Gosh there’s a huge variety of YA out there these days! Thanks to daughter’s taste in books and her love-affair of her library card, I’m reading books I’d never pick up off a shelf. Next in line for me from her latest library picks will be Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Gotta love it when your daughter has a similar tastes in reading material. Mind you, she quite likes horrors, which I’m not so keen on. Must be her dad’s genes ;-)
Speaking of horrors, there is a scene in Neal Shusterman’s Unwind, which just made me shiver, it was so graphic and horrific! “Unwinding” is a process whereby kids of a certain age can legally have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for transplants. It’s not considered murder, because the children “live on” in the transplant recipients. Ghastly. And the explanation of how such a process came to be acceptable to both society, and the parents who sign their kids over to the State to undergo unwinding, is chilling because I can actually imagine it happening.
One of the characters mentioned in the book was a kid whose very wealthy parents had gone through an acrimonious divorce. After years of fighting a custody battle in the courts, neither parent would agree to let him live with the other. In the end, the only thing mom and dad could agree on, was that they’d both rather see their son unwound than let the other have custody of him. Oh. My. God.
Another was an orphan, who was a good kid, but hey, her state school needed funds, and it wasn’t like she was a brilliant scholar, so she was sold off to meet their funding requirements for the year. Oh, and she was supposed to be proud of that, because she would be helping the other kids get a decent education. And then there’s the kid whose parents are religious, and have “tithed” him, and he’s proud of the fact. Talk about a mind-f**k!
There’s plenty more twists in this chilling novel, so I won’t spoil them for you. But I’m warning you it’s not for the fainthearted. And that aforementioned scene that gave me the heebie-jeebies? It’s not one you’d want to read just before you go to bed because it makes for some pretty fine nightmares! And as for its YA designation, well, it depends on your child, I guess. But it sure scared the heck out of this forty-something!
On a lighter note, one of my friends, the lovely Karina Bliss, has a new book out: What The Librarian Did. I loved this one to bits! It made me laugh and it made me cry — you can’t ask for more than that! Karina’s a wonderful writer, and this book’s getting rave reviews…. which doesn’t surprise me at all.
Here’s the blurb and a link to Karina’s website:
Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn’t know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel’s refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention.
Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll’.
Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she’s kept hidden for years.
It’s up to this librarian to find out first-hand just how ‘bad’ he really is. Because her secret – and her growing feelings for a man who claims he’s bent on redemption – depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems.
Which is really, really good.
That’s it for now. Here’s my July reading list:
- Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
- Goddess of Love by P.C. Cast
- Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
- The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blake
- The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Beastly by Alex Flinn
- What The Librarian Did by Karina Bliss
- Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
- The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
- The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Gale Force by Rachel Caine
- The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
- Vampire Knight 9 by Matsuri Hino
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
- Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
- Wake by Lisa McMann
- Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
- Captivate by Carrie Jones
- Cape Storm by Rachel Caine
- Hostage To Pleasure by Nalini Singh
- Eighth Grade Sucks: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
- Chosen: The Lost Books 1 by Ted Dekker
- Thirst #1: Black Blood by christopher Pike
- Thirst #1: Red Dice by Christopher Pike