The Testing — Joelle Charbonneau

2/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Who will be chosen to lead? The best…the brightest…the deadliest? There will be a testing. In the wake of the Seven Stages War, the government of the Unified Commonwealth devised The Testing to assess the instinct, intellect and sheer nerve among a select group of the population’s young people. Candidates who pass, attend the University to become leaders of the Commonwealth; civilization’s hope to transform a post-war wasteland into a peaceful and technologically advanced society. But progress comes at a price. Mechanically-inclined Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a candidate but on the eve of her departure, her father confides partial memories of his grisly experience as a candidate, still haunted by nightmares and living in fear of what he can’t remember. It’s not enough to pass the test, Cia will have to survive it “and “her deadly fellow candidates. To stay alive Cia will have to learn who she can trust and, if necessary, who she must kill.

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Top Ten Tuesday!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Romances. It can be romantic couples, romantic books, etc. In 2012 I discovered I am a huge romance softy, so I focused on a specific category (YA) for mine this week. And here they are, in no particular order of importance:

Katy and Daemon, the Lux series (Jennifer L. Armentrout): The series isn’t over yet, but so far these two are one of my favorite fictional couples ever. They respect and value each other’s feelings and opinions; they are romantic and silly together; they fight and make up without playing mind games. Apart from the whole constantly-fighting-for-their-lives thing, I would love to have a relationship like theirs.

Lucas and Jacqueline, Easy (Tammara Webber): The circumstances in which they meet are not ideal by any means and there are of course misunderstandings, but these two have another relationship to envy. They take things slowly and are considerate of each other’s hang-ups. They bring out the best in each other and teach each other to be brave.

Logan and Amy, Preloved (Shirley Marr): This is such a creative and wonderfully-written love story. A ghost and a girl who were best friends in a past life, falling in love in this life. It’s an Aussie book and hard to get here in the US, but you can nab a copy here.

Truman and Daphne, The Space Between (Brenna Yovanoff): The daughter of Lilith and Lucifer and a human boy bent on his own destruction. This is a hauntingly beautiful story on its own and Daphne, discovering love and the humanity within her at the same time, made it especially poignant.

Gemma and Kartik, the Gemma Doyle trilogy (Libba Bray): Forbidden love, overcoming odds, sacrifice. Theirs isn’t a typical happy ending but it’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

R and Julie, Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion): A zombie Romeo and Juliet! Talk about love conquering all. If you’ve seen the movie, you should definitely still read the book; Marion wanted the screenplay to complement his novel and there are differences, but both are beautiful in their own way.

Eva and Sean, The Lost Girl (Sangu Mandanna): Another forbidden love (I’m sensing a trend here). The whole novel is really an exquisite portrait of the sorts of love that motivate us all, but their love is so pure and powerful that it really sticks out to me.

Sydney and Adrian, the Bloodlines series (Richelle Mead): I loved Adrian from the moment he showed up in the Vampire Academy series. The way he and Sydney keep each other balanced and support each other makes me all sappy.

Katniss and Peeta, the Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins): It’s hard not to like these two. It’s a grim love story but I think that’s part of why I like them so much. I feel like if you can get through fighting the Capitol for your lives and still like each other, it’s gonna last.

Reid and Dori, Good for You (Tammara Webber): Another one of those opposites-attract, balancing-each-other-out couples who bring out the best in each other. Webber’s writing another Between the Lines book and I’m hoping so hard for more Reid and Dor

Top Ten Tuesday

This is a thing they do over at The Broke and the Bookish and which I’ve seen done on TrishaDM’s blog since I started following her, and I decided I wanted to try it! Unfortunately, due to a busy night, I’m sliding this in just after Tuesday.

Anyway, here it is: My top ten books/authors I am thankful for, in no particular order. This one was very Sophie’s Choice for me. Continue reading

Mockingjay — Suzanne Collins

I finished this book on 3/9/12 at 4 a.m. and am only writing the review now (3/23/12) because it took me several days to process the ending. Then I went out and bought the box set (I had been reading the series as ebooks and was seized by a burning need to have physical copies) and reread everything. I am currently about a third of the way through Mockingjay (again) and am just getting to the point where I’m able to organize my thoughts.

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