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May Book Club Nominations

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Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy and Rhetoric

The Escape Reality Book Club is monthly feature where members take turns nominating the Young Adult titles they most want to read. We started it because both Niki and I love geeking out about books, and knew a lot of other people who felt the same way. This is a very low-pressure book club where anybody is invited to join. All you have to do is click here to be directed to our official Facebook page and asked to join the group. Those of you who live in the Southern Utah area are more than welcome to come to the monthly meetings to discuss the book, otherwise Niki and I are willing to host a twitter discussion at #escaperealitybc if anyone is interested.

Here are May’s contenders (nominated by Kayleen):

I’m too lazy to post the summaries right now.

Happy voting! 🙂


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April Book Club Nominations

Escape reality book club

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy and Rhetoric

The Escape Reality Book Club is monthly feature where members take turns nominating the Young Adult titles they most want to read. We started it because we both love geeking out about books, and knew a lot of other people who felt the same way. This is a very low-pressure book club where anybody is invited to join. All you have to do is click here to be directed to our official Facebook page and asked to join the group. Those of you who live in the Southern Utah area are more than welcome to come to the monthly meetings to discuss the book, otherwise Niki and I are willing to host a twitter discussion at #escaperealitybc if anyone is interested.

For now, here are April’s contenders (nominated by Kierra):

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Title: Scarlet

Author: A.C. Gaughen

The Overview: Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

 

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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Author: Libba Bray

The Overview: Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order.

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Title: The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

The Overview: Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

 

partialsTitle: Partials

Author: Dan Wells

The Overview: The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

half badTitle: Half Bad

Author: Sally Green

The Overview: Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy.

 

 

Which would you like to read?


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Escape Reality Book Club: March’s Nominations

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

 Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!).

Escape Reality Book Club is a monthly online book club. Everybody is welcome to join. If you want to know more about how it works click here.

Here are the nominations for March:

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

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The 100 by Kass Morgan

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died… and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

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Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

You have until March 10 to vote. Choose wisely.


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Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

This is a special book review because it is the review of January’s reading selection for the Escape Reality Book Club. (My apologies for being so late.) If you haven’t already voted for February’s selection, hurry up! Voting ends tonight (Feb 14).

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Abandon review

Official Overview:

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

1 star

My Review:

This book was extremely disappointing. I am a huge Meg Cabot fan, but if this book is any indicator Meg Cabot seems to have forgotten how to write. Everything is told in back story. Even when you think you’ve finally caught up, the book jumps ahead two days and then recaps. It’s annoying to say the least, not to mention boring. Cabot breaks the number one rule of writing: show, don’t tell. Everything is told.

 I also found the characters to be annoying sometimes and maybe unrealistic. Don’t even get me started on the romance scenes. Completely unbelievable (and remember, I normally like cheesy romance novels). The main character goes from terrified to in love in record time (with no real explanation why), while the boy she loves really needs to learn to communicate better.

There were moments that I loved, and thought showed great potential, but they were few and far between. I almost gave this book two stars just because of those small glimmers of hope, and because Cabot is one of my top ten favorite authors, but the reality is I can’t see myself recommending this book to anyone.

In conclusion, if you want a great, fun read I suggest any Meg Cabot book but this one.


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Escape Reality Book Club: February’s Nominations

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

 Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!).

Escape Reality Book Club is a monthly online book club. Everybody is welcome to join. If you want to know more about how it works click here.

It’s time to vote for February’s book. Voting lasts from now until the fourteenth, and then we’ll read and tweet about the winning title the following week.

Here’s the nominations:

steelSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.  Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

the-enemyThe Enemy by Charlie Higson

They’ll chase you. They’ll rip you open. They’ll feed on you…When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician – every adult – fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there – alive?

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Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

miss-peregrineMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

rithmatistRithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.


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Introducing: Escape Reality Book Club

Escape Reality Book Club

Hooray, a book club!

Brought to you by Niki, The Obsessive Bookseller, and me, the awesomeness behind Apathy and Rhetoric.

(Admit it, you’re shocked at my productivity.)

That’s right, Niki and I are hosting a book club. We actually did this a couple of years ago, but this time we both have blogs, and therefore, are taking it online so that awesome people like you can join in and share your input.  While both Niki and I love books for all ages, this books club is going to be only for Teen/Young Adult novels, preferably of the unrealistic variety.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each month one member gets to nominate about 5 books.
  • Everybody votes for their favorite. (Polls will be available here and at The Obsessive Bookseller.)
  • Once the winner is picked, we will read the book over the course of a (designated) week. (This is actually going to be a challenge for me because I usually only take a day or two to finish a book, but I’m going to force myself just for you because… )
  • During that week, Niki and I will be posting on Twitter with our spoiler free* comments, questions, and reactions. Everybody else who is reading the book–or has already read it–is welcome (and encouraged) to join in.
  • At the end of the week Niki and I will each post our own review of the book on our blogs, and all you  other bloggers out there will hopefully do the same.

Everybody gets the chance to participate by voting, reading, and tweeting. If you want a chance to be the one to make the nominations one month, then all you have to do is click here and go to the official Escape Reality Book Club Facebook page, and ask to join the group.

Here are January’s Nominations (Chosen by me!) 🙂

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a  secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel  knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to  return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector,  her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the  same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s  survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a  heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

Why I picked it: I’ve been looking for a good fantasy read, and the summary sounds exciting.

Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable. But now magic is fading: Drain cleaner is cheaper than  a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam,  an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And  then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed  Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer.

Why I picked it: Anything with Dragons has a 99% chance of being amazing.

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Abandon by Meg Cabot

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at  once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always  watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you  back. But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe  she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how  desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly  heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it,  but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find  herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Why I picked it: I love Meg Cabot. I would have read this one sooner, but decided to wait until the trilogy was over so I wouldn’t be stuck waiting.

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Why I picked it: My friend Janae has been begging me to read this. She says it’s the best she’s read since Hunger Games.

Princess of the Silver Woods

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

Why I picked it: Jessica Day George is another great author. I picked this, but it wasn’t until Niki pointed out it was the third in a series that I realized I’ve read the first two books in the series (and loved them)! Don’t worry, you don’t need to read the first two books to know what is going on. Each book stands on its own.

Remember, you can vote here and then head over to The Obsessive Bookseller for an extra vote. 🙂

The winner will be announced, and reading will commence on Monday, January 20.

*I reserve the right to make predictions in my tweets, and cannot be blamed if those predictions become true and ruin the book for you.