So, I’ve been planning this because I am a big fan of YA books and I AINT AFRAID TO SHOW IT. They is sexy, don’t you know it.
Anyhoo, lets kick this in the gonads with numero uno…oh and this is in no particular order. Asking me to put them in order of favourites is like ‘Sophie’s Choice’. And yes, although she did choose ya’ll got to agree those conditions were a lot more fierce than the ones I am under…just saying…
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Now, the blurb on this book is actually good – not too vague and not an instant turn off for people like me who like a good romance that is equally thrilling due to it’s action side. Divergent brings lots of different genre’s to the table and I really admire the book for it’s honesty. Tris, the main character, is a flawed girl who like many of us doesn’t know where she belongs which in her society is even more dangerous. In her dystopian world, her society is split up into factions each representing a ‘personality’…if you will. It kind of echoes Harry Potter or The Hunger Games in this sense except I would say that the factions are more extreme than the qualities any of the houses represent. The factions are Dauntless (Brave), Erudite (Intelligent), Amity (Peaceful), Abnegation (Selfless) and Candor (Truthful).
I love the way Roth explored the personalities in such insightful, creative ways. Like the faction, Abnegation, is selfless in all manners – not just opening doors and giving to charity – but hiding their looks away under gray, dull clothes and not being able to look in mirrors because its vanity which again is a form of selfishness. The book is, of course, romantic (I’m a sucker for romance and will only read a book with it in…sue me) and although I would have liked to see a bit more development in the relationship, the book kept me captivated and probably would have even with out it. I also downloaded the audiobook on my iPod and the reader has the voice I would definitely imagine as Tris. It’s also being made into a film in 2014 with Shailene Woodley starring as Tris – a very nice fit you’ll agree if you have read the book and/or seen ‘The Descendants’. Check this book out, it’s a great read if you are a fan of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Matched by Ally Condie.
2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
This book was sat on my bookshelf for 2 YEARS. Why? Well, after taking a look at the blurb which didn’t take my fancy in the slightest and the author’s name – I judged it, yep, I know…it was a bad move on my behalf but I am fickle when it comes to books. Or life. Whatever. What actually interested me in this book was the trailer, so instead of reading the annoyingly vague blurb – GO WATCH THE TRAILER. I can’t stop showing it to people and by people, I mean my mum. After you have watched the trailer, and feel a little pumped for it, go read the description on Wikipedia but not the entire page or else you are just giving yourself spoilers which in retrospect always leave you being disappointed. Trust me. I do it too often. Luckily I didn’t with this book, and it was…well, all my previous conclusions and judgements I had made about the book before I had even turned to the first page hit me in the face like a wet fish.
The beginning dragged a little but because of the trailer and the description – I knew it would get better. And it did my friends, it got pretty dang amazing very quickly – to the point where I would dream about it which is a side effect of great books. I found Melanie and Wanderer’s conflict at the start engaging and interesting, I liked the way they managed to form a bond and unite in their circumstances. Wanderer had become one of my favourite characters ever, with her determined mind that was inspired by Melanie’s memories. I always see Mel as an older sister to Wanda, but that didn’t necessarily mean that Wanda was the more immature of the two, in fact she really shone and she inspired me with her bravery and determination. Ugh, I really need to remember she is a character and not a person.
Ian, oh you beautiful man…although I didn’t particularly like you on your first introduction. I think I would have liked Ian to have more of a structure to him, he felt a little underdeveloped in comparison to Jarred, but Jarred was Melanie’s soulmate and so I can understand why there was a bit more fixation on him.
This book was truly amazing and it’s stuck with me in my mind which is kind of annoying as the film doesn’t come out till the end of March…Also, she says she is writing sequels but ‘doesn’t want to kill anyone because the hosts world is so dangerous and blah blah…’ MAN UP MEYER.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
What a beautiful, glorious specimen of a book this was. Quick warning – this book is so heartrendingly beautiful that you will feel as if you have shed your old skin because you feel like your heart has been laid bare to the world. The writing is flawless and impeccable, never have I ever felt so much pain and warmth at the same time. It gave me hope for humanity and honest to god, I just cried loads. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much at a book.
So, I was never a big fan of stories about cancer struggles. My Sister’s Keeper is the only one I’ve read as I feel as though I always know the ending, I always know what to expect with a cancer book and that is death and heartbreak. TFIOS toys with these idea but never have I ever felt that this book is so different from any other cancer book I’ve heard of or read. By the end of the book, my wardrobe was just graffiti-ed with quotes and my pillow was permanently wet with my tears. My fun however has begun as I have given my mum the book and I am patiently waiting until she cracks. Mwahaha.
This book is hopefully being made into a film (fingers, toes, arteries crossed) and the author, John Green is a Youtube Vlogger if you want to check that out. This book is one of the most highly ranked books on GoodReads.com and everyone should buy it. It’s not justa love story, it’s a life story.
I’m such a sap.
Hazel Grace Lancaster, however being the protagonist is not my favourite character in this book which is surprising as she is still an amazing character. She is witty, funny, passionate and like to laze in bed and watch America’s next top model reruns – sounds like my kind of girl. She’s also moody and a little pessimistic which she has every right to be seeing as she has to spend her days walking around with a big can of oxygen that flows into her lungs. Anyone would a be a little cranky. But guys and girls, Augustus Waters has stolen mine and probably any teenage girls heart and locked it away. He is just…not perfect but so unbelievably perfect. He likes video games and his favourite book is about some kind of war hero who survives fatal attacks, but his words are like poetry and you can’t help but smile like an idiot as you read the words that John Green lets Augustus speak. He is a beautiful specimen and I’m sorry. That is all. It was actually Isaac who became one of my favourite characters ever. SPOILER: his speech at the pre-funeral had me gasping and crying for hours. I could read anymore for a couple of days but my resistance soon faltered and I had to carry on.
No joke. Buy this book.
I honestly felt like I had put a book in my hands but I soon found out it was grenade and my emotions exploded out of me like a fucking FEELS FEST.
If you really want to cause yourself some pain listen to My Love by Sia whilst reading it. WARNING: THIS MAY RESULT IN SEVERE HEARTACHE AND OVERWHELMING FEELS.
Anyway, those are my top 3 for February, please give them a chance – they deserve that and more.