A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer I just finished the audio of A MATTER OF DAYS this morning. I totally enjoyed it. Listening to it made my 5 hour drive...moreA MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer I just finished the audio of A MATTER OF DAYS this morning. I totally enjoyed it. Listening to it made my 5 hour drive yesterday fly by.
Nadia and her younger brother Rabbit are left alone after the Blue Star virus kills her mother along with most everyone else on Earth. Having lost her father in Afghanistan 2 years early, this is a real blow. Luckily she has some direction. Her uncle has given her instructions to travel to West Virginia to meet him at their Pappy's old coal mine. Apparently, it has been built to last any disaster.
Packing their Jeep with all the supplies they can manage, Nadia and Rabbit leave Seattle and begin their journey. Along the way they come into contact with some good people and some not so good people. They even manage to pick up a few strays along the way. (A dog and a bird - I just love they end up with a bird.)
I felt the author did a great job conveying the emotions of the characters and describing the world after the virus pandemic. A MATTER OF DAYS is a thrilling story. I loved when the kids talked about the advice their Secret Ops father taught them to live by, especially "Be the cockroach." This is a nice edition to the YA post apocalyptic category.(less)
It all begins with a terrible car crash. Eve gets flashes of pain and is semi-conscious enough to know that she is at a hospital. She hears the doctor...moreIt all begins with a terrible car crash. Eve gets flashes of pain and is semi-conscious enough to know that she is at a hospital. She hears the doctors explaining to her mother how serious the injuries are, how important it is to keep her stabilized, and how she shouldn’t be moved. But, Eve also knows her mother and when Terra Spiker wants something done, it happens. Soon, Eve is being transported to the lab at Striker Biotech and being doctored by her mother – one of the world’s leading scientists.
Eve begins to feel better very quickly and soon becomes very bored. Her mother won’t allow any outside contact and insists she stay at the lab instead of recuperating at home. In order to give her something to do, Dr. Striker gives Eve a project. She is to do some beta testing on a new piece of software meant for the educational sector. It is meant to teach students about genetics by walking them through the steps of creation. So, Eve builds a boy. She has to choose everything about him from the kind of sense of humor he has to the size of his feet.
During her time in the lab, Eve meets Solo, a young man who works and lives at the lab. After spending time with Solo, Eve begins to see her mother and the work she does at Spiker Biotech differently. Everything is very secretive and vague and her mother won’t answer questions about what she does. Soon, Eve learns more than she ever wanted to know and ends up running and having to choose between her mother and what is right.
Eve & Adam is a great book to group with The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson and Skinned by Robin Wasserman. It really makes you wonder how close we really are to this kind of technology. How cool would that be? Hmmmm, or would it? (less)
Get lost in the magical world where dragons fold themselves into human form and walk among people. The Kingdom of Goredd has enjoyed 40 years of peace...moreGet lost in the magical world where dragons fold themselves into human form and walk among people. The Kingdom of Goredd has enjoyed 40 years of peace between dragons and humans, inviting dragons to serve court as ambassadors and to use their rational, mathematical minds to serve as teachers. Even though the dragons have been “folding themselves up” and wearing human skins for many years, the people of Goredd continue to mistrust them. So much so, dragons must wear bells attached to their clothing when in public to alert every one of their presence.
Seraphina is a young girl living amidst all the turmoil at court. She is finally free of her father’s watchful eye and making her own way as the assistant to the castle’s music master. Her gift for music is unrivaled and quickly puts her in the spotlight – a place her father always told her to avoid.
When a member of the royal family is murdered, all clues point to the work of a dragon. People are on high alert as the stress of the Treaty Anniversary is close at hand. Are the dragons tired of this tenuous peace and fighting back or are humans attempting to sabotage the successful blending of two species? Seraphina wants to find out more than anyone, but is she willing to reveal her secret in order to find the answer?
Rachel Hartman does a beautiful job crafting this fantastical world. Seraphina is a brave though reluctant heroine. Mandy Williams uses her melodic voice to paint Seraphina’s world for the listener. Justine Eyre plays a smaller role by giving voice to Seraphina’s mother, which provides the listener with much needed information about dragon life and gives us clues as to the true intent of the crimes against the royal family.
For people who love the dragon works of Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin or Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Seraphina is definitely a book you need to try. You will be transported to a magical world on dragon’s wings. (less)
Christian Cage is a troubled young man. At 17-years-old he has had more than his share of tragedies. Both of his parents disappeared when he was a lit...moreChristian Cage is a troubled young man. At 17-years-old he has had more than his share of tragedies. Both of his parents disappeared when he was a little boy, his first-grade teacher attempted suicide because of him (people say), and now he is suffering from intensely, vivid dreams of the past that cause him to sleepwalk. Dreams that take him back to 1945 in Winter, Wisconsin, his hometown. Dreams that lead him to the truth about a murder that no one in town wants to talk about.
Not only does Winter have its secrets, but Christian has his own to keep. His art has power. He doesn’t just draw pictures; he draws the thoughts of those around him - their deepest fears and nightmares come alive on his paper. He also thinks he can use his art to find his parents. He obsessively paints his bedroom walls with scenes from “the sideways place” where he knows his parents have gone. All he needs to do is paint the doorknob so he can walk through and explore the terrors that await him on the other side. The new dreams keep stopping him though. Winter’s secret is fighting to get out and using Christian to do it.
Draw the Dark is a complex story that weaves current day mysteries with historical events. Ilsa Bick used a little known fact of America’s involvement in World War II to build this story. Joshua Swanson masterfully captures the emotions of Christian as he is torn by the decision to maintain his reality in Winter or give in to the pull of “the sideways place.” (less)
E & E is just flat out a fun, enjoyable read. The absurdity of young girls attending a school to teach them the art of information gathering and k...moreE & E is just flat out a fun, enjoyable read. The absurdity of young girls attending a school to teach them the art of information gathering and killing by using their feminine wiles cracked me up. (Although, spys probably have to learn this stuff, huh?) Oh well. It was funny anyway. For instance, one night their homework was to do 6 sets of 100 eyelash flutters. HA!
Poor Sophronia. She just doesn't have a girly bone in her body. She really had to put a lot of work into her curtsy especially. In addition to not being very feminine, she doesn't come from the wealthiest family and she is a covert recruit - meaning she didn't know the truth behind Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality when she arrived.
Even though she was thrust into a new world of deception, vampires, werewolves, and danger, Sophronia handled it all like a lady. I can't wait to see what happens in her second year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.(less)