Monday, July 19, 2021

Ashfall Legacy by Pittacus Lore

 

I totally loved this book as much as I have loved the author's previous books.  Sydney, a teenager who has been on the run his whole life with his mother, has finally been caught and now he is on a mission into outer space to find his father, who is an alien from another planet.  There is mystery and intrigue in this fun to read science fiction novel! 

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink

 


There were many things that I liked about this fun middle grade horror story.  I like that 13 year old Esther, the only Jewish student in her school, loves Halloween because her grandmother also loved Halloween.  I enjoyed the scary things that happened on that Halloween with a full moon, and I liked the dentist. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

The Boy Who Lived in the Ceiling by Cara Thurlbourn

 

Freddie is a homeless teenager whose family has rejected him.  He feels hopeless and unworthy.  Violet had been happy and popular until she had to leave her friends and go to a new school and is bullied.  Due to circumstances that you can read about, Freddie winds up living in Violet's attic, although she and her family are not aware that he is there.  When they do meet, they slowly become friends and help each other with their problems.  The story is heartwarming and it takes on the issues of bullying and homelessness.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Quest For The Golden Arrow (Time Stoppers #2) by Carrie Jones

 


When Annie Nobody, who now knows that she is a Time Stopper, awakens, she feels like something is wrong.  Soon, she and her friends - Eva the dwarf, Bloom the last elf, and Jamie, who might be a troll discover that Miss Cordelia, the magical Time Stopper, who is now Annie's guardian, after a long string of foster families, is missing.  Together, Annie and her friends have to save Miss Cordelia from the evil demon Raiff.  Action and adventure abound in this second book in this fun, middle grade series.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith


Fourteen year old Bun O'Keefe grew up isolated, neglected and abused, living with her mother, who was a hoarder.  When her mother told her to leave, she did, and was taken in by a group of young outcasts who helped her learn how to live in the real world.  The story is tragic and funny and touching and the characters are lovely and horrible and I highly recommend this book.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

 

It is the year 2040 and a virus that turns the dead into zombies has changed the world.  Georgia and her brother Shaun are journalists - bloggers who feed the news to the world.  When they and Buffy, their tech guru and poet, are hired to join a presidential candidate's campaign, it seems like the best thing ever.  Their ratings soar, but so does the danger.  Because I read this during the Covid pandemic, it really seemed to touch on a lot of valid points and is eerily and sadly close, in many ways, to reality now.  I thought the book was awesome and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Flas Fire (The Extraordinaries #2) by T.J. Klune

 

Like the first book in this series, Flash Fire is a fun to read, laugh out loud, feel good book.  Nick and Seth continue in their relationship and a couple more Extraordinaries appear on the scene bringing in some humor and intrigue.  The book is heavy on social issues, but still manages to be a fun and fabulous story. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

 









Can octogenarians solve crimes?  These four want to.  In this laugh out loud tale, a group of retirement home dwellers has the wonderful opportunity to solve a murder!  What fun! I listened to the audio version of this book and it was delightful.  I highly recommend it. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Nyxia by Scott Reingten

















 Emmet and nine other teenagers have been recruited by a company to go to another planet and mine it for a valuable substance that is only found there.  The teenagers are trained to fight and run the mining equipment.  The training is brutal and highly competitive.  The story is filled with action and mystery and I enjoyed it so much that I had to read the next two books as well.  I highly recommend it.