The Here and Now is a new series about time travel, friendship, love, and potential for a disastrous future if we continue along the pathKat's Review
The Here and Now is a new series about time travel, friendship, love, and potential for a disastrous future if we continue along the path we're on. In this novel, residents of the future have found a way to travel back to the present in an attempt to escape the horrific living conditions they endure. The world has careened along a path of environmental destruction, leading to devastating consequences for the earth and the people inhabiting it. Interestingly, these visitors from the future aren't interested in saving the future, but instead try desperately to pass unnoticed in the present in order to live out their lives in comfort and security. They don't create relationships with others not from their time, and must live according to strict rules designed to keep them anonymous and in line.
Prenna has always had trouble following orders, but she's never flaunted the rules. Until she learns something about the future that changes the way she thinks. And she realizes that Ethan's future is inextricably linked to hers, only not for the better. This is an interesting take on time travel, and I always like stories with female heroines. There's a nice mix of Prenna's growing relationship with Ethan, information about the future, and action. It's the first in a series, so don't expect too much closure at the end, but it offers enough info and action to keep the plot moving.
Kat's Rating: A Good Read The Here and Now has an environmental undercurrent running through it that isn't obvious from the start, but becomes more prominent as the story progresses. It presents a chilling image of the future we may experience if we don't change our ways now.
This book isn't out for another few weeks, but there are so many books releasing in April that I need to get a head start! I'm a fan of KeKat's Review
This book isn't out for another few weeks, but there are so many books releasing in April that I need to get a head start! I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong, both of her adult and YA books, so I was excited to start her latest YA series. You know when you read a Kelley Armstrong book you're going to get something supernatural, some interesting myth, and a whole lot of creepy, and I look forward to it!
This book is a bit different from the others I've read, in that they've all been set in the modern world. This one is set in a fictional kingdom, where two sisters find themselves among the only survivors of a terrible tragedy, and must try to warn the emperor of what is coming. They must rely on their instincts to decide who to trust, how to stay safe, and what the best course of action is when faced with obstacles.
No Kelley Armstrong story would be complete without some mythical creatures popping up, and the ones in this book are pretty gross, I have to admit.
Still, I found this particular book to be a departure from her regular style, and it took me a while to get into it. In some ways, explaining the kingdom and the way things work there took away from what this author does best, which is to create strong female characters who must rely on their own strength and instincts for survival. I didn't come to truly care for one of the sisters until closer to the end of the story. I found the last third of the book redeemed the slow start, picking up on the pace and the action.
Kat's Rating: Worth a Look
It's never a waste of time to read a book by Kelley Armstrong, and I really think that this series has some great potential. Some fans may be surprised at the different style of this book, but it's worth following through until the end.
This is a middle grade book, perfect for young readers. There were a few things I liked about the book right from the start: It's not a seKat's Review
This is a middle grade book, perfect for young readers. There were a few things I liked about the book right from the start: It's not a series, and it's set in the present, although it has that old world feel about it.
Ophelia is a young girl who gets tangled up in a quest to save the world when she stumbles upon a boy who has been locked away for years in the museum her father is working in temporarily. When he asks Ophelia to help him defeat the Snow Queen, she pushes aside her fears to find her courage to help him save the world.
This story is perfect for boys and girls who may just be growing out of shorter books and ready to tackle something a bit longer, a bit more grown up, but still not too scary. There is no shortage of mythical creatures, ghosts, and magical objects, keeping the action going throughout. Weaved into the action scenes are themes of friendship, courage, loyalty, and love, dealt with in a way that doesn't belittle children, but meets them halfway.
Kat's Rating: A Good Read
At around 150 pages, this book perfect for a parent and child to read a chapter or two before bed for a few nights, and is sure to inspire some courageous daydreams too. I would say this is a good pick for the 7-11 age group, with a few exceptions on either side.
I haven't read the first book in this series, but this book read like a stand alone, so I don't think it's necessary to read them in orderKat's Review
I haven't read the first book in this series, but this book read like a stand alone, so I don't think it's necessary to read them in order. Holly is a divorced woman who reconnects with a younger man who once worked for her ex-husband. Nick makes it clear that he's interested in taking their friendship to the next level, but Holly thinks that Nick isn't ready for a serious relationship, and she doesn't want to get her heart broken. When she ends up pregnant, they have to figure out exactly where they stand. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't really like it either. The biggest problem, I think, is that the story line has not only been done before, but it's been done better. So, while I could go into detail nitpicking everything I didn't really enjoy, there's not really much more to say other than I found the story to be flat emotionally for me. I finished it and forgot it, which is not what you want from a novel. I know that this series is very popular, and the writing is solid. I just didn't connect with the characters and never really cared whether Holly and Nick ended up together at the end.
Rating: Heavy Page Turner
This book didn't do it for me, but if you've read the first in the series and enjoyed it, then I imagine you might like this one too. It's not a bad book, it just didn't connect with me. I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review. - See more at: http://www.katsbookbuzz.net/2014/01/r......more