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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