Luke’s Reading Round-Up March-April 2013

For the past two months, I have managed to read quite a bit. So far, I have read 26 out of 50 books in a reading challenge this year. It looks like I’m getting there.

Anyway, here are the books I read in March and April:

AlteredAltered, by Jennifer Rush

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. And when she, along with the four genetically altered boys—Sam, Trev, Cas, and Nick—in the lab under her father’s farmhouse, escape from the evil corporation her father works under, she uncovers truth about herself that her father kept from her. Altered is one of the best novels of 2013. It was well written, had three-dimensional characters, and many twists that left me stunned. I am anticipating its sequel, Erased, out January 2014.

The Indigo Spell, by Richelle Mead

Sydney continues her struggle to uncover the secrets that the Alchemists keep from her. And what her heart is urging her to do. I have to admit that I enjoyed The Indigo Spell more

the indigo spell

than I did Bloodlines and The Golden Lily. We meet new characters—such as Marcus Finch, who is a former alchemist on the run—as well as glimpse some of the old characters from Vampire Academy—Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, and Christian. The ending is one of the best endings I’ve read! I am very excited about The Fiery Heart, the fourth book in the series (out November), and the Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters movie next year.

Vampire Beach vol.3, by Alex Duval

This is an omnibus of the fifth and six books of the series. In High Stakes, Sienna’s older sister, Paige, turns up unexpectedly from college in Paris, but everything gets dangerous when her boy Mark turns up—and Sienna goes missing. In Hunted, there is evidence that vampire hunters are in town when vampires go missing then mysteriously reappeared with no memory of what happened. Both of the stories featured the characters facing conflicts that are more dangerous than before. I really wish there was more to the series, because Jason and Sienna could have more story when they’re in college/university.

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car accident, Sam relives the same day in the duration of a week, and discovers why she has given these seven chances. There was a powerful message woven into this story: that you have to live your life to the fullest without having any regrets, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow—or in the next five minutes. I also like that Lauren Oliver made Sam sound like a teenager.

Thirst 5: The Sacred Veil, by Christopher Pike

In the final chapter of the five thousand year old vampire, Sita must unravel the handful of lost memories that occurred in World War Two when she was tortured by a madman in order to find the sacred


artifact known as Veronica’s Veil. It is the best instalment in the entire series, and I really wish it wouldn’t end. And I had a list of things I wanted to be included, but sadly most them never came true. All well.

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the cure that prevents the delirium of love, which leads to a safe, predictable and happy life, but ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Another story with a powerful message by Lauren Oliver, which is you can’t control who you love.

Evermore, by Alyson Noël

After the car accident that stole the lives of her family, Ever found that she could see auras, as well as the thoughts of other, and she goes out of her way to hid from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic who is hiding even more mysteries. Every time I’d read one chapter, I would find myself reading another and another. It really was a gripping novel.

Wicked, by Sara Shepard

Aria is getting a little too close to her mother’s date. Emily can’t stop thinking about her new boyfriend. Spencer delves into her family’s secrets. And Hanna is forced to hang out with her sister-in-law-to-be. After I watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars, I really wanted to continue on the book series on which the show is based on. As soon as I picked up Wicked, the fifth book in the series, I didn’t want to stop reading.

The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt

Gene is selected to be one of the combatants in the government-sponsored hunt, and while trying to avoid his fellow competitors whose suspicious about his true nature grow, he must learn how to hunt. I had to get this out from the library twice because I didn’t get to finish it the first time. What drew me into reading it was that it was dystopia (I love them) and because it was a recommended read for those who loved The Hunger Games (which I did). It was awesome, and I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Prey.

Yellowfang’s Secret, by Erin Hunter

It depicts the life of Yellowfang from when she was a kit to when she was exiled from ShadowClan. Yellowfang is the first book of the entire Warriors series, Into the Wild, introduced to her when Firepaw (protagonist of the first Warriors arc) runs into her when she is in ThunderClan territory. Later, she becomes ThunderClan’s medicine cat. I really love her because she is strong-willed, funny, sarcastic, protective, and smart. And Yellowfang’s Secret tells her story before she was introduced in the first book.

Crookedstar's Promise

Crookedstar’s Promise, by Erin Hunter
It depicts the life of Crookedstar, from when he was born in a storm to when he had an accident that broke his jaw, to when he became leader of RiverClan. I didn’t see much of Crookedstar in the main series. And it happened to be this special Warriors novel I chose to read, and I loved it. I love Crookedstar, I got emotional during after his accident, when he saw that his jaw was crooked, when his mother turns her back on him because he wasn’t her handsome tom anymore, and so much more. Despite all this, he managed to get passed it all and earned his spot as clan leader. I know that when he goes to StarClan, his mother is going to make it up to him for turning her back on him


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