Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: The Line by Teri Hall

The Line
by Teri Hall
ISBN: 978083734661
Release Date: March 4, 2010
(above information is for the hardcover edition)

from the author's site: 
Rachel lives with her mother on The Property. The good thing about living there is that it’s far from the city where the oppressive government is most active. The bad thing, at least to most people, is that it’s close to the Line—an uncrossable section of the National Border Defense System, an invisible barrier that encloses the entire country.

She can see the Line from the greenhouse windows, but she is forbidden to go near it. Across the Line is Away, and though Rachel has heard many whispers about the dangers there, she’s never really believed the stories. Until the day she hears a recording that could only have come from across the Line.

It’s a voice asking for help.

Who sent the message? What is her mother hiding? And to what lengths will Rachel go in order to do what she thinks is right?

my thoughts: 

The Line is my current book club book for my Young Adult book club, but I've been curious about it for awhile now. It's a very interesting, engrossing read. Teri Hall's writing is very smooth and it's so easy to sit down with The Line and become immersed in the story. 

I was so immersed reading about Rachel, Vivian, and Ms. Moore that I was a bit jarred by the ending. I had a moment of "Wait where's the next page?" Thankfully book 2, Away will be releasing in September. Here's hoping I have the patience to wait that long. 

If you're a fan of dystopian stories or really just like books that look at our world a little differently I strongly recommend checking out The Line. It's a quick read, and I imagine once you're done, like me, you'll find yourself wishing September would get here faster. And even better The Line will be available in paperback very soon - current release listed on Amazon is April 14th.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

You Recommend Wednesday

Well readers, it's that time of the week again. It's time for you to tell me what to read. So come on, out with it, what are you reading and loving right now?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eyecatcher: The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Witch
by Karen Mahoney
ISBN: 9780738725826
Release Date: January 25, 2011
from the author's site: 

FREAK. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

why it caught my eye: 

This was one that I started hearing about online before coming across it at work. I was intrigued simply because the word "witch" was in the title. I can't help it. I love all things witchy, especially stories. Granted the description talks more about Faeries than witches but that's okay too. I like faerie stories also. 

Anyone out there read this one yet? What did you think? 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

You Recommend Wednesday

Hey there lovely readers! Well, like most of the Midwest I'm snowed in for the day. Which makes today the perfect day for reading and blogging. :) So what do you all have for me? What's everyone reading these days? Me, I'm in a big Steampunk mood right now so that's what I'm reading.

And for your viewing pleasure here's the view outside my basement bedroom window: