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book cover for the knife of never letting go by patrick ness

Series: Chaos Walking

Chapters: 42; s/M/l

Pages: 479

Genre: YA Fiction/Sci-fi

“A book of startling and poetic beauty…. Enormously compelling.”– Literary Review (U.K.)

Description: On a planet known as New World there is a town named Prentisstown. Everyone in this town can hear each others thoughts, no one is safe. Suddenly a terrible secret is presented to Todd, a boy a month short of becoming a man. He must run from the town and it’s history in hopes of surviving. The only problem is, how can you escape when they can hear all your thoughts?

“Cuz the rumors were true, the rumors that Francia heard. The word was true. It’s an army. A whole army. There’s a whole army coming after me” (210)

11/10
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book cover for dark secrets 1 by elizabeth chandler

Series: Dark Secrets

Chapters: 37; s/M/l

Pages: 431

Genre: YA Fiction

Description: A book containing two short stories, Legacy of Lies and Don’t Tell. Legacy of Lies is about a girl, Megan, who is forced to stay with her uptight grandmother for the summer. She discovers truths of her family’s legacy and past that could have fatal consequences. There is a love triangle. Don’t Tell is about a girl, Lauren, who returns to the town where her mother drowned. She finds herself reliving moments that lead up to her mothers drowning making her question if her mother was murdered and if she is next.

“My spine tingled. ‘At the end I-I thought I saw myself lying dead.’” -Legacy of Lies (142)

“I didn’t know what time it was or where I was, except far beneath the surface of a river. The river bottom was thick with sea grass and I swam in near darkness. Someone called my name, Laur-en, Laur-en, the voice rising and falling over the syllables as my mother’s once had.” -Don’t Tell (267)

5/10
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book cover for crank by ellen hopkins

Series: Crank

Chapters: 292; S/m/l

Pages: 537

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

“The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing… a stunning portrayal of a teen’s loss of direction.” – School Library Journal

Description: Kristina is a young girl forced to visit her father in Albuquerque. Whilst there she meets a guy named Adam and suddenly her world is turned upside down as she enters a toxic relationship filled with sex and drugs. Her life gets sucked down the drain as she finds herself addicted to Crank THE drug. THE monster in her life. This book is written in many different poetic styles, including concrete and acrostic, with very short chapters. An easy read, but a deep read.

“But that’s not exactly cool. So you sit and smile pretending like it’s not even fazing you, not touching you at all. So he look you in the eye, trying to measure you, find a hint of reaction. And he says, Tell me how you feel. So you can’t stand it one more second, and you close your eyes, daring him to kiss you. So he does, and it’s electric, high voltage, stun-gun strength desire jolting sinew and bone. And he asks, How ‘bout another line?” (92-93)

7/10
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book cover for the hunt by andrew fukuda

Series: The Hunt

Chapters: 8; s/m/L

Pages: 293

Genre: Fiction/Dystopia

“A book that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Both terrifying and sublime, with every page evoking that fragile yet unyielding thing we call humanity.”– Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade trilogy

Description: In a world where humans have been almost completely eradicated by the dangers of sickly vampires very few are left alive. Those who are must learn the basics of acting as one of them. No sweating, no laughing, no sleeping on the ground and absolutely no attention drawn towards yourself. Gene has managed to get by until now, the year of the heper hunt. Humans, aka hepers, are raised in captivity until they are of age to be hunted down in a gruesome game of cat and mouse. A random lottery picks the vampires who will participate, when Gene is picked his world turns upside down whilst trying to conceal his secret as well as trying to free the hepers. People resurface from Gene’s past and he must ask himself if he is willing to put himself on the line from these people and the possibility of getting answers to his age old questions.

“No matter the sun: he will bound into the village, tear down doors and windows, rip the hepers to shreds, sink his teeth into the soft give of their neck, even as the sun burns down into his skin and melts it into wax, even as his eyeballs explode and ooze vitreous juice down his sliding face, nose, cheeks. None of it matters even as he succumbs to the rays, even as he dissolves into a puddle of pus, so long as he dies with hepers in his arms and heper juice in his system. What a way to go, not so gently into the night.” (167)

8/10
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book cover for the book thief by markus zusak

Series: N/A

Chapters: 88; S/m/l

Pages: 550

Genre: Fiction/Historical Drama

“Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in ‘Slaughterhouse Five’: with grim, darkly consoling humor” – Time

Description: Germany, 1939, a young girl is adopted after her brother dies and her mother leaves. She takes up the habit of stealing book from multiple places so her new father can teach her to read. As she grasps the stories before her and makes friends with one of her neighbours a sudden chaos is thrown into her and her family’s life. A Jewish man shows up on their doorstep and they must take him in and hide him from the horrors of the Nazis. The story is narrated by Death.

“I climbed through the windshield of the truck, found the diseased man, and jumped out the back. His soul was skinny. His beard was a ball and chain. My feet landed loudly in the gravel, though not a sound was heard by a soldier or prisoner. But they could all smell me.” (389)

10/10
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book cover for breathe by sarah crossan

Series: Breathe

Chapters: 57; s/M/l

Pages: 371

Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia

“Will leave fans breathless for the next one.” -ALA Booklist

Description: All of the trees in the world have been cut down and the population of remaining humans reside within a dome. Breathe, an air manufacturing company protects them as they all pay their oxygen tax. However, this government is hiding knowledge. 3 friends venture out into the Outlands with only 2 days of oxygen and what they find is not what you would expect.

“I know why they cut the trees down. I know the problem: the world’s population was soaring and people needed to eat. And the solution was to log all the remaining forests and use the land for farming.” (92)

8/10

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