Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

cover_imageThis book includes elements of Little Red Riding Hood and continues the story of Cinder.  At first I didn't like having the story center on Scarlet, but as the book progressed, it is an important part of Cinder's history.  We also add a couple new voices to the story that add more depth.  Waiting for all the characters to collide helps build tension and suspense.

My Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

cover_imageWhen diagnosed with ALS, Stephen Hawking could have given up and waited for his body to fail. Instead, he wanted to make a difference in world and did he ever. This short, narrative biography is very readable with the science discoveries translated into understandable bits. My biggest discovery was that Stephen has a marvelous sense of humor.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (Author), Skottie Young (Illustrator)

thumbnailThis was a fun read. Dad goes out to buy milk and ends up in a fantasy adventure. The good news is that Milk saves the day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachael Cohn and David Levithen

cover_imageI usually don't get excited about the language in a book as long as it feels authentic. I have to tell you, I got really sick of the F word use in this story. I felt it detracted  from its readability. That aside, it is an interesting premise. Two young adults who have just been destroyed by a breakup start with pretending to be dating  to avoid their exes. They are strangers who get to know each other over the course of a night. Each chapter alternates point of view. We step into Nick and Nora's heads and their perception of events. The ending is beautiful and the best writing go the whole book. 

The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After) by Eric Hobbs

The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After)The kids have returned to the world, but something is very wrong. Everything has changed just a bit. By stepping into the World of Oz and freeing the Tin Man, they changed the story. Now they have to go back into the book, face danger, and the Wicked Witch.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

cover_imageSahar wants to marry her best friend Nasrin. Possible? Perhaps, but not in their native Iran were this dream would result in death. Sahar's father is emotionally distance since the death of his wife.  His grief is so deep that he barley notices his daughter. Nasrin is beautiful and spoiled. What will they do Nasrin is faced with an arranged marriage?  Between these pages is desire, forbidden love, and secrets.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

cover_imageMalcolm and Maud are poisoned in their bedroom. The only suspects are their four children. Even our narrator, Tandi, isn't sure if she is the murderer or not. These children have remarkable powers. What is really in those vitamins they take every day? This is a delightful mystery that begs you to read the next in the series ASAP.

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Interworld by Neil Gamain and Michael Reaves

    cover_imageJoey Harker couldn't find his way out of a paper bag.  Seriously, his sense of direction is horrible.  That is until one day when he walks into alternate world where he is hunted by the Binary (science) and Hex (magical) rulers.   He and his team will be unknowingly drawn in the battle for all the possible world.  

    Heavy science needed to understand the deeper concepts of dark matter, physics, etc.  

    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

    cover_imageDelightful.  The day Roy notices the Running Boy,changes his life.  He is faced with unanswerable questions. Who is the Running Boy? Where is he going?  What was he doing?  Why isn't he in school? Where the heck are his shoes?

    Three kids taking on a corporation that is planning to build a pancake house in town. What is living on that lot that could cause so much secrecy?  Well, you'll just have to read the book won't you.