Every Saturday, I am going to post a cover that I absolutely LOVE. It doesn't matter if I like the book, I am definately judging a book by its cover here. The book must be published for me to use it.
Okay, okay, I know that I've already reviewed it. But I love the original cover (I have the movie edition, it's like all you can find anymore...sigh) so I am using it again. Plus, Ned Vizzini is one of my favorite authors. And not to brag or anything...well okay, I'm bragging...but he commented on my review of Teen Angst? Naah... which pretty much made my day. Anyways, here's the cover:
Let me start out by saying that I am very impressed with Hocking's success. Her writing is good, especially (in my opinion) Ascend and Hollowland. That said, I'm really not a huge fan of this one.
My Blood Approves starts out with Jane and Alice trying to get into a night club. They get ganged up on by these people, and then this guy Jack helps them out. Everybody stares at Jack and stuff. It's kinda creepy. Anyways, Alice isn't obsessed with Jack like most, but she becomes infatuated with him and his family for what seems like no other reason than because she is the main character of this book. And, of course, they happen to be vampires. I know Hocking probably hears this from everybody who reads this, and I went into the book completely unbiased, but this seems about like Twilight with a different name and some other factors. If the second book involves werewolves, I'll be pissed, haha. The book seemed unoriginal, and excrutiatingly boring. I don't think that I'll be getting Fate, the second installment in this series.
Check back later--I've just bought a bunch of books, so I'll definately be posting updates soon!
Albert Borris writes fearlessly about the ever so true world of teen suicide in Crash Into Me.
The book begins with Owen embarking on a road trip with three other angsty teens--Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae--whom he met on the internet. Most of them have already tried to kill themselves. Some of them are just seriously effed up.
Owen has a dark secret that has always haunted him that makes him want to kill himself. He is the main protagonist.
Audrey, the victim of too much 'love' from her father, becomes one of the dominating characters of the book. At first, I thought that I would hate her character. How wrong I was. By the end of the book, I felt so sorry for her.
Jin-Ae is a lesbian who fears her parents' reaction to her sexuality. Her character, while seeming childish at times, helped a lot to drive the book along.
Frank, an underachieving athlete, feels he will never live up to high expectations. He often seemed to be the most unstable one of the book.
Together, they road trip across America to visit celebrity suicide sites or graves. At the end of their trip, they plan to end it all in Death Valley. The trip, and their lives. It's so symbolic, eh? But will they go through with it? Or will they find a reason to live?
Amanda Hocking wrote the Trylle Trilogy--Switched, Torn, and Ascend.
They're self-published. That being said, the writing is very impressive, and she has been picked up by a publisher for her next series. There are a few errors, but you can look past them, and if you can't, well, stop reading. Your loss.
I'm pretty sure you can only buy these on the internet...idk, though. I read them all on my kindle.
The books follow the story of Wendy Everly. She is just an average girl...except she can do this whole thing with her mind that makes people obey her...and then Finn Holmes comes along and changes her life forever. He tells her that she's a troll--but not the 'answer this riddle and you may pass' type of troll, so they call themselves Trylle--and that she is in danger. The Vittra want her for reasons that she doesn't know.
He takes her to a kingdom called Forening where she realizes that everything about her life is a lie. Then she is torn for the rest of the three books between three guys--Finn, Tove, and Loki. It's basically insanity. You must read.
I really liked the books and their stories. It was very interesting, and I will definately be reading more from Hocking. In fact, I'm reading her new one, Hollowland, on my Kindle right now. Enjoy!