Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Read This: We Were Liars

We Were Liars
by E Lockhart

The Goodreads Summary Says:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I Say:
4 stars
This is the kind of book that's best to go into knowing absolutely nothing! So, if you're interested in reading it, skip the reviews until you're done.

**Slight spoilers**
I'd heard some buzz for this book, especially that it had some ending, and I wish I hadn't known that. Because I ended up thinking the ending was obvious pretty early on. At one point I was sure that the author only wanted me to believe that was what was going on, so I was a little disappointed to get to the end and see that I was right. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't figured out the what, although it was really interesting to read the how/why. I didn't expect the reasons, so there was still enough mystery to keep me turning pages.
**End spoilers**

Otherwise there was a lot to like about We Were Liars. I've been an E Lockhart fan since the Ruby Oliver series, and this book has a different tone but some similar ideas (wealth and how it affects people, family issues, good/dumb dogs) I loved the poetic writing, from Cady's unreliable descriptions of her life events, to the different variations on her story. I absolutely love reading an unreliable narrator, and there's plenty of that in a book called "We Were Liars." The book is really smartly put together. And the emotion at the end was pretty powerful. Overall a good book. Just try to hear as little as possible about it before reading

The Big Three:
Language: overall infrequent, but a few instances of the f-word
Sex and Stuff: some kissing
Violence: vague references to injuries but nothing explicit

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Spotlight: Elemental Hunger series by Elana Johnson

One of my most favorite local authors, Elana Johnson, has a new book series out. These sound so interesting!

Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated work out time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude of early morning to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER, which is also available now.

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About Elemental Hunger:
The second installment in the Elemental series, a new futuristic fantasy for young adults and new adults, ELEMENTAL HUNGER is a full-length novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Kilpatrick can shoot fire from her hands, which would be great if she didn’t get blamed for a blazing inferno that kills 17 schoolmates. When Gabby is commanded to Manifest her Element, everyone knows what she is: a genetic abnormality. Not to mention guilty.

So she does two logical things to survive.
1. She runs.
2. She hacks off her hair to assume a new role—that of “Gabe”, because in her world, only boys are Firemakers.

Not only does she have to act like a guy, she has to pretend to know everything a Firemaker should know. When Gabby meets Airmaster Adam Gillman, he believes her act and pledges to serve on “Gabe’s” Council. But Adam has the mark of a sentry and spent years obeying Alex, the Supreme Elemental. And Alex wants Gabby-the-genetic-freak dead and gone before she can gather the magical protection of a full Council.

With Adam’s lies that sound like truths and rumors that Alex isn’t really a Firemaker—or a man—Gabby sets out to charter a Council of her own. In order to uncover the truth, Gabby will have to learn who she can trust, how to control her own power, and most of all, how to lead a Council of Elementals, most of whom have more control over their power than she does. If she can’t, she’ll find herself just like those 17 schoolmates: burned and six feet under.

Look for the third and final installment, ELEMENTAL RELEASE, an Elemental novella, coming on July 2, 2014.

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