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The Pledge By Kimberly Derting

Release Date:November 15th 2011

Author Info: http://kimberlyderting.com/

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Age: 14+

Recommendation: Buy

Buy the Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Pledge-Kimberly-Derting/dp/1442422017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334719091&sr=8-1

Source: My local library

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting is by far one of the best Young Adult books I have read all year. I will be completely honest with you all I am becoming very hesitant with what books I choose to read in the YA Genre. So many stories are the same thing told over and over and sometimes I just want something new. The Pledge is everything that I could have asked for in a YA book. The plot was unique and the world building was not over whelming at all. I liked how we got all the information we needed for this new to us world yet is wasn’t dumped on us all at once.

As for writing style goes this book switches between character perspectives it is told in both first and third person. This could have been confusing but derting categorized everything wonderfully to keep the reader from being confused. When we are switched to another persons perspective we are made aware of it instead of just throwing the reader head first into a new…head. The first page in the new perspective would have the characters name in place of a chapter number.

I loved all the characters of The Pledge it really didnt matter if I wanted to love them or not, I did! They were like real people who were neither all perfect or all bad. Each one  having their own faults as well as something that makes them stand out. Every single character was both weak and strong just like we all are. Kimberly Derting breathed life into these characters and made me fall in love.

I recommend this book to EVERYONE if you love a good story Buy it and READ IT. If you love a plot that is complex but not confusing READ IT. And if you want a book that makes you scream and jump up and down when you find out there is a sequel coming out REEEAAADDD IT! You get my drift. Go out Buy this book and happy reading. 🙂


PS-There will be a sequel it is called The Essence and will be released January 1rst 2013 🙂


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Soulless By Gail Carriger

Release Date:October 1rst 2009

 Author Info:http://gailcarriger.com/



 Recommendation: Buy/Borrow

 Buy the Book:http://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Parasol-Protectorate-Gail-Carriger/dp/0316056634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334366460&sr=8-1

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
 With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Soulless was my second read in the Steampunk sub-genre. I enjoyed the book for many reasons first the synopsis itself is very intriguing and different from anything else. The way that the description is set up on the back of the book the reader immediately gets a sense of the style in which the book is written. Secondly it was hilarious and thirdly it was a mixture of all the things I love in a paranormal read. There are the werewolves(strong and sexy just how I like’ em),The vampires (so mysterious) ghosts (who doesn’t love a good ghost in a story to add that spooky feeling) and lastly something completely new to me and as far as I know the Paranormal Genre its self, something called a Preternatural, someone born with no soul.
Miss Alexia Tarabotti is just that a someone born with out a soul who has the power to touch a Paranormal creature and turn them back into a human. I loved going on this adventure with her as she changed from the beginning of the book to the end learning to embrace herself as she is. Something we all struggle with. I found her character real and entertaining. She’s smart and not afraid to kick some butt.
Gail Carrigers Soulless series has been compared as something Jane Austen might write and I really agree. Its entertaining, you grow to love the characters, laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry, you even want to yell at them sometimes. I will give a slight warning that the book was slow at the beginning and for me a little in the middle just as the climax was happening. It would feel as if the characters were sitting around in a room waiting for about 20 pages, but soon what we had all been waiting for would happen and the story would continue. If you are a person who can not stand any slow points in a book’s plot I would suggest borrowing this first book and if you grow to love Alexia as I did you can buy the rest. For others that are huge fans of the paranormal and of Jane Austen and love a good story that combines Victorian England, parasols and the Paranormal I recommend that you go out and Buy this wonderful book. Now I’m off to finish the second book Changeless!

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