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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tombquest 2: Amulet Keepers (YA)

Book #51 Read in 2015
Tombquest 2:  Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop

This is the second book in a young adult adventure series.  Alex, his friend Ren and his cousin Luke are in London to find the second Death Walker and see if they can locate Alex's mother.  They are almost immediately in danger and need to work together in order to survive.  This series has a lot of Egyptian connection in it and its plot has lots of twists and turns to keep readers engaged.  The third book comes out in the fall.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

World Gone By

Book #50 Read in 2015
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

This is the third book in the Joe Coughlin series; however, it is my first book by this author and I had no problem reading this book as a stand alone.  This is a gritty read, showing the world of gangsters in the 1940s.  These men live, and die, by different rules.  Joe Coughlin is an advisor to a head gangster and while certainly not a good guy by any means, to call Joe a bad guy is to sell him short.  Joe loves his son and is loyal to his friends, even if that puts himself in harm's way.  This was a great read and it flew by.  I borrowed this book from a friend.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (YA)

Book #49 Read in 2015
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (YA)

Piddy has recently changed high schools.  Almost immediately, for no reason that she can think of,  resident bad girl Yaqui Delgado is rumored to want to fight Piddy.  Piddy begins to be bullied and harassed by Yaqui and her group of girls.  Piddy doesn't want to admit it and by not doing so, her grades begin to flounder and her personality changes drastically.  This book shows how difficult high school can be on students and the effect that bullying has on its victims.  It was a powerful read and I think high school girls especially would love it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ellie's Story (YA)

Book #48 Read in 2015
Ellie's Story by W. Bruce Cameron (YA)

This is an adaption of Cameron's bestseller, A Dog's Purpose, geared towards middle school readers.  Ellie is a search and rescue dog and this book details her training and how she becomes a success at search and rescue.  The book is told from Ellie's point of view so readers are able to know her thoughts on things like car rides, cats and the people she meets.  It was a cute read and had decent black and white illustrations.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Zombie Hamster (YA)

Book #47 Read in 2015
My Zombie Hamster by Havelock McCreely (YA)

This was a cute, quick read.  The zombie invasion has happened and there is a police squad to get rid of the undead.  Matt is hoping for a video game for Christmas but is instead given a hamster named Sniffles.  Sniffles soon goes to the big hamster cage in the sky and comes back as anti-Sniffles.  Anti-Sniffles escapes from Matt.  Matt and his friends need to find him and fast!  Anti-Sniffles is apparently infecting other animals in the woods.  The whole idea of what is a Zombie hits Matt close to home when an event occurs.  There is a sequel coming out to this book in August.  I would think that upper elementary and middle school students would enjoy this book.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Book #46 Read in 2015
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

Stella is stricken with a disease that leaves her paralyzed within her own body.  She is unable to communicate except through blinking.  Eventually she recovers and realizes that while she was out of commission, a lot had changed in her marriage, in her relationship with her children and in her other aspects of life.  Eventually a book is published about her ordeal and she becomes a public figure of sorts.  That is not without its price either.  This book was good, Irishchick/women's fiction.  Keyes is a foremost writer in this genre.  Her characters are flawed, believable and interesting.  Readers will fill invested in Stella and want things to work out for her.  This book has romance, humor and a plot that is filled with interesting twists.  I enjoyed it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Love and Other Perishable Items (YA)

Book #45 Read in 2015
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (YA)

Amelia is 15 years old.  She works part-time at a grocery store and has a crush on Chris, a 22 year old college student/coworker at the grocery store.  Of course this crush is the focus of Amelia's world and she does not understand why, despite the age difference, the two can't become a couple.  Chris has his own issues to work through.  This was a good, quick read and had a good deal of humor in it.  I also enjoyed the references to books throughout this read.