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Page turners

I love a good page turner. Something that sucks me in and holds me by the throat until I reach the final page, my heart pounding. One that is addictive and keeps me up reading it as I’m so desperate to find out what happens and then feel a bit sad when it’s all over. One that keeps me my head for days after I finish reading it. It’s hard to define a page turner, they often have good and bad buts but there’s something in the writing and plot that keeps you hooked. The Twilight and Hunger Games series both did this to me and I’m always hoping when I start a book it will grab me like they did.

I recently read three page turners and they are still lodged in my head.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This dystopian YA is set in the future where society is divided into factions. Teens take an aptitude test and then have to choose which faction they want to join. The lead character Tris faces a tough choice – to stay with her family in the faction where she doesn’t quite fit in or join the Dauntless faction where courage is the name of the game. Divergent starts slowly but builds into a fast paced thriller with bucketloads of action, drama and romance. It’s pretty violent befitting its dystopian subject. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you’ll love this. I was hooked and I’m still thinking about it now. I can’t wait for the sequels!

Night School by C. J. Daugherty

This contemporary YA is set at an English boarding school in the depths of the countryside. The main character Allie is troubled and her parents send her away in despair after she gets arrested yet again. She quickly realises her new school has a lot of secrets and Allie doesn’t know who she can trust there. This thriller / mystery leaves you guessing right up until the end and leaves you hanging for more.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

I love the author’s Body Finder series and this is her dystopian YA series set in a violent country where the Queen rules all and people are classed rigidly with each speaking a different langauge. Charlie has a secret – she can understand all languages and is terrified someone will find out. This story was really unique and the setting perfectly drawn. I didn’t guess the twist at the end and the romance between Charlie and the mysterious Max kept me glued to the pages. This is to be a series as well and ends on an intriguing cliffhanger.

Have you read a good page turner lately?



16 thoughts on “Page turners”

  1. I agree with you about Divergent. But I didn’t know about the other two. Thanks! My favorite page turners last year: Divergent, Across the Universe, Before I Fall, and Circle of Secrets. I read those in a day or two.

  2. I stay away from the vamps and teens battling in dystopian futures; those themes are EVERYWHERE these days!
    Still, your choices sound interesting and I trust your judgement.

  3. I’ve heard Divergent is really good. I haven’t read it yet, though. I’ve actually read a couple of good YA books recently. The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry and Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace. Both had me engaged. Read them both in just two days!!!! 🙂 Have a SUPER DAY!

  4. I recently read The Future of Us–which I’m reviewing on my blog tomorrow. It sucked me in and I felt sad when it ended. Like I wanted endlessly more. I loved the characters and I wanted to know what happened next.

  5. These sound like good books. I’d like to add them to my “must read” list, especially the first one. The last books I read were The Hunger Games. I’ve heard The Host is really good. I think I will read that one next. It’s going to be made into a movie too.

  6. Thanks for the suggestions. Ironically, one of the fifth graders I teach creative writing to mentioned Divergent to me today…she thinks I should read it. So, now with you posting about it I guess I’ll have to run to the library!

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