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The Wicked Will Rise

In YA Book Reviews on April 6, 2015 at 12:53 am

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by Danielle Paige

YA Fantasy Retelling/©2015/293 pages/Second Book in a Trilogy/Recommended for ages 12 and above

Publisher’s Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Thoughts:

This sequel to Dorothy Must Die is equally dark and wickedly good. I love Amy as the snarky narrator. She takes the reader on quite a ride as she tries to find a way to save Oz. Many of the characters from the first book can be found in the sequel, along with a few additional new characters, each of which another layer of complexity to the story.The plot takes up where the last one left off and quickly picks up the pace, providing lots of action, suspense, and twists and turns. But what I especially enjoyed about this book was the incredible writing. Danielle Paige is masterful with word building and description. For example, “It was like being spun in some Willy Wonka version of a washing machine. A neon palette swirled around me as I tumbled: hot pink, electric blue, candy-apple red, grape-soda purple, and every color imaginable in between, all of them zooming downward into infinity in a twisting, death-defying flume, carrying me faster than even seemed possible.” I wish I had tagged more great lines, but I was too busy turning those pages. Then it all came to an end. Rather abruptly, I thought, leaving me with an uneasy feeling of what-is-happenning here. That is the problem with those bridge books in a trilogy, and it is going to be along wait to find out what finally happens. Book #3 won’t be published until 2017. I am sure, though, that it will be worth the wait!

My Rating: 4/5

Additional Resources:

The Candid Cover review

USA Today – Interview with the author

Companion Books: The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer

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All Our Yesterdays

In YA Book Reviews on April 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

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 by Cristin Terrill

YA Science Fiction Fantasy/©2013/360 Pages/Stand Alone Book

Publisher’s Comments:

What would you change?

Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it… at least, not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

My Thoughts:

I found this to be quite the page turner. On the surface, it focuses on the three main characters over two time periods courtesy of time travel. The plot is compelling and fast moving. Fair warning, there is a fair amount of violence, suspense, a love triangle of sorts, and a suicide. Lest you think it is far too serious a read, the afore mentioned love triangle provides some very humorous moments. Beyond the basic story line, the author weaves issues of friendship, obsession, loyalty, class differences, ethics, and politics throughout, providing some thought provoking topics for the YA reader. All in all, it is an exciting read that explores how tragedy and the desperate desire to fix the past can consume people.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Other Thoughts:

Kirkus Reviews

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