Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February's Reads

This month is Young adult book . Reading them with my son. We picked 4 books we are hoping are as good as the hype. Here we go

TITLE:  Lockdown                                                                        
AUTHOR: Alexander Gordon Smith

GOODREAD'S SUMMARY: Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

WHY WE PICKED THIS BOOK : My son and I both like the summary. Horror and adventure. My biggest selling point no vampires. I like vampires but my son seem to think that is the only type of book worth reading. I am trying to show him there are other things out there.

ARE WE LOOKING FORWARD TO READING:  Yes, if the book is half as good as the descripstion we will enjoy it and read the series.

TITLE: Wereling
AUTHOR: Steve Feasey

SUMMARY: Fourteen-year-old Trey Laporte is not a kid anymore. Not after the day he wakes up in agony—retina-splitting, vomit-inducing agony. His clothes are torn. His room is trashed.
Enter Lucien Charron, the mysterious, long-lost “uncle” with freakish fire-flecked eyes and skin that blisters in the sun. Suddenly, Trey finds himself living in a luxury penthouse at the heart of a strange and sinister empire built on the powers of the Netherworld—vampires, demons, sorcerers, and djinn.
And there is a girl—Alexa Charron—who is half vampire, half human, and insanely pretty, with powers all of her own. Trey is falling for her.
Trey is training night and day to control the newly discovered power lurking inside him. Now, demons are closing in on every side, and the most psychopathic bloodsucker to rock the Netherworld wants to destroy him. Above all, he must face one terrifying question:
Is he a boy . . . or is he a beast?

WHY WE CHOSE THIS BOOK: I loved the cover. My son liked the summary and asked if we could read it. I said yes. Trying to encourage him to read more and put down the game controllers. Letting him know I trust his choices too.

AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO READING :Yes, hoping it is good I don't want my son to stop reading.


TITLE: The Replacement                                                              
 AUTHOR: Brenna Yovanoff

SUMMARY: Mackie Doyle is The Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps from which he came and find his rightful place—in our world or theirs.

Why we chose this book: We both loved the dark and dangerous cover.

 Are we looking forward to reading: Yes, every review I have read is so great I expect this book to be wonderful.


TITLE : The Hunger Games                                                           AUTHOR : Suzanne Collins                                                            Summary: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love 

Why we chose this book:  My son loves this book. He read it in school and wants to read it again. I have never read the book.

Are we looking forward to reading it : Yes, he is excited to read it again and even more excited to have me reading it. He is very thrilled that he is turning me on to one of his favorite books. 

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