Thursday, 5 July 2012

Just Finished: Canada Day Long Weekend Reads

I had a lovely long weekend up at the cottage. Happy 145th birthday Canada! The kids played on the beach and I plowed through three pretty fantastic YA books (a book a day!).

1. Blood Red Road by Moira Young

If you like the Hunger Games chances are you'll like this one, too. A kick-ass girl, Saba, put in impossible circumstances and she comes out swinging. Told in Saba's unique voice, this book really drew me in to the dystopian world the author created. There's cage fighting, a posse of girl warriors, and a boy named Jack. Loved it! Hope the movie gets made (Ridley Scott optioned this book for film!).

2. Jane by April Lindner

A fresh take on a classic, Jane is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre. Jane is a college student needing a job and ends up a nanny for a rock star's daughter. A bit of a lighter, fluffier book but still enjoyable. If you like the retellings of Pride and Prejudice then you'll like this. Perfect for the beach :)

3. Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson (a Canadian!)

This book intrigued me because the main character, Alison, has Synesthesia and wakes up in a mental hospital. She thinks she killed someone with her ability. There's a great twist at the end that reminds you this book is sci-fi ... and you really want to know what happens! Plus this is what the back cover says: "Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her." Yes, please!

So there's three books I recommend for your summer reading pleasure. Enjoy!