff hanger in the history of cliff hangers. I am begging for the 3rd installment to come out so I can see what happens next.  Unfortunately, we don’t know when it will be released or it’s name. But as soon as I find out you will be the first to know.

If you are a fan of THE HUNGER GAMES, then you will fall in love with the sequel. If you have yet to read the first book….do so now!!! You won’t regret it. This is a story that ALL AGES will love. Get it, read it, love it. =] This series gets a million stars.

 

Impossible….

First off I just want to thank you.
I really cannot thank everyone enough for the piles of support. I am completely blown away by all the feedback I have received. I never imagined that my blog would reach so many people so quickly. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to post more reviews for you.

In honor of my new blog, my mother bought me a novel. Now, normally when a parent buys their child something it’s time to run for the hills. =] Because most kids think that parents are living in a totally different world and that they couldn’t possibly be interested in the same things. However, my mom did good. haha!
She gave me the novel, Impossible by Nancy Werlin and it did not disappoint.

 This is a story involving the powerful ties of family and love. A story of how those connections will guide you and in the end, save you.

A haunting, thrilling, romantic puzzle. Just read it.
— Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

Lucy is a normal, outgoing, unique teenager who is simply living life. She has a great family and two best friends and her next big adventure is the prom. But not all goes to plan when prom night turns out to be not so magical, in the fairytale sense. Her life then takes a sudden turn for the worst when she learns of her family curse and the three impossible tasks it will take to break it. Generations have failed with the tasks and for Lucy, only true love can save her.
It is a story of determination and strength that will have you burning through the pages. There were times when I thought I knew what was going to happen, how things would turn out. But then a new twist would keep me baffled and guessing. I really really enjoyed this book and I think that anyone would. It is a story of courage and you feel it in yourself while reading.

Gregory Maguire really sums it up when he says, “Just read it”.

 

 

Here goes nothing…

There are so many good books to review for my first post that it took me a while to decide which to choose. But In honor of the 2nd book release I have decided to share with you the story of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

“COULD YOU SURVIVE ON YOUR OWN, IN THE WILD, WITH EVERY ONE OUT TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T LIVE TO SEE THE MORNING?” -Suzanne Collins

  a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and a USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“…enthralling, imaginative and creepy…”
–Los Angeles Times

“Themes of government control, “big brother,” and personal independence are explored amidst a thrilling adventure that will appeal to science fiction, survival, and adventure readers. The suspense of this powerful novel will keep the reader glued to the page long after bedtime.”
–VOYA, Deborah L. Dubois

This is a story that will have you questioning everything you know. It is like no other world I have ever lived in. The tale of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark is one of fear, intensity, love, and determination. I could not put this book down, the pages held me all the way through. I dreamt of the characters for days, they consumed my mind. The story takes place in the country of Panem(formerly known as the USA) where there are 12 districts. Panem is run by the Capitol and they are dangerous. Every year the Capitol choses 2 tributes from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. I could not even imagine having to do what Katniss and Peeta must. To be chosen for death by your own goverment! To know that your family will be forced to watch as you’re hunted down like an animal! The freedom of these kids is stripped away from them and they are left to protect themselves. It is either win…or die.
There were times when I laughed, cried, got angry and even lost hope. You feel what the characters feel and it is as if you are right there with them the entire time.

“WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH. THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN….” -Suzanne Collins

Guys and girls alike will love this book and characters in it. Oh,  and the great news…it’s a trilogy! The second novel in the series, Catching Fire, will be in stores on September 1st.

 

I have my copy ordered and I suggest you do the same!