Sunday, October 16, 2011

Across the Great Barrier by Patricia Wrede

Across the Great Barrier (Frontier Magic, #2)Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a rather strange book in many ways. One of the heroine's main interests is animals and two of her jobs involved cataloging plants and animals and taking care of captured animals, both magical and non-magical. All of the action, as it were, takes place in a rather strange alternate reality version of the wild American west. These elements don't seem destined for an interesting book, and yet, I found myself reading the whole thing and eager to keep reading - a marked contrast to most of the other YA books I have been trying to read lately. Perhaps it is because I am interested in both science and science fiction.

Yes, there is a coming of age story, too. But it is much more subtly handled that many of its ilk.

I feel odd saying that I really enjoyed this book, because, to me, the plot is rather meandering and there are quite a few characters that just don't seem that compelling. But the ones that do interest me have a lot that really intrigues me.

Maybe in a few days, I will have a better idea why this book appealed to me so much.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack by Nicholas Gurewitch

The Perry Bible Fellowship AlmanackThe Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack by Nicholas Gurewitch

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this one, but the gruesomeness factor got a bit too much for me. I'm glad I didn't buy it - at least I can return it to the library.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo WITH SPOILERS

SidekicksSidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't especially enjoy "whose side are you on" plots, with betrayals of betrayals. It isn't that they aren't realistic, they probably are, but they make me nervous and confused and make me want to distance myself from all of the characters. Why bother liking any of them, when, in a page or two, they turn into the enemy?

I am also not a big action person, so I skipped over a lot of the fighting and blowing up of things.

Those things said, I think teens who DO like action and intrigue will like this book. There is not great depth here, but it is a fun romp.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Stupid FastStupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK, I admit, I mostly just skimmed the end of the book. My excuse: it was due at the library and I have so many books waiting to be read that I really didn't feel like renewing it. I think it will have great appeal to high schoolers, especially guys, but there is enough there that it will appeal to girls, too.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011