Friday Favorites: Between the Covers

Say it Rah-shay By Dec 30, 2011 No Comments

This week I have read finished or started a few new books that I wanted to share. These were either ARCs (Advanced Readinf Copies), something I picked up from the lobrary or something I had at home and have been waiting to dig into.

Borrowed from work:
Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke
From Goodreads:

I am red now. It was her first thought of the day, every day, surfacing after a few seconds of fogged, blessed ignorance and sweeping through her like a wave, breaking in her breast with a soundless roar. Hard on its heels came the second wave, crashing into the wreckage left by the first: he is gone.  

Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family. But after she’s convicted of murder, she awakens to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love. 

A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet LetterWhen She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love

When She Woke touches on religion, race, gender and politics. The line between church and state is blurred in this not so distant future. After a “Great Scourge” that left women barren, a Second Great Depression and terrorist attacks that leave LA in rubble, the evangelicals have taken over politics and law enforcement. Without enough jail space for offenders, the guilty are instead “Chromed” – their skin is genetically altered to a new color to announce their crime. Hannah Payne is a new Chrome, convicted after the abortion of her child. Hannah is cast out of the life she has known as is forced to learn to depend on others for 

This book had me questioning what I thought about rights for criminals, what I thought about a woman’s right to choose and religion. It was a quick read that will leave you gasping and unable to put it down.

ARC of Jennifer A. Nielsen The False Prince
From Goodreads:

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Whoa! What a thrilling read! Duplicity! Treasonous Acts! Lying, murder, plotting. This was such a good read! I love Nielsen’s writing and this book was an excellent read. Earlier in the book there were elements of Sage’s character that annoyed me to no end. I cannot STAND when characters know more than they should or act in ways that just don’t make sense. All was explained and I found that I was angry that I have to wait for this book to come out and then the sequel!

This weekend I hope to finish Taft 2012 and Quiet, the Power of Introverts.
Have a good weekend friends and hope you can find some time to snuggle with a book.



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