Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
This is a slightly creepy and disturbing, rather intense psychological thriller.  It is told alternately by Heidi and her husband Chris, who tell the current story of Heidi bringing a homeless girl and her baby into their home and by Willow, the homeless girl, who tells about her past that lead her to where she is now. Together the three characters tell a story that becomes increasingly more disturbing.  Mystery and suspense draw the reader through this  well written story.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Seventh Most Important Thing
Oh so much wowness!  When 13 year old Arthur, whose father recently passed away, threw a brick at the neighborhood junk man for wearing his father's hat and was sent to reform school, he had no idea that the junk man would be his source of redemption.  Sentenced to help the junk man as his probation, Arthur learns that St. James, as he referred to himself was collecting junk - foil, cardboard, light bulbs and other items to create a work of art.  That work of art is real and is shown at the end of the book and is rather amazing in and of itself.  I loved the story and the real life historical trash to treasure artwork tie-in.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
In this creepy ghost story, Mary and her ghost friend, Lacey go on vacation with Mary's parents to Nettleby where they encounter a vengeful, murderous ghost and a hot guy named Seth.  Now, it is up to them to put the ghost to rest.  Can they and their friends put her to rest, or will she add them to her list of murders?  This is a fun to read YA paranormal romance ghost story.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale
My sixteen year old son introduced me to the Night Vale podcasts several months ago.  I totally love them and understand why my son loves them too.  I listened to all of them before getting the book.  My husband asked me if the book would make sense to people who have not listened to the podcasts.  I think it could be read/listened to without having heard the podcasts, but you would not have a lot of the background information and it is better if you have been following the podcasts.  I got the audio book and the physical book and listened to most of it and read some of it.  I think I like the audio better than the written book. I love the narrator and I think he adds something to the story that is just not the same without him.  The story is a bit like the old Twilight Zone TV series in that many inexplicable and creepy things go on in Night Vale, but are seen as perfectly normal for the most part by the people who live there.  This story follows Jackie Fierro (I have a cat named Fierro - had him and his name long before this podcast and book came out though) who is the perpetually 19 year old pawn shop owner and Dianne Crayton whose son Josh changes his physical form on a regular basis.  Their lives become entwined as they both need to find The Man in The Tan Jacket who everyone forgets and Troy, who proves to be quite elusive.  I thought the plot twists in the book were quite interesting and I enjoyed it very much!  I hope they keep up with the podcasts and perhaps write another book - or maybe it could make an intriguing movie.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton

My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton
In this novella that is a prequel to a series of books, we are introduced to Mary, as she is admitted to a mental hospital.  At first, we are not sure why she is there, but later we learn that she sees dead people.  The story is creepy and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff (Author), Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)

Mesmerized by Mara Rockliff
Scientific method and history together in one book as Benjamin Franklin debunks mesmerism in France in the late 1700s.  The book has excellent illustrations, facts and graphics and a very good explanation of the scientific method along with the story of Ben Franklin and how he debunked mesmerism on a visit to Paris.  I enjoyed the story very much and I think it will be an excellent addition to libraries and schools.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sunrise by Mike Mullin

I think that people who enjoyed the first and second books in this series will enjoy this one as well.  If, however, like I did, you enjoyed the first book and thought the second book was too long, you might also find this book to be a bit long.  This book covers about a two or three year time period during which Alex emerges as a leader and Darla's mechanical skills come in very useful.  There is a lot of fighting, towns raiding one another, and graphic violence and cannibalism along with some people going insane as they try to survive in this ashen winter/mini ice age that has been brought on by the massive volcanic eruption.  The book is brutal and gory and long.  It is probably rather realistic and preppers and survivalists may enjoy it a lot.  I received this book free to review from  Netgalley.