The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tells a beautiful story about two tweens who fall in love, both of whom happen to have cancer. The Fault in Our Stars easily could have been a sad story, but what really shines is the story of teens just wanting a normal life. Gus and Hazel's message is clear they don't want to be considered as "other". Gus wants to give Hazel her wish of meeting her favorite author. The entire time I was listening to the audio book I laughed, smiled, and swooned for Augustus. I will say that, yes, cancer is a tough subject and there are sad moments, but overall the story is brilliant! I hope everyone picks up this book.
The Fault in Our Stars is read by Kate Rudd. Earlier this year I listed to Beneath the Glitter a novel narrated by Kate Rudd and I really disliked her style. Luckily when I started listening to The Fault in Our Stars I had no idea it was the same narrator. Slowly, the way she said certain phrases or words Kate's voice started to sound familiar so I looked it up and yes this was the same narrator! So imagine my surprise when I decided I liked the way she narrated The Fault in Our Stars. I think Kate really becomes Hazel and she makes the character come to life.
YES! Let me start by saying that I get the hype for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and why it's getting so much attention, both on the sales charts and in the media. We have all heard those stories where the wife goes missing and the husband is the suspect. Gillian Flynn's psychological thriller is so well written and hard to put down, but now with that said I have to say I hated every single person in the book, but never enough to give up on the book. I did want to write my own book where everyone dies and I know that sounds creepy, but if you read it you'll understand. Don’t jump to conclusions that this is a horrible book, because it’s not I just never felt like I had a hero and someone I could side with. I find myself talking about this book a lot and the best way I can sum it up is dark and twisted and something you really have to experience for yourself. Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did a great job as narrators of the audio book. I knew Kirby would be great because he is the narrator for Breadcrumbs, which is one of my favorite audio books. Julia also did a great job I would gladly listen to other books she reads. I need to read a lot of happy books before I pick up another book by Gillian Flynn.
I have not loved a dystopian novel this much since Hunger Games and Divergent. Seriously where has Dan Wells been all my reading life?!?
I know what you're thinking, another dystopian novel, but seriously this is coming from a person who isn't a big fan of end of the world novels! When I first stumbled across the cover back in September
I was intrigued. Then after seeing the novel on audibles I thought Hey I need that! Partials is 14 hours but the combination of dramatic storytelling and a wonderful narrator you will feel like you want the book to never end!
There were so many points in the story where I thought, "oh no this is the cliff hanger ending", but the story continued! I will say that I was very surprised not to see a love triangle or a big romance taking center stage but don't let it deter you because there is so much heart, loyalty, action and suspense to make up for it!
Keira lives in a world where humanity as we know it is over. There are only a few hundred survivors and every time a child is born the baby dies. The government that is left has passed a law that all women over the age of eighteen must be pregnant at all times. They hope that eventually a child will survive. What caused the world to go into chaos? The Partials. The Partials where made in a lab as soldiers to fight a war. They look like humans, but they don't age and can't reproduce. They are harder to kill, making them excellent in winning a war. Only they turned on humans and released a virus that killed practically everyone. The humans that are left fear and hate Partials and have isolated themselves on Long Island while the Partials roam the rest of the US.
Keira is a medical intern and she doesn't understand how having more babies will solve anything. The hospital conducts studies on the adults and babies before and after their deaths, but she sees this as a dead end. How can studying the same thing over and over, year after year, not give you the same results? Keira feels the key has to be in the Partials. She approaches the doctors and explains her theory about the Partials but they quickly shut her down. This becomes an even more pressing issue when her best friend Madison tells her she is expecting a baby. Keira explains to her friends that she believes studying a Partial might be the only way to save her friend. Marcus, her boyfriend goes into protector mode and wants her to forget it but Madison's husband Haru and her brother Jayden think she might be right and agree to help Keira.
Keira and her group will run into a million obstacles, but they go forward knowing that they're risking their lives and accept it, if it means there's a chance to save humanity. I can't tell you how strong Keira is. She is determined and willing to risk it all! Jayden stole a part of my heart which leaves me breathless! I have really only scratched the surface on how amazing this novel really is. Trust me when I say you have to read or listen to this book.
I think this is a fun book for young girls who are not yet read YA. The characters are really great and I can picture this as a movie.
Middle grade novels are not just for tweens! If you don't believe me then read or listen to Breadcrumbs! I adore Hazel! Hazel is a fifth grader whose parents recently split and has to deal with many changes including a new school. Hazel is unpopular and gets picked on, but what makes things easier is her best friend Jack. He has been there for the hardest points in her life.
Except one day everything changes and Jack decides not to be her friend anymore. He even becomes close with the kids who bully Hazel. Hazel is sure Jack would never just change for no apparent reason and something must be wrong. How could she possibly lose him. When Jack acts cold to her I thought about what Hazel must be going through and I was close to tears.
Shortly after Jack's strange behavior towards Hazel, he stops showing up to school and his parents say that he moved with a distant aunt. Hazel knows he would never just leave. One of the bullies tells Hazel that he saw Jack walking into the woods with a woman who was dressed completely in white and seemed cold. Hazel can't believe that Jack would leave with anyone into the woods much less someone who she believes is an Ice Queen. Hazel's journey to get her best friend back is going to be a dangerous and possibly deadly journey, but one she is willing to take to save her friend.
Breadcrumbs won my heart and I can see myself re-reading this book many times over. I'm also excited to share this with my nephew when he is older. I have read and listened to Breadcrumbs and both times I loved it.
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