Friday, August 31, 2012

Resident Teen Blogger Ella is back....

....with more of her great YA recommendations!

First up is The Selection by Kiera Cass.

"Part post-apocalyptic, part Cinderella, part The Bachelor (the TV show), this book was a serious mash-up. After a catastrophic war, Illea rose from the ashes of the USA. Society is divided into a caste system, and the kingdom is ruled by a royal family. The time has come for the Crown Prince to choose his bride, and all single girls who are of age are invited to compete for his hand. America Singer throws her hat into the ring to please her family, but all she really wants is to be with her lower-caste and secret love. She's shocked when she is chosen to go to the castle, one of 35 girls participating in the life-changing Selection. Once she gets there, though, things are different than she had imagined. Prince Maxon isn't as terrible as she had imagined, and castle life is constantly under the shadow of the threat of rebel attack...
This book was fabulous, from the gorgeous cover to the end. I enjoyed it in a way few recent post-apocalypse romance have managed. Can't wait for the sequel!" Read an excerpt of The Selection.

Up next is Ghost Flower by Michelle Jaffe.

"Michele's new thing seems to be writing crazy somewhat-psychological thrillers. If you read Rose Bush, another awesome book by her, you know what I'm talking about. Eve, a runaway,  has been hired by siblings Bain and Bridgett to impersonate their cousin Aurora, who ran away three years before, and get the fortune Aurora was set to inherit. As she slips into the role , Eve begins to wonder why Aurora ran away, especially when the ghost of Liza, who died the same night Aurora ran away, insists there is more to the story of her death than a simple accident. Despite very little actual action, the suspense in Ghost Flower was intense, and the reader is kept guessing until the very last page. Everyone is a suspect, and no one is telling the whole truth. Layers and layers of mystery to absolutely everything, and more than a touch of danger. Loved it!" Read an excerpt of Ghost Flower.

As alway, excellent recommendations and reviews Ella!


bermudaonion said...

Thanks for the reviews, Ella! Ghost Flower sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

My thanks to you also!

And same here... "Ghost Flower" sounds intriguing.

A safe and happy Holiday Wish, to all! "Auntie"