Today we have another “themed” reading round-up. Superpowered teens are close my heart as I have, in the deep dark recesses of my mind, a trilogy of stories about a group of teens with elemental superpowers. They’ve lived in there since I was in high school, and maybe someday they’ll see the light of day. In the meantime, here’s some other books to help you get your fix.
Just as a reminder:
5/5–I would buy this
4/5–I will re-read this
3/5–I might read this again
2/5–I have no interest in reading this again
1/5–I couldn’t finish this
A new series from the author of Legend, and it begins with an origin story…of a kind. Adelina Amouteru, marked as a survivor of the blood fever, runs away from home and ends up joining a group of other survivors who have also developed special powers; they are called the Young Elites, and they mean to use their powers to change society.
There are a lot of grey characters here, which I loved, but the world-building was not as good/developed as Legend. The book ends in a way I did not expect, and I felt it like a gut punch. Looking forward to seeing what comes next in the series.
Dangerous (Shannon Hale)
A foray into sci-fi from one of my favorite fairy tale authors. A group of teenagers led by Maisie “Danger” Brown is gifted with powers by alien technology and must use those powers to stop an alien threat. It actually reminded me a bit of the Lorien Legacies series (see below), if LL had been better written and all shoved into one book.
I found the characters to be well-developed and quite diverse (the protagonist herself is missing an arm, but uses technology to compensate). My only downsides were the invading aliens were a little lame, and I could have done with a little less of the teenage romantic drama. The story does have distinct parts to it, but I’m undecided as to whether it would have been better served by a series instead. Honestly, it’s kind of a relief to have a stand-alone YA novel!
The Revenge of Seven (Pittacus Lore)
This installment of the Lorien Legacies series raises the stakes for the Garde as their enemy Setrákus Ra reveals himself on Earth. I have been a little critical of these books, but they are enjoyable in a summer blockbuster/popcorn flick kind of way, and I think they are improving as the plot gets more complex and characters get better development. I think this was the best so far.
The Blood of Olympus (Rick Riordan)
The final book of the Heroes of Olympus series was a nice finale in some ways, but fell short in others. I did enjoy getting to know Reyna better, but it seems a little late in the game to start the backstory of a “new” character, and as a result “older” characters like Percy and Annabeth felt a bit crowded out. I very much enjoyed the end (or maybe the beginning?) of Nico and Leo’s stories, though Leo’s was a bit vague. And I was disappointed in the final 2 battles, which went by much too quickly and without much surprise, unlike the real climax of the battle of New York from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I enjoyed the series, but I will be glad to see Riordan move on to something new with Norse mythology.
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