Book Review of The Game by Barry Lyga

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Audio, 517 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Summary:

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer.When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

Meanwhile, Jazz’s dad Billy is watching…and waiting

My Thoughts:
Loved loved loved this latest installment of the I Hunt Killers series! Gritty, creepy, gorey and disturbing… It rocked!!! Can’t wait for book 3!
Five Stars and TOTALLY recommend!

Book Review of Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross

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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Long Walk Press
Summary:
From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest Series…Set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics…I’ve gotten used to the dead parents face. I’ve gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I’ve even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that’s made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I am, doing it. And something about Jordan–being around him, talking to him, thinking about him–makes me feel like I can finally breathe again. That’s something I haven’t been able to do lately. He knows what it feels like to be me right now. He knows what it’s like to wonder–what now? I think about it constantly. I need answers. I need to know how to get through this. In the gym, if you’re struggling, you train harder, you do drills and conditioning. How do I work hard at moving on? At being on my own? And what happens if I might be…maybe…probably falling for Jordan? I mean we live together now. That can’t happen, can it? But kissing him…well, let’s just say it’s not an easy activity to forget.

My Thoughts:
I thought this was a great read! I had my doubts that a book that centered so much around gymnastics would keep my interest, but it really did and that is mainly because the characters are so engaging. I definitely recommend!
I recommend!

Book Review of Gone by Michael Grant

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Hardcover, 576 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books

Summary:

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else.

My Thoughts: 

I went into this thinking this was a YA book, but it reads much more like an upper MG. I did think this was a great book though!

Recommend

Review of Defiance by CJ Redwine

 

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Defiance by CJ Redwine
403 Pages

Summary:

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making

My Thoughts:

This book grabbed me from the start and kept me flipping pages. I ended up finishing it one day despite the fact I had three kids running around basically unsupervised 🙂 I found myself completely sold on the characters and the story. Great book!

5 Stars and I definitely recommend it!

Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
418 Pages

Summary:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Thoughts:

Although this book was off the bat beautifully written and had an intriguing story, it did take me a bit to get into the story. But once I did, I LOVED it!

I would definitely recommend.