The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld: I decided to read this because I really liked Westerfeld's Uglies series, but this one, not so much. It was a lot darker than the Uglies. The characters were strange, and not particularly likeable. Neat concept, but not followed through particularly well in my opinion. Not completely horrible, but I don't know if I'll read any more in this series.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: LOVED IT!! If you are a fan of either YA or dystopian books and you haven't read The Giver, then by all means go buy it right now. It's a short, simple read but full of thought-provoking ideas. I'm looking forward to reading The Messenger and Gathering Blue, which are supposedly companion novels.
Heist Society by Ally Carter: I have to say I was a little disappointed. I loved Carter's Gallagher Girls series, and so I had high expectations for this, but it didn't measure up. The characters all seemed a little too forced and the plot a little too contrived... I just didn't get into it enough. Although, I think it will make a fantastic movie. It's a great story idea, but it just failed to capture me.. not enough details, or something...
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima: FANTASTIC!!! Great simple YA fantasy. Good story, characters, exciting plot. My only problem was that the characters were incredibly stupid. Dumb decisions, couldn't put anything together... but maybe that's to be expected in YA? But anyway, I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter: Did not disappoint!! 4th book in the Gallagher series, and probably the best yet. The series is building and building and this one was really intense and action packed. We finally get some answers, and they aren't what I was expecting! The tone in the books changes slightly, which fits because our narrator Cammie is changing and growing. I can't wait to read the next book, but unfortunately it won't be out for another year.
And so, now I'm caught up! Sorry for such quick reviews. If you want to hear more of my thoughts on any of these books, please ask me. Otherwise, see ya next time!