The Host–Stephanie Meyers

How embarrassing. I just read my old review of this and I refer to ‘Twilight’ as brilliant writing. *Hangs head in shame. * I was in my super early twenties when I read it. So don’t judge me. The movies suck, but the books were good.(Also, I sometimes write in a British accent.)

            THE HOST. RIGHT! That’s what we’re supposed to be talking about.

This book still holds up through the years of which I haven’t read it. (Reread it because the movie is coming out, obviously. I don’t read for fun, jeez.)

Anyway, so it’s about the end of world. OOoOooOooo scary stuff. Aliens take over our bodies and are called “Souls” and there is a rebel unit fighting for our humanity.

The Wanderer, one of the oldest souls that has been to the most places in all the worlds, is attached to a host called Melanie, who is a fighter. Wanderer can hear her in her head and Melanie is fighting to be heard and trying to kick Wanderer to the curb.

Fights, fears, tears, operations, etc. Everything you could want in a good book. Oh, and there’s a bunch of love stories going on, which is really nice. I love a good love story in with some science fiction. And before I go off on a Doctor Who rant again, I’ll end this post.

            Definitely recommend this for ages 16 and beyond.

Teen Books for the Fall

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The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong: Fantastic series about a young necromancer who ends up in a group home once she starts seeing dead people. Turns out that there are other supernatural teens there and all hell breaks loose.

The writing is right up there with her previous books and she easily writes about these new characters but still in the same world as her Women of the Otherworld series. It’s nice to see even when she is just talking about people from the past books in passing. (None of the old characters come into play.)

 The Host—Stephanie Meyers: This book doesn’t get as much credit as it should. It’s always overshadowed by her Twilight series, and I think it’s a great read as well. (The only science fiction book I’ve been able to stand come to think of it.) Great writing, simple plot that still manages to keep you enamored and characters that make you smile.

 Elixir—Hilary Duff: Like I’ve said before, this book was pretty surprising. She had a clear plot and lovely characters. AND she managed to write a decent book. I really liked it, expected more from the ending, but still, it was really good.

 The Hunger Games series—Suzanne Collins, I can’t get enough of this series. I wish I hadn’t finished it because I should have savoured it. These were amazing books! Easy to read, can’t lose the plot even if you wanted to (and you won’t!) and the characters are the best around. I adore this series.

Summer Reading Startup

I promise I won’t be losing a nut over Jude Deveraux’s books for the top of my summer reading list this whole time. I’ll get it out of the way now and say that she definitely has a bunch that are great for reading on the beach, then again, what love story isn’t great for reading on the beach?

        Some of her books are called “Pocketbooks” which really does make it easier to travel with them…and even though it would kill me, they aren’t the kind of books that other people would feel bad about leaving behind on a trip to save room for souvenirs.

That being said here are some of my favourite summer books :

            1)Pride and Prejudice (everyone needs a little romance in the summer.)

            2)The Sookie Stackhouse series (Easy reads and funny, light to carry around, but you wouldn’t want to ditch them on trips because you’ll read them again and again. I think I’ve read this whole series twice now and plan another trip through it hopefully this summer!)

            3)Harry Potter is a must because the movies usually come out during the fall, so I spend some of my summer getting back into my favourite book series and preparing myself. This year though I think I’ll only be reading the last one before Part 2 comes out…but you never know, I am partial to tradition.

            4)The Host–Stephanie Meyers: Great story, great characters, hard decisions being made and a confusing mystery. Heavy book though, not easy to travel with, but worth it I think.

          5)Twilight. I’m sorry, I know I rag on Twilight now, but I’m mainly disappointed with the movies. Which somehow in turn made me look at the books and go “blech”, but I actually read the first couple twice in a row because I loved them so much. I’m a girl, what can I say?

        6)Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business—I carried this book around for weeks last summer, not because it was hard to read, but because Biographies are a great idea for the summer. Especially about people you know a bit about already, you aren’t losing the thread of the story or anything like that. Easy to keep track of.

       7)The Women of the Otherworld series–Big, but light books and too good to not read. I have a bunch of books by the same author on my shelf and I can’t waaait to get to them this summer!

   Alright. So I know that this is cheating because my summer list is a lot like all my other lists. All that you have to remember for the summer is take books on trips that you won’t feel bad about leaving behind (unless they are library books.) but that are still good reads. If you have no idea what you are looking for when it comes to that kind of book, let me know and I’ll try to be more specific for you!

           I think summer is the time to get back into supernatural books (not that I really stopped) and have stories full of love.

Oh and I hear that Nicholas Sparks has some real gems when it comes to summer reading. Take a look into him and Cecelia Ahern, Charlaine Harris’ other series, and throw in some Jude Deveraux and Kelley Armstrong and guaranteed a summer of good books and lots of love and fun.

The Host–Stephanie Meyers

This book surprised me actually. I know that Stephanie Meyers is a world-renowned writer for the Twilight Legacy, but I really thought that she would be taking a break from brilliant writing and write a dud. But this lady managed to write a book that was even better than Twilight.One of my first science fiction books and I couldn’t get enough of it! I read it in a day if you don’t count the two seconds I took to sleep.

Recommend it to people who aren’t really into the science fiction genre, it’s nicely written so that you barely know that you are reading science fiction. But you are falling in love with it anyway.