Posted by: Natalie Hatch | March 12, 2011

A tale or two.

Let’s have a look at some of my latest reads. Starting off is Beth Revis’s “Across the Universe”

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

There are very few science fiction YA reads out there that live up to the front cover, this, I must say, is one of them! I love the cover. I love this book. You MUST go out and get it. I might be a tad biased as science is a love of mine, but the complexity of the storyline mixed with the detailed world building create a fantastic read. Beth has outdone herself with what might just be a great series (I’m crossing my fingers that it is).

From a distant spaceship to fallen angels, “Unearthly’ by Cynthia Hand is a debut novel which is perhaps one of the better angel novels I’ve read this past year. From the publishers website:

Clara has known she was part-angel ever since she turned fourteen two years ago, but only now is her Purpose – the crucial rite of passage for every part-angel – becoming clear to her. Clara′s Purpose leads her family to Wyoming, where, amidst terrifying scenes of a bush inferno, she finds the boy of her visions, Christian. He is everything she could wish for – so why does she also have feelings for her enigmatic classmate Tucker?

Clara discovers that her Purpose is only a small part of a titanic struggle between angels and their destructive counterparts, the Black Wings. And when the fire of her visions erupts and both Christian and Tucker are in danger, who will she choose to save?

I like Tucker, did from the start of this novel and was really, really worried that he would be shoved to the side in the storyline. Clara is a conflicted girl facing a new life in a very insular town. Every teen can relate to not fitting in and Cynthia has created a fast paced storyline that keeps you hooked. Well worth a read.

And then there’s Melissa Marr’s final installment of the Tattoo Fairies series – Darkest Mercy! Well, well, well.

Love this series, love, love, love this series.

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the faery courts, and in the final conflict, some will win…and some will lose everything.

I can’t say anything without giving away spoilers. But oh how I want to say soo much. It’s a great series, a great writer, and yes it’s the end of this series which is sad, but Melissa’s worked it so that you come away satisfied.  I do hold out hope that there might be more though.

I wonder if we could start a petition to force Melissa to write more stories with Niall in it? Hmmm, I’m starting to plan now.

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