A pretty fun, easy fast paced techno-finance-political thriller, with a young, snarky, complicated hero, Garrett Reilly.
I needed a quick, mind numbin...moreA pretty fun, easy fast paced techno-finance-political thriller, with a young, snarky, complicated hero, Garrett Reilly.
I needed a quick, mind numbing read and this was almost the perfect read that. I say almost because it wasn't exactly mind numbing. This was a pretty sharp book using a numbers genius who carries a whole lot of negative baggage. He's handsome, smart, young and has buckets full of attitude and anger when one day he's recruited by the government to help them in an experimental program called the ascendant.
How do you fight wars without shedding any blood? a war of outwitting your enemy at every turning loose tech savvy media and finance geeks loose on the unsuspecting world of political games. A pretty exciting roller coater ride for what it is. Not a lot of depth, but good fun. (less)
A lovely end to a very good trilogy by Veronica Rossi. While everyone is going ga-ga over the divergent series, they are missing out on this one which...moreA lovely end to a very good trilogy by Veronica Rossi. While everyone is going ga-ga over the divergent series, they are missing out on this one which is 5 times better. Unlike many of the YA dystopian type books seem to fall apart at the end, this one stays tightly woven and strong. The story progresses nicely and quickly with characters that you care for and will miss. Very imaginative with enough action and strong male protagonists for teen boys to enjoy along with a strong female character with enough romance for the gals. It's a win win for all.
I have just a small gripe regarding the ending in which it felt a little rushed and sort of anti climatic. I would have like a bit more emotion there with regards to sable and cinder. I felt those spots were a bit weak and quickly done. Other than that, a very, very good story. (less)
This is a mixed bag for sure to review. I shelved this one as both children and YA. It is listed for 8 on up, however I cannot imagine handing this an...moreThis is a mixed bag for sure to review. I shelved this one as both children and YA. It is listed for 8 on up, however I cannot imagine handing this any 8 year old child. I would say mostly 12 on up. Our protagonists are under 14, but don't let that fool you into thinking that it's for the younger set. This is one scary little tale, with lots of vividly dark imagery.
It's set in England where "visitors" (ghosts) have been haunting in a variety of places. Only children can detect them, visually, psychically or otherwise. Businesses have been set up for kids with adult supervision to go out fully armed with all ghost busting wear to clean up hauntings. Except Lockwood, Lucy and George. They are on their own, unsupervised and take very huge risks. This first installment of the series, you learn how Lucy gets hired by Lockwood and unlock their first case, the screaming staircase. Along with ghost busting, they are also solving murders. So there are elements of frights, mystery, action, and some very nice character development.
There are scenes describing some gruesome deaths, murder, and some downright disturbing images that would keep those 10 and under in mom and dad's beds at night guaranteed. Though it can be swashbuckling good fun, the dark elements are best left to those kids with a heart for a good scare.
This was a super fun read. A science fiction about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars after his crew believes he's dead. Mark Watney is stuck o...moreThis was a super fun read. A science fiction about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars after his crew believes he's dead. Mark Watney is stuck on Mars for a very long time but hey he's a mechanical engineer and botanist so what better place to use those mad skills to survive.
Mark is a thoroughly enjoyable character that keeps you rooting for him the entire time. He's snarky, witty, super smart and says the most hilarious stuff. All the while he is living in life or death conditions. The story moves at a super face pace as all the parties get involved in this one mans rescue. My only problem with the book for which I gave it 3 stars, is all the technical jargon and science. I just have a hard time understanding all that or even picturing it. So for all those times, I felt completely lost. Other than that, I enjoyed it quite a bit. (less)
In looking at other reviews of this epic tomb, it sees such conflicting, polarizing feelings for both the characters and the story as a whole. I have...moreIn looking at other reviews of this epic tomb, it sees such conflicting, polarizing feelings for both the characters and the story as a whole. I have read and disliked the secret history so I was hesitant to pick this 700+ page book by the same author. It has made many lists and I've heard so much about it, my curiosity got the better of me.
Any book that hook me the way this one did, deserves my 5 star rating. Such a rich tapestry of memorable characters who were neither good or bad but human. Each just damaged enough by life's unexpected, sideways knocks, that you can't really judge them too harshly. This story deals with trauma, PTSD, addictions of all sorts, crime, art, despair, anxieties, just to name a few of what you will deal with while reading. I, for one, did like the characters for all their bad choices, strengths, weaknesses, their overall ability to just keep pushing onward. I would not say this is a happy story, it can be stressful and difficult but it felt real and engages you deeply. This is not a read for "passing the time". There is much depth here to ponder on for days.
Quote from Theo decker: No one will ever, ever be able to persuade me that life is some awesome, rewarding treat. Because, here's the truth: life is a catastrophe. The basic fact of existence - of walking around trying to feed ourselves and find friends and whatever else we do -� is a catastrophe.
John greens books have a way of creating excellent characters that you care deeply for. This has been on my list for a very long time and am happy to...moreJohn greens books have a way of creating excellent characters that you care deeply for. This has been on my list for a very long time and am happy to finally know why all the teens in my store are buying this book up.
The book is broken into two parts, the first half before, and the second half, after. I don't want to give away any spoilers other than this is very much a coming of age story in a boarding school that has the feel of Dead Poets Society and catcher in the rye. There are huge triggers here that make me say most likely 15 years old on up as there are several explicit sexual situations that may not be appropriate for the "tween" set. Along with drinking, smoking, f bombing and pranking.
The story does deal with deeply moving friendships, consequences, forgiveness and personal growth. Highly recommend for both teens and adults.(less)
This is more like 2.5 stars. I enjoyed this book quite a bit during its first half, would have given it about 4 stars at that point. Then it started t...moreThis is more like 2.5 stars. I enjoyed this book quite a bit during its first half, would have given it about 4 stars at that point. Then it started to just go on and on and on, seemingly in circles with several areas of repetition. I found it rather tiring, yet compelled by the mystery of it all and the "just had to know" to keep at it.
Seth is a 16 year old boy who in the beginning is drowning quite violently in the Pacific Ocean. After all goes dark, he finds himself awake in the house he was a child in in England. Some traumatic events happened there along with unresolved issues. We go back and forth between all the things that happened with Seth while he was "alive" and then back to this empty world where he has awoken. We find some disturbing with regards to his life and what ultimately led up to his "death". In the world he awakens in, he finds only two others that exist there. Where are they, why are they there, who is the driver that keeps chasing them.
Well damn, I still couldn't tell you. This is one of those open ended endings. I found it really annoying to go through all of this story and not really have an ending. Patrick Ness is a wonderful writer and story teller but this one just didn't seem to cut it for me.
This is YA but does deal with themes of suicide, gay relationships, neglectful parenting, guilt. Pretty heavy and depressing all around.(less)
These books certainly get under ones skin. One of the most grim and despairing end of world creations. I am very impressed this authors imaginative wo...moreThese books certainly get under ones skin. One of the most grim and despairing end of world creations. I am very impressed this authors imaginative world building scenarios. The silos and living beneath the earth is brilliant. If you read my review of Wool (part one), this gives you an idea of my overall thoughts.
Book two goes all the way back to how and why the world ended and who were involved in the destruction. The reveal comes in pieces throughout the centuries leading up to the mayor, Juliette, discovering another silo. This means we meet all new characters. my grumble about High Howey is his lack of ability to create strong, memorable characters. He gives them no distinctive voice and doesn't allow us to know and love them. One of the things l loved and remembered most about Stephen King's The Stand, was the wonderful characters on that book, both to love and to hate. Even though, I have to recommend these books for its mystery and creativity alone. Looking forward to Dust and concluding this trilogy. (less)
Oh the feels!!!! A wonderful cast of colorful, flawed characters are spread throughout this lovely kids book that will make you smile, laugh And cry....moreOh the feels!!!! A wonderful cast of colorful, flawed characters are spread throughout this lovely kids book that will make you smile, laugh And cry. I loved it. Twelve year old Willow Chance is a delightful, adopted, child of color whose genius brain and quirky personally is the heart of this almost perfect book.
One day her parents are killed in a crash and Willow becomes adrift amongst an odd bunch of characters. Her boffoon of a school counselor, Dell Duke, her blooming friendship with Muy, her Vietnamese high school friend, her brother and mother Patty who barely gets by as a nail salon owner. She gets put in temporary custody with Muy's family until she can be placed in a permanent home. Willow is a very special girl who seems to make those around her look at their own lives and then inspires them to be better.
I had a couple of gripes in places that I found to be a bit far fetched, but I guess I'll just call that magical realism and call it a day.
I feel there is this special place that lives in between kids chapter books and young adult, and it's the middle school books. I'm finding they are ageless.(less)
I loved The Keeper of Lost Causes the first of the Department Q crime series, but skipped the second installment due to animal cruelty scenes, so it's...moreI loved The Keeper of Lost Causes the first of the Department Q crime series, but skipped the second installment due to animal cruelty scenes, so it's been awhile since I've revisited these crazy folks, Carl, Assad, and Rose. Unlike the Steig Larsen books, these Nordic crime stories has humor running throughout and in all the right places. Very well timed. These can be dark and grim stories, real pager turners, but the levity at times is needed and loved. I am becoming pretty attached to these guys and look forward to reading more of them.
These guys work on cold cases. This time they investigate a message in a bottle that is over 15 years old. This kick starts an investigation of a possible serial killer of children abducted from religious homes for ransom and possibly not returned. A taunt thriller that keeps you up well onto the wee hours. Nicely done Jussi Adler-Olsen.
I love all the Pendergast books! These are always a pleasure to read. This one centers primarily around Corrie Swanson, Pendergasts protege from Still...moreI love all the Pendergast books! These are always a pleasure to read. This one centers primarily around Corrie Swanson, Pendergasts protege from Still Life with Crows. She is now a law enforcement student at Jon jay and decides to take a side trip to do an investigation of her own and manages to get into a World of trouble. While I do enjoy Corries character, I miss the teaming of Vinny and Pendergast and Vinny was sadly missing from this story. Overall there was something missing for me on this one, can't quite say what it is, but the story was just OK. I think maybe corrie's reckless behavior may have something to do with it. For one so bright, she made a brindle of missteps. But hey,when there is a series that has been around this long,there are bound to be some better than others. I still look forward to more.(less)