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50 Great Heroines

BookRiot came up with a list of 50 of the Best Heroines From Middle Grade Books.

A lot of the books I don’t know but quite a few I do know of and definitely can relate to.

Which ones do you agree with definitely? And any that aren’t on the list that should be?

Feminism

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The Young Elites (A Young Elites Novel) by Marie Lu

The Young Elites book cover Summary

“From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”

-Qtd. from the Amazon.com

Review

So I’m back for Thanksgiving break and get a little bit of down time. Well…down time between writing research papers, studying and other bits and pieces, but I’ve found time to read! And it’s beautiful. I stopped by my local library, of course, and went to the recommended reading section as I just wanted something that looked good and was recommended and while I was going through the shelf, I picked this book up and my YA librarians voice carried over to me. “I just finished that one and it’s really good!” I didn’t need any more motivation to give it a book. If it’s on the recommended reading shelf and my librarian suggests it, I’m totally down to read it, and boy am I glad that I did. It’s exactly what I wanted!

So this book follows the protagonist and she essentially doesn’t fit into the society because of what she is, a malfetto. Malfettos are creatures that essentially had a sickness when they are younger and now have magical abilities and are marked. The people of the world view them more demonic because they get their abilities, in a way, from the gods. So of course they are naturally terrified of them and the governing people want them gone, but for other reasons. A small group of malfettos, known as The Young Elites want to overthrow the government due to the fact that they are surpassed. They also constantly look out for others who have abilities that are as powerful as theirs and such. That is where the protagonist comes in. She catches the eye of them and is brought in to use her abilities, though they are not exactly what they were expecting. Instead of just being abilities, they draw on emotions that are way stronger than expected, such as hate and fear with a mixture of passion, and some view that as an explosive mixture. Thus, she is unstable and it follows her journey of her time with the group and is, of course, a cliff hanger to lead into the second book, The Rose Society (which I still have to read).

Overall I thought this book was fantastic! It was a fantasy book, more medieval in nature, and that is why I loved it so much. I have always enjoyed books with the supernatural/fantasy element to them and this was perfect because it brought in YA protagonists. I will say that there are some more mature themes in this, such as brothels and hints towards gay relations, so I do recommend it for older YA readers, but other than that it was fantastic.

It was nice how the main characters developed and it kept you on your toes. Not everyone was who you thought they were and you weren’t always able to figure that out, which is nice. Sometimes in books you can see certain things coming and other times not, and this was definitely a ‘you-cannot-totally-see-it-coming’ book. But that was why I loved it! It kept you guessing as to what was going to happen and who was going to try to kill who.

There was also a little bit of romance in the book but nothing that it distracted you from everything going on. It was a nice little side thing going on but it wasn’t to the point that this could be called a romance book by any means thought it was also there enough to keep you interested and wondering what may happen as well.

It wasn’t a huge book, only about 344 pages which is average for a YA book and I read it in a few hours, which is just me. But it is also quite a simple read which is nice as well. The sentence structure wasn’t difficult to follow and it fit perfectly in the modern YA genre.

And that ending! Ugh. Don’t even get me started. I need the next one like ASAP!!!

Honestly, I thought this was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the next one! It just came out in October so it’s definitely hot off the press. I’m also excited to read her other series, The Legend Trilogy, the first book which I already have and am ready to start-up as soon as possible!

Happy reading!

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Ready or Not? by Tina Radziszewicz

A girl’s guide to making her own decisions about dating, love, and sex.

Book cover Ready or Not? by Tina Radziszewicz
Ready or Not? by Tina Radziszewicz

Summary

“So many questions…so hard to actually ask them! Finding the right moment – not to mention the right person – to ask can be a nightmare.

Well, look no further!

This essential guide tells you everything you need to know about your body, his body, what boys say (and what they actually mean), virginity, dating, contraception, STDs, pregnancy – and more.

Taking a relationship further is a huge step, and it’s essential to know all the facts before making any decisions. Packed with friendly advice, quizzes, and practical information, this book is your ultimate guide to making the best choice for you!”

-From the back cover

Review

Every teenage girl has questions about her body, about sexuality, and everything that goes with it. And it’s not like they have 16 years to grow up to get there and have many years of parental experience and advice to guide them. With 10 year olds, or younger, being in relationships and/or having sex, parents don’t really have the conversations with their kids. I mean what parent wants to talk with their 10 year old about sex? What parent really wants to talk to their kid about sex at all? Sex is a conversation, and topic, which is prevalent in society. Everything in society is sexualized, whether it be clothing, music, or movies. Yet when someone tries to have a conversation about sex, everything dies and people try and change the topic as fast as they can, or they dance around it with words like “when you do it” or “you know…”.

No one wants to spit it out, get to the point and get it done with. But, this book really does do that. The author doesn’t mince her words and she doesn’t dance around the topic. She breaks it up into organized sections and then sub sections after that and covers the topic with the information needed, and moves on. Tina talks about everything which makes us uncomfortable from the mysterious self-gratification to self-pleasure (not using the crude terms incase there are young ones) and beyond. She covers literally everything that no parent really wants to cover with their child. And this book tells you the risks of everything as well.

Honestly, if you are a parent and slightly uncomfortable starting the conversation off with your kid, this is a great place to start. While I do recommend it for 16 and older, as there are things in here that a younger child probably doesn’t know or shouldn’t know, it’s still useful as a starting place.

Overall I do really suggest checking this out. It’s a great self-help book for teens and a great place for parents to start off as well.

Enjoy reading.

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Dangerous Territory: An Alpha Ops novella by Emmy Curtis

Summary

“A SEXY STRANGER
Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger’s modus operandi. But she’s learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she’s embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she’d see him again-let alone need him to rescue her . . .
AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk the lives of his team to save some reporter who’s been separated from her patrol, he’s not happy-until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. Even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in, he can’t deny the desire. This might be the end for both of them-or one hell of a beginning.”

-B&N.com

Review

This book was honestly adorable. It was a short story, only about 115 pages on my iPad and $0.99 from the iBook store. It was about 30,000 words which is below the aim for NaNoWriMo so it was a really fast read. It had a cute relationship, adding the explosive location of Afghanistan and in the middle of a war.

Like hot damn. Who gets it on in the middle of a battle field in a cave at night with Taliban just outside the mouth of your cave. These two characters; JT and Grace.

There was some nice character development and yes I would have loved more, but you have to remember that this was a novella, not a novel. Novella’s of series, in case people don’t know (as I didn’t used to), usually take minor characters and use them in a side story, or use the same ideas as the main series but take it on a different track. Also novellas are usually much, much shorter.

But overall, this was a cute and sweet story. The sex wasn’t graphic and there really wasn’t any crude language used. A few f-bombs and regular cursing but no seriously vulgar language which is a nice change.

I will definitely be checking out more of Emmy Curstis’ books as I ‘d love to see what she can do. I recommend this book for ages 17 and up as it is a mature theme but it’s an easy read as I said. Do check it out though!

So until next time my lovelies. Happy reading!

Favorite Quotes

“Good. My name is T.S, and I will be your rescuer today.”

“Well, soldier, is that a night-vision scope in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?”

 

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Looks Good!

Mostly YA Book Obsessed did a review of an ARC which was received called Dangerous Territory (Alpha Ops #0.5) by Emmy Curtis.

Read the review here and you can definitely expect one from me soon as I’m gonna find this book. xD