Parched by Georgia Clark

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ParchedParched
by Georgia Clark
YA Romantic Sci-Fi
Hardcover, 312 Pages
March 14th 2014 by Holiday House
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Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.

 

“Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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Georgia Clark is an Australian writer and performer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novels SHE’S WITH THE BAND (Allen & Unwin) and sci-fi/romance PARCHED (Holiday House). Widely published online and in print. Won some awards/grants/residencies. Has a play on at the NY Fringe festival. Pretty keen on cheese plates.

 

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Ani’s Review

Taken at face value, Parched by Georgia Clark was a fun if predictable read. I liked Clark’s writing style but there wasn’t much depth to the story or characters. Main character Tess was more likeable out in the waterless Badlands than in the utopian society of Eden where she became just another angst-ridden teenager. The badlands seemed like a real place with real characters but as soon as the story returns to Eden, the believability of the guards in particular comes into question; the guards who are in the know about the Badlands all just follow orders? Wouldn’t it be more believable if one didn’t agree with Eden’s actions and thus became part of the Kudzu rebellion? As for world building, Eden was pretty well developed in a general sense but the periphery details that come along with great stories were absent. I guess I noticed this because I liked the story a lot and was hoping for more details, character development, and even plot. Always the big question is the AI – artificial intelligence. Are they real people? Are they machines with synthesized feelings? Can they love? Parched by Georgia Clark was an enjoyable and interesting read that gets you thinking about big brother, world domination and what will happen when AI becomes a reality. Appropriate for readers 12+.

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June Book Reviews At-a-Glance

June became a divergence from my normal routine. I had both kids at home for summer break and chaos ensued! Needless to say, I didn’t read much however, I did finally get on the band wagon for a fabulous TV show that many friends and family have been raving about. Thank you Amazon Prime for offering the first two seasons of Grimm! I’m very tempted to actually purchase the third season so I’m caught up on it all before the fourth season begins in October. I really shouldn’t watch that much tv though…sigh…Why do I feel  a lot less guilty reading a ton of books than I do watching tv? Of course, my favorites aren’t on anymore. Does anyone remember The Dresden Files? I found those books because of the show on Sci-Fi.  What are your favorite shows? I’ll add them to my list as well and who knows, maybe I’ll find time to watch them now that I’ve finished what I can of Grimm!

Here are the few book reviews that I did get to read this month! p.s. All of these images will take you to Amazon.com. If you like what you read here, use these links to purchase. It’ll help keep me in the book reviewing “business”. Thanks much!

Edgewood by Karen McQuestion Genre: YA Paranormal Russ is 15 and normal but unable to sleep at night so he sneaks out and goes for walks. During one of these walks he sees something incredible and his uncomplicated life changes drastically. This book was first person from Russ’s POV which I found kinda boring. I liked many of the other characters much better for some reason, maybe because there was no mystery about this kid? The story itself was a bit slow getting started but ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. I didn’t realize that this was the first in the series. I was happy to read that the next book is from a different POV and I am really intriguied by this character.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Here is the link to my full post. I read this for my YA book club. There were a lot of similarities between this and the Hunger Games and Divergent. Its also a short series I think only two volumes plus a short story so it’ll be an easy read for summer.

Awaken by Skye Malone Genre: Young Adult, Mermaid  Although I didn’t love the writing, it was actually a good read. I liked the paranormal twist to the mermaid archetype. I also did a full post on this one.

Into The Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Paranormal  This story is about a Paivi, a 14 year old, who is hiding the secret that she has visions of the future. Shortly into her freshman year of high school, the government creates a task force to hunt down and segregate people that have special powers like her and her family. This first book follows her as she moves from clueless teen to government fugitive. I ended up liking this book because of the subject matter but I had some serious issues with the dialogue and even if this book is free on Amazon right now, there still needs to be some grammar and corrections! Pet Peeve!  Click on this image to buy.

May At-A-Glance

May has been a gorgeous month and I’ve been busy outside with my kids. The books that I found time to read were all pretty good. It’s a mixed bag -isn’t it always?- with contemporary romance, historical fiction, a YA thriller and YA contemporary romance. As always, happy reading!

No More Wasted Time by Beverly Preston Genre: Contemporary Romance No More Wasted TimeThis romance made me want to go on a tropical vacation! Bora Bora anyone? Besides the amazing settings, this book was well written and an exciting look into a fantasy many women have – being the one woman who can tame the Hollywood bachelor (George Clooney anyone?). This is written as a stand alone but there are other books that surround the Mathews family. Get It!

Stubborn Stubborn Cover Jeanne Arnoldby Jeanne Arnold Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance Avery Ross is sent to North Dakota after an unfortunate incident involving a magic marker at a high school party. Will her summer be completely boring or will she find true love? See my full post or get it now!

I Am The Weapon: The Unknown Assasin Book 1 by Allen Zadoff I am the Weapon Genre: YA Thriller This story is a really good read. I can’t wait to read the next in the series. Boy Nobody is a boy turned assassin. One assignment throws him off and he begins to question his assignments. Is he one of the good guys or the bad guys? Anyone who liked I Am Number Four will like this one. Get it!

The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas GNightingale Girlsenre: Historical Fiction This story follows three young women on their journey to becoming nurses at the prestigious teaching hospital named after Florence Nightingale. All from very different social strattas and family dynamics, the three girls become friends against all odds. A very good coming of age story set in the 1930’s England. This is easily read as a stand alone but there are 3 in the series. Get it!