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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness is book #2 in the Chaos Walking series. If you haven’t read the first book, go here  ————–> The Knife of Never Letting Go. 

In the previous book, Todd and Viola had finally gotten to Haven after days and days of running from the army of Prentisstown. But right away, their hopes are crushed. The Prentisstown army has gotten there before them, and they have taken over all of Haven and renamed it New Prentisstown. Then begins this book, The Ask and the Answer. The moment they get taken by now titled President Prentiss. Viola is taken to the Healers, the “doctors” in a sense. Todd is made to work with the President’s son, Davy Prentiss. And they are given the worst job possible, banding. The Spackle. The Spackle creatures that were found on the New World. And the ones they all thought were defeated and extinct. Banding is where a metal band is put in the Spackle’s arm and cuts off all bloodflow in thier arm. If it is removed, though, they would die. It’s kind of like those African neck things…nevermind.

But back on the topic, while Todd is doing that with Davy, Viola is learning things about New Prentisstown. Viola feels a war coming on. And she must choose a side. Mistress Coyle and the Ask? President Prentiss and the Answer? What will Todd do? But whatever side she does choose, something is happening that will change the New World forever.

 

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The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

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James Patterson

James Patterson, if you don’t know already, is the author of the Women’s Murder Club series, Alex Cross series, Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life series, Witch and Wizard series, Michael Bennet series, Daniel X series, Don’t Blink, Kill Me If You Can, and many more. I know a lot of James Patterson fans, and I also enjoy some of his kid or young adult books.

About the books

The Maximum Ride series is about a girl named Maximum “Max” Ride. She is basically the protagonist of the story and the books are from her point of view. She is accompanied with her “Flock” named Fang, Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge, and Angel. You might be wondering about the whole “Flock” thing. They are bird kids. They were science experiments who escaped from the lab they call the ‘School’, hence the name School’s Out-Forever. (Yes, I know. I’ve said that a lot!) In the different books, the kids start developing different powers. Throughout the series, you hear of their adventures running away from the Erasers, half- human and half-wolf beings created by scientists in the School. It might sound pretty weird, but give it a chance. You might really like it!

The first book:

The Angel Experiment is the first book in the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. It is about a girl named Maximum “Max” Ride and the rest of her flock: Fang, Iggy, Nudge, and the only blood related ones, Gazzy and Angel. In a nutshell, all of them are mutated bird kids that escaped from the School together. The School is like a place with a bunch of scientists that do horrible things to the “patients” there. But when the Erasers (part man, part wolf creatures) capture sweet little Angel, the flock must take a terrifying and dangerous journey to go back to the school to save her!

All of the Maximum Ride books are amazing. I especially like them because of the strong female protagonist named Max. It seems that this situation of the girl being the strong character has made many great stories. For example: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Girl with the Dragons Tattoo by Steig Larsson, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and even the Disney movie, Brave. Mostly what I love about this book and the whole series is the mix of the characters. All of the characters of the story are unique and different and unlike any other in any other book. You also get to see changes of them throughout the books.

*SNEAK PEEK: Max and Fang’s relationship also gets deeper in each book! ❤

The books:

  • The Angel Experiment
  • School’s Out-Forever
  • Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The Final Warning
  • MAX
  • Fang
  • Angel
  • Nevermore

Plague: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

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They’ve survived the starvation and the hunger. They’ve survived the backstabbing and the lies. But now another challenge faces them: plague. For a short while, there has been peace in the FAYZ. But soon Dahra Baidoo’s hospital is filling up with sick, coughing children. This isn’t like any other cough. It’s something not even Lana “The Healer” can heal. This is where kids are hacking up their own insides. Yeah, gross. And deadly. And sadly, that’s not the only thing wrong. As Sam discovers on Hunter “the hunter”, there are also little devious bugs eating people from the inside out. Yeah, that’s gross too. With their reflective little shells, these bugs can’t be burnt by Sam’s glowing green fire. They can only be crushed. With really big rocks. While all of this is happening, Caine and Diana are on an island that once belonged to two movie stars eating and doing whatever they want.

The Darkness, or the Gaiaphage, is back too, if it was ever truly destroyed. And it’s reaching out for one thing, its “Nemesis” as it calls it. The Gaiaphage is using its faithful (and psycho) servant,  the Drake/Brittney creature to get exactly what it wants. Nemesis is Little Pete: Astrid’s five-year-old autistic brother so powerful that he started the FAYZ without even meaning to. Nemesis could be the very thing that the Gaiaphage needs to be reborn into the creature that can overpower everything and take over the world! Yeah, very supervillan-ey. And because Gaia means Earth, and Phage means eater, Gaiaphage must mean EARTH EATER and that can’t be good.

Although it was really gross, I loved this book. With each book, there is more gross stuff and more bad stuff, like love….and a little bit of cursing, but not really anything too bad. Sometimes during this book, I wanted to throw up just because it was so descriptive. But that’s what you get when you read a horror book, I guess. MILD SPOILERS/HINTS: Someone gets pregnant! Sam gets drunk in the beginning!

If you haven’t read any of the Gone books, I highly recommend them. Also, check out my reviews of the other books before this one! They are Gone, Hunger, and Lies. 

Happy Reading!          

Lies: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

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Lies by Michael Grant book #3 in the Gone series. It’s been several months since all of the adults have disappeared and the bubble around Perdido Beach, California known as “the FAYZ” has appeared. All in one night, Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach. A girl who was once dead is rumoured to have been seen walking along the streets. Drake, the horrible psycho “Whip Hand” is back from the dead not to kill, but torture the people he despises most with his tentacle-ish whip-hand. And among the list of people he despises is Sam, the person who fears him most. And this time, Drake cannot be killed. Immortal. Orsay, the Prophetess claims that there is a way to get out of the FAYZ besides the big poof: Death. As Sam and Astrid grow farther and farther apart and in this book you will not be able to stand Astrid! I have to admit, she gets really annoying. Together, the team of Sam, Brianna “The Breeze”, Dekka, and Edilio try to stop most of the big problems in the FAYZ! Oh, and here’s a sneak peek: Cannibalism! Yeah, gross and very desperate! But I won’t tell you who!

This whole book series is awesome. The first two books are Gone and Hunger. As far as I recall, there isn’t really any serious bad stuff in this book aside from a few curse words. The Gone series is definetely for some Stephen King fans and lovers of horror books! The story is awesome and the characters totally make the story what it is.    

Happy Reading!

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Dracula by Bram Stoker starts out where Jonathan Harker is on his way to Castle Dracula to finalize the purchase of Carfax Abbey. (I have no idea what that is!) Once he gets there, he finds himself trapped inside. No way out of the building. While staying there, he discovers some mysterious, horrifying secrets about Count Dracula. Mina Murray, Jonathan’s fiance, is writing back and forth with Lucy Westenra, her best friend. Meanwhile, Lucy is being proposed to by three different men: John Seward, Arthur Holmwood, and Quincey Morris. All of these people, plus Dr. Van Hesling seek out on an adventure to kill Dracula- once and for all. *Spoiler Alert!* One of these people gets bitten, and turns into a vampire themselves!

The whole book is written from different peoples’ journals. This is how it tells how everything is happening. But depending on the person, it only lets on a certain amount of information, so that is really cool. The book is never written from Count Dracula’s perspective, and it keeps you wondering the whole time! Not just anyone can read this book, though. The speech is very confusing. Most of the time, I had to read the paragraph about three, four, or even five times before I could understand it. Or I had to use my context clues. This part of a letter from Mina Murray-Harker to Lucy Westenra:

“I found my dear one, oh, so thin and pale and weak-looking. All of the resolution has gone out of his dear eyes, and that quiet dignity which I told you was in his face has vanished. He is only a wreck of himself, and he does not remember anything that has happened to him for a long time past. At least, he wants me to believe so, and I shall never ask. He has had some terrible shock, and I fear it might tax his poor brain if he were to try recall it.”

*Spoiler Alert!* That is from when Jonathan gets back from Castle Dracula.

I loved reading  a book written in 1897! That was so cool to me. I loved the story to this book. It was romance, suspense, mystery, and adventure. I highly recommend this book, if you’ve got the chops.

*Note: Dracula has also been turned into a movie that I am too scared to see.

Happy Reading!