YA Reads: Worlds I Would Never Want To Live In

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

-Goodreads Description

Confession time: I didn’t like Matched at first. Mostly because of the characters. I didn’t connect with Cassia all that much, and I really wanted to punch Xander in the face at times for being so…perfect. (I DON’T LIKE PERFECT CHARACTERS WHO MAKE ME FEEL INSECURE ABOUT MY LACK OF PERFECTION OKAY.)

I didn’t really care about most of the characters, except for one: Ky. I was really intrigued by his story, and I can honestly say that he’s the reason I continued reading this series. In a world where everything is supposed to be so perfect and organized, he was someone who wasn’t, and I loved that. He was like the Jack Dawson of the society or something. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say he makes the Matched series worth a read.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Disney has bought the film rights to the Matched trilogy. I think Matched would make a great movie, especially for those who are fans of love stories and movies that take place in the future.

 

 

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

-Goodreads Description

MY FEELINGS.

HOLY CRAP MY FEELINGS.

Can I even review this?! Seriously. I think this is the first time I’ve been unable to properly review a book! I’m amazed by how deep this is. It’s pretty short, so I was expecting a quick and simple read.

Hahaha—no.

It was—it had me—at first, I was like—

Okay look, if you like science fiction and crying, just read it.

Could it be adapted to film/television? YES!!! I heard Jeff Bridges is going to adapt and star in the Giver movie, and I don’t know any other actor who would make a better Giver. I’m not sure who would play Jonas, though. Hmmm….

 

 

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

-Goodreads Description

Now THIS is my type of story! I’ve been reading a bunch of YA dystopian, but none of them have been able to satisfy in the way I expected them to. Not because they’re not good; it’s because I was wanting some adventure and action, and I finally got a whole lot of adventure and action with Divergent!

I loved everything about Divergent. The characters, the atmosphere…THE PLOT TWISTS.

If you’re looking something similar to the Hunger Games (*COUGH* or even better *COUGH*), you’ve found your series everybody.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Gah, totally. Divergent has a very cinematic feel to it. Plus, it screams “the next Hunger Games”, but at the same time, it is its own book, too.  Summit has acquired the film rights and hired screenwriter Evan Daugherty to write the screenplay. According to IMDb, the Divergent film is set to release in 2015. (pleasemakeitsoonerthoughmoviepeoplekthanksbye).

 

Anyone else read these fabulous YA reads? Share your opinions about them below!

90s music is seriously the best.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I’ve heard how good The Perks of Being A Wallflower is and all, but nobody told me how AWESOME it is. For someone who reads too much for their own good, it’s a rare thing to find a book that you’ll never forget, and this is one of them. I loved Charlie’s voice and how hilariously honest he is about everything. He over-thinks everything way too much, to the point where you want to smack him, but sometimes those can make the best characters, and in this novel, it worked. There’s a lot to be learned while reading Perks (besides the great music and books Charlie is into). What I like most about this novel is that it makes you think (in a good way), whether it be about love, family, friends…or just life in general. Without giving too much away, you see things differently after reading Perks. It’s worth a spot in your bookshelf, if you like books that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

And, okay, I don’t know why, but for some odd reason, Charlie sort of reminds me of a teenage Forrest Gump. Is that weird? Probably.

Could it be adapted to film/television? It’s already been made into a film! According to IMDb, its US release date is September 21, 2012. So, be sure to check it out. Emma Watson’s in it, so you know it’s going to be a good film. 😉

Have you read The Perks of Being A Wallflower? What did you think of it?

Murder, Love, Teenagers…

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Goodreads Description

The Unbecoming Mara Dyer was a quick and fun read. It’s filled with murder and macabre and is the perfect book for people who love creepy stories mixed with twisted romance. I’m a huge fan of creepy books, but to be honest, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. While it is scary, it focused more on the romance, and that’s what annoyed me more than anything. Sure, it is a paranormal romance, but I’m not a huge fan of perfectly-gorgeous-hawt dudes and insta-love; however, I loved Mara’s voice and her feisty attitude. Plus, the book ends on a cliffhanger that’s just going to leave you DYING to read the next book. So, it was good.

Could it be adapted to film/television? This book would make a great movie. Something like a teen horror flick, just without the screaming cheerleaders and clueless jocks. While I was reading it, I couldn’t help but imagine how great it’d look on-screen. Murder+Romance+Paranormal = fun summer flick.

I think The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer could have a good chance of making its way into Hollywood soon.

If you’ve already read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, what did you think of it?

 

The Beatles freaking lied to us.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

– Goodreads Description

I know, I know. The Beatles said, “all you need is love”. But, apparently, those dudes were wrong. Either that, or they lied to us. So break up with your boyfriend, and stop seeing that girl you met at Starbucks. Love is a DISEASE, people!

Alright, back to reality.

In Lena’s world, love is the ultimate enemy. It makes the worst type of disease look like a picnic at Disneyland. So, in order to live a happy, healthy life in this society, you got to get “cured” at the age of 18. Kind of like you gotta get those nasty flu shots during flu season, expect it’s all year-long.

So, in other words, she lives in a really screwed up world that I wouldn’t even make my worst enemy live in. No, really. It’s that bad.

I really liked Delirium. It’s beautifully written and has a really good premise. My favorite thing about Delirium is the relationships, especially Lena and Hana’s friendship. They’re complete opposites, but have a chemistry that just pops out of the page. I was actually more interested in their friendship than I was with Lena and Alex’s romance (BEST FRIENDS 5EVER, BOIFRIENDS 5NEVER). My other favorite thing was the documents, poetry, history, and new religion Lauren Oliver created and included before each chapter. It’s pretty freaking sweet and a great way to help the readers understand the society better, without distracting from the story.

Even though Delirium is a dystopian, the story read more like a contemporary to me. Almost like something Sarah Dessen could write. Maybe that’s because there’s no flying cars, talking computers, or crazy robots running around and shooting at each other like what I usually imagine when I think of dystopian. Minus the whole “love is a disease” thing, Lena lives in a world similar to ours…which is probably what makes it so scary.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Yes. In fact, Fox 2000 has picked up the film rights! According to IMDb, Delirium is set for a 2013 release date. I have a feeling this’ll be like a Nicholas Sparks type of movie, only set in the future. Like, The Last Song meets The Hunger Games or something.

What are your thoughts?

Casper the Friendly Ghost’s Evil Sister.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

The Story:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

-Goodreads Description

I know, I know. It’s got a creepy premise, but this is such a GOOD read.

Loyal and lovable side-kicks? Check.

Kick-ass love story? Check.

Lots of horror and gore? Check.

Anna Dressed In Blood is one of the coolest YA reads I’ve come across in a long time. It’s fast-paced, hilarious, and loads of (creepy) fun. I loved that this was told in a male POV, considering there’s not a whole lot of YA novels with male protagonists. Cas’s cocky and sardonic personality makes him a unique voice in YA fiction. He’s a no BS type of guy, which is surprisingly one of the many things that makes him likable and relatable…and that says a lot, since I don’t know many high school kids who hunt down and kill ghosts like it’s an after-school babysitting job.

Oh, and instead of going with the traditional black text, this book uses blood-red text. As if all the blood on the cover didn’t make you pee your pants the first time. (I mean, c’mon, it is a horror story, after all. Everyone knows you gotta squeal like a five-year old girl at some point. Duh.)

Grab a bag of Cheetos and a flashlight, because this one will keep you up all night, and you won’t regret it.

Could it be adapted to film/television? This would make a really fun summer flick. I’d love to see this get turned into a movie.

Anyone else read this? What are your thoughts?