Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Like most readers, I went through phrases of wanting to read different genres. At one point or another, these are all books that I was interested in on some level. As evident by their publication dates, all of them have been on my shelves for years. I really have no desire to read them anytime soon, but I’m a little hesitant to pass them on (what if my next 5 star book is in here?) Some of them I have read but really need to re-read if I want to continue the series, but if I don’t have a renewed interest in the ones I haven’t even opened by the end of 2018, hopefully I’ll finally be able to pass them on.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Published: March 4th, 2014
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope.
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
I have a number of Lauren Oliver’s books in my collection, but I’ve only read Before I Fall and didn’t particularly enjoy it. She is definitely an author with great prose, but I just can’t see Panic being the next book by her I want to try. But then sometimes I remember that it’s a standalone, and it makes a lot more sense to try this one instead of Delirium, but we’ll see. If it doesn’t happen this year, it’ll be time to let it go.
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush (#3)
Published: October 4th, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?
Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.
And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.
Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.
Honestly I have no idea why I read the first two books, was turned off by the first few pages of Silence, and skipped it to read Finale. This is not a series I see myself revisiting anytime soon, especially not in its entirety, but it’s one of those older series that brings out a dangerous sense of nostalgia. My overcrowded bookshelves are not on good terms with me after all these years of collecting.
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
Series: Fablehaven (#4)
Published: March 24th, 2009
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Brace yourself for a shocking secret.
Two hidden artifacts have been found. Three more remain unrecovered. More preserves face destruction as the Society of the Evening Star relentlessly pursues new talismans. Reading in Patton’s Journal of Secrets, Kendra learns the location of the key to a vault housing one of the artifacts. In order to retrieve it, the Knights of the Dawn must enter a death trap — a dragon sanctuary called Wyrmroost. The mission cannot proceed without stealing a sacred object zealously guarded by the centaurs. Anybody seen Seth?
The race is on to acquire all five of the artifact keys to the great demon prison. Will the Knights of the Dawn conquer Wyrmroost? Who can stop the Sphinx? Can Vanessa be trusted to help? What artifact will be found next?
I bought this book as a child for one reason: dragons (which honestly look more like lizard serpents on the cover.) Never mind, tiny me, that this is clearly the fourth book in a series. It’s quite alright. I’ll bet money that I read it, understood nothing, and loved it all the same. Because dragons. But why am I keeping this if I don’t even own the first book? Even if I wanted to jump back into this middle grade world, it makes no sense to start here. But dragons.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (#1)
Published: April 25th, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I loved Divergent, and I liked the movie adaption as well. Then I read Insurgent, and it felt like an entirely different story. Even setting aside the fact that everything felt jarringly unfamiliar to what I loved in the first book, I just didn’t enjoy what I was reading and stopped a hundred pages in. After so many years, I think it’s time to either give this series one more try or choose to remember it at its best. In other words, I’ll keep one copy of Divergent, and do away with the duplicates and the rest of the series.
Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz by Patrick Carman & Brian Sheesley
Series: Fizzopolis (#1)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: March 1st, 2016
Welcome to Fizzopolis! Home to the world’s greatest soda pop, Fuzzwonker Fizz, and the Fizzies—fuzzy, fizzy creatures that live only in Fizzopolis. Join Harold and Floyd in this wacky new illustrated series from bestselling author Patrick Carman and Emmy Award–winning illustrator Brian Sheesley.
Harold Fuzzwonker is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary fizzy friend, Floyd. But Floyd’s a secret—like a top super-secret. Harold must protect him, as well as the family recipe for Fuzzwonker Fizz, from the evil Snood Candy Factory. But it’s hard to guard a secret when he’s your best good buddy and he always escapes from your backpack!
Harold chronicles his epic adventures—with a little artistic help from Floyd—that are sure to have Fuzzwonker Fizz squirting out your nose!
I read and reviewed Fizzopolis in 2017 for the purpose of passing it on to a more suitable audience, but I enjoyed it for what it had to offer. It was quirky and imaginative, everything I would searched for as a child, but it’s also something I wouldn’t want to pick up again.
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture (#1)
Published: January 5th, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her best friend, her heart had stopped beating.
But somehow Delaney survived – despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature – or something else much more frightening…
This book has a great excerpt in the back cover, and it was what drew me to Fracture in the first place. Except I read it once in 2012 and the paranormal elements confused me like math, and it wasn’t an pleasing experience. I want to say I liked Decker though. I only realized recently that there’s a sequel. I doubt this a story I’ll fall in love with now, but I’m stuck in that in between again: is it worth one more visit before I hand it off?
Level 2 by Lenore Applehan
Series: The Memory Chronicles (#1)
Published: December 18th, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
2012 was a year of dystopians (I remember when it was all that I heard being talked about), and I was and still am a sucker for buzz. Level 2 is something I picked up on whim. I got it signed, and it’s sat on my shelves ever since because it’s not the kind of story I gravitate towards. It’s so much harder to give away because it’s signed though. I feel like I owe it a chance, but I also contemplate just ripping off the title page and putting it in my journal (ouch sorry!)
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel Word (#1)
Published: October 16th, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because tonight, they’ll come for her.
The only word I associate with the premise of Crewel is spinsters, and that doesn’t spark a well of excitement in me. This is still something I have some interest in reading. It’s a trilogy though, which is a hefty investment of time, so this one book is probably as far as I’ll get in Adelice’s world. But maybe Crewel will surprise me and I’ll see enough potential to buy the rest of the series.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage (#1)
Published: June 8th, 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
I picked up a copy of The Passage at Comic-Con a few years ago, and boy, this is a big book. It might be an compelling story, but because I haven’t heard much about it, I don’t have the motivation it takes to make the plunge. I think there’s vampires involved, and that’s all I really know. If The Passage ends up only being mediocre, I’ll be all the more disappointed because I’ll have spent so much time reading it.
Gone by Michael Grant
Series: Gone (#1)
Published: June 24th, 2008
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.
There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
Gone by Michael Grant is one of those books that a lot of people read years ago. Since it has just sat in a corner for me, I have no personal attachment to this series. It’s one of those books I probably would have liked when I was younger, not far off from Maximum Ride. The concept is still a little intriguing, but it’s a long series and not a 2018 goal of mine to read promptly.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner (#1)
Published: October 6th, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
There are three whole movies waiting for me if I end up enjoying The Maze Runner. But because I haven’t touched the first book in all these years, I have no particular wish to watch the adaptions either. There are just too many newer books that sound exciting that it’s hard to make room for dystopian books published years ago.