Cover Reveal: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Today Josie Jaffrey, an independent author of Young Adult dystopian stories, has revealed the cover for her third book in the Sovereign Series.

I have read the first two books in the series – The Gilded King and The Silver Queen (click on the titles for my reviews) and loved them.

I am eager to read the culmination of the story and to find out what happens to my favourite characters.

What do you think of the cover for the third book?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Unsouled by Neil Shusterman

This weekend I completed the third book in the Unwind Dystology by Neil Shustermand: Unsouled. The book was as riveting as the previous offerings in the series. The experiences of Connor, Lev, Risa, Starkey, and Cam kept me glued to the pages and wanting more.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting the downfall of the organisation that created him in order to show Risa how he truly feels about her but he does have trouble remembering what it is like to feel human.

”He has mastered all of his answers – even to questions that are intentionally belligerent and incendiary. 

‘Admit it – you are nothing but a kit-car,’ one heckler says during his appearance at MIT. ‘You’re just a model put together from parts in a box. How can you call yourself human?’

Cam’s response to questions like this is always tactful and puts the heckler in his or her place. 

‘No, I am more like a concept car,’ Cam tells the man, without any of the animosity with which the question was asked. ‘The sum of the imaginations of all the experts in the field.”’ (p95, Simon & Shuster, 2013)

The question he often asks himself is whether he is human, and whether he has a soul. A question which the reader moves towards answering.

Once I completed this book, I had to crack open the next one in the series. This series is definitely one to put on your TBR list.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

Teaser Tuesday |© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Ambrosia’s Teaser Tuesdays at The Purple Booker)

UnWholly by Neil Shusterman

img_0416After finishing Unwind by Neil Shusterman, I had no choice but to pick up the second novel in the series. UnWholly picks up where the preceding story left off with no break in the gripping tension. The story continues to hold the reader’s attention throughout. I smile when I see my daughter sitting on the sofa, immersed in the tale.

My teaser this week is from the beginning of the novel and refers to a new character in the story.

“He’s fighting a nightmare when they come for him. 

A great flood is swallowing the world, and in the middle of it all, he’s being mauled by a bear. He’s more annoyed than terrified. As if the flood isn’t enough, his deep, dark mind has to send an angry grizzly to tear into him.  

Then he is dragged feetfirst out of the jaws of death and drowning Armageddon. 

“Up! Now! Let’s go!”

He opens his eyes to a brightly lit bedroom that ought to be dark. Two Juvey-cops manhandle him, grabbing his arms, preventing him from fighting back long before he is awake enough to try.” (p3, Simon & Schuster, 2012)

A few new characters were introduced into the story, but the reader meets old favourites as well: Connor, Lev, and Risa. As the blurb on the book jacket states: One of them will be betrayed. One of them will go on the run. And one of them will cross paths with Cam, a teen who doesn’t exist, and make a startling discovery about the truth behind unwinding.

I enjoyed the second book in the Unwind series – and will continue reading the story. This futuristic thriller is a must-read for all who enjoy dystopian novels. And if you have a reluctant teen reader, this story will get them reading!

If you missed my teaser from the first novel in the series: Unwind

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

Unwind by Neil Shusterman

img_0348After my daughter spent a weekend reading the book on the sofa, I decided that Unwind by Neil Shusterman might be a novel I could enjoy – especially after reading the blurb. The novel centres around three teenagers (Connor, Risa, and Lev) who are running for their lives. They run because they do not want to be “unwound”, a process whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different recipients.This process is legal and came into being after the Second Civil War which was fought over reproductive rights.

This dystopian  novel grabbed my interest from the first page. My teaser comes from the first section of the book and refers to Risa’s experience:

“And in this choas, Risa has a sudden realisation. 

This is not part of the plan. 

The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don’t have a plan of action for dealing with an accident. For the next few seconds, all bets are off.

Risa fixes her eyes on the front door of the bus, holds her breath, and races towards that door.”  (p27, Simon & Shuster, 2007)

This read was as good as my daughter claimed it would be. The author captured my interest from the first page – and kept it right until the final paragraph. This is a must-read if you enjoy dystopian novels, or anything that will keep you gnawing on your fingernails. If you have a reluctant teen reader – then this book will certainly keep them engrossed!

Now I am reading the second novel in the series – and I wish I could put my feet up and immerse myself in Shusterman’s world.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

Teaser Tuesday |© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)

Teaser Tuesday: The Death Cure by James Dashner

A few weeks ago I began reading The Maze Runner series. My daughter had spoken about this series and her wish to read it so when I came across a copy, I picked it up for her. As she was in the process of writing exams, I decided to open the novel and begin reading. From the first pages, I became engrossed in the story of the Maze that James Dashner had created.

This morning I began the third novel in the series: The Death Cure. The teaser comes from the first chapter and continues from where the second novel ends:

“The rage crept in. Like a shivering rat looking for a spot of warmth, a crumb of food. And with every passing day came an increasing anger so intense that Thomas sometimes caught himself shaking uncontrollably before he reeled the fury back in and pocketed it. He didn’t want it to go away for good; he only wanted to store it and let it build. Wait for the right time, the right place, to unleash it. WICKED had done all this to him. WICKED had taken his life and those of his friends and were using them for whatever purposes they deemed necessary. No matter the consequences.” (p2-3, Delacorte Press, USA, 2011)

I look forward to reading the rest of Thomas’s story. The first two books in the series enthralled me and this one looks to be as good.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)

An Insurgent Teaser

Insurgent (book).jpegWhen I completed Divergent by Veronica Roth (you can read my book review here), I began my impatient wait for the next in the series to arrive at my local library. Like my teen daughter, I wished to continue reading about the adventures and experiences of Tris, the Dauntless member who had transferred from the Abnegation faction. When the copy arrived from the library, my daughter grabbed it first! I did not have to wait long, however, for my turn to read the book. A week later, I immersed myself in the story.

My teaser refers to the protagonist, Tris, and her feelings towards Tobias, the boy she has fallen in love with:

“I am almost afraid of him. I don’t know what to say or do around the erratic part of him, and it is here, bubbling just beneath the surface of what he does, just like the cruel part of me. We both have war inside of us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.” (p.242, Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)

The words inside this novel kept me reading – not only because of the inner conflict felt by the main character; but also because of the interactions between people on a societal level. Even though the society described in the novel does not exist in reality, I felt that it was possible that our world could be divided into these factions. The obstacles described and the characters’ reactions to their difficulties seemed to be relevant and possible. I almost wished my bus ride to work were longer so that I could immerse myself in the story for a little longer. When I reached the last line of the book my thought was: “I need to read the last book of the trilogy.” The second part of this dystopian story did not disappoint me.

Have you begun Veronica Roth’s story yet?

(This post was inspired by Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The first time I heard the name Veronica Roth was about 18 months ago. I was supply teaching in a grade 8 class and a couple of the girls had the book Divergent on their desks. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, these copies were opened and the girls were in another world until the bell rang for recess. Curious about any book that will get teens reading English, I noted down the author’s name and her book on my to-read list – especially as I was told that this story was better than the one written by Suzanne Collins (read my review of The Hunger Games).

My daughter is now a teenager and I recalled the name of this author when she mentioned one of her friends had read Divergent. When I got a copy from the library, my daughter grabbed it first and began reading it before me. For one and a half days, her nose was buried in the book (perfect summer reading!). She carried the book with her wherever we went – and I had to encourage her not to read while walking!

I did not have long to wait until I could read the book and, on turning the pages, I could understand why I have seen so many teen readers enamoured of this story. The story refers to a society that is divided into factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), and the factionless (those who were unable to succeed in gaining entry into a faction). Each faction is dedicated to living out the virtue that it embodies. When a child is sixteen, she/he chooses which faction to join after an aptitude test. In the story, the reader follows the choices and experiences of Beatrice, a sixteen year old born into the faction of Abnegation. The choices she makes are unexpected, and her experiences lead her to the realisation of what is happening in her society.

Divergent draws the reader in. Roth’s descriptions allow the reader to see into the mind of the protagonist, and to move through the character’s experiences as if next to her. The reader is eager to learn more, and to discover what choices will be made. By the time I reached the end of the story, I had joined my daughter in her desire to read the second book in the trilogy. The novel is a perfect teen read and will also be enjoyed by adults who enjoy reading subtle critiques on our society.

Do you enjoy reading dystopian novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013