Thursday, June 30, 2011


Galley Girl here, and I am reviewing Fateful by Claudia Gray.
This book is a rendition of the Titanic with a twist: werewolves. This book left me on the edge of my seat and on the verge of tears throughout the entire novel it was so good. It blends all of the best elements for a young adult novel that catches people's attention: suspense, thrills, paranormal creatures, and a forbidden romance. Tess is a maid for a rich, English family during the early 1900s, the Lisles. The Lisles have decided to go from England to the U.S. and are taking Tess with them. Then Tess meets Alec, a rich first-class character, and she falls in love with him. She finds out about werewolves and things slowly go downhill from there.
I loved this book so much, it had a strong voice to it and I wasn't able to put it down. It reminded me of the movie, the love between Jack and Rose, except switched around and with werewolves. And the Lisles are the only ones that don't like it. I must've cried at least twice during the book and it really gave you a piece of fictitious history. I think the author enjoyed writing this novel, because you can tell from the entire of the book. I really liked Tess. She is a strong character and she really cares for the people she loves and never backs down.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Hey! It's Galley Girl and this time I am reviewing Away by Teri Hall:
Away is the dystopic sequel to The LineThe Line introduces a girl, Rachel, who lost her dad when he was called to serve. Rachel and her mother move to The Property, the closest house to Away as possible. There she meets Ms. Moore whose son is dying in Away and it is up to Rachel to bring him the medicine they don't have in Away to save him. Rachel meets Pathik, the grandson of Ms. Moore, and they travel to Away and save Pathik's father.
In Away, it picks up where the last book ended (when Rachel gave the medicine to Pathik's father). Rachel's stay in Away gives her the chance to meet new people and the villagers realize that not all 'Regulars' are bad people. Rachel also finds out her father is still alive!  Rachel and her new friends travel to the enemy tribe's camp and rescue her father, who thought that both Rachel and her mother were dead. Eventually Rachel and her father decide to go back to the Unified States and take Ms. Moore and Rachel's mother back to their camp. Then things get exciting but I'm not going to spoil it for you. I really like Pathik in the novel because he has a big heart and he stands up for what he believes in.
This book has a similar dystopic feel as Hunger GamesWither, and possibly even The Giver. Fans of these books should read The Line if they haven't already and then read Away, because this book is a suspenseful must read!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Hey, me again and this time I am reviewing EVE by Anna Carey:
This dystopian novel is set in the further off in the future after a deadly plague has hit the U.S and killed 98% of the population and the girls are sent off to a school where they are taught to fear boys and men and after they graduate, they are to go to another building across the lake and they are to learn the trade of their choice and after four years of that they get to go to the City of Sand and live there. The boys on the other hand go to a "school", which is actuslly more like a labor camp. On the eve of her graduation, valedictorian Eve is told by Arden about what actually goes on in the building. Then Arden leaves and Eve is left all alone to decide whether or not she is telling the truth. That night, she escapes and goes to live in the wild where she meets up with Arden again and after almost being killed by an angry bear, she meets Caleb. 
Caleb takes Arden and Eve to his camp where they are taken care of and Leif, the leader of the camp, sets rules that they aren't supposed to leave to go outside because the guards are out looking for Eve, because the King wants her to be his heir. In the camp, Eve teaches the younger boys how to read and write and slowly Caleb and Eve fall in love with each other. One day, something goes wrong and from then on, Eve has nothing but bad luck. 
I like this book because you get the chance to see a sheltered girl turn into a strong girl who is not afraid to fight and never gives up hope throughout the novel. I absolutely cannot wait until the next one comes out!
This book is similar to Wither and the Hunger Games trilogy. Fans of these books should definitely read this book. It is sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-stay-up-all-night-reading good. EVE is about a sheltered girl leaving her life behind and learning how to survive in the real world. And frankly, to her, it is a matter of living your life and death.

The Power of Six

Hey, it's me again and this time I am reviewing The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore:

Being the sequel of I am Number Four, you kind of have to read the first to get the real gist of the plot. John Smith is back where we left him, on the run from both Mogdorians and the FBI and all that mayhem because he is believed to be an international terrorist. He has Sam and Number Six by his side the whole time. But Number Seven is also introduced with her point of view while she is living in an orphanage in Spain. She has a tough time because she developed her Legacies without her Cepan and her chest. Her Cepan won't believe her because she's been "brain washed" by her strong belief in God and she's completely forgotten about Lorien, her home planet. 
This book, with the switching points of view of both Number Four and Number Seven, you get to meet more of the Garde. You meet Number Seven, Number Six is back but you also are introduced to Number Nine and Ten. Ten has an interesting history as she grows up because she was not one of the nine Garde and nine Cepan that fled Lorien on the same ship. This sci-fi sequel is a must read and you can't put it down. So be prepared for suspense and thrills as well as meeting Sarah again, maybe for the last time...
This book is a great middle-of-the-night read and I enjoyed getting to hear John Smith's perspective again, as well as getting to hear from Number Seven/Marina. This book really makes you think about what it's like to be different and being hunted down. Which I hope doesn't happen to me anytime soon. The plot of the book is difficult enough that you can't guess the next part but it is not really easy.  I would and am planning on reading this again and again. It leaves me longing for the next book because I want to know what happens next!

The Carrier of the Mark

Hi! I am reviewing The Carrier of the Mark:

I really liked the character of this book. She has a strong voice and you really feel like you are right there with her during the course of the book. The conflict in the book is quite interesting, it takes a witch story and completely modernizes it and creates a gripping thriller. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I couldn't put it down. Adam, the love interest, is quite a character himself. I wouldn't mind seeing him around town (though he lives in Ireland and is purely fictitious...) I like that he is protective of her and he is constantly reassuring her that his love for her is real and not just the attraction of the elements. All in all, I find this a suspenseful read and you can really relate to the characters.
I hope to one day become a published young adult novelist and just recently I discovered InkPop, a website you share writing on, and when I read the back of the book I found out that this book was originally posted on InkPop and the review board read it and enjoyed it. It really gives me hope that when I finish a story that I can have that kind of good luck.