Sunday, June 26, 2016

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall by [Hawley, Noah]

So I was reading this book and then it like just ended.  And it kind of makes sense to end it there, but it is so abrupt.  I did enjoy the book.  It is the story of a plane crash that had only two survivors, a middle aged man who was on a swim team in his youth, who managed to swim for miles to shore after the crash, saving a four year old boy who had also been on the plane.  The book tells the back stories of the passengers and crew of the flight as well as the story of the survivors in the aftermath.  It is well-written and compelling.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I did enjoy it.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by [Farrey, Brian]
Twelve year old Princess Jeniah's mother is dying, and Jeniah is not ready to be the queen.  She has been told that if she ever enters the swampy area called Dreadwillow Carse, the monarcy that has brought happiness to her realm, will fall.  Of course, she wants to find out more and when she meets Aon, the only girl in the area who can feel unhappiness and who feels drawn to the carse and has been inside it a bit, the girls devise a plan for Aon to explore the carse and Jeniah to release Aon's father from his service to the crown.  Both actions are much easier said than done and both girls must be brave.  I think that middle grade children will enjoy this fantasy story.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Fairy Tale by Shanna Swendson

This is a fun to read, lighthearted fantasy/mystery.  Sophie's younger sister Emily has been kidnapped by the fairies - again - and it is up to Sophie to rescue her.  However, since Emily is a famous actress and her upstairs neighbor is a handsome detective whose wife disappeared mysteriously seven years ago, Sophie has to deal with the police as well as with the fairies.  Why do the fairies want her sister anyway?  Will Sophie be able to rescue her and the other women? I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I enjoyed it very much.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Katie's story is part of a two part story and I have not yet read the other  book by her now ex-boyfriend, Arin, who is also transgender, but I plan to read his book as well.  Katie tells how she has felt being transgender and how publicity has helped and hurt her and how she hopes to help other transgender individuals.  She is now 22 years old, but was 19 when she wrote the book.  I think that teens will enjoy her book and find it interesting and helpful.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Shadow Cadets of Pennroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

This is Evie's second year at Pennyroyal Academy, a three year version of Hogwarts that trains Princesses and Knights in a boot camp-type setting, complete with a fairy drill sergeant.  Princesses main weapons are courage and love and they prevail against witches.  However, since the academy regularly kicks out girls who are unworthy of becoming princesses, some of the unhappy flunkees have made their own secret society of unhappy campers who are opposed to the princesses.  This story, like the first, is full of action, adventure, bravery from the princesses, who include Basil, the 22nd son of a woman who wanted one of her children to become a princess. Evie, who was raised by dragons, learned last school year that her father had been a king, but his second wife and her daughter were witches.  Evie has a major identity crisis.  Who is she really? Dragon, princess, witch's sister? Will she be able to enjoy her second year at school with her friends or will things all fall apart? I enjoyed this second book and I think that middle grade students will enjoy it also.  I look forward to the next book.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester

That is an intense book! Conrad is a total genius, and although he went into a funk after his father declared his death, he eventually rebounded and trained a team of special kids to save the world from calamities.  It was working well, but he knew someone was behind the calamities, orchestrating them for some reason.   When he and Piper begin to learn what is really going on, they realize they cannot do it on their own, but hopefully, with their friends, they can.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it!

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Body in The Woods by April Henry

This is an excellent mystery suspense story for teens!  Alexis, Nick, and Ruby are teen volunteers in the Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue group.  The group meets for weekly training sessions and they are called when a search and rescue operation is going on and they are needed.  In this story, they are called out of school in order to participate, which I find unlikely.  However, my oldest daughter participated in the fire explorers program in which she went to weekly training meetings, was issued a fire suit and she rode in the fire truck and ambulance and went out on calls at other times, so I imagine that there could be teen volunteers with search and rescue groups as well.  Anyway, in this story, the three teens did not know one another ahead of time, and on their first assignment to look for a missing autistic man, they instead, find a dead girl in the woods.  From there, they team up to find the killer.  Ruby, who seems rather autistic herself, is obsessed with crime investigation and finds clues that are helpful.  The three teens and the killer all tell parts of the story.  There are several suspects and it is difficult to figure out which one really is the killer.  I found the story to be well written and a fascinating read and I think teens will enjoy it.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.  There is a sequel to this book called "Blood Will Tell" and I plan to read that book soon!