This book is told from two perspectives: the two daughters of a man who killed his wife in a drunken rage. It focuses on the bond between the sisters...moreThis book is told from two perspectives: the two daughters of a man who killed his wife in a drunken rage. It focuses on the bond between the sisters and their wildly different methods of coping with the aftermath.
I enjoyed the book. I understood the motivations of each of the daughters. My only frustration was I could never quite figure out the father; but then the story isn't about him. Its about the impact his actions had on his children.
Everyone in Zoel's Community are logical, orderly and unemotional. They are, quite literally, wired that way thanks t...morehigh school & up #1 in trilogy
Everyone in Zoel's Community are logical, orderly and unemotional. They are, quite literally, wired that way thanks to their V-chip implants. Except Zoel, she keeps glitching. Now, she can see colors and she can feel emotions. If anyone in authority notices she'll be reprogrammed, or worse, deactivated. While trying to hide her glitches she meets a boy who wants her to join the resistance and help save all the other glitchers and eventually overthrow the whole system.
I'm so happy that this is first in a trilogy. I really, really enjoyed this one. The pacing is perfect, Zoel (or as she prefers Zoe) is a great character and there are quite a few twists and turns that really had me anxious to find out what was going to happen. There is one of the usual complications you'll find in YA: two boys to choose from. What's a girl to do? The handsome one with all the danger and excitement or the other handsome one with all the promises of safety and high living? Even so, this book managed to put a bit of a new spin on it. The author did a good job of informing us about the Community. We get enough details and description to make it seem real but not enough to be boring. This book was mostly detail on the Community so I'm hoping the next book we'll get to know more about the resistance.
Georges (the s is silent) has just moved into his family's new apartment. He makes a new friend in the building, a boy named Saf...moremiddle school & up
Georges (the s is silent) has just moved into his family's new apartment. He makes a new friend in the building, a boy named Safer. Safer seems to be a little obsessed with spying on one of the other neighbors, a man he calls Mr. X. Safer decides to try to break into Mr. X's apartment and Georges decides his new friend is a little too unusual. Georges is also dealing with some bullies at school and his nurse mom having to spend extra long hours at the hospital.
Confession: I got all teary. Georges is an awesome kid. I actually put that in my notes on the Kindle when I read the part about capture the flag in gym class. I think a lot of kids will really like Georges. He isn't one of the super popular kids but he isn't incredibly geeky either. He's one of the regular kids: sometimes he gets picked on but still gets along with most people. Most kids are like that. The way he deals with it is what I particularly liked. Other stuff I loved-- All the language arts connections I could make with this book. I wouldn't read the whole thing to my 4th graders but I would read the parts where Georges and Safer discuss onomotopeia. Plus, Georges has a friend at school who has an interest in words and spelling. He talks about spelling reform and an alternate spelling of the word fish. I use this in my classes. Any time we work on spelling or grammar, I tell my kids that English is a very crazy language and ghoti is one of the words I use to prove it. I borrowed the below from Wikipedia.
Maggie has moved around often. Extremely often. So when she has to stay in one city (and one high school) for a...morehigh school & up Guardian trilogy #1
Maggie has moved around often. Extremely often. So when she has to stay in one city (and one high school) for an entire year she is a little freaked out. But she handles it all in her own fashion: she buys a motorcycle and sets up shop as a deliverer of messages to the dearly departed. Of course, in the city of New Orleans that isn't completely unusual. What is unusual is the fact that Maggie can actually do what she claims. Which, quite naturally, brings her to the attention of some unsavory otherworldly creatures.
I liked this book. It seems like lately fallen angels are gaining popularity on the fae. I can only say that I am in favor of this development. I am so sick of "the fae." But that's just my problem. Maggie is a pretty cool character. I think y'all know by now that I am in favor of strong female leads. Maggie mostly is although she does completely fall for a cute guy. Thank goodness it isn't one of those "oh he's so cute but such a complete jerk. I hate him, ooh kiss me." That gets old. I do wish that the history/backstory of the fallen angels was a little bit clearer. Sometimes they were bad, horrible, dangerous beings. And other times they were just a little naughty... Still, a very good read with interesting characters and a quick pace.(less)
Diary of the Displaced by Glynn James high school & up
James wakes up covered in bruises and with absolutely no idea where he is. He soon figures ou...moreDiary of the Displaced by Glynn James high school & up
James wakes up covered in bruises and with absolutely no idea where he is. He soon figures out that he is nowhere good. It seems to be an immense junkyard that is inhabited by him, many zombie-like creatures and some dog-like creatures. James begins keeping an account of his explorations in a discarded journal. As his explorations continue, he realizes that there doesn't seem to be a way to leave.
Completely weird, but in a good way. I kept thinking I had a handle on what was going on and then I went "eerrr, wait a minute, nope, try again." The book keeps you reading because you just know it will start making sense soon. And it does but it makes the same kind of sense as a dream makes. Everything sounds perfectly logical until you try to explain it to someone. All I will say about the ending is that I was left wanting to read the next book. Which I did and I'll tell you about it tomorrow.
**I received this as a free ebook from the author.**(less)
The political intrigue and murky loyalties really made this book seem a lot longer than it was. I finished it, but it was a near thing. I kept having...moreThe political intrigue and murky loyalties really made this book seem a lot longer than it was. I finished it, but it was a near thing. I kept having the feeling that I had dropped in on a much longer book but only got to read the middle chapters. I'd be willing to give this author another chance, but I'd be hoping for a lot more clarity. (less)
I read this on my Kindle. I previewed the first chapter and within 5 minutes I knew I had to download the rest. Excellent historical fiction with a tw...moreI read this on my Kindle. I previewed the first chapter and within 5 minutes I knew I had to download the rest. Excellent historical fiction with a twist. I don't know anything about the time period really, but I greatly enjoyed this book.(less)
Violet mostly comes across as a naive 14 year old. But somehow it works for her. The author manages to pack in some history about the culture for wome...moreViolet mostly comes across as a naive 14 year old. But somehow it works for her. The author manages to pack in some history about the culture for women in the 1890s. She has the suffragette aunt, the charitable grandmother and the society aunt. She also has the matching suitors. I really liked Violet, even though I thought she was incredibly dense at times.(less)
I could not finish this book. I made it all the way to the description of the first church service and quit. Church itself doesn't bother me. However,...moreI could not finish this book. I made it all the way to the description of the first church service and quit. Church itself doesn't bother me. However, this book seemed to be slanted that Christians are good and every other religion (especially Islam) is made up entirely of muderous crazies. Too intolerant for me.(less)