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Terra Soul by S.J. Abraham

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Terra%20Soul%20Cover_zpsd6ycqimvLoveys, I want to tell you about a story I’m excited about! So I had the privilege of working on this super-fun, YA, sci/fi novel and I loved it! Here’s the book blurb:

Ayla thinks she’s just a comic-book nerd with a photophobia until the day a space fold forms in her living room and her father drags through it to the alien world of Karanik, her birthplace. When she discovers that soul-drinking aliens have infested Earth, she must embrace who she truly is in order to save it.

This story is great for young adults, boy and girls. It’s got aliens, teen angst, adventure, basically the world coming to an end and all that great stuff. I really enjoyed it and I think this author will have more amazing stories to tell. So check out Terra Soul on Amazon!!

https://www.amazon.com/Terra-Soul-S-J-Abraham/dp/0997625813

 

Legend by Marie Lu

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So I just finished reading Legend by Marie Lu and let me tell you, it’s a page-turner! It took me two days to finish it and that’s mainly because I have children to feed and bathe and change diapers for and all that jazz. It’s intense with a pace kind of like Hunger Games and Divergent, you don’t want to stop reading till you reach the end. It’s YA dystopian lit, which I’m hooked on, so I loved the plot. The US has long since divided into two groups: the Republic and the Colonies, and they are constantly at war. June and Day are our main characters and they’re interesting and likeable. I’m really excited to see how the author develops their relationship. I get the feeling she’s not going to go the easy route, which I’m thrilled by. *Spoiler alert*

In a very real way, June is partly responsible for the deaths of two of Day’s family members. Despite his intense attraction to her, can he overlook this sort of crucial fact? I don’t know. What’s happening with Eden and the government-engineered plague? What are the Colonies really like? What about Tess’s future? All these questions and more make waiting for book 2 so difficult! There are some torture scenes in the book, but it’s written in a very tasteful, not overly gory way, and it’s vital to the story. I’m not one for torture, but I could handle reading this. I really liked the complex aspects of June and Day. They come from opposite worlds, but then again, they have a lot in common. They liked each other from the get go, but June was reacting in a bad way to what she thought happened to her brother, and this reaction ends up devastating Day’s life. How do you get past that?  I think the author’s set all this up in a great way and I’m looking forward to the next book!

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Move over, Amy March. Emily’s got your number.

I read about this novel a while back in PW, then forgot about it. Then saw it on the shelf at the library this week and remembered that I wanted to read it. I’m so glad I did. It took only a day to read it–so it’s a really fast, easy read. And for anyone who likes Little Women, it’s a fun read. Definitely YA, the main character is only 14, I think. So it feels like a young story. But it’s cute and quirky and has a really great twist at the end that I just loved. Like the author, I’m one of those people who thinks it’s one of the greatest tragedies ever that Amy March ends up with Laurie, rather than Jo. Well, 14-year-old Emily gets sucked into the story during a homework assignment and is intent on changing a few things during her time with the March family. There’s some humor in the story, some fun twists and turns along the way–but I think the ending is the best part. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you’re a fan of the original, I think you’ll like it. Like I said, it feels like a young story–and some parts felt a little slow, to be honest. But we’re talking 1860 here–I mean, they sewed and talked for entertainment. It’s not exactly life in the fast lane. 🙂 And Emily keeps things interesting for us. Just being back with the characters of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Laurie is fun and enjoyable. I recommend this one for fans of YA historical lit especially. Happy reading!