Posts Tagged ‘young adult’


3 of 5 Frantic Stars – Runner by Patrick Lee.

This reminds me a lot of The Breach, which makes sense, because it’s by the same author. But the situation it starts with is almost the same. Girl bumps into some random guy who just happens to be the perfect guy to help her run/escape/solve the puzzle, etc. At least, in this story, the randomness of the perfect guy for the job is explained in the end.

This story is about a teenage girl who can read minds, who is running from some government spooks who want to use her for evil. So, she bumps into an ex-military special forces type guy, who’s just out for a morning jog. She tells him a brief story of woe, and he helps her evade her captors.

Of course, this special forces guy doesn’t know there’s a whole army of mind-readers out to stop him and his new-found friend.

In the end, this book is a little too much like The Breach. It’s very formulaic. I mean, it has a slightly different setting, but all the pieces of the plot are more or less the same. Some weird, unexplainable phenomena. Some person, along with their love interest side-kick, are trying to save the world from that phenomena. And of course, some evil government organization is hell bent on stopping them.

So it’s not that original. Big fucking deal. Nothing is original anymore. This is still a fun book to read. It’s fast-paced, from the very beginning. There’s plenty of action, and lots of intrigue. If you liked The Breach series, you’re sure to like this book as well.

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4 of 5 Young-Blood Stars – Being by Kevin Brooks.

This is a very awesome book. It reminds me of going to the doctor, when I was a kid. I always hoped that I was some sort of alien. That they would poke a needle in me and some weird yellow acid would squirt out. But goddamnit, that never happened. Turned out, I was human after all.

So this story is about a teenager who goes to the doctor for a endoscopy. The doctors are shocked at what they find. This boy is not human. Or something. Then, the spooky government types show up and try to cover the whole thing up. The boy escapes and runs to a girl he knows who just happens to make fake IDs for a living.

They escape overseas, to a place where they can have great robot sex on the beach. Or is it alien sex? Nobody knows. It’s a mystery who or what this kid is. But the journey to freedom, and the relationship between these two horny strangers is fascinating. I really hope there will be a sequel.

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3 of 5 Not-Very-Hungry-Games Stars – The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman.

My wife recommended this book to me, and I thought there was no way that I would actually enjoy it. But, I started in on it anyway. See, I’m not a fan of puzzles. Hate ’em. And, she told me that there were many puzzles and adventures in this book. I kind of glossed over the puzzle bits, but enjoyed the adventures and the vivid characters.

So, yes. It’s a good book. A nice, fun story. But, I have to say, If I had known that the actual adventure doesn’t start until after the 10th chapter, I would have started there. That’s when the actual Games begin. Before that, there is just a lot of set-up. Who is this kid? Why’s his dad in trouble with the law? As far as I’m concerned… Who cares?

It would have been a much better book, had it stared at the 10th chapter mark. For me, anyway. So, tear ’em out of this book. Stomp on ’em. Call ’em dirty names. Because, that’s what they deserve. Those chapters are bad, and they should feel bad.

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4 of 5 Mind-Fuck Stars – Mindscape by M.M. Vaughan.

This was surprisingly better than the first book, The Ability. Lots of action, with the kids helping the police solve crimes, and the twin from the first book out for revenge. It was a very fun read, with a great story and colorful characters. There’s even a bit of an adult bromance. In a children’s book, no less!

It may be an awesome book, but I still don’t understand how Chris goes from being a dirty little thief, who lies, cheats, and steals all he can, to this self-sacrificing boy who longs to save the boy that’s trying to kill him. How does that work? They’re two completely different characters. There was no transition. In the first book, he went from being a thief, to Trustworthy Chris, who will do anything to help. A boy who will sacrifice anything just to help out his sick mum. And then, in this book, here is more of the same. Now he’s even more self-sacrificing. I don’t get it. There was no character arc. He just was one way, and 10 seconds later, he’s Trustworthy Chris. Go figure.

All that aside, it’s still a great book. I really hope there will be another book in this series, because I’m dying to find out what happens next. And, maybe Chris will develop yet another split personality. Something like Dickhead Chris. That could be fun.

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4 of 5 Lord-of-the-Sci-Fi Stars – Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein.

Awesome book. Quite the compelling read. Damn thing kept me up all night. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Which kind of sucked because I started it around 2am. So, here I am. It’s 6am now, and I just finished this book. And there’s no way I’m getting any sleep because damn… This book was so gripping. It has my mind in a vise.

That being said, the book is pretty much “The lord of the flies” in space. Or, on a different planet, anyway. Its a pretty simple story. It’s just very well written and full of wonder. I do, however, wish there was a bit more conflict. I mean, they throw 100 teenagers on a distant earth-like planet, with just a few knives, and a couple scarce guns. They’re stuck there for 2 years. They have to create their own society. Build their own habitat. Create their own laws.

100 teenagers… and there is literally 2 fights in the whole damn book. Seriously? That’s total bullshit. They would be fighting constantly, just like The Lord of the Flies. So, if you can suspend your disbelief for long enough to finish this book, it’s well worth it. But damn, Bobby boy. They didn’t all have to be shiny happy people all the time for fuck’s sake.

So, fuck Bobby Heinlein in his shiny happy asshole. Because, fuck man. Teenagers are not this happy. Teenagers are fucking miserable. They would have killed each other so fast, and you fucking know it, you dead hippy fuck.

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4 of 5 Better-Than-Harry-Potter Stars – The Ability by M.M. Vaughan.

Such a fun and entertaining book. Great characters, with interesting development. I wouldn’t really call this a Young Adult book. It’s more of a children’s book. Even so, it’s awesome.

I mean, I’m an adult, I think. I may have the mental capacity of a stupid 5 year old, but at least I don’t poop my pants very often. Even as a retarded 5 year old, I found this book somewhat fascinating. It’s the story of our hero Chris Lane, a 12 year old fuck-up, who’s been given the opportunity to attend London’s most interesting school. It’s a school where kids are trained to use abilities like telepathy, telekinesis, and other such superpowers.

But of course our retarded hero, Chris, tells this special school to go fuck itself, because he’d rather take care of his sick mom, and get beat up by fat fucks at school. Because, you know… Plot or something.

So, it’s pretty much a Harry Potter book. But, instead of witchcraft, it’s more about science fiction. Frankly, I found this book more interesting than Harry Potter. Harry never really gets to be a hero. But Chris is definitely a hero by the end of this book. I mean, his life still sucks, but at least it’s worth living.

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3 of 5 Short-Bus Stars – Specials by Scott Westerfeld.

This is a fun book, full of adventure. But it’s still just as predictable as Pretties. So, Tally is Special now. What do you think is going to be the plot of this book? Since the plot of the last book was to cure Pretties, the plot of this book is (of course) to cure Specials. Big fucking surprise.

One of the things that confuses me about this series, is Tally and her allegiance, if she does in fact have any allegiance at all. Because, in the first book, she betrays the Smokies. In the 2nd book, she tries to help the Smokies. Then, in this book, shes a Special who hunts Smokies as a profession. What the bloody fuck?

Then, there’s Tally’s best friend Shay. Or, wait a minute, I mean her most hated enemy Shay. Oh wait, they’re friends again. I don’t fucking know. Nobody knows if these chicks hate each other or just totally want to get it on. I’m pretty sure they’re hot for each other.

But, I digress. This is still a great book. I’d highly recommend it to people who like the whole Young Adult scene. But, make sure to start with the Uglies book, or you will have no idea what the fuck is going on in this book.

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5 of 5 Charming Stars – The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

This book is so awesome! It had me hooked from the very first sentence: “Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.” Absolutely amazing story. Couldn’t get enough of it.

A beautiful girl and an ugly goth type girl are somehow best friends. They are whisked away to a fairy tale land, The School for Good and Evil. In a strange twist of fate, the pretty one lands in the evil school and the ugly girl finds herself in the pretty school for good. Hilarity ensues.

From the very beginning, I thought, these girls are totally going to end up in bed together. I won’t tell you if they do in fact end up banging, because that would probably spoil the fun. But I can tell you one thing: goth girls are almost always lesbians. There, I said it.

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3 of 5 Girly Stars – Pretties by Scott Westerfeld.

This is pretty much the same story as the Uglies book. But reversed. This time, she starts out Pretty, and begins the journey to becoming ugly once again.

Part way through, she escapes the city that is harshing her groove, along with some of her friends (just as she did in the Uglies book). The only difference is, this time she’s not going to betray anyone! But maybe someone else will? Ya think? No way. Couldn’t be.

This book is still more interesting, albeit slightly, than the first book in the series. Mostly because this book creates just a tad more character and depth.

And, oh boy! Now, Tally gets to be Special. Whooptie-freaking-doo. I’m so excited for the next book. See my face? This is my grumpy cat face. My I really don’t give a flying fuck face.

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2 of 5 Bogus Stars – All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

The beginning of this book was amazing. Full of all kinds of time-travel paradoxes. Okay, that makes it sounds fancy. It wasn’t fancy time-travel theory or anything. It was Bill & Ted’s hide the documents theory. You know, you think of something that you should do in the past, and woah, there’s the keys behind that bush!

So, Em hides the documents from herself. The documents that will change the world, because they include the secret tech to build a vast time machine. Once the time-travel fun concludes after a few chapters, we fall into a slump of “Where’s the documents?” or “Who hid the documents?” or “OMG I found the documents.”

Seriously, that’s the whole middle of this book. Like 200 pages of looking for, or hiding, or finding these documents.

Then, in the last few chapters, the Bill & Ted time-travel bits come back into play. OMG there’s another you, dude. No way?! Totally! So the evil Bill tries to kill the good Bill, and the evil Ted gets hold of the documents and… Woah man. It’s like totally bogus, dude.

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