Luke’s Reading Round-Up January-February 2013

At the beginning of January, I set myself a goal to read 50 books this year. So far, I have read 13 books.

Below are my top reads of January and February:

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer The Host – Movie Tie-in

Stephenie Meyer has written one of the best novels ever.

The Host is set in a future time where our world has been invaded by aliens, known as “Souls,” who take over the mind of human hosts.

I just loved this novel! Although she writes plot driven novels, the characters are well developed—especially Wanderer, who is gentle and kind, and Melanie, who is one tough young woman! I like that during the progress of the novel, Wanderer and Melanie’s relationship turns to sisterly love.

Lone WolfLone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult

After a car accident, Luke Warren falls into a coma, and brother and sister, Edward and Cara, fight over their father’s fate in court.

This is the second Jodi Picoult novel I’ve read. The first was House Rules. What I liked most about Lone Wolf is that it centres on decision and the reunion of a broken up family. I like that more than one character narrates in first person so we get to experience the emotions of more than just one character. It has since become one of my favourites.

Spark, by Brigid KemmererSpark

When an arsonist starts setting houses on fire, Gabriel Merrick is the top suspect. But he isn’t doing it, and no one believes him, except for a smart and shy sophomore named Layne.

I have to say, I enjoyed Spark better than its preceding novel, Storm. It could’ve been because it had double the action, because the dialogue was even more amusing, because the protagonists were different but with similar issues, or maybe it’s all of the above. It’s definitely a good read.

Nineteen Minutes,  by Jodi Picoult

Set in Sterling, New Hampshire, Nineteen Minutes centres on the school shooting at Sterling High School, depicting the events leading up to and following the incident.

I thought Nineteen Minutes was a great read because of the quality of the writing, the well-developed characters, and the excellent plot twists. What I also enjoyed was how bullying was a main topic. Everyone around the world must’ve experienced it in some way.

I am looking forward to reading more Jodi Picoult novels!

The Secret Circle vol. 1 – TV tie-in coverThe Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive pt. 1, by L.J. Smith

When Cassie Blake moves to New Salem, Massachusetts, she finds herself drawn to the group of teens who seem to rule the school, and who happen to be witches.

I thought the plot was spellbinding, the characters were three-dimensional, and the writing style was enchanting with a smooth pace.

Vampire Beach, vol. 1 +2, by Alex Duval

When Jason and his family relocate to Malibu, he falls for the gorgeous Sienna, who also has an interest in him, but it turns out Sienna and her friends are vampires, and Jason is “risking his life by falling for her.” I liked the Vampire Beach novels because the characters acted like real teenagers, and the writing style was gripping with humorous dialogue.

By Luke Parkes,

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