The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

November 29, 2014
Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey, Book Review

4.5 Stars Check it out Here

 

SYNOPSIS: 

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

 

REVIEW: 

"They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can't kill- can never kill-what lasts in us."
I was not expecting tears, I was not expecting genuine surprise at the way this plot progresses. But this book surpasses the first,  because we see this empty, desolate, hopeless atmosphere through Ringer's eyes. Ringer the bad-ass I yearn to be.
Like other reviewers have noted the beginning of this novel drags until we reach the action, the plot twists and the characters who only emerge to break our hearts. That lag in the book, that plagued the beginning was the only thing that kept this from five stars and above. The action, the writing and the characters that leap off the page and visit you in your pondering thoughts, kept me plowing through every page. This book didn't even suffer the second book mostly filler syndrome that alot of trilogy's suffer. The perseverance of our characters, the fight that refuses to let up, even when there's blood pouring into eyes, danger in the instinct to help defenseless children, and fever wrapping around the senses as characters make decisions between life and death. While reading I felt more than a few times, that going Dorothy was the only proper response, losing it the only rational way to deal for Zombie, Dumbo, Poundcake, Cassie, Nugget, Teacup and Ringer.
"Vincit qui patitur." (Who Endures Conquers) 
I was relieved Cassie's role was limited, and her romance with Evan was not overly rehashed. Mr. Yancey's writing continues to be engaging and sometimes so disarming, I have to take a breath, put the book down and come back.
"I don't think I'd heard my brother laugh since our mother died. It startled me like finding a lake in the the middle of the dessert."
If your wavering about continuing the series, if you feel like Cassie and Evan was a bit too much in the first book, don't fret. I barely read romance too much sugar and not enough spice, but this will leave your palate singed, unable to digest even the sweetness of Poundcake.
This book is here to entertain and make you hesitant to read the next chapter because your unsure whether you can take anymore, unsure whether the desperation in the pages will latch on to you until you can't shake them. But if your up for the tears, for the end of the world, unfiltered by convenient ways to escape, dive right in.
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Friday 56: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

November 28, 2014
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Book Review


Hosted By 
Freda's Voice  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.


"I spotted several ships camped out in a high orbit above Falco. The usual suspects: crazed fans, wannabe disciples and aspiring bounty hunters." 

I chose Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  This is a young adult, sci-fi book which knocked my socks off. This was like being in a video game while reading, highly entertaining, fast past and super interesting, I stayed up and finished this in two days. Don't let the video games aspect turn you off,  I don't play video games at all and was fully engaged. If your looking for something different and your into sci-fi this should definitely be on your radar. Have you read any books with similar themes? Did you enjoy this book, let me know in the comments below!!!

Have a Great Weekend!!!
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Top Ten Tuesday:Winter TBR Pile

November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday, Book Blogger Meme
Hosted By: The Broke and Bookish 

In no particular order because I am BAD at prioritizing books in the order I want to read them. I want to read EVERYTHING!!!

Some of these have been on my TBR list for over a year.  I'm easily distracted by newer books that come out, which is why I'm currently trying to power through some of the older stuff this winter. I'll only include books that are out now, click on the links to find them on GoodReads.

  1. The House of Scorpion (Matteo Alacran #1) by Nancy Farmer
  2. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) By Marie Lu
  3. Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
  4. The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1) by Megan Shephard
  5. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
  6. Anna Dressed in Blood ( Anna #1)  by Kendare Blake
  7. The Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1)  by Jeyn Roberts
  8. Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry
  9. Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
  10. White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

If you have any strong opinions on the books listed above leave a comment below, explaining why. All of these have wonderful reviews by GR friends I trust, so definitely check them out if your looking for your next read!!
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Undivided (Unwind Dystology #4) by Neal Shusterman

November 24, 2014
Undivided (Unwind Dystology #4) by Neal Shusterman, Book Review
Five Out of Five Stars!!! Check it Out Here

SYNOPSIS:

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.


REVIEW:


"When the need is great enough, and the music loud enough, we can stomp conscience into the ground."

This series was disturbing, books about human beings being unwound into parts and integrated into others is a disturbing premise. It's telling that I couldn't look away from the violence, bothered by each news article clipping, included between chapters. The articles made us look more closely at how disturbing and dark the world around us is, and how similar it's practices are to what we find here. It's so tempting to place blame on others rather then face the part we all play.
"We must always be careful of the actions we take, for there are always unintended consequences."
Lev, Risa, Grace, Connor, and Camus led us through the end of a troubled time. But all of the obstacles they faced were not enough for them to turn back. The advertisements in the book made the world described feel more real, considering the constant advertising that bombards our lives. The plot itself while fantastic, managed to describe how much anger, drive and perseverance work together until revolution is not a choice, but the choice to take. The characters have to face their personal issues, while driving forward to fix the country's too. This book describes, vengeance, evil, community, friendship, heartbreak, love, hate, indifference and starting over well enough that I felt refreshed when it was done.


Mr. Shusterman does what all authors try to do which is to make a story become a learning experience. Part of this books writing involves your emotions, your bias,  and your perspective. This series more than anything has reminded me of how quickly complacency, fear and blaming can lead to horrible consequences. You won't regret reading this series, and wont be disappointment by the ending. Instead you'll be happy that you along with the main characters have made it through the journey.

P.S. The unrest described in most of the series,reminds me of why the City of Ferguson has called a state of emergency. Will we witness the consequences of another group of people who are tired of watching people they love die, without justice?

My Review for Unwholly (Unwind Dystology #2)
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Friday 56: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

November 21, 2014
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, Book Blog Meme

Hosted By 
Freda's Voice  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.


"She was sorry for her loneliness. Benny looked at his wife like she was a stranger to him, like she was somebody who wondered off in the street."

I chose The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. This book gives a interesting glimpse into Hattie's family and life. The perspectives are all engaging, and I enjoyed it although I was hesitant to read historical fiction. An adult book I enjoyed and which reminds me to get to some of the many adult books on my TBR list. Have a Great Weekend!!!!

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Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) By Pierce Brown

November 20, 2014
Red Rising ( Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown, Book Review



SIX STARSSSS!!!!
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)

SYNOPSIS: 

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

REVIEW: 

"I would have lived in peace, but my enemies brought me war."
I do not like war. I don't like to read about senseless fighting, about misery for the sake of what humanity has come to value as power. This book however connected with me so deeply emotionally, I found myself reacting to violence and blood unexpectedly. Approving vengeance, and gore


Darrow, spectacular on the hero's journey, standing out among all the other hero's that have gone  before him. The writing was a delight and so it didn't matter that Darrow was the perfect, imperfect hero. What mattered was the tears down my face as I cared about this world,  this story. What mattered was the care taken to have actual world building, and though it was confusing at first the effort required to comprehend this story felt like a passage, like earning a glimpse into the grasps of this perspective or should I say, paradigm.

As much as I enjoyed the book it was not without flaws. Towards the middle of this book I felt disconnected at times while reading on.

Weary of lots of telling and little else. But the middle book reading experience felt in line with how removed Darrow became from his goals, his drive, until he faced the turmoil that woke him up again.

Read this book!!!The only way for me to express how much I enjoyed it is to tell you, that after it I gave a monologue to my cat about sacrifice and honor.
I was drenched in the purpose, the vernacular, the unexpected adrenaline this book left me with. And my cat stared at me disinterestedly, as cats do. But I'm still reeling about the book, brimming over even as I gather my thoughts, and wish there was someone close I could convince to bless themselves with the talent of pierce brown. And now I must wait until, January to continue with Darrow, and the realization knocks me down some from the high I'm still on. I have the highest expectation for the rest of this series and have already marked my calender. But For Now The
Reviews in Series
Goldenson (Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown.
Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy #3) by Pierce Brown
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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can't Wait to Get

November 18, 2014
Hosted By: The Broke and Bookish

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get ( not all of these Sequels, some are next book in series I cheated). Click the Book Titles to Check them Out!!


In no particular order:
  1. The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Ricky Yancy
  2. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
  3. Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera
  4. End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee
  5. Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum
  6. Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) by R.J. Anderson -been on my TBR shelf for too long
  7. In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken
  8. Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown
  9. Gathering Blue (The Giver #2) by Lois Lowry -definitely interested in where this goes
  10. Aunty's Tale (A Handmaids Tale #2)  by Margret Atwood -got a tad creative this only exists in my dreams
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Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch

November 14, 2014
Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch, Book Cover
Two Point Five out of Five Stars
Check it Out At Your Own Risk on Goodreads Here

SYNOPSIS: 

One People. One Union. One Future.

Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union.

As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.

For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.


REVIEW:  

"Her mind pulled her forward, even though her body ached to stop. To live."

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I wouldn't recommend this book, but I wasn't annoyed enough while reading to not finish. As a huge fan of A Handmaid's Tale, I thought this would explore feminism, religion and power.  However this was too short and and there was little to no world building. This made the oppressive government appear less believable and more like a caricature of itself.

There were moments which connected with me emotionally, so the writing wasn't all of the problem. The author just wrote too little and shied away from exploring enough of this world to leave a lasting impression. Our protagonist Wynne was free thinking enough to land her in trouble, but was still far too naive after she saw the ideology around her unravel. In the end I was left with too many questions for this to be a stand alone novel. For example, why are sexes segregated? I assumed in a book of this nature that would at least be explored, but no.
Despite my disappointment, will I continue reading novels with these themes in hopes of finding something as great as a Handmaid's tale sequel?
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The Friday 56: Genesis By Bernard Beckett

Hosted By 
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Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.


I chose Genesis By Bernard Beckett
Genesis by Bernard Beckett, Book Cover
"I am glad of many things," Art said. For instance I am glad I am not afraid of the truth."

This is a young adult novel, but it discusses philosophy and has a great ending. Definitely a must read if you want to sit and ponder. This novel while short, can be dense in some places, but leads to a rewarding experience. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
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Honoring Those Who Serve: Veterans Day

November 11, 2014
Sucker Punch Gif, Veterans Day


Regardless of how I feel politically, war is one of the most awful realities we face on earth. I honor and salute all who serve, did serve and will serve in the Future.

Veterans Memorial, Veterans Day

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Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book

Top Ten Tuesday, Book Blog Meme

Hosted BY: The Broke and Bookish

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

My List is Shorter than Ten, but the characters I chose represent the range of my favorite books very well.  I would re-read and enjoy these books at any time.

  • Darkest Mind Series by Alexandra BrackenVida, her character shines throughout the series and I want to understand  more about her life
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee. Peryns Mom Books with Characters who suffer from mental illness always impress me, and give a new perspective to a story I already love
  • Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. While this is a controversial book to most, to me it starkly represents the extreme self centered view most go through while in puberty, and a female version with the same lingo and backdrop would rock. 
  • Handmaiden's Tale by Margret Atwood. One of my favorite feminist works, I really wish the book would get a sequel or five, because I would devour them all.
  • Bruiser by Neal Shusterman. Brewsters Brother, the abuse described in the novel was horrific, and his story fleshed out by a master such as this author is guaranteed to be good.
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Now Y.T as described was awesome, but I wanted more and was sad that we didn't see this vast world from her POV.
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Never Fade (Darkest Minds #2) By Alexandra Bracken

November 10, 2014
Never Fade By Alexandra Bracken, Book Cover

Four Point Five out of Five Stars. Check it Out on Goodreads Here 

SYNOPSIS: 

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

 

REVIEW:

"Portraits of weary fear, landscapes of sadness, miniatures of curiosity."


I enjoyed the story immensely however, this did remind me of the same pitfalls that many second books in series have. I felt like there was a bit more filler in this book then I would have liked, but even that included some awesome action scenes. I'm hoping that filler however is just more set up for the plot. Even though the landscape they went through kept me wondering how most of the dialogue wasn't
But fortunately Ms. Bracken is alot more imaginative than I am, and was able to keep the reality they were in, as a backdrop for the characters perseverance.

Oh Ruby Roo, you root for her, and hope for the genuine change shes hunting throughout the book. This is definitely filled with alot of emotional moments, but I enjoyed them all. The action kept me engaged and I anticipated every action scene because the characters are getting better at using their powers.

But the Moment I read this line
"Her voice was clear, each word cut from stone. Ruin Him"

I was sooo pleased that I could feel, the anger and relief that was being conveyed, and I was grateful once again that words could take me to that place. Everyone in this book has come to better terms with themselves and their choices.  As the plot continues on in the series, I'm looking forward to learning how the characters will function, after loss, after pain, after learning the grand  possibilities of what the future holds.

"Is it better to out monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?"

You cannot be saddened or surprised by what desperate people do in desperate times. The characters in this book are left tittering on the edge, the edge of something better, the edge of promises almost fulfilled. I wouldn't be surprised if the actions these characters take up in severity, because everything they'll do will be out of crippling necessity. I'm anticipating the final book and will be reading it sooner rather than later. 

My Review for Other Books in the Series
Sparks Rise (The Darkest Mind#2.5)
In the Afterlight (The Darkest Mind #3)
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The Friday 56

November 7, 2014
The Friday 56. Book Blogger Meme

Hosted By 
Freda's Voice  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.


For this Friday I chose Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Vicious by V.E. Schwab, Book Blogger Meme
"His stomach twisted. It would happen, just like that wouldn't it? He was proof. Wooed by the prospect, the potential, the chance to prove something instead of disprove."

While Participating in this Meme, I noticed two things

#1 Theres no easy way to get to 56% of a book on a kindle
#2 I need to read more adult books, I chose Vicious this week because its one of the few adult books I've read this year.
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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) By Marissa Meyer



Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Book Cover
Published By: Feiwel and Friends on January 3, 2012
Format Read: Kindle Edition (400 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Romance
Series: Book One of The Lunar Chronicles
Source: Purchased
Rating: FIVE STARS

 Check it Out Here
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

REVIEW: 

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

This was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed every page of it, and am happy I took my time getting to read it cause I can now read all the companion novellas and next books in the series without having to wait. I was hesitant to read a cyborg Cinderella story, because if it was bad I would have been so disappointed at the lost potential, but alas it rocked from start to finish.  

Aliens, Plagues, Backwards Politics, and Magic


Fast paced, plot twists and writing that made the guise of reality drop away.  I am not afraid to say I have a thing for cyborgs. But I didn't think a fairy tale would lead to a tale that is unique but also engaging.  The world building was great and left a lot to build on. I felt connected to the characters and liked that the villains didnt become caricatures, but were carefully described as the predators they were.


I also enjoyed that this book was funny at times, I laughed a few times at the silliness, and I think it helped the book flow well, without misery overshadowing the story. Cinder was a great main character who appeared to think through her actions and take her state of being in stride. There wasn't alot of woe me, but instead more problem solving and independence then I find in other YA. Definitely worth the read, and keeps you engaged in the writing throughout. I'm Hopeful for Cinder's Future and the fate of the Commonwealth.



My Other Reviews for The Series:
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

November 6, 2014


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Book Cover

RATING: Six Blazing Stars
A Monster Calls
~Amazon~
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

REVIEW:  

"Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both."
I cried throughout the last chapters of this book. And why I chose to finish this book in the middle of the night, when I'm most emotional I have no clue. It only took a few hours to read but I immediately had to brave the feels.


This book rocked, and every emotion that Connor went through I felt I was going through with him. My mother had breast cancer, which is currently in remission, and  those emotions I faced while she went through chemo rang very true. The sadness throughout the book never let up, but in the best way.

The tales in this book, should strike a chord with all, because we all have to deal with the a range of  emotions, that's part of life. Until we all learn to face our truth's and let go of what we need to, we will not be healed. That is what this book left me with. With puffy eyes and drifting thoughts I write this review, trying to process how prose can make you feel so included, as if you were having your own personal conversation. 
This book does what all books should, it makes you feel and it makes you think, and it makes you want to be better and be better. I was hesitant to read this book, but I think it's right that it's the first book  that I've read in 2013.  You have to learn and grow with every breath, and this book reminded me to do just that. I give this book a standing, sobbing ovation and I thank the authors for such a healing and memorable experience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.

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