Monday, October 24, 2011

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Released: September 2009

Catching Fire is the 2nd book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games series is a widely-known phenomenon that has recently been contracted for development into a movie franchise.

By strategic and (unpredictably) emotional means, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have won the Hunger Games for their District; however, both of the famed tributes are under the careful, watchful eye of the Capitol's president, Mr. Snow. After all, Katniss and Peeta have mocked the Capitol and President Snow by "cheating" the Hunger Games and BOTH coming home alive -- accomplished by giving their viewers in the Capitol and in every District the impression they are madly in love with each other.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
Released: September 2008

Thanks for the Memories is the fifth novel by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern. I've been working my way through all of Ahern's novels since I read P.S. I Love You years ago, and they have all been amazing!

In short, Thanks for the Memories is about a lonely woman who connects with a lonely man as a result of a blood transfusion.

Joyce Conway has recently experienced a terrible accident that caused her to lose her unborn baby. While in the hospital following her accident, Joyce was given a blood transfusion from an unknown blood donor.

Shortly after returning home from the hospital, Joyce manages to split up with her husband in the midst of stress and grief. She then begins to "remember" random extensive knowledge about history and architecture - subjects that were unfamiliar to her before her accident. In addition to her impressive, yet baffling encyclopediac knowledge, Joyce begins to have memories about people, places, and experiences she's never had.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Remember Me by Christopher Pike

Released: 1989

Christopher Pike is the author of nearly 100 books, most of which are written for teens and young adults. His first novel, Slumber Party, was published in 1985, and Pike has been cranking out numerous fun and terrifying novels ever since.

Remember Me is the story of Shari Cooper, a young woman who wakes up dead the morning after a party. Shari, along with her friends and family, think she may have committed suicide by jumping out of a building. Shari strolls around town like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense (and a Haley Joel Osment because yes, she can see other dead people!) and watches her family mourn her death in an all-too disturbing and realistic manner, which, if you're a child or a teenager reading this book, will influence and affect you for years to come.