Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: Zeroboxer

Zeroboxer Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have several boys I will give this book to read. Sports kids, sci-fi kids, and those who like intrigue. Think boxing in space.  The title refers to zero gravity.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: 100 Days

100 Days 100 Days by Nicole McInnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Boone, Moira, and Agnes, I want my library to be your safe space. But I'm happy you found the FACS room, instead. Marcy will take care of you.

Moira has spent much of her life protecting Agnes from others. Boone was once their friend, but he made a poor choice in sixth grade that broke the bond. So much is going on in each of their heads, they have trouble seeing each other, but with patience they are able to find common ground again. Moira has heard insults all her life about her size, Shamu, Fatty, etc. Boone has been the man of the house for the past few years, with a mom sunk in depression and addicted to puzzles. Agnes is a teen living in a old person's body.

This sounds depressing, I know, but I loved this one. Even though it broke my heart. The relationships between Moira and Agnes, Agnes and Boone, and Moira and Boone feel so real that I just wanted to hug them all so hard. But I'd probably break Agnes' ribs. Sigh.

Read this one, I'm buying it for the library.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark and Kate become friends in the last weeks of their senior year, never having really even talked to one another before. That all changes when Kate witnesses Mark dance on a bar top during Gay Pride week in San Francisco. Both are caught in changing friendships and relationships, and trying to figure out their place in the world. Mark is in love with his best friend, who is still in the closet, but not in love "that way" with Mark. Kate is drifting apart from her best friend, Lehna, while trying to start a new relationship with Violet, someone she's only corresponded with, but will meet soon. Each of them has decisions to make and come to rely on each other.

I was worried as I started this book that it was going to be too similar to Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist with the alternating chapters, and music references, but it did change and became it's own story. Mark and Kate are well written, relatable characters. Pride week is featured heavily, and I would recommend this one for collections that need more LGBTQ titles.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: This Savage Song

This Savage Song This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the future, America has fractured into territories, named after character traits, and values, such irony. Monsters exist in the real world, in cities and towns, brought forth by violent crime. V-City is the setting of our story, and is divided in two, each side run by a different family. The Harker side keeps its own monsters branded, and people pay for protection. The Flynn side fights monsters and patrols the streets to keep crime in check.

Kate Harker has finally come home after getting kicked out of her fifth boarding school; the daughter of the Boss, she just wants to prove herself to her father and be a family again. August Flynn goes undercover at the same school as Kate, to keep an eye on her and get information. August is not a true son, because he is a Sounai, a monster who feeds on souls of the wicked, but he just wants to be human.

So this sounds like a Romeo and Juliet set up doesn’t it? But there is no romance, and Kate and August are enemies., at least at first. It's a series starter that I like very much. I’m curious to see how this plot plays out. The ending is satisfactory but the epilogue sets up the next book nicely.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Under a Painted Sky

Under a Painted Sky Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

  When her father's shop is burned down and he dies in the fire, Samantha and a runaway slave decide to head to the California gold fields, to make new lives for themselves. But, two girls by themselves will attract a lot of unwanted attention, so they disguise themselves as boys, and make connections with a wagon train.

Lots of luck, action, and adventure., make this a book I'm buying for the library.  I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.  I think that both genders will like it.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: The House

The House The House by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would you think if the boy you liked didn't have a parent at home, but had a house that provided for his every need? Food, money, clothing, deliveries of needed items, even a doctor, when he was sick.  House loves him so much that it doesn't want to share, or let you talk about the future.

This book would make a creepy movie. A house that is alive, and caring for a child/teen is an interesting premise. There isn't any killing for a real horror movie, and the ending is highly satisfying, so Hollywood probably wouldn't want it. I don't like creepy books, and I liked this one.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review: Ruthless

Ruthless Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Ruth gets abducted, so she can be "purified" by her captor, a serial killer who's killed six girls before her, she decides she will fight, and survive. Her captor plays mind games with her, making her realize things she should probably do differently, if/when she makes it back home. Getting away, figuring out where she is, surviving being shot, dehydration, and lack of food and clothing, all make her task harder.

I had a few kids read Ruthless last year at school, and I'm pretty sure it will check out fairly frequently this year, also. There are some hard to believe parts, but I didn't mind them. I think it would make a cool movie.

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