Monday, March 31, 2014

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

cover_imageSonia is a slave to her culture.  One where women are responsible for all of the cleaning, cooking, and child rearing. She wants to do well in school and graduate, but taking care of the family including her "Druncle" proves to be, at times, too much.  She is sent to Mexico to live with her cigar smoking grandmother and cousin Maria for the summer.  There she discovers her roots and the love of Mexico. Her life takes many turns some good, some not so much.  I am very glad I read this book due to the explanation of Mexican culture.  There are mature scenes and language in this story which enhances its authentic voice.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart

cover_imageNot my favorite book.  Maybe it is the whole Zombies ripping apart humans.  Blood, guts, gore and romance?  Addition characters are the Psychic Friend, Secret Agents, and Creepy Bow tie guy.  There are some surprises, but the gore factor was too much for me.  I always read before bed and there was no sleeping as I read this book.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

cover_imageGraphic number two as part of the YALSA Challenge.  I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did War Dogs.  Perhaps that is because the paper is not shiny or quite as colorful.  The most enjoyable part of this book is that the pictures are not only beautiful, but are essential to the story.  Paige's family has moved to New York City.  She buys a sketchbook that is like a journal expressing her feelings through words and art.  I highly recommend it. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox

As part of the 25 book challenge I have read outside my comfort zone. My latest book is a graphic novel. It was difficult for me to read due to the intense colors and sounds written as words. Watching Batman and Robin, the original one, with its bam and smash spelled out was easier. 

I have studied military history and did not know about the roles canines have played in history. It was fascinating to read and think about these heroic dogs and their handlers. I thought the last segment was the best. It is either due to the graphics being less intense or that I know more about the Vietnam Conflict. At the end of this book there is a text summary of the history of dogs in wartime as well as a bibliography of additional resources. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Product DetailsI wasn't sure I liked this book at first.  I was going to stop reading it and then gave it one last push.  By the end of the first section I was hooked.  The alien mother ship appeared in the sky.  Were they friendly?  The whole world speculated on the visit.  Then there is an electromagnetic pulse that takes out all electronics.  Then flooding that causes America to lose all of the populations on both coasts.  Third is the plague that wipes out billions of people, then the silencers...who are snipers picking off survivors.  What will the aliens send next?  What if they look just like us?

Told from multiple perspectives and I couldn't wait for all the characters to collide. The cliffhanger ending surprised me as I disgustedly closed the book.  Now I have to wait for the sequel.   Sigh.

If you love dystopian literature as much as I do, you will love this thriller that takes place in the near future.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Beauty Queens written and read by Libba Bray

cover_imageI checked this book out as an audio-book via Overdrive from the public library.  Wow.  I switched to the print version and found I was much less engaged in the story.  The author does a fantastic job on reading the story using her voice to create a multitude of characters.

In a society where women are to be beautiful and brainless, there is a plane crash stranding the contestants on a deserted island.  All of the adults have perished in the crash. The girls use their Teen Dream skills to adapt and survive in their new environment.  As we go through the story we learn more about what lies beneath these beauty queens.

(YALSA HUB Reading Challenge Title)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


The Aliens are here...they want the earth and the extinction of the human race.

Wave 1: an electromagnetic pulse rendering all machines useless. Wave 2: tsunamis wiping out coastal cities. Wave 3: the Red Death, a deadly plague carried by birds. Wave 4: Silencers, humans who were implanted with alien intelligence as fetuses. We don’t even want to know about Wave 5—do we?  

This story is told from multiple perspectives with relatively short chapters.  I wasn't sure I liked it at first, and then WHOSH! I was hooked.  What do we do when the enemy looks like us and knows how we think.  Is there hope for the human race?  

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

cover_imageI have not read a lot of graphic novels, so this contest has provided me the incentive to break out of my comfort zone.  I've always wanted to be a Superhero and this collection of comic strips was a fun read.  Superhero girl is about the challenges of an ordinary teen life told through the eyes of a hapless teenage Superhero.  She is faced with illness, an annoying older brother, and King Ninja.

(YALSA HUB Reading Challenge Title)