Throwback Thursday – The Shadow Children Series

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

Title: The Shadow Children Series

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Genre: Dystopian

Pages: 1381

Published: June 6th, 2006

Book One Synopsis:

Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

I read the first book in this series in June of 2012, I read the seventh (and final) in August of 2012. Needless to say, I loved this series. The action, the characters (The characters!!!), The story-line, the writing style, EVERYTHING about this book series is amazing! Though these books are fairly short and easy reads, due to the intensity of the events throughout this series I’d recommend it for at least 12+.

What’s your Throwback Thursday book of the week?

Throwback Thursday – Song Quest

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

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Title: Song Quest (The Echorium Sequence, #1)

Author: Katherine Roberts

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/272

Published: Feb. 1st, 2002

Synopsis:

Welcome to a world from another time — where legendary half-creatures still exist. A world where nature itself can be controlled by unearthly music. A world where the forces of good and evil are held in harmony by the Singers who have mastered the secret Songs of Power. A world on the brink of destruction, threatened by a dark lord whose evil knows no bounds. Rialle and Kherron, two novice Singers, are all that’s left to stand in the enemy’s way. Stranded in a strange land with only one another to rely on, these former rivals must work together if they are to survive. In a timeless coming-of-age journey, Rialle and Kherron discover the strength of spirit that lies within them in their quest to help good triumph over evil.

When I read this book a couple years ago, I had very conflicting emotions. I loved this book. It was fast-paced, exciting, entertaining, and fun. But it also seriously creeped me out. Good and evil all controlled by song? Music that can heal you, make you insane, or cause you to lost your memory? And that wasn’t the only creepy thing… There was a lot of creepy stuff, but it was also a really, really, great book. It’s definitely a Young Adult novel, so I’d recommend it for 11+.

What’s your Throwback Thursday book of the week?

Throwback Thursday – Dragon Slippers

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

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Title: Dragon Slippers

Author: Jessica Day George

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/324

Published: March 20th, 2007

Synopsis:

Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.

Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.

But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.

 By far, among my all-time favorite MG / YA novels. One of the things I love the most about this book is that everyone can enjoy it! I was 12 when I first read it, on the recommendation of my mother who had read and loved it, and now I’m getting ready to introduce my 9-year-old sister to it. :)

Jessica Day George has a way with words that pulls her readers into this exciting world of dragons, princes, and adventure. No matter how old I get, I still adore this book and this series. Fans of books such as Dealing With Dragons – By Patricia C. Wrede or The Two Princesses of Bamarre – By Gail Carson Levine will devour this book!