Hi guys!! I have read a lot of good books this summer and wanted to share them with you. Comment down below what your favorite books have been this summer!
- Soundless By: Richelle Mead ****/***** (4/5)
In a village without sound…
For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.
One girl hears a call to action…
Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.
She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…
And unlocks a power that will save her people. See Review Here
MY THOUGHTS: I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It has an intriguing and unique plot and even a little bit of romance! It is a comparatively short book at only 266 pages, yet Mead manages to create a compelling and adventurous plot that makes the book hard to put down! I do have one suggestion when reading this book: it is better to read it all at once as apposed to reading a chapter and then waiting a week before picking it up again. This book is great for readers who enjoy an action-packed plot and great character development.
2. Life As We Knew It By: Susan Beth Pfeffer ***/***** (3.5/5)
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. See Review Here
MY THOUGHTS: I listened to the audiobook of this book while traveling to Yosemite with my family. It was great in the sense that it made the time go by faster. However, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I would have actually read it instead of listening to it. The reason I gave this book 3.5 stars is that it did sometimes tend to go on… and on…. and on. You know those type of books that are really pretty good but spend a little too much time talking about one thing or describing another thing? This is one of those books (though it certainly is not as bad as other books). I don’t know if I would not read this book because of this fact, but it is something to keep in mind when picking out a book to read. I did enjoy the characterization of this book and also thought the plot was interesting. I also felt like the author did a good job of “keeping it real” so to speak. It felt very realistic. Long story short, if you don’t mind a little extra detail here and there and are ready for your world to change “as you know it”, read on! If you become easily impatient with too much detail, pick another book.
3. The Giver By: Lois Lowry *****/***** (4.5/5)
The Giver is a 1993 American young-adult utopian/dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows an 11-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “Sameness,” a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community’s decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate and terrain, all in effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality. See Review Here
MY THOUGHTS: I cannot tell you how much I LOVED this book!! It is one of those books that has it all: a compelling plot, characters that you care about to carry out the plot, and a surprising ending! It is such an enjoyable read! At first, I was totally depressed about the ending because it’s kind of a cliff hanger. But then I discovered that “The Giver” is the first book in a quartet and forgave Lowry for the cliff-hanger ending 😉 I haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the series but know that they are all set in the same world but have different main characters. I must say that if they are anything like the first book, I am totally hooked!
NOTE: If I was to put these books in order (with my favorite ones first and my less favorite ones second) I would put them in this order: The Giver, Soundless, Life As We knew It.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of “The Giver” series and also the “Mistborn” series by Brandon Sanderson. Let me know if you have read these books!