I thought I’d start off my new review blog by listing my top 5 favorite books and book series of all time and give a brief overview of why I like these more than others. These are in no means what I consider to be the greatest books of all time but simply books I have a great appreciation for weather it be story telling, character development or writers style of writing.
#5/ – The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen is a young teenage girl who is forced to compete in a fight to the death event known as The Hunger Games. Throughout the series she defies the higher government known as the Capital, is thrown into the Games on more than one occasion and starts a revolution between the Capital and the Districts it controls.
This is a great book series to start off with. The story is told through the eyes of Katniss and it shows every emotion that she is feeling at every given time and is heartbreaking to see a teenaged girl have to go through all this. What I love most about it is the fact that even after the games and the war is over she still has her nightmares and her fears which stay with her even in her adult years. Not everything is happily ever after and thats what I expected from a traumatizing event such as this to cause.
#4 – Let The Right One In by John Advide Linquest
This is the book that got me back into writing. John Lindquist tells the story of a young boy called Oskar who meets a girl named Eli. They become friends and soon Oskar begins to have feelings for her but soon discovers her dark secret. She is a blood thirsty vampire trying so desperately to resist the temptations of biting Oskar at any time. This is what Twilight should have been.
The author tells the story very well and is an excellent horror writer in general. He has been refereed to time and time again as the young Swedish Steven King. through the use of his descriptive language, symbolic writing style and gripping tense scenes he creates a heartfelt love story between to young people and the challenge they must face to be together.
#3 – The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
This series follows Kylar Stern in a magical medieval world where he is the apprentice assassin to the great Durzo Blint. The series follows his story from a young street rat trying so hard to please his master who resents him and living a life which has made him leave behind his best friend and one true love.
Brent Weeks is very good at writing characters especially in a series which demands so many. The characters background and secrets are haunting them all the time even long after they have escaped their previous life. The story is well written and the series has great obstacles for everyone to overcome.
#2 – Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore
On the dying planet of Lorien 9 gifted children are sent to Earth as their planets last hope of survival. By developing their legacies on Earth they hope one day to escape their hiding and face the evil Mogodorians who destroyed their planet and restore Lorien to it’s once great land.
So far i’ve spoke about a particular aspect of the authors writing which played a huge part in why it was my favorite book. But sometimes a good book just comes down to good story telling and thats what this series delivers. The third – out of a possible six – book was just released and like former books, the story is well written and makes you feel for the characters through all their hardship and pain.
#1 – Little Star by John Advide Lindquist
This book… Is weird… Very very weird… It’s hard to set the scene and get a grasp of the story but the story itself isn’t the main part of the book. Until the end I didn’t even know there was a story to it. What the book focuses on is the relationship between the two main characters; the life they grew up in, how they met, and how they changed each others lives.
The first girl has lived in isolation her entire life to the point where she isn’t even given a proper name – she is refereed to either as, Little One or Theres. She knows nothing of the outside world and has been told my her carer that if she goers outside the Big People will gobble her up.
The second girl Teresa hates everything. She hates her family, she hates her friends, she hates herself. She just hates EVERYTHING, and is searching for a way out.
What made this even more surprising was that these girls are only 13 years old. To think that someone so young has to go through such things and to hate everything about her life. John Lindquist again shows his great writing style to take us through these characters and how they change each others perspectives on life. It’s one of those books I wish I could explain but nothing I could say would come close to explaining this book which is why I highly recommend you read this book.