I read a book. I…read…a…BOOK!
You see, I haven’t read in, oh, four months. Not a book. Not for fun. As much as I love to read–and I do love it!–it fell behind the list of to-dos.
Sad. I know.
But I wasn’t feeling well yesterday, especially last night. That means I was curled up in my jammies in bed with a book. A good book. A great book! Although I’m feeling better now, I was hooked and had to finish it this morning.
And I loved it! For many reasons.
Here are the official details:
by Jessica KhouryPia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life. Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin–a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever. Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.
Origin is part of Penguin Teen’s Fall 2012 Breathless Reads.
I’ve wanted to read this book since March, back when Jessica Khoury did a guest post here on my blog for March Madness. I loved her post on editing (read it here). She gave authors a ton of great tips, including one to listen to your gut as you edit. I’d never heard it put quite that way, but it’s so true!
Seriously, if you’re a writer, go read her tips here. They’re great.
Plus, she’s a super nice, super sweet person. Seriously sweet. I love people like that. I love writers like that. It was extremely nice of her to guest blog for me.
Can you tell I’m a big fan? :)
But really, I would have loved her book without all that other stuff.
It’s set in the Amazon jungle, and Jessica did a beautiful job of making me feel like I was there, listening to the cicadas and feeling the hot, humid air on my face. Her writing is awesome.
The story was also very different and unique, which in the world of YA fiction right now, was very refreshing.
I loved Eio, he was a good strong character and love interest for Pia, which for me can make or break a book. Seriously, I go searching every story for the romance, and if that flops, so does the rest of the book.
Case in point: I didn’t like The Help. I blame it on the failed romance between Skeeter and Stuart. Pretty sure that makes me immature and pathetic.
Oh well. You guys already knew that. :)
Origin was also unpredictable.
I thought I had the elixir figured out, and then was surprised. And the ending was action packed and awesome. The whole book was great with a strong lesson on morality and right vs. wrong. Though she had me worried for a minute, Jessica ended the book well. Very well.
Pia was a true heroine.
Really, truly, Origin is a fun, fast, great read. Go check out Jessica Khoury’s website, and read her book. She’s only 22. If she can write like this at 22, I’m sure we’re going to be seeing a lot more of her in the future.
Have a great one!
Comment here. Have any of you read Origin yet? If so, let me know your thoughts.