I had been meaning to read Speak for quite some time (we’re talking years here), but for some reason just never did. Finally, I decided it was time. The voice and style threw me a bit at first, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I understand all the praise now. This is an important book!

There is not a book Laurie Halse Anderson has written that I haven't loved. She is a gifted story teller. This is a must read for anyone in later middle school/ninth grade.

This book is so moving and beautiful. The writing sings. The story is heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. I have been recommending this to everyone I know since I finished it. I can’t wait to see more from Jamie Ford (who lives in my hometown :) ).

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - "Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps, this debut novel tells the story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko.

This was not quite what I expected. It read a little younger than I thought it would – I think it probably would do better shelved in middle grade than YA. Also it is more plot-driven than I am used to. I still really enjoyed it, and will read the rest of the series!

leviathan series by scott westerfeld. Great take on WWI with a science fiction twist.

The epistolary format of this book made it a little tough for me to get into, but once it grabbed me it grabbed hard and held tight. I loved the stories and it was so much fun getting to know the characters. It really is a beautiful book.

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Oh my gosh, this book is so deliciously creepy. It is so different than any Maureen Johnson books I’ve read in the past, and while I always like her work, this one is by far my favorite. I adore the world she’s built. And that last page?! Gah! I can’t even wait for the next one. Hurry, Maureen, hurry!

The Name Of The Star (Maureen Johnson) great young adult book, reading the sequel now. If you love mystery and paranormal, you have to try this book.

Why on Earth did I wait so long to read this one?! It was fantastic. Heartfelt.Wonderful. I am officially a Lauren Oliver fan-girl and will read anything from her.

- Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver: coming of age, serious high school version of "groundhog day" - young adult

Of course I’d heard of Amanda Hocking and her books, but I’d yet to read one, so when I got my shiny new Nook I decided to break it in on one of hers. I love me some zombies, so I picked this one. I was not disappointed. Hocking keeps the action moving right along and makes the reader really feel for the characters. I am looking forward to the sequel, and to reading some of her others.

Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows… “This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.” Nineteen-year-old Remy King is.

Ah-maze-ing. That’s all there is to say about this book. Beth kept me guessing all the way through. Some things I figured out early on, but many things I didn’t get until she revealed them right at the end. And now she says some of those things I think I got are LIES. I can’t wait to read the next one to find out what’s true and what’s not.

'Across the Universe' by Beth Revis ---- Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, thr.

What a wonderful addition to a fantastic series. I hated so many people in this book, but loved the book. I love that Ryan’s characters can always find a little glimmer of hope amongst the pain and bleakness of their world.

The Dark and Hollow Places - Carrie Ryan. Alone and listening to the moaning of the Dark City dying around her, Annah wants to find her way back home, to her sister and family and their village in the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Delicious. Good old Southern Gothic. I need more YA with such rich characters and setting.

'Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures, Book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ---- Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town.

It’s no secret that Stephanie’s first book, Anna and the French Kiss, was my favorite read of 2010, and that I was over-the-top excited to get my hands on Lola. And you want to know what? I like this one even better than the first. I didn’t want it to end. Sadly it did, but I still have Isla and the Happily Ever After to look forward to!

Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins. Sequel/companion to Anna and the French Kiss. Like Anna, it's a cute/fun read, good for de-stressing ^^

Holy commas, ah-mazing. I loved this book so much. My very favorite thing about it was that even in a world overrun by zombies, the biggest threat is other humans. I can’t wait to read the sequel (but will have to because I’m not allowed to buy any more books right now)!

Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura (Rot and Ruin)): Jonathan Maberry - great series, puts an intriguing twist on the zombie novels.

Man, Shannon Hale can write a beautiful fairy tale. Her language and descriptions were so rich. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the others in the series.

Shannon Hale --- The Books of Bayern Book 1 --- The Goose Girl --- Ten Stars----------This series is right down my lane; I LOVE re-dos of Fairy-tales, and this is based off of one of my favorites of the Grimms' stories. Completely clean, and sweet.

I like the story and I like the characters. I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual writing, though. It seemed like Susane Colasanti was trying TOO hard to sound teenaged – it came off fake, and actually almost like she was mocking teens. That said, the writing did not detract from the story enough for me to want to put the book down.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual writing, though.