By Luz Zamudio and Amrutha Chethikattil
A: The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and all over BASIS, children put down their textbooks in hopes of a lighter read. But what to do, they’ve read every book out there! Never fear, Luz and I are here. Here’s a list of the best, most engrossing books we’ve read this year, some of which you may know or may not have even heard of. Without further adieu…
1. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi A: Okay, this deserves number one without say because it drove me insane. Set in a dystopian world, Juliette Ferrars is locked away with only her pen and a notebook. She meets a guy, or two, and you can guess what happens from there. While some overly cheesy cliches may make you laugh rather than cry, if you push through, I promise this book will pay off.
2.Wildefire by Karsten Knight L: Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian sophomore who is having trouble finding her place at her school, has had a rough year. As if it were not bad enough that her boyfriend cheats on her, her runaway sister, Eve, comes back into her life and makes everything exponentially more complicated. After things get out of hand, however, and her sister’s violent behavior escalates to extreme lengths, she is forced to transfer to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her stay at Blackwood Academy goes awry, and just as she is beginning to enjoy herself, she discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood, and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own.
3. Legend by Marie Lu A: Also set in a dystopian world (sorry guys, but we did say teen fiction), two lovers from very different political and social standings meet in a crazy series of events, and let’s hope they get over their differences and save the day. June Iparis and Day go through major character transformations, making us sympathize with them (then hate them) every other page. The plot line and the setting have well developed features, but Day and June have a relationship prone to irritating conflicts that may ruin your experience.
4. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings L: In this fantasy tale, expert thief, charlatan, and occasional killer, Althalus is hired by the mysterious wizard Ghend to steal a book from “the House at the End of the World.” As he was beginning to think his quest was over, having reached the house where the book was to be found, he encounters the Goddess Dweia in the form of a black cat, who chooses him to aid her in a war against Ghend and her evil brother, the destroyer god Daeva. She teaches him the powers of the book Ghend so coveted, and together they gather a small team of questionable heroes who must battle Ghend’s supernatural forces and armies.
5. Oblivion by Sasha Dawn WARNING: This book is not for all readers. A: While actually being set in the present, the setting and plot is like nothing that would ever really happen. The beginning is jumpy and repetitive, but when the plot (finally) kicks in, the events go by in a rush. Regardless of all the other quirks Oblivion may have, if you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. Callie is plagued by graphomania, a perpetual and debilitating compulsion to write, ever since one fateful night when her dad (the pastor) disappeared. She needs to figure out what these words mean before it’s too late.
L: We hope this article was of some help in your quest to search for good books to read over your two week break off studying. Remember to have a relaxing time. Happy Holidays!