Wednesday, November 19, 2014

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not InvisibleShe Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marcus Sedgwick is such a superb author when it comes to suspense! Laureth Peak and her brother fly from London to New York when Laureth believes her dad has gone missing (he is not answering her emails or phone calls)and she receives an email on her father's account (Laureth is his secretary) from someone who claims to have his black book in NY (he was in Switzerland). Since Laureth knows how important this book is to her writer father; she takes money and credit cards and her seven year old brother, Benjamin (and his raven, Stan) helps her navigate (she is blind since birth)taxis, airports, and hotels . What a creepy adventure they plunge into and with each step toward NY and her father---there is more of a concern that her father may have met with a mishap or something far worse...Sedgwick weaves an intricate tale from Laureth's POV - the reader feels her fear, anxiety and deep seated worry that her dad may have become overly obsessed with the current book he is writing. With each clue Laureth and Benjamin unearth in the black book, the mystery deepens and hurtles them(and us)along for a very twisted and satisfying read.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2)Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you love mysteries - you will enjoy the suspense in the 2nd book of The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Killer Instinct. Cassie and her friends have abilities that enable them to read people's emotions, figure out if someone is lying, and profile killers - and the FBI is using them to help solve cold cases. If you enjoy serial killer books, this one will hook you! Dean's dad is a jailed serial killer and his old murders are being replicated by (maybe) a few apprentices. There is a new detective, Ms Sterling, who seems to want to shut down The Naturals and their operation. As the killer(s) continue to kill students and a professor at a nearby college- Cassie and her friends must prove to the Director and others they can help solve these murders as Dean's father lies and stuns Cassie and Dean. I did not want to put this book down- loved it as much as the first----getting into Dean's dad twisted psychology will keep your heart racing!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doing Right by Patrick Jones

Doing RightDoing Right by Patrick Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing for an awesome read that teens and reluctant readers will not be able to put down. DeQuin is a teen who wants to do right. With a father in jail, living with an uncle who wants him to stay clear of his friends and a bothersome grandfather – what is DeQuin to do when trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes? As a night out with friends goes horribly wrong, DeQuin flees a mob and will pay dearly. Patrick Jones continues to write books that teens can’t put down. Jones’ books, Nailed and Things Change, were always being read in our library- we couldn’t keep them on the shelves! This latest urban fiction story will have teens thinking and talking. Highly recommended.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Young Elites by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am really looking forward to the next book in this series! While I abhorred Terren and Adelina's father, I have not made up my mind about Adelina yet. Adelina had a horrible childhood after her mother died from the fever. Adelina's father terrorized her (broke her finger)- always trying to bully her into showing anger and hatred--he wanted to see the malfetto manifested in her since she survived the illness (she lost an eye, has gray hair. She has a sister, Violetta who survived the illness too. But Adelina's father openly loves Violetta and despises Adelina due to the harsh circumstances malfetto families endure (no one will marry her and her father's business suffers). I found it painful to endure Adelina's self loathing and refusal to confide in anyone about her life and death problems (but I also understood she has a dark side she does not know how to handle yet). I loved all the Young Elites especially Enzo and Raphaelle and hoped Adelina would tell them the truth about Terren. I could not put this book down and can't wait to see what happens as more of The Young Elites appear in Book Two.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Undivided by Neal Shusterman

Undivided (Unwind, #4)Undivided by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, what a great ending to the Unwind Dystology! Each chapter in Undivided was narrated by a character or broadcast. This final book was suspenseful, horror filled, and sad as Nelson captures Connor and Risa, Lev becomes a member of the Arapache tribe and Grace continues to surprise and amaze me. Despite Roberta using nanotechnology to wipe Risa from Cam's memory--he still remembers he loved someone and must help the cause of the unwinds. But the book ends on a positive note with many surprises! Highly recommended--and if you haven't read the other three books---Run to your local library or bookstore and grab them, Shusterman is a master!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, love, love this author and this second book by Jandy Nelson has so much to savor and enjoy. I have to agree with my friend, Tiff Emerick, I did not want it to end. I kept reading small bits, hoping that would make the love, drama, brother/sister dysfunction, family sagas, and the art that wove its way through the plot, the characters, and healing last forever. Twins Jude and Noah tell parts of the story at different ages. At a certain point, what they once had so much of- love, honesty, and sharing became jealousy, lies and separation. Nelson's characters affected me deeply- not just Noah and Jude, but their mom (and her ghost), their grandmother's ghost, Brian, the English model and the crazy artist who takes Jude on as a student. There is so much to love about this novel, but I will leave you with the beauty of Nelson's words as Noah describes Brian, "I swear I can see sound, the dark green howling wind, the crimson crush of rain- all these sound-colors swirling around my room while I lie on my bed thinking about Brian. His name when I say it aloud: Azul." This is a must read; you will laugh, cry, sing, and sigh. The words evoke such wonderful colors, images, and emotions.


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Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Blood Of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3)Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know how sometimes the final book is not always as great as the others in the series? Well, not this one!!! I could not put this book down. It was full of tension, anger, hatred, as well as love, friendship, and humor. Billy Dent has his hooks in Howie, Connie and Jasper and he delights in telling them they will all die horrible deaths. If you like serial killer books, this last book will make you sick, but I couldn't stop reading it---I was mesmerized by what these lunatics did without a care for others. Will Jazz rid himself of his father or will his father claim his son as the Crow King he thinks is his son's just title? Lyga's books will entice you, repel you, and give you lots of gore.

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