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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

YA Books to Read this Thanksgiving (Part 2)


So we're through with the first batch of YA books I recommend bookworms to read while devouring their turkey this coming Thanksgiving. Well, this is the other half of the batch (which is consist of new three YA books that has been released this year):
  • The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
From the writer of "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", Mitch Albom comes back this year with his newest masterpiece, "The Time Keeper". In his newest work of fiction, Albom narrates about the inventor of the world's first clock who was punished by God for trying to measure God's greatest gift.

"He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time." - Goodreads
  • Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Fathomless is one of Jackson Pearce's books that shares the same "fairy-tale retelling" and a companion book to Sisters Red and Sweetly. It tells about Celia Reynolds, the youngest in a set of triplets gifted with unusual abilities. Her oldest sister, Anne, can see the future, Jane can see the present while she can see the past. For Celia, the past seems so insignificant--well, that is until she met Lo, an ocean nymph or mermaid, who was once a human and is now entirely a creature of the sea.

"When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul." - Goodreads
  • The Demi-God Diaries by Rick Riordan
The Demi-God Diaries is a collection of short stories set in the first Olympian character's world, Percy Jackson. Stories included in this books are: "(1) Luke Castellan's point of view, from the days when he adventured with Thalia and Annabeth; (2) A classic first-person Percy Jackson story, the first since The Last Olympian. In this adventure, Annabeth and Percy's date is interrupted by the god Hermes, whose staff has been stolen by a fire-breathing giant; and (3) A Leo Valdez story, set at Camp Half-Blood. As Leo builds the Argo II, something goes terribly wrong. Now Leo will need the help of Piper and Jason, or the entire camp might be destroyed." - RickRiordan.com

It also features a short story from Rick's son Haley Riordan, who was inspired by Percy Jackson's adventures and was pondered by the question, "What happened to the demigods who fought with Kronos's army after the battle in Manhattan?"
  • Elixir by Hilary Duff
Elixir is the debut novel of one of Disney's teenage star, Hilary Duff, which she co-written with Elise Allen. It tells about a photojournalist by the name Clea Raymond who was described to as someone "who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world."

"But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.

When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures." - Goodreads
  • Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Okay, I included this book since a film adaptation of this book will be shown in the big screen next year. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series which tells the story of Clary Fray, a typical normal girl who happened to be the daughter of an ex-ShadowHunter, people who kills demons.

Her adventure started "heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon." - ShadowHunters.com

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