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The Death Cure by James Dashner

the-death-cure“It’s the end of the line. Wicked has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends – the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a world of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.”

This is the third book in the Maze Runner Series. Picking up where the second one left off, we are able to continue on with Thomas’ story as though the previous novel had never ended. I’m going to be honest that this novel did take me longer to read than the previous one had. I started this one as soon as I finished the second book but after the first few chapters I just couldn’t get into the story. On one hand I wanted to know what happened and what trials they had left to face before everything was over, but on the other hand I was a bit tired of the story. Continue reading

Hanging On To Max by Margaret Bechard

Hanging on to Max“It’s Sam Pettigrew’s last year of high school. And he’s spending it figuring out how, at age seventeen, he is supposed to care for his baby son, Max. Max wasn’t part of the plan. He wasn’t even part of the backup plan. But he’s here now, and Sam is attending an alternative high school with other teen parents like himself. Talk about a wake-up call. But Sam is determined to make it work, to show everyone – his dad, his new girlfriend, himself – that he has what it takes to be a good dad. Trading footballs for diaper bags and college brochures for feeding schedules, Same gives fatherhood his best shot. Only no one told him it would be this hard. What if his best isn’t good enough?”

I read this novel back when I was in middle school and loved it. But reading it from a tween perspective and now in my early 20’s I’ve noticed that some of my thoughts about this book have changed. Continue reading

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Scorch Trials“Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross the Scorch – the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has been sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction – and they’re determined to survive.”

This novel is the second book in the Maze Runner Series. Just like the first novel this one also seemed to follow a similar pattern. The new setting was laid out for us prior to the action scenes and by the end answers were given out but not before new ones were formed. The stakes were higher in this novel and the scenery was even more gruesome than imaginable! I am not a fan of scary things and the images that my brain conjured up gave me goosebumps. People who are missing noses is not exactly what I prefer to imagine before going to bed. Continue reading

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers – boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out – and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.”

This novel, The Maze Runner, is the first book in The Maze Runner series. Just like other Dystopian novels this one fits many of the stereotypes. It’s set in a scientific setting, full of unending mysteries, and captures attention pretty quickly once the story gets going. I had heard some good things about this novel from a younger male cousin who constantly raved about this series. But just like with any other Dystopian novels with unique covers, I hesitated in reading this book. It just sounded… different than the other novels. Continue reading

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter“Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend, the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies. Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? 

Winter is the fourth and final novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. It basically does pick up were it left off in the previous book with the troop on their way to Luna to finally give Levana what she deserves. Continue reading

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief“By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.”

I’m not sure exactly where to start with this book. I will say that I didn’t choose to read it voluntarily. It was actually required for a class that I’m taking and since I found it in the young adult section of the local library here, I decided to go ahead and blog about it. I had mixed emotions about this novel. At first I absolutely disliked it, hated it even. I couldn’t bear to read it. If it wasn’t required I probably would have given up on it before I hit page fifty. Continue reading

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress“In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.”

Cress is the third novel in the Lunar Chronicles series and it has been the most intense novel out of the three so far. Continue reading