Saturday, April 30, 2011

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike [Coming Soon]

Attention Aprilynne Pike fans! Don't forget that the third installment in the Wings series comes out May 3rd!

Check out this summary taken from Goodreads:

Lauren hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Lauren is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Lauren discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Lauren must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Lauren cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Team Tamani or Team David? Tell us below. If you haven't been following the series, now is your time to catch up. 

Wings ~
Spells ~

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden #1)

Publication date: March 22, 2011 (Simon & Schuster)

Lauren DeStefano’s debut novel, Wither, is the first in a trilogy of novels set in our future where, due to a genetic glitch, male and female are barely living to see their twenties. In order to keep the population from dying out completely, young women are being scooped up and forced to live polygamous lifestyles.
Her only concern being to escape her new mansion of a home and return to her twin brother, Rhine carefully plans her and a servants exit with the help of her sister wives while her father-in-law tries desperately to form a cure for “the virus” in his creepy basement.
With its beautiful cover and adamant main character, Wither was everything I expected it to be. The pace was slow enough for the reader to comprehend what was going on yet swift enough to keep you interested. I would have to say the ending was the only disappointment, and not just because part of me wanted Rhine to stay and look after her naive husband. While her previous attempt at escape had failed, and her escape was imminent, it seemed too easy. 

I’m truly curious to see what awaits her beyond the orange groves in the next installment as she and her new love interest sail homeward.

“Tell freedom I said hello.”

(4 out of 5)

- Tabbyc

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Publication date: May 22, 2007 (Penguin Group)

Imagine being a woman in Afghanistan who was allowed the freedom of going to school, helping your husband support the household financially, and being able to hold the same jobs men were allowed to hold. Now imagine that the next day those freedoms were stripped; women were supposed to cover everything save for their eyes when in public, they weren’t allowed to be out without a male relative or their husband, and they were supposed to stay home with the children.

These aren’t the only issues addressed by Hosseini in his book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Using his characters of Mariam and Laila, Hosseini shows the trials and obstacles that stand in the ways of modern Afghanistan women. He shows the injustice done to women not only in Afghanistan, but in many places around the world. With the depiction of abuse and political injustice, Hosseini draws the reader in with his words that show the endurance of the two young, fictional women.

The main issue addressed in the book is the subject of abuse. There are many scenes depicting the injuries and the moment of the incident itself; it adds another layer to the depth of the book.

This book isn’t just one that makes one think it’s just another book with a problem, climax, and resolution; this book makes one actually think about the injustices being done to women everywhere.

(4.5 out of 5)