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?