Working in retail I used to love Mondays. they meant the busy part of my week was just finished. Now I hate them! Working at a school Mondays are a killer! Especially today, the first day back from spring break... Needless to say, I am dragging. Hopefully I get some reading in tonight, I'm really into both of the books I'm reading at the moment. 

First of all I've been sucked into the crazy world that is XVI by Julia Karr and the lost world of Everlost by Neal Shusterman, both are sad books, dark, and a little disturbing but they have amazing writing and very creative ideas behind them. XVI is reminding me a little of Feed by M.T. Anderson, the futuristic aspect anyway.

XVI follows Nina in a dystopian society where when girls are sixteen they are looked at much differently than those who are fifteen, pretty much just as play things for boys and men. I can tell it's going to be a wild ride, and I'm enjoying it so far. 

Everlost (Skinjackers #1), also pretty sad, is about 2 teens who find themselves no longer alive, yet not quite dead. They have to keep moving to avoid being sucked into the earth. Both books have been captivating, I couldn't put either down when I started them. Both writers really know what they're doing. Can't wait to finish them and post some more information (without spoiling anything good!). 

March 30th Neal Shusterman is going to be at a local library along with Gary Paulsen, and I can't wait to meet them both! Unwind was the first of Shusterman's books I've read and it was fantastic, and Everlost is definitely headed in the same direction. I really enjoying meeting authors, tons of fun. Meeting Cassandra Clare last year was a blast as well!

On another note, I absolutely love these!! They're adorable! I am a sucker for bookends, and they have cute birds on them. If they were owls they'd be mine for sure!!!

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"In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn't a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is." Neal Shusterman (Unwind)


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