Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush Hush Saga, Book 3
Publisher: Egmont Books
Published: October 2011
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.
This one was sat on my shelf for nearly 8 months before I picked it up! My hesitation? Crescendo. I was not a fan of Crescendo. It didn’t have the same originality as Hush Hush, there was the dreaded YA love triangle and the storyline just made me so frustrated.
So imagine my delight when I finally did start reading Silence and found that it was a million percent better than Crescendo! The story was better rounded, we had new mysteries and plots and characters thrown into the mix and the steamy Patch and Nora relationship was back on track! Silence was really great!
I must admit, I did spend the first few chapters being slightly confused though. As it had been sooooo long since I read Crescendo, I couldn’t quite remember all the finer details and characters and didn’t really know what was going off for a little while. But Becca has this excellent way of interjecting tid bits of background and information as the story goes along and so within no time, I felt up to speed on the happenings of Crescendo.
Crescendo of course ended on one of the biggest, most shocking and cruel cliff hangers I’ve ever read and so it was good to find out ‘what happened next’ so to speak, although it wasn’t all laid out on a plate for us. We discover that Nora has had her memory wiped and doesn’t actually remember what happened at the end of Crescendo or indeed for 4 months prior to that. The first half of the book she spends most of her time piecing back together her memories, along with the help of Scott and eventually, Patch. (This also helped with my own forgetfulness of what happened previously!)
I didn’t like Scott in Crescendo, but in Silence, he seems to have grown up a lot. After spending the summer on the run and hiding from ‘The Black Hand’ he comes to Nora’s aid to help discover what happened to her and I really enjoyed the chapters that he was in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m team Patch all the way, and so is Nora! But Scott is a rather funny and light-hearted character and his interaction with Nora was one of my favourite aspects of Silence.
And then there’s Patch **dreamy sigh**. Patch was one of my first ever YA book boyfriend crushes and after Silence, I can safely say that he has definitely reaffirmed his place high up on my list. There really is nothing better than the ultimate bad boy. He was on fine form in Silence!
So if, like me, you are a little reluctant to pick this one up because of the less than satisfactory second book, then I highly recommend that you absolutely DO pick it up. It does not disappoint. A very well deserved 4 stars!
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone, Book 3
Publisher: Egmont Books
Published: April 2011
It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness–or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
Ok, I’m still waiting for this series to hit its peak and then become not so good anymore…. Guess what? Aint gonna happen!
Lies. Was. AWSOME!! Nuff said.
What Michael Grant knows how to do is to keep a storyline fresh. This series could have easily become repetative and predictable but it so does not. Each book we are hit with some new characters, new horrors, new issues and oustanding growth from the previous books, I’m just completely blown away by this series!
This one deals with so many different issues and storylines its difficult to even summarise, so I’m not going to! Plus its a third in a series so I don’t want to give away spoilers here. Let me just give you one heads up though… Although the hunger was mostly dealt with in the second one, a small pocket of kids who are on the ‘wrong’ side of town still havent dealt with that issue and end up having to go to whole new horrifying lengths in order to survive. Don’t be thinking of eating whilst reading this book, that’s all I’m going to say on that point!
One of the things that I loved most about Lies was that we got to see more of other characters that so far have only had minimal ‘screentime’. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading from Sam’s POV, he is the hero after all, but it was lovely and refreshing to follow a lot of Lies through say Dekka’s POV or Edilo, or even the shifty Howard. It made me see each of them in a whole new light and as Sam is dealing with ‘inner demons’ during most of Lies anyway, it also gave these other charcters the chance to grow and to become heros themselves.
Now as much as I want to give Lies 5 stars, put a crown on its head and parade it round the streets, that wouldn’t make me a very good or honest reviewer.. because I had one slight… SLIGHT issue with Lies and for this reason have knocked off half a star. And that was the ending. The ending was great, it was epic, exciting, edge of your seat stuff. However, it was also a little confusing. There was a lot going on and stuff happened that I’m still not sure about. BUT.. this did not stop me from being totally blown away by it and loving the book completely. The epicness, action and drama more than made up for my slight confusion!
I really don’t need to say it do I? Ok, I will. READ. THIS. SERIES!!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released!
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
Release date: 25 September 2012
Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin, so when his parents ship him off to summer camp Perry is sure he’s in for the worst summer of his life.
Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. There he meets Martin Enaw, one of the creators of C&C, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds more beautiful than any human girl he’s ever met. Perry’s new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest together, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero.
Bestselling author Ned Vizzini delivers a compulsively readable and wildly original story about the winding and often hilarious path to manhood.
This totally appeals to the gamer girl in me. It sounds like a fun cross between Dungeons & Dragons (or World or Warcraft, Diablo 3, whatever your poison) and a Percy Jackson-style otherworldly camp. I first learned about the book when my favourite weekly magazine, Entertainment Weekly released the cover back in February.
I’ve also been lucky enough to read the first chapter, courtesy of BEA Buzz Books from Publishers Lunch on NetGalley, and it’s fantastic! It’s really witty and has lots of self-deprecating humour. I have a feeling I’m going to be loving Perry when I get into his story and September can’t come soon enough!