Thursday, July 28, 2011
As a young girl, Grace was dragged off by a pack of wolves and bitten. She seemed to be spared by one wolf in particular, not that she really remembers much of it. Now she spends her time watching the wolves. It's a growing obsession. People are wary of the wolves in Mercy Falls. One day a boy from her school gets attacked by wolves, and is presumably dead. A huge wolf hunt ensues, and Grace runs out to stop the destruction of the wolves she has watched for six years. Her favourite wolf gets shot, and inexplicably turns into a naked teenaged boy. Turns out, the wolves are werewolves. Grace and 'Sam', spend stolen days and nights together as the temperature drops (the factor that will turn Sam back into his wolf form) and fall in love. Sam knows that this is his last chance to be a human and he is willing to risk everything to stay that way. This is definitely a love story, and a good one at that. Pick it up!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
This is the third book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan. It should be consumed in one bite. I have never read such a gripping, thoughtful and suspenseful third book. Ever. While this book is a continuation of much of what happens in the second book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, it could still be considered a stand-alone, and this is partly what makes it so good. The intensity is at an all-time high in this book as it is told through the fierce Annah's eyes (Gabry's sister) as she makes her way alone in the Dark City. When she is reunited with her sister, the reunion is almost bitter sweet, for several reasons. (I won't tell you what they are though!) As the horde of Unconsecrated rain down around her, it seems like life is choked out of the Dark City. Annah and Gabry take one day at a time while they find themselves prisoners on an island without much hope of escaping. This book is not to be missed!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Surprisingly, book 2 in the Gregor the Overlander series was as good as a second book can get. It kept up the momentum of the first installment, was action packed, carried a consistent 'overlander' story line while the underland story took shape. Given my dislike for fantasy and science fiction, I am impressed by how much I'm enjoying reading the series. The prophecy in this story was alluded to in the first book, so it came as no surprise that this novel is based off of Underland founder Sandwich's second prophecy. If you like talking bats, spiders, roaches and rats, then this series is for you!
Dying to Tell Me is a story that will find its way into many 12-14 year old' hands. The mystery is carefully woven along with the main character, Sasha's extra sense. We first find Sasha on her way to a small town in Australia, where her cop father is setting up a one man operation in town. They are getting a fresh start from Sasha's estranged mother. Sasha starts off her first day in Manna with a severe fall. She regularly sees details of past and present events involving murder. Mostly though, Sasha is an angry teenager, trying to take care of her little brother Nicky while their dad is away at work and maintaining a better relationship with her father. Did I mention she can talk to her German Shepherd, King? Her ability to 'see' what others do not sets her on a wild goose chase both present and past to save the ones she loves and set others free. If you like mysteries, you'll want to pick this up.