This book was donated as an advanced reader copy from Egmont publishing, and I will say I love the cover. I think it pulls readers in with the rich de...moreThis book was donated as an advanced reader copy from Egmont publishing, and I will say I love the cover. I think it pulls readers in with the rich detail and Mayan stone skulls in the water waves. Jaguar Stones book #1 reminded me a lot of Indiana Jones for middle grade readers.The first chapters revisit a lot of Mayan history and culture and the characters are mysterious and adventurous. I really enjoyed Max's short stay a the "banana factory" and discoveries in the secret room.
I had a hard time with the main male Max and his spoiled attitude as well was hoping the relationship between him and his female sidekick would have had more lead up and development. I found myself annoyed with some of the dialogue between the two main heroes because of Max's attitude and her nickname for him, "Hup."
That being said, though, I do think it is a great read for middle grades and one which will feed your child's imagination. There are black and white illustrations scattered through the book which I really think add to the story. "Middleworld" is free of any swearing or mature situations which as a mom I truly appreciate. It is a fun book with loads of potential as an interesting series! And it will leave you wanting to learn more about ancient history which is a gift. Thanks so much to the publishers for letting me get a sneak peek. It is available on the shelves now! Please eamil me with your mailing address if you are interested in reading Middleworld as a part of our ARC tour and be sure to enter the Jaguar Stone earring on our blog http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com! (less)
I recieved this book as a review copy from the publicist. Started out very interesting, but I am putting it away halfway through. It was too depressin...moreI recieved this book as a review copy from the publicist. Started out very interesting, but I am putting it away halfway through. It was too depressing. A suicide, girl who's life is spiraling downward and sexual content I didn't want to read. The book has an overall sad tone though it is poetic.(less)
In this second installment of Maria V Snyder's Inside Out series Trella "the pipe queen" has led a rebellion against the uppers and the Trava's. Divisions between the two are supposed to be smoothed over by a committee of 19 leaders but things aren't going so hot. No one wants to work, old prejudices abound and squabbles turn into more...bombs begin to rock the Inside. Their lives may be in danger as they hurdle through space in a giant cube and systems are down. It's up to Trella, Riley, Logan and their crew to find out who is threatening them and bring order t0 their community.
Trella has some important decisions to make about who she is and how much responsibility she wants to take on. Her character is forced to do a lot of growing up to shift into position as leader. All the old cast is back but you'll be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who is sincere and who is evil. Plus we meet a fun new character named Bubba Boom. Duplicity and high tension is riddled throughout Outside In. We learn more a lot about Dr. Lamont and grow to see a different side of her. But, my favorite character this time around is Logan, TechNo extraordinaire.
Outside In had me hooked despite the technical descriptions of quadrants and time which I had a hard time with in the first book. Snyder does an excellent job of crafting personalities and pitting them for and against each other. She adds much more sci-fi to the mix which makes it more than just dystopian.
The climax caught me completely by surprise. I had NO CLUE who was controlling things on the Inside until it was spelled out to us. The only set back for me in the book was the two sex-y scenes that seemed to literally come out of the sky. One minute Riley and Trella meet, then they barely have time to spend any time together. The next thing they are fighting and two seconds later comes more than I think the plot suggested they were ready for. Unfortunately, this makes for a mature teen read of 16 and over.
Overall, I thought the writing of Outside In was ingenious. Maria Snyder captures details and creates a world like no other we have seen. Thanks so much to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for introducing me to book two. I enjoyed it more than the first, Inside Out, and I fell head over heels for Riley's sheepy. So, here's your chance to win one plus get your own beacon device just like Trella's.... (less)
This book has quite the interesting little history. I found "Angel Burn" on Netgalley from Candlewick Press and started reading. Then figured out (fro...moreThis book has quite the interesting little history. I found "Angel Burn" on Netgalley from Candlewick Press and started reading. Then figured out (from all the reviews on Goodreads) that the book had been previously released as "Angel" in 2010 by Usborne books in the UK. The original edition is 500 pages long while this one to be released May 24th is 410 pages long. Candlewick has yet to publish the cover image for Angel Burn.
What I loved: Angel Burn has likeable main characters.
Alex, age 17 seems much older. He's been living the life of a CIA agent and angel killer since he was a child. Growing up in the desert of Albuquerque, NM. He's lost all of those close to him in the battle of the angel invasion. Closed, confident and cut, his character does a lot of growing. Readers see a completely different, more sensitive side of him as he begins falling in love.
Willow Fields is introduced as the main MC in Chapter one with he head under the hood of her best friend's car. She is considered "weird" by her friends at school. Thrift shopping, strong and independent, Willow fixes cars and reads the future to support her and her mom. They live with Aunt Jo in Pawtucket, NY. Her mother Miranda is schizophrenic and catatonic, completely disabled as a result to her interactions with Willow's father.
What I disliked: The side characters in Angel Burn are very much on the side. The bulk of the book focuses on Willow and Alex.
At times the switching in point of view from first person to third person omniscient gets confusing. And though the book is told from several different points of view, the personalities of each new character introduced is not fully fleshed out.
Weatherly introduces a much more sinister angel than those we normally see in YA fiction, a parasitic being feeding off of human life force. This was hard for me to swallow.
I hope: Angel Burn gets a new cover and book trailer. I wish we would have learned more about Beth's angel Paschar.
The main distraction: was the language. I almost put it down after two chapters because the repeated use of the Lord's name in vain- seemed like overkill for me. Also you can tell immediately that the book is written from a British perspective because of the word "right" in conversation instead of okay. I find it endearing but US readers may scratch their heads if they've never read a book from the UK before.
Overall: I enjoyed Angel Burn more than I disliked it- enough that I would read the sequel. It is unique. Alex is one worth reading about. Angel Burn ends in an unresolved resolution that makes me want to learn more. The plot is action packed and character driven. As well, Alex and Willow's trip across the United Sates via road trip while on the run was a selling point for me. (You can see author photos of their road trip online)
Content: Swearing, drinking, violence.
Sequel info: Looks like Angel Burn is part of a trilogy. In the UK Angel Fire , book two is set to be released June 2011. No word on a release in the U.S.
Thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley for letting me read Angel Burn. (less)
This is my very first book by James Patterson in his Maximum Ride series. Little Brown was kind enough to send me a copy for review and I just jumped right in. No expectations, and no emotional investment in the characters from five previous books.
Book six starts out with a flock of genetically altered bird children on their way to Africa for a CSM humanitarian mission. They run into evil scientists Dr. G-H and Dr. Chu. who are busy brewing up experiements advanced DNA mutation and want Max to offer the flock as subjects. Max the main character, MC and flock leader is sarcastic and hot tempered, with a chip on her shoulder. She tends to run away when things get tough. So as Dr. G-H introduces Dylan, another birdboy created expressly to be her perfect other half, she is out of there! She has just recently gone public in her relationship with Fang, her lifetime friend and second in command and the flock is not pleased.
There are two main male protagonists that are both vying for Max's attention. Fang is closed secretive and strong while Dylan with his Caribbean eyes is open and wanting to learn. The ultimate question of the book is will Max be forced to choose between the one she's always known and a new addition to her flock?
Fang is action packed as the flock faces wolf-like Erasers, mad scientists and a threat form within. One of the flock has double crossed the rest and Fang may pay the ultimate price with his life.
James Patterson has quite the happening series going on with a TON of online fans. I can see the appeal in his story and the fantasy. If I had read the entire series I think my rating would be higher. I would have liked to see more world building in their Colorado home where they retreat to for homeschooling and to hide out. Also, as Max and Fang head out on their own to Las Vegas there was a window of opportunity for fun, creative scenes which I felt wasn't taken. As a reader I would hope down the line Patterson will expose us to more of what is going on inside Dylan and Fang's mind. Fang fans will be happy to see the epilogue contains some of his secret memoirs that Max finds on their laptop. You'll see a whole new side to the main man.
My favorite part is the letter Fang leaves for Max in the final chapter, and his promise for twenty years from now. I loved the additional materials in the back of the book which include a Chapter 35 1/2 written by a reader, a sneak preview to ANGEL due to be released February 14th and part of a new Manga adaptation of the book. I will pick up book 7 now that I've jumped in and need to know what happens! I found Fang entertaining and well suited for both boys and young women. There is minor violence, mention of underage tattoos and gambling but all around it's a clean read. I'm looking now to try more titles by James Patterson. Visit the official site for James Patterson's Maximum Ride at http://www.max-dan-wiz.com/