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Taking on Real Issues in YA

I recently came upon an older article from The Wall Street Journal. It talks about the dark issues that young adult books have been taking on recently. At first I thought that this article was going to just be totally one sided (it kind of is) and that I was just going to read it and think nothing really of it. I thought this way because I know as I'm sure everyone knows by now that young adult books aren't afraid to take on any issue that's been faced by anyone. It will take on rape, kidnapping, murder, oppression, and anything else that doesn't suit many parents. As I read on there were examples of books that I do agree with some that they go too far like a book where a boy is kidnapped and nearly raped. What followed with this boy's journey was really odd and disturbing. There was also an example of a quote from a book about a girl who cuts herself. It had me cringing. It was gruesome. It was ugly. But isn't the world filled with this ugliness? There is viol…

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Title: The Mockingbirds
Author: Daisy Whitney
Series: The Mockingbirds (Book #1)
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published- November 2nd, 2010
Pages- 322
Source- Library

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way-the Themis way. So when Alex Patrick is date-raped during her junior year, she has two options: Stay silent and hope someone helps, or enlist the aid of the Mockingbirds-a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of the student body.

In this account of a teenage girl's search for her voice and the courage to use it, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that standing up for someone, especially yourself, is worth the fight.
Alex doesn't wake up in her room. She wakes up next to a boy she doesn't know. As she tries to piece tog…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #8

This book meme is hosted by Book Journey

I've been thinking a lot about the blog. I'm thinking I'm going to have less reviews in February (the week after this one). Thirteen reviews should do it. I might have reviews backed up for awhile but honestly it's not a big deal. I will get to them eventually. Most likely summer when I have more time. 
Past Week Reads

Very girly last week I know. Charlotte's story was wonderful. I loved hearing her perspective and about all that food! As well as how the restaurant worked and what it all meant to her. Shadow Breakers was a great surprise for me. I'm thrilled I was able to find and read the first part of the series. I expect only great things. Boundless - perfect ending to a great angel trilogy.
Past Week Reviews

This past week I reviewed: Being Henry David, Article 5, Shadow Breakers, Offside, and Boundless. I was able to get two NetGalley reviews down, two books I had just read, and another I know everyone was talking ab…

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Title: Boundless Author: Cynthia hand Series: (Unearthly Trilogy) Book #3 Format- ebook Publisher- HarperTeen Published- January 22nd, 2013 Pages- 270 Source- Own
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And …

Offside by M.G. Higgins

Title: Offside
Author: M.G. Higgins
Series: (Counterattack)
Format- ebook
Publisher- Darby Creek (Imprint of Lerner Publishing)
Published- January 1st, 2013
Pages- 116
Source- NetGalley

Between finishing late school projects and looking after her brothers and sister, Faith Patel barely has time to play soccer. And when she's at practice, surrounded by girls who can afford to play in club leagues, she doesn't even feel like part of the team. So when Coach Berg starts to give Faith extra attention, she feels . . . really special. It might be crazy, but suddenly Faith has a crush on her coach. Can she keep her head in the game? 

The situation gets worse after Faith's frenemy Caitlyn decides that Faith's getting special treatment. Will Caitlyn tell the rest of the team and make Faith into a total outcast?
Faith doesn't have the prospects the other girls in her soccer team have. She isn't very wealthy what wither her mom working night shifts to make ends meet without …

Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe

Title: Shadow Breakers
Author: Daniel Blythe
Series: Shadow Runners #1
Format- ebook
Publisher- Chicken House (Imprint of Scholastic Inc.)
Published- January 1st, 2013
Pages- 256
Source- NetGalley

Can she escape the shadows and face the truth before the darkness destroys her?

"If the enemy is a fire, the evil is its shadow, flickering upon the wall."

"That's very poetic, Miss Bellini. I just wish I knew what it meant."

Miranda's new home is a dull seaside town at the edge of the world, the sort of forgotten place where nothing ever happens. Until something does. Something strange and sinister. With her schoolteacher and her classmates, who might be more clued in than they let on, Miranda sets out to uncover the mystery. Her bravery borders on recklessness. She thinks she's chasing shadows, tortured spirits from centuries past, but could true darkness lie within? With a mixture of science and magic, Miranda's got to figure out how to break and banish th…

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Series: (Article 5 #1)
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Tor Teen
Published- January 31st, 2012
Pages- 364
Source- Library

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass t…

Characters that Inspire

There are character you love, characters you hate, characters that make you laugh until you cry, characters who you want throw a few punches at, characters who you swoon over, characters who completely change your lives. That last one is the one I want to talk about. The characters that change your life. The characters that inspire you to be better than you are. Here are some characters that inspire me:
D.J. from Dairy Queen

I've talked about this girl before as I have with all these other characters that have inspired me so for those of you who don't know who D.J. is she is the main character in Dairy Queen. She talks slow, is too big for guys to date, she's dedicated, and her family never talks about their issues. All that changes when she meets a guy. Don't think because this guy was so dreamy that it was his charms that convinced her to change her life. No. He actually insulted her which made her make the choice to go out for football. I am so utterly jealous of her…

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Title: Being Henry David
Author: Cal Armistead
Stand Alone
Format- ebook
Publisher- Albert Whitman Teen
Release Date- March 1st, 2013
Pages- 321
Source- NetGalley

Seventeen-year-old "Hank" has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything --who he is, where he came from, why he's running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or "Hank" and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of--Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead's remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.
I have a thing for nature books. I don't know if it was A Week in the Woods by Andr…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #7

This meme is hosted by Book Journey
So the posts I had planned didn't really go... as planned. I just had a week where after school I wanted to just go to sleep and I did and it was nice. The reviews that I didn't do I will add somewhere else. Speaking of reviews I decided I'm going to add some of the new books I've read this January. Not my original plan but I want to be able to share them while I still have them fresh in my head. It'll probably go like this. I review three older reviews then one of my first reads and one of my last reads. So you may not know two of the books I'm going to review. Hmm... you know what? I'm going to leave the reviews a mystery from now on. It's more fun that way and helps me out to. Of course I'm going to mention the new look. Do you like it? I love changing things up. It's all bright and pretty. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Past Week Reads

Yay! I read Article 5! Finally. Anya's Ghost had some beautiful i…